The 70+ Best Healthy Freezer Meals on the Planet

By Rachel Tiemeyer
April 5, 2021

The ultimate list of healthy freezer meals handpicked by freezer meal experts.

Organized by category, you will find any type of freezer meal that you are looking for. After writing two freezer meal cookbooks and testing hundreds and hundreds of recipes over 10 years, we’ve narrowed down the best of the best.

Check out our growing list of amazing make ahead meals below.

Polly Conner & Rachel Tiemeyer cooking + collage of freezer meals

If you’re ready to start browsing our freezer meals, feel free to use the links below to hop to any category. Yum!

Benefits of Freezer Cooking

As tongue and cheek, “freezer cooking evangelists”, we are constantly sharing about the amazing benefits of freezer cooking to anyone who will listen. Here are a few reasons you might be here!

  • Freezer cooking saves money by buying in bulk and avoiding eating out.
  • Cooking in bulk cuts down on time in the kitchen by prepping meals with the same ingredients at one time. Browning ground beef? Chopping veggies? Making soup? Why not double or triple it and then utilize the freezer? You save time on prep and clean up. 
  • Freezer cooking helps you eat wholesome, delicious meals at home regularly. 
  • Having a stash of freezer meals reduces dinnertime stress while bringing your family together around the table. This is what freezer cooking is really all about! 

What is considered a healthy freezer meal?

We aren’t about diets, eating low-fat foods, or cutting out food groups.

We are about cooking tasty, homemade food and eating all things in moderation. We’re also about cooking with as many unprocessed, organic and/or local ingredients as possible, including a variety of:

  • vegetables and fruit
  • whole grains
  • local, organic, and/or grass-fed meats (that’s why we’re big fans of Butcher Box*)
  • healthy fats (i.e. olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and organic dairy)

By simply making homemade meals for your family, you are cutting out loads of sodium, sugar, simple carbs, and harmful trans-fats that come from fast food and store-bought convenience foods. You control what goes in your food.

What’s the best way to store frozen meals?

The best way to store and save a freezer meal is in any method that will prevent air from getting to the food. It really depends on the recipe! If you want more detail on how to properly freeze food, we have written a whole post about the 5 Best Ways to Package and Store Freezer Meals.

What’s the best way to thaw a frozen meal?

Great question! There are 3 Safe Ways to Thaw Freezer Meals that we recommend.

We are pumped to share our 70+ favorite make ahead recipes in one post. But, for some, we realize that number can be overwhelming. If you want this list narrowed down, we have a free eBook of our Top 10 Easy Freezer Meals.

70+ Favorite Freezer Meals

You can quickly hop to any category using the links below. Freezing instructions are included at the end of each recipe. 

Breakfast Freezer Meals

Is a healthy breakfast possible on those chaotic weekday mornings? We’ve got you covered with these wholesome, freezable breakfast ideas to make ahead and have on hand.

Breakfast sandwich stacked with an option of how to freeze it

1. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

2. Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins

3. Freezer Smoothie Packs: 7 Recipes + Printable Labels + Shopping List!

4. Pumpkin Muffins with Crumble Topping

5. Breakfast Burritos

6. Blueberry Baked French Toast with Vanilla Glaze

7. Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles

8. Savory Breakfast Muffins

9. Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread

10. Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

11. 7 Overnight Oats Recipes: These aren’t a freezer meal but you can make them ahead for the week and store in the fridge!

12. Fluffy Egg Casserole with Bacon

Top Chicken Freezer Meals

We love easy, freezable chicken recipes and we know you do too! We have a huge variety of easy chicken freezer meals for you to browse though. Enjoy!

Chicken bowl assembled and picture of how to freeze it

1. On the Go Chicken Burritos

2. Southwest Grilled Chicken Tenders

3. Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

4. Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

5. Chicken Parmesan Casserole

6. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

7. Gourmet Chicken Sandwiches

8. Lemon Garlic Chicken

9. Honey Garlic Chicken Kabobs

10. Baked Chicken Spaghetti

11. Italian Baked Chicken Thighs

12. Chicken Burrito Bowls

13. 7 Best Chicken Marinades – (Free printable cheatsheet!)

14. Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

Top Beef Freezer Meals

These beef freezer meals are total crowd pleasers. Not only are they tasty but they are filling too!

