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12 Easiest Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

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This list of 12 Super Easy Make Ahead Freezer Meals will make it easy to prepare for having a baby or the beginning of the school year.  Each recipe can be made ahead of time to put directly in the oven or the freezer!  Make dinner preparation easy with these simple make ahead freezer meals!

  

cheese sauce

Cheese Sauce

While this isn’t a meal itself, we use it all the time in our casseroles, enchiladas, or with pasta.  Don’t freeze it on its own or the texture will be funny, but we will reference it several times in this post.

  • 1 cube (8 tbsp or 1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 8 tbsp flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp chicken bouillon or flavor base
  • grated cheese

Melt butter on medium temperature stove. Mix in the flour to create a very thick paste. Add milk and stir constantly (do not walk away at all or it will burn on the bottom). Continue stirring and as the sauce thickens, add the bouillon. Keep stirring until all lumps are out and sauce begins to boil. Continue stirring constantly while sauce boils for at least 1-2 minutes (be careful of splashes). Then add as much grated cheese as desired.

Simple Tuna Casserole

This delicious tuna noodle casserole is a cheap and easy dinner for a frugal family on a budget. It’s a quick meal that is affordable when you live a tight budget, and it tastes great! This is also a great make-ahead freezer meal recipe for a new mom or for busy days.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

This chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole made with curry makes a delicious dinner that adults and kids will love!  It’s simple to put together – make it ahead of time and freeze for later if you want, or bake and serve immediately!

Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

These ham and cheese roll-up biscuits make a perfect dinner for the entire family!  Topped with hot homemade cheese sauce, this delicious recipe will make your mouth water and your tummy full!

chicken enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

Try these delicious chicken enchiladas with a creamy homemade cheese sauce and just a hint of chili peppers.  They’re sure to delight your dinner guests and satisfy even the most picky of children!  Even better, you can double the recipe and freeze some for later!

Lasagna

This delicious and easy lasagna is perfect for dinner with family, friends, or on your own!  This lasagna recipe can also be frozen before baking, so it can be used as a make-ahead freezer meal for yourself or someone who needs a dinner, like a new mom.

Chicken Lasagna

This delicious chicken veggie lasagna wtih a homemade cheese sauce is the perfect addition to your dinner meal plan!  It is simple to make and acts as a healthier alternative to regular ground beef lasagna.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Looking for a delicious recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese that’s made from scratch?  This simple, healthy dinner is a favorite of children and adults!  With it’s creamy cheese sauce made from scratch, this unique varation on traditional macaroni and cheese makes for a yummy lunch or dinner for your family.

After cooking, you can stick in the freezer to be warmed up and eaten any time!

Pancake/Waffle Recipe

This easy breakfast recipe for the world’s best pancakes comes with a family secret ingredient. Have delicious pancakes at every family gathering where a special breakfast recipe is needed.  This is an old family recipe from Tiffany’s side of the family.

Mix together in a bowl:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 T white sugar
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt

At this point, you can freeze the dry ingredients in a Ziploc bag.  On the outside of the bag, label it and write the needed wet ingredients.

Silly Chili Macaroni and Cheese

Looking for an easy dinner recipe that children will love?  Give this simple Silly Chili Macaroni a try!  It’s a favorite of kids and adults alike, and it’s easy to customize!  It’s also a perfect pantry, stockpile, or food storage meal.

Navajo Tacos

Make a bread dough of your choice. Break into balls and roll flat into thick tortillas.

At this point you can either freeze the dough, or you can make the Indian fried bread and freeze then.

Deep fry in oil with a griddle.  Top with chili, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, etc.

Meatloaf

Loaf:

  • 2 lb hamburger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Canned milk (enough to moisten well)

Mix all ingredients well with hands. Stick in a loaf pan.

Topping:

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup

Mix together and smooth on top of loaf with a spoon.  Cover with tin foil and bake at 350* for one hour.

Shepherd’s Pie

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Canned corn
  • Canned green beans
  • Ground beef
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Grated cheese

Spread cooked mashed potatoes on the bottom of a casserole dish.  Layer corn, green beans, and cooked ground beef.  Spread cream of mushroom soup on top and cover with grated cheese.  Bake in the oven at 350*.

Pot Roast

  • Raw roast (we like getting the manager’s special roasts and half-price and freezing them immediately)
  • Bag of baby carrots
  • Potatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • Brown gravy powder

Put potatoes, carrots, and onions in a gallon-size ziploc freezer bag.  Put water and brown gravy powder in a crockpot, then add roast and vegetablesPP.  Set crockpot to low for 10 hours and stir occasionally.  We like to flip the roast over halfway through to increase tenderness.

What are some of your favorite meals to freeze?

An earlier version of this post was written by Tiffany on The Crazy Shopping Cart

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Emily Adams July 29, 2019 - 7:46 am

I am trying to focus on easier meals that I can prepare ahead of time, so this is a really useful list. Mmm, meatloaf 🙂

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Sami July 29, 2019 - 10:35 am

Great ideas here! yum…

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Jessica Bryn July 31, 2019 - 9:39 am

My husband is a big fan of shepards pie. We’ve never tried freezing it before though. Good to know!

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Craige Hardel August 2, 2019 - 3:54 pm

Really good recipes. Been looking for something different and unique for a while

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Sarah August 4, 2019 - 6:57 am

Thanks for the recipes. Great ideas!

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Lorraine August 4, 2019 - 6:58 am

These recipes are amazing. I always have hungry kids so it’s good to have make ahead freezer meals. Thanks for sharing

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