freezer friendly meals

June 7, 2012

Every year I go through the same cycle of making sure I have food prepared and ready to go for the week. It starts in August with me being bound and determined to have some meals ready in the fridge or freezer so I don’t have to cook when I get home from work. I spend a few months using some times on Sunday afternoons to prepare different dishes (including cookies for my husband — always) and am proud of myself for actually accomplishing something. Then as the year wears on, I spend less and less time in the kitchen, slowly relying on take out or simple meals that don’t take a lot of time or preparation. By the time the year ends, my husband is eating scrambled eggs or whatever else I can throw together in a skillet within fifteen minutes. Some days, it’s just not pretty. Seriously.

This year is the same thing — right about now I’m banking on the fact that the grill is my saving grace and I can grill just about anything. But what about when it rains? Uhh… problem right there.

As part of the Tastemaker program, I was given the opportunity from Foodbuzz to try out some new Glad FreezerWare recently. I was especially excited about this opportunity because I do a lot of freezing of meals, especially since I do a lot of cooking for the blog (well not recently, but you get it). One thing I hate about freezing food is using plastic bags or other plastic containers. Not only do the plastic containers crack, but the food is always freezer burnt. That’s the absolute worst.

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I received a variety of sizes of the FreezerWare — small containers and large containers. I spent some time a few days ago cooking up a storm and freezing some meals so it would be easy to pull out and defrost and heat up when I am short on time.

I made a double batch of my marinara sauce, baked beans, and lentil jambalaya (recipe to come!).

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I already defrosted and ate the lentil jambalaya for dinner/lunch the other day and it was so convenient. I knew I would be gone all day doing curriculum work and running errands, so before I left I put the container that had the jambalaya in the fridge. When I got home, all I had to do was heat up the defrosted food and serve it! You can definitely just pull it from the freezer and microwave it right away, but I figured it would take less time to heat up if I had defrosted it beforehand.

And just because I love you all, I’m going to give two readers the opportunity to win some FreezerWare! Two readers will win 1 package of small containers as well as 1 package of large containers.

This is going to be a fast giveaway — to enter leave a comment on this post with your favorite freezer friendly meal. A winner will be chosen tonight and the winners will be announced tomorrow morning.

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carol June 7, 2012 at 6:08 am

I like to freeze a hearty chili and soups – quick, easy and filling and oh, so easy from freezer to pot to belly.

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ann June 7, 2012 at 6:09 am

Any kind of soup, some of your recipes included, but especially red lentil soup. Its great to have on hand when I have to be at work at 7 and don’t have time to prepare anything else.

Thanks!

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Anne June 7, 2012 at 6:15 am

Sloppy joes! I like to have cooked ground turkey frozen so I can turn it into spaghetti sauce or tacos or sloppy joes. Or even a into a taco salad.

Frozen shredded chicken is great to have on hand. Can be turned into a variety of meals.

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake June 7, 2012 at 6:21 am

I haven’t seen these yet, but they sound awesome! I love making casseroles, & they’re perfect for the freezer!

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Katie June 7, 2012 at 6:21 am

I like to freeze beans, lentils, veggies, and various cooked grains. Pick a protein, pick a grain, pick a veggie, and dinner’s done.

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Megan T June 7, 2012 at 6:28 am

I had a time where I was stocking up my freezer and I found this cornbread, baked beans, hot dog bake. It was so yummy & froze well.

I normally use disposable foil containers, so I’d love to try these.

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Elizabeth June 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

I have a recipe for Italian soup that works really well to freeze. Chili, spaghetti sauce, and sweet peppers are my freezer staples. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 7, 2012 at 6:39 am

I haven’t frozen a lot of cooked meals here in Chicago, but at home we would freeze leftover spaghetti with meat sauce all the time, along with things like corn bread that took us a while to go through! My dad also makes huge batches of granola bites and freezes those! And I nab them from the freezer and eat them cold… oops.

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 7, 2012 at 6:39 am

My mom’s lasagna is my fav freezer friendly meal. She always make three dishes of it at once and freeze two of them.

I like the idea from Glad. That’s pretty clever!

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Katie June 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

PW Chicken Spaghetti. YUM. I made a few containers of it when I was pregnant to eat during the newborn days and so it has good memories associated too :)

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Megan S. June 7, 2012 at 6:45 am

I’d have to say my dad’s chili!

