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Jun 17, 2013 03:34 PM

Comfort food that freezes well

My 65 year-old mom is getting hand surgery soon and won't be able to cook for quite some time. My dad's skill set is limited to grilling and I would love to prepare them a couple weeks worth of food that they can thaw and reheat. They have no food allergies, although my mom can't tolerate much heat (spice). They are folks who love soups, pastas, enchiladas, casseroles, etc. I am a decent cook but would love to be inspired by new recipes. Thank you!

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  1. Lasagna freezes well. I'm pretty sure I've frozen Beef Bourguignon and was happy with it. Ina's is delicious.

    I would strongly suggest that you freeze individual portions. Much quicker to reheat and will be easier for your mom to handle.

    1. Mac and cheese, lasagna, beef stew, stuffed shells/manicotti, meatloaf, primavera sauce, vodka sauce, pomodoro sauce, etc.

      1. What about just some already cooked chicken breasts? Then they can use them in a variety of ways for some quick meals... sandwiches, salads etc.

        1. I had a recipe once for freezer chicken pot pies. I made them for a friend who was having a baby and they raved about them. I can look it up for you if you like.

          Just about any roasted meat freezes well. I have done: roast pork, ham, roast beef, carnitas, leg of lamb, pot roast.

          Also meatloaf, meatballs in sauce and chilis freeze very well also.

          1. Do you live near a Trader Joe's per chance?, their frozen food section is pretty cool - they have a lot of stuff you wouldn't typically see at most grocery stores. It's cool for inspiration too at least, even if you don't live near one and/or would prefer to make them yourself.