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hpnodat
07-22-2010, 08:50 PM
I honest to goodness cant stand to prepare every meal I eat. I've decided to make up some meals that I can freeze that are proportioned out with the nutritional content written on the outside.
This has got to be better than preparing every meal and better than the lean cuisine type meals that I actually have not bought any of recently.
I have a ton of those plastic bowls that you get with chinese takeout that were left over from all the takeout we used to get and I saved the bowls. They'll be perfect for freezing.

So, I'd like your help purty please. I need your favorite recipes that would freeze well. I'd also love it if you could include the nutritional content of it too, it isn't necessary, it would just save me a little time.

Do any of you currently do this?


hpnodat
07-23-2010, 10:23 AM
64 views with 0 replies, I guess no one has any good recipes. :(

kuchick
07-23-2010, 10:42 AM
Try this link: http://www.3fatchicks.com/diet-recipes/

Plus check out the South Beach Diet stickies. There are a lot of recipes there. I'm not doing South Beach, but I still use some of the recipes (mostly phase 2 since phase 1 is more restrictive). There is also a board with a sticky for recipes at the top that listed recipes by entree, side, etc, but I haven't found it yet. I'll post again when I do.


kuchick
07-23-2010, 10:48 AM
Check out these stickies too. It's the food talk board. I've copied tons of these recipes, but haven't tried many of them yet.

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/food-talk-fabulous-finds-17/

GaDragonfly
07-23-2010, 10:53 AM
I don't have any recipes for you but can suggest spaghetti which freezes and microwaves easily. I would also suggest you get a non-plastic container to freeze your meals unless you plan on letting them thaw first. I'm hoping you get a lot of ideas. - Julie

time2lose
07-23-2010, 11:06 AM
I read your posting and think it is a good idea but don't have any suggestions. Experiment and let us know how it turns out.

Hey, GaDragonfly
We are using the same ticker. :) I like that determined little chick!

GaDragonfly
07-23-2010, 11:16 AM
Cheryl. I probably saw your ticker and loved it. That little chicken looks so determined to make it to the finish line. I just love it's expression. Julie

Rosinante
07-23-2010, 02:04 PM
•2 tbsp olive oil

•2 onions, chopped

•2 garlic cloves, crushed

•1kg/2¼lb lean beef mince

•250ml/9fl oz wine (I used white, cos that's what I had)

•2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

•3 tbsp tomato purée

•3 tsp dried chilli flakes (I think mine must have been v. hot chillis, this takes my head off! but it's goooood)

•1 tsp ground cumin

•1 tsp ground coriander

•1 tsp ground cinnamon

•1 beef stock cube

•salt and freshly ground black pepper

•2 x 400g can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1.Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan with a lid and fry the onion and garlic until softened. Increase the heat and add the mince, cooking quickly until browned and breaking down any chunks of meat with a wooden spoon.

2.Pour in the wine and boil for 2-3 minutes.

3.Stir in the tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, chilli flakes, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and the stock cube. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook over a gentle heat for about 50 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally until the mixture is rich and thickened.

4.Add the kidney beans and cook for a further ten minutes, uncovered, before removing from the heat, adding any extra seasoning if necessary. Serve with rice and a big green salad.

This makes 12 portions. I also have cooked brown rice in 4oz bags in the freezer. If I take one of each out the night before, I zap the chilli for 2 mins in the microwave, add the rice and shake it about a bit, zap for 1 minute more.
I think I could eat this from here to eternity!

Calories (excluding rice) 355; carbs 18.6; fibre 1.85; fat 20.3; protein 20.4

SunshineTater
07-23-2010, 02:21 PM
I looked at the thread...and think it's a good idea. I'm interested in what people come up with. I just don't know how stuff would turn out if frozen.

When I start back to school and work in a few weeks...I'll really be interested in pre-making meals.

Sandi
07-23-2010, 02:50 PM
The only thing that I makes and freeze is Chili. I make a big pot and then freeze it in individual portions. Chili reheats awesome!

PinkHoodie
07-23-2010, 03:20 PM
Also if you google freezer meals it will come up with ideas and information. One thing I wonder though is if you are going to make several (I know some people that do 30 days of freezer meals in one day) you will need something that is really going to combat freezer burn. I'm not sure a standard tupperware will do it...but I could be wrong. I think they are a great idea, but I can't do it with my living situation at the moment. :)

Trazey34
07-23-2010, 04:49 PM
I do this for lunches quiet often - as convenient as a Lean Cuisine, but you know, made of REAL chicken lol those little pieces of 'chicken' in those meals scare me a bit. I read it in a magazine once and was all over it! I even put it ziploc small freezer bags for more convenience, and let it thaw at work. I have 2 varieties!

cook a bunch of whole wheat rotini or the longer tubey kind of pasta. Cook some chicken breasts ( i cook a ton at once) and chop it up. In the cooked pasta, add a box of Campbell's Soup Cooking Sauce whatever flavour you're looking for ( i use the lower fat one), add the chicken cubes, and a bag of frozen veggies (I like broccoli/cauliflower/carrot mix) and then I add peas for fun colour! could NOT be easier! i add some pepper to taste, and bob's yer uncle! scoop it into bags and freeze. I usually do a bit more than a cup, with a salad and roll makes a nice meal!

