I read on blogs all the time the benefits of freezer cooking, spending one day to took up a bunch of meals. It seems so wonderful. So much time saved.
The problem (besides living in base housing with a tiny freezer) is that those meals are for families and I am currently a family of one while The Hubster is away. So it seems pointless, even wasteful to make them. But the other day, I created my own. I recently discovered that I love baked ziti so I tried my hand at making some. With one difference, I made a bunch and seperated it out into indivudual servings for freexing.
Here’s what I used.
Yeah, technically, I made baked penne but it’s a noodle shape not flavor, so who cares?
While the noodles cooked, I measured out servings of the pasta sauce. It turns out, I could make 5 servings.
Then, once the noodles were cooked, I measured out 1 cup per bowl and added it. I think mixed the sauce together and waited for it to cool.
The most important step, wait until it’s completely cool before adding the cheese. You don’t want it to melt just yet. The bubbly goodness needs to happen during the baking process.
Done! Just cover and freeze. When you’re ready to eat, pre-heat the over at 350 degrees and cook for 30-40 minutes until defrosted, hot, and the cheese it at it’s bubbly best. It’s 352 calories per serving, which is under my “400 calorie per meal goal” so that’s good – for me anyway, and any other dieters out there – and is 3 servings of vegetables thanks to the noodles I used.
Oh, and it’s delicious!