Perfect for prepping and stashing in your freezer, here is a list of 20 freezer friendly dinner recipes that are healthy and delicious.
Whether it’s the busy holiday season, school starting, or other extra-curricular activities going on, we all need an easy pre-made dinner once in a while! While you can buy a freezer meal from the grocery store, they aren’t always the healthiest of options. That’s why I’ve compiled 20 Freezer Friendly Dinner Recipes that are both delicious and healthy. From soups and chilis, to casseroles and enchiladas, you’ll find an easy freezer meal that’ll please your family. I like to just make a double batch of any of these recipes and freeze half of it for another night. 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!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can you freeze freshly prepared meals?
Yes you can, but you want to keep food out of the Temperature Danger Zone which is between 40 and 140 degrees. In other words, you want to keep cold foods cold, and hot foods hot. 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 in a bowl of cold water or under a slow trickle of cold water, and allow it to come to room temperature a bit more quickly.
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, this is why using freezer safe resealable bags is my go-to method. Another tip is to use the right-sized container. For example, instead of using one large container try using several smaller, single-serve containers. Know that in an averge freezer, food is usually good for up to 3 months. But if you own a deep freezer, food can be kept for up to 6 months.
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20 Freezer friendly Dinner recipes:
Healthy Chicken Pot Pie
4.21 stars average
A healthy version of the traditional chicken pot pie loaded with vegetables but does not contain any cream, butter or milk (Dairy Free) .
Sausage Pesto Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Peas
5 stars average
This easy, 20 minute pasta recipe is made with Italian sausage, basil pesto, caramelized onions, and sweet green peas. Kid-friendly and crowd-pleasing, this sausage pasta recipe is sure to be a new favorite.