Freezer-Friendly Dinners the Whole Family Will Love
When life gets hectic, it's nice to have a back up plan for putting dinner on the table. These 20 freezer-friendly recipes are perfect for stocking up on delicious meals that are easy to reheat for the entire family to enjoy. Meal prep and make a few batches for freezing, or make the recipe for dinner and freeze the leftovers for another day. Getting ahead with a freezer-friendly dinner is one of the best ways to give yourself the gift of time later.
Freezer-Friendly Thai Chicken
Ready to eat in just 30 minutes, this Thai chicken is almost easier than ordering takeout. Serve over rice or in lettuce wraps.
Hot Tamale Pie
This south-of-the-border casserole features beef, peppers, and cornbread mix for a hearty dinner. It can be frozen baked or unbaked.
Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini Deluxe
Comforting pasta, creamy sauce, and a cheesy topping. What's not to love? You can use either chicken or turkey, depending on what you've got on hand.
Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
Perfectly spiced beans are balanced out with sweet potato in these vegetarian-friendly burritos. To make them vegan, simply skip the cheese.
Neat Sloppy Joes
Thicker than your average sloppy joe, these hearty sandwiches are perfect for kids since the finely diced onions and celery practically disappear into the sauce. Freeze individual scoops of the filling, and all you'll have to do for dinner is toast a few buns.
Pesto Chicken Penne Casserole
"Creamy, flavorful and so easy to fix," describes recipe creator Lindalou. "This meal-in-one will wow family and friends."
Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers
"This is a simple and delicious recipe," says creator Trudi Davidoff. "After making them the first time my husband said 'no more' to beef burgers." Freeze these patties and you'll always have a quick dinner nearby.
Don't let this recipe name fool you, these handheld pies may not win any beauty contests, but they're still stars when it comes to taste. Biscuit dough creates the base before being loaded up with barbecue beef and Cheddar cheese.
Healthy Turkey Loaf
Turkey creates a lighter take on this classic comfort food, which is packed with flavor thanks to salsa and fresh bell peppers. The whole loaf can be mixed up, frozen, then baked for a quick meal.
"Tastes like lasagna with a spaghetti twist! We liked it," says 3KIDS5. "Great for making ahead (before kids sports games) and popping in the oven when getting home."
Ronaldo's Beef Carnitas
Give your average chuck roast some spicy kick with this Mexican-inspired recipe. Green chile peppers, spices, and garlic infuse while it bakes low and slow in the oven until fall apart tender.
Indian Dahl with Spinach
"I have had 3 bowls of this! This is incredible and one would swear it came from an Indian restaurant," says reviewer TUNISIANSWIFE. Freeze individual portions in zip-top baggies, and serve with rice or naan upon reheating.
Lasagna Roll Ups
Not only does making individual lasagna roll ups create a better presentation, it also make it easier to freeze. Just put each piece on a baking sheet, freeze, and bag up for later.
Ham, Potato, and Broccoli Casserole
Why cook different components for dinner when you can layer it all up in a casserole and call it a day? Here, ham, fries, and broccoli are baked together in an irresistibly creamy cheese sauce.
Cabbage rolls are an excellent comfort food dinner, but not everyone has time to make them on a weeknight. If you find yourself with a few extra hours, spend them in the kitchen rolling up cabbage leaves for an easy freezable dinner.
Packed with ham, bell peppers, mushrooms, and cheese, this delicious quiche dish has all the bold flavors found on top of a supreme pizza. No ham on hand? Recipe creator prissycat suggests substituting in sausage or bacon.
Curried Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole
"Wow!! I absolutely love this recipe," says reviewer Kenys B. "Even my picky husband said it was a keeper!"
Di's Stuffed Green Peppers
When you need an all-in-one dinner, this is the recipe for you. Bright green peppers are stuffed with rice, ground beef, and tomato sauce before being finished off with a layer of mozzarella.
A kind of cousin to the shepherd's pie, this decadent casserole features a layer of mashed potatoes to envelope the ground beef and vegetable filling.
Mexican Pot Roast
Make a big batch of this Mexican pot roast and you'll be set all week long (or longer if you freeze it). Stuff the meat into tacos, stir into soups, or shred for salads.