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carmen June 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

i love freezing veggie soup in individual portions to bring to work for lunch!

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Lauren G June 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

I make and freeze green chili enchiladas-so easy, so good!

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Sara June 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

I love to freeze soups in the winter!

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Katie June 7, 2012 at 6:59 am

Broccili soup, quinoa with lentils and i have a huge batch of camp fire bakedbeans sitting in my freezer :)

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Amy June 7, 2012 at 7:04 am

Love to freeze veggie lasagna and turkey chili.

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B @ Crags and Veggies June 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

I love making lasagna or eggplant parmesan and freezing it! Thaws wonderfully and then I can make a big batch and not get tired eating it for weeks!

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Erin June 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

Any kind of sauce or soup is the easiest thing. I was just saying how badly I need new/more tupperware!

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Trisha June 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

Making homemade pizza ahead and then freezing it so you can bake it any time!

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Lauren June 7, 2012 at 7:18 am

I always freeze stews…or cookies :)

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Marnely Rodriguez June 7, 2012 at 7:24 am

Love freezing curries!

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Darbi June 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

I love to freeze fresh corn on the cob to enjoy all year long!

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Abby June 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

My mom’s chilli is something I’ve frozen since college. It’s such a great comfort on days that I don’t want to ‘cook’ but want a hearty, healthy meal!

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

My favorite thing to freeze is chili! So easy to pull out of the freezer for a hearty meal!

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Sara @my less serious life June 7, 2012 at 7:27 am

lasagna hands down!

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Brooke S June 7, 2012 at 7:27 am

I love making a big batch of pancakes on the weekend so I can grab a couple for my girls if that is their breakfast request during the week, heat and eat.

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Alisha June 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

I love to freeze breakfast muffins and defrost them overnight so they’re ready to eat in the am!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love to freeze soups in big batches.

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Carrie Woolf June 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

I often package up homemade burritos to freeze. You bake them from frozen in the oven the same way you would the processed ones from the grocery store!

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Maggie June 7, 2012 at 7:38 am

I love freezing veggie chili for a night when I’m feeling lazy :)

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Melissa June 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

I LOVE freezing chili in the winter, but in the summer, I really like freezing mexican leftovers! As a college student freezing meals is like having a miracle when you’re hungry and appear to have nothing!

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Amye June 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

Oh, I am the queen of freezing leftovers. Since I have a two year old and work full time, it’s a great time saver! I regularly freeze beans, soups, and even cookies! I usually freeze the cookies so I don’t eat them all at once though :)

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kaity June 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

i freeze pretty much everything lol but chili in the winter is alwayss stocked up in there!

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Danica @ It's Progression June 7, 2012 at 7:42 am

Making a big batch of chili and then freezing individual portions for quick meals later on is always a favorite for my household!

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Brittany (Delights and Delectables) June 7, 2012 at 7:46 am

I love to freeze split pea soup, chili, or lentil dal! They are all so easy and quick plus they are our favorites!

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jessie June 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

Any type of soup.. or left over spaghetti squash :)

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots June 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

my favorite freezer friendly meal is turkey burgers!

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Sara June 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

My fav freezer friendly meal is chili! It tastes just as good reheated quickly :)

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Maggie June 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

I love to freeze anytime of soup or sauce. But also freezing some type of dessert is always nice to have on hand too

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Nicole June 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

My favorite freezer meal is the spinach artichoke chili from your recipe this fall/winter. I aslo love freezing pestos and pasta sauces that I can easily defrost and put over some pasta for dinner.

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Rachel W June 7, 2012 at 8:02 am

Veggie or turkey burgers are an easy, go to meal from the freezer. :)

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles June 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

I am no good at freezer meals— but am trying to desperately learn incase our blessing puts me down for the count when we get home after birth. Casseroles are delicious- I need to try some new ones!

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JenG June 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

homemade sauce and turkey meatballs are my favorite. I pack them in a single dinner sized container and defrost in the fridge or dump the frozen lump into a pan when needed.

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char eats GREENS June 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

I love freezing beans and grains. I know those are ‘meals’ per se, but they’re so easy to turn into meals – like chickpea or black bean burgers, salads, soups, etc! I love it!

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Eileen June 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

Lasagna! I like to slice it into individual servings first, and then defrost as needed for a quick meal.

