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Old 10-20-2005, 06:48 PM   #1
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Need ideas for make ahead meal for after surgery.

Hi all!! I am having surgery on Dec 9th and need some good ideas for make ahead and freeze meals, just the main course, for DH to take out of freezer before work and DS can put in oven in afternoon so we can all eat before bedtime each night!

I will unable to cook for 2 weeks at the least. All DH can do is hot dogs, speghetti/sauce and grilled chicken. Even with these things he gets home at 5:30/6:00 each night and if he has to cook from scratch it will be forever to eat.

Thanks so much for the ideas. No fish, though, please. Family will not eat it.


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Old 10-20-2005, 07:08 PM   #2
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How about meatloaf? Don't forget that it's very easy to throw a chuck roast in the crockpot in the AM and it's ready for dinner. Also easy to put a steak on the grill. Good luck with your surgery!

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Old 10-20-2005, 07:34 PM   #3
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how about you marinate a bunch of chicken wings, or just chicken.. beef.. stick them in baggies then all he has to do is stick them in the oven or on the grill?
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Old 10-20-2005, 07:44 PM   #4
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You could make a large batch of meatballs. He could heat and eat or serve with tomato sauce.

Brown hamburger for sloppy joes.

Make a few of LindaSue's casseroles and freeze. (Chicken Enchilada, etc.)

Have him stop at the grocery store and get a rotisserie chicken and a bag of prewashed salad.

Crockpot roast beef.
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:16 AM   #5
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Make a quiche or two, and freeze it. Good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:29 AM   #6
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good luck with your surgery!!

I have mine 11/16 so this is what Ive done thus far

chicken and dumplings
punkin/sausage soup
tortilla soup

I have pot pies for them already
chicken wings cooked so all need is re-heat
I am making a ham/egg cheese loaf( instead of a quiche) I may make one with taters for them as well

I am baking cake breads( punkin bread, ginger bread and nanner raisen bread) cos my BH has to have snacks

hth some
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:38 AM   #7
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I had bladder surgery in April and these are few a few things I made for hubby to thaw and heat up.

Tater's pot of goulash:

1 pound hamburger
4-5 mild Italian sausage cut in 4 sections (about 2"long)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can whole black olives
10 whole button mushrooms (fresh)
1/2 small onion (diced)
1/2 bell pepper (chopped)
1 Tbsp garlic
1 can V 8
1 can chicken stock
4 oz Dreamfields spaghetti (broken in 2" pieces)
1 Tbsp basil
1 tsp Emeril's original essence (both these seasonings are a must)
2 tsp Lawry's seasoned salt


Add 1/4 cup oil to very large frying pan, sauté onions,bell pepper and garlic. Then add hamburger, Italian sausage, cook until done. Now add in everything else except the Dreamfields, cover with lid and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Now add the broken spaghetti noodles,stir and cook until done. I froze any left overs.

Impossible Lasagna Pie
Carbquik Entree- Meat

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound ground beef -- browned and drained
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese -- divided
(I used a packaged pizza cheese blend)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
(I used 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning to replace both the oregano and basil)
6 ounces tomato paste
1 cup Carb Countdown
2 eggs
2/3 cup Carbquik
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400F (I used a glass baking dish, so only heated oven to 375F).
Grease (I used olive oil spray) an 8-inch square pan; set aside.

Layer cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese in prepared pan.

Mix cooked beef, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the oregano, basil and tomato paste; spoon evenly over top.

Beat milk, eggs, baking mix, salt and pepper until smooth; 15 seconds in blender on high- or 1 minute with hand beater.

Pour into pan. Bake until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

"Tater's Chili"

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
4 mild Italian sausage links chopped
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can tomatoes sauce
1 cup water
2 Tbsp tomatoe paste (helps thicken)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup mixed chopped bell peppers (Trader Joe's bag) all ready mixed and chopped
1 Tbsp garlic
1 4 oz. can diced Ortega mild green chilies
1 can drained and rinsed Eden's Black soy beans
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp ground oregano
1/4 Tbsp ground red pepper
1/2 Tbsp each salt and pepper
1/4 cup ground chili powder

Brown all the meat,drain, then add to crock pot. Add all the rest of the ingredients, mix it up a little. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or on low all day for 8-10 hours, .When done add shredded cheese or sour cream on top.

