Our 20 Best Freezer Meal Recipes

20 Satisfying Recipes for Make Ahead Meals

Baked ziti casserole

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Freezer meals can really make life easier for busy families. Skip the freezer aisle at the supermarket, with these awesome make-ahead recipes for satisfying, nutritious family meals you can make ahead of time. From hearty stews and baked casseroles, to comforting turkey burgers, butter chicken, pasta meat sauce, and more, enjoy these great-tasting freezer recipes you can make when you have time now. We promise that you'll thank yourself later!

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    Easy Eggplant Parmesan

    Easy Eggplant Parmesan

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    Eggplant is quickly fried, then layered with tomato sauce, two kinds of cheese, and pantry spices, in this classic eggplant parmesan. If you like crispier eggplant, you can dip it in beaten eggs and coat with bread crumbs before frying. Freeze individual portions for easy microwave reheating.

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    Homemade Turkey Burgers

    Turkey Burgers

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    Juicy, oven-baked turkey burgers flavored with onion, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice, are a low-fat, lower-calorie dinner option. To make them for the freezer, form the unbaked meat into patties, and freeze in sealed freezer bags, separated with parchment paper squares. Reheat directly from frozen, cooking to an internal temperature of at least 165F.

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    Tuna Noodle Casserole-Diana Rattray

    Tuna Noodle Casserole

    Diana Rattray

     

    Canned tuna, vegetables, noodles, and creamy sauce are baked together, with an easy bread crumb topping, in this favorite family meal. It's also a great make ahead meal. Store in the freezer, wrapped tightly, until ready to reheat and serve.

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    Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Diana Rattray

     

    Pineapple flavors the sweet and sour sauce for this popular family dinner that cooks in just 40 minutes, with chopped water chestnuts giving the meatballs a little crunch. Freeze meatballs together with the sauce, for easy defrosting and reheating in the microwave or oven.

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    Indian Butter Chicken

    Indian Butter Chicken

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    Butter chicken may be America's favorite Indian dish. You'll swoon over the rich sauce made from pureed tomatoes, heavy cream, some butter, and lots of onion, garlic, ginger, and spices. Freeze in airtight plastic containers, and reheat on the stove-top. Serve over hot basmati rice.

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    French Lentil Soup

    French Lentil Soup

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    Lentil soup is a restaurant favorite, and this budget-friendly recipe delivers all the great flavor you expect, and freezes well. Top bowls with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro to serve.

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    Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

    Spaghetti Sauce With Italian Sausage

    Diana Rattray

     

    Make your own freezer spaghetti sauce with this hearty recipe, including Italian sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, garlic, and dried herbs. Pack it into plastic containers when still warm, and store in the freezer up to 3 months, for a satisfying weeknight meal over pasta.

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    Crock Pot Jamaican-Style Lamb Stew

    Crock Pot Jamaican-Style Lamb Stew

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    This Jamaican-inspired curried lamb stew made in the slow cooker adds heat and extra-savory flavor to a classic stew recipe. Make it ahead and freeze, for a taste of the islands anytime. Reheat in a saucepan on the stove, adding up to half a cup of water to prevent scorching.

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    Stuffed Peppers

    Stuffed Peppers

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    Bell peppers are lightly steamed, stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese, and chopped vegetables, then baked in tomato sauce until tender. Freeze stuffed peppers in a freezer-safe dish, covered with tinfoil, and wrapped in plastic wrap. Reheat straight from the freezer.

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    Lasagna Roll-Ups with Pesto

    Lasagna Roll-Ups with Pesto

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    Lasagna roll-ups made with pesto, sweet potatoes, ricotta, and mozzerella are a favorite with kids and adults alike. Make a batch for the freezer, where they keep up to 3 months tightly wrapped. To bake, remove plastic wrap, cover with foil, and heat through in the oven.

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    Chili Con Carne

    Chile con carne

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    This mildly-spiced chili with lots of beef, some beans, and chopped bell peppers is always a hit. You can freeze it  in sealed plastic containers. Heat to to a rolling boil on the stovetop, when ready to eat. Serve topped with grated cheddar, sour cream, or chopped cilantro.

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    Chicken Stuffed With Basil and Mozzarella

    Chicken Stuffed With Basil and Mozzarella

    Diana Rattray

     

    Chicken breasts are flattened, stuffed with basil, garlic, and mozzerella, rolled in breadcrumbs, and baked to perfection, in this elegant recipe that is special enough for guests. Freeze stuffed baked chicken breasts in airtight freezer bags, for easy oven reheating. Make the included mushroom sauce just before serving.

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    Slow Cooker Home-Style Pot Roast

    Slow Cooker Home-Style Pot Roast

    Diana Rattray

     

    The crockpot makes easy work of this tasty home-style pot roast that's braised in red wine for rich flavor, with a simple gravy you prepare at the end of cooking. Vegetables roast along with the meat, for a one-dish dinner. To freeze, slice the cooked meat and store in plastic containers together with the vegetables and liquid.

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    Chicken Enchiladas

    Chicken enchiladas

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    Rich chicken enchiladas with cheddar, cream cheese, sour cream, and jarred salsa verde are a family favorite meal. If making them ahead, bake them first, then allow to cool completely before wrapping tightly and freezing.

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    Baked Ziti

    Baked ziti casserole

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    Baked ziti is a popular Italian-American pasta, sauce, and cheese casserole that freezes well in a foil baking pan. Try adding browned ground beef or roasted vegetables to this easy pasta dish.

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    Old Fashioned Southern Meatloaf

    Old Fashioned Southern Meatloaf

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    This old-fashioned Southern recipe uses pork and beef for a moist meatloaf, with Worcestershire and hot sauces adding spice. Make it ahead by wrapping the cooked dish tightly before freezing. Reheat in the oven when ready to eat.

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    Loaded Pizza Pasta Casserole

    Loaded Pizza Pasta Casserole

    Diana Rattray

     

    Whip up this homemade baked pizza casserole with ground beef and your favorite vegetable and herb toppings, for a satisfying everyday meal. Make it ahead by cooking as directed, then wrap tightly in foil for the freezer. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then reheat in the oven until bubbly and warmed through.

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    Baked Pesto Parmesan Chicken With Garlic

    Baked Pesto Parmesan Chicken With Garlic

    Diana Rattray

     

    Store-bought pesto and grated parmesan are the magic ingredients in this delicious baked chicken dish. Make extra pesto sauce and freeze it in ice cube trays, for adding to hot pasta anytime. You can also freeze the cooked chicken in sealed freezer bags. When ready to eat, defrost overnight in the fridge, then oven-bake to an internal temperature of 165F.  

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    Vegetable Lasagna

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    Oven-ready noodles, quick-sauteed vegetables, plenty of cheese, and jarred spaghetti sauce go into this tasty vegetable lasagne. Prepare it for the freezer, by assembling just up to baking, and wrapping tightly. To reheat, thaw overnight, then bake according to directions.

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    Crock Pot Barbecue Beef Brisket

    Crock Pot BBQ Beef Brisket

    Diana Rattray

     

    An overnight marinade and low, slow crockpot cooking makes this beef brisket tender and juicy. To freeze it for enjoying later, cook the brisket completely, let cool, slice, and wrap tightly in foil. Freeze gravy separately, in an airtight plastic container.