Freezer Meals

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How do you squash the “what’s for dinner and who’s making it” debate? Freezer meals! How do you save hundreds of dollars and stop recognizing all the drive through attendant’s voices? Freezer meals!  How do you turn a father who’s “special dish” is Top Ramen into a hero ? Make ahead freezer meals!

As you can see I have a huge passion for freezer meal cooking.  My name is Karrie and I am a busy work-at-home mother of 4.  I am little bit disorganized and a free spirit. And make ahead freezer meals for a month have saved me.

Here’s how it started – After a few years of being married I gave birth to my first boy and girl. Yep! Twins. These twins sent my life into a busy chaotic whirlwind of diaper changes, feeding, chasing them around and trying to cook dinner for my family. Often times, when I had an especially busy exhausting day I would turn to fast food, or home cooked fast food for dinner like boxed Mac – n – Cheese, hot dogs or even cold cereal. I knew this wasn’t the food I wanted myself or my family to eat, but because of being exhausted and not wanting to spend an hour or two in the kitchen I would do the easy fast thing. It was during this time I heard about easy freezer meals for a month and decided to try it out. I cooked for a whole day in my kitchen and got 30 meals done. I felt so wonderful and the rest of that month I didn’t dread the dinner hour. My husband was so happy to have real cooking again and it was the start of my love of freezer cooking.

Make ahead freezer meals for a month are great for people:

  • Who have busy lives and don’t always have time to cook a nice meal.
  • People who eat at fast food a lot but want better healthy meals quick.
  • Brand new mothers who just had a baby and need to rest or enjoy every precious minute of a new one.
  • Folks who are sick, elderly or injured and cannot cook.
  • And let’s be honest…pretty much everyone else out there.

What can be frozen and what cannot?

There are a few items that don’t freeze well. Lettuce, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and raw potatoes will turn mushy when thawed. Hard boiled eggs will go rubbery so I avoid freezing those as well. Egg based sauces like mayonnaise will separate and curdle when thawed. And many dairy products such as cream, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese will sometimes go watery when thawed. However if I am using sour cream or cottage cheese in a dish that will be baked I usually have no issues.
Other than those main items you should be able to freeze most items and have your meal turn out.

What containers are good to use for easy freezer meals?

Gallon or quart sized plastic or re-usable freezer safe bags. Just make sure and get out as much air as possible by squishing the food around and flattening the bag as much as possible. Seal it tightly to avoid any spills or freezer burn as well. I have heard of people using re-usable gallon sized bags as well to save even more money. Ziploc freezer meal recipes are my most used freezer meals for a month.

Aluminum foil pans or your own baking dishes. Look for these at the dollar stores where you can often get a 3 pack for a dollar. For my big family of 6 I use the 9×13 sized containers for our meals. However if you are freezer meal cooking for two you can buy the smaller sized ones. Also check your local restaurant supply stores for multiple containers as well. You could also use your own glass or metal pans, but you want to make sure you have enough of them before you get started.

Plastic Tupperware or other plastic containers with sealed lids. I mainly use these for soups. They can take up a lot of room in the freezer so consider space when using them.

Here is a list of my favorite freezer meal supplies that are perfect for beginners or even those who have been doing it for a while!

Here are some of my basic posts to get you started on freezer meal cooking.

Buy my brand new freezer meal cookbook — coming soon!!

Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Beginners

50 Freezer Meals in a Day

How to Prevent Freezer Burn

Freezer Meals for Two

Best Freezer meals recipes to start with (coming soon!)

Here are my favorite (tried & true) freezer meal recipes.


These sausage egg and cheese biscuits are my absolute favorite freezer meal breakfast sandwiches. So easy to put together and make for a quick and yummy breakfast. #freezermeals

Homemade Sweet Milk Waffles

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuits

Bran Muffins

Freezer Friendly Buttermilk Pancakes

Homemade Sausage Patties

Green Smoothie packets


These Oven Baked Chicken Strips are the perfect freezer meal. Recipe uses whole wheat panko bread crumbs. These strips are healthy, crunchy and delicious!

Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets

Oven Baked Chicken Strips

Homemade Frozen Yogurt Pops

Homemade Granola Bars

Chicken Taquitos


Baked Chicken Pesto Alfredo Freezer Meal- made with chicken, basil pesto, bacon, cheese, spinach and tomatoes mixed together in a delicious white sauce. So good!!

Chicken Enchiladas

Homemade Easy Lasagna 

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Fried Rice for the freezer

Creamy Cheesy Broccoli Soup

 Tuna Casserole 

Baked Chicken Pesto Alfredo

Homemade Stir-fry

Hamburger Patties


The Master Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (freezer friendly)

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Healthy Freezer Meals

A great recipe and step by step directions for making homemade stir-fry freezer meal. A healthy freezer meal that can be made up in minutes on those busy nights!

Honey Lime Chicken

 Homemade Whole wheat bread

Homemade Stir-fry

Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets

Oven Baked Chicken Strips

Homemade Frozen Yogurt Pops

Homemade Granola Bars

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

Slow Cooker Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich (An easy quick freezer meal)

Slow cooker Chicken Broccoli Alfredo over Pasta

Sweet & sour chicken 

Slow cooker Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches

Beef Barley Stew

Darn Good Chili

Bacon Covered Kalua Pork

 Boneless BBQ Ribs

Easy Freezer Meals

This Darn Good Chili Recipe is a chili cook off winner! So easy to make and great as a freezer meal. #chili #freezermeals #crockpotmeal #slowcookermeal

Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches

Beef Barley Stew

Darn Good Chili

Bacon Covered Kalua Pork

 Boneless BBQ Ribs

Other things you will find in my freezer

Homemade Chicken broth

Freezing Blueberries

Homemade Beef Broth

Rendered Tallow 

 Make Ahead Green Smoothies

Freezer meals can be invaluable to parents as we try to juggle our busy lives.  Preparing a freezer full of Freezer Meals is one of the best things I’ve ever done to help my family of six and save me money. I hope you dig in, give freezer meals a try and save yourself time and money.

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  1. Dolly Gunter says:

    Just beginning to do cooking in bulk…. Did it once years a go. But it was all chicken, loved it, can’t find the how too now. It was a step my step, as far as the order of what to to when. Loved t!

  2. I’m joining a freezer club in a few weeks, this email could not have come at a better time!
    Thank You for the tips!

  3. Love your posts! Keep it up please!

  4. Love freezer meals! Will be teaching freezer meal classes in the Sacramento area. Feel free to connect with me if interested.

  5. I came across your website on Pinterest and thank goodness I did. I’m expecting my first baby in March and cannot wait to start preparing my freezer meals – what a great way to save time and energy. Thank you so much for posting all of these recipes!!

  6. I’ve been doing this for years with my husband being an over the road trucker. I portion the meals and put them into bags to seal on the vacuum sealer. After they’re frozen, he can take them in his plug in cooler and they will stay frozen for the week where he can reheat them in his microwave. I also pre-cook his rice and all his sides and do them the same way. When re-heated, the rice fluffs back up. He saves so much money and doesn’t have to eat the junk at the truck stops! We’ve made soups, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, and even Coquilles St Jacque with angel hair pasta!!

    • Karen Teeling says:

      Denise: You’re the first person to talk about the RE HEATING aspect of make ahead freezer meals. Trying to come up with meals I can freeze in single portions for my 83 yr. old mother so she can just nuke or boil-in-bag them when she’s ready to eat. Can you give me any ideas (recipes) for making meals that include rice, pasta and something besides “chilis and enchiladas” and how to reheat them. I just purchased a FoodSaver vacuum sealer and can’t wait to get started. Thanks in advance, Karen

      • Hi!

        I just started the meal-freezing business for my husband haha. I recently did eggplant and mincemeat lasagna, it came out perfect (just be sure to add a bit extra sauce so it doesn’t dry out when reheated).

        I have also done vegetable stir fry spaghetti, veggie SF penne, and traditional Pakistani rice dishes (chicken biriyani and beans over rice). All froze very well.

