30+ Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals


colorful freezer meal containers

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A few days ago, my three year old threw a 15 minute tantrum at the kitchen table. The reason for the unrest? A broken banana.

I wish I were joking. As I was peeling it for him, it broke in half. My attempts to explain that it would taste just the same fell on deaf ears.

Don’t even ask what happened when I cut his cinnamon toast the wrong way. (Drama.)

If you’ve had young children, you are well aware that most kids are very particular about their food. They can love something one day and consider it a crime that you would even consider putting that food on their plate again. Their fickleness about food can be maddening–especially if you’ve worked hard to make a homemade meal.

Because we are well acquainted with the struggle of finding meals that kids will like, we have done some digging and rounded up 30 kid-friendly meals. An added bonus is that all of these meals are freezer-friendly. This means if you are a wise mama, which I’m sure you are, you should probably double the recipe and freeze one for later.

Colorful freezer containers in a freezer

Both Rachel and I have made doubling and freezing meals a lifestyle, and it has saved us tons of time and a lot of money over the years. Not to mention the added health benefits of eating at home more.

In fact, we have a cookbook that you might be interested in…

Learn to prepare delicious, healthy, stress-free meals for the family that go from freezer to table in no time!

All the recipes in From Freezer to Table are:

  1. Kid tested and approved. We didn’t put them in the book if our own families didn’t like them.
  2. Make with mostly whole food ingredients. No processed junk!
  3. Can be made fresh OR frozen. Even better, double the recipe and make one fresh AND frozen!
  4. EASY. No complex instruction or unrecognizable ingredients. We are moms with busy kids and don’t have time to mess with tricky recipes. Our recipes are simple yet delicious.

Click here to learn more about our book! Or scroll to the bottom to get a sneak peek at some favorite recipes.

Now, it’s time to reveal our 30+ Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals that just might change your life (or at least your dinnertime). 🙂

1. Chicken Parmesan Casserole by Thriving Home

chicken parmesan casserole

2. Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders by Thriving Home

Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken Tenders makes a quick, healthy, and kid-friendly dinner. Double and freeze a batch for later with the included freezer meal instructions!

3. Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins by Thriving Home

4. Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves by Thriving Home

These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition!

5. Friendship Casserole by Happy Home Fairy

friendship casserole - this recipe makes one for you and one for a friend!!!

6. Honey Teriyaki Chicken by Plain Chicken

{Freezer Meal} Honey Teriyaki Chicken - chicken, honey teriyaki sauce, garlic, basil, rosemary, chicken broth and brown sugar - throw everything in a freezer bag and freeze until ready to cook. Can cook frozen. SO easy and super delicious. Serve over rice for a complete meal!

 7. Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles by Thriving Home

Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

8. Baked Italian Meatballs by Thriving Home

Baked Italian Meatballs

9. Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes by Pinch of Yum

Cinnamon Whole Grain Power Pancakes - a perfect healthy breakfast for pancake lovers! each pancake has just 60 calories and 5 grams of protein. | pinchofyum.com

10. Broiled Parmesan Tilapia by Thriving Home

broiled parmesan tilapia

11. Parmesan Garlic Pizza Pasta by Plain Chicken

12. A Better Mac and Cheese by Thriving Home

A better mac and cheese with sneaky sweet potato

13. Sweet Garlic Chicken by Plain Chicken

{Freezer Meal} Sweet Garlic Chicken - toss everything in a freezer bag and cook in the slow cooker later. No need to thaw first, cook from frozen! Chicken breasts, seasoning, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar - Server over rice for an easy weeknight meal!

14. Ham and Cheese Sliders by Thriving Home

15. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole by Well Plated

Healthy Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. A lightened up version of the classic casserole recipe.

