Freezer cooking is also good for couples and singles who have other things they’d rather be doing.
Freezer cooking has long been associated with busy moms who need to get weekday meals on the table for their families. However, freezer cooking can be just as important to couples and singles. Many couples and singles have busy lives and also appreciate home cooked meals without the long preparation. When cooking for just yourself or yourself and another person, it can be difficult to stay motivated. It is easy to turn to take out and commercial frozen dinners. Making your own freezer meals will provide couples and singles a way to eat healthy meals that are tailored to their tastes without consuming the entire evening.
When freezing meals for one or two adults, it is possible to get very creative. For example, if you enjoy seafood then making a batch of crab cakes and freezing most of them can provide a quick and elegant dinner. The crab cakes, a side of microwave rice and steamed vegetables, and a glass of white wine can be on the table in under a half an hour and result in minimal clean up. A few dinners such as this will convince anyone of the benefits of freezer cooking.
Many dinners traditionally considered family meals can be modified for freezer cooking for individuals and couples. For example, small meatloaves can be shaped in muffin tins, with each tin providing an individual serving. This provides flexibility since the number of mini-meatloaves needed can be taken out of the freezer and prepared. A number of boneless chicken breasts can be prepared and individually frozen. The preparation and clean up caused by dipping the chicken breasts in butter, flour and cracker crumbs is then spread over several delicious meals. Even if the crumb coating gets a little soggy while frozen, it will crisp during the cooking process.
Freezer cooking is also a great technique for baked goods. Singles and couples usually don’t want to eat an entire cake or cobbler. Instead, bake cup cakes and small tarts. Enjoy one the day it’s cooked and freeze the rest for special treats over the next month. Keep in mind that cup cakes made with butter frosting freeze well, but those with egg-white frosting or cooked frosting do not. Freezing a batch of cookies or brownies in individual servings can provide a welcome sweet taste treat on a night that you don’t want to bake.
Freezer cooking provides a way for singles and couples to create healthy home cooked meals without requiring constant shopping, prepping, and cooking. Given the smaller size of the items being made, a large freezer is not necessary. Even filling the freezer on a typical refrigerator provides nutritious meals on nights you don’t have time to cook.
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