Probably one of the trendiest things online these days is freezer meals. I mean, making up a number of meals to place in the freezer and then having all of your dinners practically fixed for you – sometimes for an entire month. If you’ve ever thought of getting into the freezer meal craze, now is definitely the time, and I’ve got more than 200 great meals that you can prepare and freeze to save yourself some time and money.
The great thing about freezer meals is you make them up whenever you have time and then they’re ready when you don’t have time. Honestly, these make ahead meals are a busy mom’s dream come true. You can literally make up a month’s worth of dinners and then all you have to do is just throw the frozen meal into the crock pot or oven to cook it. Imagine having wholesome, nutritious meals every single night of the week – no more fast food for your family. You’re going to give them homemade every night! And speaking of wholesome family meals, be sure to check out this amazing cheesy cabbage casserole that I guarantee the family will love.
Okay, so if you aren’t too familiar with freezer meals, you’ll need a few things to get started. First, you’ll need freezer space. If you don’t have a deep freeze, that’s fine. You can make up several meals and put them in your regular freezer. Most of these go into freezer bags, so they won’t take up much room anyway. You’ll also want to be sure that you make an ingredients list and take that to the grocery store with you when you’re shopping for your freezer meal foods. This way you don’t forget anything and when you get started on your meal preparation, you won’t have to stop to run out for something that you’ve missed.
So, we’re going to be making so many meals and have them at the ready. I’ve included meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as some healthy options, gluten free meals, and some that you just throw into the crock pot to cook. Speaking of breakfast, this spinach and bacon frittata is also really easy to make, and so delicious!
All of these freezer meals are easy to put together and you just won’t believe how much time you’ll be saving when you prepare and freeze them ahead of time.
1. 20 Delicious Breakfast Freezer Meals
Your day will begin so much easier when you don’t have to rummage through the fridge to find breakfast. These breakfast freezer meals make those hectic mornings so much less stressful. There are 20 breakfast meals in this collection, and they’re labeled for vegetarian options. These delicious breakfast options include smoothies, cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos, pancakes, french toast sticks, and even homemade pop tarts. You just can’t go wrong when you start your day with a delicious and wholesome breakfast, and these freezer meals will make it so easy to do just that.
2. 25 Lunch Box Freezer Recipes
These lunchtime freezer meals are great for kids and parents alike. One of the things that used to take me so much time in the mornings was getting the kids’ lunches together. When you have them all organized into delicious freezer meals, you save so much time and you ensure that your kids get a nutritious lunch. There are a number of tasty options in this one, including pizza rolls, grilled cheese rolls, soup, and even a copycat Lean Cuisine Chicken Margherita. Not only do these lunches save you time, they save you money because you can take your lunch as opposed to buying it every day.
3. 50 Dinner Freezer Meals
Dinner is the meal that most of us fall short on – particularly when you’ve worked all day. As much as I would love to feed my family homemade dinners every night, sometimes it’s just not feasible. If you’re the same, you may find these 50 freezer recipes for family meals a huge help. The crazy part? You can make all of these in one day – and have enough meals for over a month already done! There are so many delicious recipes in here from homemade pot pies to broccoli chicken alfredo and even soups and pastas. The point is – you make all 50 of these meals in one day and stick them in the freezer. They’re great for when you just don’t have time to cook a wholesome meal but you still want to serve your family something homemade.
4. 70+ Healthy Freezer Meals
When it comes to feeding your family, the healthier the better, right? Here are more than 70 freezer meals that are as healthy as you can get. There are meals in here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and all of them are prepared with healthy ingredients and in the healthiest way possible. From baked beef ravioli to whole wheat pumpkin pancakes, you’re sure to find a meal – or several meals – that you and your family will enjoy. There’s even a vegetarian section with meals that are perfect for the vegan lifestyle.
5. 31 Gluten Free Freezer Meals
So many people these days are forced to follow a gluten free diet. These 31 freezer meals are gluten and dairy free – so if you have someone in the family with allergies, these are pretty perfect. These are basically dinner recipes and include everything from southwestern pork chili and honey bourbon chicken to orange shredded beef. There are recipes for just about any nationality of food that you may crave, and they are all really easy to put together, and they can all be cooked in the crockpot so you can save even more time when putting dinner on the table.
6. 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals
Some freezer meals can be baked and others can be cooked in a slow cooker. The slow cooker option is probably my favorite because it saves so much more time. Here are 31 freezer meals that are all cooked in the crockpot. You just prepare and freeze your meals and then just pop them in the crockpot on the day you want to cook them and they’ll be done in just a few hours. These are perfect for those busy weeknights when you’re running between soccer games or PTA meetings. Another great thing about these is there’s no cooking needed ahead of time. You just put the raw ingredients into freezer bags and they’re all set to cook when you need them.