Great food that freezes well
I'm due with baby #2 in a couple months and have some time now to fill my freezer. My family likes to eat, keeps kosher (so no milk and meat mixing, please) and is used to interesting/ethnic/etc foods. I have access to good grocery stores, less access to decent ethnic markets and I'm looking for things that freeze well and can be pulled out and reheated with a day's notice. Thanks!
Congratulations... There have been several threads on this, so hopefully some of these will get you started on ideas...
My personal favorites are things like brisket, meatballs, bolognese sauce.
I would alsop add to the list a vegetarian lasgna, baked macaroni and cheese, a hearty beef stew, rolled meat in cabbage, and most soupd will freeze well like sweet and sour cabbage, chicgken w/matzah ball amd split pea
We're in the same situation - loading the freezer for baby - and just made a large batch of empanadas, both vegetarian and meat-filled. One of the nice things about them is you can take out as many, or as few, as you need for any given meal.
Here's a thread on empanada dough, the filling can be anything you like:
Soup, soup and more soup. I've really gotten into Splendid Soups by James Peterson. Some recipes require much more effort than others but since they all usually make a great deal more than my wife and I can eat in a single meal we've taken to freezing them as leftovers. It also seems that the longer they have been frozen (up to a point) the better they taste when re-heated.
P.S. I personally use Deborah Madison's (Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone) recipe for vegetable stock when any of Peterson's recipes call for stock or water as a base and also tend to eliminate his ubiquitous call for cream. The stock can also easily be frozen and used later.