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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
Lasagna
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 :)

            1. If he does like Mexican, you could do a strata with tortillas, black beans, green chiles, jack and cheddar cheeses, sour cream, olives... it freezes nicely...

              frittatas and quiches are easy

              pizza... if he likes that and isn't a die-hard fanatic about what pizza is and should always be

              breakfast for dinner... i.e. pancakes or waffles (could also toast these) - and you could do choc chip or banana or butternut squash or sweet potato....

              Chicken and Dumplings

              Potato Knishes

              Manicotti

              Burritos

              Surely he will appreciate your generosity, whatever that cooks up to be!

              1. Rice microwaves very well after freezing, so fried rice, or tomato based rice dishes would work well.

                Pureed soups freeze well - curried carrot soup, pumpkin soup, potato leek, cucumber, etc. You can do hearty soups as well, like the minestrone.

                Pasta tends not to freeze and thaw well - the texture goes off - but frozen lasagna is a good option. Make a full lasagna and repackage into single meal portions before freezing.

                1. Great! Thank you for all the suggestions. I'll have to think about this awhile...I have lots of choices now!

                  1. add to the list

                    -all braises, especially short ribs and stews
                    -canneloni
                    -lasagne
                    -chicken pot pie
                    -meatballs
                    -sauces for pastas

                    plenty to choose from

                    1. I use leftover roast chicken, turkey or beef to make homeade potpies. I thicken the gravy and add some steam-fresh veggies to the meat and gravy. Then I take foil tins and fill with the meat pie filling. I normally have my pastry crust on hand, but you can also use puff pastry on top. I actually bake my pot pies for 20 minutes and then cool for packaging. My hushand won't go back to freezer section pot pies anymore.

                      1. Pancakes, waffles, muffins, and all sorts of breads and baked goods freeze very well -- if you freeze them in small individual-sized portions, they can be reheated in a toaster or toaster oven without thawing, or if they're a little larger they can be microwaved briefly and then toasted.

                        In case you haven't done this before, you can freeze in small portions by spreading the food out on a baking sheet and sticking it in the freezer, and when the food is solid putting the individual pieces in a plastic bag or container. You can do this for any type of food, not just baked goods -- muffin tins come in handy for freezing things like individual quiches or servings of mashed potatoes.

                        1. I love threads like these!!!!

                          Does anyone have experiencing freezing cooked quinoa? I was hoping to use quinoa as a substitute for rice in several dishes but had no idea how quinoa would survive from being cooked, frozen, and reheated.

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                          1. re: cityhopper

                            I freeze cooked quinoa regularly spread thin, and add it (crumbled while frozen) to whatever I'm cooking in the skillet. We've also reheated it plain with good success, although you have to be careful not to overcook/pop it while reheating.