Monday, August 8, 2011

Need freezer meal ideas!

Now that I've come to terms with DS's upcoming surgery, I need to start getting my ducks in a row. First up is my thoughts about meals in the days after we come home from the hospital. I anticipate little time to grocery shop and sleepless nights and harried days. So I need to stock up on some easy freezer meals. Because DS will be on a liquid diet for at least two weeks, I just need something for DH and myself that won't keep me in the kitchen during the intense caregiving post-op phase. Oh, yeah, the meals also need to be cheap. But you probably already knew that :)

Anyone have any great ideas or favorite go-to meals that freeze well? I sure could use the help!

Sarah

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13 comments:

  1. Chicken Mexican stew! I will e-mail you the recipe. Cheap, easy...and can be STRETCHED.

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  2. Can't wait for that recipe, Mysti!! That sounds EXACTLY like what I'm looking for - and DH and I both love Mexican! Thanks in advance!

    Sarah

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  3. This is a really easy crock pot recipe: http://homeownerby30.blogspot.com/2011/01/crock-pot-stroganoff.html

    This is a marathon post, but the Chicken & White Bean Chili is GREAT and it does freeze pretty well. http://homeownerby30.blogspot.com/2010/02/cooking-is-marathon-not-sprintat-least.html

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  4. my favourites would be:

    cook a big batch of mince with tomato sauce, onion etc and freeze it in meal size amounts, you can make spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, tacos, etc

    chicken soup and pumpkin soup

    potato bake

    a big batch of fried rice

    frozen pizza bases

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  5. Hi Sarah,
    I would start with what you are making daily now and just adjust for 2 more servings then put it in the freezer.

    If you have time to make stuff ahead this is a pretty good site: http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/category/recipes/freezer/

    I like to fry up a bunch of ground beef with onions, peppers and spices and freeze in meal size portions for taco's, spaghetti/noodles and meatsauce, hamburger soup.

    Plan leftover meals so that a meal of stir-fried vegtables one night and roast chicken the next = chicken vegtable soup for the next 2 days.

    I hope this helps a little.

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  6. Ok...I am dumb. I can't find your e-mail!!!!

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  7. Thanks for all of the great ideas, everyone! I'm going to start making a list and begin stocking up.

    @ Mysti, my email is gettinggazelle@gmail.com Thanks!

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  8. do you have a crock pot?? dust it off and take it out!! It makes the best not time required dinners!

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  9. New to your blog. I have really enjoyed it. As for meals, I like to freeze lasagne, chicken pot pie or most any casserole. Also using the crockpot really helps on busy days. Just throw everything in the night before and put on low. I usually put in chicken, roast or pork chops along with whatever vegetables (usually potatos, carrots and onions) and sprinkle with dry ranch mix. May God bless you and your son during the upcoming surgery and recovery.

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  10. Chicken Satay!

    Cut up chicken into bite-sized pieces, stir fry in a little oil until sealed. Add stir fry vegies, onion, whatever you like. Pour over sauce (I like Kan Tong if you have it where you are), simmer for a few minutes, spoon over rice and freeze.

    As long as you don't mix the satay and rice before freezing, it thaws and reheats really well. Use a little extra sauce than you normally would though.

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  11. just joined your blog this morning! =)

    I would have to agree with the crockpot idea also..but I love freezing meals - the meals listed above sound great.

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  12. My favorite is Hawaiian Chicken. Chicken breasts with BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Rays is my home's fave) and pinnapple rings with its natural juice. Bake it at 350 for 50 minutes. Freeze it. When you're ready to eat it, un-thaw it, bake it for 20 minutes at 350. Yummy

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  13. These meals all sound so good! I have never done a freezer meal, I need to start.

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