In a perfect world my favourite food would just arrive on my table every night without me having to lift a finger.
In a slightly less perfect, but still totally awesome, world, all four of my kids would eat whatever I put on the table, and love it.
In a slightly less perfect, but still pretty darn good, world, I would have a freezer full of these magical meals and making dinner would be a whole lot easier.
In the real world, we live so far from town that there isn’t even any takeout that delivers!
And in the real world, I have two kids who don’t eat spaghetti bolognaise (what kind of kid doesn’t eat spag bol?), one that doesn’t eat potato (not even chips!), and one that doesn’t eat chicken, but all four of them would eat tacos for dinner every single night.
But I am working on creating that last kind of world, where my freezer is full, and making dinner on the nights when we are late home from activities, or my husband is on late shift, is quick and easy.
Back when I first wrote about freezer meals I was struggling to come up with even a handful of meal ideas, but these days I’ve got a freezer packed full of dinners!
14 Freezer Friendly Meal Ideas
Porcupine meatballs – freeze pre-made meatballs and just add sauce when you are ready to cook them
Beef and spinach burgers – make a huge batch and freeze uncooked.
Pizza pockets – freeze the dough, or freeze the whole pocket, uncooked.
Easy Chilli – make it with meat or without, freeze as a sauce or make it into burritos or enchiladas and freeze.
Veggie Filled Bolognaise sauce from Kidgredients – I haven’t given up on spag bol yet!
Lentil Bolognaise – A veggie version of traditional spag bol.
Tomato and broad bean pasta – make a big batch of sauce while broad beans are in season and freeze.
Falafel style Veggie burgers – an easy vegetarian dinner
Wheat-free chicken patties from Childhood101 – I tried telling my non-chicken eater that this was beef, he didn’t buy it, but everyone else loves these.
Beef and veggie pot pies – freeze the filling.
Meat and veggie pasties – freeze them cooked or uncooked.
Chicken Noodle Soup from The Organised Housewife- make stock after you have roast chicken and freeze it on it’s own, or freeze the complete soup.
Veggie nuggets – these freeze great and work as a great side or as veggie burgers if you make them a bit bigger.
Crust-less quiche – four ways to make it and they all freeze well.
That’s a fortnights worth of freezer friendly dinner ideas. So in a perfect world, or even in a half decent one, if I make a double batch of all of these meals, once a month, I end up with an entire month’s worth of dinners.
But it’s easy to make many of these recipes in really big batches. A really big batch of chilli will make four or five different mexi-meals (tacos, burritos, enchiladas, mexi bake etc), you can easily make several dinners worth of burgers, and one roast chicken dinner will make two chicken noodle soup meals for the freezer. That means I end up with a while lot of extra meals in my freezer.
Fitting it all in the freezer can be an issue, so make sure you have enough space to store food properly before you go crazy. Flash freezing individual items on a tray, then storing them in freezer bags is a good idea, and freezing sauce in zip locked bags laid flat is a great space saver.
Do you make lots of freezer friendly meals?
I’d love for you to share your favourite freezer-friendly recipes and ideas, as well as your best tips for making and freezing food.
Feel free to share your tips or links to recipes in the comments below.
I first shared this post back in 2010 (which is why some of the comments have such old dates on them), back then I was struggling to come up with freezer friendly meal ideas, but these days I have a whole heap that we love, so it was time for an update and reshare.
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This was so timely Kate thank you. Just defrosted the freezer so looking for more make-ahead meals for the kidlets! Have found lately Mr 22 and Mstr & Miss 16 are taking leftovers for lunch so having containers in the freezer makes their morning so much easier (luckily at our high school twins are able to access a microwave to reheat their meals)
One thing they are loving at the moment is my knock-off chicken strips – breast fillets (bought in bulk so way cheaper at only $10/kg) a bag of plain “Grain Wave ” style chips – crushed in food processor with pink and black peppercorns & a smidgen of dried garlic and Parmesan cheese. Coat finger size strips in egg wash, then flour, egg wash and roll in crushed chip mix. Lay out on a lightly oiled baking tray and place in moderate oven until coating is golden-ish and the chicken is cooked. Easily goes into sandwich bags in freezer for later and fabulous cold for lunch. Not sure of the health factor but way better than those pre-packaged things or the Fast Food establishments haha
Another good mince based stand-by is Shepherds Pie – I usually freeze it without the potato topping as it tends to look yuck when I defrost (which is more my cooking finesse or lack thereof) so I serve individual portions in oven-proof bowls and add the potato/cheese mix then grill in oven.
Thanks again for sharing