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Freezer cooking–aka prepping meals ahead and freezing to have on hand for later–is one of the best summer cooking strategies. It allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the sun having fun! You can even take freezer meals on vacation to save money and time, too. Here are our faves…
Summertime Freezer Meals
Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches
These bad boys cook in the slow cooker which is great in the summer because you’re keeping your kitchen cool! The magic to this easy freezer meal is in the homemade BBQ sauce. It’s a great recipe for a crowd too!
Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches go well with:
Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls
Cheesy Chive Burgers
I personally love having burgers as a freezer meal in the summer. They thaw out fast and they’re a meal everyone is happy with. Burger recipes are super easy to scale up and freeze for later too. Here are 10 other ground beef recipes you might like!
These burgers go great with:
Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Foil Packets
Chicken, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and bacon are served over brown rice in these ooey, gooey chicken foil packets. Grill, bake, or cook over the campfire! You can even make them ahead and freeze for later with our instructions.
Your family will love this easy, make-ahead Breakfast Burrito Recipe that goes straight from the freezer to the microwave or oven for a fast and satisfying breakfast. My family also loves breakfast burritos for dinner!
Turkey Pesto Paninis
The ingredients in our Turkey Pesto Panini recipe are simple, but the flavor is BIG. You’ll love how quickly this turkey pesto sandwich comes together and how easily you can turn them into a freezer meal too!
Looking for a lighter freezer meal? This Mediterranean Shrimp recipe is a winner. It’s light, fresh, and super tasty. One tip to freezing shrimp is to NOT freeze it in the marinade. The citrus messes with the texture and makes it mushy when thawing. The simple solution to making this a freezer meal is to just freeze the marinade in a separate bag!
You also might like: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs
The Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich
These are a go-to in our house. This chicken marinade is to DIE for. Make lots. Freeze lots. Eat lots! Again, an easy freezer meal that you can make multiple of batches of to save time, money, and stress.
Asian Turkey Meatballs
Whether you want a tasty appetizer for a party or a healthy, satisfying dinner for the fam, this creative spin on meatballs does the trick. Don’t skip out on the Sweet Soy Sauce for dipping, or drizzle it over stir-fried veggies.
Meatballs are great to make in bulk and freeze cooked or uncooked for later use.
Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps
If you aren’t feeling the chicken sandwiches above, consider these freezer-friendly Southwest Chicken Wraps. When making them a freezer meal, simply freeze the chicken in the marinade. In separate bags, freeze the cheese, bacon, and sauce. That way you have a whole kit to pull out in the future!
Serve these wraps with:
Slow Cooker Crispy Carnitas
This is the type of recipe our readers go crazy over. Slow Cooker Carnitas are a dump-and-go crock pot meal that is easy, freezes well before or after cooking, and feeds an army.
Having a healthy summertime snack is always fun. These freezer friendly Powerball Cookies live in the freezer after you make them and serve as a perfect afternoon snack.
Chicken and Steak Fajitas
These chicken and steak fajitas make a great go-to weeknight dinner that tastes like restaurant quality. They’re quick to assemble, easily customized to your taste preferences, and a meal that all ages enjoy.
English Muffin Pizzas
Here’s a fun twist on pizza: Freezer Friendly English Muffin Pizzas! Kids have fun assembling these and they make a perfect last minute meal to pop out of the freezer when you’re in need of a quick meal.
Have picky eaters? Here are 30+ more kid-friendly recipe ideas!
Make Ahead Lunch Wraps
Can you freeze wraps? You bet!! Freezer-friendly lunch wraps are nutritious, hearty, and completely adaptable to whatever your family might like in them!
Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches
Kids and adults alike love these simple freezer-friendly Breakfast Sandwiches filled with just a few ingredients. Make them in mass and freeze to have on hand for busy mornings as a grab-and-go option. What a nutritious, protein-rich, and delicious breakfast to start your day!
7 Best Chicken Marinades
These 7 well-tested, easy chicken marinades will transform boneless chicken breasts into several tasty, healthy meals. We’ll show you 4 different methods for cooking your marinated chicken, plus how to make them into freezer meals for later.
- Balsamic Chicken Marinade
- The BEST Savory Chicken Marinade
- Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade
- Asian Chicken Marinade
- Honey Dijon Chicken Marinade
- Southwest Chicken Marinade
- Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade
Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce
Here is a vegetarian freezer meal option that you’ll love. Use up those summertime veggies and make a huge batch of this Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce. It freezes beautifully!
Crockpot Mexican Chicken
This creamy, comforting Crockpot Mexican Chicken makes for a delicious, healthy, and EASY meal. Serve over brown rice with your favorite Mexican toppings. Freezer meal instructions included, so you can double the batch and have another later.
On-the-Go Chicken Burritos
This simple, individual chicken burrito recipe makes for a filling, healthy, and satisfying lunch or dinner anywhere and anytime. Be sure to double the batch and freeze some for later using our instructions.