I don't do it often, but perhaps once a month, I'll shop at a local fresh fruit/veggie market and cook as much as I can. This time I bought a dozen green peppers that were on sale. Cut the tops off the peppers, parboiled these, and place them in ziploc freezer bags. This gives me an easy portion of pepper to add to a sauce, a stirfry or whatever needs it!
First things first--chopping up a head of green cabbage, 2-3 onions, 2 pkg mushrooms, minced a bulb of garlic, 2 yellow squash, 2 zucchini and some scallions--ooh and some red peppers to boot. Whew.
While that was getting done, the peppers without tops were parboiling (5 min each) in a big pot of water. Then I set them aside to cool.
They look so good, don't they? Just waiting to be stuffed with all those veggies.
I managed to make a few veggie lasagnas with this. (Of course, I added some of the chopped tops of the green pepper to this mix.) I made about five all together--though two were in pie dishes. So, I was able to freeze five meals. Just basically layered sauce/lasagna noodles/ricotta/veggies/mozz repeat top with sauce!
I then took the rest of the veggies and stuffed the green peppers. You'd be surprised how many vegetables you can actually stuff into a pepper. Would you? Hmmm...maybe that was a dumb thing to say. It's not alarming how many veggies you can fit into a pepper. But, it's nice. Nice because I took those peppers, two at a time and put them in freezer bags and froze them! This has been so great. Once, I've had "stuffed peppers" for dinner just by topping them with cheese and baking them in sauce. But, the majority of the time, I have just taken one pepper at a time, defrosted it for a minute in the microwave and the sauteed/heated up/baked it to add to a meal. No chopping that night, no mess to be made or cleaned up. So, for two hours of chopping, sauteeing and packaging up--I got a lot out of it. Twelves peppers plus veggies=many meals. Anyone who cooks knows how much time this saved me.
Here are just a couple of the meals:
Chicken sausage with beans and veggies over rice.