      • If you want some more ideas of meals that freeze well, try:

        -Chicken & Potato Ranch Bake (diced chicken, potatoes, and carrots, tossed with ranch seasoning and topped with cheese and baked) – freeze after baking, then reheat in oven or microwave. Don’t try freezing the uncooked potatoes!
        -Beef and Bean Burritos (I use the recipe at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, but I noticed Karrie has one for Sausage Breakfast Burritos that looks delicious – roll them up, wrap in foil, and freeze; then microwave for ~3 minutes to heat)
        -Chicken Curry – I have a tomato/coconut based one, and a coconut/apple one; both freeze and reheat well! I have also frozen the rice separately and it reheats in the microwave well too so that everything’s done in advance. Karrie has a Red Coconut Curry recipe on this site (Thai inspired); I’ve only made Indian-inspired ones so far.
        -Hawaiian or Italian meatballs in sauce; rice in a separate bag/container
        -Shepherds Pie
        -Turkey Pot Pie
        -Sausage, Potato, Carrot, Onion Bake – I dice potatoes, carrots, and onions, and toss with melted butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder etc. Place sausages on top and bake until veg are tender and sausages are cooked through, then slice sausages, stir in, and serve or freeze to reheat later.

        PS – Thanks for some new freezer meal ideas, Karrie! I run a freezer meal prep group at our church on Monday nights and we offer five recipes per month (we can repeat them every week that month because people come once per month). We want to offer full meals, not just the meat main that most bloggers seem to do for their freezer/crockpot meals. So these ideas are great and I have a few more to test out and add to our repertoire! Thanks!

        • Wonderful ideas! Thank you so much! I sure wish I lived in your area, I would love to join your church freezer meal swap group. Make sure you try the honey lime chicken – it’s my favorite!

  7. I’m wondering how flour tortillas freeze? I have a great recipe that I’d like to try as a freezer meal. Thanks for your tips! I really appreciate the knowledge.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I have always had great experiences with freezing flour tortillas in freezer meals. I have found that if you freeze a bunch of them in a stack the tortillas do tend to stick together so you can separate them with plastic or wax paper. You definitely should try out your freezer meal! Good luck!

    • Flour tortillas freeze really well. I make homemade breakfast burritos all the time with flour tortillas and then I wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in food storage bags and then freeze.

  8. What other dough besides pie could be used for the Chicken Pot Pie? Example: crescent dough, or something like that. Could beef also be used?
    We cook up Hamburger with seasonings for Sloppy Joes, or Spaghetti, etc. Made hamburger cheese bacon patties and froze. Cooked up hamburger in 1lb. batches for hamburger helper. Made Breakfast burritos, waffles and muffins and froze for easy Bkfst. Did lasagna rolls instead of a whole pan. Was easier to pull out just enough for whom ever wanted some. I can’t wait to try some of the ideas in here. Love the idea of getting a group together. Could get bulk stuff from like SAMS, Costco etc and split the cost and save. :-)

  9. Hey! I just wanted to stop in and say I love your recipes! Out of all the other pins on pinterest your blog is one my favorite regarding freezer meals. You have very detailed recipes and also a great variety. Thanks!

  10. Love this idea! Do you have a shopping list for the months meals? I would love to give this a try!

    • Linda Walker says:

      I would like a shopping list too! By the way, I love, love, love your emails and your site! I am SO sorry to hear about Miss Ginger, I’ve lost pets and know how you and your family feel. But she will be waiting for you all at The Rainbow Bridge! If you have never heard of it, look it up, it’s very comforting!!!

      • I would rather hear the hard truth than be crushed by a soft fluffy lie. There is a heaven and a hell, people go to one or the other and animals return to the ground. They do not have a soul so when they go, they are gone. It is a bit sad but true. Sounds harsh but not intended to be mean.

        • Have you personally been to heaven? Or whatever afterlife? Don’t presume to be an expert on the subject. Also, geez…don’t be a jerk. Totally unnecessary.

  11. Charisse says:

    Hello. Thank you for your site! I am new to this was wondering, when you take a meal out of the freezer, how do you thaw it to heat it up? Do you take it out a day in advance? Do you defrost in microwave? What is your preference? Thanks!

  12. Natalie says:

    Hi there!
    I just wanted to say that as a single student with an incredibly busy schedule I am very grateful to have found your website. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put into making this as easy to understand as possible- I cannot wait to get started!

