A Pleasant Little Menu | Littles Favorite Freezer Foods

blogA Pleasant Little Freezer is stocked with a wide variety of items which fall into two categories: test kitchen leftovers and family staples.

Within the family staple freezer goods are the frozen favorites of the little people in my life. These are the bites that make for happy lunches and quick dinners (when we’re on the go or I’m just too tired to cook).

Add these recipes to your frozen food rotation and make your freezer just a little more pleasant.

blog_Mac and Cheese Bites

Double a batch of Katherine’s Macaroni and Cheese (click here for recipe) and then bake up these cheesy bites. How to freeze and reheat: After baking, bring the bites to room temperature, place in freezer safe bags and then freeze. To reheat, place individual bites onto a foil lined baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Favorite ways to serve: This recipe is a favorite for packed lunches.

meatballs-and-toothpicks-ii-blogOven-Baked Meatballs

Double this recipe and you’ll be eating meatballs for months! How to freeze and reheat:Bake the meatballs and bring to room temperature. Place in a freezer safe bag and then freeze. To reheat, place the desired amount of meatballs onto a foil-lined baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until reheated all the way through. Favorite ways to serve: I serve these meatballs in a variety of ways– with buttered noodles, with spaghetti and tomato sauce (click here for recipe), even on crusty bread with red sauce and cheese. They also go great in packed lunches.

plate-of-gourgeres-iGougeres

One of my most favorite and easy ways to make homemade bread. These cheese puffs are quick to make and quick to eat! Sometimes I triple a batch just to have a steady supply of these French cheese puffs. How to freeze and reheat: Once the gougeres have been baked, bring to room temperature and place in a freezer safe plastic bag. Reheat in a 350 degree oven for about 6-8 minutes. Favorite ways to serve: Eat these for breakfast, snacks, dinner sides or even placed in a bowl of warm soup. This is another favorite side for packed lunches.

nuggets-sheet-panChicken Nuggets

You will win the hearts of many with these homemade golden chicken nuggets. How to freeze and reheat: Once the nuggets have been fried and cooled, place in a freezer safe plastic bag and freeze. To reheat, place in a 350 degree oven and heat through for 8-10 minutes. Favorite way to serve: Serve them with a side of your favorite frozen French fries and the day has been made! If you’re feeling fancy, try making some Oven-Baked Duck Fat French Fries (click here for recipe). These nuggets also make for a quick packed lunch for those hectic morning rushes.

beer braised pork shoulderBeer Braised Pork Shoulder with Hatch Green Chiles

This pork shoulder is one of my most favorite comforting meals that is incredibly freezer friendly. How to freeze and reheat: Once the meat is cooked, place in 2 cup portions in freezer safe containers and then freeze. Thaw the pork in the fridge and reheat on the stove-top. Favorite way to serve: Serve like soup with a dollop of sour cream with a side of tortilla chips. Another option is to chop up the meat and place in tortillas with cheese. Sear on the stove top and these quesadillas will be gobbled up at dinner time OR even during school time lunch.

Happy freezing!

Rebecca

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