Freezer Beef

Top 10 Ground Beef Freezer Meals

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Listen. You're busy. We're busy. We aren't here to waste anyone's time. You need to know what ground beef freezer meals are the BEST and you need them pronto for your busy, hungry, growing family.…
BBQ shredded beef sandwich on a plate with corn and grapes

Instant Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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This well-seasoned, fall-apart shredded BBQ Beef takes under an hour in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Instructions for how to make ahead and freeze included! Find our recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ…

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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A delicious dinner doesn't get much easier than our Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches. This recipe has it all. It's a dump and go recipe, it feeds a lot of people, it's freezer friendly, and it's so-dang-good.…

Super Sloppy Joes

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This homemade veggie-rich sloppy joes recipe with a tangy-sweet tomato sauce is a family favorite. Double and freeze extras for later!

Slow Cooker French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Everyone loves grilled cheese, so why not make it even more irresistible by turning it into a French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwich?! The best part? It's made in the slow cooker! French Dip Grilled…

Baked Italian Meatballs {Freezer Meal}

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Look no further for a delicious baked meatball recipe. Our Baked Italian Meatballs are a 30 minute meal staple in our house! The ingredients are simple but they are still packed with flavor. They make…

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef {Freezer Meal}

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef is an easy, healthy, dump-and-go, delicious dinner. This freezer friendly recipe is a win for my family and is a great recipe for large groups. So simple!   Slow‚Ķ

Beefy Baked Ravioli: An Easy Fake-Out Lasagna

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This fake-out lasagna is a dinnertime favorite in my home. Beefy Baked Ravioli is very easy to make too! It's super filling and makes a great beef freezer meal. My kids love it. Some affiliate…
Finished easy beef stew cooked in a casserole dish

Easy No-Peek Beef Stew

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Friends, making stew gets NO EASIER than this recipe. My mother-in-law taught me this one when I first got married, and I've been serving it up to big crowds ever since. Make ahead and freeze to have on hand for busy nights or when hosting a big group.

Hearty Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

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Delicious dinner recipe? Check. Freezer friendly? Check. Makes a lot of leftovers? Check. Approved by all ages in the family? Check. Feeds a large group of people? Check. Easy to make? Check! Affiliate…
bowl of stew in white bowl with napkin

Instant Pot Beef Stew {Freezer Meal}

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This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is easy enough to be a mid-week dinner or fancy enough for dinner guests. What would typically take all day in the slow cooker, only takes about an hour from start to finish in the Instant Pot. You'll take a short cut by using stew meat (no chopping!) and Yukon gold baby potatoes (no peeling!).
Freezer friendly pesto burgers

Pesto Burgers

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Pesto Burgers are the bomb. They are an incredibly easy grilling recipe, a great recipe for a crowd, AND a fabulous freezer meal. As we were developing a Pesto Meatball Sub recipe for our cookbook,…

Mini Meatloaf Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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Here's a twist on your average meatloaf recipe: Meatloaf Muffins! This makes a great weeknight dinner or freezer meal for all ages. (Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates…
Healthy, freezer-friendly mini meatballs soup

Mini Meatball Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Freezer-friendly Mini Meatball Soup is the perfect for warming up your family on a cold winter night. Well, there’s no avoiding it now. Winter is on it’s way. Soon it will be time for puffy coats,…
Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump and go meal but is full of Tex-mex flavor! Delish! #freezermeal #realfood

Slow Cooker Steak Chili

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Three cheers for the slow cooker! I love this set it and forget it Slow Cooker Steak Chili because I don't have to do anything but dump it in, set the timer, and walk away. Seriously. Several hours…
Mini Italian Burgers

Mini Italian Burgers {Freezer Meal}

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Moist and packed with Italian flavor, these Mini Italian Burgers will impress anyone from guests to the youngest eaters in your house. Freezing instructions included. Oh how I hate a boring,…

Meatballs with Sneaky Veggies {Freezer Meal}

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These meatballs are full of flavor and packed with sneaky nutrition thanks to the finely chopped carrot, onion, garlic, and parsley. Our entire family loves them! When I make these, I usually…

Burrito Pie {Freezer Meal}

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So I've been in this Freezer Club for 6 years with some of my besties. We strive to cook freezer meals made with mostly local, organic meats and produce, while also avoiding foods with preservatives…
healthy meatball recipe

Healthy Meatball Sandwich Recipe

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This healthier version of a Meatball Sub is hands down one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. And, more importantly, my whole family from ages 1 to 40 loves it! That's a rare treat at this stage of…
Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe

Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Is anyone like me and have a freezer full of beef? This summer, some friends and I went in together to purchase a grass-fed cow. It's a great way to go if you have a deep freeze and like beef. Locally-raised,…
Slow Cooker Pot Roast has no processed ingredients. Just real food that's really good!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Sans the Processed Stuff) {Freezer Meal}

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I try my hardest to cook from scratch and avoid processed foods when possible.  My favorite Pot Roast recipe from the past included a brown gravy packet mix and Italian dressing packet mix...bummer!…

Freezer Breakfast

make ahead breakfast sandwiches on a cutting board

Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

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These simple Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches rival their fast food equivalent any day! They make a wholesome, delicious breakfast possible even on the busiest mornings. This post was created in…
I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

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Oatmeal pancakes are hearty, flavorful, and full of grains that won't leave you hungry hours later. You'll never go back to boxed pancake mix after seeing how easy it is to make to make your own oatmeal…
Breakfast Casserole in a Crockpot on a wooden cutting board

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere

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This Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with bacon and Gruyere cheese is the perfect make-ahead breakfast casserole to impress a crowd!

How to Turn Pancake Mix Into Waffle Mix

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One of the most common recipes that I use from our recipe index is our Oatmeal Pancake Mix recipe. Ever since I stumbled on this recipe a few years ago, I haven't used any other pancake mix. My family…

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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These Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes are a part of our family's regular breakfast rotation for good reason. They have sneaky vegetables (i.e. pumpkin this time) and 100% whole grain in them but retain their…

How to Make Freezer Smoothie Packs (+7 Printable Recipes & Shopping Lists)

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Learn how to save time and money and eat healthier by prepping Freezer Smoothie Packs ahead of time. Use our 7 different delicious smoothie recipes to start filling your freezer today. Free printable recipes and shopping lists included.

Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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Looking for an easy breakfast idea? We love this easy Breakfast Casserole Muffin recipe. It's made with simple ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen. These make a fabulous, freezer-friendly…

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

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Kids and adults alike love these simple breakfast burritos filled with all good things including BACON. Make these in mass and freeze them to have on hand for busy school and work mornings as a grab-and-go option. What a nutritious, protein-rich, and delicious breakfast to start your day!
berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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The Very Berry Smoothie starts your day with a super food punch! This easy, healthy smoothie includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus some hidden spinach. Make some freezer smoothie packs ahead of time to have these on hand for a quick, nutritious breakfast.
green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

Green Machine Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy, healthy green smoothie is a tasty way to eat more veggies and fruit, like avocado, mango, and kale. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
strawberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Strawberry Pi√Īa Colada Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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Frozen strawberries, pineapple, and banana combine with coconut milk and almonds to create the most luxurious, healthy smoothie you've ever had! We teach you how to prep ahead by making freezer smoothie packs to have on hand, too. This easy Strawberry Pi√Īa Colada fruit smoothie has party time written all over it.
Orange smoothie in mason jar with straw

Orangesicle Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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Sweet potato, clementines, carrots, and bananas create the base of this easy smoothie that's a healthier version of the orange sherbet push-up pops from childhood. Yum! Freezer smoothie pack instructions included so you can prep these smoothies ahead of time.
blueberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This beautiful, nutritious, and easy purple smoothie really does taste like a Blueberry Muffin. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included!
pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy, healthy green smoothie only requires 4 simple ingredients. A delicious low calorie way to pack Vitamin C, fiber, and protein into your diet. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
cherry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy Chocolate Covered Cherry smoothie recipe tastes like a chocolate shake but is chock full of nutrition thanks to spinach, dark cherries, almond butter, cocoa powder.
pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

4 Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)

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You won't find an easier green smoothie than the 4 Ingredient Green Tropical Smoothie. This super healthy, dairy-free smoothie tastes like a tropical island treat. Sooo tasty! Four ingredients. That's…

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles {Freezer Meal}

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Here's an easy breakfast idea that your family will love: freezer friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles. They are a great way to sneak some nutrition into your breakfast. Make lots and freeze some for later! These…

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies {Freezer Meal}

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I love this easy healthy breakfast idea: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies. These healthy make ahead breakfast cookies are great fresh or also as a freezer meal.  Zucchini for breakfast!?‚Ķ

Easy Zucchini Pancakes: A Freezer Meal!

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Here's an easy breakfast idea for ya. Our freezer friendly whole grain zucchini pancakes pack a yummy punch! Enjoy using up some fresh zucchini and serving your family a wholesome breakfast. Double the…

Blueberry Avocado Muffins with Lemon Streusel Topping

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Our freezer friendly Blueberry Avocado Muffins are a popular recipe in our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. This easy breakfast idea packs some serious nutritional punch to your morning. And that tasty…

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Applesauce Bread {Freeezer-Friendly}

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Cinnamon and apples get me every time. Whether it's Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal or Cinnamon Apple French Toast, I find it hard to resist this classically delicious combo in the fall. Although this…
Zucchini Bread on a plate

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

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This Healthy Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips is made with all whole food ingredients and is moist and delicious! Three zucchini--that were dirt cheap at the store this month--sat…

Fluffy Eggs and Bacon {Freezer Meal}

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This Fluffy Eggs and Bacon is an easy breakfast idea that is great for feeding a crowd or large family. Even better, it's a freezer meal! I recently inherited a huge box of recipe cards from my grandmother…
Use up leftovers to create this delicious make-ahead Banana Pecan Baked French Toast.

Banana Pecan Baked French Toast {Freezer Meal}

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What do you do with a freezer bag full of leftover bread heels in the freezer, overripe bananas, and even some butternut squash puree? (Don't cast a skeptical eye at the squash...just look at all the…
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is an easy and healthy breakfast or snack. It is a great family recipe and ideal for large groups!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal (For a Crowd)

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We are baked oatmeal fanatics around here, as you may know. Both my kids and Polly's kids eat the stuff by bushels. I find myself making the Brownie Baked Oatmeal repeatedly, while Polly probably…

Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery¬ģ. But the opinions are all ours!  My kids are totally on a quesadilla kick. No matter what we put in it, if‚Ķ
Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal: A super health, easy, freezable breakfast.

Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal {Freezer Meal}

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After our first indulgent Thanksgiving feast (my first one to host in 37 years!) at our house and then a second indulgent feast with more family plus leftovers for every meal, we needed this recipe…

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies {Freezer Meal}

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I love this easy healthy breakfast idea: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies. These healthy make ahead breakfast cookies are great fresh or also as a freezer meal.  Zucchini for breakfast!? Yep.…
Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles--Real Food Version of Eggo! {Freezer Meal}

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If you follow our blog at all, you know our families love them some breakfast. We've got so many pancakes, waffles, French Toast, egg, and oatmeal recipes on our Breakfast Recipe Index page. So why another…
Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal {Freezer Meal}

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  After discovering how life-changing (well, close) Brownie Baked Oatmeal can be, I knew I had to try other forms of this make ahead oatmeal breakfast. Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal did not…
Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Ever wonder what to do with the heels of bread or crusts that your kids turn their noses up at? How about apples that are about to go bad? You could make this recipe, if you have time to flip French…
These Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins are packed full of nutrition and flavor. Feel good about feeding your family these for a quick breakfast!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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Want a muffin recipe that you can feel good about feeding your family for a quick breakfast? Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins it is! These chocolatey muffins are packed full of real food nutrition--whole…
Apple cinnamon french toast recipe

Apple Cinnamon French Toast {Freezer Meal}

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Who doesn't love french toast? It uses up leftovers, is a taste bud favorite, and is an easy way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your family's diet. (Just check out how I used sweet potatoes…

Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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I've made these Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins more times than I can count. Not only are they moist and totally yummy, but they are a great way to include some sneaky nutrition into a kid-favorite. I almost…
Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles {Freezer Meal}

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I'm on a mission to sneak zucchini into every food I can. Our garden keeps making them and I can't stand to let our own, homegrown zucchinis go to waste! I plan to make more zucchini bread but I can only…
This Baked Oatmeal is hearty, healthy, delicious, and fairly adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Plus, leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days. Serve it up as a tasty start to your day or as a ‚Äúbreakfast-for-dinner‚ÄĚ, along with bacon and a fruit salad.

Baked Oatmeal with Fruit

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Want to know my number one requested recipe? The one that when anyone tries it, they come crawling back for the directions on how to make it? Lucky you, today I'm sharing with you my Baked Oatmeal recipe.   It's…

Pumpkin Protein Waffles {Freezer Meal}

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Pumpkin Protein Waffles are an easy breakfast idea your family will love. They are crispy on the outside yet moist throughout and make a great healthy freezer meal. A delicious way to get more protein…

Blueberry Pumpkin Baked French Toast

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Blueberry Pumpkin Baked French Toast is a healthy breakfast recipe my kids and I go ga-ga over.  The inspiration recipe for this Blueberry Pumpkin French Toast was too white carb and sugar-laden‚Ķ

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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These healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are moist, sweet, and delicious...and easily freezable. We pull them out of the freezer for snacks or for an easy breakfast.
Whole Grain Pancake Mix

Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix {Freezer Meal}

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Our family loves pancakes, like Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes.  But, sometimes I don't have time to make those and I just want a quick dry mix on hand.  Unfortunately,…
Baked Egg Cups

Baked Egg Cups {Freezer Meal}

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Baked Egg Cups might just blow your mind. With only three main ingredients, this might be one of the easiest breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes for kids ever today. Ingredients in Baked Egg Cups Here…
Savory Breakfast Muffins

Savory Breakfast Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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My husband needs quick, hearty breakfasts that he can take in the car with him on the way to work.  Savory Breakfast Muffins fit the bill and are his absolute favorite. They are a cornbread-type‚Ķ
Easy oven omelet recipe

Oven Omelet {Freezer Meal}

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My family has a love affair with eggs whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  No skin off my back, since they are cheap, easy to make, and healthy.  This "omelette" casserole is either breakfast…
Brownie Baked Oatmeal is a staple in our house for good reason. It's delicious, healthy, and my kids love it!

