Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Homemade "T.V." Dinners

Knowing I was going to be away last weekend, I prepared some freezer meals ahead of time so my husband could have a home-cooked meal if he got tired of eating out. I tried to think of easy things that he would like and that wouldn't be too much for one person. He likes my homemade pizzas so I put several of those in the freezer that he would only have to bake-as easy as a frozen pizza from the grocery store.

While cooking dinner one night, I got the bright idea to make him some meals from dinner leftovers. This way he could heat up one container in the microwave and not have to cook a whole freezer meal if he didn't want to.

I used my favorite rectangular Pyrex leftover dishes that I talk about here. They are the perfect size for a meat and a couple of sides. Over the next few days I came up with three different meals to freeze.

This was so easy to do. It required no extra cooking; just remembering to save a portion back so I could freeze it.

I plan to do more of this as it would make for very handy lunches when there are no leftovers!

Sonshine has a post about making individual freezer meals to share with elderly family members or friends. I think this would be a fantastic way to minister to singles as well!

For more kitchen tips, please visit Tammy's Recipes!


Wendi said...

Love this idea! I sometimes will freeze leftover for lunches. I usually just have the maindish leftover, but love the idea of making extra veggies to make it a more balanced meal.

~M said...

How do you reheat this? Don't different items need different cooking times?

Mary Ann said...

We just reheat it in the microwave for several minutes as you would do for a plate of food. (Check it as you're cooking so you don't overcook.)I recommend letting the meal thaw a little while before heating just to reduce cooking time, if you can.

So far, we've been really happy with the results.

Thanks for your comment!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I need to start doing this. We often have one or two servings leftover that nobody eats.