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best re-heatable foods to take to sick friend

McShulskis Aug 19, 2012 09:15 AM

I have a friend who has been ill, but still has a good appetite for tasty food. I want to take him some things I can package individually and freeze so he can re-heat and eat. Any suggestions for things beyond the usual lasagna? One caveat: no chicken or turkey or anything potentially "dry" - his treatment makes swallowing difficult.

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    McShulskis Aug 21, 2012 02:12 PM

    Thanks, everyone! I made a variety and all were received well - thanks of the help!

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      Tara57 Aug 19, 2012 01:11 PM

      Any of these, cooked with lots of liquid and mashed or pureed as needed, with containers of rice frozen separately:

      curried lentils
      red beans with Cajun spices
      pinto beans with smoked ham or turkey
      black beans with cumin and chili powder

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        McShulskis Aug 19, 2012 10:27 AM

        Thanks for the great suggestions! Now I'M getting hungry!

        Do you think Mac n' Cheese can be frozen successfully?

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        1. re: McShulskis
          sunshine842 Aug 19, 2012 11:02 AM


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          westaust Aug 19, 2012 10:24 AM

          Chili, Beef bourgignon

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            hawkeyeui93 Aug 19, 2012 10:13 AM

            Soups and stews? My favorite one to freeze and re-serve is chili.

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              critter101 Aug 19, 2012 10:11 AM

              I know you said no chicken, but chicken enchiladas have a creamy filling with shredded chicken, and freeze really well. If not, cheese enchiladas (made with flour tortillas). Any soups or stews can be frozen in individual containers. I'm sure whatever you make will be deeply appreciated.

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              1. re: critter101
                hotoynoodle Aug 19, 2012 10:56 AM

                you can use pork or beef for this instead of chicken.

                any kind of braised beef or pork can be portioned up and frozen well.

                fritattas freeze well too and can be filled with all sorts of goodness, like crumbled sausage and roasted peppers, mushrooms and goat cheese, etc.

                1. re: hotoynoodle
                  McShulskis Aug 19, 2012 11:01 AM

                  Excellent! Frittatas - I forgot! That's a nice addition!

              2. PHREDDY Aug 19, 2012 09:41 AM

                Ratatouile, a stew of some lamb and vegetables , mashed potatoes ( you can't freeze, but will stay in the fridge for 3 or 4 days) quiche, red, white or black bean soup, lentils with some ham.

                Good food will help him feel better and recover faster!

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