Comments on: Freezer Food http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:09:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Jillian in Italy http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-447483 Jillian in Italy Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:19:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-447483 Considering the fact that freezers in Italy are about the size of a shoe box I can’t really manage to get on the freezer meal bandwagon (I’d like to though). But I do remember cooking and freezing everything in site a few days before my twin daughters were born. I just knew that I wouldn’t have the time or energy to cook anything for the first months of being a mom of multiples.

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By: Olya http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-447454 Olya Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:35:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-447454 My problem is that I keep forgetting what is it that I threw into the freezer. I think a great recipe like the one you linked to is maybe the right way to start – make just ONE thing that’s great for reheating and get used to having THAT on hand!

I lean into the pantry and frozen ground beef/chicken strips a lot on last-minute cooking. And also cut up cheese and ham with cherry tomatoes. I just call it a Mediterranean meal :D

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By: Regina http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-447280 Regina Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:06:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-447280 I can’t do the once a month cooking thing because my freezer is too tiny! I do cook once a week, something I started doing when my toddler started eating solids. I bought Annabel Karmel’s Baby and Toddler Food cookbook and tried every recipe marked with a snowflake (meaning good for freezing). It’s a good thing that the toddler recipes are good enough for grown-ups to eat, because yes, I have been known to steal from the freezer stash for dinner!

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By: Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-447073 Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:42:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-447073 Right on, Raleigh-Elizabeth. I look forward to your posts, always an interesting read!

I’m with you 100% on having a freezer stocked equals more than popcorn and baby carrots for dinner. I have become attached to my chest freezer and love its miraculous ability to produce dinners I forgot I put in it. One of my favorites for potlucks and for those in need is spaetzle. http://www.lonehomeranger.com/2012/05/recalling-my-german-heritage-making.html

Next to chicken soup, it is absolutely the most comforting food I’ve eaten and totally worth the effort for special gatherings. Now if only I had a steady supply of fresh kielbasa.

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By: Karen @ SiciLean http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-447046 Karen @ SiciLean Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:04:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-447046 This is one of my favorite freezer meals, but to be honest, the house smells so heavenly while it’s baking that it often doesn’t make it to the freezer ;)
http://www.sicilean.com/2011/03/rosemary-and-garlic-chicken.html

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446892 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:28:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446892 What happy news! Congratulations to your happy family!

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446874 Lauren Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:11:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446874 This post came at just the right time- I love having meals in the freezer and was just looking for more ideas today for things to cook ahead, as we found out we will be traveling to complete our international adoption in just three weeks! Yikes! I am looking forward to trying the pork- it sounds amazing.
My go-to meal to take to friends is this soup: http://plumfieldshop.blogspot.com/2010/12/reason-246-to-have-soup-for-dinner.html
It’s my personal favorite, freezes well, and makes a ton!

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By: Ma http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446821 Ma Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:11:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446821 I like to take a dish of Shepard’s Pie to a mom “post new baby”. It has all the main ingredients of a meal in one bite and it’s easy to keep in the fridge and warm up in a snap… you’ve got the meat, potatoes and veggies all right there. I don’t have freezer meals (except for frozen pizzas in a box) but I’ll make something to keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

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By: Julie http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446813 Julie Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:43:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446813 Ack — I forgot to mention to taste and add salt! TJ’s has quick-cooking farro. Also, try quinoa!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446806 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:29:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446806 Hooray! I’m so glad it’s working for you! We can love it together : )

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446805 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:28:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446805 YUM. I love adding farro to this! Great share!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446803 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:26:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446803 I will totally take “pragmatic” as a compliment – my mother just needs to see this in print to see that SOMEONE out there sees me as pragmatic! (There’s just one of you! But still! A SMALL VICTORY!) But I have to tell you – I’m such a Food 52 devotee. It’s always good to meet another foodie-in-arms! (Or foodie-in-kitchen? Whatever.) I haven’t made that soup before but I will this weekend. THANK YOU for the recommendation!

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By: Melissa http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446796 Melissa Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:08:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446796 I am on my thrift month of Onceamonthmom cooking! I love it and its really helped me a working mom end the frantic it’s 6pm I have 5 mins to get dinner on the table or my kids will go ballistic moments. I don’t cook everything for the month probably 2-3 weeks at a time. i like fresh veggies and fish and we buy and cook those same day. but it lasts us several weeks with variety to keep everyone happy.

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By: Julie http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446794 Julie Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:03:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446794 Soup! I made a double batch for my family and our friends last weekend. poach two bone-in chx breasts in stock (or water, in a pinch) with two cut up (not diced, chunks) carrots, a stalk of celery and a quartered onion. Add a bay leaf, 5 peppercorns, a nub of ginger and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes and shut it off. Leave it covered for an hour. The meat continues cooking through. After the chicken is ready, strain the broth and pull apart the meat. If the veggies are over-cooked you can add new ones. When you want to eat, bring back to a gentle boil and add 1/2c of rice, barley, quick-cooking farro or pasta. I like to add baby spinach and frozen peas too.

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By: Jane http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446793 Jane Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:59:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446793 I make a phenomenal “whatever’s in the fridge” stew — usually it’s sauteed onions, then chicken, then brown rice/quinoa/barley, whatever veggies we have on hand (green/red/yellow peppers, carrots, tomatoes, turnips, sweet potato, green beans), and a variety of spices (whatever feels good). I’ve taken it to new parents, sick friends, etc. It’s great comfort food, wonderful even after reheating several days later, with tender chicken, and it’s still fairly healthy.

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By: Rachel http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446786 Rachel Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:32:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446786 I get ya! I’ve been ruthlessly editing my bookmarked recipes – now that I have a seven-month old, the idea of spending three hours on a meal (after the necessary two-hour grocery shop for the recipe’s 25 ingredients) has minus-zero appeal!

My go-to recipe is Paul Bertolli’s cauliflower soup via Food 52′s Genius Recipes site. (I have tried over ten of their recipes and Kristen Migliore doesn’t exaggerate when she calls them genius.)

As for a useful crowdpleaser recipe that people swoon over time and time again: Martha Stewart’s (oh, irony!) macaroni cheese. I’m too lazy to use the breadcrumbs so the recipe serves 8 instead of 12 with the omission. I know it’s heresy to admit this but I greatly dislike mac ‘n’ cheese so can never quite understand the fuss but, hey, who’s complaining about being praised by friends for their meal?!

Thanks again for your pragmatic posts. That might not sound like a compliment but it is!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446780 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:07:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446780 I rely on pantry staples on a daily basis, too. They’re great for weeknight meals!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446779 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:06:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446779 I feel like once you start smocking and do it all with a house full of kids, she should be asking you for tips. Especially when you’re just dynamite-looking through all of it. I do things in sweatpants. Sorry, vanity. I knew you once.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446777 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:05:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446777 My husband geo-batched (military term for ‘we live in separate states due to this latest relocation’) for a while, and so I did a lot of cooking for one. I’d do a big dish on Sunday and rely on it to get me through the week – not terribly interesting, but super, super easy. (And a lot more conducive to fun after-work activities with friends and still consuming a healthy dinner!)

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2013/03/freezer-food/comment-page-1/#comment-446775 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:04:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33321#comment-446775 That looks delicious!

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