Here are some numbers for you:
5 gallons vegan spaghetti sauce
40 servings Tomato Coconut Curry
45 servings Posole Verde
2 dozen raw cacao brownies
4 cups crumble for Orange Rosemary Salads
1 pint Agave Mustard Poppyseed Dressing
1 pound kale chips (made from Simple Kale Salad)
2 pounds raw flax crackers
These are the things I've prepared and frozen or tucked away for after this baby arrives. It's a lot of food, yes. But in times like this--whether you've just had a baby, or are facing surgery, or working nonstop on a Master's thesis--cooking is the last thing you want to do.
Instead of facing piles of empty takeout containers (which is really a depressing image, isn't it?), or settling for packaged convenience foods, try making things from scratch in advance. A few evenings of prep, and you'll be rewarded with a freezer and pantry full of healthy, cost effective comfort.
Today's soup comes together so quickly, and pairs wonderfully with everything from salads to grilled cashew cheese sandwiches. I multiplied the amount listed below by ten for post-baby meals, but don't worry; it's perfectly good if you only stir together a single recipe.
Tomato Coconut Curry
If you have leftover cooked vegetables like broccoli or carrots, chop finely and add with the tomatoes.
Fire roasted tomatoes are excellent here. Be sure to purchase crushed, rather than ground or diced, as this alters flavor and texture significantly.
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, roasted if available
1 cup water
½ cup coconut milk
½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine olive oil, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until soft and translucent, 5-7 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot. The soup can be made several days ahead and easily reheated.
To freeze for longer storage, I simply allow the soup to cool, then transfer to 1-gallon freezer bags. Glass jars (leave a little room at the top) are also excellent vessels for this.