meals that freeze well
Need some easy recipes for a single man, my son, that will freeze well. I am spending every other week with him and Olivia. On the weeks I'm not there he doesn't take the time to cook for himself.
I thought I would make some meat loaf, he loves that. Crock of beans and my DH love chuck roast.
More ideas please.
Taste of Home makes a great cookbook that is called Freezer Pleasers and is full of of great ideas. Stuffed shells and lasagna freeze well. You could cook a variety of meats and then he could put up some simple side dishes or green salad at store.
I do a Lasagna that freezes well. I brown my hamburger before I put it in the lasagna. You can put the assembled Lasagna in the oven and cook it until it is hot through without worrying that the meat isn't cooked enough. I use the no cook noodles that are available now. I put the shredded moz. cheese on at the last and let it melt uncovered. Cabbage rolls is another good one but I do the short cut and use shredded cabbage on the bottom, cooked meat mixture in the center and more shredded cabbage on top.
chili, speghetti, i make up soups and freeze them. pot pies i make up and freeze also.
Barbequed meat freezes well. Thaw , add a deli fresh salad and some bread. Cobblers freeze really well for dessert. Smothered round steak is one of my favorite frozen meat dishes. When I used to travel I would leave the meat dishes frozen, my husband and teenage sons would fix commercial frozen vegies and bread. No problem at all. Baked hen, turkey, and ham freeze well also.
Thanks all good suggestions
Ideas from the Deep South.... Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, spaghetti sauce, Thanksgiving type cornbread dressing with cooked chicken in it. I buy a roterisserie chicken & debone it & put 6 oz servings in Sandwich bags, then put those in a freezer bag. Thaw & serve. I have friends who make shrimp or crawfish etoufee & freeze it.
I am going to follow this thread. I need more ideas on things that can be frozen. I like the idea of making a larger meal & having a couple of extra meals when I get through.
Meals you make for yourself may be easy to make extra helpings of and put in freezer bags. Potatoes, meat, gravy, spaghetti, etc. It all freezers well in freezer bags. All he would have to do is remove from freezer, remove from the bag-or rip away the freezer bag if needed- and place on microwave safe plate. You could add a large square of wax paper in the freezer bag so he has something to cover the plate up with. He would be eating exactly what you are. A taste of home.
I was looking for things like this last week. This site has some good ideas for the crock pot. She assembles the ingredients, puts them in the freezer. When ready to cook, just puts the contents into the crock pot. She doesn't say it but the contents would need to be thawed before going into the cooker. Still, it is a nice idea and should save you a little effort, too.
I tend to do a lot of freezer meals. These are my favorite:
1. Meatballs (cooked). Can defrost and add to cream of mushroom soup sauce, spaghetti or meatball subs.
2. marinara sauce (frozen in serving size)
3. stuffed shells
4. creamy orzo (lots of veggies can be added.
5. meatloaf (mixed and formed but not baked)
6. chicken and stuffing (make stuffing and put into a chicken breast (sliced almost thru). Freeze and wrap. Defrost.bake 30 min or so
7. shredded beef or pork for sandwiches
9. soup or chili
10. penne vodka