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9 Freezer-Friendly Meals

Mar 24, 2015

March is Frozen Food Month — a topic near and dear to our hearts! While the month was created to celebrate store-bought frozen foods, we’re taking the opportunity to appreciate those awesome homemade foods that freeze up perfectly to keep on hand for when you need a nice meal in a pinch. With options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, make your way through this list and you’ll have a freezer stocked full for months!

1. Classic Mac & Cheese

Mac and CheeseBook: Mac & Cheese, Please!
Rich and creamy mac & cheese is a perfect food to freeze now and bake to bubbly goodness later. Assemble in a freezer-proof baking dish, wrap with plastic, and send it for a deep freeze. Defrost in the fridge overnight before baking.

2. Enchilada Soup

Enchilada SoupBook: 50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker
Soup is one of the easiest foods to freeze and reheat. We suggest dividing into portion sizes that will work best for your family (i.e. single-serve if you’ll use the soup for lunches, four-serving containers if you're feeding four for dinner). When you’re ready to reheat, simply microwave or plunk the frozen soup into a saucepan and heat until warmed through.

3. Carrot-Zucchini Bread with Candied Ginger

Zucchini BreadBook: Eating Local
Tender quickbreads are simple to freeze whole or in single servings, and all you need to do is set them at room temperature to defrost before serving. Follow these instructions for fool-proof freezing.

4. After-School Berry Smoothie

SmoothiesBook: The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook
Make smoothies even easier to throw together by storing pre-measured servings of frozen fruit in plastic baggies. When hunger hits, throw the berries in a blender with the other ingredients for a quick and healthy snack.

5. Real Cream of Tomato Soup

Tomato SoupBook: 50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker
Smooth, creamy soups freeze perfectly. Portion into individual containers and heat by microwave or stove when ready to enjoy.

6. Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet Potato WafflesBook: Heartland
Having homemade waffles for breakfast is one of those fantastic treats that makes anyone smile. Unfortunately, it’s quite a process to make them from scratch! Prolong the special breakfasts by whipping up a big batch of waffles over the weekend and freeze them to be reheated in the toaster for an easy weekday breakfast.

7. Proscuitto-Wrapped Frittata Muffins

Frittata MuffinsBook: Nom Nom Paleo
Frittata muffins make eggs portable and easy to enjoy for breakfast any day of the week. Eat cold, at room temperate, or zap in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off.

8. Oven-Baked Blueberry French Toast

BlueberryFrenchToastBook: Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly
French toast casserole is great for freezing. Assemble in the dish, cover well, and freeze until you’re ready to enjoy. Thaw overnight before baking and serving.

9. Simple Meat Ragout

Meat RagoutBook: My Family Table
Pasta sauces of any kind are a great meal to keep on hand in the freezer to heat up for an easy and hearty weeknight meal when you don’t have the time to make something from scratch. Store the sauce alone, and cook pasta fresh when you’re ready to enjoy. Heat the sauce in a pan over medium-low heat for best results.


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