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Apr 28, 2008 12:43 PM

Meals that freeze well

I like to make a big pot of something fairly healthy on the weekend and freeze it in individual servings so that I can bring it to work for lunch throughout the following week. I am starting to run out of ideas. Any suggestions?

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  1. I'm very particular about texture, and don't like many things frozen and reheated. That said, chicken enchiladas work quite marvelously. I do defrost and then reheat in an oven rather than a microwave, however.

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    1. re: modthyrth

      I like to make a potful of this vegetarian chili. It's really good, travels well, and freezes well too. Don’t be deterred by the long list of ingredients. Most of them are herbs and spices

      1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
      2 onions, chopped
      2 green & or red peppers, chopped
      3 cloves garlic, crushed
      2 cups mushrooms, sliced
      1 can 19 oz red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
      1 can 19 oz chick peas, drained & rinsed
      1/2 cup uncooked bulgur wheat
      28 oz can stewed tomatoes
      1 cup bottled salsa ( mild or medium)
      1/2 cup water
      2 tsp salt
      ½ tsp pepper
      1 tbsp chili pepper
      1 tsp basil
      ½ tsp oregano
      ¼ tsp cayenne
      1 tbsp cocoa ( baking cocoa, unsweetened)
      1 tsp sugar
      ½ tsp ground cumin
      Optional: 1 can drained corn niblets

      Heat oil in a large pot. Sauté onions, pepper and garlic for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes longer. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer, covered for 25 to 30 minutes.

      Here's a whole site that has a ton of make-ahead recipes that freeze well:

    2. stuffed peppers freeze well. and you can use lean meat or poultry and quinoa. grate a zucchini for extra nutrition.

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      1. re: eLizard

        Stuffed peppers do freeze well. I make a vegetarian version when I don't feel like meat. Just substitute your fav veggies for the meat and add some low fat cheese .

        1. re: Smileelisa

          do you bake yours first before you freeze?

      2. Chow's Chicken Chile Verde is really good frozen and then re-heated.

        1. Check out! They have a ton of recipes as part of a feature of food that freezes well!

          1. Everyday Food magazine always has a section on "freeze it and go". I found several that were great. Stuffed chicken breasts (just make a platter of them and freeze individually). I like most italian dishes freeze well and taste better the second time around - Egglplant Parm.