Bulk Cooking

So, I'm sure I've mentioned in the past that I really like to make foods in bulk and freeze them. It's great for a few of reasons:
1) It's economical - frozen GDSYWP-free foods are expensive!
2) I can only handle eating so many leftovers before getting tired of them, this makes sure that I don't throw away a bunch of perfectly good food
3) It's convenient! I can just grab it and take it to lunch or grab it when we're going to someone elses house so I know that if they don't have something safe for me to eat, I am prepared!

So, what are you waiting for? You should do some bulk cooking yourself! :D

I thought I'd compile my favorite bulk cooking recipes for your use. This list is by no means complete, and I'm sure to update it from time-to-time. When I do, I'll be sure to put an "updated" date on it so you'll always know how recent it is.

Updated: 2/16/09

Stove-Top
Chili (to switch this up, you can put it on top of hot dogs for Chili Dogs or you can put it on top of a salad to make Taco Salad)
Spanish Rice (you can add ground turkey/beef to this and/or whatever veggies you have on hand to make it more of a main dish)
Curry
Turkey or Chicken Veggie soup (I take a roasted turkey or chicken carcass, boil it out to make a broth, add any leftover chicken pieces, along with chopped celery onions and drained canned green beans, corn and carrots. Yum!)
Pancakes and Waffles!
Carries Creamy Clam Chowder

Oven:
Easy Light Cassoulet
Roasted meat (I love to make a large roast, then freeze the leftover, cooked meat to use later in a recipe or to defrost and eat with sides later)

Crock Pot:
Pizza Soup
Pasta Fagioli
Burger Heaven Casserole

Things that do NOT freeze well:
GF Pasta (the Pasta Fagioli and Pizza Soup recipes above call for GF Pasta. You can tackle this 2 ways - 1: just deal with soggy, broken up pasta - which is what I usually do - or 2: make and freeze the soup without the pasta and make fresh stuff and add it when you're ready to eat the soup)

Enjoy!

 

2 comments:

Carrie said...

Great ideas Clara!! I don't do as much bulk cooking as I should, inpart due to the fact that we have a TINY freezer! And I hate it because for instance I have about 20 lbs. of sweet potatoes in our utility closet of our carport because I didn't cook them like I thought I would between thanksgiving and Christmas and now I have tons of sweet potatoes that i don't know what to do with! lol... If I had more freezer space I would boil them and freeze the mashed sweet potatoes for baking, but without freezer space, I don't know what to do with them!!

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

I so need to get on the "bulk" cooking bandwagon! This past weekend we had a birthday party for my 7 year old. I was the only "gluten free" person in attendance, so while everyone gobbled down pizza and cake, I had a glass of wine :) It's times like these when a frozen meal or two on hand would be a life saver! Great post!


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