What Makes a Mealpod Recipe?
A Mealpod is a meal all in one that you can grab after work, pop in the microwave or conventional oven and have a full nutritious meal every night without cooking every night. You can also have them for breakfast or lunch.
The key is when you do cook to make large batches of foods that are "all mixed together" like stews, currys, pasta dishes, rice dishes, & casseroles. You can eat some right then and then package up the "leftovers" in small portion sized foil packages we call Mealpods. You can see how to package the pods on the Freezing Mealpods page. You can cook when you want or plan your cooking days on the weekend. If you cook 2 meals a week and freeze them, you will have a variety stored in your freezer in no time.
Mealpod Cooking Tips
When cooking a Mealpod recipe, you have to keep in mind that they will be frozen and reheated. To make sure that they are moist and yummy when reheated all of our recipes have some component of fat in them either through a sauce, healthy oils, or through the protein. If you change one of our recipes to make it lower in fat it may be dry when reheated.
You will also not want to cook your pasta or vegetables all the way because when reheating they will get mushy. Cook your noodles until al dente and your veggies until they soften but still have a snap to them.
Keep your Mealpods wholesome
Mealpods are a great alternative to take-out meals or prepackaged diet meals because you have the control over the ingredients. Choose fresh ingredients or ingredients that don't have added sugar, salt, or preservatives. Check your labels carefully because there are hidden things in many "healthy" food products, even canned or frozen vegetables. If it is in a package - check the label!
We have made great care to choose recipes that are made with wholesome ingredients, yet are easy to make.
Cater Your Mealpods to
Your Eating Style
You control what goes into these pre-planned meals so whatever eating style you choose,your needs can be catered to a Mealpod system. If you need to eat gluten-free you can be rest assured that your frozen meals have no gluten because you chose the ingredients. The same is true for paleo lifestyles, vegetarians, and people with food allergies.
- Use a recipe that has all the components of a full meal: a starch, vegetables, and a protein.
- Use a recipe with at least some fat to keep it moist.
- Recipes that work well for Mealpods include: Stews, Casseroles, Currys, Rice Dishes, Pastas with Sauces.
- Don't Cook pastas and other grains all the way b4 making your pods, then when they reheat they will not be mushy.
- Use non-packages wholesome ingredients whenever you can.
- When using canned/frozen ingredients check labels for hidden added sugar, salt and preservatives.