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amyvc Jan 29, 2007 03:55 AM

I am making a few dishes to go in the freezer of some friends who will have a new baby any day. I'd love to make soemthing that could feed up to 4 or could last them more than 1 meal, depending on how much company they have. Also, want something they can defrost, heat up and eat. I am planning to do baked ziti and maybe enchiladas. Chili's out, as they already have their own in the freezer. any other ideas? anyone have a great recipe that freezes well? Thanks for all ideas!

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  1. MeffaBabe Jan 29, 2007 12:10 PM

    Chicken cutlet parm is another great dinner that freezes well, as does stuffed shells. Anything with a marinara type sauce is great- meatballs with sauce all they do is boil the pasta. Chicken caccitore freezes well. Beef stew is great. I have frozen pork chops with vinegar peppers. You can freeze and reheat almost anything. I usually cook on weekends and freeze it all for meals all week. Not much doesn't reheat well.

    1. lollya Jan 29, 2007 02:02 PM

      I just wanted to pop in and say that the title made me laugh out loud, because I read it so very wrong.
      Anyways, I think lasagnas would be good, as well as some heartier soups that they could pair with rice.

      1. jbyoga Jan 29, 2007 02:10 PM

        putting a baby in the freezer is just wrong...

        1. Andiereid Jan 29, 2007 02:16 PM

          Does it have to be frozen? I'm about to make my fourth "week of meals" baby gift in a week. I provide a week's worth of refrigerated meals for friends of mine who have new ones. The stuff I make holds up fine for a week in the fridge. Here's a sample menu for the last baby's family:

          Maple Syrup and Mustard Glazed Cornish hens
          Mashed Potatoes

          Latin-Style Flank Steak
          Spiced Couscous
          Chopped grilled veggies

          Shredded Pork Tenderloin with Lime Sauce
          Steamed Rice

          Ham and Gruyere Quiche

          Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Steaks with Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce
          Smokey Black-eyed Peas

          I also put in a bottle of homemade Honey-Lemon dressing, some good boxed salad greens, homemade croutons, a couple dozen buttermilk rolls and an assortment of cookies and brownies.

          I suppose some of that could be frozen, but I make them to be consumed that week, and all of them have said the meals held up fine for reheating.

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            cheesehead in recovery Jan 29, 2007 04:11 PM

            Yes.. baby freezer....funny headline. I've given butternut squash soup, and red lentil soup...both yellow, but both easy to make, give, and healthy,

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              amyvc Jan 29, 2007 06:34 PM

              I cracked up when I read the replies! I didn't even think, but the headline reads like I'm trying to put my new baby in the freezer. Clearly, I'm trying to freeze someone else's baby :)

              Thanks for the ideas. Keep 'em coming! I like the idea of stuff that can be eaten without being frozen. I think I will check with the couple as to what they'd prefer. Chowhounders are great....

              1. amyleechen Jan 29, 2007 07:03 PM

                I thought it was a new kind of appliance -- a really small freezer? (I live in space-challenged Manhattan -- it seemed like a reasonable possibility...)

                In keeping with the lasagna and stuffed shells suggestions, a luscious Mac & Cheese would be lovely.

                What a fine gift! Food made with love for an expanding family . Brilliant!

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                1. re: amyleechen
                  lollya Jan 30, 2007 08:19 AM

                  HAHAH That is a funny way to read it too! :)

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                  kcchan Jan 29, 2007 07:07 PM

                  I usually like to make won tons or potstickers and stick em in the freezer - you can cook as many or as few as you like at a time.

                  1. amyleechen Jan 29, 2007 07:16 PM

                    I was coming back to post just that suggestion. Wontons freeze quite well! Good idea, kcchan!

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