Meals to Freeze
, Feb 21 2013 01:45 PM
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:45 PM
I am looking for ideas on healthy meals that i can cook in advance and freeze. We are very busy during the week and i'd love to just be able to pull out a ready made healthy meal.
if you have any recipes that you can share i would love to have them............Also whats the best container to freeze them in?
Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:53 PM
My personal favourite is paprika chicken
1kg of chicken thigh fillets (or any chicken really)
1 red capsicum sliced
3 large tomatoes
1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
1 sliced onion
Fry up opinion in olive oil for a few minutes till translucent. Add capsicum and chopped tomato to pan. Add paprika. Cook with lid on for 8 minutes till soft. Add chicken plus a little water if its looking a bit dry. Turn heat to low and simmer for about an hour till chicken is cooked through and very tender. You may need to add more paprika. Season to taste.
Serve with mash, pasta or cous cous. I freeze half
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:08 PM
Also whats the best container to freeze them in?
I go to the local catering supplies store and get 50 of those square take away containers with lids for $12. I then have two good decor microwave containers for reheating. I just pop the meal out into them
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:09 PM
A couple I've done lately is meat loaf (mince, oats, grated carrot, grated zucchini, onion, tomato sauce) and then frozen in individual portions. I just wrapped in glad wrap and then foil.
Or bolognese really is a staple: lean mince, carrot, celery, zucchini, tinned toms and herbs, Just freeze in portions in plastic containers. To make it healthy, bulk up the veggies and cut down on the meat. You can easily convert this recipe into con carne as well. Just take it out and mix through kidney beans while heating, add some chopped avo and a sprinkling of cheese. Could even bake some tortillas for dipping. Or topped on baked potatoes. It really is so versatile.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:28 PM
I'm doing a bit of this, myself, right now. Basically making up double/triple size dinners for a few weeks and freezing whatever we won't eat that night. Some of the things I'm making are:
- Chickpea & Chorizo soup. Regular plastic freezer container.
- Black beans & rice. Plastic container. Good on it's own, as filling for burritos, or as stuffing for eggplants or capsicum. You can actually pre-fill the capsicum and freeze that way, too.
- Chicken & veg korma. Plastic container.
- Chicken, eggplant, lentil casserole. Plastic container.
- Tuna & 5 veg mornay (sorta) with pasta. Freezing this in an oven-ready foil container as the pasta holds up better when put straight in the oven, rather than defrosted, then baked.
- Pre-grilled sausages. Wrapped in plastic & foil. Though this is mostly due to husband absentmindedly freezing a whole 2 kg of sausages together without separating, so we have to cook them all up at once.
- Curried sausages (see above). Plastic container.
- Summer squash bisque. Plastic container.
- Potato-leek soup. Plastic container.
- Basil-almond pesto. Small plastic cubes we used to use for homemade babyfood. Perfect amount for a quick steamed veg & pasta dinner.
- Salmon patties. Separated with freezer paper and stacked in plastic container.
- Packets of (homemade) pre-marinated & cooked chicken breast, thigh, sliced steak, pork, etc for various purposes, packed in the sauce. So this way I can just pop some rice or noodles on, quickly stirfry some appropriate veggies and just toss in the thawed meat/sauce for the world's easiest stir-fries and noodle bowls. Also great for throwing tacos or wraps together without the mess of meat prep, or adding a meat component to a dinner salad.
Anyway, that's the list I've been brainstorming. Hope something appeals
Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:31 PM
Make up a big batch of a cooked mince mixture
Spaghetti sauce - add some tinned tomatoes, herbs, garlic etc then add pasta
Chilli con carne - add some spices/chilli & beans & serve on corn chips for nachos etc
Shepherds pie - I normally add some gravy powder & stock, vegies & tinned tomatos. Top with mashed potatoes & bake
Just a few ideas Hope it helps
Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:31 PM
Aside from the usual suspects (lasagne, spag bog etc) we do a mixed dhal that freezes really well. One batch can make several nights dinners.
it can be eaten with rice and some natural yoghurt, fresh coriander and mango chutney.
or in a wrap with some yoghurt, coriander and some grilled chicken (I whack a breast in the oven with some cummin powder and ras el hanout on it to give it a bit of extra flavour boost)
or in a wrap with falafels and yogurt and salad stuff.
I can find the recipe if you like.
it has red lentils, yellow split peas, brown lentils and green split peas. a couple onions, the usual curry type spices and garlic and ginger. oh and black mustard seeds.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:01 PM
The usual variations of pasta bakes - bolognese sauce with some white sauce and pasta mix through. Topped with more bechmel sauce and grated cheese. Freeze in pyrex containers. I put it into the oven from frozen for about 40 mins at about 160C. Serve with a simple garden salad with a minimal fuss.
Soups - our staples are chicken and veg soup (usually with pearl barley), pumpkin soup, pea and ham soup etc. I freeze in plastic containers. I'm liking the round ones because I can tip it straight into my pots from frozen. I heat it on the stove top because I don't have a microwave. Serve with bread, my kids like cheesey toast.
Stews and casseroles. I often freeze leftovers and use them as pie fillings.
Home made pizzas. I will often freeze some spares when we make them for an easy meal later.
I also freeze side dishes so I can just cook some meat, throw the sides in the oven and make a quick salad. Potato bake, garlic bread, polenta, savoury souffles, creamed corn, veggie fritters, mac'n'cheese, etc.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:28 PM
I am loving trawling through this site for inspiration:http://onceamonthmom.com/menus/whole-foods/
They are US based, so you need to shift 6 months to adjust for the seeasons, and some ingedients are not as common in Australia. But as a starting point it can be good.
I particularly like the while foods menus and the diet menus. The others tend to be very processed and high fat/carb for my liking.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:08 PM
I love once a month mom and have been following their menus for the most part since I had DD ten weeks ago, just remember though the menus are seasonal so you need to look six months back/forward. At the moment we are eating the august 2012 mini menu.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:45 AM
I pretty much freeze anything, with the exception of dairy products, and cooked rice and pasta. I love coming home to a quick boil em up soup or casserole, especially in winter, and much healthier than takeaway
I made a great veg stew
yesterday and am freezing the leftovers. There isn't enough left for another full meal so when I defrost it, I'm going to cook up some chicken and add it in.
Another favourite of mine is this:
Lamb, lentil and orange veg stew
700g lamb (any cut, no bones)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lge brown onion, chopped
2cm piece fresh ginger (peeled and grated) or a heaped tsp of ground ginger from a jar
2 garlic cloves, crushed or two tsp ground garlic from a jar
3 tsp Moroccan seasoning
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
250g pumpkin, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces (you can leave the skin on but DH doesn't like it)
1 sml sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces
400g brown lentils (a can or, soak 400g of the dried ones in cold water for a few hours)
1 tbsp dried coriander leaves
1. Heat oil over med-high heat and brown the onion and lamb (use a large saucepan or a big pot). Add ginger, garlic and seasoning, stir until fragrant.
2. Add stock, tomato paste, cinnamon, pumpkin and sweet potato. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for at least 1.5 hours (you could do this in a slow cooker for probably 4 or 5 hours). Add lentils and stir through, continuing to simmer for about 10 mins.
3. Serve - or allow to cool and then freeze.
(This serves about 4 or 5 very hungry people or you could halve it and serve it with bread or rice)
(Edit to make sense)
Edited by Orange Underpants, 22 February 2013 - 08:48 AM.
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