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tempesst June 7, 2012 at 8:09 am

i like to freeze cooked ground turkey!

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laura June 7, 2012 at 8:12 am

Vegetarian chili!

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Sarah June 7, 2012 at 8:13 am

I like to freeze chili in the winter!

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Sherry June 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

Veggie lasagna!!! Since my hubby works out of town 6 days/week(and has been out of town for the last 2 months)- I rely heavily on the freezer for meals that cannot be reduced to one serving.

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Faith @ For the Health of It June 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

I could definitely use some freezerwares – my favorite freezable meal is mexican casserole!

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Loren S. June 7, 2012 at 8:18 am

I LOVE making a big pan of lasagna and then freezing the leftovers in portions for hubby’s lunches. I usually let it cool completely and throw a piece of waxed paper over the top to try to prevent the freezer burnt problem. I will definitely be trying this Freezerware though!

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chrissie June 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

I love freezing chili and spaghetti sauce. It’s so easy to just defrost it and eat it (or throw the spaghetti sauce on top of some pasta)!

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Bridget B June 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

I love frozen Swedish meatballs and gravy made by my mom….to die for!!

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Laura June 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

Definitely chili! Make a huge crockpot full and I’ll get probably half a dozen lunches from it!

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Meagan. June 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

This probably doesn’t count as a meal but I always cook up large batches of dry beans and grains and then stick the extras in the freezer. Mine always get freezer burn so these look perfect for me (in fact I’ll probably buy them if I don’t win!)

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Katy June 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

Chili and gumo are my two favorite freezer meals…quick and easy warm ups!

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Coco June 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

Stuffed shells taste better to me after they’ve been frozen and reheated (I’m a freak). Thanks for the giveaway!

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Kate @ Kalamazoo Foodies June 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala (http://www.eatliverun.com/slow-cooker-chicken-tikka-masala/) courtesy of our friend Jenna at Eat, Live, Run has quickly become not only one of our favorite freezer recipes (all you have to do it make fresh rice, warm this up, and add some fresh chopped cilantro and you have a wonderful meal) but one of our favorite meals in general. It makes so much. Lasts forever. And, tastes AMAZING!!!!!!

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Katrina June 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

My favorite thing to pull out of the freezer are cookies! I know it’s not a meal but they sure are delcious! And sometimes they become a meal whenever we indulge :)

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Amber Louise June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

I love soups! I love to make a huge batch of homemade soup and then freeze half of it in single servings for lunches later. Hope I win!

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Ericka June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

Any casserole, lasagna…but our fave is étouffée! I always make two batches, one to eat & one to freeze!

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Christine g June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

Pioneer Woman’s Lasagna. We are only a family of 2 adults and a 4 year old, so I split the recipe into 2 smaller baking dishes and freeze one. It’s great!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries June 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

i like to freeze chili and soups!

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Leanne June 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

Ooh, pick me! I like to freeze single-servings of soup for my husband to take to work for lunch!

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Jeannie June 7, 2012 at 8:47 am

Chili, soups, beans, shredded chicken, sauces…everything… :)

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Maggie June 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

I would love to win these because I’ve been trying to make freezer meals lately and my tupperware has been cracking/the food has been getting freezer burnt as well :(

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abbi June 7, 2012 at 8:50 am

I love keep Turkey Zucchini Burgers in the freezer at all times. I love freezer meals!!

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Kim Lee June 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

Love to double my recipe when making muffins or bread, eat some and then freeze the rest!

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Bri June 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

My favorite freezer friendly meal is chilli :)

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Kara D June 7, 2012 at 8:55 am

I love a lasagna!

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Tara June 7, 2012 at 8:56 am

chilli for sure :) so good on cold winter nights. Freezer meals rock, it’s so sweet coming home, not feeling like I want to cook and remembering I have something in there to defrost. Love it!

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Dana B. June 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hands down: chili. It’s easy, filling and I know the hubby won’t groan when he hears that is what’s for dinner. :)

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Kate June 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

I love to freeze vegetarian chili! I only make this in big batches, so I’m happy it freezes well.

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cathy@1970kikiproject June 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

chelsey, i do not cook! so i have no freezer friendly meal ideas!
that being said, i would use the storage containers in my fridge, for sure, and to tote snacks to work!
thanks for the giveaway!

