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Ok, after Blizzard Babe's thread forced me to look up what a pierogi was, and why she was gestating it and not a baby, I started wondering what foods *I* should freeze.<br><br>
I am so freezing ignorant, I have no clue if you have to buy tinfoil pans to cook it in, or even if you have to cook first, then freeze or just take it from prepare to freeze to cook...<br><br>
So ladies, flood me with your favorite (easy) recipes for freezer meals so I can start stocking up now. No dietary limits/restrictions here, nor are we vegetarian nor picky, somone inspire me please! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I've just started freezing appropriate leftovers. So far they have been soups and 2 different kinds of enchiladas. Both were cooked first. The soup is in individual plastic containers and the enchiladas I froze just wrapped in foil (2 each). I'm definitely going to do some lasagna in the next week or two. I'm not sure what else though so I'm excited to hear everyone else's responses.
 

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If you have any friends who are interested in freezing meals also, you should get together and do it in a couple of hours on a Saturday. I have a couple of pregnant friends and we have started meeting once a month to freeze three meals each. We make enough so that we have two extra meals to give away to someone in need (a friend who had a baby or a family who is sick). It costs us $25 each, and that includes containers. Last month we made chicken fajitas (just make sure and spread it out on a cookie sheet to freeze before tranferring to a ziploc bag, shredded BBQ pork for sandwiches and Mexican Lasagna. I also made a double batch of cheese stuffed pasta tubes covered in marinara (can't remember what it is called) and put that in the freezer.<br><br>
I have found the Internet to be a great resource for ideas.<br><br>
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Bunch of ideas in <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=831210" target="_blank">this thread</a>, too.
 

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There is also a HUGE thread over in the food forums that i have bookmarked<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=522096" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=522096</a><br><br>
i menu plan usually and i am going to make a menu plan for 30 days starting with the day i give birth. I will plan to make those things in the next 2 months and double them to freeze.<br>
I dont usually freeze whole meals, but I have chicken noodle soup without the noodles, seasoned taco meal, cut up cooked chicken (seasoned and plain) to add into dishes, even already cooked ground beef for sloppy joes or whatever. I like to do a huge batch of vodka sauce(and freeze in 2 cup portions) and then all i have to do is cook the ravioli or tortellini.<br><br>
i wouldn't make and freeze a recipe i found online without trying it first.
 

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I am going to do the same as gabbyquilts - cook double recipes so we can eat one meal at the time and freeze the rest. I'm planning to do spaghetti sauce, chili, maybe a tortellini soup minus the tortellini, lasagna...stuff that I know freezes well and will be easy for DH to just heat up and serve after baby comes. I am also going to pick up some stuff that can just be thrown in the crockpot frozen in the morning and ready by end of day...chicken breasts and the like. I have a magazine article with a few freezable marinade recipes that I thought I might try, too...you throw your meat and marinade in a freezer bag, freeze, and then just thaw and pop it on the grill. I figure DH can manage some baked potatos and a salad to go with it (poor guy, I probably dont give him enough credit!).
 

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Oh thats right, with this LONG COLD MINNESOTA winter, i totally forgot that we will be able to grill when our babes are here! That is so awesome. I know i was thinking that i am sick of chili and stuff and will be ready for more fresh things.<br><br>
i will have to make sure we get some hamburgers in the freezer.
 

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ooh, hamburgers, good idea! The inlaws brought us a ton of hamburger last weekend (and there is plenty more where that came from - they have a hobby farm) so we could do up a whole bunch and freeze them in packs of four or six. Mmm, now I want a hamburger really bad...I have some out thawing for chili tonight, maybe I will change my dinner plan!?
 

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No special freezing for me. We don't have the room and heck, DH is just as capable of actually cooking a meal as I am! I'm just going to ask him to give me lists of what he feels most comfortable preparing and I'll stock up on the necessary items for those meals.
 

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I'm glad to hear that a lot of you are planning to have your DH take over dinner-making duties for a while after the baby comes. I was planning to freeze, thinking both of us would be too exhausted to get anything together, but I really didn't want to.<br><br>
Frozen meals are better than takeout, but in normal life, we eat a salad every night for dinner (can't freeze that!), and I'd much rather continue the trend after the baby comes... Now I'm thinking maybe that's not such a big deal. Yay! Plus, it's one less thing I have to do in the next few months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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Now I'm quite embarrassed... I misspelled pierogi in my original post! I just finally got around to looking it up yesterday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm making a casserole or two yet as well. I had made some chicken soup, but ended up donating it to a funeral (long story). Now I'm out of chicken, so I shall have no post-partum chicken soup unless DH gets into Bethel this weekend.
 

