Help a sister out, wontcha?

Okay, here’s the situation… we happen to know a couple of young men, who are, at the moment, in the throes of an incredibly busy work schedule. Between managing their own screen printing shop and helping out at a friend’s landscaping business, they barely have time to sleep. Their apartment is a shambles and the poor things have eaten nothing but fast food and delivery pizza for weeks. Louisa brought them over a pot of soup yesterday and said they nearly cried tears of gratitude at the smell of it. They really are poor things, but very nice poor things who have been very kind to us, so we’re seizing the opportunity to help them out. Those boys need sustenance, and since providing sustenance is kinda my speciality, I thought I’d step up. I had plans of making them a few batches of things they could keep handy in the freezer; things they could heat up and eat on the run. I was thinking maybe some pocket sandwiches of various types, some meat filled rolls and maybe some little balls of frozen cookie dough.

Ahhh, but my crafty plan has hit a snag!

The kitchen at the shop (where they spend most of their time) apparently has only a microwave: no conventional oven, not even a toaster oven. Frozen pocket sandwiches or rolls would be soggy and pretty unappetizing heated up in a microwave. I imagine cookies would be the texture of styrofoam… not exactly the tasty tempting treats I had in mind. So I need to rethink my plan, but suddenly my mind is an absolute blank. Simple single-serving yummy meals that can go from the freezer to hand by way of the microwave? I got nuthin’. Seriously… nuthin’.

Ideas? Strategies? Recipes?



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19 Responses to Help a sister out, wontcha?

  1. 1
    chicu says:

    stews instantly come to mind..if they have some bread on the side, that's good. Else you can make a lot of one-pot dishes involving protein (meat or beans) and carbs (rice/broken wheat/pasta) with the condiments you like..look at tigers and strawberries dot com for middle-eastern and asian inspired dishes. Bonus? these are frequently low in meat content and so cheap!

  2. 2
    Katrina says:

    Any type of tuna casserole or baked beans heat up great. Any casseroles tend to microwave well.

    I love to boil up broccoli and add garlic and butter, it reheats really well too.

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    Carol says:

    Tortilla type 'sandwiches'. You could fill them with all kinds of goodies. We use them for scrambled eggs with veggies, different types of meats that have cooked veggies in them. If they like meatloaf, you could thinly slice it, once it's cooled, and put those in tortillas, too.

    How about baked cookies instead of cookie dough? We even eat frozen cookies just because they taste great that way. :)

    Various casseroles will work well to freeze then heat up in the microwave.

    Perhaps a lesson on how to microwave correctly would be appropriate. That way they won't dry things out or splatter things all over the microwave and have a wonderful meal when all is done. :) :) :)

    Wonderful idea, I hope you get lots of inspiration. ;)

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    kristin says:

    Well, I know it sounds unlikely that this would actually taste good, but my brother-in-law loves loves loves frozen pasties that he just puts in the microwave frozen & cooks for 3 minutes. My husband loves them, too. I have an easy recipe for them I'm happy to share if you'd like me to email it to you (or I can post it here). How nice of you to feed the poor starving boys! (Good food really is essential, isn't it?) kristin

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    Anonymous says:

    Sloppy joes and buns. Spaghetti sauce and already-cooked pasta. Stir fried veggies with rice. They all heat up well in a microwave.
    – Nancy

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    Kristine says:

    Wish I could help, Diane, but I don't own a microwave. Microwaves are for transmitting communications signals, not cooking foods. Bleh. If they could find a small toaster oven and/or a crockpot at a thrift store or discount store, they'd be on a much better path to meals on the go. I would even have some recipe suggestions.

    BTW, I attended an estate auction yesterday and got some pretties that I might need to share with you if you like them. Ladies dressy gloves if your hands are smaller than mine; some pretty, 22K gold trimmed, antique glass "butterfly" dishes – we'll talk. :) Thought of you many times as items came up!

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    Donna says:

    Twice-baked potatoes heat up quickly, and my sons didn't even use forks with them. Pizza rolls ( made like cinnamon rolls, but with pizza toppings rolled up in them) heat up very nicely also.

