Meal prepping for the week ahead is an excellent time-saving strategy. The only problem is you’re often left eating the same dish several days in a row. Not if you freeze some portions, though!
When you freeze some of your favorite meals, you can rotate them over the following few months. Not only will you save cash, but you’ll also save your taste buds from eating the same things over and over.
Below are 8 meals you can easily prep, freeze, and enjoy for several months.
Easy Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken pot pie can be a bit time-consuming to make, but with the right tools and tricks, you can make plenty for both now and later. In this recipe, the author walks you through how to make a roux, then you mix in the rest of the fillings to create multiple mini pot pies.
For convenience, you make the filling from frozen veggies, so the food-prep time is cut in half. You’ll then learn how to cut out a perfectly sized pie crust using the cover of a cooking pot. How clever! Before you know it, you’ll have six mini pies.
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Chicken Noodle Casserole
This yummy egg noodle recipe features chicken, healthy vegetables, and just enough seasoning. It’s straight-forward and perfect for when you don’t have much time to fiddle around with new cooking techniques.
You might want to whip up a double batch of this. Otherwise, you might not have enough left over to freeze, because it’s so creamy and delicious.
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Black Bean and Quinoa Vegetarian Burritos
These healthy vegetarian burritos are a meal prepper’s dream. They also taste delicious, so you can chow on a few while they’re fresh, then save some for later. Yes, there’s a lot of chopping, but the results are worth it because they freeze so well!
Everyone in the whole family will appreciate being able to grab one of these out of the freezer and go.
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Million Dollar Chicken Alfredo Bake
You’ve probably already noticed a pattern here. Pasta is super easy to make ahead of time, and it freezes well, too. Continuing the trend, this chicken Alfredo bake is incredibly tasty. With a homemade Alfredo sauce and tons of fresh, flavorful ingredients, how could you go wrong?
The author of this recipe also answers any question you might have about making this meal. From assembly to devour time, you’ll learn to love this tasty dish, which tastes like a million dollars, but sure doesn’t cost it!
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Homemade Mac and Cheese
Baked macaroni and cheese is just one of those cozy meals that make your heart sing. And this recipe is as creamy and cheesy as it gets! The whole family is sure to love it.
The author also gives you some tips and tricks, and answers frequently asked questions about making homemade baked mac and cheese. Whether you enjoy all of this classic meal in one sitting or portion it out to last a few months, it’ll always be a real crowd-pleaser.
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Good eggplant Parmesan is hard to find, but if you know and understand the crucial steps involved in preparing this dish, it’ll come out perfect every time. This recipe will teach you all about generously salting your eggplant slices before breading and frying. This is what extracts the moisture and bitterness, so, whatever you do, don’t skip this step.
Although eggplant Parmesan can be time-consuming to make, the results are so worth it. You’ll love sinking your teeth into every cheesy, flavorful bite. Make a big batch, portion some out, then enjoy it for months to come.
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Homemade Frozen Meatballs
Okay, so meatballs aren’t exactly a meal, but they are the main component in many popular dishes. And sure, you can buy them already frozen, but why not make them yourself? After all, homemade always tastes better!
This recipe walks you through creating delicious meatballs you can then freeze and use to make subs, a casserole, or top your spaghetti. They’re versatile and most people can’t get enough of them, so you’ll be glad you have some meatballs ready to go whenever you need them!
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Mushroom Spinach Lasagna
And finally, we get to lasagna—that ever-popular freezer meal so many adore. But have you ever tried a vegetarian mushroom and spinach version? If not, this recipe is for you! It is so delicious and the author claims it freezes great!
This recipe makes six servings, so if you plan to have some extra, portion it out and freeze some for later, or double-batch it!
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