Easy and Healthy Freezer Friendly Meals: Skip the drive-thru and stock your freezer with delicious family-friendly meals. These freezer meals are guaranteed to make weeknight cooking EASIER with family-approved dinner recipes that can be frozen to reheat on busy nights.
I love to cook–OBVIOUSLY!
But in the business of life, making dinner every night of the week be quite difficult–and I know YOU understand that!
I try to cook large portions of freezer-friendly meals and stash a few prepared meals into my freezer to pull out on those days when I have no time to cook or resort to the meals that I cook when I am just too tired to cook.
Let’s face it, when life gets busy, coming home to a meal that just needs to be thrown into the oven is a little bit of heaven, and a whole lot tastier than anything you can get going through the drive-thru!
These freezable entrees are my go-to dinner recipes that seem to please all palates and are easy and inexpensive to put together–which equates to a happy family, which means a happy mom!
Pasta and Chicken are baked in a creamy, comforting Parmesan Sauce.
Directions for Reheating Creamy Parmesan Chicken Casserole: From the freezer, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered, and then uncovered for 15 additional minutes.
When I say easy, I mean EASY!! This lasagna is incredibly easy to serve and is completely 100% loved by everyone I have ever served it to. It is the one meal I am always MOST excited to pull out from the freezer for comfort!
Directions for reheating: The World’s Easiest Lasagna: From the freezer, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, covered. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes.
This creamy cheesy chicken and rice has been pinned over a million times and people just can’t get enough. I have to say, I understand why it is easy to make and kid-friendly.
To reheat Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Rice: From the freezer, bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes covered, and then uncovered for 15 additional minutes.
So much better than any pre-made frozen veggie burger, make a huge batch of these burgers to stash in your freezer to pull out for a quick lunch or dinner.
Directions for reheating Veggie Burgers: From the freezer, place pre-cooked patties on a sheet pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.
I ALWAYS make a large portion of either BBQ pulled pork or Mexican pulled pork, just so I can stock leftovers in the freezer. I use the pulled pork for BBQ Pork Sandwiches, BBQ Pork Pizza, Pork Carnitas, or Carnita Bowls. The barbecue pork is also delicious on baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.
To Reheat Frozen Pulled Pork: You can reheat thawed pork in the microwave for a couple of minutes, however my favorite way to reheat pork, is to place frozen OR thawed meat in the slow cooker with a 1/2 cup apple juice or stock and cook on low until reheated–3-4 hours.
These oven-baked meatballs are filled with Parmesan cheese and are PERFECT to use for spaghetti or a meatball sub, especially if you have stocked your freezer with homemade tomato sauce as well.
To reheat frozen cooked meatballs: either drop into simmering tomato sauce for 20 minutes or reheat in an oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until warmed through.
This is one of the easiest pasta bakes ever–and it is SO delicious and so easy! Only 5 ingredients. This recipe is also one that does not need to be cooked before freezing. Just prepare as directed and cover with foil and freeze–so it is INCREDIBLY EASY!
To reheat Rotini Bake: From the freezer, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes covered and then uncovered for 15 additional minutes.
White Chicken Chili, Chicken Chili, Lentil Chili, Classic Chili, and Sweet Potato Chili are all FABULOUS freezer-friendly recipes. Take your pick–any of these chili recipes, they all freeze great and reheat perfectly!
To Reheat Frozen Chili (any of the recipes I listed): Thaw chili overnight in the fridge and reheat on the stove or in the microwave until warmed through OR remove frozen chili (frozen as a solid brick) and place into an oven-safe glass container that fits into your instant pot. Place trivet in the instant pot and pour in 1 cup water. Place the bowl with frozen chili in the instant pot and cook on high for 25 minutes.
Whenever I made homemade rotisserie chicken, I make more than one, so that I can freeze leftover meat to use for all sorts of meals that use shredded chicken, like Creamy Cheesy Chicken and Rice or Buffalo Chicken Pizza–or even just to add to a salad.
To Reheat Frozen Chicken: You can reheat thawed pork in the microwave for a couple of minutes, however, my favorite way to reheat the chicken is just to let it thaw in the refrigerator–then add to dishes as you want.
How to Prep Meals for Freezing
- Use disposable foil bakeware that can be frozen, baked, and thrown away for ease. Use freezer-safe bags for things like cooked chicken or cooked pork.
- Prepare recipes as directed up to baking.
- Cool completely.
- Cover tightly with 2 layers of foil.
- Label with the name of the recipe and reheating instructions (I write with a sharpie on the top layer of foil so it will not be lost!)
Notes for preparing freezer meals
- When you make the freezer entrees, make multiple batches at the same time–it only takes a few more minutes.
- Make your own chicken stock to freeze and keep on hand for all times. Homemade stock is incredibly easy to make and will save you so much money if you make it at home–especially if you use kitchen scraps as I recommend!
- I also love to stock my freezer with homemade tomato sauce as well. Perfect for making the lasagna or rotini or just to serve over pasta for an easy dinner.
- If you don’t have a lot of room in your freezer, prep your meals and store in gallon size freezer safe bags and then thaw in the refrigerator overnight–then you can transfer the contents to a casserole dish and reheat as instructed.
Whether giving these meals to others or making them stock your freezer for busy nights–these meals are sure to be a blessing.