15 Freezer-Friendly Dinners

15 freezer-friendly dinners

My family likes to tease me about my affection for the freezer. Any hint that food will go uneaten, whether it’s a bowl of soup or scrap of pizza is likely to elicit a “you know you can freeze that” comment from my corner of the kitchen. I’m also the first one to pull my prize from the depths of the deep freeze when someone complains that there’s nothing to eat. It’s with this spirit in mind that I’ve curated 15 freezer-friendly dinners. Either freeze what you have leftover or make a double batch of any one of these recipes and freeze the second one for another day. You will minimize food waste and your future self will thank you.

Before you get started stocking your freezer, here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

  • For most dishes, I recommend food cool to room temperature before packaging up for the freezer.
  • Do your best to minimize air in freezer containers. If using a freezer bag, for example, press out the air before sealing.
  • Food expands as it freezes, so don’t fill containers to the very top.
  • You might like this method for an efficient way to freeze your food.
  • Consider saving leftover glass jars (such as big pasta sauce jars), since they are an eco-friendly way to store soups and sauces.
  • Label your food. You think you’ll remember what’s in that jar, but three months from now you might not.
  • Casseroles and pizza can go straight from freezer to oven. Dishes, such as soups and stews are good to leave in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stove the next day.

15 FREEZER-FRIENDLY DINNERS

1. SPAGHETTI SQUASH LASAGNA

spaghetti squash lasagna

2. INSTANT POT ITALIAN WHITE BEAN SOUP

Instant Pot Italian White Bean Soup

3. SPINACH AND FETA PIE

Healthy Spinach and Feta Pie

4. GENIUS BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Easy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

5. NO-KNEAD SHEET PAN PIZZA

Easy, No-Knead Sheet Pan Pizza

6. LAZY GIRL’S ENCHILADA PIE

lazy girls enchilada pie

7. MEATY MUSHROOM MARINARA

meaty mushroom marinara

8. INSTANT POT BLACK BEANS

Easy Instant Pot Black Beans with cilantro

9. FALAFEL BURGERS

easy falafel recipe

10. SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATBALLS

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

11. INSTANT POT BEEF AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH CHILI

Instant pot beef and butternut squash chili

12. INSTANT POT CHICKEN IN SALSA VERDE

instant pot chicken in salsa verde

13. BAKED TOFU PARMESAN

Oven Baked Tofu Parmesan

14. COCONUT LIME CHICKPEA CURRY

Coconut Lime Chickpea Stew

15. CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

chicken tortilla soup

Comments

10.22.2020 at 8:29 AM #

Trina Robertson

Katie, with most food waste occuring at home, the freeezer is a great way to reduce waste. Now that we’re empty nesters, I’m freezing a lot so we aren’t eating the same meal many nights in a row. I need a bigger freezer!

10.22.2020 at 8:29 AM #

katiemorford

Such a good point. And I think that’s what motivates me most of the time. I hate to see good food that I’ve worked hard to cook go to waste. Plus, it’s one of the best things we can do to lighten our carbon footprint. Thanks for the comment!

10.26.2020 at 10:08 PM #

Diane

Oh these recipes all look good! I, too, am an RD with an affinity for the freezer and my family also teases me! But I don’t care, nothing is more satisfying than an easy, real food dinner that’s ready in no time! I like to use a grease pencil to label my containers and try to keep an up-to-date freezer inventory because it’s easy to forget what’s in there when it’s full.

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