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Old 03-20-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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freeze ahead dinner ideas
I need some ideas for dinners that I can make and freeze in portion sizes for my MIL. My FIL died earlier this week and he was the reason my MIL cooked...she is not a good cook and she does not like cooking. I enjoy cooking but am not a fan of "one pot" type things so the only dish I can think of that will freeze easily for her is ziti. I would really appreciate some other suggestions. thank you
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:58 PM   #2
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I don't cook, but I did some searching. Here's a few recipes/pages to check out. Probably most are one pot meals, but..
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food...d-meal-recipes
http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-..._meals,FF.html
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You can prepare your family meal plus 1, then freeze a portion of each thing you are serving to take to your mom in law. There are all kinds of freezer friendly containers !
The only thing I can think of that does not freeze well is potatoes that have been cooked in liquid (like stew)
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Thank you, I will take a look at those links. My biggest issue is that I am not sure what will freeze and reheat well.
Debbie - so sad potatoes don't freeze well ! One of the things I had decided to make her was beef stew. She lives a few hours away so my plan was to make a few dishes and pack them up for the hubby to take her this weekend.
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Your beef stew would still taste good, the potatoes will just be a bit mushy. I have never tried it, but you could probably add the potatoes last and not cook them all the way ??
Sending meals wil be such a blessing to her!! Way to go daughter-in -law !!!!!
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Individual lasagna portions freeze well as do chicken pot pie, chop suey, and any type of soup.

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I have taken a pound of hamburger or ground turkey and made 2 small meat loaves and froze them for meals.
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Oh yeah...meatloaf freezes well.

ETA: Wow..there are a lot of make ahead cookbooks on Amazon. Look up "Make Ahead Meals".
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Meatloaf is a wonderful idea and yes, it freezes great. Also, one can slice it after cooking into single serving sizes, wrap each one individually and your MIL can take however many she would eat, pop into the microwave and dinner is done. Also, the frozen potato buds from the market are great and make wonderfully easy mashed potatoes. What a lucky lady having a DIL like you.
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I think I'm a little late coming to this thread, but I wanted to add that most bean dishes like chili freeze pretty well. Breads and muffins freeze well, too. Meatballs. Chicken & pasta dishes. Mini pot pies.
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