The other one is basically the same - start with the cooked pasta -- and brown lean ground beef (i do half meat, half turkey), I brown a ton of onions in with it, add some Cream of Tomato Soup, a tin of chopped stewed tomatoes (ones with garlic & seasoning alread in it!), i add corn and peas, and done! put in some spicey stuff if you like that and scoop into baggies, super easy!

I'm all for easy and convenient, and I really like both of them so i eat it quite often for lunch with a salad! yay!

PinkHoodie
07-23-2010, 06:02 PM
Trazey...this is totally off topic, but I just saw that movie North & South. Its a cute, sweet movie. I really liked it. :)

Elijahs phoenix
07-23-2010, 08:06 PM
I have was thinking of doing this too. My only problem is how do you figure out how many calories is in a big pot of something. I guess you would have to add up everything you put in it and then divide by how many portions you get out of it. Let me know how it goes I would be so nice not to have a ton of dishes to do every night!

Trazey34
07-23-2010, 08:12 PM
Trazey...this is totally off topic, but I just saw that movie North & South. Its a cute, sweet movie. I really liked it. :)

i know! such a hot mini-series, when he says "look back...look back at me" when she's driving away, i DIE!!! lol:o:carrot:

hpnodat
07-24-2010, 12:36 AM
Thank you all for your comments & suggestions!

Rosinante, that chili sounds good & I'll probably try it soon.

Trazey, as soon as I find out what Campbell's Soup Cooking Sauce is I'll try your recipe. The recipe you posted sounds really good.

I've decided I want to try to do a few different recipes but I'm only going to cook enough for about a week so I can just experiment with it.

I'll probably do some spaghetti & turkeyballs (that word makes me crack up every time I say it), Chicken fajitas, chili, possibly meatloaf and my own version of an egg mcmuffin. I'm also going to grill up a bunch of chicken breast so I'll always have some to top a salad.

Onederchic
07-24-2010, 12:39 AM
I am not sure what all this contains but ran across this article on Google so thought I would share with ya

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=762

losermom
07-24-2010, 10:53 AM
I sometimes throw some leftovers in a tupperware container right after dinner, while I'm cleaning up, for the next day's lunch. Sometimes I make a huge container of soup in the crockpot and portion that out into individual containers to freeze--that's more of a Fall/Winter thing for me. One of those and a piece of fruit and I'm good. Lately though, I've been making myself a wrap or sandwich for lunch, not feeling salads like I did last year.

lovemyboy
07-24-2010, 11:09 AM
I have made extra of what I cook for dinner and then frozen portions. Most things freeze and reheat well. Lettuce doesn't freeze and mushrooms get tough and chewy. Also hot peppers tend to get hotter when frozen and reheated so add less than you would normally add to your cooking.

hpnodat
07-24-2010, 02:27 PM
I am not sure what all this contains but ran across this article on Google so thought I would share with ya

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=762

Thanks, that was very helpful! :)

Onederchic
07-24-2010, 02:28 PM
Thanks, that was very helpful! :)

You're welcome :D Keep us updated on what you try out, I am curious :D

hpnodat
07-24-2010, 02:30 PM
I will and I thought about keeping a photo log of it too for you all to see. :)

Onederchic
07-24-2010, 02:37 PM
Oooers, I love photo food blogs :D

Trazey34
07-24-2010, 06:39 PM
Trazey, as soon as I find out what Campbell's Soup Cooking Sauce is I'll try your recipe. The recipe you posted sounds really good.
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ha sorry! maybe it's a 'canadian' thing, they're basically a bigger container of campbells low fat soups and you use it for cooking!

hpnodat
07-29-2010, 10:39 PM
Ok, I finally got around to doing something. Here are the photos of the grilled chicken. There will be more meals to come... :D

hpnodat
07-29-2010, 10:40 PM
and a couple more photos...

Butterfly50
07-29-2010, 11:31 PM
This is what I have done last month and I have found that everything was freezable good but I got tired of thinking Oh Boy a freezer meal when do I get fresh food.. we did all kind of stuff from stirfry to chicken and veggies with side of rice or squash to cabbage it was all good jest depends on how much time you would like to spend in the kitchen??? I did it once a month and Now I am looking for hot meals that hasnt been froze.