Brownie Baked Oatmeal Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Brownie Baked Oatmeal: It sounds and looks like dessert...but it's actually a fairly healthy breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snack). What is healthy about it, you ask? Lots of fiber (oatmeal), protein,…

Banana Pumpkin Bread or Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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Breakfast, snack, or dessert...this bread, mini bread, muffin, or mini-muffin recipe fits the bill. This bread is moist, nutritious yet has enough good-for-you fat (from coconut oil) and sweetness to…

Banana Brownie Waffle Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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This morning I made Banana Brownie Waffles for my kids and me and they were delicious!  The healthy parts:  low in sugar, low in fat, some whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and banana.  It probably took…
Whole Grain Sweet Potato Pancakes

Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes {Freezer Meal}

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These Sweet Potato Pancakes are whole grain pancake perfection, if you ask me (well, it's hard to beat these Pumpkin Pancakes). Plus, you might know my affinity for sneaking veggies in to my kids' favorites.…
healthy breakfast cookies

Breakfast Cookies {Freezer Meal}

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I stayed up late last night making a new recipe called Breakfast Cookies, since I had to go to work early today and needed a quick, healthy breakfast.  They are packed with protein, potassium, fiber,…

Freezer Casseroles

Freezer Friendly Chicken Spaghetti

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Chicken spaghetti is an easy, cheesy, make-it-again-soon-please, casserole that your whole family will love. We teach you how to make it fresh AND how to prep it to be a freezer meal. A great meal for…

Beefy Baked Ravioli: An Easy Fake-Out Lasagna

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This fake-out lasagna is a dinnertime favorite in my home. Beefy Baked Ravioli is very easy to make too! It's super filling and makes a great beef freezer meal. My kids love it. Some affiliate…

Hearty Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

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Delicious dinner recipe? Check. Freezer friendly? Check. Makes a lot of leftovers? Check. Approved by all ages in the family? Check. Feeds a large group of people? Check. Easy to make? Check! Affiliate…

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a family-favorite freezer meal that is super easy to make. This real food, healthy dinner recipe is a staple in our home. (Looking for healthy freezer meal recipes?…
hash brown casserole on table

Gluten Free Hash Brown Casserole

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Our make-ahead Easy Hash Brown Casserole makes this traditional holiday side dish a little bit healthier by making it from scratch and leaving out the canned cream of soup. It comes together quickly but is creamy and comforting as always!

Broccoli and Wild Rice Casserole {Freezer Meal}

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Since I was in charge of bringing some type of broccoli casserole to Thanksgiving this year, I searched high and low for a recipe that could be made in advance (since we had to drive 2 hours that day)…
Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Casserole: Real Food Meets Reality {Freezer Meal}

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This casserole won my husband's heart over when we were dating. Well, I think our relationship was a little more complicated than that...but he did love Cheesy Chicken Casserole then and still asks for…
Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini

Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini {Freezer Meal}

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Need a 25-minute four-ingredient dish for dinner that everyone will love? Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini is it! Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini is a vegetarian spin-off of my Baked Beef Ravioli.…

Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato {Freezer Meal}

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Note: I posted this recipe a few years ago. But, I made it recently for our family and finally snagged some photos and tweaked the recipe a little. My kids still love it! I'm not sure Mac and Cheese can…
Chicken, Brown Rice, & Veggie Casserole

Chicken, Brown Rice, and Veggie Casserole {Freezer Meal}

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Update on 8/5/14: I retested this recipe, simplified the instructions, and added more liquid to the original recipe. It's pretty close to perfect if you ask me and my family. But feel free to tweak…
Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas {Freezer Meal}

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This recipe is a great meal idea for large groups or a family dinner. The only thing that can make this dish better is that it's a freezer meal! With the chicken, beans, vegetables, and whole wheat tortillas,…

Freezer Chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken recipe is easy, tasty, freezer-friendly, and made in the crock pot. Shred up those tender chicken thighs and serve it over rice for a delicious, filling dinner. For a…

Chicken Burrito Bowl

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Chicken Burrito Bowls are a healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone! Delicious marinated grilled chicken is served over brown rice and with your favorite southwest toppings. They can easily be meal…
grilled chicken, rice, zucchini, and peaches on a gray plate with fork

Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

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Balsamic Herb Grilled Chicken is moist, tender, and packed with flavor through and through. This easy grilling recipe can be turned into a freezer meal and is a great recipe for groups of people. What more can you ask for in a chicken recipe!?

Southwest Chicken Tenders

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This southwest chicken recipe is sure to please all the eaters in your house. It's easy, healthy, freezer-friendly, and full of flavor but not spicy. You can bake it or--even better--grill it! These…
marinades for chicken breasts in freezer bags

7 BEST Chicken Marinades (+ Printable Recipe Cheat Sheet)

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These 7 easy marinades for chicken breasts will transform this boring cut into several tasty and healthy meals! Learn how to prep and freeze for later OR how to make them for dinner tonight. Plus, snag…
savory chicken marinade in a mason jar and in a freezer bag with chicken breasts

The Best Savory Chicken Marinade

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This Savory Chicken Marinade packs a punch! In fact, I think it's the BEST you'll find. With just a few pantry staple ingredients, boring chicken is taken to a whole new flavor level! Enjoy your marinated,…
southwest chicken marinade in a freezer bag with chicken breasts

Southwest Chicken Marinade

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Of all the marinades in the world, THIS Southwest Chicken Marinade is the one I make the most. Hands down. My kids love it. All adults love it. And it can be served any way you dream up--a la carte, in…
chicken breasts in marinade in a gallon sized freezer bag

Asian Sesame Chicken Marinade

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With just a few key Asian-inspired ingredients, you can create an easy, delicious marinade for your favorite cut of chicken. After cooking the chicken, serve it in wraps, on salads, or over rice. Ingredients…
chicken breasts in freezer bag with balsamic marinade

Balsamic Herb Chicken Marinade

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Fresh herbs and pantry staples combine to create this complex Balsamic Herb Chicken Marinade. Grill or bake the chicken, then enjoy on its own or atop a salad. Ingredients in Balsamic Herb Chicken…
cilantro lime marinade and chicken breasts in a sealed freezer bag

Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

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Cilantro, lime, garlic and more marry together to create this fresh, citrusy Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade. According to Epicurious (and our readers' comments over the years), "cilantro's flavor…
chicken breasts in freezer bag with lemon garlic marinade

Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade

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Thanks to fresh lemon, garlic, thyme, and more, this bright and flavorful marinade completely transforms any cut of chicken. Disclaimer: We are an affiliate of ButcherBox and have included‚Ķ

Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Kabobs

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This 5 ingredient chicken kabob marinade is sweet, savory and incredibly easy! With just a few simple pantry ingredients, you can take your kabob game to the next level.
chicken burger on a bun with cheese on a plate

Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

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This chicken burger recipe is a kid and adult fave! Make ahead and freeze a batch for later or make them tonight for a delicious and healthy dinner. Why Are These the BEST? I've been making…

Freezer Friendly Chicken Spaghetti

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Chicken spaghetti is an easy, cheesy, make-it-again-soon-please, casserole that your whole family will love. We teach you how to make it fresh AND how to prep it to be a freezer meal. A great meal for…
Chicken and Cheese Taquitos piled on a serving platter with avocado lime salsa on top. Other toppings are nearby, like avocado, tomatoes, and salsa.

Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

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This kid-friendly Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos recipe goes from frozen chicken breasts to a delicious dinner on the table in 45 minutes with very minimal hands-on work. You can easily double and freeze these for later.
gluten-free Honey Bourbon Chicken and Stir Fry Vegetables on a large white platter

Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken

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A little sweet and a little spicy, this chicken dish is BIG on flavor and takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders {Freezer Meal}

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One of our easiest freezer meals: Chicken Parmesan Sliders. Just put a few ingredients into the crockpot and you'll have one of your favorite meals for a busy night. Great meal idea for large groups too! "I…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos {Freezer Meal}

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Slow cooker chicken and cheese taquitos is a delicious meal that the whole family will love! Be sure to make a double batch for the freezer. Then, you can pull out however many you want and throw them…

Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a family-favorite freezer meal that is super easy to make. This real food, healthy dinner recipe is a staple in our home. (Looking for healthy freezer meal recipes?…

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

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This delicious, slow cooker chicken soup is not only gluten free and dairy free (if you don't add cheese at the end), but it freezes beautifully either before cooking or after. Packed with fresh flavor,…

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos {Freezer Meal}

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Our freezer friendly Instant Pot Chicken Nachos are a great starter meal for the Instant Pot. We teach you how to make this easy Instant Pot freezer meal from fresh or from frozen. The best part about…
cilantro lime chicken on tortillas with lime and sour cream

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken {Freezer Meal}

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This easy dump and go freezer meal will become a regular family dinner in your home. This freezer friendly dinner is so versatile too. Eat it straight from the slow cooker, put it in wraps, or turn it…

Herbalicious Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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These Herb-a-licious Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are a crispy, healthy, flavor-filled dinner that your whole family will love. I'm a huge fan of cooking with fresh herbs. So every…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas

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Freezer-friendly homemade chimichangas? From the slow cooker? Why yes! It's possible! We've tweaked the classic deep-fried Tex-Mex favorite, making it quite a bit simpler (and a little less fried). You'll…

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Sliders {Freezer Meal}

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You may have tried our Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders and loved them. All ages do! But, now we've converted this super simple, kid-friendly recipe to work in the Instant Pot both from fresh…

Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken {Freezer Meal}

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This freezer-friendly Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken recipe is healthy and simple, with a blow-your-mind-delicious balsamic marinade.
Mini Turkey Cheese Patties or Burgers: A kid-friendly, healthy freezer meal!

Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers {Freezer Meal}

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It had been an uneventful dinner so far. Everyone...yes, picky eaters and all...munched away on these easy Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers, which I served alongside some Simple Roasted Veggies that night.…
These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition!

Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery¬ģ. But the opinions are all ours!¬† I could eat these super healthy Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves hot or cold, I tell ya.‚Ķ
For juicy, tender bite-sized chicken that will please a crowd try these Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs.

Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs {Freezer Meal}

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You want a killer marinade that everyone will like? Give this baby a try. This Southwest-inspired marinade packs a little smokiness, just a hint of heat, and a salty punch. We love it, especially‚Ķ

Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps {Freezer Meal}

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Freezer Friendly Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps Confession: there are a handful of recipes in our Recipe Index that I have yet to try. Don't worry-- every recipe in there has been tested by either…
Light and Easy Chicken Cacciatore: How can something so easy be so complex-tasting? Look, friends, if we're going to eat healthfully in the New Year, this dish is what our tastebuds need--flavor, texture, and a beautiful dish to

Light and Easy Chicken Cacciatore {Freezer Meal}

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Crispy chicken bites atop a tomato-based, veggie-rich sauce are served over whole grain pasta. This healthy and satisfying classic Italian dish tastes like it's been simmering away all day long. Although…

Baked Chicken Fajitas {Freezer Meal}

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Confession: Rachel and I had the hardest time figuring out what to call this recipe. Chicken and Veggie Burritos? Baked Enchiladas? Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas? Chicken Fajitas? We just couldn't…
On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

On-the-Go Chicken Burritos {Freezer Meal}

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These simple, individual chicken burritos make for a filling, healthy, and satisfying lunch or dinner anywhere and anytime. Be sure to double the batch and freeze some for later. Why We Love On-the-Go…
Create the ultimate chicken sandwiches for any weeknight by prepping and freezing all the components ahead of time. This well-seasoned, versatile grilled chicken also works to top pasta or salads.

Gourmet Chicken Sandwiches {Freezer Meal}

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Create the ultimate chicken sandwiches for any weeknight by prepping and freezing all the components ahead of time. This well-seasoned, versatile, grilled chicken also works to top pasta or salads. Disclaimer:…
Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours! Skip the messy dredging and breading process of most chicken tender recipes with this easy shake-and-bake…
Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Casserole: Real Food Meets Reality {Freezer Meal}

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This casserole won my husband's heart over when we were dating. Well, I think our relationship was a little more complicated than that...but he did love Cheesy Chicken Casserole then and still asks for…
Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets {Freezer Meal}

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Why I have never made these before now I will never know. What I DO know is that they will forever be in my menu planning. I'll be honest. I have fond childhood memories of McDonald's chicken nuggets…

Turkey Pesto Paninis {Freezer Meal}

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Did you know that Paninis can make a great freezer meal?! Considering the simplicity of this recipe, I cannot believe how great these freezer friendly Turkey Pesto Paninis are. To make them a freezer meal,…
chicken stock recipe

Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe (Chicken Necks Can Actually Be Useful!)

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What would YOU do with 3 pounds of chicken necks? A common household dilemma, right? (I hope you are picking up on my thick sarcasm) I've never had to ponder the fate of a bag of chicken necks until…
Chicken Piccata Recipe

Chicken Piccata {Freezer Meal}

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Chicken Piccata might very well be my absolute favorite way to eat chicken. It is simple French cuisine at it's best. Lemons provide a vibrant citrus base for the sauce, giving this dish a light, bright…
southwest chicken tenders

Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps

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Bacon, marinated grilled chicken, a cheese blend, lettuce, and tomatoes wrapped in a tortilla with ranch salsa sauce.  What's not to love about the Southwest Bacon and Chicken Wrap? Disclaimer:‚Ķ
Simple Baked Chicken Parmesan - An easy, healthy and delicious recipe, perfect for any beginner cook.

