Skip the frozen aisle (yes, walk right past it) in favour of these lip-smacking meals you can make from scratch in advance. From hearty vegetarian curry to comforting pasta casseroles, discover freezer-friendly dinners that are easy, healthy and incredibly satisfying – in both flavour and convenience!
Slow-Cooker Freezer-Pack Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry
This is the ideal slow-cooker meal: healthy, unbelievably flavourful and, most importantly, freezer-friendly. Cauliflower is the star, while chickpeas and coconut milk make the vegetarian dish hearty and satisfying.
The One Healthy Soup That Should Always Be in Your Freezer
You never know when a cold or flu will strike, which is why you should always have this immune-boosting soup on hand (in your freezer). Packed with chicken, veggies, ginger and turmeric, it’s incredibly energizing and delicious.
Big-Batch Meatballs and Red Sauce
Pasta is a cinch to cook – it’s the sauce and other accompaniments that require a little extra love. So whip up a giant batch of homemade meatballs and tomato sauce in advance to keep in your freezer, and reheat with spaghetti noodles the next time you’re faced with a jam-packed weeknight.
Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells
A pasta lover’s version of a favourite meal that’s on the table in an hour. A chicken Parmesan-inspired filling is stuffed into jumbo shells, which are then coated in marinara sauce and smothered with mozzarella before being baked to perfection.
Chicken, Avocado Cream and Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar
While we don’t recommend freezing all these ingredients (for obvious, soggy reasons) you can freeze a few servings worth of cooked quinoa for a nutritious meal shortcut. Then simply assemble this meal-worthy salad for a quick dinner that’ll feed the entire family.
Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Turkey provides lean, perfectly spiced protein to these grain-free stuffed peppers. Make extra to freeze and reheat for when you’re craving something light, but packed with bold taste.
King Ranch Chicken
Take some time out of your weekend to assemble this cheesy chicken casserole, and then freeze it for a head start on a weeknight dinner. When you’re ready to serve, pop it in the oven until golden and bubbly and pair with a simple green salad. Find out how to prep slow cooker freezer meals to help you get through the week.
Chicken Tortilla Casserole
We can’t get enough of Ree Drummond’s Mexican inspired lasagna. Layers of cheese, salsa verde, rice, corn, beans and juicy chicken breast come together to make a comforting make-ahead dish. If you love this dish, then be sure to check out The Pioneer Woman’s best Tex-Mex recipes.
These cabbage rolls are a hearty and ultra-tasty comfort food. Beautiful green leaves are stuffed with an onion-and-thyme flavoured mixture of ground beef and rice and topped with tangy tomato sauce. You’ll want to double or triple this recipe because it freezes so well.
This Slow Cooker Irish Stew Recipe is a Classic Restored
Take the guesswork out of making Irish stew and pop everything in a slow cooker to tenderize and meld. This recipe takes little time to prep — and your slow cooker handles the rest.
Chicken Taco Meat Tacos
Ree Drummond’s recipe for chicken taco meat is easy to make in big batches over the weekend and freeze into dinner-ready portions. After a long day, this tasty chicken can be used for tacos, burritos or pizza.
Instant Pot Indian Shrimp Biriyani
Make this easy and spice-filled Indian inspired meal in one with virtually no clean-up and store it in the freezer for future weeknight dinners. To avoid overcooking the shrimp, store and reheat them separately and add them back to the rice before serving.