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JennyO June 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

Love freezing lasagne!

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kathy v June 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

I would freeze tortellini soup. I love making that recipe.

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Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves June 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

My favorite freezer meal is chili or gumbo. I think soups are better after they have been frozen!

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Jackie Durheim June 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

My current favorite foods for freezing is chicken chili and bananas.

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Caroline June 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

My mom’s pasta sauce is my fav freezer dish!

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Minerva June 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

Chili! I’m thinking sweet potato and black bean chili!

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Taralyn June 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

I love to do green smoothies!

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Lisa June 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

Spaghetti sauce is my fav thing to freeze!

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Becky June 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

I used to make veggie pot pie pockets out of wonton wrappers and what would usually be the chicken part of chicken and dumplings (Recipe by Rachael Ray). Soooo good and convenient! I should do that again.

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Melanie June 7, 2012 at 9:22 am

Doing big batches of food and freezing it feels like the greatest idea when you get home hungry! I always have vegetarian chili and lasagna, at least 2 or 3 kinds of healthy cookies for snacks, chickpea tofu stew and some recipe or an another with butternut squash in it. If i have to pick favorites, i guess i’d say chili and my chocolatey chocolate cookies. :)

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Maddy June 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

Favorite freezer friendly meal has to be my chickpea and black bean curry! Yum!

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Jenny June 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

I love to do big cooking sprees & have meals frozen for 1-2 weeks, might have to go look for these in stores! I love to freeze soups, chilis, sauces, and pasta only if it has plenty of sauce with it (otherwise it seems to dry out).

Hope you’re enjoying your summer break!

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Ley June 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

I like to make my own black bean burgers and keep some frozen- cheaper and healthier than store bought and just as convenient!

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Kellie June 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

I like to make a big batch of pancakes and freeze them for my kids breakfast throughout the week. It is better than buying frozen ones and much cheaper too.

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Amanda June 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

I love to freeze chili and soups in the fall and winter bc the last thing I want to do after trekking home from work in a snow storm is make a warm cozy meal!

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elizabeth | notes, quotes & anecdotes June 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

whenever i’m cooking for one, i always have a boatload of leftovers – one of my favorites to freeze is turkey chili, though. for some reason, i think it tastes BETTER as leftovers!

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Lindsay @ LindsayInNYC June 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

I love to freeze soup or chili! So easy :)

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Rebecca June 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

My favorite freezer friendly meal is vegan chili with lots of beans and lentils

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Michelle (Better with Berries) June 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

I’m definitely going to need to get good at making freezer friendly meals – my boyfriend is so darn picky that I end up making a lot of meals just for me and saving the leftovers :-)

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Lizzie June 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

Soup is my favorite freezer-friendly meal! But I would love to try freezing other things so I don’t have to cook after work.

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Alex June 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

I love making a big batch of marinara sauce and freezing it in individual servings.

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Kristin vp June 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

Ohh, turkey meat sauce! I always want to freeze my vegetable soup, but I always eat all of it (even if I make a double batch…..)!

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Elisabeth June 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

Frozen chili is always a great standby, but I’m also a fan of freezing banana bread and muffins! They hold up surprisingly well.

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Ashley June 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

I haven’t frozen many meals, but I do like to make a big batch of pizza dough to have on hand. I can pull a dough ball out of the freezer in the morning and make up a pizza for dinner in 20 minutes!

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Rebecca June 7, 2012 at 9:57 am

Meatballs are my favorite freezer friendly meal. Frozen dinners makes all the difference at the end of a busy workday!

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Alison June 7, 2012 at 10:02 am

I love making large batches of vegetable lentil soup and freezing that! Also for my husband I make roasts and then freeze packets of meat to take out for easy meals. I don’t have any freezer proof containers right now so my food is often freezer burnt when it comes out.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

My fave freezer-friendly meal is one I just made last week, a casserole with chili and beans and chips :)

Your food sounds great and pre-cooked meals are such a time-saver!

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Angela June 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Lasagna!

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Kristin @ Road Best Traveled June 7, 2012 at 10:07 am

I love stocking up on a big batch of my mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce!

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Nicole S June 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

I live alone so I like making a full sized pizza and then freezing extra slices!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit June 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

I could use me some freezer ware! I think my favorite meal to pull out of the freezer is my eggplant curry. I have batches upon batches of the stuff!

