Archive for January, 2010

Feed the Freezer

So, as of Monday I will be able to say, “this baby will be full term NEXT month.”

Crazy.

It means it’s time to start thinking of things to feed to my freezer, so that when baby comes we will have easy, nutritious, meals to reheat.

So I’m going to add to this blog post as I think of things that are great for the freezer. Or things that I *think* are great for the freezer. We’re going to get a deep freezer soon, which should help with my aversion to freezer burned food.

If you have a favorite food to freeze, leave the suggestion in the comments!

Eastern NC BBQ, with or without sauce already added.

Chicken BBQ

Easy Tomato Sauce

Chicken Broth

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Veggie Burgers

Chicken and Cream Cheese Eggrolls

Homemade Pizza Rolls

Ricotta Pea Wontons

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
, and other muffins that would make a great quick breakfast.

Vegetable soup (the only recipe on my page is for fresh veggie soup, and I’d be using mostly canned stuff, due to the time of the year. I’ll try to post a canned veggie soup recipe sometime soon)

Meatloaf

Lasagna

A lot of these things would be frozen in individual serving sizes, or two-person serving sizes. Chicken broth would generally be frozen in one-cup blocks. Sauces can be frozen in ice cube trays and then put in a baggie after they’re frozen.

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Dangerous brownies

I think I’ve had three of these already, and one of those was large. And I think I’m about to go back for another. They’re good.

They’re not disgustingly sweet, but they’re VERY chocolaty, and perfectly fudgy.

They only use one bowl. And you don’t need a mixer, just a wooden spoon or a spatula.

Here’s the link to the recipe

I changed just a couple of minor things. I used about 1/4 a cup of dark brown sugar instead of 1/4 of white sugar. I used half dark chocolate cocoa powder and half regular.

She mentions that you can use the microwave in the first part, instead of the pot of simmering water, and that’s what I did. It worked fine.

She’s right that they do take longer than advertised to bake. I was getting worried that they’d never get done, but they did.

I must go eat another.

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Easiest tomato sauce- now even easier

I just tried out the tomato sauce with a can of crushed tomatoes instead of whole ones, and it works just fine. Just remember that crushed tomatoes don’t usually have salt added, so you’ll need to add some.

And just so it doesn’t get TOO easy, I also threw in a few whole cloves of garlic along with the onion.

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Easy tomato sauce

I usually make tomato sauce that takes a long time. It involves grating carrots and zucchini and finely chopping an onion and chopping herbs, etc. Then I cook it for a couple of hours. It’s pretty good, but not always what I’m looking for.

So when this easy tomato sauce recipe showed up in my google reader I decided to try it out. I was a bit skeptical because it just seemed too easy. My aunt can make it because it only has three ingredients.


Here’s the link to the blog where I first read about it.

Easy Tomato Sauce

1 28 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes
5 tablespoons of butter
1 onion, peeled and cut in half.

Put all of the ingredients in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. As you stir press into the tomatoes to help break them up. Pull out the onion halves and discard. I used my immersion blender to get it nice and smooth at this point, though you could leave it chunky, or you could use a strainer spoon or something to get the chunks of tomato out. I added a bit of salt, but it didn’t need much.

The result? It was fantastic. The tomatoes I bought had basil in them, which I didn’t realize until I got home, but I think it would have been just as good without them.

Now I want to beat my head into the wall for every carrot I ever grated.

Definitely try this out. It’s even cheaper than some canned sauces, considering I think the can of tomatoes was under $2, one medium onion costs maybe 75 cents, and just over half a stick of butter costs maybe 50 cents. So… that’s not very much money or effort for some really good sauce.

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