Freezer-friendly side dishes
July 31, 2011 3:51 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to build up a supply of meals in the freezer, but I'm running into a wall when I try to think of side dishes to freeze. I've got twice-baked potatoes frozen, but surely there are other options, right? Special snowflake details inside!
posted by MeghanC to Food & Drink (15 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I've seen the many other freezer-cooking threads here, but they seem to skew pretty hard towards the entrees section--casseroles, enchiladas, lasagnas, soups, and hamburger-based meals. Which is awesome! We're big on side dishes here, though, to the point that we often eat nothing but sides for supper, and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do that in the freezer.
Things that we definitely can't eat: seafood (of any sort), most nuts (walnuts, pecans, and pistachios are ok), and pineapple.
Examples of side dishes that we really like: Roasted brussels sprouts with lemon and garlic; savory baked beans; roasted asparagus; sauteed green beans with garlic; sauteed apples and sauerkraut; green bean casserole (don't judge--that shit's delicious); mashed potatoes; fried rice; quick-pickled cucumbers and carrots; cheese-and-garlic polenta; roasted squash with sage and parmesan...
What I'm looking for: Veggie-, bean-, or grain-centric recipes that are delicious and easily frozen. I would strongly prefer that they not be especially sweet--for example, carrots in a glaze will not go over well here.
I'm equally happy with things that need cooked before they're frozen and things that are prepped ahead of time, then pulled out of the freezer and tossed into the oven for a half hour or whatever. The primary goal is stuff that'll hold in the freezer for several months and has little to no effort needed on the eating end of things. I'm well aware of frozen veggies that you heat and eat, but that's not especially interesting eating, you know?
Any recipes, thoughts, or advice would be much appreciated.