I decided to give it a try anyway and have been happy with the results. Now that I know these dishes do indeed freeze well, I will share my recipes. The first dish I made for the freezer was Tater Tot Casserole.
- Brown 2 lbs extra lean ground beef. As it cooks, season with salt, pepper, garlic powder (I don't measure but just give it a light coating), and minced onions (don't measure these either- a couple of shakes worth).
- When beef is cooked thoroughly, add 2 cans of cream of celery soup. I use the 99% fat free soup. Stir until beef and soup combine.
- Place beef mixture in a 9 x 13 foil baking pan.
- Arrange 1 bag of tater rounds (or tater tots- I like the rounds better) on top of the beef mixture.
- When cool, cover with press and seal paper and aluminum foil. Place in freezer.
- On the night you want to serve it, preheat oven to 350 and bake the casserole for 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cover with shredded cheese. I have used Monterrey jack, cheddar, a blend of the two, and pepper jack. Return to oven until cheese melts.
I found the carrot recipe here. I followed the recipe as is and let the carrots cool. Then I placed them in freezable containers, covered with press and seal, and placed the lid on the container.
I bought the bread at Kroger, ready to bake. It is called "Wholesome Harvest Fruit n Nut Wholegrain Bread". I found it in their bakery for $1.25 per loaf.
Next time I will share my Chicken Pot Pie and roasted sweet potato recipes.