Ooh! I had totally forgotten about chilli! Thanks! I love making a huge batch in the slow cooker and then freezing it. Is the chilli recipe hub you have your "awesome" recipe? I will have to check it out!
I had a massive crop of home-grown tomatoes this year so I made several batches of what I call a "generic tomato sauce" from onions, garlic, tomatoes, a bit of fresh chilli and mushrooms. Add mince and bacon, and you've got bolognaise sauce. Add kidney beans and chilli powder on top of that, and you've got chilli con carne. You can also add dollops of this sauce to curries and stews.
When I moved and needed to rebuild my supply of frozen meals, I cooked double portions every night for 2 weeks. I freeze casseroles, stews, BBQ meats, and other meals that have a sauce. The sauce prevents freezer burn.
That's a great idea. I think I might need to get to doing that, at least on the days when we don't have stuff to do at night. We lost our frozen food supply during the hurricane (thankfully there wasn't a lot there at the time), and with a baby on the way I really should make sure we have some stuff.
I'd never thought about making things with sauce to prevent freezer burn (which I really hate), so I will definitely keep that in mind. Thanks so much!
I do not tend to make any meals beforehand and freeze them. Though it would be smart of me to do so. However, a lot of my dinners also do not take more than 30 minutes to prepare anyways. And my two year old loves to help. But honestly I tend to freeze soups. Any type of soup, because I usually make too much of it to feed my three person family. My mom tends to make stuffed shells or lasagna and freezes it for large family get togethers. And I have frozen Shepard's pie and chicken pot pie.
...well...good ?....because they are local and taste so good - heads are already removed usually - i either clean and peel first or just clean and peel after they are cooked. I simply crush up lots of garlic and place the garlic in lots of melted butter in a fry pan...and then add the prawns - cook them for about 2 minutes max....they are so tasty - i buy them from the harbour; direct from the fishermen and freeze those that i won't eat right away - fresh is best;
and eat it with salad - fav is my caesar salad.....