60+ Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been doubling meals and freezing them for nights when I don’t feel like cooking. I tuck leftovers into the freezer on a regular basis to see how they handle being reheated after freezing. If a meal reheats nicely and tastes as good as the day I first made it, it is on this list.

Soups are a staple in my freezer. I regularly keep at least a dozen portion-sized containers of soup in the freezer, so that I can toss one in my husband’s lunch on days when there aren’t enough leftovers from dinner the previous night.

One thing that I frequently receive requests for is for meals that can be made in advance. Whether the meal is for a special occasion, to take to a friend, for while you are under the weather or just to get everyone fed while you run kids all over town at night; having some meals stashed in the freezer for those busy nights helps keep dinner time easy and stress free.

I’ve added freezer tips to the bottom of every recipe in this list. Some of the meals below are cooked first and then frozen, some are frozen first and then cooked. However you make them, hopefully these recipes will make meal planning easier.

These are all meals that I’ve made repeatedly and they all qualify as kid-approved favorites in our house.

A close up of a plate of food, with Fajita and Dinner

MAIN DISHES

Black Bean, Beef and Corn Taco Nachos
Crock-Pot Green Chile Pulled Pork
Chipotle Chicken and Rice (my version of Arroz con Pollo)
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Southwestern Chicken Mexican Lasagna
Chicken, Fresh Corn and Three Bean Enchiladas
Mexican Lasagna
Chicken and Bean Burritos
Crock-Pot Chicken Fajitas
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Green Chile Enchiladas
Spicy Mexican Un-Stuffed Bell Peppers
Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce
Spicy Chinese Vegetable Stir Fry with Chicken
Saucy Asian Meatballs
Sriracha Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir-Fry
Spicy Chicken and Bacon Stir Fry
Chicken Enchilada Dip
Mojo Chicken – In The Oven or In the Crock-Pot
Beer and Garlic Marinade for Chicken
Lemon Lime Herbed Chicken Marinade
Italian Red Wine Pork Roast – Crock-Pot or Oven
Italian Herb and Parmesan Meatballs
Spicy Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers
Spicy Italian Bell Pepper and Onion Skillet
Layered Cabbage Rolls
BBQ Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Beef and Black Bean Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Sweet and Tangy Crockpot Pulled Pork
A bowl of food on a table, with Soup and Beef
SOUPS
Southwestern Three Bean Soup
Creamy White Chicken Chili
Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage
Southwest Chicken Soup – Crockpot or Stovetop
Italian Vegetable Soup
Sweet and Spicy Italian Jack Chili
Spicy Southwest Turkey and Four Bean Soup
White Bean and Ham Soup – On the Stove or In the Crockpot
Hearty Italian Beef and Vegetable Stew
Taco Soup
Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Simple Enchilada Soup with Chicken or Turkey
Ranch Style Chicken and Bean Soup
Italian Sausage and Vegetable Soup
Rustic Vegetable Beef Soup
Chunky Chicken Corn Chowder
A close up of food on a plate, with Enchilada and Bacon

BREAKFASTS

Scrambled Egg and Sausage Stacked Enchiladas
Bacon Caramelized Onion and Potato Frittata
Red Potato and Bacon Quiche with Chipotle Peppers
Cheesy Potato Egg and Spinach Mini Quiches
Chewy Raisin Baked Oatmeal Cups

Biscoff Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal
Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal
Baked Peach Oatmeal Cups
Heart Shaped Craisin Baked Oatmeal
Cinnamon Spice Soaked & Baked Oatmeal
Baked Oatmeal
Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes
Light and Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes
Whole Wheat Zucchini Waffles
Whole Wheat Waffles with Waffle Sauce
Brown Sugar and Spice Zucchini Waffles
Buckwheat Waffles – Gluten Free or Not
Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Waffles – Gluten Free
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Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. motherrimmy says

    Wow! This is an incredible resource for families with school coming up and time at a premium. I know how much work went into this post. I can't wait to share it.