With school, work and a calendar full of activities, life gets pretty busy! Make sure your family gets the nutrition they need with freezer-friendly home-cooked meals that will simplify your life.
Don’t skip breakfast, instead make the morning rush easier by cooking ahead. Broccoli Cheddar Cups and Veggie Lovers Quiche can be frozen and both include a serving of vegetables in each bite! To freeze Broccoli Cheddar Cups, wrap each individual cup in plastic wrap and put them in a large freezer-safe bag. When it’s time for breakfast, just put them in the microwave for one to two minutes. To freeze prepared quiche, cover it with plastic wrap and then wrap it in aluminum foil – it can be frozen for up to three months, just be sure to defrost it overnight in the fridge before reheating.
Greek Yogurt Waffles and Double Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles can also be prepped ahead of time and frozen for later; just pop them in the toaster on a busy morning and breakfast will be ready in minutes! Try making an extra batch of Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Bagels, which can also be frozen for a later date. To freeze, simply put your waffles or bagels in a freezer-safe plastic bag and squeeze out all the air.
Pasta dishes, soups and casseroles are easy to freeze, tend to reheat well and can be served for dinner or frozen into smaller portions for a quick lunch. Baked Spaghetti Lasagna, Skillet White Chicken Lasagna and Baked Rigatoni Pasta with Spinach and Meatballs are all freezer-friendly meals that are loaded with vegetables – just add a side of fruit and a glass of milk for a quick, well-rounded meal the whole family will enjoy.
Slow Cooker Italian Turkey Chili can be made ahead, just place it in the refrigerator the night before, then add it to the crockpot before you head out the door in the morning and it’ll be ready in time for dinner. Another option is Broccoli Cheese Soup in the instant pot – just freeze the leftovers to enjoy later. To freeze pasta or soup, fill airtight containers or bag and try not to leave any space for air, which will cause freezer burn.
Warm meals like Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole and Cheesy Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole can be freezer-friendly too. Before freezing casseroles, make sure to let them cool completely after pulling them out of the oven, then wrap tightly with aluminum foil and place in a freezer-safe container to freeze. Whenever you are ready to reheat them for dinner, just add a side salad and fruit to complete the meal.
Even Mexican-inspired favorites like Three Cheese Beef Enchiladas and Bean and Rice Burritos (see the tips section of the recipe for adding extra veggies) can be frozen! Simply wrap enchiladas or individual burritos tightly in aluminum foil, then place them in a freezer-safe bag.
Take inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer to use ingredients you already have on hand, then browse our recipe collection for a searchable list of delicious recipes to fill your weekly meal plan!