Unexpected company is a pleasant surprise, but what to feed them? Well, if you read this article there will be a few tricks up your sleeve. Try freezing foods for a low prep time meal that can be done in minutes! Here are some meals that freeze well and reheat well. Always plan ahead.
”I call architecture frozen music.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Chicken Pot Pie
This slow cooker favorite is very good about being frozen and reheated. Pluis, it can be used for both an appetizer or a meal. With all the carrots and vegetables it’s definitely a healthy meal to freeze and reheat. Or go a step further and create chicken pot pie pizza with the leftovers. Just turn it upside-down and add cheese.There’s no wrong way to enjoy chicken pot pie. Also tr some of the following ideas for a new twist on an old classic:
- Vegan pot pie
- Pizza pot pie
- Eggplant pot pie
- Soup pot pie
- Little pot pies
- Spicy pot pie
- Pot pie cupcake tray
Another great contender for an appetizer by itself or a meal with some pasta, meatballs also freeze very well. You can microwave them, simmer them, saute them, and just about anything else. Add some ketchup or BBQ sauce for more options. Frozen meatballs are a great “anytime” food.
Surprisingly, vegetables keep all their nutrients even when frozen. As a side dish, most meals don’t feel complete without some veggies. And as an appetizer, you really only have to add either cheese or a dip. Vegetables are some of the more healthy meals to freeze and reheat. And you can use them for any meal.
Slow Cooker Meals
Pretty much any slow cooker recipe can be frozen for later. Freezing cooked food for future meals just seems to work best with slow cooked foods. So try out some of the following recipes for some cool meals to keep frozen.
- Tuna Casserole
- Hand Pies
- Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna
- King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
- Chicken-Andouille Gumbo
- Queso-Broccoli Potato Chowder
- Beefy Lasagna
- Chicken Tetrazzini
- Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
- Stovetop Red Beans and Rice
- Chicken Enchiladas
- Hearty Italian Soup with Parmesan-Pepper Cornbread Biscotti
Seriously these can be put out anytime, for any meal. It’s hard to go wrong with potato wedges. These are the real definition of freeze ahead meals. They can be paired with pretty much anything. You can also eat them on their own, or try out different dipping sauces. Here are some that taste great with wedges and fries.
- Garlic Hummus
- Melted Cheese In Any Form
- Poached Eggs (really)
- Brown Gravy
- Steak Sauce
- Sour Cream and Onion Dip
- Bacon Jam
- Duck Sauce
- Barbecue Sauce
- Hot Sauce and Honey
- Ranch Dressing and Buffalo Sauce
- Spicy Mustard
- Mayo and Sriracha
- Just Mayo
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