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15 Freezer Friendly Dinner Recipes

Perfect for prepping and stashing in your freezer, here is a list of 15 of healthy and delicious freezer-friendly dinner recipes. 

Liz Eating Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

One of my secrets to staying healthy (and keeping my sanity!) is keeping a well-stocked freezer full of nourishing meals I can easily defrost and enjoy for dinner on busy weeknights. Whether it’s a lightened-up turkey and mushroom casserole or my mom’s famous Lebanese chicken soup with chickpeas, taking the time to stash a few meals in the freezer is like having money in the bank that you can cash out at any time.

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Before we get into the recipes, a few tips, and suggestions for freezing meals.

Frequently asked questions:

What’s the best way to safely freeze hot foods?

When cooking, you want to keep food out of the Temperature Danger Zone which is between 40 degrees and 140 degrees. In other words, you want to keep cold foods cold (below 40 degrees) and hot foods hot (above 140 degrees.) The secret is to cool food down quickly. Once you’re done cooking the dish, remove from the heat and pour it into freezer-friendly, resealable containers. Leave the lid off to let it cool down faster. Next, place it in the freezer within 2 hours. If you have limited space in your freezer you can also freeze soup in gallon-sized freezer-safe bags. This is a nice option because you can lay them in the freezer flat for easier storage in smaller (packed!) freezers.  

What’s the Safest Way to Defrost Freezer Meals?

Depending on time, you have two options. The ideal option would be to place the frozen meal in the refrigerator the evening before and let it slowly defrost over time in the refrigerator. If it’s the day of, place the meal in the sink and allow it to come to room temperature a bit more quickly. If you’re really pressed for time, place it in a large bowl filled with warm water.

How long do freezer meals last?

Typically food will stay good in the freezer at least 3 months. If wrapped and stored properly it may stay good up to 6 months.

What’s the proper way to store food in the freezer?

The secret to keeping food fresh in the freezer is to eliminate as much air as possible from the food. If you’re storing soup in a freezer plastic bag, be sure to remove any excess air before freezing. Another tip is to use the right-sized storage container.  For example, instead of using one large container try using several smaller, single-serve containers.

Without further ado, here is a list of my favorite freezer-friendly dinner recipes. Let me know which ones you enjoy the most!

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Freezer friendly recipes:

Italian Meatballs with Sunday Gravy

3.65 stars average
1 hour
Whether you grew up eating Sunday sauce or gravy, your family will love these traditional Italian meatballs in red sauce – the ultimate comfort food!
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Traditional Italian Meatballs in Sauce  - The Lemon Bowl

Chicken Enchiladas Verdes

4.34 stars average
30 minutes
Made with white corn tortillas, poached chicken breasts and a light coating of queso fresco, this dish is satisfying but won’t weigh you down.
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Chicken Enchiladas Verdes

Lebanese Baked Eggplant With Beef and Pine Nuts

4.7 stars average
1 hour 25 minutes
A healthier version of the popular Lebanese dish that is full of flavor thanks to toasted pine nuts,  cinnamon and tender eggplant.
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Healthy Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust

4.18 stars average
40 minutes
A healthy version of the traditional chicken pot pie loaded with vegetables but does not contain any cream, butter or milk (Dairy Free) .
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Healthy Chicken Pot Pie in a bowl

Cheeseburger Meatloaf Muffins

4.7 stars average
25 minutes
This fast and healthy cheeseburger meatloaf recipe cooks in just 15 minutes and is naturally gluten free!
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cheeseburger meatloaf muffins in a muffin pan

Slow Cooked Lebanese Green Beans and Beef

4.33 stars average
8 hours 15 minutes
Tender beef slowly cooks with green beans, tomatoes and cinnamon to create a delicious Middle Eastern dish served traditionally over rice pilaf.
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Slow Cooker Lebanese Green Beans and Beef

Chicken and Artichoke Greek Farro Bake

5 stars average
30 minutes
This healthy Greek-inspired Chicken and Artichoke Farro bake is made with creamy feta, sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives. A one-pot meal.
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Chicken and Artichoke Greek Farro Bake

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

3.8 stars average
1 hour 15 minutes
Shepherd’s pie gets a flavorful twist with whipped sweet potatoes scented with maple and orange zest. Comfort food you can feel good about eating.
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Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Lebanese Spices

4.66 stars average
1 hour 5 minutes
These stuffed bell peppers with Lebanese spices are filled with beef and rice then cooked in a garlic and mint infused tomato broth. 
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Stuffed peppers with Lebanese spices

Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

4.37 stars average
1 hour 15 minutes
Warm, comforting and totally satisfying, chicken and mushroom casserole gets a healthy twist with whole wheat pasta, lean chicken breast and creamy plain yogurt.
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Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball)

4.28 stars average
1 hour
This warm and comforting albondigas soup recipe is packed with hearty vegetables and Mexican-style meatballs. Always a crowd-pleaser!
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albondigas soup in a bowl

Baked Kibbeh

4.46 stars average
1 hour 30 minutes
Baked kibbeh or kibbie, a traditional Lebanese dinner recipe, is made with ground beef or lamb combined with bulgur wheat, pine nuts, cinnamon and allspice.
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Baked Kibbee

Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa Bake

4.29 stars average
45 minutes
This cheesy, protein-packed enchilada quinoa bake is filled with shredded chicken, black beans and veggies. The ultimate crowd-pleasing dinner recipe!
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Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa Bake

Vegetable Beef Soup

4 stars average
1 hour
Warm up with this hearty bowl of Vegetable Beef Soup packed with potatoes, carrots and tender beef.
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Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Hoisin Pot Roast

4.39 stars average
8 hours 15 minutes
Chuck roast cooks in a sweet and sour liquid bath all day, delivering meat that shreds like butter, alongside tender vegetables making the meal complete.
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Slow Cooker Hoisin Pot Roast

Hungry for more? Check out my Pinterest board for more recipes!

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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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