What are your best Prepare Ahead Freezer-Proof Meals?
I have to have my ACL repaired and will be on crutches for 6-8 weeks. Aside from the obvious inconvenience, my family still needs to eat and, although my husband can successfully heat up some Spaghetti-Os and pour some cereal into a bowl for my 3-year old, I don't want them eating that for two months!
So Chowhounders, please please PLEASE spam me with your favorite prepare ahead and freeze meals. Thanks in advance.
Chili made with ground turkey freezes very well, and is healthy. Here is my favorite recipe for turkey chili with white beans: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
Muffins also freeze well - either breakfasty ones or savory corn muffins for dinner. You can wrap them individually in foil before freezing, then just use as many as you want.
Meatloaf (freeze raw), meatballs in tomato sauce, stuffed cabbage, salmon cakes/croquettes, shepherd's pie, minestrone. And don't overlook the virtues of those bagged salads, just open and dress and you're good to go. Good luck and speedy recovery!
Poor you! And how kind you are that you are worrying about what they're going to eat whilst you're on crutches! For me, pizza is a great freezer-proof meal as you can store it cut up in slices and they can take as many as they want out, defrost and heat up as needed.
Lasagna (also cut up in chunks); homemade turkey, lamb or beef burgers, a pie (chicken, fish, beef or vegetable) and if you like spices, you can make some chicken or lamb curry or fajitas rady to heat up in the oven or griddle pan and eat. Good luck and take acre of yourself.
I have a list going for my Jan/ Feb since my work schedule is going to be brutal.
I have already made:
~lots of homemade chicken broth with frozen whole carrots and the meat taken off the carcass (all that needs to be done is chop meat and carrot, heat and add some pastina - little Italian pasta balls)
~pasta shells stuffed with ricotta and spinach and manicotti (meat and vegetarian cheese(frozen on cookie sheet, unsauced, then put in a large bag; convenient to put in a sauced baking dish in the morning and pop in the oven when I come home from work)
~batches of sauce frozen is smaller containers (bolognese, marinara, vodka, and tomato sauce with meatballs)
~small amounts of beef broth and turkey broth (in case I need gravy)
I am hoping to make as much as I can this weekend:
~chicken piccata (partially cooked and only need to go in the oven)
~souvlaki and burgers (raw so we can BBQ)