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June 18th, 2013, 09:17 AM
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Need ideas for freezer meals -- any site or recipes would be greatly appreciated. Want to start doing this as I know with 3 kids I will not want to be cooking anytime soon.
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June 18th, 2013, 09:53 AM
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You favorite recipe of spaghetti sauce, i just did this and have jars ready, thaw & boil noodles. I throw tons of veggies in mine so I don't HAVE to have a salad with it.

You can do stuffed shells and freeze them, ditto lasagna just assemble and freeze.

I just made a chicken curry recipe and froze that in jars, thaw & make rice.

I have a hamburger stroganoff that freezes well, thaw & boil noodles.

Chilis and stews freeze well, if you like chili & stew... I don't.

I don't know many like casseroles that freeze well cuz I don't have room for that in my freezer. Hopefully someone else chimes in.
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June 18th, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Recipe Link:Enchilada Lasagna | Mogwai Soup

I use 2 cans of cream of chicken instead of cream of celery and I do not use anywhere near 5 cups of cheese.
I usually halve the recipe though because just my husband and I eat it
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June 18th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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I never did this with my first.
It seems like a good idea though. Where do you ladies find the time? LOL
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June 18th, 2013, 11:24 AM
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I hate cooking. It's going to be my hubby's job to feed us! lol
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June 18th, 2013, 12:38 PM
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I make and freeze stuff all the time, just for ease. Here are my favorite suggestions:

- Spaghetti pie, lasagna, baked ziti, any type of baked pasta (In this case, you would boil noodles and assemble, then freeze before the baking stage, then thaw and bake)

- Egg casseroles made with egg, some milk, cooked sausage or bacon, cooked veg, etc. (assemble and freeze raw, then thaw and bake). Same can be done with quiche.

- Soups, stews, chili

- Casseroles. I make a standard casserole with this formula: Starch (cooked noodles or rice), cooked meat, veggie (like frozen peas), white sauce (typically cream of something soup with some milk added), shredded cheese, seasonings (salt & pepper, seasoning salt, garlic powder, onion powder). Assemble, freeze, then thaw and bake.

- Meatloaf and meatballs (flash freeze first) freeze well. I freeze them raw and then thaw and bake/cook.

- Baked mac and cheese freezes well (I use a recipe that has eggs and freeze before baking).

- Twice baked potatoes freeze well.

- Pre-cooked rice also freezes well for a quick side dish or a way to make fried rice.

Other things that freeze well are PB&J sandwiches (spread PB on both slices of bread to avoid soggy bread) and French Toast sticks. I've also successfully frozen waffles and pancakes, although they aren't as good as fresh.
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June 18th, 2013, 02:44 PM
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thanks for the great responses -- you ladies rock -- i have some time starting next week and need to get moving as I will be 36 weeks and be delivering at 38.5 weeks!! It's coming fast ---
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June 18th, 2013, 02:46 PM
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Ooh! A few friends and I made some meals last week! It's on my to do list to put them all in a doc so we have them for future meal making....when I get that done I'll post it.
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June 18th, 2013, 04:38 PM
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as for finding time, i just double the recipes i was making that night.
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June 18th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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My sister is coming this weekend and we plan on cooking a storm. I've been trying to come up with things we can make using a variety of proteins and not just ground beef. Here are some ideas we've been tossing around:

- spaghetti sauce
- lasagna
- chicken pot pie & quiches
- sweet & sour meatballs
- Spanish croquettes (these are sort of like fish-based patties rolled in the shape of a finger, dipped in egg and coated in bread crumbs. You can assemble them and flash freeze them in ziplock bags. This is a new recipe we have, so we made a small batch yesterday and froze just a few to see what they taste like once they're thawed and fried)
- stews (I have a few Cuban recipes my husband likes. Some of them are basically like bean soups you pour over rice, others are meat-based with either chicken or pork)

I figure we can make the spaghetti sauce and the stews in the crockpot, which will free up space on the stovetop to cook all of our other stuff.
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June 18th, 2013, 05:51 PM
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I'm consulting my favourite website for this one:
Freezer Friendly Recipes collection - Taste.com.au




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I never did this with my first.
It seems like a good idea though. Where do you ladies find the time? LOL
What I have started doing is making double quantity when I cook dinner, eat half and freeze half. So it slowly is building up and I am not taking any extra time out of my day to cook everything.
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Pizza casserole, a taco bake (just noodles, taco seasoning, peppers and hamburger!), cheesy potatoes, lasagna, chicken enchiladas...meatloaf...just about anything can be frozen and then baked or thrown into the crock pot!
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June 18th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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I think I better eat some crappy frozen food that's taking up my freezer space and get cooking!
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June 19th, 2013, 09:07 AM
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I was introduced to the idea of freezer crock pot meals while packing for a long distance move. It's genius! Just put the contents of the freezer bag in the crock pot and you're done! The blog I originally used for inspiration has actually compiled a whole eCookbook that I think could come in handy! Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes eCookbook

PS- She says her recipes are 95% grain/gluten free and dairy free, so this is great even for those with food sensitivities!
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June 19th, 2013, 03:01 PM
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I was introduced to the idea of freezer crock pot meals while packing for a long distance move. It's genius! Just put the contents of the freezer bag in the crock pot and you're done! The blog I originally used for inspiration has actually compiled a whole eCookbook that I think could come in handy! Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes eCookbook

PS- She says her recipes are 95% grain/gluten free and dairy free, so this is great even for those with food sensitivities!
I just looked at the website and it sounds great! I guess in my mind, I had to cook everything in the crockpot and THEN freeze it. Never actually thought about assembling everything for the freezer and THEN cooking it! Makes sense, though! I will definitely be trying some of these.
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June 19th, 2013, 03:19 PM
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On another note, I really want to kick my husband's butt when I came home from work. He's been working part-time and he had the day off today. For his lunch, I found out that he actually took out one of the pre-made manicottis in the freezer... Those are meals I froze to use AFTER the birth, when we get really really busy!

I said "AHEM... what do you think you're doing???!!! You were at home all day - get off your behind and make your lunch from scratch! I didn't make those for YOU!"
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June 19th, 2013, 04:04 PM
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I just scoured my Pinterest board I need to work on this too. All of this stuff seems like it would freeze well. Lots of soups.

Lasagna soup (prob my favorite soup recipe of all time)
Grub / most favorited all-time - page 2 | foodgawker

Orzo soup
spinach tomato orzo soup | Grub

Tomato basil soup
Grub / Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Vegetarian tortilla soup
Grub / Spicy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

French onion and mushroom soup
Grub / French Onion and Mushroom Soup

Chicken, bacon, and wild rice soup
Grub / Crock pot chicken bacon and wild rice soup

Tom kah soup
Grub / Tom Kah Soup

Chunky veggie soup
chunky veg soup | Grub

Homemade backed beans
Grub / The Pioneer Woman Cooks | Ree Drummond

Creamy artichoke lasagna
Grub / creamy artichoke lasagna - I love the move away from regular lasagna
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June 19th, 2013, 05:49 PM
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thank y'all all so much --- Reading all of this made me crave lasagna -- SO I made one today --- yummy for the tummy -- it's only me and the boys home -- one doesn't eat it and the other wasn't in the mood so he had a small piece -- Looks like i'll have a whole lot of that to freeze
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