I remember my Ramadan weekdays several years ago. Chaotic! After work, by the time I was home, it was pretty close to iftar(breaking the fast) time. Instead of having some quiet 5-10 minutes sitting by the table to pray and wait for iftar time, I would be going around the kitchen frantically to prepare a meal. It was something that needed to be improved and changed. These days, I am into cooking now before the holy month starts and eat during the month of Ramadan. Off course I cook some during the month, but not as hysterically as before.
If you are also into the “cook now, eat later” philosophy, I have a list of 8 meals for you to choose from. As a matter of fact, these freezer friendly meals can be made ahead any time of the year not just for Ramadan. Besides these, my other favorites are halim(recipe coming soon) and lasagna.
As a Bangladeshi, we love rice and rice freezes very well. Although any kind of rice can be frozen into individual portions, our favorite for Ramadan is Tehari. This aromatic rice with beef is delicious. Thaw the rice in refrigerator overnight or on your kitchen countertop for about 3-4 hours and warm in a non-stick pan on stovetop. Warming on the stovetop gives the rice a fresher taste than warming in the microwave. …And, the best part, you can serve tehari just with a side of quick salad, so no cooking for that day!
Soups are great to break the fast. Soups provide the nutrition you need and helps regaining the water body needs after a long day of fasting. Paya can be frozen in airtight container. I usually use glass container with a tight lid. Make sure to leave some space in the container on top as the liquid expands in the freezer a little. When ready to eat, just reheat in the microwave.
Like rice, baked pasta dishes freeze very well. This penne with chicken and sun-dried tomatoes is a great one item meal. If you like, serve with a quick salad on the side.
Beef rezala is extremely easy to freeze, thaw, warm and serve. And beef curry is so versatile that you can serve is with plain rice, naan, and pulao.
Once in a while we love breakfast for dinner. Since we are light suhoor(pre-dawn meal during Ramadan) eater these savory pancakes are perfect iftar for us sometimes. Add veggies such as shredded carrots, zucchini, etc. if you like and serve along side a hearty omelette and fruits. Whether you’re serving up suhoor or iftar or a delicious weekend brunch after Ramadan make an extra batch and freeze to save for busy days.
Puff pastry provides endless possibilities and I always have puff pastry in my freezer. this Mediterranean slices are easy to put together. I use kale pesto but any other good quality store-bought pesto will do just fine.
My husband is a big fan of shepherd’s pie. This no fuss shepher’s pie is quick and easy to make and freeze. I add extra veggies such as green peas, celery, corn, etc. If you add extra veggies make sure to adjust seasoning.
I hope you’ll find something that you like. Whether you are making some extras before Ramadan starts or making extras during the holy month to freeze and consume later, these are all no fuss delicious and nutritious meals.