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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!