7 Freezer Recipes To Save You Time

This time of year is the perfect time to stock your freezer full of yummy freezer recipes. With a bit of planning, you can become hooked on batch cooking. Less mess and less time in the kitchen!

Try these freezer recipes using the cook once, eat twice method. Make a double batch – one to serve that night and one to freeze for later. Make note of your family’s response so you know if a dish gets a “Make Again” vote.

Freezer Recipes to Save You Time

The book Once-A-Month Cooking inspired my mom and I to cook in batches. We averaged about 20 meals from one day of cooking. They have since released a Family Favorites edition of this book, which is also fantastic.

Here are some simple freezer recipes to help you get started with freezer cooking.

7 Freezer Recipes to Save You Time

1. Sweet and Sour Chicken

Prep time: 20 minutes
Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sweet Sour Chicken

This was my favourite comfort food growing up. Thaw in the morning, pour over boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

HINT: Freezer bags work well for sauces. They don’t tie up casserole dishes, and they stack nicely in the freezer. Write the cooking directions on the bag to save extra time.

2. Grilled Chicken

Prep time: 30 minutes
Instructions: Grilled Chicken for Freezer Cooking
Grilled Chicken

If you want to capture the taste of barbecued chicken in many recipes, marinate and grill many chicken breasts at once. Portion out 2 or 3 to freeze at a time.

HINT: Once thawed, grilled chicken can be used to make chicken Caesar salad, quesadillas, tortilla soup, paninis and more. Follow the link above to see many easy recipes using this chicken as the base.

3. Lasagna Casserole

Prep time: 30 minutes
Recipe: Lasagna Casserole
Freezer Lasagna

This is my go-to freezer meal when I invite company over the night before. I pull the lasagna out to thaw and pop it in the oven the day of. And, of course, lasagna leftovers taste even better the next day!

We pair this meal with a garden salad and/or garlic bread for a real treat!

HINT: Oven-ready lasagna noodles save the step of boiling noodles – big time saver!

4.Stuffed Bell Peppers

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Recipe: Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed Peppers for Freezer

Delicious as a side dish, or as a main meal, with salad on the side.

HINT: Peppers often go on sale and this is a great way to use up quite a few at a time.

5. Spicy Sausage, Beans and Rice

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Spicy Sausage, Beans and Rice
Sausage Beans Freezer Meal

Write the instructions directly on the freezer bag, including: Add 4 cups water. Bring to boil and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 40 to 50 minutes.

HINT: When preparing this meal, add the 4 cups of water into the freezer bag to “swish” out any extra spices that stick to the bag.

6. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Recipe: Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Freezer Meatballs

HINT: You can freeze this in a casserole dish covered with foil, or in freezer bags (if you lay them carefully in the freezer).

7. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

HINT: A nice change from traditional Shepherd’s Pie. You can also adapt the recipe by using half sweet potato and half potato topping.

There is nothing like the sense of accomplishment from creating a freezer recipe. You know that the “hard part” of cooking is done (preparation and clean-up). Menu planning is a snap with a few meals already created!

What is your favourite freezer recipe?

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Comments
  1. Christine T. says:

    Looks great! I can’t wait to try them. :)

  2. Lorraine says:

    thank you for these Cassie, I love how simple and easy you make your recipes. Is there an ebook coming anytime soon?

  3. Olivia says:

    Thanks for the recipe ideas, Karen. I love cooking in batches. I just made a huge pot of meat and veggie pasta sauce today and froze enough for two extra meals for a family of four. Stews and soups are also great for batches, made with less liquid so it takes less space in the freezer…..adding the extra liquid in the reheating process.

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