Post by applecrisp1 on Nov 13, 2019 15:12:03 GMT -5
I'd like to make some quick meals for the freezer and/or freeze some foods to help save time when making dinner etc I love the convenience of just taking out a serving of something the night before and then just heating it up the next day. Add a salad and/or veggies and dinner is done. Also, great to have some meals etc on hand if stuck inside because of snow etc. I also want to add some more food to my pantry, again, when weather is bad etc. and/or those times I want something easy.
My usual go to's for the freezer: soup, chili, pasta sauce, cooked brown rice, frozen veggie, bread, pita. In the cabinet: beans, pasta, quinoa, couscous, rice, diced tomatoes, PB, salsa, pasta sauce .... Minor's chicken stock in the fridge so I can make soup, always hummus on hand.
So what's your favorite things to freeze for quick meals/snacks or to help save time? Or go to food to have on hand in the pantry/fridge for quick meal/snacks.
I like to keep the following on hand. Now that I commute daily and don’t get home until after 6:00pm, I’ve been relying on a lot of quick meals.
Italian Beef (our absolute fave frozen meal that I freeze in portions) Soup or chili (right now I have a container of the black bean salsa chili you and Karen turned me on to) Basmati rice that I freeze in portions Trader Joe’s Palak Paneer (I know, it’s not home made but it’s sooo good. I serve it with the rice mentioned above and TJ’s Garlic Naan bread.) Costco’s pesto sauce that I freeze in small portions and pull out for a quick pasta meal or for a pizza topper I always keep flour tortillas on hand for mini pizzas and wraps. Jarred spaghetti sauce. Lately we’ve been loving Classico’s Sweet Italian Basil sauce.
ETA - I like to nuke a potato in the microwave for an easy lunch. If I have broccoli to add, it’s makes a quick dinner too.
I have a pretty good idea of my freezer contents since I just cleaned/reorganized them the other day. And I have two full upright freezers in my basement!
Already prepared stuff: LOTS of soups plus homemade chicken stock in various sized bags; chili; black beans in sauce for beans and rice; a few pieces each of some leftover lasagnas; a tin of cabbage roll casserole; homemade meatballs; frozen matzo balls; par baked homemade pizza crusts; homemade hummus and other bread spreads/relishes like caponata; ratatouille, muffins, steel cut oats-cooked/frozen in single serving portions for breakfast; homemade cookies/granola bars
Convenience items: lots of different breads-both homemade and store bought (homemade bagels, English muffins, dinner rolls of various flavors/varieties, focaccia; store bought tortillas, pitas, naan, and flatbread); a few trader Joe items like sweet potato fries and nuggets for DH (he loves those), pulled BBQ chicken, salmon/chicken burgers, orange chicken, and Thai fried rice; frozen tortellini and ravioli; potstickers; frozen fruits and veggies; pesto-homemade and store (Costco brand is best IMHO for store brand); chicken sausages-precooked and raw varieties; cooked/diced chicken for soups/casseroles
Other stuff: nuts, grains, whole grain flours; vegetables harvested from garden like some oven dried tomatoes/roasted tomatoes and peppers of all sorts etc...; chicken and fish; some frozen cooked heirloom beans/hominy; a few cheeses although I try not to freeze too much cheese and mostly use it for cooking when defrosted....goat cheese freezes well, and last but certainly not least....ICE CREAM!!
Post by applecrisp1 on Nov 15, 2019 12:06:26 GMT -5
Thanks for the great ideas. I added a bunch to my shopping list.
Off to look up what Italian Beef is......
I might make some black bean burgers or some black bean quesadillas over the weekend --- to add to the freezer. And thanks for reminding me about meatballs -- absolutely adding that to the freezer too.