What's your favorite recipe for a dish that can be made ahead and frozen?
Caribbean Mango Chicken Burgers are one of my favorite meals to make ahead! I freeze the cooked patties individually in plastic wrap, then take out what I need later on, defrost the patties in the microwave, and they're ready to go! They're not only great as burgers, but also great crumbled over salads or crumbled into pitas for sandwiches,
Waffles and pancakes. Every weekend we make a big batch. I used to put them in the fridge but they would be rubbery and stale after the 2 day point. Now we put a piece of parchment or wax paper between each one (after cooling), and put it in a freezer bag or Tupperware container and store in the freezer. Waffles are easy to reheat in the toaster, and pancakes can be reheated in a skillet over low heat (you can also do in the microwave, but they will be slightly mushy).
This is an excellent multigrain waffle recipe: http://resistanteater.blogspot.com/2012/01/multigrain-waffles.html
And we love these carrot pancakes for dinner: http://resistanteater.blogspot.com/2011/04/carrots-can-go-in-pancakes.html
One of my favorite things to make ahead and freeze is Chili. I like to freeze it in portions that would feed 2, and portions that would feed 4. This way I can pull out what I need, and serve it over pasta- for Chili Mac, or over a baked potato, over nachos, over rice, on hot dogs or burgers- great with coleslaw and cheese for Carolina Style, or as a simple bowl of chili. Chili is a great way to hide veggies;-)
I love making double portions and freezing half for later.
Most casseroles can be frozen, including lasagna and enchiladas.
Soup is another favorite freezer-friendly dish.
Try my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup for fall and winter:
Or Tortilla Soup made in the slow cooker (double time-saving!)
Lentil Vegetable Soup would work well frozen too and is a favorite healthy dinner in our family.
Sweet tip: most cookies freeze well too :)
I love this Creamy Ham and Spaghetti Casserole! It's really easy to throw together on busy nights and it freezes beautifully to be cooked later. A family friendly meal with all the food groups in one dish.
When our local store as a "meat sale" I love to mix up meatloaf and freeze in bags. Then when I need to cook it I don't put it in a big loaf which takes forever to cook - I put mine in muffin tins. 3-4oz servings which is what we are suppose to have and it cooks much faster!
We have a great tamale recipe, it makes 20 dozen tamales. We usually eat one batch that week and I freeze the rest. Put sauce in the bag with them before you freeze. When ready to cook, put them in a pot to heat them up and make sure you put 1/2 cup of water in the bag and shake to ensure all sauce comes out of the bag.
Are you looking for a fun-filled day to enjoy with your friends and family? If you love tamales, you will love the time and effort that is poured into this yummy treat! I love cooking with my kids and friends or family and this is a great recipe for that. My friend and I get together for “tamale time” about once a year. We cook all morning accompanied with a lot of laughter and just plain fun. We get our families and friends together that night and it is a feast. It is so much fun experiencing everyone enjoying good food, good friends and good times.
You can check out the recipe here: http://blog.e-mealz.com/2011/11/its-tamale-time/
This is one of my favorite questions, b/c it applies en mass! For me it is all about making big batches of something: dinner for tonight and the rest in the freezer for future dinners. Go-to freezer meals for me include: gnocchi, meatballs, lasagna, macaroni and cheese.
There are lots of things I like to freeze. I have a nearly unhealthy love for my freezer according to my husband, however, one of our favorites is a good old fashioned meatloaf. We always add something fun for flavor like salsa, or most recently raspberry chipotle sauce, and it makes for a moist delectable meatloaf which cooks up well and goes with vegetables, potatoes, rice or pasta. Instant dinner centerpiece and sandwiches the next day!
Lasagne, soups, so easy to just cook, or heat, add bread, salad....done!
I love to make and freeze all the usual suspects: lasagna, enchiladas, chili, etc. I double my recipes so I have one to enjoy right away and another to tuck away in my freezer for those busy "I don't feel like cooking" nights (and yes, those do happen)! I also love to freeze soups and sauces; there's nothing quite like heating up some basil pesto or roasted tomato soup and tasting summertime in the middle of a cold winter! Meatballs are another favorite for those busy weeknights since they're easy to add to jarred pasta sauce to make something special. But my favorite thing to freeze is the beef (or turkey) mixture for my Szechuan Beef Pasta. That way all I have to do is make some quick noodles and a salad and dinner is ready! And if I need even more inspiration, I'll take a tour of the freezer section at my local grocery store - if it works for them, chances are it will work for my homemade versions, too!
Lasagna, of course. I make both traditional lasagna for my family and a dairy free, gluten free, vegan version for me. Theirs gets put in a big freezer pan and I use a smaller Ziploc VersaGlass container.
Chicken tacquitos. Kids love 'em and I love them, because they are soooooo easy to make ahead of time and that they are baked, not fried. You fill, roll, put the tacquitos in a pan and spray with a little bit of oil. Freeze and bag them for up to 3 months. When ready, bake and 20 minutes later, your tacquitos are ready to dip into sour cream, salsa or guacamole!
Cream Cheese & Swiss Lasagna!