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Dec 19, 2009 01:46 PM

Meals that Freeze Well & Taste Alright Microwaved

I think I might make some things for my elderly grandfather that he can thaw out and then reheat in the microwave. He doesn't cook at all and has a hard time getting around.

I was thinking about the following:

Chicken Noodle Soup
Macaroni and cheese
Pot roast and potatoes (would this reheat evenly?)
Chicken Enchiladas
Minestrone Soup

Does anybody have any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Potatoes freeze poorly, but the soups, lasagna, and enchiladas should be fine. I've found that soups/stews (not potato) freeze well and I nuke them at work for a tasty lunch. The pot roast would freeze well though.

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    1. re: nofunlatte

      Brisket with gravy, carrots and onions freezes really well.

    2. as latte said, potatoes don't really freeze well. also, microwaved noodle dishes aren't always ideal because the pasta gets mushy.

      i agree wholeheartedly with the suggestions for pot roast or brisket.

      other thoughts:
      - beef stew
      - turkey or white chicken chili
      - chicken & rice soup
      - mushroom barley soup
      - stuffed cabbage
      - split pea soup
      - black bean soup
      - chana masala or chickpea stew
      - stewed lentils or lentil soup
      - meat loaf
      - meatballs in sauce

      1. My family makes a lot of freeze and eat meals for me (I am a college student, so they give me stuff whenever I go home to enjoy), so I am experience in the quality of freeze and eat haha. The best kind of food is any sort of meat that is already falling apart tender. So, pulled pork, crockpot meals, any sort of chicken based dish...casseroles without potatoes also work out well.

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        1. re: milkyway4679

          pulled pork! i kept thinking there was something obvious i was missing, and that was it. good call :)

        2. I freeze everything: all kinds of homemade soup, chili, lasagna, moussaka, leftover spaghetti with meat sauce, leftover beef stew (with a crust of Crescent Roll Dough it becomes Meat Pie), sliced roast pork on cornbread stuffing with chicken gravy over it, beef or lamb or chicken curry, beef burgundy, carbonade flamande, cauliflower au gratin, candied sweet potatoes, leftover mashed potatoes, leftover scalloped potatoes and ham, sliced baked ham, ham and cheese quiche, leftover slices of apple pie and chocolate cake and gingerbread, etc. My love of convenience easily overwhelms my love of culinary perfection.

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          1. re: Querencia

            Querencia, You freeze mashed potatoes, and of course they come in those frozen dinners, so that must work fine. I think potatoes would be very welcome with pot roast and gravy, even mashed ones. A lot has to do with what grandfather likes to eat. No sense worrying about perfection after freezing if it is something he doesn't care for.

          2. Not really a meal, but brownies freeze well. And they don't have to be microwaved to be eaten. Don't ask me how I know this :)