I have declared February to be “Clean Out Your Freezer Month.” We have a small, standalone freezer in the garage, and it is going to need defrosting soon. What better month than February to try to eat through all the who knows what’s in there and get ready for the eagerly awaited produce of spring and summer that’s going to need freezing. (Can you tell I’m getting a little stir crazy? Happens every year about this time.)
Besides, I figure instituting an annual Clean Out Your Freezer month — a month during which I try to include at least one thing from the freezer in every meal while buying no new freezeables — helps ensure that there’s never anything older than a year in there. Because no matter how well you keep track, it’s sometimes hard to say what’s lurking in the depths of the freezer.
So I’ll be looking for recipes to cook that take advantage of frozen veggies and meats. Lately, I’ve also been wanting to cook simple, homey meals that are warming but not too time-consuming. And I have been wanting to eat healthier. I am ridding the house of candy and chips in favor of dried and fresh fruit, nuts and whole-grain crackers.
Here are some recipes from around the web that seem to fit right in:
- Overnight Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker (Alton Brown)
- Fluffy, Rich Pancakes (Mark Bittman)
- Goat Cheese Black Pepper Truffles (The Hungry Mouse)
- Vietnamese Chicken Rolls (The Gourmet Traveller)
- Stracciatella (Mark Bittman)
- 15-minute Fried Herb Chicken (NY Times)
- Baked Orecchiette (Lottie + Doof)
- No-Knead Pizza Dough (Tasting Table)