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    Mrs. Mordecai says:

    You can bake up cookies and freeze them. They aren't quite as wonderful as frozen, baked dough, but they thaw very nicely in their bags on the counter. Same for bread—you can even pre-slice it. How about some soups? They could thaw overnight in the fridge and then be heated in the microwave.

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    hekates says:

    why do the cookies have to be frozen and baked there? Think about how people mail cookies!

    Bread, sandwich stuff, more soups/stews/casseroles (already cooked,just to be reheated.)

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    pandorasjen79 says:

    Ok so this recipe is really fattening but it's oh so yummy and makes a LOT and it reheats well in the microwave (i know, I've done it)you could put it in bags or cheap tupperware or something (I haven't thought that far ahead lol)

    Creamy Chicken and Rice

    4 cups cooked white rice
    1/4 cup butter
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 cups milk
    2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
    1 teaspoon seasoned salt
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    5 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast meat
    12 ounces processed cheese food (eg. Velveeta), cubed
    2 cups sour cream
    1/2 cup butter
    2 cups crushed buttery round crackers

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
    Spread rice in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish; set aside.
    In a medium saucepan melt butter or margarine and stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk, bouillon granules, seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper. Stir all together and bring to a boil. Let simmer and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; add chicken, cheese and sour cream. Stir until cheese is melted. Mix all together and pour mixture over rice.
    Melt 1/2 cup butter or margarine in saucepan and toss with crushed cracker crumbs. Sprinkle crumb mixture over casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or unti heated through.

    Hope that helps a little :)

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    Herding Grasshoppers says:

    Not as good as in a 'real' oven, but I make home-made frozen burritos. The tortilla shells can handle the microwave and a bit of sogginess. And you could fill them with a variety of things, (ie not exclusively Mexican).

    I've never tried freezing them, but we love egg burritos!

  12. 12
    pandorasjen79 says:

    Oh wait, you said freezer to hand… guess my recipe won't work. It's needs plate and fork to eat. Oh well, I'll try to think of something else :)

  13. 13
    Terri says:

    Chili, stew, chicken w/veggies. I think most any precooked foods could be divided into single servings. And if they have been existing on fast food, I bet whatever you fix them will be eaten with gusto.

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    The Gentle Mom says:

    Burritos! They can be microwaved directly from a frozen state. Also, you could buy some inexpensive tupperware containers and freeze single servings of chili or soup.

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    Bonnie says:

    Here in NZ we eat "pies" all the time. We have a handy little machine that makes them, but you can do them without it. Think small (personali size) pot pies–filled with chicken, steak or beed and gravy. I also had a few mixed veggies. They freeze well and will heat up in the microwave nicely. I have also made meatloaf in mini loaf pans. They freeze well and heat up nicely.

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    Diane says:

    Oh my goodness girls, so many fantastic ideas! i am really excited now to make them up a little box… what to choose, what to choose:-D

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    Lynn says:

    Oh my, that is a challenge indeed! But you have received lots of amazing ideas! This might just help us all! :) Oh, and thanks for sharing your encouargement with me. xoxo Lynn

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    Anonymous says:

    Hi Diane,

    Honey I don't know if you have ever tried this, but when I have to pack my Husband's lunch I usually pack the bread and the meat seperate. That way they can be heated up seperately. From what I have experienced, you can simply nuke the meat and it is fine, then slap it on the bread you have either let thraw out over night or in a hot car or even nuked for a just a few seconds.

    You are too sweet. By any chance, are either of these young me handsome, Godly and maybe a potential Husband for your daughter :) If so, go all out and have them over to dinner;)

    Many Blessings :)

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    make the sandwich filling and don't fill the sandwichces; just give them the rolls in a bag. they can heat the lling on its own and fill their own sandwiches. stews, of course, soup – make some hummus; it's very easy and just about everyone likes it! carrot and celery sticks … cut-up fruit. (and who doesn't love deviled eggs?)

    - Salaly

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