6 surprising foods you can freeze!

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Cook your own take away meals!

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Recently I was laid up in bed with flu and had no food! No fun! So we decided to have take away food e.g. Chinese hot soup, noodles, pizzas, burgers, etc. It is great when the food is hot and delicious but it comes with a cost, especially if you have a large family!

Well when you are laid up in bed, you try and make up for lost time by at least planning how to organise and plan things in advance. I thought why not make a list of all your favorite take away meals and prepare them in advance and freeze it. That way, even if you are sick or tired you can prepare food in less time and have take away in your home once a week!

Some of my favourites are:

– burgers with fries
– Chinese food, Fried Rice, sweet and sour chicken
– Thai noodles
– pizzas
– Nandos chicken with chips
– fish and chips

The advantage is you know the quality of the food is fresh and nutritious too.

Burgers with fries or salad
For 4.
Burgers or patties: 500 gram minced beef or chicken (makes about 12 burgers)
2 finely chopped onions
Ground ginger 1 tablespoon
1 grated carrot
Herbs – a little chopped parsley
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
2 slices of bread soaked in little water and squeezed
Zuchini grated

Bread rolls, tomato slices, ketchup, onion rings, pickled gherkins, slices of beetroot
Potato chips

Mix all the above ingredients well
Form into burgers
Place on flat tray and freeze. Frozen burgers can be stored in plastic containers before hand.
When ready to cook, take out of freezer night before and store in fridge.
Grill or bake in medium hot oven.
Toast buns while burgers are grilling
While burgers are getting cooked, prepare fresh hot chips
Have ready slices of tomato, onion rings, pickled gherkins, lettuce, ketchup.
Preparation and cooking time should take 1/2 hour.
Added Nutritional value of vegetables and herbs.

Preparing for winter ills

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We are in the heart of winter here in Melbourne, Australia. With the cold weather we are all susceptible to coughs, colds and flu! Suddenly without warning you can wake up with a sore throat, headache or cold and within 24 hours you are down in bed, you can’t get up you are so sick. So its worth to keep your kitchen stocked with food to help you through those times when you are too sick to prepare food for yourself and your family. I have been through it many times myself and try every year to be prepared.

Some foods that help you get relief from colds and flu:

  1. Honey, lemon and ginger tea
  2. Chicken soup

Here are some medications to keep in your medicine cabinet:

  1. Cold and Flu tablets
  2. Cough lozenges
  3. Vicks Vapor Rub
  4. Panadol pain and fever relief
  5. Olive leaf extract

Natural oils for vaporiser:  eucalyptus oil.

Herbal medicines

Vitamin C and multivitamins

Its a good idea to stock up in your freezer precooked meals – individually packed, which can be just heated before serving.

Packets of soup or tinned soup

Tinned milk – saves you going out to buy milk.

Bread slices – packed individually in the freezer or in the fridge

Tinned sardines or tuna

Have plenty of fluids – with cups of honey & lemon tea, hot cups of chicken soup with toast and rest all aids in quick recovery.

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