Okay ya’ll, it’s the moment (errr….post) you’ve all been waiting for…my Freezer Meal Compilation! As you know, I have quite alot of experience in making oven freezer meals and crockpot freezer meals since that is all we survived on while I was in college and working and also after we had our son. I don’t know why I never though to compose a blog post of some freezer friendly meals until now!
This Freezer Meal Compilation definitely won’t be the last one I make either! Depending on how you guys like this post, I’m planning to possibly start doing a freezer meal compilation post each month highlighting about one week’s worth of freezer meals. This is a great way to get dinner on the table for your family if you have a really busy schedule with no time to cook or meal prep before work and it’s also really helpful to new mother’s, the elderly who aren’t able to cook, and for taking to a sick friend, or someone who just lost a loved one.
I’ll try to make this post as quick and concise as possible but there are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way that I want to share in order to help you out and make this freezer meal prep process go faster and more smoothly.
- Use Gallon Sized Ziploc freezer bags for the Crockpot Freezer Meals. I just find this is the easiest way to package and freeze these meals. Also, don’t forget to label everything with a black, permanent marker!
- If you’re making freezer oven meals, buy disposable tin pans along with some sturdy foil to cover the top of the pans with. The disposable oven safe pans can be found at Walmart for under $1. Don’t ever send a pan or dish to someone’s house that you want to get back because chances are, you won’t ever see it again!
Okay, with all of that being said, let’s jump straight to my Freezer Meal Compilation recipes!
These Copy Cat Taco Bell Chicken Quesadillas (<<<click that link to go straight to the recipe) are so fast and easy to make and (gasp!) they are Freezer Friendly! This is a great meal to make a double batch of and then freeze. All you need to do is fix these Quesadillas according to the recipe and then, after allowing them to cool completely, place them in a large, freezer Ziploc bag, seal the bag, and write the name of the meal along with the date you made them on the outside of the bag.
These make great make-ahead lunches for your kid’s lunch boxes, your lunch box, meal prep for a spouse, or a nice meal to take to a mother who may have just had a new baby and needs something to feed herself and her other children.
If I were taking this meal to someone else I would throw in a large bowl of my Easy Guacamole Dip (<<<click link for recipe) along with some of my Fast and Easy Restaurant Salsa (<<<click link for recipe) add in a big bag of tortilla chips, some Mexican Rice, maybe some Refried Beans, and they would have an awesome meal!
Next up on the list is this Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque (<<<click that link for the recipe) which is a family favorite around my house. I know soup isn’t on everybody’s favorite list but I have made this Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque for entertaining friends to lunch and have always received good review on this one. It’s so warm and comforting, I can’t imagine a better soup to take to someone who just lost a family member or a friend recovering from an illness.
If I were making this Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Bisque to freeze, I would make a double batch and put the leftovers into freezer safe bowls with lids (make sure the lids fit tightly). Once I had the lid on, I would use some blue or tan painters tape, place it on the top of the lid, and then label it with the name of the dish and the date I made it and then freeze! That way you would have a soup to pull out of the freezer on a night when you didn’t feel like cooking, and you could also take it to a friend and they could choose to thaw and serve it when they were ready to do so. You could set this Tomato Basil Bisque out to thaw the night before you wanted to cook it or you could heat it in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes, just long enough to slightly thaw it, and then place it in a sauce pan on the stove to thaw and heat through the rest of the way before serving.
While we’re talking about soups to make ahead and freeze, let me introduce you to this Instant Pot Santa Fe Chili (<<<Click link for the recipe) this chili is so delicious and easy to make in only fifteen minutes in your Instant Pot! This Instant Pot Santa Fe Chili makes such a huge batch that you won’t need to double the recipe in order to freeze and share.
I like to set aside half of this Instant Pot Santa Fe Chili and put it in a bowl with a tight fitting lid (Rubbermaid makes some great ones). Don’t forget to label bowl with the name of the dish, and the date you made it on! If I was taking this to someone for a meal, I would include a bag of Corn Chips, some plain nonfat Greek yogurt (as a sour cream substitute) or sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and Mexican corn bread. When it’s time to thaw and heat this chili up, I just place it in the microwave for about three minutes, just long enough to thaw it slightly, and then I dump it into a large sauce pan on the stove and heat on medium heat until it’s completely thawed and heated through.
The next freezer friendly meal for this Freezer Meal Compilation is this Slow Cooker Santa Fe Turkey Enchilada Casserole (<<<click link for the recipe) which can also be made as an oven meal which is what I would suggest for an Oven Freezer meal.
When you click on the recipe link for this Slow Cooker Santa Fe Turkey Enchilada Casserole, you will see the freezer to oven instructions. If you are making this casserole to take to a friend, (or making any of these meals to take to a friend or someone in need) I suggest that you click the link for each individual recipe and print the recipe out. Each recipe has specific instructions when using these dishes as freezer meals and having the printed recipe on hand when you deliver the meal will not only be useful for the person cooking it, but it will also allow them to view all of the ingredients in case they have a family member or someone dining with them that has an allergy. Just like the Copy Cat Taco Bell Chicken Quesadillas recipe, there is no need to thaw this recipe before cooking.
Next up on my list of Freezer Meals Compilation is my Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce (<<<click on link for the recipe). This one is great to make a double batch of and then freeze in large mason jars because you never know when you’ll need some awesome pasta sauce on hand!
Not only is this a great sauce to make extra of and freeze for yourself so that you never have to buy pasta sauce at the store again, but this is also a great sauce to freeze and bring to a sick friend. You could even cook the spaghetti noodles or zoodles for them and take over in a separate bowl or create a little food gift basket with the homemade Easy Spaghetti Meat Sauce in the jar along with a box of spaghetti noodles, some salad in a bag, croûtons, salad dressing, Italian bread, and a small bag of shredded Parmesan cheese. Now that’s a gift basket I would LOVE to receive!
Last up on this Freezer Meal Compilation is this Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy (<<<click link for the recipe). This is hands down one of our very favorite recipes and one that I have taken the most to sick friends or momma’s who just need the comfort of not having to worry about dinner that night. My husband loves this recipe, everyone who has tried this Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy has loved it, and it’s just downright, pure, Southern Comfort food. I like to serve this Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over my Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes (<<<click link for recipe) with a side of Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob (<<<click link for the recipe).
This crockpot freezer meal is a great, throw and go kind of thing that you can just place all of the ingredients into a freezer, Ziploc bag and then just freeze until you’re ready to cook. No need to thaw it out before cooking! All instructions for how to freeze the recipe as well as instructions on how to cook it are listed in the recipe link above.
I hope you all have enjoyed this Freezer Meal Compilation and if you have found this useful, please leave a comment and let me know! If this is something you would like to see more of give me some feedback and I will start working on having one post like this each month.
Happy freezer cooking friends!