Having to stay safe at home means a lot of things, and while not all of them are pleasant, some of them are. One standout example: cooking! Today, we’ve put together a selection of ready-to-freeze recipes for those moments when you just want to make something tasty without spending too much time in front of the stove. Plus, they’ll help you reduce your overall number of trips to the grocery store, which at the moment is always a good idea.
From sweet to savoury, let’s take a look at these delicious freezable dishes!
Crab & Mango Gazpacho that offers a lovely and refreshing take on a much-beloved summer soup dish: gazpacho. Since it’s chilled, this classic is perfect for sunny days and the higher temperatures that come with them! With its tasty mango, lemony accents and aromatic notes of chives and coriander, this cold soup will be ready in no time at all. It’s sure to delight your taste buds and satisfy your hunger. Make in a large batch, enjoy a serving in the sunny comfort of your yard, and freeze for later enjoyment!
Since we can’t go on any trips to distant and exotic locations at the moment, let us instead transport ourselves with the cuisine of another country. For this recipe, Italy and its famous pasta will fill you with mouth-watering anticipation. Instead of the bolognese or carbonara we may be most accustomed to, here it’s dressed with seafood! Pasta With Clams opts for clams, but you can also go with shrimp or fish, accompanied by fresh tomatoes and spinach. Fifteen minutes of prep, almost as much cooking time, and the advantage of being able to easily freeze it if you’ve had your fill and want to save the rest for another day.
What do we love so much about this chili recipe? The variety of vegetables and legumes it has to offer! Oh, and how can we ever overlook its quick and surprisingly effortless preparation? This truly is a hearty and satisfying dish that is as comforting as it is healthy. Not unlike the gazpacho above, it’s perfect for enjoying while you relax on your balcony, in the sunshine, accompanied by a glass of flavourful red wine. Enjoy!
Gyoza, sometimes known as potstickers, are delectable Japanese dumplings that are readily found alongside other signature Japanese dishes. Their traditional preparation method results in a crispy fried bottom and a soft steamed texture on top. With a variety of fillings possible, from pork to chicken to shrimp to vegetables, there are plenty of options to consider. Gyoza opts for the traditional filling of pork and cabbage seasoned with garlic, ginger, onion, soy sauce, and sake. Gyoza can take quite a bit of time to make, so it’s perfect if you’re motivated to roll up your sleeves and feel truly accomplished when you finally take your first bite. They’re commonly frozen for later use, so freeze away!
Oh my God, macaroons. With this recipe, you’ll have a fantastic little desert to accompany tea, coffee, or pretty much any moment you want. I mean, we all have to enjoy life as much as we can these days, right? All you need in your pantry for these is powdered coconut, cream cheese, and sweetened condensed milk. Making them is as easy as can be: place the ingredients in a bowl, mix them all together, and shape everything into little balls to be arranged on a baking sheet. Once we’re all able to spend time with others, these will really come in handy for weekend brunches or when you have friends over.
Is your inner master chef inspired by these ready-to-freeze recipes? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Adapted from French by David Harris