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Does anyone know of any foods that can be cooked ahead of time and frozen? I thought there was someone on here that had some recipes. Thanks!
here are a zillion recipes
musicteacher84:Oh great question! I have been baking banana bread and now just made rhubarb bread today...I figured I would bake those and freeze then; at least it would be SOMETHING to take out of the freezer to munch on once the baby comes. I need to start making some actual "real" meals though!
Yum, I love rhubarb! Do you have the recipe for the bread? I've never tried it, but it sounds delicious!
At the risk of sounding snarky (not my intent), the list of what you can't freeze is actually shorter.
But, my favorite freezables are things like baked goods, any sauces, soups, or casseroles, meatballs, meatloaf, enchiladas, homemade frozen burritos (which can end up being so much cheaper/tastier/healthier than storebought), etc.
To save myself some effort, sometimes I make a combo of jalapenos, cilantro, lime (juice, sometimes zest if I'm feeling motivated), and onion that I've tossed in the food processor and freeze it into an ice cube tray and then put in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer. Then anytime you have a spare couple of tomatoes, all you have to do is pop a cube in the microwave for maybe a minute, dice the tomatoes, and toss it all together for a very quick and tasty salsa without all the preservatives and excess sodium and crap you get in the jar salsa. (Though I must admit I am a salt junkie and tend to add a lot on my own, haha.)
A quick google search will provide tons of recipes.
So far I've made 2 of each the following:
- Chili- Lasagna- Meatloaf- Chicken/Broccoli casserole- Hash brown casserole- Caesar chicken casserole
Banana bread and cookie dough are next on my list. I'm probably done with the actual meals now because I can throw things together with my crockpot very easily. I'll stick to getting the freezer stocked with sweets from here on out.
Here's what I've got so far:
-lots of pasta meals
-sauces with either tofu or chicken (DH is a veg, I'm not) that I can throw on top of quick-cook rice
-frozen pesto for quick-cook pasta
-chili, soup, anything with a sauce that reheats well