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Old 07-09-2005, 02:42 PM   #11
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tacos and boxed Mexican rice
chicken wings using frozen wings and coleslaw
hotdogs with canned baked beans
Trader Joe's vegetable pad thai
grilled cheese sandwich and soup
taco salad
cheese tortellini with marinara sauce and tossed green salad
pesto over noodles with minced garlic and grated parmesan cheese and salad
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Old 07-09-2005, 03:05 PM   #12
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I have lots of options for quick dinners as I make large batches of stuff and freeze meal-sized portions. Chili, several tomato sauces, a variety of soups, etc. Also, quesadillas, omlets and fritattas.
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Old 07-09-2005, 04:04 PM   #13
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I make large batches of stuff and freeze meal-sized portions. Chili, several tomato sauces, a variety of soups, etc.
I do the exact same thing Andy. As a matter of fact, anytime I make something that can be frozen I double the recipe at the minimum. I then portion out meal size amounts and freeze and label using my Foodsaver. When I freeze stuff I freeze it flat. That way the meals can be easily stacked and organized and they also defrost quicker than if frozen as a block.
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:38 PM   #14
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[QUOTE=GB]I then portion out meal size amounts and freeze and label using my Foodsaver.QUOTE]

i've been wanting a foodsaver for awhile. are they a good item to have around, geebs? i like to cook a lot and put it in the freezer, but it gets freezer burnt sometimes.
also, can you make boil in bag/microwaveable meals? i'd like to make some microwave meals for my fiance to take home and to work.
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Old 07-09-2005, 06:00 PM   #15
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Wings... if not homemade the pre heated one's from the supermarket will suffice... If it should be homemade I usually make burgers and a cesar salad in the warmer time of the year and in the winter I LOVE SOUPS
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Old 07-09-2005, 08:40 PM   #16
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luvs, I know you were asking GB about a foodsaver - 'scuse me for jumping in, but I LOVE my foodsaver. We vacuum pack everything. It is sooooo much better for freezing things. I live in an extremely dry climate and have had trouble with keeping my brown sugar soft. I recently tried vacuum packing it - and it works great! You need one...
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Old 07-09-2005, 11:25 PM   #17
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small loin lamb chops with rosemary and garlic on the stove top grill, couscous with a hint of cinamon or curry, and green peas with a touch of mint. takes 15 min and is a feast
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Old 07-09-2005, 11:36 PM   #18
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Food Savers Rule! I've had one for more than 10 years and I keep it on my counter because I use it sooooo much. I freeze wet stuff in containers then pop them into the bags. I re-use my bags. I use them for brining! They are wonderful! Don't know what I would do without one! And yes, you can boil them and microwave them (but pierce them or open them first and put them in a bowl) so they contain many of my favorite fast dishes.

Our all time favorite fast food is Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches to which my DH has becomne addicted.

Get one, get a good one, get the attachments (brining takes on a whole new meaning as does marinating) and let me know how you like it!

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Old 07-09-2005, 11:37 PM   #19
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thanks, callie! if i can find room in one of my rubbermaid bins (i have 8 18-gallon ones stuffed full of items for my soon-to-be new kitchen, and it's getting a bit out of control) i think i'll get one.
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thanks, callie! if i can find room in one of my rubbermaid bins (i have 8 18-gallon ones stuffed full of items for my soon-to-be new kitchen, and it's getting a bit out of control) i think i'll get one.
ehhh...throw something out and put the foodsaver in
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