Baked Chicken Parmesan: A Simple Recipe for the New Cook {Freezer Meal}

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Not only is Chicken Parmesan my favorite dish from my childhood, but it's a family favorite around my house now, too.  It's also one of the first meals I ever learned to cook on my own, because it's…

Chicken Noodle Soup {Freezer Meal}

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The kids and I wanted to make a meal and cards for a friend who was feeling under the weather today.  By the way, I'm learning (thanks to some amazing friends I have who do this) that serving others…
crispy baked drumsticks

Crispy Baked Drumsticks {Freezer Meal}

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Drum roll for the drumsticks, please. These guys rock! First off, they are cheapola. I got a couple of packages of five free-range, all-natural drumsticks for $2.66 each. Plus, this recipe is particularly…
Chicken and Apple Bites

Chicken Apple Bites {Freezer Meal}

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Last night we tweaked and tried a new recipe that Jack (age 4) picked out from a cookbook called Perfect Food for After School. I made a few substitutions to make it healthier and more kid-friendly.…
Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatballs

Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatballs {Freezer Meal}

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My entire family really enjoyed these Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatballs over spaghetti the other night. The finnicky 3-year-old took one bite, announced "MMM!", and proceeded to eat quite a few. The lovable,…
Roasted Lemon-Garlic Chicken and Veggies

Roasted Lemon-Garlic Chicken with Veggies {Freezer Meal}

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Talk about simple, delicious, and yet another great way to use up veggies in your fridge or garden. This was a well-rounded, light-tasting dinner that required little work on my part. In fact, I just…
Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken - A slow cooker recipe

Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken: A Slow Cooker Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Desperately trying not to go to the store again, last night's dinner was another "use up what's in the freezer, refrigerator and pantry" meal. Thankfully, it turned out quite good and was very filling…
Chicken, Brown Rice, & Veggie Casserole

Chicken, Brown Rice, and Veggie Casserole {Freezer Meal}

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Update on 8/5/14: I retested this recipe, simplified the instructions, and added more liquid to the original recipe. It's pretty close to perfect if you ask me and my family. But feel free to tweak…
Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce Wraps

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My inspiration for this recipe came years ago after having P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps which are di-vine! Although I don't cook regularly with ingredients loaded with sodium and MSG (i.e. the soy and…
Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas {Freezer Meal}

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This recipe is a great meal idea for large groups or a family dinner. The only thing that can make this dish better is that it's a freezer meal! With the chicken, beans, vegetables, and whole wheat tortillas,…

Freezer Misc

10 Summertime Freezer Meals

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Last week I wrote a post about Three Reasons Freezer Cooking in the Summer is Awesome.  Since I make the oh-so-convincing case as to why you should be whipping up some freezer meals in the‚Ķ

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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With just a few pantry ingredients, you can have a large batch of marinara sauce cooking in your slow cooker in no time. You can also use this homemade marinara recipe to stock your freezer. Instant Pot…
homemade wheat sandwich bread

Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

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A step-by-step tutorial to make the tastiest homemade sandwich bread you've ever had! Anyone can make it using this guide and recipe. I've always been afraid of the fickle beast. That's what…

Powerball Cookies

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Powerball cookies have been a longtime favorite in my home. Look no further for a great make-ahead, freezer-friendly snack.    What's in these no-bake Powerball Cookies? With a few‚Ķ

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Sauce

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Once you've made homemade pizza sauce, you'll never go back. Once you've realized you can make LOTS of pizza sauce and learn how to freeze it, you'll for SURE never go back! Here is a delicious freezer-friendly…
How to Freeze Fresh Pesto

How to Make and Freeze Fresh Pesto

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Note: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here.  Thriving Home loves pesto. Rachel and I laugh because as we were developing healthy, freezable…
Freezable Roasted Corn Salsa Recipe--Freezer Friendly |Thriving Home

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa {Freezer Meal}

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Last week, while our little ones were at preschool together, Polly and I spent the four quick morning hours making, canning, and freezing Roasted Corn Salsa. We actually walked away from the whole project…
How to Make Butternut Squash Puree

How to Make Butternut Squash Puree (+ 20 Ways To Use It In Recipes)

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One of my favorite inexpensive ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diet is by adding them into all kinds of my kids' favorite foods. Think muffins, marinara sauce, and crockpot meals, to name…
homemade pesto recipe

Homemade Pesto Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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This was the first year I have grown my own herbs. Not sure why it took me so long. I tend to avoid things that are unfamiliar and growing my own herbs was foreign territory for me. That was until my…

Turkey Pesto Paninis {Freezer Meal}

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Did you know that Paninis can make a great freezer meal?! Considering the simplicity of this recipe, I cannot believe how great these freezer friendly Turkey Pesto Paninis are. To make them a freezer meal,…
How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam {Freezer Meal}

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By Jessica Ellingsworth, Contributing Writer Summer is arguably the best time for savoring seasonal foods, especially perfectly ripened fresh berries. As a child, the berries our family didn't eat right…
Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits

Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits {Freezer Meal}

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As you might know, I love finding ways to sneak more vegetables into food for my kids.  One of our favorite and fast side dishes is Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits. The sweet potato adds moisture and a…

Freezer Pasta and Pizza

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls are so EASY one of our favorite vegetarian freezer meal recipes. You can put cooked chicken in the spinach lasagna roll ups if you want to add in more protein. Either way, they make…

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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Gourmet pizza at home has never been so easy or tasty! In about 45 minutes, you can make this incredibly easy homemade whole wheat pizza dough from scratch to use tonight or later. Freezing instructions included.

Freezer Friendly Chicken Spaghetti

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Chicken spaghetti is an easy, cheesy, make-it-again-soon-please, casserole that your whole family will love. We teach you how to make it fresh AND how to prep it to be a freezer meal. A great meal for…

Hearty Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

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Delicious dinner recipe? Check. Freezer friendly? Check. Makes a lot of leftovers? Check. Approved by all ages in the family? Check. Feeds a large group of people? Check. Easy to make? Check! Affiliate…
English Muffin Pizzas are easy, kid-friendly, and freezable.

English Muffin Pizzas {Freezer Meal}

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These freezer-friendly English Muffin Pizzas are something all ages enjoy, and you can easily double and freeze extras for later.
4 Cheese Penne Pasta with whole wheat pasta is a healthier baked pasta that comes together quickly.

