80+ Easy Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

By Polly Conner

A common question we get about freezer cooking is, “What are some easy freezer meals for 1 or 2 people?” We’ve compiled over 80 make ahead recipe ideas from our website and first cookbooks that work to individually prepare and package for 1 or 2 people.

Freezer Meal Ideas for 1 or 2 people

How to Package Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Air is the enemy of freezer cooking. Here are a few tips on how to keep those freezer meals fresh!
1) If you’re making individual items like hamburgers, chicken tenders, or fish sticks, we suggest freezing them in single layers in a freezer bag or container and then divide those layers with parchment paper so they don’t stick to each other. Some recipes like sandwiches and burritos work well to wrap individually in foil. This will make it easier for you to pull out the amount you need.
Foil wrapped sandwiches for the freezer
2) Another trick is to flash freeze foods that you will remove individually (i.e. chicken tenders, burgers, fish sticks, etc). That just means you place them on a sheet pan and put them in the freezer until they are solid (about 2-3 hours). Then dump them in a freezer bag. They won’t stick together and will be easy to pull out for single uses.
3) As for casseroles, divide our recipes up and put into loaf pans (9 inch pans) to make about 2-3 servings. Note that the baking time will be less, since it’s a smaller amount, so keep a close eye on it. I hope that helps some.
4) I find that mason jars work really well for individual portions of soup, but remember to leave at least 1 inch of head room at the top because the food will expand when it freezes.
Freezer meals in mason jars
 You might also like the Anchor Hocking dishes we mention in this article, especially the smaller ones. These are our favorites on the market as of right now.

80+ Freezer Meals That Work for 1 or 2 People

Below are well-tested recipes from that will successfully work for smaller portioned freezer meals. Some recipes require you to thaw and then cook them. Others require you to thaw and just warm them up (because they’ve already been cooked). And, still others can be cooked directly from frozen. I made notes below for you.

Breakfast: Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Scones on a baking sheet

Breakfast: Freezer Meal Recipes for 1-2 People

 

Chicken: Freezer Meal Recipes for 1 or 2 People

Freezer friendly chicken and broccoli foil packs

 

Beef: Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Freezer meals for 1 or 2 people

 

 

 

Pork and Turkey: Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Freezer friendly turkey pesto paninis. Freezer meal for 1 or 2 people.

 

 

 

Seafood: Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Freezer friendly salmon burgers. Freezer Meal for one or two people.

 

 

Pizza, Pasta, & More: Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Freezer meal for 1 or 2 people: Mini English Muffin Pizzas

 

 

 

  • Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups – freeze about 4 rolls (2 servings) in a loaf-sized pan and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and foil; note that the cook time will decrease some, so keep an eye on them.
  • Whole Grain Pizza Bread – cook directly from frozen

 

Soup: Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Freezer meal for 1 or 2 people: Chicken and rice soup

 

 

  • All of the soups, except the ones with tortellini or noodles, would work well. Cook fully and freeze in small portions. Then, thaw and warm up.


Slow Cooker: Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

Freezer meals for one or two people: Carnitas

 

 

 

 

As I mention above, freezer cooking is incredibly versatile and useful fo all stages of life. Hopefully this resource can give you some ideas on how to make meals for not only yourself but also anyone else who could benefit from meals prepped and ready to go in their freezer.

Recipes from Our Cookbooks that Work for 1-2 People

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If you have our first cookbook, From Freezer to Table, here are recipes from the book that work for 1-2 people.

NOTE: If you are looking for ideas from our second cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, simply refer to the icon index in the back of the book (page 247) and you’ll find a list of Fully Cook and Freeze recipes that will work for 1-2 people as well! If you’re a slow cooker or Instant Pot fan, you’ll LOVE this cookbook.

Breakfast Recipes

  • Blueberry Avocado or Pumpkin Muffins (p. 42 and 45)
  • Breakfast Cookies (p. 47)
  • Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal (p. 51) – divide into two 8×8 pans
  • Oatmeal Pancake Mix (p.54)
  • Apple Maple Sausage Bites (p. 56) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Chocolate Zunana Waffles (p. 58)
  • Scones (p.61)
  • Breakfast Burritos (p. 64)

Chicken Recipes

  • Chicken Tenders (p. 72) – take out however many you want and cook from frozen
  • Chicken and Broccoli Foil Packs (p. 75) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Individual Chicken Pot Pies (p. 83) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Chicken Fried Rice (p. 91) – freeze in small portions; takes just a few minutes to warm in the microwave

Beef Recipes

  • Cheddar Chive Burgers (p.98) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Beef and Bean Burritos (p.106) – take out however many you want, thaw and warm up
  • Sloppy Joes (p.110) – freeze into smaller portions, thaw, and warm up

Pork and Turkey

  • Yum Loaves (p.115) – take out what you need, thaw, and bake
  • 4-Ingredient Pork Chops (p. 116) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Ham and Swiss Glazed Paninis (p.120) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes (p. 121) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Mini Turkey and Veggie Burgers (p. 127) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Turkey Pesto Paninis (p.129) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook

Seafood

  • Straight From Alaska Salmon Burgers (p. 132) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Not So Fishy Sticks (p.134) – take out however many you want; cooks directly from frozen
  • Shrimp Potstickers with Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce (p. 138) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Mini Crab Cakes with Creamy Herb Dipping Sauce (p.144) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Pesto and Feta Tuna Melts (p.147) – take out however many you want, thaw, and cook

Pizza and Pasta

  • English Muffin Pizzas (p. 160) – remove however many you want; cook directly from frozen
  • Cheesy Lasagna Pockets – remove however many you want; takes a few minutes to warm in the microwave
  • Make-Your-Own Calzones – remove however many you want; takes a few minutes to warm in the microwave
  • Pesto Chicken Lasagna Rolls – freeze about 4 rolls (2 servings) in a loaf-sized pan and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and foil; note that the cook time will decrease some, so keep an eye on them.

Slow Cooker

  • Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas (p. 192) – remove however many you want, thaw, and cook
  • Chili-Rubbed Brisket (p. 195) – We don’t offer this in the freezer directions, but you can fully cook and then freeze small portions to warm up later.
  • Killer Carnitas (p. 196) – We don’t offer this in the freezer directions, but you can fully cook and then freeze small portions to warm up later.
  • French Dip Sandwiches (p. 198) – We don’t offer this in the freezer directions, but you can fully cook and then freeze small portions to warm up later.
  • Polly’s Signature Taco Soup (p. 209) – freeze in individual portions, thaw, and warm up

Find all our free Freezer Cooking resources and recipes here.


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2 replies
  1. Rachel says:

    I have a question. Is it possible to freeze a cooked meat and veggie in a glass container together and reheat within a week or so? Or would they need to be separated

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    • Rachel says:

      You certainly can, but meat and veggies often reheat at different times in the microwave. I’d suggest storing them separately in small Pyrex containers with lids. Also, meat can dry out, so it’s best to leave it in it’s juices or a sauce if possible. Hope this helps some!

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