Sloppy joes on a plate with image of how to freeze it

1. Super Sloppy Joes

2. Baked Italian Meatballs

3. Beefy Baked Ravioli

4. Mini Meatloaf Muffins

5. Taco Bar

6. No Peek Beef Stew

7. Balsamic Shredded Beef

8. Hearty Baked Penne Pasta

9. Cheesy Chive Burgers

10. Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup

Tip: This is the place where we both source our grass-fed beef (and it’s delivered to our doorsteps).

Top Crockpot Freezer Meals

Once you start making freezer meals for the slow cooker, you won’t go back. It’s magic to have a meal prepped ahead of of time for the Crockpot! Get started with these recipes.

Carnitas assembled on a plate with an image of pork carnitas as a freezer meal

1. Slow Cooker BBQ Beef

2. Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken

3. French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

4. Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

5. Cilantro Lime Chicken

6. Chicken Fiesta Soup

7. Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders

8. Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup

9. Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

10. Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

Want to see more? Hop over to our Top 20 Crockpot Freezer Meals

Bonus: Never overcook (or undercook!) a slow cooker meal again. Download our printable Slow Cooker Cooking Times Chart!

Top Instant Pot Freezer Meals

Push a button and dinner is done. When you prep freezer meals for the Instant Pot, it can be that easy! We’ve fine tuned the art of Instant Pot freezer meals and sharing everything we know in the recipes below!

Honey bourbon chicken on a white plate with a picture of the chicken in a freezer bag

1. Instant Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

2. Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

3. Vegetable Soup

4. Tomato Soup

5. Crispy Carnitas

6. Chicken Parmesan Sliders

7. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

8. Chicken Nachos

9. BBQ Pulled Pork

10. Beef Stew

11. Honey Bourbon Chicken

Want to see more? Here are our Top 20 Freezer Meals for the Instant Pot

Did you know we have an Instant Pot cookbook called From Freezer to Cooker? While testing recipes for this book, we honed in on the best timing and methods for cooking different types of meals in the Instant Pot. We are excited to share this valuable information with you. You can DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE VERSION OF OUR INSTANT POT COOKING TIMES CHART HERE.

Top Vegetarian Freezer Meals

Finding tasty vegetarian freezer meals can be a challenge. Fear not, below you’ll find some of the best of the best!

Tortilla soup in a bowl and a picture of it as a freezer meal

1. English Muffin Pizzas

2. Tortilla Soup

3. Cheesy Baked Tortellini

4. 20 Minute Pumpkin Chili

5. Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

6. Hearty Vegetable Soup

7. Cancer Fighting Soup

8. Autumn Chowder (omit bacon)

9. Tomato Bisque

10. Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Want More Freezer Meals?

Here is a collection that didn’t fit into any of the categories above. But trust us, you don’t want to miss them!

1. Spinach and Bacon Quiche

2. Ham & Cheese Sliders

3. Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes (or Super Stuffed Potatoes)

4. Turkey Pesto Paninis

5. Mediterranean Shrimp

6. Asian Lettuce Wraps

7. Powerball Cookies

8. Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes

9. Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

10. Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Bites

We hope our monster list of healthy freezer meals helps your home run just a little smoother!

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8 replies
  1. Sandra Coffey says:

    The 4 layer turkey stuffing casserole was just like Thanksgiving Meal. Perfect for my son and daughter in law who just had a baby. I also fixed for them the Baked Tortellini with Sneaky Spinach. Thanks so much

  2. Mattie says:

    I’ve been following y’all for around 7 years? More than any other site—you’re recipes are my favorite. They always turn out great and I regularly have at least two of your meals in my weekly rotation. Just made the pumpkin chili tonight and it was amazing! I would have NEVER made this but so glad I trusted you guys and tried it!!

  3. Erin says:

    Your site was recommended from a friend and MAN am I glad she did! I just ordered your cookbook!

    I do have a question, do you have any freezer meals that you recommend for freezer to grill?

    Thanks so much!

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Erin. Nice to have you here! Yes, we have a whole post about freezer meals for the grill at the link below. I’d also suggest several from the cookbook including our Cheddar Chive Burgers, Chicken and Broccoli Foil Packs, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, and the Grilled Honey Dijon Chicken Sandwiches. I hope that gives you a good start. Let me know if I can help in any other ways. Happy Freezer Cooking!