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I probably have about a month's worth of dinners in the freezer (here and at my ILs, but my parents are giving me an upright freezer they no longer use, so I'll be able to use that for storage). I mostly used recipes out of a book called Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer. I just could not figure out how to adapt the meals I cook most often to freezing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">. So I liked having a book to follow. Most of the recipes are good, although a few have only been so-so. What I like is that for most of them you don't actually do much or any of the cooking until the day you're serving the food, so stuff doesn't get that overcooked, reheated taste.<br><br>
The hard part now is not breaking into my stash <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
And yes, dh is perfectly capable of cooking, but he is awful at meal planning, so I would still have to do that (and I hate hate hate it, and definitely won't want to be dealing with that after babe comes). Plus he often works late and doesn't get home until 6 PM or later. If I leave dinner duty up to him, we usually don't eat until 8 PM or so, and that is just way too late for dd. Plus, I imagine I will be wanting a BREAK when he gets home and help from him managing the two kids. If he's slaving in the kitchen, it will just extend the time I'm going to be with the kids on my own. So it's really for selfish reasons that I'm cooking ahead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
Oh, and I keep forgetting about the grilling too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">. I am so excited to be able to grill again. I figure if we grill a few times a week I can make my freezer stash last 6-8 weeks!!
 

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I froze<br>
2 lasagnas<br>
2 shepard's pies<br>
corn chowder<br>
20 burritos<br>
pancakes<br>
french toast<br>
banana nut muffins<br><br>
When I had DS we had no food and no money and were SO tired. I was also worried about having enough breakfast and lunch food that I could get DS healthy breakfasts even if I felt like crap. I feel like I need more stuff frozen but I'm out of room! DH's parents are coming to stay with us for a week after so I'll make them cook instead of touching my precious freezer stash.
 

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I did not even think about breakfast... Waffles and muffins would be SO easy to freeze and eat along side an egg, awesome idea too since DH loves breakfast for dinner and he usually does all the proteins and I make the carb.<br><br>
Maybe I should pull out my canning jars to make batters.... I could jar all the dry ingredients of coffee cake (and even the topping) and just add eggs, butter and milk. Same with corn bread to go along side with chili and bean & bacon soup. I could probably even do the same with breads and just add water/milk and yeast and toss in the bread maker.<br><br>
Thanks for the links and book suggestion, I guess it is time to call DH and ask him to email me a list of meals he would like me to cook and adapt to freezing.<br><br>
I guess it is time to make a trip to Costco.
 

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I'm totally doing breakfast casseroles too. I really need a hearty breakfast when pg and breastfeeding, and I just don't have the time/energy to make eggs, etc., every morning. I have several recipes for great breakfast casseroles (two from the book I mentioned), and am trying to stockpile some of those too. One is an egg/cheese/bread thing (called a strata), the other has eggs, cheese, hash browns, etc., and the last is a french toast casserole (cubed bread, eggs, milk, a little bit of syrup, cinnamon, and the best part -- blueberry pie filling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">. I'm going to experiment and see if I can make it with fresh fruit instead ... seems a little more healthy!).<br><br>
The thing I like about casseroles is that they last me from 4-7 days. I just cut a piece and pop it in the microwave. Works great! Now if I could just get dd to eat them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">.
 

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Shanana, when you make strata to freeze, you cook it first, I assume? Then thatw and reheat? Good idea...I might add strata to my list. Good for breakfast but also lunch or supper in a pinch (that would be more my style...instead of eating it for 5 breakfasts, we would eat it for every meal for 2 days, LOL!)
 

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I haven't actually made the strata to freeze yet, but I think I will NOT cook it first. The other two recipes (out of the freezer book) are not cooked first and they have similar ingredients (milk, eggs, cheese, etc.), so I think it should be fine. But this way you do have to thaw it completely in the fridge before cooking, which can take a few days.
 

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We fall into the no-freeze category. I personally do not like the way food tastes and/or the texture of it after it has been frozen, plus we eat a lot of fresh raw foods so those can't really be frozen. My dh is a good cook--although I do most of the cooking on a regular basis--so I am planning on just saying "oh honey, I would love that pumpkin stew for dinner" or "ackee with rice and peas sounds really good". He's not so good at figuring out what I want but if I tell him specifically then it's not problem. I also don't have a problem with sending him for Thai food or something from the hot food bar at Whole Foods.<br><br>
But remember I also have a teenage daughter who can make grilled cheese, pesto, etc for the younger ones so that I don't really have to worry about it.<br><br>
I just remember with my last births that I really seem to want nuts, toast/english muffins with nut butters, yummy juices, etc. so that is usually good for the first day or two.
 

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<span><b>mostly lots of frozen fish that my man caught and can cook, also some easy/healthy pizza pockets/burritos for my 9 yr old son. I am stocking up on take out menus!! and sushi menus!</b></span>
 

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Had a huge pot of peas and rice from this weekend so I will freeze that..plan on doing some homemade spaghetti sauce and freezing that in portions...also gonna do some callaloo and freeze that in portions...that's about it...I am not really a freezer food fan...so I am hoping my mom and my aunt will feel pity and pitch in to help me...
 
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