Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-18-2006, 06:37 PM   #1
MistyP's Avatar
MistyP
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 676
Need reciepes for freezer!

I am wanting to stock up my freezer with some easy meals for after the baby but I need some more ideas!

So far:
Lasanga
Rice, broccoli, chicken casserole
Enchiladas


Thanks!!
Misty
MistyP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2006, 07:26 PM   #2
twinsmomkatie's Avatar
twinsmomkatie
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: New Hampshire, Live Free or Die
Posts: 1,430
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

Tater Tot Casserole:

1 bag of tater tots
1 lb. hamburger
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Put 1/2 of the (frozen) tatertots in the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Brown the hamburger (sometimes I add in onions, salt, pepper, whatever) and mix in the cream of mushroom soup + 1/2 can of water. Dump over the tater tots. Put the other half of the tater tots on top of the hamburger (or ground turkey, etc.), and freeze the whole thing. Cook 45 minutes at 375'.


_______________________________________

I did this with both of my pregnancies, and it was one of the smartest things I've ever done! (patting self on back!) My church was very generous with meals, but I didn't feel like cooking for quite a while after the meals stopped coming, and this gave me some much-treasured sleep in those first days. In fact, I always have 1 or 2 meals in the freezer for those busy days.

Two things I have learned from experience . . .

A glass pan will crack if you take it right out of the freezer and put it into a preheated oven. Unless you have something that needs to rise (bread, dumplings, etc.,), put the glass pan into the cold oven and then turn it on. If they warm up together, the pan won't crack.

A lot of my recipes go in a 9x9 pan, and I don't want to have both my 9x9's out of service in the freezer for very long. So I line the 9x9 with foil, make the dish in it, and freeze it. Then I pop the frozen meal out of the pan (in its foil "wrapper") and put the whole thing into a freezer ziploc. When it's time to eat the meal, just pull it out of the freezer and pop it back into your 9x9. (This also helps with the above problem.)

I am totally in love with freezer cooking . . . the convenience of fast food, the nutrition of a home-cooked meal, the lower cost of a self-prepared meal, and the ability to "wow" my hubby on days I REALLY don't feel like it!

Another popular freezer staple here is spaghetti sauce - we put sausage, pepperoni, hamburger, onions, zucchini, and any garden vegetable in season into a huge pot of sauce and simmer it about half a day. Freeze in serving-size portions.

Also, things frozen flat in ziploc bags will stack up like books for excellent storage. Easy to label, too.

Okay, I've just given you WAY MORE INFORMATION than you were looking for - have fun!

Katie
__________________
Katie
twinsmomkatie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2006, 08:45 AM   #3
Julesmom23girls
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,017
My Mood:
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

I am sure you are mostly looking for dinner ideas but here are a few for breakfast as well, or you can have breakfast for dinner. You have covered my favorite freezer meals.

Whenever I make pancakes or french toast I always make extra and freeze. I microwave the pancakes and put the french toast in the toaster. They come out great, and it beats paying for the exact same thing at the grocery store.

Also instead of freezing, consider a crockpot. Very little work on your part and yet at dinner time you have a hot meal ready. Some of my faves are roast (pork or beef) w/ potaotes and baby carrots, or take the roast and cook it all day shredd it w/ 2 forks and put bbq sauce on it for bbq sandwiches. You can also use the pulled meat and put salsa on it for tacos. I also like to make stew, this one can take a little more work, I like to use fresh veggies, but you could use frozen and canned. I just cut up whatever veggies I have (tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, zuchini) and throw it all in the crock. Let it cook all day, no added water needed, the veggies will release their juices as they cook. I am sure you could probably do this w/ frozen stuff, just thaw it first and throw it in, probably wouldn't have to cook as long, but I am not sure.
Julesmom23girls is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2006, 10:32 AM   #4
BambooMama's Avatar
BambooMama
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: where the grass is greener
Posts: 620
My Mood:
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

what i did before i delivered was make a lot of bean soups in the crock pot and froze them. dh is filipino so we eat a lot of rice (don't know if you do). we made things from basic slow cooker recipe books like multi-bean soup with ham (you can get the multi bean kits too at the grocery and just throw them in), or spicy red beans, or chili, or whatever. then we just defrost a jar of bean-stuff, turn on the rice cooker, throw the bean-stuff on the rice and chow. beans freeze/thaw really well and are really good protein sources for both soon to be and just-became mammas!!

