QOTD: Homemade Frozen Dinners

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OliveOly's picture
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QOTD: Homemade Frozen Dinners

So we all long to have more time, especially in the evening when those hunger pains start and the kids are asking whats for dinner. How about we share recipes (tried and true) that can be made ahead of time and put in the freezer for later use. I need to start doing some of this, so when school starts back I am not eating everything in sight while I am preparing dinner. I have little experience in cooking for the freezer so any tips would be great too!

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This is one my husband used to make all the time, but not anymore because we no longer eat pasta. I still love it though. Bear with my "recipe" as I don't really have one. DH just wings it.

Sausage and Pepper Alfredo

Saute hot or mild italian sausage in a pan with somegarlic, peppers, and onions. (DH likes loose sausage browned into crumbles. I prefer link sausage cut into coins.)

Stir in some heavy cream and parmesan to make a sauce. (This is where I'm not sure of amounts. DH just dumps it in.) Stir to melt the cheese and thicken the sauce a bit.

Pour over cooked penne pasta. The sauce may still be a bit runny. If you cook the penne to just al dente, it will absorb some of the liquid and make the sauce thicker as it stands. Cover it with a lid and allow it to rest for a bit to thicken.

You could add any seasonings you like (basil, oregano, hot peppers, etc).

Joined: 09/29/09
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You should check out the recipe board, theres lots of great stuff there too!

You can freeze just about anything as long as you have it wrapped properly. I use Glad tupperware, and then lay plastic wrap against the food if there is any air space to prevent freezer burn. I grew up in a family of 7, so all the recipes I know make big quantities. I still make them the same way, but I freeze half so my freezer is well stocked

Barilla make AMAZING no bake lasagna noodles. It cuts lasagna prep time in half. Lasagna freezes very well. The recipe on the back of the box is fantastic. I always add a little nutmeg and fresh garlic. Ziti is also easy to make in large quantities and freeze.

Barbeque is great too. I usually get a big roast, or multiple chicken breasts, and put it in the crockpot with a bottle of BBQ sauce, diced green pepper, and cook on low. Freeze half!

You can freeze any casserole. I do chicken enchilladas and freeze half as well.

This is the recipe i use

1 can (19 oz) enchilada sauce (any variety hot or mild)
2 cups diced cooked chicken
1 can of corn
6oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup light sour cream
1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso® chopped green chiles (optional)
8 flour tortillas for burritos (8 tortillas; 8 inch)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
Chopped avocado or green onions, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/2 cup enchilada sauce in bottom of baking dish. In medium bowl, stir together chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream and chiles.

2. Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas; arrange, seam sides down, in baking dish. Top enchiladas with remaining enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray; cover baking dish with foil, sprayed side down.

3. Bake 35 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 to 10 minutes longer or until hot and cheese is melted. Top with avocado or green onions. If desired, serve with lettuce, chopped tomato and additional sour cream or salsa

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Barilla make AMAZING no bake lasagna noodles. It cuts lasagna prep time in half. Lasagna freezes very well. The recipe on the back of the box is fantastic. I always add a little nutmeg and fresh garlic. Ziti is also easy to make in large quantities and freeze.

That's the recipe I use too and I love it!

I have a few recipes I can share later. They are on my blog, which is blocked at work. I grabbed them from another blogger Smile

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I dont think Ive ever frozen any food... I always just cook and eat! Im gonna have to try some of you girls' stuff!

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I made a bunch of lasagna rolls last pregnancy. I individually froze the rolls then put them in a freezer bag. That way I only got out what I needed. Put them in a glass dish And pour your favorite sauce so it covers the noodle And throw it in the oven. No need to thaw. Not sure how long I cooked it for.

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Joined: 10/20/08
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Soups freeze well but I don't have any recipes.

My all-time favorite comfort food: Shepherd's pie

Hamburger meat (90/10 or 93/7 usually) and seasonings
1 can creamed corn
Mashed potatoes (3 large or 5 small usually do the trick)

Brown 0.5-1 lb hamburger meat and season to taste (I use garlic salt, pepper, red pepper flakes)

Cook the potatoes as you would normally. I usually add butter, sour cream, milk, garlic, salt, cheese, and pepper to them while I mash

Layer the hamburger meat (drain any grease), creamed corn, and potatoes in a bread pan. Cook at 350F for 30 min or until warmed through.

I usually double the recipe and freeze 1.