    Thanks again and sending good thoughts your way (from Canada :D)

  13. Debra Tai says:

    About 14 years ago (when I had my first child), I learned the greatness of freezer meals. As a fulltime mother, employee, and at one point, a college student I found that I could not afford not to make meals in advance. I have several favorites that I prepare on the weekends as needed.

    Meatloaf Chili Beans Oriental Chicken Meatballs
    Chicken Soup Hamburgers Spaghetti Sauce Alfredo Sauce
    Ziti Turkey Breast n Gravy Taco Meat
    Shredded Chicken Taco Mashed Potatoes

    Thank Goodness for freezers. Most of these meals and simple heat and serve items. Some of them require a little bit of mixing or cooking after thawed (such as using the mashed potato leftovers and mixing with can salmon to make Salmon Potato Patties).

  14. Melissa says:


    I too am a fan of home made freezer meals. They also make great gifts. If you want to do something really special for someone for Christmas or any other occasion, make some freezer meals and give a busy friend or relative some relaxation time during the dinner hour. They will bless you for it!

  15. Hi!

    I stumbled upon your website while browsing through Pinterest, and I’m so glad I did!
    Some previous comments already suggested this, but I think it’d be an amazing addition to your website if you provided weekly or monthly grocery lists with recipes that go along with them. Most recipes only ask for portions of what I get from groceries (I buy in bulks to get better deals), and the rest of the food goes to waste because as a beginner in making my own meals, I just don’t know what to make out of the leftover ingredients!

    That’s just my opinion, but really, thank you very much for your blog. I love how thorough your recipes are it’s so helpful!!

  16. I’m preparing meals for my husband for three weeks while I’m out of town.

  17. I found out the hard way that fully cooked pasta goulash…does NOT freeze turns to mush when you thaw it.guess I need to undercook it to make it right.

  18. Currently pregnant with twins and a 3 yr old at home already. Will def need and use the recipes to freezer meals. Thanks a bunch!

  19. Thank you for your website. Getting sick of cooking again so look forward to going back to freezer meals. Stopped doing it for a while bc of the toxins in plastic bags that get released in the freezer, but then I found cellophane bags at They are natural and still freeze well.

  20. Karen Teeling says:

    The biggest thing missing from your site is HOW TO RE-HEAT and EAT the frozen meals? That would be a huge asset. Not everyone knows what gets removed from the packaging before heating, how to reheat-microwave or boiling water, etc. Every recipe should have at least an IDEA on how (or how you) reheat each meal. Would be such a blessing. Getting ready to make single meals for my 83 yr. old mother and need to be very very clear on all HOW TOS. That said, can’t wait to get started cooking and FoodSaver vacuum sealing my meals.

  21. Tried your chicken strips and your chicken taquitos. My kids enjoyed both of them. I’m going to try more of your recipes today. Hard to find recipes that freeze well that my husband and four boys all agree on. Thanks for the great recipes!

  22. I have seen that you can use your own pans but line them first, freeze them, than remove everything with the liner once frozen, and place in a freezer bag that way it’s ready to put back in the pan when you need to cook without in-disposing the pan.

  23. Jennifer Oakley says:

    I just want to say I love your site. I have found so many things I want to try for the new year. Thanks.

  24. Tried your lasagna recipe last night ? Doubled it to freeze one. Definitely adding this to my list of freezer meals. It was a hit! The only variation…was fresh garlic instead of powder. My husband wants me to do the pork recipe and broccoli soup. Thanks for sharing your tips & recipes!

  25. I am so excited to try freezing meals. I have been feeling so burned out by having to be in the kitchen so much each evening. Thanks again!

  26. We eat gluten free as three of r 4 family members are gluten sensitive. I find I do a lot of cooking and baking from scratch and its harder for my husband to cook now. But after finding this I realized I can make the meals using my gluten free ingredients when I have extra time and freeze them to be made when I have less time or for days my husband needs to fix dinner! Yay!

  27. when doing you 50 meals in a day will we follow the recipes exactly and get say 3 or so meals or do we need to triple the recipes?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      Follow the quantities next to the recipes. Those are the times I make the recipes to make the 50 meals in a day. Good luck!

