Whether you are hoping to save time during your busy weeknights or give yourself some much needed rest on the weekend, freezer friendly meals are the answer. Here are 20 freezer friendly dinner ideas that can be frozen in advance for quick, nutritious meals when you don’t feel like cooking.
Mexican Beef Casserole
Are you looking for a delicious and easy midweek dinner idea? Look no further than this flavorful Mexican beef casserole recipe! With fragrant and perfectly cooked rice made in one pot, this hearty casserole is the perfect meal to satisfy your craving for a delicious Mexican fiesta. With all your favourite toppings included, this recipe will surely become a family favourite!
Slow Cooker Beef Pie
This is the ultimate comfort food. Fall apart beef in a rich gravy – The best part is that it’s super quick to throw together in the slow cooker. This one is minimal fuss but a real crowd pleaser.
Easy Butter Chicken
Many of the butter chicken recipes I have come across are pretty complex. They require multiple ingredients and long marinating times; some even require ingredients to be blitzed in a food processor. This one is made with the simplest ingredients, and I can have dinner on the table within 15 minutes. The flavour is so intense and delicious. Bite-sized pieces of perfectly cooked chicken in a creamy butter chicken sauce is the perfect recipe for a fast and easy dinner.
Flavourful, fast and tasty homemade nachos are perfect for entertaining or a fun family dinner. Nestled on a bed of crispy corn chips, melted cheese, and a variety of flavorful toppings, this recipe will satisfy your Mexican cravings. And as a bonus – any leftover beef mixture can be refrigerated or frozen and used in other Mexican classics like burritos, tacos or quesadillas.
Wonton Dumpling Soup
This wonton dumpling soup is deceptively quick and easy to make! It is one my family’s favourite meals. I love serving it topped with chilli oil, sesame oil and tamari. It is the perfect weeknight dish made in one pot. An added bonus is that these dumplings can be pre-made and left in the fridge or even frozen.
Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini
Delicious one pot Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini pillows, cooked in a garlic infused, rich, tomato sauce, all in less than 15 minutes.
Cottage Pie is the ultimate comfort classic. I’ve tried many recipes, but I keep coming back to this method after all of my attempts. My version of Cottage Pie is loaded with extra vegetables, which I grate to suit even the fussiest of eaters… As the pie cooks, the veggies disintegrate to create a flavour-packed gravy. Although Cottage Pie requires a bit more preparation and cooking time, it is easy to make. This recipe is enough to serve my family twice. It is also the perfect dinner to freeze for when you need dinner on the table in a hurry!
One Pot Lasagna
Traditional lasagna is one of my most loved foods, but with two little people, I often did not have the energy to make it come dinner time. This One Pot Lasagna recipe is the perfect solution for those nights when you want a comforting, delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. This family-friendly recipe went viral soon after I shared it, and it is one of my most visited and most frequently made recipes. Perfectly cooked layers of pasta are tucked between rich layers of tomato sauce, which is topped with stretchy, melty mozzarella. It’s easy to customise to your liking. You can add grated veggies or your favourite herbs to give it a personal touch. It’s easy, freezer friendly, made in one pan, and enough to serve between 6-8 adults.
Slow Cooked Beef Ragu
There is nothing quite like a homemade, Slow Cooked Beef Ragu. One pan does all the hard work, simmering the beef and tomato until it’s so tender that it falls apart with the touch of a fork. The preparation is simple, but the result is a perfect hearty sauce piled over a bed of pasta or served with a crusty piece of bread. This comforting dish can be made ahead of time, making it the perfect family dinner for busy weeknights or relaxed weekends.
Massaman Beef Slow Cooker
Slow cooked, melt in the mouth beef with a Thai massaman curry sauce. Let the slow cooker do all the heavy lifting in creating a rich, fragrant sauce. So easy to put together and one of the best, if not the best massaman I’ve ever eaten.
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
Comforting and warming chicken soup just like my Mum makes! This soup produces a rich, wholesome broth with fall-apart chicken. Cook it in the slow cooker or on the stove, instructions for both methods are below. It freezes beautifully well for a quick midweek meal.
Roasted Pumpkin Soup
Warming and comforting pumpkin soup made better with a deep, roasted flavour. I love there is limited chopping and preparation required, the oven does all the work!
Perfectly juicy, tender meatballs are possible in one pan. This Meatball Bake starts with a simple tomato and garlic sauce and then it’s as simple as submerging the meatballs and allowing them to cook. A golden cheese crust finishes this dish off and it’s perfect served with fresh bread to mop up the sauce or a bowl of pasta.
Slow Cooked Traditional Goulash
This dish is pure nostalgia for me. I grew up eating this, but with Mum’s handmade potato dumplings that I would help her make. Goulash is a hearty dish originating in Hungary that every region has a different way of making. Chunky cuts of fall apart beef or pork are slowly cooked in a fragrant sauce, riddled with sweet paprika, onion and garlic. It can be served with noodles, creamy polenta, mashed potato or potato gnocchi as I have served in this picture. A dollop of sour cream sets it off.
This rich, delicious bolognese sauce is so easy to make and is the ultimate comfort meal. It is the addition of beef stock teamed with slowly cooking out the vegetables to start that really makes this something special. It serves 4 with leftovers and has the added bonus of being freezer friendly.
Freezer Friendly Chicken Schnitzel
Freezer friendly, homemade chicken schnitzel perfect for those nights where you just need to get dinner on the table fast! This is a super simple recipe which includes how to prepare chicken breast, how to crumb chicken schnitzel without the mess, how to cook chicken schnitzel and how to store chicken schnitzel in the freezer. I know the freezer section in the supermarket aisle can be tempting, but not only will you have the satisfaction of making your own chicken schnitzels (and knowing exactly what is in them!), but I promise these will taste so much better too!
Swedish Meatballs are traditionally made with allspice and/or nutmeg and I choose to omit these to make this recipe the ultimate kid-friendly, family crowd pleaser. I promise the spices are not missed. This is a go-to dinner at our place. Simple meatballs are made incredibly soft with a secret ingredient (milk!) and are covered in a rich, creamy gravy and served with pasta or mashed potato. It’s a deceptively easy recipe to make (there is hardly any chopping), perfect for a fast, weeknight dinner.
Crispy Fish Tacos
Crispy tacos do not need to be reserved for dinners out. They can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. Think crispy fish tucked into soft tortillas and topped with all your favourite Mexican sides. Jalepinos and spicy mayo always make an appearance on mine!
Homemade Beef Burger
These juicy burger patties are the answer to your next meal plan. Burgers are something my entire family love. Whether it’s outside during the summer months on the BBQ or as comforting Friday night fakeaway, I know everyone will be happy! The best part is how quick these are to make. It really as simple as mixing a few ingredients together. Once you make your own, you will never go back to store bought pre-made patties. These taste so much better, plus you have the satisfaction of knowing yours are made with simple, wholesome ingredients.