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Jun 20, 2011 10:51 AM

Freezable easy but spicy meals?

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

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  1. 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

      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

        damn! i was going to suggest chana masala.

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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.