Main Dish Ideas For The Freezer

If you are stuck on ideas for preparing main freezer meals, there are many options available to you. A number of main dishes can be prepared ahead of time and frozen for a later date. Here is a simple chili recipe that you can prepare in under 30 minutes. You can serve it with a side salad and cornbread or over rice.

Simply Quick Chili

Ingredients:

* 1 lb. ground beef
* 2 onions, chopped
* 5 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 (14 oz.) cans chopped tomatoes, (do not drain)
* 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
* 1 Tbsp. chili powder
* 1 tsp. ground cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
* 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
* 1/4 cup water

Preparation:

Cook ground beef with onions and garlic in heavy skillet until ground beef is brown and vegetables are tender; drain. Mix all ingredients except cornstarch and water in saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes. If you want a thicker chili, mix cornstarch and water in small bowl until smooth and add to chili, stirring well. Uncover and cook for about 10 minutes, until slightly thickened. 8 servings

When freezing the chili do not add cornstarch and water. Cool quickly in refrigerator, then place in plastic freezer containers and freeze until solid. To reheat, place chili in saucepan with 1/4 cup water and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until reheated. Once it has reheated, you can add the cornstarch and water mixture if you’d like a thicker chili.

Another easy main meal is spaghetti that you can cook in the microwave. You can also create meals like lasagna, burrito and taco meat, and stew. Freezer cooking can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. You can also freeze most meals that you make in the crock pot as well.

Visit website and read cookbook for ideas on freezer main meals. Just about any food can be used in freezer cooking. The only foods you want to be careful of are potatoes and dairy items like heavy cream. Take precaution when you freeze items like that and look up their rule of thumb or in a freezer cooking book.

Freezer cooking and main meals go together well. All you need is the recipe, the pots, the time, and the wiliness to get the job done.

For more recipes and freezer cooking tips grab this Freezer Cooking Made Simple guide.