Freezer meals are great. They can be a life saver during a busy week, they’re perfect for using up groceries before leaving town, for taking care of a friend, and for reducing food waste. A lot of the recipes I make serve a lot more than the 2 people and cat that live in this house, so freezing the leftovers helps me feel a little less guilty about the excess food.
Whether you’re reducing waste or planning ahead, these nine recipes are ideally suited for freezing and eating at a later date. Some are sweet, some are casseroles, and some are just fun. Who doesn’t like pizza bagels?
These are so much better than the lava-like snacks you ate as a kid. Top them however you want, bake them, then let them cool completely. Wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them, then warm them in the microwave or oven when you’re ready to enjoy a fun treat.
Soups are a no brainer for freezing. I always have leftovers, but if you serve more people than I do, think about making a double batch of this sweet potato soup, letting the rest cool, then portioning it out into durable freezer bags. If you lay them flat, you’ll save freezer space!
3. Pulled Pork
Braised dishes like my signature pulled pork are perfect for freezing. I have some of this in my freezer right now and it’s great to be able to pull it out, thaw it, and serve with cornbread or potatoes. Easy and comforting.
Cakes freeze great, and loaf cakes and breads especially. They’re really easy to thaw, just take it out of the freezer and let it sit until it’s not frozen anymore. No heating, no microwaving, nothing. If you want banana bread for breakfast, take the loaf out the night before and get what you want.
Really anything made in a casserole dish can be frozen and reheated. If you use a disposable pan, even better (re: easier)! Just make these enchiladas as directed, stopping at the cooking part, and cover and freeze. When you get a hankering, just pop them in the oven, covered, and bake until warm and bubbly. Remove the foil and let brown, then serve.
These get double billing because they’re made in the slow cooker. There is very little actual hands on activity to make a perfect dinner. Once these are cooked, let them cool and portion them into durable resealable bags, covering them with sauce. To thaw, set out until you can easily slip them out of the bag, then bake in a casserole dish or warm through in a pot on the stove. All you need is fresh bread and cheese.
This may be my favorite slow cooker recipe. It’s so versatile, can be used in so many cuisines, and it freezes well. See: braised, slow cooker, fun.
Lasagna is the ultimate casserole dish, and so it freezes great. This one is a yummy take on a classic. Take it to a neighbor to say “welcome to the neighborhood” or to a friend who may need an easy dinner at a moments notice.
This classic lasagna is a crowd pleaser and for all the reasons mentioned above, is perfect for freezing. I would make this in a disposable pan (or even in a couple of smaller disposable pans for easy portioning) and just pop them in the oven when I want a comforting, home cooked meal. You really can’t lose.
Save yourself some time come future dinners, do a good deed for a neighbor or a friend, and save those leftovers all at the same time!