16. Tomato Bisque by Thriving Home

Homemade Tomato Bisque

17. Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

7 smoothies

18. Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos by Thriving Home

Slow cooker chicken and cheese taquitos

19. Applesauce Oat Muffins by Tastes Better from Scratch

Healthy Applesauce Oat Muffins | Tastes Better From Scratch

20. Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce by Thriving Home

Fried rice with sweet soy sauce

21. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Protein Bites by Is This Really My Life?

No-bake peanut butter oatmeal protein bites 1 -- THE BEST recipe for energy bites I have ever tasted!

22. Baked Penne Pasta by Thriving Home

Baked Penne Pasta

23. Mediterranean Shrimp Skewers by Thriving Home

Mediterranean Shrimp

24. Slow Cooker Parmesan Sliders by Thriving Home

slow cooker parmesan sliders

25. Ham and Cheese Stromboli by Happy Money Saver

Ham and Cheese Stromboli Recipe. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! | Happymoneysaver.com

26. Mini Italian Burgers by Thriving Home

mini italian burgers

27. Cheesy Potatoes by Happy Money Saver

This Cheesy Potatoes Recipe is absolutely delicious and so easy to make! You'll want to stock up your freezer, it's perfect with breakfast, lunch or dinner! | happymoneysaver.com

28. Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal by Thriving Home

Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal

29. Homemade Hot Pockets by New Leaf Wellness

Easy Homemade Hot Pockets

30. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups by Thriving Home

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

31. Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs by Thriving Home

Mini Chicken Burger with Herbs Recipe - Kid-friendly, healthy and tasty!

32. Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas by Thriving Home

 
 
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farm fresh breakfast quesadillas

33. Brownie Baked Oatmeal by Thriving Home

Brownie Baked Oatmeal is a staple in our house for good reason. It's delicious, healthy, and my kids love it!

34. Beefy Baked Ravioli by Thriving Home

Beefy Baked Ravioli Recipe

35. Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin by Thriving Home

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

36. Make Ahead Lunch Wraps by Thriving Home

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

37. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes by Thriving Home

whole-wheat-pumpkin-pancakes

38. Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef by Thriving Home

Slow cooker balsamic shredded beef

39. Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork by Thriving Home

40. Sweet and Savory Salmon by Thriving Home

Freezer Friendly Sweet and Savory Salmon Recipe

41. Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Cheesey Chicken Casserole recipe

42. Chicken, Brown Rice, and Veggie Casserole

Chicken, Brown Rice, and Veggie Casserole

43. Oatmeal Pancake Mix

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.

The Best Family-Friendly Freezer Meal Resource

Although we love the recipes above, we actually spent over a year painstakingly developing, testing, and retesting over 75 freezer-friendly recipes for our cookbook called From Freezer to Table (Rodale Books). Our kids request these recipes again and again!

All of the recipes in From Freezer to Table are delicious, made from whole foods, are easy to prepare, and can be made fresh or frozen for later. For only about $13, our cookbook is a beautiful resource you will pull out again and again! (Scroll below for a sneak peek of a few favorites from the book.)

Learn to prepare delicious, healthy, stress-free meals for the family that go from freezer to table in no time!

What to Store Your Freezer Meals In

If you want to make freezer cooking a way of life (which we are convinced saves time, money, sanity and helps you eat healthier!), then an investment in good quality freezer dishes is really worth it. Here are the ones that Polly and I have used and recommend for years.

safe freezer containers
freezer meals containers

Keep Your Freezer Meals Organized with Our Printable Labels!

We’ve got a quick (and cute) solution to keep track of recipe details for your freezer meals OR for meals to take to someone else—printable Freezer Meal Labels!

Find all of our Freezer Meals on the blog by category HERE.
70+ healthy freezer meals with instructions. Recipes your family will actually eat! |Thriving Home

From Freezer to Table Cookbook

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Comments

  1. Scarlet says

    I love all these ideas! Freezer meals are so nice to have on hand for when you know you will be out of town or gifting to friends who are going through something tough.