Carbquik Cornbread to go w/chili

2 cups Carbquik
6 tablespoons fine cornmeal
2 eggs
1/4 cup Splenda
1 cup half and half
1 stick butter, melted

Mix all ingredients. Bake 400 degree for 20 minutes in un-greased pan.

Tater's Clam Chowder.......
Note: add drained clams last....

1/2 cup chopped onion
3 tbsp chopped garlic ( in jar)
2 celery sticks chopped
5 baby carrots chopped
1/2 a small head cooked cauliflower, mashed a little
1 can chicken broth
1 cup water
1 bottle clam juice
2 10 oz. cans clams
1 stick butter......yes a whole stick ;-)
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
6 crumbled pieces bacon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp Xathan gum

In a big pot sauté onion in a little oil cook on med-hi until carmel in color (must do this because it adds soooo much flavor). Then add in chicken broth,water,clam juices from canned clams plus 1 bottle of clam juice, all the veggies, crumbled bacon plus the bacon drippings and all spices except X gum.... simmer until veggies are soft.

Add 1 stick butter, 2 1/2 cups heavy cream, heat a little, then sprinkle in 2 tsp X gum, bring to a mild boil cook until slightly thicken, NOW! add the drained clams and cook for a couple of minutes. I got 6 ziplock bowls full for my freezer stash. This recipe is perfect everytime, I never change it because when I do it's not quit as good.

Chicken Pot pie....
1cup Carbquik
1 cup cooked chicken, cubed
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup water
1 whole egg
2 cups fresh cooked vegetables (bell pepper,onion,broccoli,peas,carrots) your choice...
10 ounces Carbquik veloute (also see below)
To make Carbquik Veloute, make a roux of 2 ounces melted butter and equal amount of Carbquik, cook over medium heat 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add 1 can 10 ounces of chicken broth and simmer till thick.

400º oven. Mix vegetables, chicken and veloute in ungreased 2-quart casserole dish.

mix cream,water,egg and carbquik in small bowl with fork until blended. Pour onto top of mixture in casserole.
bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.


1 head cauliflower, cut into small chunks
1/2 a whole leek diced
1 1/2 sticks celery, finely chopped
1/2 sticks butter
3 cans chicken broth
3/4 cup heavy cream (add after blending)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped (dried is ok) or leave it out

In a large pot, sauté the leeks and celery in the butter until tender. Add 3 cans of broth, chopped cauliflower,bring to boil. Turn down heat to low; cover and simmer 20-25 minutes . Use a stick blender to puree the soup until completely smooth and thick. Now add the cream; mix well. Stir in the parsley and serve.
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:12 AM   #8
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OOOOOH, Tater Head, your chili sounds scrumptious. . .

Here's 3 crock pot recipes to make bulk amounts and freeze in smaller meal sizes.

Also, you are going to want soup after the surgery, so don't forget yourself!

I was going to suggest chili. . .but I make mine with stew meat, which you don't have to brown when you throw into the crock pot. My recipe is published (by someone else, so I won't post), but the gist is that you don't use tomatoes, but beef broth and bouillon, spices and a lot of chili powder.

If you make 5 lbs of the meat, you can freeze some containers. . .one cooking, if you have a big crock pot.

I also do pork carnitas in the crockpot--pork roast or pork chunks with a can of LC beer and lots of garlic into punctures in the meat. And cumin. Shred with fork after tender--8 hours or so. Really good with green taco sauce and a little cheese and/or sour cream.

Do you like the cola chicken? I do it in the crock pot. . .but have to thicken the sauce for my taste on top of the stove.

I had surgery in July, and stocked up on Walmart's brand LC soup--really high in carbs for a normal LC diet, but not too bad for when I didn't want to eat very much. . .I wish I had made almond thins. . .but I ate South Beach crackers. . .but they are too much a trigger for me to keep in the pantry.

Ditto for the applesauce the doctor insisted on me having. . .
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:28 AM   #9
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Tater Head Can you please make a recipe that I don't like??

I make your goulash and clam chowder all the time and now I have to make your chili!! You need to write a book

On topic? Make a huge pot of soup!! You can never go wrong with that. It reheats well, freezes well and is a cinch to make!
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:37 AM   #10
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I like cabbage stew and it can be frozen... It is just like stew instead of potatoes I use cabbage and then you can add any veggie you like with a little beef or stew meat and just make a stew like you normally would.
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