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monique June 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

my favorite freezer friendly is soup. There is no comparison with homemade soup and canned soup so its always nice to have it in your freezer when you get that craving for a nice warm bowl of soup.

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Holly B June 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

I love a freezer full of food. I make treats for my boyfriend to find when I’m gone for the weekend and he’s hungry.

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Corrina_R June 7, 2012 at 10:38 am

I loooooooooooooooooooove making big batches of YOUR soups (loaded cabbage, lentil stuffed pepper, etc) and YOUR best ever marinara!!!!!! I actually just pulled some out of the freezer last night to have over brown rice pasta yyummy!!!!

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Lauren June 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

I love freezing soups to eat throughout the week :)

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life June 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

Love it! Great giveaway. I freeze meals ahead for sure. Because I live on my own I also make batches of things and then freeze the rest for future – a quick defrost and I have a cookie! Or pancakes. Or dinner! Anything really ;) And I ALWAYS need more Tupperware lol.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

My favourite freezer friendly meal is chili!

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Amanda R. June 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

My favorite freezer meal would probably be soup or turkey chili, but my mom used to freeze her extra cookie dough and that was always so good too!

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Lori @ Forkful of Freedom June 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

I love freezing leftover smoothie. I make an extra large breakfast smoothie and then pop whatever I don’t drink into the freezer. When the evening rolls around and I’m hungry for something sweet, I have a homemade italian ice. I also love freezing soup!

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lizzie s. June 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

summer is such a busy time for me, freezer meals are essential!

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

I freeze indian dishes. They make tons of food from one pot and then I freeze half of it for weeks when I don’t feel like cooking!

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Leslie June 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

I love freezing beans and homemade pesto to throw on a pizza.

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Jackie June 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

My favorite freezer friendly meal would have to be lasagna.

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Callie June 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

Chili and Soups. They’re easy to make big batches of!

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Kelli @ rosyrunner June 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

Chicken enchilada casserole! It’s such a time consuming process that it’s easier to make 2 batches and freeze one!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious June 7, 2012 at 11:52 am

I love freezer meals on days when I’m too busy or too lazy to make something healthy! I love veggie chili or veggie stew! I’ve also started freezing marinated tofu or homemade been burgers for quick additions to a stirfry or salad! Great giveaway!

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meghan June 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm

freezer meals are the best!

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Sara D June 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Soups are great. Make big batches and freeze in individual serving size for lunches. Also, lasagna for the husband. It actually tastes better after it’s frozen.

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Michelle S. June 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I usually freeze pasta. It is not as good as it is fresh, but a timesaver during the school year!!

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Christina June 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Since I’m relatively new to the whole cooking world, I have yet to cook-to-freeze any meals.
I’m certain these handy dandy containers would put me on the right track ;)

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Kate @ Chicken Nugget Girl June 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I don’t cook usually big enough portions to save in the freezer – but I think I need to start!

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ErikaMC June 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Having a baby this past summer has me always looking for ideas to freeze. I few of my favorites include scalloped potatoes and ham, chicken and noodles, beef stew, twice baked potatoes, meatballs and lasagna,

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Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat June 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Cool- I’m all about planning ahead! :)

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Lisa June 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I like to freeze my soups and chili’s so I can have leftovers throughout the week

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Traci June 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I like freezing individual bags of soup or chicken chili verde.

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Kelley June 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

My favorite freezer friendly meal is vegetable soup. I always make a BIG batch and then freeze in smaller batches.

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Stephanie @ My Freckled Life June 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Chili is definitely my favorite freezer friendly meal. I can NEVER make a small batch of chili, and by the end I probably have at least 5 tupperware containers full. I’ll usually keep one in my fridge, and freeze the rest for later months!

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Emily Fortin June 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

As a college student, cooking for one either means eating the same thug for 6 means straight or freezing! I try to do the latter. I have been freezing stuff in my old yogurt tubs which doesn’t work super well! I’d love to freeze up a batch of your baked beans! Do you think your bean recipe would work well with dark brown sugar instead of molasses?

