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Old 02-26-2008, 11:22 PM   #1
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Need some easy reheat ideas

A friend of mine just had a baby last Saturday. She was 6 weeks early. The mom is being discharged from the hospital tomorrow but the babe will have to remain at the hospital for at least 2 more weeks.

I'm looking to put together some food for her and her husband. They will probably only be going home to eat and shower. I need some ideas of food I can make that would be well liked (by both mom and dad) and will be easy for them to just reheat in the microwave.

I have some frozen corn chowder that I will pull out. I was thinking of a lasagna or something along those lines too. What else would be good for them that would keep well for a couple days.

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Old 02-26-2008, 11:28 PM   #2
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How about meat loaf? It could be reheated for the main meal with the addition of mashed potatoes and a green veggie or salad (think salad in a bag) and used the next day as sandwiches for lunch.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:34 PM   #3
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hmm. Meatloaf. I'm not a fan so I've never made it before. Thanks Katie. I've heard good things about a meatloaf recipe on the site recently. I'll go find it.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:38 PM   #4
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Omigosh, not a fan of meat loaf? Wow, I have a separate section in my recipe file JUST for meat loaf.

One or our favorites is mixing the meat mixture with corn chips instead of whatever binder (oatmeal, bread crumbs, etc.), adding some drained green chiles and then topping the meat loaf with salsa. Kind of a Tex-Mex version.

We enjoy many more variations, but you get the idea.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:44 PM   #5
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How about baked ziti, or eggplant or chicken parm, a turkey or chicken pie, or just a baked turkey?

Any kind of casserole will work.

A pot of beans with kielbasa or franks.

Just something hearty. Good luck.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:35 AM   #6
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Potato and ham au graten or scalloped..a pot of pintos and bacon, my dad made a mean pot of pintos with salad and some french bread...Italian sauges, peppers and potato wedges easy to reheat...Even the fixings for a big antipasto salad and Italian bread.Anice minestrone and bread or rolls would be great.

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Old 02-27-2008, 01:41 AM   #7
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Wow - where do you want to begin? Think - leftovers!

Soups, stews, casseroles, braises - just about anything except something fried where a crispy crust would be a factor.

When I make a pot roast I get two different meals out of it ... the pot roast the first day, then I cut the meat up, cut the vegetables a little smaller, add a little roux to the braising liquid that is left (add a little more beef stock if necessary) and make a beef stew out of it. Skip the roux, add some mixed vegetables and make a beef and vegetable soup - some egg noodles are a nice touch if you're in the mood.

Stews can go a bunch of directions ... chicken and dumplings, shrimp creole, shrimp and okra gumbo, a chicken stew like Brunswick stew, sausage and/or chicken gumbo, crawfish or shrimp etouffee, etc.

All kinds of pasta dishes (stuffed shells or manacotti with 3 cheeses and spinach and baked with a meat/sausage sauce is always good), split peas with smoked ham hocks and cornbread (heck, you could make it with lentils and smoked turkey wings), stuffed bell peppers baked with a tomato sauce (or replace the stuffed peppers with cabbage rolls).

How about a pan of enchiladas - beef or cheese with a beef chili sauce, or chicken with a verde chili sauce?

Quiche is nice - a frittata would also work nicely.

I can think of a bunch more!

But - what did you have in mind?
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:37 AM   #8
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Pastas zap up really well, freeze really well and are often better for the reheat.

Shepherd's or Cottage Pie.

Vegetable or fish and vegetable filo pie (use just about any veges you like with a light white sauce) or spinach and ricotta filo roll.

Pizza

A chunky meat and veg (puff pastry) pie.

Big bow of potato and egg salad so they can serve it with some cold meats for a quick meal.

Unless you are going to make rice fresh, steer clear of rice dishes as it is a good thing to make you sick if you leave it too long.

And everything else people have mentioned.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:03 PM   #9
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I would go with enchiladas or meat pot pies.
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corazon, make sure to ask if the mom is breastfeeding - if so, no gassy foods(!)

Often times, I'll find that my chicken pie is a good thing for couples in need of a meal. I make it, up until the "bake" part, then pop it into their fridge with a note that says "Bake @ 350 for about 45 minutes, till golden".

I also like to bring along little baggies, each with different veggies, cheeses and fruits cut up inside. It makes for healthy snacking, and there's no plates to return.
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