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I have a friend who is coming to spend a few days with us next week. I'm on vacation now but won't be then and I'd like to be able to prepare a few things in advance that I could freeze so that when he visits I don't get bogged down with cooking.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone have any ideas for pasta sauces, casseroles or snacks that could be prepared a week in advance like that and frozen? He loves spicy food.
 

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i imagine curry would freeze ok, i think kittee's site had curry recipes if i remember correctly. and you can precook rice and reheat it, not sure if it's good frozen though.<br><br><br><br>
as for snacks get a tub of sherbet of whatever flavour, and frozen berries. just scoop it into a nice bowl and toss some berries on top mmmmmmm. sliced strawberries or raspberries would be yummy
 

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Rice freezes fine for me, if I put it in a tight plastic container. You can sprinkle a little water on it before reheating it or steam it a bit if it gets dry.
 

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How much room do you have in the fridge? This page has some soup recipies. I have my eye on the 3 recipies for hot n sour soup. Mmmm.<br><br><br><br>
ETA the link! <a href="http://www.fatfree.com/recipes/chinese/" target="_blank">http://www.fatfree.com/recipes/chinese/</a>
 

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Curry would be excellent! I'll check kittee's site, for sure. I could freeze the rice or make it when I need it. It's not time consuming, which is my main concern.<br><br><br><br>
Soup's a good idea, too. I could bake some rolls or bread in advance and we could just toss a salad to go along with it.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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This is awful to admit, but i quite often buy bags of frozen rice, it's next to frozen peas in the freezer in the supermarket. If I'm doing stir fry veg for just me I can chuck in a handful to bulk it up.
 

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that'd be great to use for soups and stews i bet. sometimes i get sick of noodles but you gotta have something starchy in there or it just reminds you of hospital food or something.<br><br><br><br>
i don't think i've ever seen plain frozen rice though, do you just heat it in a bit of water on the stove? i've tried frozen rice meals, with veggies and seasoning included. blech. but just rice tossed into a dish would be fine and so easy
 

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I had veggie sausage casserole last night with potato wedges (cooked sausages in a casserole dish, then added a tin of chopped tomatoes, chunky chopped onions & whatever other herbs/spices/veg). I haven't tried freezing it, but I'm sure it would be OK. You can make it as hot/spicy as you like.<br><br><br><br>
That's actually all I can think of at the moment as it was really nice & I wish I made more!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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frozen rice...... I either microwave it -as when we buy chinese or indian food in packets from the supermarket it's miles cheaper to buy the rice from the freezer, or I just sling it in the pan with the stir fry. It doesn't need boiling. If it did I'd probably make the effort to use uncooked rice.
 

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I think I've seen them in the supermarket now you mention it! Cooking rice can take so long, it's quite a good idea as convenience foods go!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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oh yeah those are practically made for freezing, as if i didn't think of it. in my pre-veg days each grocery trip with my bf we'd pick up either a shepherd's pie, a lasagna, or a chicken pot pie, frozen of course, and it'd feed both of us for 2 days.<br><br>
store bought ones take like an hour in the oven to heat through, it wouldn't take much more effort than that on the day you want to eat it. the hard part is finding a good veg*n recipe
 

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not if you visit <a href="http:" target="_blank">www.veganmania.com,</a> silly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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