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Char June 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

My favorite is whatever meal is in the freezer when I get home from a long day at work! Loving having those frozen options for when it’s really hectic

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Charlene June 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

My grandmothers spaghetti sauce has been passed down from generation to generation. I love to make a big batch and freeze in family size containers ;)

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Kelly@Leafy Not Beefy June 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Soups and cookies have been put in the freezer a lot lately…love having premade meals ready to reheat and eat. :)

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Shaunna@mamas13minutemile June 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

lasagna :)

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Colleen June 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I make double and freeze of 90% of my meals so we can have dinner on those busy weeknights. I really don’t have a favorite b/c I seriously freeze almost every meal I cook!

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Kira June 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I love that these are BPA free!
I love making a batch of breakfast burritos to be able to grab on the run out the door!

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Melissa June 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I love freezing lasagna and soups for an easy meal on busy nights!

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Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily June 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Fave thing to freeze: soup and chili.

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Sarah June 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I freeze rice and chili. I also ALWAYS have frozen bananas and cookies for fast consumption :)

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Stacey June 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I love that these are BPA Free too!! So important.

Meatballs are an easy freezer friendly meal because you can thaw exactly how many you want! I also freeze browning bananas for banana ice cream!

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katherine d. June 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

i make vegan burritos in brown rice tortillas and freeze them all the time

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Olviya @olivehealth.tumblr.com June 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm

My favorite freezer meal would have to be chili:)

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Jennifer June 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Soups, soups, soups! I can never have enough!

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Sadie June 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I love freezing homemade veggie burgers; they’re much tastier than store bought!

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Kayci June 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

veggie burgers!

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Kiran June 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

the vegan table’s vegan chili!

i love it all year long, and it always seems like the flavour concentrates the more i reheat it.

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Emily June 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I’ll freeze anything! My favorites are grab-n-go breakfast burritos andchili!

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Stephanie June 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Lasagna, left over corned beef or barbaccoa… Sounds yummy right now… Haha… When you are on your own everything turns into left overs…

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Kim June 7, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I’m doing strawberry freezer jam this weekend. I’ll put some aside for you.

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Lilly June 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Love freezing individual servings of soup, chili, and beans for easy reheating and quick meals. It makes things so easy when I get home after being away all day and have one of those ” need food quick” moments.

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Dani June 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Chilli is my absolute favorite freezer friendly meal. My mom always makes chilli in HUGE batches, so we always have plenty to store!

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angie June 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

chili is so easy to make and freezes so good and the longer it sits the better it tastes!

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Kristen Lopez June 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I love freezing spaghetti sauce and chili…yum!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

My favorite freezer-friendly meal is chili … it reheats so well!

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Leah M June 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Spaghetti. My kids love it! I enjoy making large batches (gf for me) and freezing some for midweek craziness!

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Kayla Tiscornia June 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I love to freeze little “scrambled egg muffins” in the freezer for a quick breakfast sandwich go to. While you are toasting an english muffin, pop one of those babies out of the freezer (my favorite is egg, mushrooms, onions and spinach) and warm in the microwave–top it with some feta and wala–breakfast is served.

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Tala @ Bite Size Wellness June 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

It is an old family recipe, but cabbage pockets! If I win maybe I’ll share:)

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Allie H June 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My very favorite thing to freeze is homemade chicken noodle soup. I always keep some on hand so that when I get sick, I don’t have to bother to cook!

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Kim Osbo June 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I start freezing ANY leftovers about a month before school gets out. Then summer time for the kids is easy, pick a favorite meal and microwave!

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Chelsea B June 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

My favorite freezer meal is my Mom’s lasagna! Not only is it the most delicious lasagna ever (ok, I may be a little biased…), I also don’t have to prepare it myself, all I have to do is pop it in the oven, turn on The Bachelorette and wait!! (I may or may not have done that exact thing Monday night! Thanks Mom!) It always reminds me the good old days when I used to live at home!

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Leonor June 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I freeze protein pancakes on occasion. I need to venture out and try freezing more meals.

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Sunny P June 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I pretty much freeze any leftover if it’s not gone after 2 or 3 days. Perfect easy lunch to grab before work or dinner when I don’t feel like it. My homemade freezer staple tho is chicken, beef or veggie broth(I eat meat sometimes, but I love all your recipes and ideas:). It tastes way better then anything from the store, is super simple and makes the best base to any soup:)

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Shannon June 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I also love freezing chili! It’s convenient and delicious.

