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    Freezable recipes?

    My parents are getting somewhat older and as a result cooking is becoming more dififcult (there are other reasons but that's for a different thread). The plan at the moment is that we cook some recipes for them during the week and then take them down to them at the weekend for them to eat during the week.

    They are quite traditional in their tastes and most definitely like their meat.

    What recommendations do you have for stuff that's tasty but freezable?

    #2
    I would think that pulled meats would work out pretty well. Also a lot of stews and soups.

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      #3
      Chilies and curries also freeze wonderfully!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Anek View Post
        Chilies and curries also freeze wonderfully!
        Yeah I forgot to mention... my mum doesn't like spicy food either...

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          #5
          Goulash comes to mind. Cook a huge batch and freeze in handy portions. You can make it as spicy or bland as you want. Or boar ragout. Whenever I keep one from hunting that's what I make. The freezer's full of containers with boar ragouts then. Bolognese freezes well, too. You could cook a pot of pasta at the start of the week and put it in the fridge. Goes well with all three of my suggestions.

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            #6
            Shepherd's pie and its variations freeze well, probably Lancashire hotpot would too. This chicken and mustard one pot tastes even better as leftovers. It doesn't look appetising once frozen because the mustard separates a bit but it tastes delicious and it's one of my favourites to make. It might not be to your parents taste but paella and jambalaya are two of my freezer staples. If they don't like them, I'd still recommend similar kinds of one-pot dishes for freezing because having a lot of moisture and everything mixed together means they're very forgiving of freezing and reheating. I can second stews and soups too.

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              #7
              This could be a completely Midwest thing, and I don't know where you are from, but what about casseroles? One of my favorites is hashbrown casserole, and there are a lot of ingredients that can be used for it. Here's a basic recipe I use. And this isn't necessarily healthy, but it could be good for your parents.

              Ingredients
              1 Bag of country style hashbrowns, thawed
              5.3OZ plain greek yogurt
              2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
              4 TB unsalted butter, melted
              3 large eggs
              salt and ground black pepper to your liking
              cayenne pepper to your liking (optional)
              cooking spray

              Steps
              Thaw hashbrowns in the bag it came in. I used the microwave.
              Next, melt the butter in the microwave.
              Combine all the wet ingredients, then add 1 1/2 cups of cheese. Combine all of that to be uniform.
              Then combine seasonings to your liking. (Remember that cayenne pepper gets spicier when heated up, so add accordingly. LOL)
              **Depending on the variation you want, combine those ingredients to the mixture.
              Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top of the casserole in an oven-safe dish, sprayed with PAM so it doesn't stick.
              Bake in oven uncovered for 45 minutes @ 375 F. If the potatoes are done to your liking, let cool.
              Otherwise, bake additional 15 minutes covered so that the cheese doesn't burn.
              Let cool and enjoy.
              Notes: variations: use as many as you like
              1 cup cooked bacon, or smoked sausage, or beef
              1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
              1 can Cincinnati style chili (I prefer Dixie Chili)
              1 cup sauerkraut, drained

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                #8
                Chicken or beef chili
                Lasagna, beef or chicken also
                It's been awhile since I've done frozen anything since I have very active young adults. I never have leftovers to freeze and can rarely make ahead these days
                I usually froze left overs but I think you could use this trick with full meals some how

                I would get a smaller dish, usually an 8 x 8, baking dish and line it with saran wrap with enough extra to cover the top after food is placed in the dish. Place the left overs in that, and cover the top. Freeze that way, then you can remove it from the dish, write the date and store it. When ready to reheat, it's the size of the dish you want to use. Remove saran wrap, plop it in the right size baking dish, and stick it in the oven. That way I didn't have to worry about aluminum pans and such. And it's in smaller batches. For a full size lasagna, I'd probably bake it, let it cool, then divide into two smaller pans for freezing, if its just going to be for 2 people.
                I'll try to remember while meal planning to look for some recipes that I would use for freezing ahead and share with you.

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                  #9
                  If you dont want freezeable and they arent allergic to gluten or nuts or brown sugar or corn or rice you can make what my family makes every year at Christmas time (and again at Easter) we call it Health Food Candy (only non healthy thing is the caramel that binds it) It usually lasts a month at our house and we eat it in a bowl with milk for cereal in the mornings and its lunch and dinner too. I might be bias on it but I grew up eating it I just cant remember the recipe for the Caramel used but i know it has to be softball stage but other than that its 3 cups rice corn and wheat chex, and cheerios, 1 can of mixed nuts (gives different textures per bite.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Martyn View Post
                    My parents are getting somewhat older . . .

                    They are quite traditional in their tastes and most definitely like their meat.
                    We visit my wifes mum and sister who are house bound and live in a small town, they like us to bring frozen shepherds pies and lasagna. Sometime when we cook something the day before we'll bring some for them. They have meals on wheels once a week.

                    You could cook up a load of banger's and freeze them, then they could make banger butties. Since you can freeze Yorkshire pudding how 'bout toad in a hole?

                    Bread freezes how about western egg sandwiches. Cabbage rolls. Mac 'n' cheese with ground meat.

                    You can freeze this meat and gravy plus freeze the noodle but keep separated. https://darebee.com/hive/kitchen/707...ss-leg-of-lamb

                    I go to a senior centre (use the weight room) and they have a kitchen that prepares meals and freezes them for pick-up or delivery, I'll post the link to give you ideas for meals . . .

                    https://www.bgclondon.ca/seniors-pro...-entrees-to-go slide show at bottom of page.

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