What are your favorite freezable meals?
Hello F52ers! I just bought a chest freezer, in the hopes of getting ahead with a bunch of freezable meals for lunch and dinner. I know I'm going to make lots of soups and stews, but I'd love more ideas! What are your favorite recipes that freeze well?
Recommended by Food52
Single servings of rice or beans. Ratatouille.
Caramelized onions, frozen flat so you can break some off as needed.
Stuffed shells, uncooked.
Casseroles - rice casserole dishes freeze well (for ex: chicken/broccoli/wild rice/mushrooms with homemade cream of mushroom soup, or from the can, whichever you want). can exchange rice for farro, quinoa, barley and I usually throw in some non-fat greek yogurt as well which adds a yummy tang.
Lasagnas, but I don't cook the noodles, I just assemble with dry noodles, makes sure lots of sauce is used, and the noodles cook in the oven
Chicken Enchiladas Casserole: saute garlic and onion, add black beans, leftover cooked chicken (i.e. rotisserie chicken), corn, peppers (i use frozen from trader joe's), etc. get oven safe pan and spray with non-stick spray. line pan with wheat tortillas. spread layer of refried beans. top with chicken mixture, then shredded cheddar cheese. top with another layer of tortillas, refried beans, chicken, cheese. end with final layer of tortilla and top with cheese. mix together packet or can of enchilada or green tomatillo sauce and 8-12 oz of milk, non-fat is ok. pour that all over the casserole and then freeze. bake with foil on for 30 minutes and then foil off for 15 at 350-375.
Crock-pot packets - I prepare meals and freeze flat in ziplock bags. Day before I thaw in the fridge and then dump them in the crock pot the next morning. works great for beef dishes like stews, beef with hoisin or garlic sauce and broccoli, chicken with honey-garlic-soy sauce, etc.
Finally, I make beans and rice in my instant pot and then freeze them in containers or ziplock bags and will use them for soups and stews.
I love my freezer. Congrats on getting one! Lots of good recipes online for freezer meals.
-Chicken/turkey pot pie filling in one container, and individually frozen pie crusts (all you have to do is roll out, fill, and bake for weeknight comfort food)
-Vegetable rice (basmati rice cooked with whatever sauteed vegetables are on hand, in small containers of 2-3 portions each)
-Orange braised pork shoulder
-Shepherd's pie filling (defrost and top with freshly made mashed potatoes)
-Curries of all sorts (not anything with potatoes)
-Spicy black beans
-Boneless, skinless chicken thighs braised in homemade BBQ sauce
-Meatballs in tomato sauce
Mario Batali’s recipe for Sausage and Fennel Ragu. So good!
Emeril’s recipe for Turkey Bolognese. Again, you can feel a bit virtuous eating it.
All make for quick, easy weeknight meals.
Instead, pack some meal kits that are raw or part cooked, and all you have to do is thaw, cook the protein, warm or finish the sides, garnish and serve.
Mix and match in one box: fish, meat, veg protein; starch (pasta, rice, mashed potatoes etc), and some vegetables.
Omit sauces...this gives you more flexibility in finishing the dishes when you actually cook.
So even if you packed 5 meals from a chicken or other bird, you can serve it variously with lemon, herbs, mole, white wine sauce, etc.