With the start of school just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to stock our freezers with healthy pre-made breakfast options and easy weeknight dinners. Whether or not you throw a Freezer Party with friends or spend an afternoon cooking ahead, you’ll be so glad you spent some concentrated time prepping a few of these healthy and delicious freezer meals.
Here are our Top 20 Freezer Meals from the blog that Polly and I make again and again for our own families. To find many more freezable recipes, check out our new cookbook called From Freezer to Table (Rodale Books). (Scroll to the bottom for a sneak peek of our favorites from the book.)
Top 5 Chicken Freezer Meals
Top 5 Beef Freezer Meals
Top 5 Breakfast Freezer Meals
Top 5+ Miscellaneous Freezer Meals
Bonus Recipe! Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
All of these 20+ recipes above are our favorites on the blog, but we have painstakingly tested and retested the best of the best for our cookbook called From Freezer to Table. In it, we also teach you how to make freezer cooking a lifestyle either on your own or with friends, so that you can enjoy healthy, stress-free meals around the table with your loved ones. I’ll give you sneak peek of a few of the recipes below…
Is breakfast your thang? We’ve got tasty whole foods breakfasts that will be waiting for your family on those hurried mornings. The Chocolate Zu-Nana Waffles are a guaranteed kid-favorite…
And Mixed Berry Scones, made with whole wheat and all good-for-you ingredients, will knock your socks off and start your day off right…
Last but not least, you’ll find family favorites that are quick and easy for weeknights but work just as well for dinner guests. Crispy Chicken with Lemony Butter Sauce is an elegant and mouth-watering meal you’ll make again and again…
All of the 75+ 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. Order your copy today and get started cooking ahead, so you can enjoy stress-free meals with your loved ones around the table later.
What should I freeze my 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.
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This dish is used all over my kitchen. It’s super functional and the fact that it can be used to bake in AND store in is a big win — especially when freezer cooking. I love that the top is clear for easy visibility of the food.
If I forget to put a freezer label on a dish, it is great to be able to see the food without opening the container. Here are some freezer meals that would be great to store in this dish:
- Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
- Chicken Nuggets
- Oven Omelette
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Bars (pictured above)
This dish is deeper and larger than the one I just mentioned above. It can be used for baking larger dishes than the square can be used for.
Same idea though: bake and store in the same dish. Love it. Can’t get enough of these. I have found that these can also be a great way to freeze leftover muffins and baked goods. Just peek through the clear top to see what goods you’ve tucked away in the freezer! Here are some yummy ideas on how to put this dish to good use:
- Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast
- Baked Oatmeal
- Breakfast Casserole Muffins
- Baked Cheesy Spinach Tortellini (Pictured above)
If you’re going to buy one freezer storage container, make it this one. You’ll find that a large amount of recipes you make will call for a 9×13 size pan. You’ll realize that having a lid to one of these dishes is a godsend. Whether you slap the lid on to simply save leftovers in the fridge or your taking a dish to a tailgate, you’ll be so glad you have that lid. Here are a few of the many recipes I use this dish for:
- Chicken Spaghetti
- Chicken Parmesan Casserole
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Powerball Cookies
- Brownie Baked Oatmeal
Having a variety of different sized dishes for freezing food in is SO helpful. Many leftovers simply won’t fill a big 11 cup dish. When food is exposed to too much air when freezing, the quality of it will diminish. You need some smaller sized options in your cabinet. I like this one because it’s perfect for leftovers, soups or chopped up fruits or veggies. Here are some ideas:
- Blueberries or other fruits (freeze like this on a cookie sheet first)
- Mexican soup (pictured above)
- Chicken noodle soup
- Storing leftover mini muffins
Another great, versatile dish to have on hand. This could be great for freezing leftover meals in or even to store foods in the pantry.
- Leftover Slow Cooker Lasagna
- Shredded Cheese
- Frozen Fruit (How to prepare and freeze peaches)
- Bread crumbs (How to make your own and store them in the freezer)
I mean, what WOULDN’T you use these for? If you’ve been thinking about swapping out your plastic Tupperware for glass, buying a few sets of these would be a great start. These would be ideal for freezing leftovers in. You can re-heat leftovers in the microwave or oven with these storage containers.
Here are some recipe ideas that these would be great for:
- Hearty Vegetable Soup
- Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup
- Leftover Vegetables
- Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples
- Tomato Bisque
- Fresh fruits and veggies
OK, so I am LOVING this dish. I love that I can bake, serve and freeze in it. I has two lids: one for cooking in and one for taking food on the go or for freezing. It also would make a nice serving dish for vegetables, mashed potatoes, fruit salad and so much more.
It’s super versatile! I have no doubt I’ll get a lot of use out of this baby. Here are some recipe ideas that could be used in it:
- Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Baked Cheesey Spinach Tortellini
- Cheesy Chicken Casserole
- Mac & Cheese
- Mashed potatoes
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