A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently, plus they help you save money by buying in bulk and by avoiding eating out when nothing's planned! These 40 freezer meal recipes are real whole food recipes, nothing processed! 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.

Methods

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:

A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently. Try one - or more! - of these 40 freezer meal recipes for your family!

Soups

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

A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently. Try one - or more! - of these 40 freezer meal recipes for your family!

Mains

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

A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently. Try one - or more! - of these 40 freezer meal recipes for your family!

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

A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently. Try one - or more! - of these 40 freezer meal recipes for your family!

Desserts

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

A well-stocked freezer helps families eat nourishing meals more frequently. Try one - or more! - of these 40 freezer meal recipes for your family!

Image courtesy of Richly Rooted

Breakfast Ideas

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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