also, we just made other types of soup that are good to be made in the slow cooker and froze them for lunches. lately when DH is out of town (I have a 9 week old), i wouldn't eat if it wasn't for those jars of soup!!! in general, i've found that if you can make it in the slow cooker, it's probably good frozen/defrosted. i hate stuff that doesn't freeze well, so i'm kinda picky.

good luck!!!
__________________
Postdoc'ing mama to DD(5/16/06) and another on the way (7/09).
An eye for an eye leaves a room full of blind men.
BambooMama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2006, 10:47 AM   #5
Paulette's Avatar
Paulette
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 281
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

I made Goulash which is basically anything you have lying around mixed with macaroni noodles and tomato sauce. I add corn, red beans, and ground beef and season to taste. Freezes really well. I have also made gnocchi, and have some of those jarred sauces to go over it. Spaghetti Sauce, Black Beans, and Fried Rice all froze well. It is much easier to fill the freezer if you make a double or triple recipe when you are cooking something. Not much more work, and you only dirty one set of dishes.
__________________
IF I DON'T RESPOND IT'S BECAUSE WE ARE EXPECTING A HURRICANE
Momma to Melissa Leigh 8/14/06
www.craftymomandme.com Take 15% off your first order with coupon code 15OFF
Now Testing for Eye Pillows.....http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...d.php?t=504751

Paulette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2006, 10:58 AM   #6
sparkygirl74's Avatar
sparkygirl74
Registered Users
seller
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: WNY
Posts: 586
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

Well our freezer unplugged last week, so we had to cook everything ing there, and then froze a ton of meals. We did...

Turky & Gravy (I will just make some potatoes or stuffing to go with this. It also makes great sandwiches

Chicken soup (used up a bunch of frozen chicken and veddies)

Venison stew (beef would be as good)

Chilie

Pasta, Sausage, Sauce and cheese casserole (pretty self explanetory)

Bean Soup

Pea Soup

Turky Stock and soup meat from the carcass

Ham

I won't have to cook for a loooooong time!
__________________
We have our surprise due in late November, 2012
ISO: NB/SM, or Med Loveybums wool wraps and infant, small, med prefolds.
sparkygirl74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2006, 10:26 AM   #7
CMamma
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 15,580
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

I don't make anything "special." I just put our nightly meals in the freezer (leftovers).
__________________
Once... And Again Fabric | Vintage | Secondhand
CMamma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-2006, 10:31 AM   #8
togg_mama
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 5,821
My Mood:
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

I make breakfast burritos to freeze:

flour tortilla (the mid-size work best)
scrambled eggs (about 1-1/2 per burrito)
handfull of shredded cheddar cheese
pre-fried bacon or sausage (the ready cooked stuff is faster and less messy)
if i'm ambitious, fried potatoes

roll burrito, wrap in a paper towel, then wrap in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. the paper towel is what you heat it in the micro in. heat on high for 1-3 minutes. DH loves these and he's the envy of his co-workers.
togg_mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2006, 03:09 PM   #9
newuanda's Avatar
newuanda
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Iowa
Posts: 2,021
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

I do chili, anything pasta, brocolli (is that spelling right - doesn't look right hmmm... ) cheese soup

Definetly the frozen assets book is great. I get mine from the library every once in a while.
__________________
SAHM to my kids Curren, Ellie, Aiden, Rylen, and Lyndie; wife to Kevin VBAC homebirth mommy
I love to blog with my sister
newuanda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2006, 05:13 PM   #10
njschultz7's Avatar
njschultz7
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Northwest, Indiana
Posts: 1,218
My Mood:
Re: Need reciepes for freezer!

Cheese stuffed pasta shells are easy and a huge hit here with my kids.

Let me know if you want the reciepe and I will email it to you.
__________________
Nicole mom to 4 boys , , , , and a baby girl .
I make quilts. Interested PM me.
njschultz7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.