By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer
The afternoon and early evening can be a stressful time in many homes. Keeping kids happy and getting dinner on that tables, all while being fatigued from the day, can be difficult.
To tell you the truth, I don’t make dinner at dinner time if I can help it! Instead, I do the most work intensive parts of dinner prep at other times.
Freezer meals help cut down on some of the burden and are a great time saver for busy moms.
A well-stocked freezer often enables families to eat nourishing meals more frequently.
Once-a-Month Meals: Cook a month’s worth of dinners on one or two days.
As -You-Go: Prepare double meals whenever possible. For example, when making lasagna for dinner, make two instead of one. Serve one and freeze the second for another night.
Meal Components: Prepare various components of meals and store for future use. Some examples include: seasoned ground beef (such as this taco meat), cooked and shredded chicken, bulk pasta sauce, rice, and so on. Having these in the freezer makes it much faster to put meals together.
Regardless of your freezer preparation method, here are some nourishing freezer meal recipes to try:
Creamy Chicken Soup (Dairy-Free, GAPS Intro, AIP) @ How We Flourish
Perfect Meatball Soup (GAPS Intro/AIP) @ How We Flourish
Freezer-friendly Taco Soup Recipe @ Simply Rebekah
Vegetable Beef Soup @ Beauty in the Mess
Nourishing Potato Cheddar Soup @ Riddlelove
Slow Cooker Beef and Root Stew @ Riddlelove
Family Favorite Potato Soup @ A Delightful Home
Freezer Lasagna @ Virginia George
Garlic White Lasagne Recipe @ Simply Rebekah
Honey-Mustard Baked Chicken @ Simply Rebekah
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Spinach Pie @ Mama & Baby Love
Freezer Friendly, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Mini Meatloaf @ Mama & Baby Love
Tinga @ A Delightful Home
Whole-Wheat Pizza Pockets @ 100 Days of Real Food
Chicken Enchilada Casserole @ 100 Days of Real Food
Honey Dijon Chicken Casserole @ Kitchen Stewardship
Make-Ahead Frozen Meatballs @ Food Renegade
Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole @ Money Saving Mom
Burger Patties for the Freezer @ Good Cheap Eats
Chocolate Chili @ A Delightful Home
Layered Cheesy Salsa Enchiladas @ Heavenly Homemakers
Homemade Frozen Pizza @ Heavenly Homemakers
Shrimp (or Chicken) Green Bean Casserole Recipe @ Empowered Sustenance
Spicy, Pesto and Sundried Tomato Meatloaf Muffins @ Better with Cake
Image courtesy of Ten at the Table
Sides & Meal Components
Homemade Freezer Biscuits @ Ten at the Table
Cheesy Jalapeño Poppers @ Ten at the Table
Roasted Tomatoes @ A Delightful Home
Marinara Sauce @ A Delightful Home
Freezer Pickles @ Authentic Simplicity
Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes @ Food.com
Bulk Taco Meat @ Once a Month Meals
Frozen Banana Bites @ Keeper of the Home
Blueberry Freezer Pie @ A Delightful Home
Raw Coconut Creme Pie with Coconut Fudge Crust @ Riddlelove
Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie @ The Nourishing Gourmet
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream (Grain Free, Gluten Free) @ Deliciously Organic
Whole Wheat Banana Bread @ Better with Cake
Image courtesy of Richly Rooted
10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Freezer Ideas @ Richly Rooted
15 Freezer Burrito Hacks @ The Nourishing Gourmet
DIY Freezer Smoothie Packs @ Live Simply
Homemade Frozen Hash Brown Patties @ Heavenly Homemakers
Breakfast Casserole Bites @ 100 Days of Real Food
Examples & Resources
8 Healthy Freezer Crockpot meals in 75 Minutes @ New Leaf Wellness
17 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions @ New Leaf Wellness
10 Recipes to Freeze for School Lunches @ 100 Days of Real Food
Freezer Cooking Planners @ Money Saving Mom
Freezer Cooking and Real Food, Are They Compatible?@ Kitchen Stewardship
How to Turn a Regular Recipe into a Freezer Recipe @ Money Saving Mom
GAPS Diet Batch Cooking @ How We Flourish
7 shortcuts to preparing a full month of meals @ Intoxicated on Life
Easiest Freezer Cooking I’ve Ever Done (Gluten-Free Costco Meal Plan) @ A Delightful Home
Do you find freezer cooking helpful in managing the dinner-time crazy?
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