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evandnic
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Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead
      #1002945 - 05/04/09 08:05 PM (71.163.33.229)

I have to have surgery in a couple of weeks and I would like to make it as easy as possible on my husband to take care of me and yet feed us and the 2 kids. Kid #1 is a really picky eater (no casseroles) kid #2 likes escargot... so I'm stumped for what will work for us. I will probably be off my feet for 2 weeks, so the more the merrier!

Please share your easy make ahead meals ideas (other than the standard red sauce pasta bake meals) and we will be eternally grateful!


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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: evandnic]
      #1003052 - 05/05/09 08:03 AM (173.70.202.81)

OH Boy...
if you leave out casseroles, that's a tough question...
I've looked in my recipe folder and have come up with nothing... sorry...
Two weeks of Take-Out???

You could try this website:
http://www.chiff.com/cooking/make-ahead.htm

or GOOGLE "make ahead recipes"...

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seaside2
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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: peconic]
      #1003063 - 05/05/09 08:24 AM (192.55.208.10)

I don't know about your area, but around the Memphis area there are several places that make up meals to "heat and eat". They do these on a variety of time frames (three days, weekly, etc). They vary, at your choice, from mundane to really gourmet. They are almost like private chefs, and not terribly expensive. You might try that.

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: peconic]
      #1003074 - 05/05/09 08:35 AM (68.247.168.14)

wow, that's what I was thinking--no casseroles?? OK, then, how about soups??

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: evandnic]
      #1003092 - 05/05/09 09:14 AM (74.227.82.161)

What about making spaghetti sauce and freezing it? I do have a spaghetti pie recipe if you would like that. If you are members of a church, they usually feed someone who is having surgery. At least for a week. You can also pre-patty hamburgers and your husband can throw them on the grill.

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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1003098 - 05/05/09 09:23 AM (173.70.202.81)

Ah... soups... good idea... I have a few to post!
BUT... I don't think soup everyday for two weeks would work...
Good for one or two nights though... along with a nice baguette!


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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: peconic]
      #1003121 - 05/05/09 10:02 AM (69.250.12.49)

Look at the Once-A-Month-Cooking forum at Recipezaar: http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewforum.zsp?f=23

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evandnic
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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1003129 - 05/05/09 10:16 AM (71.163.33.229)

ok - you guys all had the same problem I did... I couldn't think of anything but casseroles! I'll just do the usual - feed the three of us who love good food a cassarole, and have available for the difficult child his usual selection of pasta, grilled chicken, pizza and veges.

Bring on the good casserole recipes - he will just have to deal with the boredom (as usual).


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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: evandnic]
      #1003308 - 05/05/09 03:08 PM (66.6.178.17)

No recipes here, but just a "method to prevent madness".... perhaps?

While you are still up and cooking, stock in a lot of ziplock bags and a bunch of the covered plastic containers that can stack in the freezer.

Make extra of the things your family loves to eat and instead of having the leftovers tomorrow, package the leftovers for the freezer. If you do some portion control and creative packing, you'll have home-cooked "MREs" in your freezer that won't take long to thaw or heat.

Rather than convalescent casserole cuisine, you can have a selection of familiar family favorites on hand that may need only a frozen vegetable, a salad, a baguette or a garlic bread as a side dish. A little portion control makes it possible for different taste buds to have what they want, even at the same meal.

Lasagne freezes beautfully, for instance. Make a bigger one than your family would eat in one meal. Once it has cooled, cut it in serving size portions and slide each portion into a sandwich size ziplock bag. Seal it up, label it with Lasagne and date it, park it in the freezer.

Making meatloaf? Make two, eat one. Slice the other one up and portion it, label and freeze.

Beef stew? Double the recipe, freeze the overage in single portion sizes.

Find chicken breasts on sale? Buy'em up, cook'em up the way your family likes them, freeze the extras in single portions.

You can stock in a whole bunch of meals ( or meal starters) this way.

zip lock baggies WILL go into a pot of boiling water to reheat the contents, they will not melt. They will also microwave well if you vent the seal.

There are a bazillion * 2 of effortless options for side dishes in any grocery store. Stock up,and DEFINITELY point out to the Other Half that boiling water and punching microwave buttons are good and necessary survival skills.

I'm sorry you will be down for a timeout count, but you do still have time to enable a good outcome~

Breeze


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Re: Help Needed - Recipes to make ahead [Re: Breeze]
      #1003378 - 05/05/09 05:26 PM (166.217.30.117)

Quote:

Breeze said:
zip lock baggies WILL go into a pot of boiling water to reheat the contents, they will not melt.




Put a trivet or a folded dish towel in the bottom of the pot of boiling water to protect the Ziploc bag

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