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Freezable easy but spicy meals?

pine time Jun 20, 2011 10:51 AM

Will be having guests and out all day, so need ideas for freezable do-ahead meals that won't be bland mush. Ideas?

  1. almond tree Jun 21, 2011 08:31 PM

    You can add hot peppers to this dish to get the degree of spiciness desired. It is adapted from Faye Levy's recipe in the Jerusalem Post many years ago. I have made it many times, and everyone enjoys it, including my picky kids.

    Chicken in Spiced Tomato Sauce

    2 tsp. olive oil
    2 large onions, sliced thin
    6 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp turmeric
    dash black pepper
    800 gram can diced tomatoes, with their juice
    1 kg chicken pieces (skinless work well; the sauce keeps them
    from drying out)
    1 can chickpeas, optional
    1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves, optional
    In a large roasting pan, mix well oil, onions, garlic and spices. Bake for 5-10 min at medium heat. (This makes your kitchen smell great!) Add chicken and tomatoes & mix well. Bake 1 hour uncovered, stirring occasionally. If it starts getting dry, add a little water. Cool & freeze. Add the chickpeas and/or coriander, if desired, when reheating.
    Serve with rice.

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      katecm Jun 21, 2011 09:56 AM

      I love to stew chickpeas with Mexican chorizo (spicy but not smoked, so crumbles and renders well), onions, garlic, diced red pepper and a can or two of tomatoes. It should be pretty thick. It's awesome served with a poached egg on top and a hunk of crusty bread. Also, I'll braise beef in onions, garlic, tomatoes, broth and a big huge dollop of harissa. That freezes well and is great on top of couscous.

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        dubedo Jun 20, 2011 12:09 PM


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          escondido123 Jun 20, 2011 11:03 AM

          Enchiladas, curried stew, Italian meat sauce made with hot sausage, pork or chicken with salsa verde (serve as tacos).

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          1. re: escondido123
            pine time Jun 20, 2011 01:43 PM

            Thanks, good ideas. Mexican will work, but they're not pasta eaters so that limits my usual go-to dishes. they're also Indians, so I'm steering clear of curries.

            1. re: pine time
              goodhealthgourmet Jun 21, 2011 09:04 PM

              damn! i was going to suggest chana masala.

              other ideas:
              - a spicy Moroccan tagine
              - enchiladas
              - chicken adobo

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