Zucchini Freezer Soup

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 8, 2009

Remember how I got all this fabulous summer squash from a farmer’s stand two weeks ago?  That afternoon I chopped it all up and froze it…so that later I can make a zucchini soup and/or stew. 

I tossed in some carrots and celery to the plastic containers, so that all I would have to do is take out the veggies, toss them in some homemade chicken broth on the stove, and Voila! 

Soup!

Is it crazy that I am already thinking ahead to when baby arrives…in late November!  I’m working up a plan to do some “batch cooking” and get some cooked meats and side dishes into the freezer…so I can keep on making $5 meals once Baby Boy #3 arrives!

If you’ve got a favorite “freezable” side dish, muffin, loaf bread or freezer meal recipe, please leave the link in the comments section!  I’m starting a list of things to prep to stash away post-baby!  Thanks!!!

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SavvySuzie July 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I love the idea of batch freezing all the veggies for soup!!! I always make a big pot and freeze the cooked soup, but never thought to do just the mix-ins. I’m stocking my freezer for post-baby as well and will definitely be adding this to the stash!!

I’ve been eyeballing this freezer roll recipe from Southern Plate, it can probably be adapted for dietary restrictions:

http://www.southernplate.com/2009/05/southern-plate-gets-seedy-fresh-yeast-rolls-ready-from-your-freezer-anytime.html

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Brenda July 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

This is a great idea. Now I know what to do with all the squash I’m getting from my garden.

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Kristi July 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Love this idea!!! I batch cooked before my baby got here and I love having the stash!!! I have other recipes that I haven’t blogged about yet so email me if you’d like more!!!

http://mom-kristi-e.blogspot.com/search/label/freezer%20cooking

These are all my posts about my freezer cooking!!!

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Amanda @ Coping with Frugality July 8, 2009 at 6:16 pm

What a great idea! I love new ways to use up all the squash and zucchini from the summer. I love to freeze enchiladas. The recipe you have for cheese/beef enchiladas would be perfect. Prepare them the exact same way except cover with foil and freeze before baking. :)

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Lori July 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

My favorite after baby #2 came was chicken pot pies! I just go ahead and make them in an aluminum pie pan, put it in a ziplock and freeze. Then when you need a quick dinner, pop it in the oven and go!

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Teresa July 9, 2009 at 8:27 am

Here’s a recipe for “multipurpose hamburger mix” I recently made to freeze for quick meals: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1826,155160-238194,00.html. I added pepper, garlic, and used watered-down tomato paste instead of ketchup. I split it into 6 freezer bags, with a pint in each bag. It can be used to make quick sloppy Joes, casseroles, etc. Last night I used it to make your “simple moussaka” recipe. I just threw it in the skillet, added the spices and tomato, and heated it up. It made the moussaka very easy!

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Erin July 9, 2009 at 8:29 am

Thanks girl! I saw you on your blog that you were doing some freezer cooking! This is JUST what I need to do sometime between now and “then”!!!

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Nikki July 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

Will you share your freezer batch cooking list and recipes? I’m due in September and I could also use some good ideas. I’ve had success with freezing soups and shepherd’s pie, but I need to do better than that!

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Erin July 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I will…as soon as I get it finalized! Working on it still!!

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Abigail Berthold July 10, 2009 at 10:07 am

Please share all your freezer cooking plans and ideas. i’m due in early Dec. However, we have decided to sell our home, build and move into an apt between time. i’m not sure if we’ll have time or space to do the freezer cooking. but it never hurts to have a dream.
thanks!

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Laura July 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Have u ever frozen fresh fruit? At my local farmers market, I got REALLY DIRT CHEAP quarts of blueberries, plus strawberries, bananas, etc., AND zucchini, asparagus, grape tomato, etc. Here’s my question: Have you frozen this stuff before and does it come out mushy when u pull it out of the freezer? Or would it be best to pull it from the freezer and put directly into the dish? I want to use the blueberries for blueberry streusel muffins and bananas for banana walnut muffins. Anyone have advice????

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Erin July 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Fresh fruit can be frozen and used for baking and smoothies…most will thaw “mushy”…which is why its best to bake or use in smoothie. My favorite website is http://www.pickyourown.org It has OODLES of information about freezing…what vegetables need blanched before freezing, etc. From what I hear, tomatoes don’t freeze well whole…I only freeze tomatoes that have been turned into salsa or spaghetti sauce!

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Joyce July 27, 2009 at 1:28 am

I have been successful with freezing whole tomatoes. Once our frig froze a whole batch of tomatoes. So I decided to see what happened when I used them. I thought they did well in soups, etc

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ter October 30, 2009 at 10:34 am

Do you need to blanch any of the squash, carrots or celery? I really like this idea. Tomorrow is the last farmers market of the season, I think I’ll buy a bunch of squash while I can get it “farmers market style” (as in local, cheaper and delicious!)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom October 30, 2009 at 11:18 am

@ter,

Because it’s going into a soup, I didn’t blanch anything. Summer squash is best frozen in chunks for smoothies, diced for soups and shredded for baking. It will thaw “mushy” so if you plan to use it for cooking/baking, just freeze as is!

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'Becca June 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

We froze a bunch of Bean Burritos before baby, and they were great for quick reheating! I will never forget the wonderful experience of eating one in the Neonatal ICU lounge when I had been discharged (after 2 days of hospital food) but my son was still being treated for jaundice; my partner made a trip home to bring back supplies, and that homemade burrito tasted fabulous!

Another nutritious, affordable recipe that freezes well, and also is easy to make while caring for a newborn, is this Lentil Rice with flavor variations.

Best of luck with your pregnancy and birth! I’m sure you won’t regret planning ahead for good food.

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