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I am actually freezer cooking today! I do not typically freeze full meals. I try to concentrate on key ingredients that making throwing a full meal together easy or side items to pair with a veggie burger.

I cook dried beans and then I flash freeze them by laying the beans out in a pan (silicone is always the easiest because then you can pop out anything that sticks) and freezing the beans before I transfer to another container. This makes the beans scoopable.

I chop up any veggies that are not available already chopped up in the frozen section.

I cook casseroles (my recipes are lacto vegetarian so I wont share since your looking for vegan), homemade macaroni and cheese/pasta, and sweet potatoes. I freeze these in silicone cupcake liners before transferring to another container so that I can pull out individual portions easily.

You can cook and freeze rice or rice dishes into individual baggies to get individual portion sizes. After you cook your rice you need to rinse it with cold water until the rice is cold. If you leave the rice hot it will continue to cook. When you transfer the rice to baggies squeeze out all of the air and lay the baggie flat and distribute the rice evenly in the baggie. Freeze it flat to save room in your freezer.

Another great alternative to frozen rice is basmati rice. You can cook it in five minutes.



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10/30/11 7:18 P

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10/23/11 7:28 P

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I found this, It's his basic "recipe" guidelines and a few examples.:

www.healthscience.org/index.php?option=com
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10/16/11 7:32 P

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all good ideas, does any body know where I can find Jeff Knovicks recipes in writing, does he have books. I can't do videos because I forget them as soon as IO watch them,I need a recipe in front of me unless it is through some things in a pan

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10/16/11 8:42 A

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I have some recipes on my blog that I make and freeze.

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let us know how it turns out

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Thanks for the suggestions!

Carol - I looked up Jeff and I really liked how easy his recipe "outlines" were. Experimenting with these will be fun. I think I tend to make things way more complicated than they need to be and this reminded me that it doesn't have to be so involved. Thanks for introducing me to his method and the wealth of information he has made available. I know I'll be researching him some more.

Mike - The beans, veggie, rice method is very doable for me. I was also thinking of doing a marinara type sauce with veggies (maybe even blended in) with spaghetti squash. I've made this type of dish before but never froze it. Think I'll try it and see how the squash does.


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thanks Carol those are good ideas

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Check out Jeff Novick on search engine. If you are on facebook he has a lot of 5 ingredient meals that take 10 minutes. They are under his photos section. I have found that anything can be frozen and taste better the next day. Most important key for me is portion control.

My favorite go to of his meals is pkg of frozen mixed vegetables, two cans of different type beans, cup of frozen pepper and onion blend, cup of frozen corn and can of diced tomatoes seasoned with chili powder, cumin and garlic powder.

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Hi I cook dried beans and freeze them, you could add other veggies and spices so all you need to do is thaw and cook. I know a guy who made his own spaghetti sauce and froze that

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I was searching for some ideas for vegan meals I can prepare and freeze. One of my main obstacles in keeping within my diet goals is food prep time. I have one day that I can cook a bunch of foods and the rest of the week I'm basically just grab and go. Lately I've been just eating whatever is vegan and around, which hasn't helped my weight loss attempt at all! Any help is appreciated. Also any super quick meal ideas would be helpful. (freezer friendly or not) Thanks!


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