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Hey there,
We are vegetarians here and I am due in 4 weeks with my second child. It seems hard enough to get to the store and cook meals with an active 18 month old, but it just truly dawned on me that I better have plenty of cooked meals frozen before this baby comes......This may sound foolish but does everything freeze well, and if so what should I freeze things in.....
If you have any suggestions of actual things and what to freeze them in that would be great.
Thanks,
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I have an 18 month old and a 3 month old, I wish I would have froze some meals. I just made a huge batch of vegetarian "burger" recipe. I made burgers the first night and meatballs on pasta the second. The batch makes 12 burgers total, so I separated the recipe into two bags so I could unfreeze a little at a time. I have the recipe if you want it, but you could use any veggie burger recipe.
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Here's the things I had in my freezer:
corn chowder
black bean soup
lasagna
burritos
lentil loaf
spaghetti sauce

There's more, but having babies has sucked out my brain cells!
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I've frozen lots of soups (lentil, black bean, mushroom barley, borscht, veggie chili); spinach lasagna; enchiladas, marinara and enchilada sauce. For the soups and sauces I use mason jars (filled about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up). For single servings of things like enchiladas (we do that so DH or I can grab them for lunch), I wrap them in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil, then put all those packets into a big bag so we can find them.
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I'm looking forward to seeing the responses on this thread. I've never frozen much of my cooking but I'm also going to be having #2 soon and want healthy yummy food that I can just reheat. Today I froze the rest of the tomato soup I made the other day. I think that will work out well. I did it in smaller containers so that my husband can take it to work too.
I think a good place to get ideas is just to walk through the frozen dinner section of the grocery store. Enchiladas, lasagna, homemade veggie burgers seem like a good place to start.
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: keep the ideas coming!
I'm about to venture into my first job as a new nurse, along with my new role as a single mama to 4 BUSY girls.
I'm thinking of setting aside a few days and stocking the freezer.

Can someone summarize a list of what foods don't freeze well?

Otherwise, I'll just assume I can freeze any meal

Thanks!
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potatoes turn to mush frozen.



that's all i can think of, i'm sure there's more.

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My most oft frozen and easiest meals are:

Lasagne (use the oven ready noodles, only don't cook what you freeze until you're ready to eat - saves lots of time!)

Mac & cheese

chili

lentil stew

pot pies (with or without crust - noodles can get kinda mushy, but it actually makes the soup creamy when thawed, so it's not too bad!)

breads - banana, blueberry, etc. (when completely cool, freeze, and to reheat/thaw, place in a brown paper bag and put in oven directly on rack at 350 for 15 minutes)

that's all I got now. I freezing! saves so much time.
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I'm very interested in this thread. My son was born 4 weeks early and we were not ready at all! And we had no money and were starving (sob story ). This time I'm determined to have a ton of meals ready to go. And also to cook get them ready before 4 weeks just in case.

How long do things freeze for?
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Next time I am pregnant, I am plannign to stuff my freezer with meals!

spinach lasagna
lentil soup
lentil veggie pot pie
black bean burgers
breads and rolls
the beanballs from Veganomicon
plus lots and lots of frozen veggies to add t grains like couscous and quinoa

The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook has many freezer friendly recipes.

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hey there!

my daughter is 8 weeks old today and i am SO GLAD i had a freezer stuffed with meals! between that and food visitors brought over, i didn't have to cook regularly til she was six weeks old!

here are some of the things i froze:

* spinach quiche
* veg enchiladas
* black bean, winter squash, and spinach chili
* lentil and kale soup w/roasted garlic
* wild rice and mushroom soup
* kale and butternut squash phyllo pie
* veg lasagna
* zucchini bread
* shepherd's pie
* wild rice casserole with broccoli, cheddar, and carrots
* savoury bread pudding
* lactation cookie dough (oatmeal chocolate chip, mmmm)
* whole wheat pasta with a butternut-squash cream sauce and green beans
* faux-bolognese sauce
* cauliflower soup

everything defrosted well although i thought the phyllo pie & the butternut pasta were the least appealing of the bunch. hth!

eta: i froze everything in gallon freezer bags, as flat as possible, them stacked everything on their sides like records. the couple of things that were stacked on top of one another froze together so i highly recommend the former!

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hey there!

here are some of the things i froze:

* spinach quiche
* veg enchiladas
* black bean, winter squash, and spinach chili
* lentil and kale soup w/roasted garlic
* wild rice and mushroom soup
* kale and butternut squash phyllo pie
* veg lasagna
* zucchini bread
* shepherd's pie
* wild rice casserole with broccoli, cheddar, and carrots
* savoury bread pudding
* lactation cookie dough (oatmeal chocolate chip, mmmm)
* whole wheat pasta with a butternut-squash cream sauce and green beans
* faux-bolognese sauce
* cauliflower soup
Mmmm. Can I come over for dinner when my baby's born later this month?
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This might be off topic but where did you get the recipe for the kale-squash phyllo pie and the butternut squash cream sauce. They sound yummy.
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This might be off topic but where did you get the recipe for the kale-squash phyllo pie and the butternut squash cream sauce. They sound yummy.
hey -- sorry i didn't see this sooner.

thekale recipe i got off epicurious...see if you can find it and if not i'll try to track it down for you when i'm not nak. i've also used spinach in this recipe but i'm 99% positive the original was for kale.

the butternut squash sauce i just made up on the spot...roasted the squash with some olive oil, then pureed it with some cream, a pinch of crushed red pepper, and a bit of nutmeg i think. would be great with sage instead but i can't stand sage for some reason.

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Magic mama muffins:

3/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs water

Cream together in a mixer.

2 eggs

Add, one at a time, mixing well between additions

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix together in a seperate bowl, then add to wet ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Whisk together in dry bowl. then fold into wet ingredients

3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 golden raisins

Fold into batter

Spoon into two trays of mini muffin cups and bake at 350 for 15 to 18 minutes.

I developed this recipe in the final month of my pregnancy and made 3 batches to drop in my deep freeze for quick snacks during my first few weeks of motherhood. I ran out, and had to make more. They are delicious, good for you, and taste remarkably reminiscent of a Svenhard's Raisinette, considering how low fat and healthy they are.
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Please keep the recipes and ideas coming! I am due next month and vegan.

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this site has the recipes and how to freeserize them.. also there is a link under veggie meals that goes to frugal website with more freezer recipes,,, have to sort through the meaty ones.
http://snider.mardox.com/plans.htm
If you scroll down this site has lots of soups and stuff. we just tried barley veg soup and it was great.
http://snider.mardox.com/plans.htm

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I'm bumping this thread because I just found out I'm pregnant and want to freeze some meals before I get sick. That gives me 2 weekends to make 5 or 6 weeks of meals! Keep those ideas coming My pressure cooker is going to put in some major overtime this weekend!LOL

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