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What are the best type of meals to make and freeze for an individual?

Devyn in Asheville, NC
April 24, 2018

My mother doesn't eat much and won't cook for herself. What can I make to put in her freezer?

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User in Bronx, NY
July 16, 2017

Make or buy, maybe Hot pockets(lol), make home made soup and save the leftovers, whatever she enjoys, we can supply. :)

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The best meals to coo in advance and freeze for later would be things that can be reheated. Some of the many meals include chicken pot pie, meatloaf, different casseroles, lasagna, etc. If you use the internet try searching for some great recipes on google.

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Amelia Kennedy
July 16, 2017

I do this a lot with soups--lentil soup, chili, vegetable soups, etc. For food safety, it's best to quick-cool them (in an ice bath in the sink) before placing them in the freezer. You could also try chicken pot pie, lasagna, quiche, or take a look at the recipes here: https://www.care.com/c/stories....

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User in Katy, TX
July 16, 2017

meatloaf, spaghetti, and pie

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Brenda in Wolcott, CT
July 16, 2017

soups in single size containers, waffles, lasagna

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Different pasta meals (pasta, meat, veggies) Soups Crockpot dinners (again like above, you can put so much together, and like soups if you are making for your family make alittle extra for her) Cold salads: quinoa peas & salmon, she could add a light dressing Bake some chicken tenderloins . Cut some up, leave the others & freeze. Hope this helps a little ~ don't forget Pintrest. Blessings.

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pretty much anything you yourself cook on a daily basis... just pack Home t.v dinner's each time you prep dinner or any meal for yourself... Label with what it is & date prepared/frozen The person on the receiving side will Much Appreciate it!

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User in Ewa Beach, HI
July 16, 2017

Meals under the care plan, of course. If no restrictions, family should know first her favorite foods or any food that she likes and the type of cooking.

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Healthy food, meat and veggies

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Meals from trucks or lunch trucks or moms leftover.. Also secret im a great cook runs in the family

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User in Fresno, TX
July 16, 2017

pasta dishes with marinara sauce, gumbo, chicken stew ,

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User in Kissimmee, FL
July 16, 2017

I would stick to light healthy meals.  Maybe soups, quiche, chicken pie.  It would be wise to ask her what she will eat.  Also its best to take a frozen meal out the night before and put in fridge.  Sometimes they have a hard time choosing and it takes the guess work out for them.

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User in Marshall, VA
July 16, 2017

A LOT OF OLDER PEOPLE DONT LIKE A LOT OF PASTA SAUCE CAN CAUSE HEARTBURN.SOUPS IS GOOD.WATCH SALT AND SUGAR ON PRE PACKET FOODS.EVEN A MEAT WITH A VEG ON THE SIDE.BUY COMPARTMENT BOWLS AT THE DOLLAR STORES

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pasta dishes

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Peyton in Biloxi, MS
July 16, 2017

soups

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Christine in Niles, MI
Sept. 26, 2018

What foods does she enjoy that can be premade? Have you considered meal supplements such as Boost? I freeze italian food I make such as pastas and lasagnas. Chili freezes well also and so do many types of soup.

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First of all, it all depends on her diet. Healthy food easy to prepare and can be freeze and easy to warm up are: Soups, pastas. Cook a bunch and put in small individual containers. I am not talking about can food or frozen dinners. I am talking about cooking healthy food from fresh vegetables and meats.

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Tia in Hempstead, NY
Sept. 17, 2018

prepare fresh meal put the date on individual potion

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Hi, you can make some chicken with vegetables , meatballs over rice, carrots and peas maybe some lasagna, broccoli something nutritional and tasty.

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I understand your issue. Many elderly people lose their appetites and desires to eat. Therefore, It is very important that you give them foods high in protein and other nutrients. You can buy trays that have compartments in them, cook up some fresh vegetables and put them in one compartment, cook maybe turkey or chicken and slice in up put gravy on it and put that in a main compartment. You can do many trays at one time. Be creative and maybe cook a pie or cake and put it in the other compartment. Fresh fruit like strawberry's can be frozen, just take them out before microwaving tray. Presentation at the table is important. Make the table look nice, add some flowers or other center piece, pretty napkins or special plates. Have someone else at table for a pleasant conversation. Be sure to offer fresh fruit throughout the day as well as water and other (nutritious) drinks. If all else fails, you can be sure to get some nutrition to your mom with a supplemental drink such as Boost or Ensure.

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Ask your mother what she likes to eat and take her wishes into consideration. It could be that she would prefer to eat fresh salads or veggies and all you would need to do is prep the food for her and place it in Tupperware containers for her to access during the week. It also might be a nice gesture to invite your mom over to your house for dinner once a week so that she could spend time with you and your family.

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Casseroles, raisin bread pudding, Ikeda's pot pies, many dishes you can freeze and are really good! Just make sure you put food in freezer made containers or freezer zip locks.

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I would say use the foods she will eat and that are easy to reheat.

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Susan in Oxford, NC
Aug. 14, 2018

Ask her what her favorite meals are or try cooking meals you remember her cooking.

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Laure in Edmonds, WA
July 30, 2018

apple slices (they come in a bag now) for breakfast because they are good fiber, yogurt, vitamin water, sliced cheese, lunch ham or turkey, those wonderful cheese sticks.

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I little portions of vegetables and some meats, its good

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Ask her over to your house for meals. the rest of the time put her on any kind of food she likes . you will find it in individual packages at the grocery store.

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Tina in Elm City, NC
July 23, 2017

Pasta or beef and gravy. Cook greens then freeze.

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User in Salem, MA
Feb. 15, 2019

Crockpot recipes.

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Purchase a whole chicken wash and cut it up. Bake with her favorite spices and condiments. Cook rice, potatoes and a pot of greens. Now portion several containers and make personal meals from the prepared foods. Place in the freezer.

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User in Tampa, FL
Jan. 21, 2019

if you cook on a daily basis make a little extra and freeze the leftovers so she can microwave it

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First it should be things she likes and is routine for her. Second it's better for the food to be simple things that she wouldn't have to fuss over much.

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When you make things for your home, just save back a few portions and freeze them. Ask her what is her favorite food. Try to make sure she is getting the proper amounts of protein, fiber and vitamins in her diet. Viactiv makes a chewable vitamin that would also help.

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Lynn in Mesa, AZ
Nov. 16, 2018

spaghetti meatloaf mashed potatoes carrots green beans

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I am a caregiver and I make nutritional home made soups [a lot and divide up to put in freezer] and a 2 # meatloaf that I slice and place in individual freezer bags etc.

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Hire a caregiver to make fresh food daily. Would you like to eat frozen leftover food every day?

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Laura in Garner, NC
Oct. 15, 2018

You can freeze most anything you put on your table. I would avoid fruit. Casseroles are great to freeze.

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Elyse in Houston, TX
Oct. 2, 2018

I would ask her primary care physician for ideas. If your mom is on a restricted or special diet then her PCP can refer you to a dietitian or nutritionist. If not, ask your mom what she likes. Pinterest has plenty of ideas for freezer meals.

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Crock pot chicken, beef, or pork use it as a stew or with rice , pasta sauce, fresh vegetables , complete dinner in a small portioned container from freezer to plate,

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Make the things she does like (so she'll eat them, later)and freeze those. If you're not sure how to freeze certain foods so they'll still be tasty later when thawed, there's a wealth of related information on Google search.

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BAKE MEATS AND VEGGIES

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Robert in Oceanside, CA
Sept. 28, 2018

Whatever she will EAT and enjoy.

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