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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Couple of Ideas...

I was wondering, since we are all either expecting or have a newborn (or almost all of us), are there any recipes that you guys usually make ahead to have a few ready meals once the baby comes??

I have these for my list so far:
2 Lasagna (regular kind)
2-3 Chicken Enchilada guts (so all I have to do is thaw and roll)
1-2 Chicken Pot Pie guts

After that, I draw a blank... What else freezes well that I can start getting these made?

Second idea: I was wondering if we could make a list, maybe not a true post so we could keep it visible on the website, of your opinions of "must have" cookbooks? Whether they are great for ideas, basic recipes that are easy to adjust, or whatever...

My must have's are: The Better Homes and Garden's Cookbook and the Ball: Complete Book to Home Preserving


Kristin Kimble Purles said...

Good idea. I have been meaning to make a post about a couple books I like and haven't done it yet. I will also get some of my favorite freezer recipes together. Can't wait to see what everyone else suggests!

Ligia said...

I like to use magazines too. The one I recommend is Family Circle. It has tons of great recipes and tells you how many calories and fat and carb grams it has. For those who care to count that is. I know I do.

Ligia said...

The magazine Prevention usually has great ideas for healthier substitutes also.

Jami said...

I don't have any specific recipes to give you, but here are two ideas!

-Cook a big batch of rice (I use brown) and freeze in meal-size portions. To use just warm up in a pan or microwave. You can use it for sides, in stir-fry/fried rice, etc.

-Soups typically freeze really well.
The Chicken Tortilla soup is easy to double and freezes really well.

I hope that helps a little. If I have any other ideas, I'll let you know.

Fernandez Family said...

I make freezer meals from a website called A group of my friends got together and made a bunch of the recipes up and put them in our freezers. Most of them were great. You pay a little for the recipes but I thought the investment paid off.

Kristin Kimble Purles said...

I have had this heavy on my mind lately too as my due date quickly creeps closer. I have a lot of ground beef to use up so a few things that came to mind are spaghetti, sloppy joes, meatballs (plain so you can use them with red or cream sauce, sandwiches, or whatever), the meat/beans mixture for taco salad, and just a few pounds browned up and ready for anything. Another easy favorite at my house is marinated chicken breasts. Just thaw and throw on the grill. Easy prep and clean up. I will be working on this myself so I'll let you know what else I come up with as I go.