  28. Leatitia says:

    Thanks for reminding me about the joys of freezer food. Nothing gives me such a sense of wellbeing than noting that I have meals on hand. Like shopping in your very own “take away” but way more healthy and cheaper.

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      I know! There is something so reassuring about having a few freezer meals in the freezer. I get it!

  29. Tammy Hanaback says:

    I just found this site … awesome. I have been freezing meals for a few years and now I have even more recipes to try. Thank you. One trick I found for freezing stock, chili, spaghetti sauce and other liquids is those hamburger pattie presses. (the plastic stack-able kind cheapest found at garage sales) I can measure out certain amounts in them, stack and freeze them and then they just pop out to go into freezer bags. This way I can reheat for 1 or more depending on how many “pucks” I use. Although you do have to be careful about the stock … they tend to melt slightly when transferring if your not quick or your kitchen is warm (like killing time while bread is baking lol) I had to break them apart after.

  30. Meghan @ Freezer Friendly Moms says:

    Great tips and tricks! Freezer cooking is a way of life for us!

  31. I love recipes for make a head and freeze. Right now I only do a couple but would love to stock my freezer to make life more simple. A couple of my favorites is meatloaf and lasagna. I just make my own favorite meat loaf recipe and freeze them raw then throw them in the crockpot in the morning. same with the lasagna but I havent been able to make a small enough portion to fit in the crock pot!

    Crock pot tip: Use thick sliced potatoes or onions on the bottom of the crock pot and this will hold the meat off the bottom and out of the grease. You can also crumble up tin foil. I like the onions with my meat loaf because they are like having grilled onions.

  32. Hi! I am brand new to this but wanting to start it as the school/fall sport BUSY schedules are just around the corner. Do buy frozen chicken, thaw it while prepping, freeze it in zip lock baggies with rest of meal, then thaw it again before placing in crock pot?

    • You can do that Andrea, but I prefer to only freeze things one time. So I will buy fresh chicken and then make the meals, then freeze. Many people buy frozen chicken though so you can do this. I just think it tastes a little bit better when its only been frozen one time.

  33. I don’t know if anyone else has suggested this, but something I’ve done in the past when freezing meals is to either line a favorite freezer-safe casserole dish with plastic wrap and put the meal right in my dish. Once the food is frozen, remove it and put it in a plastic freezer bag or Foodsaver (or similar). That done, I have my casserole back for other things, and I have a perfect fit for oven or microwave final cooking when it’s time to eat.
    You can go right to the freezer bag or Foodsaver bag with more liquidy foods and use your casserole or whatever you’ll be cooking or reheating in as a ‘mold’.
    Also, use the Foodsaver vacuum AFTER the food is frozen so you don’t get the liquid oozing out of the bag.
    This works well with breads in the Foodsaver as well; from sad, squished-bread experience. :-)

  34. Any tips on reheating without using the microwave? We haven’t used one in about 3 yrs now. Should your freezer meals be thawed before baking or cooking?

    • Reheating without microwave… if it’s a stew or soup you can add some to a pot on the stove, and if its a casserole, add it to the oven – just takes longer to reheat but that’s okay! I think its better to thaw first, but if you forget you can totally just add it to your oven frozen (I do it all the time. ) Thanks for the question!

  35. As a live alone eighty year old, I came upon your awesome site in search of “freezing buttermilk pancakes.” All I can say is thank-you, thank-you thank-you…….I feel like a kid in a candy store!

  36. Jennifer d says:

    Thinking of trying all these wonderful dishes but being new to freezer meals I was wondering how long can they freeze for?

    • Happy.MoneySaver says:

      It really depends on the dish but I would say in general about 3 months is standard. Some meals can last for longer. Definitely try some of these meals out. They have saved me on busy days!

  37. Carrie Sawicki says:

    Hi Karrie. Thank you for your list of freezer meals! I am going to host a cooking bee to prepare meals for my friend who has severe rheumatoid arthritis so she has healthy, easy meals for herself and her husband and boys. You have saved me time and much searching! We should be able to put together a pile of meals in no time.
    Take care.
    Carrie (isn’t it a great name??)

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