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I gotta these these are awesome ideas. They will even get to feel that I am with them when they eat!! Brilliant - thank you so much. I particularly like the idea of the turkey in a white sauce - my daughter loves cheesy tuna rice which is basically the same but mixed with the rice and breadcrumbs on top. I can put that in trays with some peas. I hadn't thought of that til you said about individual trays. They will all be made up about that - including my two year old who just loves it. The Chicken is a really good idea too, as on a saturday tea we have 'wraps' which is normally chicken put into a tortilla wrap with salad. If I do a large chicken on tuesday they could used it for Tuesday, and wednesday as I can prepare the potatoes before I go.
Thank you so much again that really helps!
I had a trial run of the chilli and put those in wraps last night with cheese and salad. There were many compliments and empty plates! Great stuff. Feel a little easier now about leaving them.
You could perhaps make a BIG pot of chicken stew and freeze it in either in indivudual portions, or one large size that would feed the entire family for one meal. If your family likes soups, make a hearty soup or two and freeze. Another thing I have done is cook a turkey or chicken (and because I am not vegetarian, beef also) peel and mash potatoes, and put in individual TV dinner trays. Add frozen peas and carrots, or mixed veggies, whatever you like, and cover with tin foil and freeze. It gives an illusion of a fresh made meal.
I know of some people who make casserols and freeze them, such as turkey, rice, peas, make a white sauce, mix all together, cover with bread crumbs and sprinkle with cheese of your choice. (Another choice would be mac and cheese)
Hope this gives you some ideas. Hope all goes well during your hospital stay. Best wishes.
Edited by: LITTLEWIND53 at: 10/10/2009 (06:15)
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I would make chili (I like to use black beans, dark red and light red kidney beans, but you can use any mix or only one kind). I add tinned diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and oregano, and sometimes corn. It always tastes better if the flavours have had a day to develop.
Your guys can eat it as a stew-type meal (with rice or bread rolls). It can be re-purposed taco-style with corn chips, shredded lettuce, grated cheese, salsa. It can be wrapped in tortillas and baked as enchiladas. It makes great lunches, or baked-potato topping.
If you are vegetarian, does that mean you can use dairy in all your meals? Cheese and sour cream go well with this.
I hope all goes well with your hospital stay!
Ok, so next week I have to go into hospital. I will need to prepare for about 4 days food that can come out of the freezer or fridge for my guys to fend. I am building up the bread/rolls in the freezer but am really stuck on ideas for meals and lunches. I have made a batch of Chickpea, Kale and butternut squash for lunch, and a lentil and spinach dhansk for a dinner. Please could you share recipes either a bulk dinner that can be split different ways. We do eat fish but not seafood, and chicken but not pork. The majority of our cooking is vegetarian. Thank you so much.