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Old 09-09-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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Homemade freezer Goodies and tv dinners

We talk a lot about freezing meals ahead, but I'd love some ideas and recipes for snacks ahead. Like, the Sam's club frozen boxed food, not meals!

They have all kinds of mexican food and chicken bites, etc. that you can heat up just a few at a time for snacks!! Maybe I will buy some mini bagels to make those pizza bagels or hmmm... I wonder how those little pizza pockets are made (Pizza Bites??). That makes me think of hot pockets too! I know to freeze them, I'll need to freeze them on a cookie sheet before putting them into the bag.

Any other ideas or advice? Anything I shouldn't try to freeze (along this line)?


Also- about t.v. dinners... Can I just cook up some meat, instant mashed potatoes and open a can of corn and then freeze it in a compartmental dish to pop out and microwave?

Thanks!

PS- I would also like to share that I'm planning on finding delicious looking pictures of the food I make and then printing them out to attach to the package. In the past when I've frozen left overs, etc. they don't look appetizing to me all frozen up in there. But I'm hoping with pictures on them like on the store boxes, I'll see it and think, "mmm... that looks good!"!
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Frozen dessert snacks:
http://busycooks.about.com/od/desser...berryshort.htm
http://busycooks.about.com/od/desser...itinacloud.htm
http://busycooks.about.com/od/desser...tparfaitba.htm

Others:
http://www.relishmag.com/recipes/vie...za-rounds.html (pizza rounds)

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fried-M...ks/Detail.aspx
(cheese sticks, you can make alot & freeze)

frozen homemade potato wedges

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fried-M...ks/Detail.aspx
(potato skins, make alot & freeze)

i dunno if you can freeze these or not, but they'd be a good snack:
http://southernfood.about.com/od/app.../r/bl1221h.htm
(pita chips)

http://southernfood.about.com/od/hot...r/bl30318l.htm
(pigs in a blanket) make them and freeze

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,171,...252195,00.html
(calzones)

you can use leftover pancake mix as a topping for onion rings and deep fry them then freeze

http://southernfood.about.com/od/app...r/bl31207j.htm
(tuna pinwheels)

Hope that helps, you could also make cinnamon flops and freeze for snacks/bfast:

CINNAMON FLOP
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 c. milk
brown sugar
cinnamon
butter

Sift sugar, flour, and baking powder together. Add melted butter and milk; stir until well blended. Divide mixture between 2 well-oiled 9" pie or cake pans. Sprinkle dough with desired amounts of brown sugar and cinnamon and add pats of butter.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

As for frozen meals, you could def. do what you said The perfect trays for toddlers would be to save the gerber lil entrees trays.

IDEAS: homemade mac n cheese with corn and a small brownie.
meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
if you have leftover mashed pot. from dinner, dont toss them~use them in your microwave dinners, same with leftover veggies.
you could buy a cheap bag of frozen raviolis w/sauce and put that in a tray with breadsticks or garlic toast.
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Oh I LOVE these ideas!! Thank you! I am going to make the cheese sticks and calzones tonight!
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Yummy! Im glad you like!!
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Re: Homemade freezer Goodies and tv dinners

I have done the tv dinner thing with leftovers, I just lined a pie pan with wax paper and froze the leftovers from a meal, then when it was frozen I wrapped it in tin foil and put it in a gallon sized bag and reheated it on a plate in the micro.
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I have done the tv dinner thing with leftovers, I just lined a pie pan with wax paper and froze the leftovers from a meal, then when it was frozen I wrapped it in tin foil and put it in a gallon sized bag and reheated it on a plate in the micro.

That is a super neat Idea. I wasn't sure how to do this since I don't have enough dishes to freeze them in. Thank you for the tip!

I wonder also about how well instant mashed potatoes will do frozen. Has anyone tried this?
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We have been using Tv dinners to lose weight.. So far I am down 18 lbs & my husband is down about 5 or so. He hasnt done his weekly weigh in for today so I dont know the exact yet lol.

But we have been saving the trays our dinners come in (Normally the Lean Cuisine & Healthy Choice meals.. ) Then we eat real food over the weekend.. So I have been making extra.. and saving it in the left over trays.. wrapping with the press & seal (which I am Still trying to get the hang of lol) and wala. the kids just take the press & seal off and microwave till done.. Here are the few combos we have done so far:

Rice a roni w/ Beef & corn (all mixed up.. )
Left over mashed potatoes, mac & cheese and 1 of those Salisbury steak patties (6 for like 2.00) .. this made 6 meals of course.
mac & Cheese w/ Chicken nuggets (all my littlest will eat lol) I also put some ritz crackers in the 3rd slot for a "Desert" they froze well & I just removed them before Microwaving
Spaghetti froze well too.. SOO yummy lol.

I did buy some cake mix.. I was going to use it but never got to it (We left for our cruise right after starting all this lol) But they say to make it up as box tells you.. then poor in the divided plate.. when you microwave it cooks. I havent tried it yet so I am not sure about how long to cook it for. But I would only suggest filling it up about 1/2 way just so it doesnt poof over the plate.. then again, that might be a cool effect lol.

Hope this helps! I am off to try & figure out how to make a cheap pizza for the kids.. Thought about doing maybe mini bagel pizzas.. or english muffins? Not sure which would microwave well.. Then again, cheaper route would probably be to get the pizza rolls.. divide into the trays so they each have some.. maybe put some corn with it.. or mac & cheese??
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