Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pouches...homemade frozen meals

Pouches are my favorite convenience food. I find that most frozen meals leave a lot to be desired both in terms of taste and nutrition. This is a way that I can make sure I always have a tasty, good-for-you meal ready when life gets busy. They are also perfect for those times when I'm the only one eating and I don't feel like preparing a "full" meal.

A Sample Pouch Preparation

4 chicken breast portions
2 small leeks
2 carrots, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Grease (I use Pam High Heat) 4 squares of parchment paper.
  2. Divide leeks equally among each piece.
  3. Place 1 chicken portion on each paper
  4. Combine carrots and garlic. Season with lightly with salt and pepper (or any other seasoning you like) and place on top of chicken portions.
  5. Carefully wrap up each pouch, making sure the paper folds are sealed.
  6. When cooking, bake pouches at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and serve hot.
  • Pouches are easily frozen. I wrap each pouch in aluminum foil and place pouches in a Ziploc Freezer bag.
  • You can use any combination of protein and vegetable. I frequently toss a diced red potato in as well for a complete meal.
  • This is a great use for frozen chicken breasts and fish fillets.
  • A little drizzle of olive oil, especially paired with a squeeze of fresh lemon, lime or orange, creates a light sauce.
  • For quick meals, I sometimes will make several of these on the weekend and cook a big pot of brown rice that I store in single serving containers. Then, for lunch on the go, I can heat up the rice and eat with my pouch protein- healthy, filling and quick.
Any suggestions for new pouches? Seasonings? Veggies?

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