This is an extremely fast and frugal way to prepare lunches for the week without spending a lot of money. Best of all, these Homemade Lean Cuisines are customizable to help you maintain your healthy diet.
Bring the pasta to a boil in salted water. Drain. Let cool completely. Then portion 1/3 of the pasta into each container.
Push the pasta to the side in the container if you only have a one-compartment container. Pour in ⅓ of your pasta sauce beside the pasta. The sides of the pasta and sauce can touch a little, but it’s best that they remain separate for freezing.
Add ⅓ of your veggie mixture on top of the pasta. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and place them to the side of the pasta.
Cover each container with two layers of aluminum foil and stick them in a freezer bag for good measure to avoid freezer burn. My containers all fit into one freezer bag.
Instant Pot/Ninja Foodie Option
Add your pasta, and ½ cup water, and the pasta sauce in the Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. Make sure all the pasta is fully covered.
Place lid on the pressure cooker and make sure the valve is set to sealing. Pressure cook on high/manual for four minutes.
One the time is up do a quick release of pressure. Stir in your frozen vegetables and let it stir and sit with the lid gently on to thaw the veggies.
Once warmed through, serve and enjoy.
When reheating, remove foil and place the container in the microwave for three minutes. Stir everything together, then microwave for another 60 to 90 seconds or until thoroughly cooked.
Nutritional information can't be given as I don't know which sauce you chose an that will determine the calorie content. Pasta Sauce: Use leftover pasta sauce whenever you can to make one or two of these whenever there are stray leftovers. Same idea goes when you are going through a Pantry Inventory, pull out all of those partial boxes, boil them off and make a couple of these. If you don't have everything for it, no worries. Boil off all of the pasta and make what you have. Pick up the tomatoes or frozen veggies when you hit the store next time. Then pull the partial lean cuisines out and finish them up.Pasta Cooking: Don't overcook the pasta. Only cook until it is al dente or it will get mushy through the freezing/microwaving process.