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May 13, 2009 05:40 AM

meals to freeze

i'm looking to fill my freezer will some simple, healthy meals before our first child is born at the end of the month. i'd love some recipes for meals that freeze well. i don't want to stock up on too many pasta or meat-heavy dishes though. i'm thinking lighter fare suitable for summer.
Any suggestions?

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  1. how about vegetable soup with leafy greens, tomatoes, and white beans? add chunks of rind from a good parmesan cheese to the broth while it is cooking. you can also do a veggie chili - with kidney beans, peppers, tomatoes, corn. i also make and freeze a number of simple one-veggie soups: broccoli, pea, etc. just sautee an onion/shallot, add broth, boil the veggie in the broth, then puree with an emulsion blender. i add fresh tarragon to the pea soup or basil to the broccoli. and i serve with a scoop of greek yogurt swirled in once i defrost and reheat. a final idea is to make a few quick breads to serve with these dishes, since bread freezes so well. corn bread would be a particularly easy and easy-to-freeze option. good luck, and congrats on the baby!

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    1. re: foodie4444

      thanks! in fact, soups were my first thought and i've already frozen some nice pea/pesto soup and some gazpacho. breads are a great idea too.

    2. A good vegetable pie (with a wholemeal crust) cut in portions; a risotto with lots of different veggies or maybe a vegetable bake like eggplant parmigiana or layered lasagna (without the pasta sheets)? You could also do a brown rice stir-fry or maybe a lentil meatloaf.

      Congratulations and good luck with your new baby!

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      1. re: Paula76

        would any rice salad freeze well? or grain salad like quinoa or bulgar salad?

      2. There have been lots of threads on this and similar topics. Here's one link that I found without too much trouble.

        1. The current issue of Clean Eating magazine has a section on freezer kits. Let me know if you want more info - gagnonl at rogers dot com

          1. You can roast vegetables like peppers, onion, mushrooms, etc., freeze them in 1 or 2 cup portions. You can make frittatas, quiche, noodle kugel with them.

            You can also freeze cooked rice, perhaps some rice pilaf, Spanish rice, risotto.

            Homemade cream of mushroom, or celery, or vichyoisse (without the potato, add that later) can be frozen in advance. I would be sure to make a large quantity of chicken stock, that always comes in handy for soups, sauces, etc. Again, freeze in small containers.