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I'm most likely to make an unhealthy meal choice when I'm rushed or tired. To avoid this I set aside time to cook in large batches. Then I freeze meals in individual portion sizes. When I don't have time to make lunch or I'm too tired to cook dinner, I just pull something out of the freezer.

- Submitted by KNH771 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 27 Comments
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PICKIE98 3/30/2010 5:28:00 PM

    I make my own "TV" dinners with little bits of leftovers from a meal too. Label what is inside for whomever will be peeking in my freezer for a quick meal!
WYOGRAMMY 4/15/2010 10:27:00 PM

    I also do this- the family has learned about my secret and are sneaking my meals! My 20 something is learning from me and says that when he moves out, he wants to cook a couple of days a week and heat up leftovers a couple of days- then he won't be eating out as much. Yeah!!
SHUTRBUG1 5/7/2010 11:34:00 AM

    I also do this. Just be sure to remove the food from the plastic container before putting it into the microwave. There is recent research to indicate that heating the plastic releases carcinogens.
AJCERRA 6/22/2011 6:49:00 PM

    Brown rice freezes well. That is nice, because it takes longer to cook than white rice! I make a big pot, put it in single-serving baggies, and freeze. Just take a baggie out, empty onto a plate, and microwave for a minute or two.

Tomato sauce freezes well for at least six months. You can make a big batch in the slow cooker or on the stove.

PBJ sandwiches are great in the freezer! Make a few sandwiches at a time, put them in individual sandwich bags, and put in the freezer. Take one out in the morning, and it will be perfectly defrosted by lunctime! (Plus, since it was frozen, it won't get mushed up.)
CAPRINEQUEEN 1/6/2011 8:46:00 AM

    I like to store in Pyrex type glass containers. I get them at Walmart, they come with tight plastic lids. One or two cup sizes.
STRRRETCH23 10/12/2011 11:23:00 AM

    I remember my mother freezing meals for my Grandmother as she got on in years. Because we had five in our family, my mom was always making big meals anyway. She would put a portion aside in a Tupperware container and put it in the freezer. Then when we went to visit my Gram (every Sunday) we would bring her meals for the week. She was living on her own and it was just a little something we could do to help out- that really didn't even take any real effort on our part.
If you have elderly family members or neighbors, it's an easy way to help out.
SHERIN1 6/27/2010 4:39:00 AM

    I think this might work too for left over meals at restaurants. Have alf your order put into a to go bag then when you get home put it into a freezer proof container and freeze it for later
BRADIA 6/10/2010 3:43:00 PM

    Reading your comment, I felt as if I had written it because it is my experience. As a working woman, I gained a lot of weight eating out and never controlling amounts nor qualities of what I ate. Now, I cook big batches of whatever, ground turkey and ground chicken, salmon, etc. I pack it on individual serving sizes and date it and put the name on it. Then freeze it.
DEECEEWIS 11/10/2010 10:30:00 PM

    i do this with my veggies. i'll steam a bag of frozen broccoli, eat half and take the other half to work for lunch the next day. when i get a foodsaver i'm going to do even more things like this!
KMARIA187 4/14/2010 5:46:00 PM

    I do this too its sooooo much better than buying lunch at work and much better for me because i don't use all the salt that comes in the frozen dinners or all the grease when you eat out :)
PICKIE98 3/30/2010 5:28:00 PM

    I make my own "TV" dinners with little bits of leftovers from a meal too. Label what is inside for whomever will be peeking in my freezer for a quick meal!
CHOCO-HOLIC 3/25/2010 5:33:00 PM

    i do this too! turkey chili, turkey meatballs/sauce, and quiche are my stand-bys.
HEATHERSTHPW68 10/14/2013 12:53:00 PM

    I often do this because I'm busy three nights a week and don't have time to cook when i get home or I'm too tired. My Crock pot is my best friend! emoticon
PAPASMURF1957 1/4/2013 12:21:00 PM

    I do this too. I spend much time cooking at the beginning of each month and then portioning and freezing the meals for later. It save me money and I have much better control of the nutrients that I consume, especially the sodium. Ziplocs are my friend and so is the Sharpie!!!
MARISERV 10/23/2011 7:06:00 AM

    It's been so long since I froze fresh food I had almost forgotten...here are some links about freezing foods....



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NEW_ME_FOREVER 7/11/2011 2:33:00 PM

    I've always had trouble doing this, but would love to master it! What types of foods are good to cook in batches?
DORAYAKI 6/21/2011 5:43:00 PM

    I store my meals in tupperware, they have freezer and microwave safe containers called 'heat and eats' or 'rock n serves'. I have the smallest size for a one person meal, and a big one for a family sized portion. I can take it frozen to work and it's ok to go straight into the microwave on 50% power. I eat way more leftovers this way.
LIVIN2BEFIT 4/7/2011 9:02:00 AM

    Great idea. I will go get some more storage containers today! emoticon
BASS2BE1 3/31/2011 11:58:00 PM

    I like this and this way I have a variety of foods to choose from.
NEW_ME_FOREVER 3/10/2011 12:13:00 PM

    I want to try this so bad but I dont know what to cook or how to cook in batches
BARBBF 8/28/2010 6:04:00 PM

    emoticon
KJELLYBEAN429 8/23/2010 8:57:00 PM

    Great ideas....
CLSYLADY 6/5/2010 2:12:00 PM

    I do a lot of this anymore. As a single woman I got tired of not being able to have some of my favorite foods because you have to make them in such big batches. So I just started freezing them and using them for lunches and dinners like you. So handy and healthy too.

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DEESUE25 5/5/2010 7:17:00 AM

    Brittany, get those cheap ziploc storage containers in single serving size and ziploc freezer bags, the quart size! thats what I do!! :)
BRITT051 5/4/2010 9:24:00 PM

    What do you store the food in? and how long is it good for?
JTEWZANDB 4/29/2010 1:32:00 PM

    What is the best way to store your tv dinners? Do you use little containers, ziplock, etc.
PYHA4E 3/28/2010 6:15:00 PM

    To busy not to with work, kids and scouts and then there is always the last minutes stuff. When I take the time to make something especially baked dishes I make double freeze half.

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