4 Cheese Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

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You can never go wrong with a baked pasta in my humble opinion. It feeds a crowd and typically pleases even the pickiest of eaters. Polly makes a phenomenal Hearty Baked Penne Pasta, but‚Ķ

The Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese {Freezer Meal}

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Another Mac and Cheese recipe? Really? (Uh-hem, Rachel, you've already got the 5-Ingredient Mac and A Better Mac and Cheese in your Recipe Index.) Really. Here's why this one is worth yet another Mac…
homemade whole wheat egg noodles

Homemade Whole Wheat Egg Noodles

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These homemade whole wheat egg noodles are cheap, healthy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. All my favorites in one recipe!

Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato {Freezer Meal}

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Note: I posted this recipe a few years ago. But, I made it recently for our family and finally snagged some photos and tweaked the recipe a little. My kids still love it! I'm not sure Mac and Cheese can…

Pizza Stromboli {Freezer Meal}

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Tired of the same old boring pizza?  Want something that looks impressive (especially when you slice into it), is comforting, is kid-friendly and parent-friendly in one dish?  This Pizza Stromboli…

Freezer Pork

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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It's hard to mess up a pork shoulder recipe in the Instant Pot. In fact, it's one of my favorite cuts of meat to cook in electric pressure cookers! Coming from someone who has tested hundreds (yes,…

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

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Who doesn’t love a simple BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich with moist shredded meat? After a day in the slow cooker, this shredded pork is a total crowd pleaser. Not only is it an easy dump and go meal for…

Ham and Cheese Sliders

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These easy Ham and Cheese Sliders are a family staple. They are super easy to make, budget friendly, great for a group of people, and even freezer friendly. I've been making these for YEARS and constantly…

Slow Cooker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup

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When the air turns crisp and the leaves start to change, making a comforting batch of Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup is mandatory. Using the slow cooker means your home will smell cozy and delicious, too!

How to Grill A Pork Tenderloin: Using the 7-6-5 Method {Freezer Meal}

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When you grill a pork tenderloin instead of bake it, you still get the flavor and moistness but the bonus is the extra char-crispiness that coats the outside of the tenderloin. Using the 7-6-5 method…

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

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Seasoned, marinaded pork roast gets cooked in the Instant Pot and then broiled until crispy in this easy, freezer friendly, and delicious recipe for a crowd.
spiral-sliced ham

Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze

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Our make ahead Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze might just be the easiest main dish you’ve ever prepared for a crowd. Serve it up with some Cranberry Wine (yum!) and our go-to holiday side dishes,…
twice-baked potatoes

Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes

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These make ahead Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes are the quintessential side dish for almost any holiday meal. They are a bit healthier than other twice-baked potatoes yet just as rich-tasting.  This‚Ķ
Freezer Friendly Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes. This surprising freezer meal can make a great healthy dinner or even a side dish for a large group. Made with real food ingredients too!

Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes {Freezer Meal}

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We're so excited to be able to share one of the healthiest, most delicious, and freezable recipes in our cookbook, From Freezer to Table, today--Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes! Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes…

Four Ingredient Seasoned Pork Chops {Freezer Meal}

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Looking for a simple and easy freezer meal? What about a dump and go meal that you can make ahead of time and freeze? Our seasoned pork chops come together in minutes. Double or triple the batch when pork…

From Freezer to Table: Killer Carnitas

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These slow cooker carnitas are one of my all-time favorite freezer meals. As one of my go-to recipes for large groups, our Killer Carnitas are a no-fail dump and go freezer meal. “Woman, what…
Cheap, rich and savory, and good for you too! This Ham and Bean Soup is a perfect winter comfort food. #freezermeal #realfood

Leftover Ham and Nine Bean Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Cooking within a tight grocery budget? Let me tell ya, this soup is the bomb. It's not only cheap thanks to the beans, but it's also very filling and boasts a rich savory flavor thanks to the ham. (Want…
Great pulled pork recipe that is made in the dutch oven. Packed with flavor and makes a ton!

Pulled Pork with a Mexican Flair {Freezer Meal}

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Try this unique Mexican spin on pulled pork. Made in the Dutch oven OR the slow cooker, it will feed a massive crowd and will become one of your next favorite dump and go meals. Makes a GREAT freezer meal…
This Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin is a lean, flavor-packed, crowd-pleaser. It's been part of our family dinner rotation for years. #freezermeal #realfood

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours! True or False? Once upon a time, a local news reporter did a 5 o'clock news story about my Freezer…

Homemade Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls {Freezer Meal}

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Little hands can't get enough of these ham and cheese crescent rolls. Don't believe me? Here's what happened when I was trying to get a picture of these bad boys. Who can blame her? Between the sweet,…
Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub {Freezer Meal}

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This Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub recipe is one of our family's top 5 favorites! Turns out perfectly every time and pleases all the palates. As one of the most popular freezer meals in my…
Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Ham and Bean Soup--Cheap, Hearty and Healthy!

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Although it's hot and humid in these parts, I decided to make ham and bean soup tonight.  How could I refuse my 4-year-old who requested beans for dinner? Plus, did you know beans are considered a "superfood"…

Freezer Seafood

Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes

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These salmon and sweet potato cakes are packed with nutrition and flavor! Enjoy them as a sandwich or a la carte. Freezing instructions included!

Mini Wild Salmon Patties with Lemony Avocado Sauce {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Freezer Meal}

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These kid-friendly salmon patties are not only some of the healthiest burgers out there, but every bite is a burst of citrusy, fresh deliciousness. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and make a great freezer…

Straight From Alaska Salmon Burgers (Freezer Meal)

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Our freezer friendly Salmon Burgers were born straight out of my trips to Alaska. These burgers don‚Äôt have an overpowering fishy taste, making it a great recipe for introducing salmon to kids or‚Ķ

Honey Garlic Skillet Shrimp {Freezer Meal}

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Through all the recipe testing for our cookbook, I'm learning that I instantly gravitate towards any sweet-savory flavored recipe. Any combination of a honey-soy-garlic marinade is pretty much going…
Freezer Friendly Sweet and Savory Salmon Recipe

Sweet and Savory Salmon

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I'm not a huge fish person. I know, I know. The Omega-3s that are in fish are incredibly good for you and will help you to live until you're 120, right? Despite my Omega-3 deprivation, I still…

Mediterranean Shrimp {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours! I love the versatility of this Mediterranean Shrimp recipe. It takes minutes to make, is freezer-friendly…
Crunchy Dijon Salmon Recipe

Baked Dijon Wild Salmon {Freezer Meal}

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A simple marinade plus a sweet glaze and crunchy topping make this Baked Dijon Wild Salmon recipe a winner with all ages. I'm always on the scout for new wild salmon recipes, especially ones that…

Rosemary Shrimp Scampi

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This super easy, light, fresh-tasting entree makes a perfect summer meal. Years ago I found this Rosemary Shrimp Scampi Skewers recipe in a magazine and tweaked it to take to my Freezer Club. ‚Ķ
broiled parmesan tilapia

Broiled Parmesan Tilapia {Freezer Meal}

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A comforting and non-fishy tilapia recipe that kids, and adults alike, will love. The flavorful sauce on this fish makes this a meal worth repeating again and again. You know those dinners when…

Mini Crab Cakes Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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If I had to pinpoint one favorite food, it might well be crab legs. A few years ago, when I was on staff with my church, my best friend and I took several high school girls to Charleston for Spring Break. …

Parmesan and Cracker Crusted Tilapia

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Parmesan and Cracker Crusted Tilapia is hands-down my favorite tilapia recipe ever. Crispy, moist, and full of flavor! You can't go wrong here. Freezer Meal Instructions: Bread the fish and freeze unbaked.…

Yummy Fish Sticks {Freezer Meal}

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No, I'm not dead.  Just pregnant with Baby #3 and coming off a few months of feeling sick, exhausted, and nauseated at just about any smell in the kitchen.  So, the idea of writing a food blog‚Ķ
Firecracker Asian Salmon - A healthy and deeply flavorful marinated fish recipe.

