I am a HUGE fan of planning ahead! I love to make monthly menus so that I know what we are having when and so that I can plan around any special needs and occasions for the month (see my post on Menu Planning here). I am not really into monthly cooking or making double batches and freezing. That said, I am a huge fan of making sure that we don’t waste food.
I found out some time ago that freezing rice and pasta is simple and it works. I do not freeze the kinds with sauces already on them but I always freeze the plain stuff.
Let’s say that I make rice and chili for dinner one night. After all the chili is gone, there is still a cup or so of rice left over. That rice goes into a bowl in the freezer where I store leftover rice. It’s not a special container or anything, just a washed out large butter bowl with a lid. I have one in the freezer for leftover rice and one for leftover pasta. Whenever you want to use the rice, simply defrost and reheat in the microwave. Simple!
I do the leftover pasta the same way ( but not with any kind of sauces on it, just plain pasta). Leftover plain spaghetti is great to store in the freezer! Every once in a while I don’t need to make a full meal for everyone, maybe just the kids need to be fed. I just take out the frozen spaghetti and dump it in a pot of hot water and let it come to a boil. Then drain and use and usual, adding pasta sauce or whatever. Talk about convenience food! So easy and quick and it keeps you from wasting food!