Onederchic
07-29-2010, 11:33 PM
Your photos have me hungry :o :D

hpnodat
07-30-2010, 12:45 AM
This is what I have done last month and I have found that everything was freezable good but I got tired of thinking Oh Boy a freezer meal when do I get fresh food.. we did all kind of stuff from stirfry to chicken and veggies with side of rice or squash to cabbage it was all good jest depends on how much time you would like to spend in the kitchen??? I did it once a month and Now I am looking for hot meals that hasnt been froze.

I thought about that too. The main reason I want to do this is so I can always have something on hand that is healthy and I don't have to worry about something bad in it because I cooked it. I normally cook dinner every night & we all sit at the table together for family time. These will mainly be for lunches cause I'm lazy and I don't like cooking or preparing 3 meals nearly every day. I just wonder how I'm going to like doing the frozen thing after about a month too.
I guess I'll see. ;)


Your photos have me hungry :o :D

It made me hungry too. ;)

dudesmom
07-30-2010, 01:38 AM
I think it's a great idea. I know I'm a little late on this, but chili, pasta, and soup would probably freeze well. If you like beans, google slow cooker easy multi-bean soup, not only is it super easy to make, it's yummy and freezes just fine.

synger
07-30-2010, 09:16 AM
I do this occasionally, too. I make up a crockpot full of something on plan, and then divide the leftovers into freezer meals. If you do this once a week, you'll slowly build up a reserve of freezer meals you can turn to on nights you just don't want to cook. (Just be sure to eat the older ones first)

We still plan for "fresh-cooked" meals most of the time, but I like knowing I have chili and beef stew and chicken all ready for us on karate or Girl Scout nights when time is at a premium and energy is low.

Butterfly50
07-30-2010, 10:22 AM
hpnodat I will still have some freezer meal for that lazy day they are wonderful. Many days I let my daughter go threw and pick me out something to eat.jest make sure like if you freeze rice add a little bit of water before microwaving it so they dont dry out. I had a good experience with it I jest have to cook dinner with my children so it was a drag not to be able to have something fresh like them.

SCraver
07-30-2010, 10:40 AM
I have a Dream Dinners (http://www.dreamdinners.com/main.php?static=dd_cookbook)cookbook... it is like my bible. In fact, it has been a little while since I used it. Time to get cookin'!

If you click on the link, there is another link at the bottom of the page that says:
After publication of our book we found a few printing errors. Copies of corrected recipes are available in a downloadable 220kb pdf. Just click here.

If you click on that, there are a whole bunch of recipies from the cook book you can just print off. I love this book b/c many of the recipies are low fat, etc. (there are a couple that are not) And they all have directions on preping the recipes for freezing.

Jennie527
08-30-2010, 11:42 PM
If no one has mentioned it, sparkpeople has some good ones.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=762

DaughterOfVenus
08-31-2010, 12:32 AM
Curry could be great! I make a good chickpea curry and I know it tastes a lot better the second or third day, so I imagine it would freeze really well.

It would get spicier once you freeze it, but that doesn't scare me. I like food that makes me sweat.

I'm planning to make this African Sweet Potato and black bean soup this week. I'll freeze a container of it and see how it reheats.

What a great thread!

RobinD
08-31-2010, 02:47 AM
Great idea on the grilled and frozen chicken! As a die-hard food preserver (home-made sausages, two full-size freezers, plus a bedroom-sized pantry in the basement full of things I have canned and dehydrated myself, much of which is, ironically, off-limits to me right now) may I suggest that you put those little thin baggies of chicken inside gallon zipper freezer bags? You can get quite a few in there - then get as much of the air out as you can. Sandwich baggies aren't nearly thick enough to ward off freezer burn. When you reheat the chicken, please take it out of the bags and reheat on a paper or china plate, with a little liquid. NEVER nuke in plastic, even if it claims to be food safe.

If this is something you think you will want to continue doing, you may want to consider investing in a Food Saver. I don't know how I managed before I got my first one, may moons ago.

Have fun experimenting with this! I think you will discover that most things freeze well enough, at least short term, and you will quickly learn what doesn't. Good luck!

Hugs,
Robin

Jennie527
08-31-2010, 01:46 PM
After reading the whole thread, it does seem that someone beat me to it. :lol:

What recipes have you made, froze, and reheated, so far? I am interested to know how they turned out. I am thinking about trying a few myself. I am a super picky eater though, and most recipes, once I take out all the things I hate, won't have much left. LOL