Firecracker Asian Salmon: Grilled or Roasted {Freezer Meal}

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You're lucky, my friends.  I'm slowly revealing our top Freezer Club recipes to you because I like you (and you're really nice to read my blog).  Tonight, I made an old kid-friendly, heart-healthy‚Ķ

Freezer Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken recipe is easy, tasty, freezer-friendly, and made in the crock pot. Shred up those tender chicken thighs and serve it over rice for a delicious, filling dinner. For a…

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

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Who doesn’t love a simple BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich with moist shredded meat? After a day in the slow cooker, this shredded pork is a total crowd pleaser. Not only is it an easy dump and go meal for…

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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With just a few pantry ingredients, you can have a large batch of marinara sauce cooking in your slow cooker in no time. You can also use this homemade marinara recipe to stock your freezer. Instant Pot…

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef {Freezer Meal}

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef is an easy, healthy, dump-and-go, delicious dinner. This freezer friendly recipe is a win for my family and is a great recipe for large groups. So simple!   Slow‚Ķ

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders {Freezer Meal}

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One of our easiest freezer meals: Chicken Parmesan Sliders. Just put a few ingredients into the crockpot and you'll have one of your favorite meals for a busy night. Great meal idea for large groups too! "I…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos {Freezer Meal}

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Slow cooker chicken and cheese taquitos is a delicious meal that the whole family will love! Be sure to make a double batch for the freezer. Then, you can pull out however many you want and throw them…

Slow Cooker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup

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When the air turns crisp and the leaves start to change, making a comforting batch of Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup is mandatory. Using the slow cooker means your home will smell cozy and delicious, too!

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

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This delicious, slow cooker chicken soup is not only gluten free and dairy free (if you don't add cheese at the end), but it freezes beautifully either before cooking or after. Packed with fresh flavor,…
cilantro lime chicken on tortillas with lime and sour cream

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken {Freezer Meal}

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This easy dump and go freezer meal will become a regular family dinner in your home. This freezer friendly dinner is so versatile too. Eat it straight from the slow cooker, put it in wraps, or turn it…

From Freezer to Table: Killer Carnitas

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These slow cooker carnitas are one of my all-time favorite freezer meals. As one of my go-to recipes for large groups, our Killer Carnitas are a no-fail dump and go freezer meal. “Woman, what…

Polly's Signature Taco Soup

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I’ve been making a variation of this freezer friendly, taco soup for my family for years. It’s my go-to large group meal because crowds love it, too. It can be made in the slow cooker or on the…
Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato and Black Beans {Freezer Meal}

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Look no further for a comforting slow cooker freezer meal. This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. This crock pot…
Great pulled pork recipe that is made in the dutch oven. Packed with flavor and makes a ton!

Pulled Pork with a Mexican Flair {Freezer Meal}

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Try this unique Mexican spin on pulled pork. Made in the Dutch oven OR the slow cooker, it will feed a massive crowd and will become one of your next favorite dump and go meals. Makes a GREAT freezer meal…
Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump and go meal but is full of Tex-mex flavor! Delish! #freezermeal #realfood

Slow Cooker Steak Chili

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Three cheers for the slow cooker! I love this set it and forget it Slow Cooker Steak Chili because I don't have to do anything but dump it in, set the timer, and walk away. Seriously. Several hours…
Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken - A slow cooker recipe

Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken: A Slow Cooker Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Desperately trying not to go to the store again, last night's dinner was another "use up what's in the freezer, refrigerator and pantry" meal. Thankfully, it turned out quite good and was very filling…
Slow Cooker Pot Roast has no processed ingredients. Just real food that's really good!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast (Sans the Processed Stuff) {Freezer Meal}

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I try my hardest to cook from scratch and avoid processed foods when possible.  My favorite Pot Roast recipe from the past included a brown gravy packet mix and Italian dressing packet mix...bummer!…

Freezer Soups

Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup

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This is the only Mexican Soup recipe you'll ever need. I've been making a variation of this soup for my family and guests for years. Affiliate links are used this this post. One of the things…

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

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This pantry staple Vegetarian Tortilla Soup recipe is a meatless ‚Äúone pot wonder‚ÄĚ that I've been making and freezing for years for my family. Filled with beans, tomatoes, chilis, corn, and more, it‚Ķ
Large pot of vegetable soup with three bowls of vegetable soup. Spoons and napkins and fresh herbs on the side.

Cancer-Fighting Soup

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Cancer-Fighting Soup (aka Immune-Boosting Soup) is chock full of vegetables, lentils, and black beans that science has shown helps fight inflammation in the body. Whether you're wanting to help someone…
Finished easy beef stew cooked in a casserole dish

Easy No-Peek Beef Stew

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Friends, making stew gets NO EASIER than this recipe. My mother-in-law taught me this one when I first got married, and I've been serving it up to big crowds ever since. Make ahead and freeze to have on hand for busy nights or when hosting a big group.

Slow Cooker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup

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When the air turns crisp and the leaves start to change, making a comforting batch of Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup is mandatory. Using the slow cooker means your home will smell cozy and delicious, too!
Instant Pot tomato soup in a white bowl

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

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This freezer friendly Instant Pot Tomato Soup has it all. Since it makes a great freezer meal, I've written the recipe to be very large. It could be a great meal idea for groups of people or simply freeze the leftovers in small portions for lunches down the road.
The Best Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

The BEST Instant Pot Vegetable Soup {Freezer Meal}

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This Instant Pot Vegetable Soup is filled to the brim with hearty vegetables, black beans, and barley. It provides the nutrition you need this winter to boost your immune system and fight off sickness plus amazing taste that will make you want to lick the bowl clean.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

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This delicious, slow cooker chicken soup is not only gluten free and dairy free (if you don't add cheese at the end), but it freezes beautifully either before cooking or after. Packed with fresh flavor,…
Healthy, freezer-friendly mini meatballs soup

Mini Meatball Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Freezer-friendly Mini Meatball Soup is the perfect for warming up your family on a cold winter night. Well, there’s no avoiding it now. Winter is on it’s way. Soon it will be time for puffy coats,…

Hearty Vegetable Lentil Soup (Freezer Meal)

