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Old 06-08-2015, 12:07 AM   #1
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Freezing Dinners

Hi all,

As the title suggests I am looking for some help/tips on freezing foods to reheat for dinner. I started working at a new job a few months ago, and it is a lot more demanding than I originally expected. Now when I get home, I have little desire to cook. As a result, we have began eating out far too much, so now I want to get creative.

What I am looking for most are tried and true recipes that freeze well and retain their same flavor and texture. While I don't need them to be overly healthy, I'd prefer to stay away from anything that has no redeeming health values at all.

Also, I would like any tips or tricks on freezing cooked food. I.e. what not to freeze, how to properly freeze something, and anything else you might find helpful to add.

Any advice is much appreciated!

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The first thing that comes to mind is "spaghetti sauce". It freezes well in plastic, microwaveable containers. If you make it with lots of vegis, you will have a pretty well balanced meal with the pasta, which is quick to cook.

This is a very filling soup that I love, and it freezes well: Roasted Root Vegi Bisque

Brown rice freezes well. I am told that white rice does too.

I'm sure I'll think of other stuff.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions! The soup sounds great, and when I read spaghetti sauce I thought of lasagna, so I might try that.
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I always have some kind of meat pies in my fridge...after a holiday like xmas or thanksgiving I use the leftover turkey to make a batch of pot pies. I'll do up some small 5 inch ones. They take about 45 minutes to cook from frozen in the toaster oven, and with a few raw veggies like carrots and cucumbers, they make a great meal..
You can buy those jarred cooking sauces like Pataks butter chicken, tikka Masala, Vindaloo, etc...cook them up with a few chicken breasts, and freeze a few portions on white rice. They will reheat in the oven or microwave...
Mac and cheese freezes well...
Burritos freeze well,
Burger patties, 1 minute in the microwave to thaw and fry them up in a pan,
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Stews and chili. Pulled pork, sloppy joe filling, cooked bacon and ham. French toast and waffles freeze well and reheat nicely in a toaster oven.
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I make and freeze my lasagna in meal-sized disposable aluminum pans and freeze them. There is usually a good selection of sizes for disp. alum. pans so you can find what you need.
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If you have a vacuum sealer, you can put all sorts of things in them, freeze them and then heat it up in a pot of boiling water. I've done everything from beef stroganoff to ravioli to chili that way.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies, I will definitely try out some of the suggestions.
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why bother freezing rice when rice cooker can keep it warm for hours?
Um... you don't want to keep it warm for days or weeks.
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why bother freezing rice when rice cooker can keep it warm for hours?
Because it takes 1 to 3 minutes in the microwave from frozen to ready. And besides, as RP wrote:
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Um... you don't want to keep it warm for days or weeks.
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