Freezer meals are a quick way to meal plan healthy dishes. The main idea is to freeze some of your meals for use at a later day. You can cook the meals ahead of time, freeze them, and heat it up at dinner time in an oven, on the stove, or even in a slow cooker. It saves you a lot of time and energy throughout the week, and it helps you stay on track with your healthy eating goals.
Here are a few ideas for easy freezer meals for your family. It is important to note that there are two different ways of “freezer meals.” The first is by adding ingredients to a freezer bag and freezing. The second way is preparing the actual meal first (in the oven or on the stove) and freezing it. Both ways have their benefits, but the second way provides a way to slash prep time. You just simple defrost, heat up, and serve.
Easy Freezer Meal Ideas
Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Create a comfort meal for everyone with mac and cheese! It is a classic dish that is much tastier when made from scratch. Skip the powdered cheese and make your own with whole wheat noodles (or even vegetable pasta if you dare!), cheddar and low-fat cottage cheese, some vegetables like spinach and broccoli, and cream. Bake, cool, and freeze the entire container. What a time saver!
Breakfast Sandwiches. Grab a sandwich on the go and skip the gas station with this easy freezer idea. Make a healthier version at home and freeze so all you need to do is heat it up before eating. Bake eggs in a muffin pan (one egg per slot) and season with salt and pepper. When they are cooked and cooled, you can place them between an English muffin along with cheese, peppers, or your favorite vegetables. Wrap them individually and freeze until you are ready to eat.
Chicken Casserole. These are easy for freezer meals since they are hearty and highly customizable. Cook an entire chicken or use a rotisserie chicken from the store to save time. Add a cream soup to a casserole pan along with vegetables and rice. Try brown or wild rice for this recipe for increased flavor. Bake, freeze, and defrost before enjoying when you’re ready!
Vegetable Lasagna Rolls. If you’re a big fan of pasta, lasagna rolls are a fun way to mix it up. Instead of a big pan of lasagna, you take each lasagna noodle and roll it up with ingredients inside. Skip the heavy meat sauce and cheese and use more vegetables for a healthier option. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can swap lasagna noodles for zucchini as well! Try ground turkey instead of beef and add spinach for an extra pack of nutrition.
Dump Chicken. “Dump” chicken is the idea that you add all of your ingredients into a freezer bag. My favorite way to do this is with chicken breasts, garlic, cilantro, and lemon zest. It’s a simple dish that you can cook in the oven after freezing!
These freezer meal ideas should inspire you in the kitchen to cut meal prep times and serve delicious dishes without a lot of fuss. Enjoy!