View Full Version : A friend is having surgery -- what is good to freeze ahead?
April 10th, 2006, 7:29pm
Any quick, easy meal ideas for my friend would be appreciated. She has a family of 5, the kids are old enough to help some. She will be off her feet for at least a couple of weeks and the more she cooks ahead, the easier it will be. Meals must be affordable and simple. Thanks!
April 10th, 2006, 7:46pm
I like to pull out a frozen lasagna and cook it.
After my surgeries, some friends brought over a hot home-cooked meal of chicken, stuffing, and veggies. It was wonderful!
April 10th, 2006, 7:59pm
You could do a chicken and rice casserole. Those freeze pretty well.
Here is a link for some more casseroles. I think most of the time they freeze pretty well and being a one dish meal, are easy to prepare and clean up. And you can buy some of those disposable pans to make them in!
April 10th, 2006, 8:15pm
My favorite meal...chicken cutlets.
dip chicken tenders in egg and then breadcrumbs, fry in oil and when cool, freeze in foil. They can be reheated OR baked in the oven with sauce and cheese for chicken parm
April 10th, 2006, 8:20pm
Quiche or any kind of meat/veggie pie also freezes well.
April 10th, 2006, 8:35pm
How about beef stroganoff or some stew. I was also going to say lasagna. I also make this cheesy potato casserole I added ham last week and it was awesome.
1 can of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
1 med container of sour cream
1 bag of frozen hashbrowns
1/2 stick of butter
1 onion diced
2 c of diced cooked ham
1 or 2 cups of shredded cheddar
sautee the onions in butter. Mix the soup and sour cream together. Add the butter and onions. Add the potatoes, cheese and ham. Mix well. Bake at 350 for half an hour.
Also Chicken spaghetti here is the link.
it is the last post.
April 10th, 2006, 8:43pm
beside soups, stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage, chili, lasagna, beef stew.... basically anything made with a tomato base freezes well. also soups,
April 11th, 2006, 10:41am
Desserts freeze well also. My grandma always baked fresh fruit pies in the summer and would freeze them for use later in the winter. My mom always froze cakes or breads when we were kids. Most of these just have to thaw to room temperature, because they have already been cooked.
I made slamon steaks the other night. I broiled them in the oven with some seasonings and a little olive oil. I let them cool and froze them to take later in the week for my lunch. They were wonderful!
April 11th, 2006, 11:59am
Most all my answers were taken. I agree with the lasagna, not so crazy about freezing soups, stews since they seem to water down a bit. You can also freeze spaghetti sauce, make it a little thicker than usual and then cook the noodles the day of eating.
April 11th, 2006, 12:02pm
How about baked macaroni and cheese? Stuffed shells, or lasagna rollups?
April 11th, 2006, 12:55pm
Lasagna rollups sound interesting. I never made it that way, but it might be easy to take what is needed out of a zip bag and microwave it.
Thanks for all the good ideas and please keep posting more.
April 11th, 2006, 1:28pm
You might want to ask her kids what they like. Lasagna is very easy but my three hate it. I had someone make me a pan of it aftrer one of my surgeries and it went to waste.
Why not give them a couple of choices like Mac & cheese, chili, etc.
April 11th, 2006, 1:36pm
This is really tasty and freezes well: Sicilian Supper
April 11th, 2006, 1:44pm
This site, "Mom's Budget", has a section of freezer recipes...things like meatloaf, chicken pot pie, sloppy joes, oriental chicken wings, etc. Even freezer fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I haven't tried the recipes, so I can't vouch for them, but it may be worth a look. :)
April 11th, 2006, 2:03pm
a hint for freeze ahead tomato based foods. If using a clear plastic container, spray the inside with food release spray first (such as Pam) so the container will not stain red!
I also put a wrap of press and seal or plastic wrap before I put the cover on
April 12th, 2006, 1:44am
Beef (or) veggie stews
Homemade burritos (breakfast and dinner)
Strawberries for dessert
April 12th, 2006, 1:41pm