As I (and several others of you) have mentioned, it seems like good practice to have a few meals stashed away in the freezer for times when it isn’t easy to cook. Like right around when you are squeezing out a fresh baby.
I have a couple of favorite freeze-able recipes. Cashew Chicken Curry is always a winner, and it’s really easy in the crock pot. I am still working out the kinks with some Martha Stewart broccoli calzones , but I like the idea of baking them from frozen. (I think they might be better with more cheese, or perhaps with some tomato sauce inside the calzone. And they are somewhat labor intensive, so I think next time I’ll make the filling one day, then stuff and freeze them the next day.)
Perhaps some others of you might like to offer one of your patented freeze-able recipes? I’ll start the offerings with another of our favorites, Bolognese Sauce — and we’ll see what else is cooking in some of your homes!
2-4 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed
3 T olive oil
1 lb mixed ground beef & pork
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 16-oz can tomato sauce
1.5 cups white wine
1/4 t sugar
italian seasonings (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme)
Heat olive oil over medium heat and sautÃ© garlic for about one minute. Add meat and cook until browned; drain grease. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and wine. Simmer about 20 minutes to reduce liquid and thicken. Finish by seasoning to taste with sugar, salt, pepper, and italian seasonings. Simmer for a few more minutes so the flavors blend. Serve over hot pasta, topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Crusty bread and a salad make a meal! Recipe doubles easily.