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Holly June 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I like to freeze soups

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Kari June 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Definitely lasagna. Sometimes I half bake it so I can just sort of do “top off” baking and it’s still crispy and oven fresh to serve.

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Jessica T June 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Hands down SOUP!!!

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Kirsten June 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

lasagna!

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Ashley June 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm

My favorite freezer friendly meal is lentil soup. I actually like it after it has been frozen better. The flavor comes together great.

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Leslie N. June 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Meatballs!

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Dana June 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Macaroni and cheese casseroles !

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Gina June 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I always freeze soups after I make them for an easy meal!

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elise June 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Love freezing soups, chili, stew, baked beans, and casseroles for the winter months. There is nothing like knowing you have a delicious, healthy meal waiting for you when you get home from a long day and the last thing you want to do is cook. Would love to try out the new tupperware!

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Kylie June 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Lasagna rollups with spinach!

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Sarah A. June 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I love freezing marinara for a quick and easy pasta dinner!

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kerry June 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

crock pot buffalo chicken freezes great!

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Taryn June 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Any kind if chili:)

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Lauren Theis June 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Freezing things has already been a lifesaver for my internship this summer… I’m too tired to cook sometimes! I’ve been freezing my brownies, which keeps me (kinda) from eating them all at once!

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Caitlin Fleming June 7, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I love using fresh veggies in the summer to make big pots of soups and casseroles to save for the fall/winter. Having a pot full of soup that was made from fresh veggies always tastes better than canned!

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Annie June 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm

My favorite freezer-friendly meal is … pancakes! I always make enough to feed an army just so I can wrap them up and put them in a freezer container. Makes breakfast soooo easy cheesy.

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Kathryn June 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Lasagna and soup!

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Luvena June 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Home made pasta sauce and Chicken soup.

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Joanne June 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Seafood chowder!

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Well…this isn’t exactly a ‘meal’ but my favorite freezer friendly meal is to cook chickpeas and then freeze a ton of them (ie cups and cups worth) so that I can throw together hummus and other chickpea based foods in an instant. Dried chickpeas are so much cheaper than the cans and if you cook them in big batches, the time constraint is removed!

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Kelly June 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Okay, first of all, I completely <3 this thread for all the amazing ideas!!!

I freeze pesto in ice cube trays. When I want a little extra flavor, I drop a cube into soup/salad, or thaw it and spread it on a sandwich. Soooo good, year round.

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Kait @ yogabeautylife June 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Lasagna! And homemade veggie burgers. :)

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Caroline June 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Homemade spaghetti sauce is my go-to freezer meal. Quickly heat up some noodles and voila!

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Michelle Cain June 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Black bean soup :-)

Ps, love that they ate BPS free!

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Ann June 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Stews, soups or chili.

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heather June 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I never think to freeze things any more as I’ve had bad luck w freezer burn and things tasting “off”. I need to try again and these would be a great start!

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alain June 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

thanks for holding this wonderful giveaway! I LOVE freezer friendly meals and my favorite is veggie stew. Whenever my favorite squashes (kabocha) or sweet potatoes (Okinawan purple sweet potatoes) are on sale, I stock up and make different kinds of stew that can then be eaten on a rainy day or just when I’m feeling too lazy to cook.

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Michelle June 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I like to freeze my red lentil curry. That way when I’m in the mood for something spicy, I can just grab and defrost.

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shani June 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

i like to freeze sauces and beens and chickpeas to add to salads or pretty much any meal.

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Jessica W. June 8, 2012 at 1:11 am

i love freezing lentil soup!

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Angie June 8, 2012 at 5:18 am

Every time I cook I make enough for two meals — one for that night and one for the freezer! My favorite freezer foods are stuffed peppers, spinach pasta salad and chili!

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Elena June 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

I freeze my breads, not only store bought, but also loaves I bake. Usually a loaf is too much for me to eat in one week, so I cut it in half and freezing one and enjoying the other.

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Alexa @ A Life in Drive June 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

The title of your post made me laugh, because it assumes, of course, that our freezers are friendly. And mine is NOT. Anything that we freeze ends up freezer burned and we have to throw it away. It’s so frustrating! But the fridge isn’t broken, really, and wouldn’t be worth buying a new one.

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Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Ahhh love soups and because I’m the only vegetarian one in my house, I always find myself freezing leftovers!

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Bridget June 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

soup!

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