As summer comes to a close and the busy back-to-school season is upon us, this is a great time of year to stock the freezer with quick, healthy meals. We love opening that freezer door and knowing that even in busy periods of life, dinner is one thing we’ve got covered.
We get many requests for freezer-friendly meals, and for good reason. It makes sense to cook in larger batches and freeze extra so that even during busy times, you won’t have to stress about cooking or resort to less-healthy, more expensive food options.
Freezing meals can also equate to big grocery savings. Buying meat and produce in bulk for a variety of different meals can reduce costs. Late summer is also a great time of year to get big savings on produce at local farmers markets. Many are still full with the last of the season’s harvest, so ingredients like herbs, bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots and apples are likely inexpensive and widely available. They’ll also be at their peak flavor and nutritional value!
Cook a bunch of freezer meals over a weekend to get you through any busy period of life, or just pick a few to have on hand during those unexpected moments of chaos. Tweet this tip
All you need to stock your freezer is a plan, so we’ve curated some of our most popular recipes and revised them with instructions for freezing and reheating. And while we love a classic freezer-friendly casserole, our Top 10 Freezer-Friendly Meals (which you can download for free below) also includes things like calzones, breakfast burritos and chicken pot pie!
There’s a little something for everyone and plenty of variety to keep weeknight dinners fun and exciting. Not only will you find step-by-step instructions for 10 of our favorite freezer-friendly meals, but we’ve given you bonus tips and tricks for insuring that your meals freeze and reheat perfectly every time.
Top 10 Best Freezer-Friendly Meals
Our favorite freezer meals are simple and delicious, and will help you get dinner on the table even when life gets busy.
Invite a Friend
One of our favorite things to do when stocking the freezer is to make it fun.
Invite a friend or two, share recipes, shop together and spend an afternoon cooking and packing up your meals together. Tweet this tip
You can even consider splitting up the freezer bounty at the end of the day for more variety! Not only will it make the process enjoyable, but you’ll be able to celebrate together when you have those weeknight victories of quick, healthy, homemade dinners.
- Find great tips on how and what to freeze in our Guide to Frozen Food Storage
- Keep track of your freezer inventory with a magnetic white board
- To buy produce at its peak (when it’s most budget-friendly and flavorful), download our Vegetables by Month Guide
We hope this is the start of a great fall season in which dinners are quick, healthy and delicious. Now get freezing!