  2. Planning next month’s menu, and I can not wait to make that brownie baked oatmeal. Looks so good!

  3. Nicole says

    This is seriously the best and most helpful recipe page I have ever found! Thank you so very much! I am a very busy mommy with kids who are 7, 3, 2, and due in May. It can be really hard to find just the right recipes to fit each of their tastes, my busy schedule, and my husband’s picky taste too! This is PERFECT! Now I can get started freezing some meals for when the baby arrives too!

    **Can I ask you: Can these glass containers go straight from the freezer to the oven? Thank you so much for your time!!

    • Polly says

      It’s not recommended to place a dish from the freezer into a hot oven. The dramatic temperature change can cause the glass to crack or shatter. One way around this is to place the dish in the oven BEFORE preheating and letting it warm up with the oven as it comes to temperature. I’ve done this a few times!

      The ideal way to cook most of these meals is to let them thaw in the fridge for 24-48 hours before cooking but I also know that not everyone is thinking that far in advance. 🙂

  4. Shawn says

    These all sound so good.. Unfortunately many have cheese, my picky eater won’t eat most cheesy foods there are a couple i will try though… Thank you!

  5. Tara says

    I began following your blog when I was pregnant with my second child and decided I’d stock up on freezer meals for maternity leave/back-to-work (which, incidentally, was the BEST. IDEA. EVER.) That baby boy is now 2, and I’d wager about half of what makes it to my table each week is pulled from your blog – so thanks! Got (and love!) your cookbook and will host my first freezer party tomorrow night (eek, there’ll be 8 of us!).
    Ok, done with sharing 😉 Question time – I’m interested in sharing other freezer meal ideas at the party and the Easy Stromboli sounds yum. But the partner blog’s freezer instructions aren’t listed/clear. Can you help? How best to thaw, and the cook time? Thanks!

    • Rachel says

      Hi Tara. Thanks for your comment and kind words! About the stromboli…I’m sure Karrie over at Happy Money Saver can give you her exact instructions, since it was her recipe. But, from my experience from making stromboli, just make it all the way up until the baking step. Do not bake, but instead wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil and freeze. When ready to eat, thaw completely in the fridge and bake according to instructions. I’ve tried baking from frozen and it took an eternity and was hard to get done in the middle. Again, I would double check with Karri, though.

  6. Kim Noble says

    Hi, I have a daycare of 98 pre school children…. Could you help me figure out the equivalent measurements/quaintly of the ingredients used in your freezer meals? I use the NC CACFP standards.
    Thank you for your time,
    Kim Noble

    • Rachel says

      Hi Kim. What a smart idea to make freezer meals for your daycare! To figure out the amounts, look at the servings for each recipe. Divide 98 by the # of servings in that recipe. That will tell you how many batches of the recipe to make. For instance, if a recipe makes 6 servings, then you would need to make about 16 batches. That means just multiply all the ingredients in that recipe by 16 to make enough for all 98 kids. Does that help?

  7. Chris says

    Great ideas, especially for hectic weeks!!!

  8. Lisa S. says

    Thanks for all the freezer meal ideas, recipes, how to’s on your blog! I’m loving your multi colored aluminum pans. Got a link for where to pick those up? Thanks so much!

  9. Steve says

    Hey Polly. Awesome article. My sister’s fridge broke down and her kids have gone crazy over it, so I somewhat understand how you feel hehe. And the Frigidaire Gallery® 2-in-1 Freezer/Refrigerator actually fits the bill. I’ll be sure to show her this article so she can save money and eat more healthy. Thanks!

  10. Liz says

    “…the unrest” made me LOL!

  11. christina says

    Hi! Thanks for all the freezer kid- friendly ideas! I was wondering about your freezer. Does the unit get warm on the outside? We are shopping for a freezer and I would like to put a freezer in our walk-in pantry off the kitchen. I have heard others say that freezers give off heat and they would be best in the basement or garage. Where do you keep your freezer & would you agree it’s best away from items in a pantry?