Whether you are whipping up a meal for a sick friend, planning for a busy school year, or want to have a ready reply for the “What’s for dinner?” question, make-ahead, freezer-safe meals are always a good call.
Unless it’s lasagna.
While lasagna may seem like the perfect go-to dish for pre-made, easy bake meals, your freezer has so much more to offer your wallet and your waistline. Here are five easy make-ahead meals that will make life easier for everyone.
Five Recipes to Stock Your Freezer With:
This Everyday Maven staple is good any time of day; we even love it for breakfast! Since it is dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and “flavor full,” it’s the perfect recipe for those who may have sensitive stomachs and intense nutritive needs. Patties contain cooked wild Alaskan salmon and can be frozen prior to being cooked in coconut oil; simply thaw, fry, and enjoy with spinach leaves, rice, as a burger, or on their own.
Crispy homemade chicken taquitos with cilantro, cream cheese, and pepper jack cheese make the perfect lunch or dinner for the time-crunched and energy-starved. These corn tortilla roll-ups from Happy Money Saver are packed with flavor and individually-frozen so you can pull out what you need as you need them. Light enough for lunch and substantial enough for dinner, you can also change them up with roast beef.
Chicken pot pie is a great way to be generous with your cooking skills and frugal with your wallet, and this recipe piles on the flavor and the presentation. Make it in a disposable pan so you (or the lucky friend you make it for) won’t have to bother with dishes.
Pssst. Karrie at Happy Money Saver has a ton of freezer recipes after doing a “50 Freezer Meals in a Day” challenge. Get more tips and recipes on her blog).
We’ve named this recipe “Sipping Soup” in our house because we drink it from mugs when we’re too sick to bother with chewing or the winter chill needs to be chased from our bones. “People make all sorts of nutritional claims about bone broth, stating that the acid from the lemon (or cider vinegar) brings out the nutrients and that sipping this broth can help with conditions like arthritis. I have no way to verify this, so I’m going to stick to what I know,” writes Dana Velden of The Kitchen. “This is deliciously tasty stuff.”
The trick to bone broth soup is to not let it boil; instead keep it at a nice, gentle simmer for about 12 hours (a crockpot could be useful here). The broth will freeze almost indefinitely, but it will never last that long. You’ll need another batch before you know it.
If you’re in the mood for a delicious, but lazy weekend breakfast, this Baked French Toast recipe from The Pioneer Woman is a feast for the famished and food-weary. Make the recipe up to the point of baking then stop and freeze.
This blog is dedicated to all of you organizers, planners, and think-ahead-ers, and for everyone who has ever thoughtfully made a meal for those struggling with cancer. As proud supporters of Cleaning for a Reason, an organization dedicated to offering free cleaning services for cancer patients, we support taking tasks off the to-do lists of those who have enough to carry.