As the school year winds down, it seems like all of my extra-curricular activities always heat up. Between term four grading, end of year dances, yearbooks, the whole shebang, I find myself with very little time (and energy) to cook. So, how do I handle those nights when I’m too tired to slave over the stove or with no time to throw anything together? I use freezer meals! You can definitely use any old pyrex baking dish, or if you’re really in the mood to be low-key, these work fabulously.
#1 Homemade Chicken Taquitos: These are a life saver when I’m in a hurry, and they are definitely a favorite of my girls. They freeze easy, all you need is a cookie sheet (like this one) and a freezer and you’re in business. Simply roll the tortillas, place them parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet and freeze until they are frozen through. After that, all you have to do is microwave them or cook in the oven!
#2 Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole: This is a family classic. Not only is it inexpensive, but also easy to put together. As a bonus, it freezes really well and can be frozen for quite a while. You can freeze it in ziploc bags or a cute casserole dish like this one.
#3 Freezer Ready French Toast Sticks: Every now and again my kids get sick of having cereal for breakfast, and since I’m not a super early riser, a hot breakfast isn’t going to happen on a regular basis. Enter these bad boys. You can make an entire loaf of bread worth, freeze it, and have a hot breakfast ready in 30 second or less.
#4 Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches: On the topic of breakfast, these are a great take and go breakfast! If you need some decent protein, the eggs and meat on these are a great bonus. My husband loves them! Simply heat up and you’ve got a great protein filled breakfast. You can customize them to fit whatever meats you like, and you can leave the yolk out for a slightly healthier meal.
#5 Homemade Frozen Pizza: I’ve mentioned before that my husband loves pizza. As in he could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of his life. But I hate looking at the list of ingredients on the frozen pizzas and trying to decipher them. This way, I know exactly what goes in them and we can personalize what goes on them. Plus they freeze awesome!
#6 Lasagna Freezer Meals: Lasagna is one of those meals that I hate making fresh for some reason. Making it in a batch that I can freeze is perfect, and when I don’t have time to make a full meal, this works in a pinch. Not to mention its warm, filling, and great for a stormy day or a lazy Sunday.
#7 Crispy Cheddar Chicken: This is a super basic recipe that goes a long way. The cheddar/ritz topping is deliciously tasty and compliments the chicken really well. Plus you can make a few pans and share some with a neighbor if you’d like!
#8 Freezer Friendly Ham and Cheese Pockets: These are a kid friendly favorite! The pockets cook up gooey and cheesy inside and are perfect for a quick and easy dinner. The pickets freeze for 2-3 months and heat up with a zap of the microwave.
#9 Freezer Fajitas: If you’re not in the mood for a casserole, this is the ticket. Stuffing the makings into a freezer bag and tossing them in the deep freeze makes for a great dinner on the fly.
#10 Freezer Stir-Fry: The key to a good stir fry is keeping all the elements separate until you’re ready to cook-that’s why the ones you buy at the store work so well. So, yes, this one is a little more intense in the effort department, but it is worth all the effort.
And there you have it! Ten awesomely delicious and easy freezer meals! With a little bit of time and preparation, you too can be ready with a healthy meal on the fly when you’re buried under end of year essays-oh wait, that’s just me? 😉 Happy cooking!
Homemade Chicken Taquitos via HappyMoneySaver
Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole via MoneySavingMom
Freezer Ready French Toast Sticks via MomSavesMoney
Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches via EatCakeForDinner
Homemade Frozen Pizza via IntentionalByGrace
Lasagna Freezer Meals via AboutAMom
Crispy Cheddar Chicken via MommySavers
Freezer Friendly Ham and Cheese Pockets via MoneySavingMom
Freezer Fajitas via TheKitchn
Freezer Stir-Fry via TheKitchn