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I usually don't get all my cooking done in a day (Usually it takes me about a week, but them I'm set for 2 months instead of 1!) I am going to be making some extra meals for some friend's who just had a baby too..<br><br>
so far the only things on my list are; (will be updated as I go)<br><br>
lasagna<br>
shepards pie<br>
morning glory muffins (recipe here <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Morning-Glory-Muffins/Detail.aspx" target="_blank">http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Mo...ns/Detail.aspx</a> )<br>
apple spice waffles<br>
mashed potatoes<br>
blueberry muffins<br>
banana bread<br>
choc chip cookies<br>
black bean burgers<br><br>
I am a little burnt out on our usual stuff..looking for ideas! (Also what's good for a postpartum family? all I can think that I wanted nonstop was mashed potatoes! but isn't that a weird thing to bring someone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
btw I use this site alot<br><a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=31279" target="_blank">http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=31279</a>
 

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I am by no means a OAMCer, but some dishes that freeze well are:<br><br>
baked pasta (spaghetti, rigatoni, etc)<br>
baked macaroni & cheese (vegan or dairy)<br>
burgers & buns<br>
chili<br>
soup<br>
fruit crisp<br>
granola<br>
scalloped potatoes<br>
enchiladas<br><br>
good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm in!<br><br>
I just put a bunch into my freezer:<br><br>
2 chicken enchilada casseroles<br>
2 chicken casseroles<br>
10 packs of 4 pancakes each<br>
6 packs of cooked ground turkey with onions<br>
3 containers of white chicken chili<br>
2 containers of vegetarian chili<br><br><br>
I really need to do a huge baking day with things like banana bread, blueberry muffins, and chocolate chip cookies.
 

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I've actually taken a post partum mom mashed potatoes and she loved it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I make them like normal, but with almost no milk. When they defrost, they tend to get runnier, but if you don't put more liquid in when you make them, then they come out the right consistency.<br><br>
I made them as a side to a meatloaf and some meatballs. My friend is a comfort food kind of girl.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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hmm. so then maybe mashed potatoes isn't so crazy? I will take the mashed potatoes (as a side dish) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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adding to the list; (thanks hlkm2e)<br><br>
banana bread<br>
blueberry muffins<br>
chocolate chip cookies<br><br>
I need to come up with a good veggie burger patty to freeze. I think I will make black bean burgers though too.
 

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oops! sorry for the double post!
 

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here's my recipe, we've frozen it and it works. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Veggie Burgers<br><br>
3-4 cups rolled oats, whizzed (add last, to texture)<br>
3/4 cup walnuts, whizzed or finely chopped<br>
1.5-2 C (8-grain cereal cooked, beans- mashed, etc)<br>
1/4 c nutritional yeast flakes<br>
1 tsp oregano<br>
1 tsp onion<br>
1/2 tsp celery flakes<br>
1/2 tsp garlic<br>
1.5 tsp salt (or to taste)<br><br>
combine the above, form into patties and cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side at medium-high heat.
 

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thanks naturemama!<br><br>
btw how do you make and freeze your granola?
 

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I've never had good luck freezing anything with potatoes. I did go on a bread making binge with my new mixer so I have some banana and zuchini bread in the freezer as well as meatloaf. I think I may freeze a few more meatloafs just because it was so much fun to make <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> . My sister also just got a baby so I may bring a few extra over there.
 

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here's my granola recipe, I just bake it, cool it and put in large freezer bags.<br><br>
Banana-Nut Granola<br><br>
Dry:<br><br>
6 C Rolled Old-fashioned Oats<br>
2 C Rolled Triticale or other rolled grain<br>
1 C Sliced Almonds<br>
1 C Walnuts (chopped)<br>
1 C Cashews (chopped)<br>
1 C Coconut (shredded non-sweetened unsulphured)<br>
1 C pumpkin seeds (raw)<br>
1/2 C Flax seeds<br>
1/2 C Unhulled Sesame seeds<br>
1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt<br><br><br>
Wet:<br><br>
2/3 C Oil (coconut or walnut work well)<br>
1 C Honey (raw if possible) or sorghum<br>
1 over-ripe Banana<br><br>
Preheat oven to 235, combine dry ingredients in large bowl and mix well. Combine wet ingredients in blender and blend on high until well mixed. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until thoroughly mixed. Spread on 3 large cookie sheets (or casserole pans) evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, stir and turn over mix. Bake for 30 more minutes, stir and turn mix again. Bake for 10-15 more minutes until golden brown and crispy. Let cool before serving.
 

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How about freezing some pesto in portions and ready to heat garlic bread....then all you have to cook up is the pasta...<br><br>
I also cook refried beans in portions for tacos or burritos (sometimes I will make up the burritos ahead of time and freeze individual portions for a quick meal). I have a great refried bean recipe if you would like...let me know!<br><br>
The scrambled tofu recipe from Vegan with a Vengance is also great for making up some breakfast burritos to freeze...<br><br>
I see what else I can think of....
 

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great ideas on the pesto & garlic bread! definitly adding those!
 
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