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cholderby Apr 6, 2010 05:08 AM

My sister is having twins tomorrow and I'd like to bring over some food so they have one less thing to worry about. I'd like to do something frozen, since we're not sure when they'll be home but everything I've found online is, well, something I wouldn't want to eat.
Any ideas?

  1. hannaone Apr 6, 2010 05:19 AM

    Here are some ideas:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/699660
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/684955
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623944
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619463
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/424740
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/464752

    1. nomadchowwoman Apr 6, 2010 06:47 AM

      Lasagne. Parmesan (eggplant/chicken/veal). Baked ziti. Pot pies. Enchiladas. Soup.

      1. ladyberd Apr 6, 2010 08:27 AM

        I like shepherd's pie - it reheats well. Pasta sauces with meat in them are a good option two - I don't like to pre-cook the pasta but it's easy to take sauce from the freezer and heat while the pasta cooks. Stews and chilis are also good options...

        Great post - I am having my first child in July so I plan to stock my freezer before then. I look forward to others' ideas!

        Cheers,
        Ladyberd
        http://ladyberds-kitchen.blogspot.com

        1. k
          karykat Apr 6, 2010 09:17 AM

          Stews freeze and reheat well. I like the mahogany stew on epicurious.

          Or big baked potatoes stuffed with a meat and vegetable mixture. Reheated they can be a complete meal.

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            Diane in Bexley Apr 6, 2010 09:41 AM

            Would like to help but you haven't been specific on what foods you like to eat, or what's wrong with the usual suspects - please expand and we will try to help.

            1. cholderby Apr 7, 2010 05:45 PM

              thank you all so much!

              The recipes I had found online were all part of the cook once for 30 days scenario involving lots of canned cond. soup and processed inredients. I'd like something moderately healthy and tasty.

              1. l
                lexpatti Apr 7, 2010 06:37 PM

                those 13 or 15 bean soups are awesome, I do them in a crockpot with usually a nice sausage. Keep it thick to put over rice or thin it out with stock to enjoy soup (I usually will freeze stock in ice cube trays then once frozen in a ziplock bag - allows you to grab one or a few).

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                1. re: lexpatti
                  ChristinaMason Apr 9, 2010 01:12 AM

                  watch out for beans if the mom is nursing.

                2. BamiaWruz Apr 8, 2010 09:54 PM

                  I think a stew is your best bet, something with meat and veggies. You could easily serve it with a couscous that takes 5 mins to rehydrate! Even meansure out your couscous if you need to and add salt and maybe even a bit of oil stirred in to coat the grains in a flat casserole pan, then boil the water once it's time to eat and add equal amounts to the couscous, cover, and fluff with a fork in 7 mins or so.

                  Can add lemon zest or saffron to the couscous if you're making it special, or chopped parsley.

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                    allgimbel Apr 9, 2010 04:28 AM

                    This week, Val recommended this Epicurious recipe in a thread about using up Easter ham...I made it and it's fantastic. This would absolutely freeze well, and you could certainly customize it to your sister's food preferences:

                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                    Another plus is that the ingredient list is short and straightforward.

                    Also, Jamabalaya is a dish I have made and frozen in smaller portions for lunch many times.

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