Post # 1
My BIL & SIL are about to have their first baby (literally, any day now). I’ve got a couple of meals stockpiled in my freezer for them, but I’d like to whip up one more this weekend. What are your favorite make and freeze foods?
I’ve got mac and cheese and a butternut squash soup, so I’d like something that balances them out. The other freezer recipes I have are either pasta or soup, and I don’t know whether they’ll want more variety than that.
Post # 3
I like to make Italian meatballs with sauce. It freezes and reheats well.
I also love to have the ingredients for a salad all chopped up and ready to be mixed.
Post # 4
You are so sweet!! I would make something that isn’t creamy, like a tomato or broth based soup.
Have you ever tried freezing pancakes? I’m sure breakfast foods would be appreciated. I always make a huge batch of blueberry pancakes for my Fiance when I visit & freeze them for him before work. It’s so quick… you just pop them in the toaster! A yummy breakfast in under a minute.
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Muffins freeze well, and would offer a nice breakfast alternative! I like to search on Epicurious for make-ahead of food gift recipes to get ideas as well. Check it out!
Post # 7
We make king ranch chicken – it freezes really well and it very simple to put together. Also – think about buying paper plates for them to include with what you bring… It’s not to need to wash dishes.
Post # 8
I second the chili AND the king ranch chicken.
I make a huge amount of Beef stew in the crockpot and although I can freeze part of it, we normally eat it all within a few days!
Post # 9
BBQ freezes quite well! So do breakfast casseroles, if you want to go the breakfast route. And brownies and cookies if you want to do something sweet 🙂
Post # 10
I second the chili!
I also freeze sheppard’s/cottage pie and stew and they reheat well especially if they are in an oven ready casserole dish!
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I made 30 days of freezer meals for my son and dil when they had their first child. Almost everything can be done. I made a large roast beef and gravy…then sliced and froze in grazy for either dinner of sandwiches…Also made lasagna…it really freezes well…froze in about a 4 person portion. One recipe made 4 meals. Breakfast stuff freezes well including french toast and pancakes. Also beef stew gets better in the freezer…I can’t remember it all but I better get busy as baby #2 is on his/her way in the spring.
Post # 13
I usually do this every week. I bulk cook with a couple of bags of chicken breasts, roast beefs, italian sausage or ground chuck. With the chicken, I either grill them or bake in the oven. You can leave them whole or chunk them. I double bag them in freezer bags and then use them for creamed chicken, chicken breast sandwiches, chicken and rice, etc…what ever I feel like. The same with the roast beef. Either in gravy, bbq, beef and noodles or roast beef and cheese sandwiches or with grilled onion and pepper. Ground chuck? Make meatloaf or meatballs (already suggested), or just grill a bunch of hamburgers. Freeze and when you’re ready to eat, pop them in the oven covered with some cream of onion soup for about an hour–these are a favorite. This is really nice of you!! How about some cookies to freeze that she can just grab a few and thaw when needed.