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What better way to clean out your fridge and freezer than to make a satisfying pot of vegetable soup? This healthy freezer meal is a win for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. I love to make a bit pot…
Cheap, rich and savory, and good for you too! This Ham and Bean Soup is a perfect winter comfort food. #freezermeal #realfood

Leftover Ham and Nine Bean Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Cooking within a tight grocery budget? Let me tell ya, this soup is the bomb. It's not only cheap thanks to the beans, but it's also very filling and boasts a rich savory flavor thanks to the ham. (Want…
Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato and Black Beans {Freezer Meal}

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Look no further for a comforting slow cooker freezer meal. This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. This crock pot…
Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump and go meal but is full of Tex-mex flavor! Delish! #freezermeal #realfood

Slow Cooker Steak Chili

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Three cheers for the slow cooker! I love this set it and forget it Slow Cooker Steak Chili because I don't have to do anything but dump it in, set the timer, and walk away. Seriously. Several hours…

20 Minute Pumpkin Chili {Freezer Meal}

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Want a super nutritious, flavorful recipe that can feed a crowd, won't break the bank, or doesn't take much time? This 20 Minute Freezable Pumpkin Chili gets the job done. It makes a HUGE amount of…
hearty vegetable soup recipe

Hearty Vegetable Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Use any combination of vegetables in your fridge, freezer, and pantry to make this hearty, delicious vegetable soup. Whip up a big batch and your family will eat on this all week long. I call this…

Autumn Chowder: Comfort in a Bowl {Freezer Meal}

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Done. I will be making Autumn Chowder every fall from here on out. My friend Jeannette has been singing the praises of this soup for quite some time, but I didn't believe her until I tried it for myself…
Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup recipe

Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup {Freezer Meal}

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I can't wait to share this recipe with you. If you're looking for a low calorie, nutritionally-dense, and tasty soup....this is it! It's simply perfect for a summer day, especially when your fridge is…
Tomato Bisque from "From Freezer to Table" Cookbook. Order at FromFreezerToTable.com today.

Tomato Bisque Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Anyone a big fan of Panera's Tomato Bisque? I may have found a recipe as good or better. That's a bold claim, I know. It began with this recipe from Food & Wine. But, then I added a few healthy spins…
chicken stock recipe

Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe (Chicken Necks Can Actually Be Useful!)

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What would YOU do with 3 pounds of chicken necks? A common household dilemma, right? (I hope you are picking up on my thick sarcasm) I've never had to ponder the fate of a bag of chicken necks until…

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup {Freezer Meal}

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My husband begs me to make this soup in the fall.  It's got depth of flavor and interesting textures and is even better as leftovers. This soup freezes well. Just follow the Freezer Meal directions…
Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Ham and Bean Soup--Cheap, Hearty and Healthy!

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Although it's hot and humid in these parts, I decided to make ham and bean soup tonight.  How could I refuse my 4-year-old who requested beans for dinner? Plus, did you know beans are considered a "superfood"…

Chicken Noodle Soup {Freezer Meal}

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The kids and I wanted to make a meal and cards for a friend who was feeling under the weather today.  By the way, I'm learning (thanks to some amazing friends I have who do this) that serving others…
Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Vegetable Minestrone Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Update on 8/4/14: I tested this soup again and made a few tweaks. It's incredible! Who knew this many veggies in one bowl could be so scrumptious? Serve with some crusty bread, and you're good to go. Need…

Creamy Corn Chowder: A Lighter Version {Freezer Meal}

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It's a winter day fit for Creamy Corn Chowder, I say.  Why?  Here's a peek out my front door. With a wind chill of something like -4 degrees and several inches of snow, soup was a must for lunch…

Freezer Vegetarian

freezer-friendly lunch wraps on a wooden cutting board

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

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Freezer-friendly lunch wraps are nutritious, hearty, and completely adaptable to whatever your family might like in them! Right now during this time of quarantine, I know many of you are right…

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

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This pantry staple Vegetarian Tortilla Soup recipe is a meatless ‚Äúone pot wonder‚ÄĚ that I've been making and freezing for years for my family. Filled with beans, tomatoes, chilis, corn, and more, it‚Ķ

How to Turn Pancake Mix Into Waffle Mix

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One of the most common recipes that I use from our recipe index is our Oatmeal Pancake Mix recipe. Ever since I stumbled on this recipe a few years ago, I haven't used any other pancake mix. My family…
Large pot of vegetable soup with three bowls of vegetable soup. Spoons and napkins and fresh herbs on the side.

Cancer-Fighting Soup

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Cancer-Fighting Soup (aka Immune-Boosting Soup) is chock full of vegetables, lentils, and black beans that science has shown helps fight inflammation in the body. Whether you're wanting to help someone…
4 Cheese Penne Pasta with whole wheat pasta is a healthier baked pasta that comes together quickly.

4 Cheese Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

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You can never go wrong with a baked pasta in my humble opinion. It feeds a crowd and typically pleases even the pickiest of eaters. Polly makes a phenomenal Hearty Baked Penne Pasta, but‚Ķ
Freezable Roasted Corn Salsa Recipe--Freezer Friendly |Thriving Home

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa {Freezer Meal}

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Last week, while our little ones were at preschool together, Polly and I spent the four quick morning hours making, canning, and freezing Roasted Corn Salsa. We actually walked away from the whole project…

20 Minute Pumpkin Chili {Freezer Meal}

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Want a super nutritious, flavorful recipe that can feed a crowd, won't break the bank, or doesn't take much time? This 20 Minute Freezable Pumpkin Chili gets the job done. It makes a HUGE amount of…
hearty vegetable soup recipe

Hearty Vegetable Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Use any combination of vegetables in your fridge, freezer, and pantry to make this hearty, delicious vegetable soup. Whip up a big batch and your family will eat on this all week long. I call this…

Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce {Freezer Meal}

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  I'd be stupid if I didn't make this Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce recipe fairly often for the fam. Want to know why? I'll give you seven substantial reasons: 1. This fried rice is full of flavor…
Tomato Bisque from "From Freezer to Table" Cookbook. Order at FromFreezerToTable.com today.

Tomato Bisque Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Anyone a big fan of Panera's Tomato Bisque? I may have found a recipe as good or better. That's a bold claim, I know. It began with this recipe from Food & Wine. But, then I added a few healthy spins…
Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini

Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini {Freezer Meal}

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Need a 25-minute four-ingredient dish for dinner that everyone will love? Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini is it! Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini is a vegetarian spin-off of my Baked Beef Ravioli.…

Pizza Stromboli {Freezer Meal}

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Tired of the same old boring pizza?  Want something that looks impressive (especially when you slice into it), is comforting, is kid-friendly and parent-friendly in one dish?  This Pizza Stromboli…
Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Vegetable Minestrone Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Update on 8/4/14: I tested this soup again and made a few tweaks. It's incredible! Who knew this many veggies in one bowl could be so scrumptious? Serve with some crusty bread, and you're good to go. Need…