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    So I'm feeling all nesty, and like I could make some stuff this week- and DH gave me the go ahead to put some stuff on the card, to stock the fridge... so... what are you fave freezer meals?

    I'm thinking some kind of stuffed pasta... but with it being summer on the way... I'm not sure what else to make... Can you freeze veggie kebabs? I'm just thinking we're not really going to want too many heavy, hot casseroles/soups/etc with it being summer and hot out, you know?

    What do you think?
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    Are you vegetarian? Cause I dont think veggie kabobs would freeze well, but you can freeze meat in the marinade, and then it will marinade as it thaws. So meat kabobs would work.
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    I am a veggie. Dang. And that is what I was thinking... I figure any piece of meat you can buy at the grocery store, you can just throw on the grill easy enough.... it's all the sides that are harder/take more time. Oh well.

    I am making 2 pans of mac and cheese, 2 pans of penne with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes (one with chicken, one without), 2 pans of stuffed shells and 24 breakfast sandwiches (12 real meat, 12 veg sausage- with egg and cheese on an English muffin).

    I hate that I am only making all that pasta really... but I just couldn't find anything else online in my quick search that really appealed- especially given it's summer. I figure though, it's at least enough that we can have one or two of those a week for a few weeks and I won't have to make dinner EVERY night like I do now!
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    I enjoy cold rice salad. So if you make extra rice, you can use it later and add parsley, olives, tomatoes, artichokes - or mango, almonds...etc to it. (I like to use rice vinegar for these, but balsamic is good too. Here are some ideas:

    4me.blogspot.ca/2009/06/cold-rice-salad.html
    http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1949...241205,00.html
    http://www.outofthefryingpan.com/rec...old.rice.shtml
    http://ilblogqb.blogspot.ca/2011/10/...ice-salad.html
    http://vegetarian.about.com/od/sidev...nricesalad.htm

    I also like to make tabouleh salad in summer. You can make it early and refrigerate until you need it.
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/me...SALAD-50074833

    Look here too!
    http://www.deliaonline.com/premium-c...rian-food.html
    http://www.thekitchn.com/what-are-go...d-meals-116473
    http://busycooks.about.com/od/makeah...ianrecipes.htm
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/make-ah...moroccan-stew/

    And this is quick and yummy: Get DH to make it?
    http://www.marthastewart.com/355509/...3&slide=282109

    Hope this helps!
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    I made a few things for our freezer, and with how ravenous I felt after the birth, I'm not sure that I'd personally mind eating hot dishes in summer (but I'm from the Pacific Northwest and don't really know true hot).

    What about black bean enchiladas or dal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetsriracha View Post
    I made a few things for our freezer, and with how ravenous I felt after the birth, I'm not sure that I'd personally mind eating hot dishes in summer (but I'm from the Pacific Northwest and don't really know true hot).

    What about black bean enchiladas or dal?
    I was thinking about some kind of Mexican-ish something...but, I just don't want to make anything that only I'm going to eat... and my meat-eating family... sigh...
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    Screw your meat-eating family! This is about you, and only you. I had no energy for making much food ahead of time, so I stocked up on Trader Joe's & Amy's Kitchen individual frozen entrees. Lasagna, enchiladas, tamales, pot pies, etc. I also had some "instant" brown rice (cooks in 10 minutes) which was great for salads or side dishes, and couscous which cooks in 5 minutes, and some frozen veggies that could be tossed with whatever in a few minutes. Not gourmet cooking, and not what I'd cook for myself if I wasn't recovering from childbirth, but pretty tasty when it came down to it. I fell in love with my DH all over again when he heated up lasagna for me at 4am one day when I woke up starving.

    And FYI... Tofu does freeze well, although it gets more chewy & dense, but most veggies defrost in a "cooked" state since all the water comes out so I wouldn't freeze kebabs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Screw your meat-eating family! This is about you, and only you. I had no energy for making much food ahead of time, so I stocked up on Trader Joe's & Amy's Kitchen individual frozen entrees. Lasagna, enchiladas, tamales, pot pies, etc.
    This! I couldn't agree more. And Kashi makes some pretty good and cheap vegetarian/vegan entrees, too.

    Oh, what about eggplant parmesan? You may want to wait until DH is there to sample, because it legendarily can initiate labor!
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    I agree you could easily supplement with the TJ's easy stuff (if you have a Trader Joe's nearby)...their frozen stuff is cheap and pretty darn good. I eat their frozen tamales and burritos for lunch every day during the week and haven't gotten sick of them yet. And even the skillet meals and such. Lots of good veggie options, too.

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