5 Awesome Easy to Freeze Meals
Knowing that I'd be short on time as a first year law student, my mom offered to help me cook in bulk at the beginning of fall semester. The batch method proved to be a lifesaver by the time finals rolled around (and I'm still feasting on a few of the items).
Here are 5 of my favorite easy to freeze meals. Make these recipes ahead of time and you'll be incredibly grateful when life gets busy.
1. Meat Loaf in Muffin Tins
Use any of your favorite meat loaf recipes (mine happens to be a sweeter version with ketchup and brown sugar like this one). When you bake the meat loaf, cook it in muffin tins instead of a regular pan. Be sure to cut down on cooking time to account for the smaller portions.
Like the meat loaf, there's a great freezing trick. Cook the lasagna. Then chill it in the refrigerator overnight. Finally, cut it into individual pieces, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, and then freeze.
3. Chicken Curry
Chicken curry and rice an be cooked ahead of time then packaged and stored in small containers. I save plastic parmesean cheese or salsa containers for this purpose. Just be sure to cook on a plate so that you don't melt the plastic.
My favorite chicken curry recipe happens to be this one:
4 T butter
6 T flour
2 T curry (use a gourmet curry such as one from Penzeys)
3 c chicken broth
1 c cream
1 c chutney (major grey's is good)
4 cooked chicken breasts, diced
Melt butter, add flour and cook until smooth. Add curry, broth chicken and chutney and cook until heated through. Add cream and cook until hot and thickened (do not boil).
When you put together the individual services add some toppings — raisins, peanuts, and coconut are my favorites.
In the middle of sub-zero January temperatures few dishes taste better than chili. Like the curry, you can freeze in smaller containers, throw on some toppings, and then when the going gets tough, dig in. For all you Purdue fans, I've made this chili and it's amazing.
5. Breakfast Muffins
Don't forget about breakfast. Make one of these healthy bran muffins or banana muffins recipes and store them in your freezer. Grab one on your way out the door and it will be thawed by the time you get to work or school.
What are your favorite easy to freeze recipes? Do you have any tips on preparing for individual size portions?