Tuesday, July 17, 2007


So, I offered to make a meal for a friend who recently had a baby, and they want it to be something freezable. Now, the problem is that nothing that I make would be very good frozen, so I'm really stumped as to what to make!

I did think of stuffed peppers or dolmades, but do you think those would be too mushy when reheated?? (And how would you reheat a dolmade, anyway? I suppose I could freeze the rolled leaves before boiling, and give them instructions on how to boil them, but that's getting pretty complicated.)

Does anyone have any brilliant ideas? (Yes, I know lasagne or marinara would freeze well, but I'd like to make something a little more exciting than that!)

Thank you!!


Monika K said...

Chili freezes well and you could include tortilla chips and salsa as sides (which also last a long time).

I have a fantastic chili recipe at home in the states, but in the meantime, here is a link to a great database full of various (mostly vegan) recipes:


Jamie said...

I've had a lot of luck freezing tamales. There is a good, basic recipe in "Vegan Lunch Box" and a good article from Vegetarian Journal here: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FDE/is_4_25/ai_n16834288

I've made (and frozen) tamales stuffed with beans, corn, seitan, onions, peppers, etc. You are supposed to resteam them to reheat, but sometimes I just toss them in the microwave and they do fine.

Connie said...

if you wrap rice up in cling wrap, like in little balls, they can freeze really well and to cook you just pop in the microwave and it steams it up. so you can make a curry or something to go with the rice

good luck

crystine said...

I think you should make gnocchi. It freezes great, tastes great, and all you have to do i add it to gently boiling water for a few minutes. Top with olive oil and sea salt over a bed of arugula and balsamic...yum.

bazu said...

I tried freezing stuffed peppers once, and when thawed and reheated, the texture of the peppers wasn't very good. You could make just the stuffing for them, though, and when they want it, they can just thaw, stuff fresh peppers, and bake!
Stuffed manicotti (with tofu ricotta) freezes really well, too. Most soups freeze really well. Pizza and bread (and their doughs) freeze really well, as do muffins and cupcakes (without frosting, of course!)

Good luck, and congrats to your friend!

urban vegan said...

You've probably given her the frozen meal by now, but for what it's worth, you could make a huge batch of pesto and freee it in ice cube trays. It freezesvery well. Then she can take out a few chunks whenever she wants a quickie meal. All she'll have to do is boil some water for pasta or gnocchi.

And BTW--what a nice friend you are to do this favor for her.