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Freezable Dinners

Just some ideas for freezable dinners. I’m actually halfway done with most of these recipes and will probably have enough dinners for the next 6 months, because I’m neurotic and obsessive. I listed them from the easiest recipes first, to the more complicated, to almost completely unnecessary (as in, spring rolls when I need to entertain guests).

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Fried Rice Recipe

To Freeze: When cooked rice is cooled, place in gallon zip lock bags, and make sure excess air is squeezed out. Store up to a month.

To Reheat: Dump rice into a microwavable bowl/dish and reheat in microwave, 1-2 minutes.

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Roast Chicken Recipe

To Freeze: Cut up roasted chicken and wrap tightly in foil. Then seal the pieces in zip lock bags, making sure excess air is squeezed out.

To Reheat: Defrost in fridge and reheat in microwave until hot.

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Turkey Chili Recipe

To Freeze: When chili cools, store in airtight tupperware in freezer.

To Reheat: Dump chili into a large pot and cover with lid. Heat on medium/medium high, stirring occasionally until totally heated through.

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Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe

To Freeze: When cooled down, store in airtight tupperware in freezer.

To Reheat: Defrost and reheat in microwave.

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Vegetable Casserole Recipe

To Freeze: When cooled down, store in airtight tupperware in freezer.

To Reheat: Defrost and reheat in microwave.

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Pork and Chive Potsticker Recipe

To freeze uncooked dumplings:  place dumplings in a single layer (not overlapping) on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet on a flat surface in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Take them out, and place them in a single layer in freezer zip-lock bags. Place them back in the freezer, flat side down, so they don’t clump together. After 6+ hours when they are totally frozen you can move them around your freezer and they won’t stick together.

To reheat (same instructions as on recipe):

In a large skillet/pan, heat 2 tsp. oil on medium heat. Place dumplings flat side down, making sure not to overlap them. Brown the bottom (should take a few minutes), just flip one up to check.

When the bottom is golden brown, pour enough water into the pan to immerse half the dumplings. BE CAREFUL, AS IT WILL SPLATTER! Use a lid to shield yourself. Then put the lid on the pan, leaving a crack open to let steam out.

Cook on medium-high for 5-6 minutes. Take the lid off when almost all the water has evaporated. Carefully scrape off the pan, they will be sticking to the bottom (hence the term ‘potstickers’).

Put onto a dish and serve.

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Lasagna Recipe

To Freeze: After lasagna cools, cut into squares and place in airtight tupperware.

To Reheat: defrost and heat in microwave.

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Meatball Recipe

To Freeze: Place cooked meatballs in gallon zip lock bags, squeezing excess air out of bags.

To Reheat: Drop meatballs into pot of simmering sauce until thoroughly heated. Or defrost and heat in microwave.

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Pizza Recipe

This one is a little different. I would stock up on a few bags of pizza dough and store them in the freezer. When I want to make pizza, I thaw out the pizza dough that morning, and have sauce, cheese and preferred toppings ready.

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 Congee (Rice Porridge) Recipe

This one is also different. It’s just an easy crock pot recipe that you can assemble in 5 minutes the night before. And you can enjoy it for the entire next day. Feel free to opt out the preserved duck eggs if you wish, then it’s just a simple rice and chicken porridge.

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Spring Roll Recipe

Step 1 – making the filling

Step 2 – assembling, baking or frying

Step 3 – freezing, storage and reheating

This one’s incredibly insane, especially just for postpartum dinners. But we’re having so many guests come to see the baby and I feel the need to have these on hand. I would probably just bake these after they are frozen, rather than standing in the kitchen deep frying.



5 thoughts on “Freezable Dinners”

  • Thanks Chica!!! I found a pulled pork recipe on your site too! That’d be a good one too for when the baby is born! And what’s this about entertaining when people come over to see the baby. It works like this: THEY come over. THEY bring the treats. IF they have no treats. THEY leave. I’d post it on your door.

  • Sheila – The pulled pork recipe is definitely easy enough for a postpartum meal! I think I had a split pea soup in a crockpot recipe too, if you want to check that out. But when I say ‘entertaining’ it’s mostly for when our parents come from 2000 miles away and visiting for 2 weeks at a time. Since they can’t really bring us casseroles, I figure I’d make one or two things for them to enjoy. If we lived near them, I probably wouldn’t cook or freeze ANYTHING 😛

  • Well, that’s very nice of you! My husband’s parents are coming from AZ but I expect them to bring take out or something. See how much better of a daughter in law you are?!? Having meals in the freezer is a great idea though. Because after a couple weeks, its old news and people stop bringing food over and life goes on. And you get hungry! I’m going to get started on a couple of these today!

  • I am not expecting a baby, but I am sometimes (read: often) lazy, so I love having a few decent meals tucked in the freezer to keep us eating well even when the workday has kicked my pants and I can barely make it to the couch before collapsing. These ideas are simple and brilliant. I’d never thought to try freezing fried rice or baked mac & cheese before. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shiela – I want takeout NOW. Everytime I tell my husband we should go out at least once a week for dinner he goes, ‘but you cook so well, nothing compares to your meals, etc.’ It’s evil. Everything tastes better when someone else makes it for you, and boy does he know it….

    Jen – I usually only froze potstickers and spring rolls because I have to make large quantites of them to make it worth the effort. When I was lazy I used to just make kraft mac n cheese or ramen noodles, hehe. But that’s definitely not gonna work for the month(s) after a baby when you need nice, homecooked meals. I’ll try to think of some more ideas later. I am planning on breakfast burritos, hopefully get to post it soon 🙂

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