Spend a bit of time stocking up on these freezer-friendly meal prep recipes so you have healthy lunches and dinners at your fingertips! This post takes the guesswork out of freezing your meals with vegetarian, and chicken options- plus more!
When it comes to meal prep, picking freezer-friendly meals is such a great idea. This means you can have healthy meals in your freezer at all times, and helps you rotate meals into your meal plan- no more repetition! The problem with freezer meals? It’s often unclear what can or cannot be frozen.
This post takes the guesswork out of the equation- these meals are all tried and true freezer-friendly meal prep recipes!
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Which meal prep recipes tend to freeze well?
- stir fries
- rice and quinoa freeze/thaw well
- cauliflower rice is OK, it gets a little bit softer but not to the point of being unappetizing. If you freeze cauliflower rice in a sauce, this becomes a problem
Freezer meal FAQ
The most important thing is to pick meals that are freezer-friendly (that’s where this post comes in handy). To learn more about which ingredients freeze well and which don’t, check out Freezer Meal Do’s and Don’ts.
1. Cool completely– after cooking your meals, it’s important to cool them completely. Warm food going into the freezer can lead to condensation, which in turn can cause freezer burn.
2. Use good containers- I love freezing in my Snapware storage containers because they are freezer-friendly, and can be placed into the microwave while still fully frozen. Check out my favorite meal prep containers
Check out my favorite freezer containers
3. Label- use tape, labels or dry erase markers to label the container with the recipe and date of freezing.
The short answer is you can technically freeze pre-cooked meals indefinitely, as there is no risk of harmful bacteria growing while the food is fully frozen (1).
The longer answer is that you do not want to store your meals for longer than 3 months, as the ‘freezer taste’ can start to creep in (2). Make sure you label the meals with name and date, and make an effort to eat what you’ve prepared, and to be rotating through your freezer stash.
Thawing is as simple as placing the container into the fridge. You should need 24 hours for the meal to fully thaw; you can speed the process by partially submerging the container in water for an hour or two. Depending on your containers, you may be able to place them in the microwave.
I do try to thaw my meals out before reheating, but sometimes I forget. Because I use good quality meal prep containers, it’s OK to place them directly into the microwave. First I heat on low heat for 5-10 minutes until it’s mostly thawed, then I heat on a higher heat to heat through until steaming hot.
If your meals are fully thawed, reheating is as simple as heating in the microwave until steaming hot.
Meal Prep Plan
If you are looking for a meal prep plan to stock up your freezer, check out 24 lunches in 2 hours. This meal prep plan has a video tutorial + shopping list, and stocks the freezer up with 8 portions of three delicious recipes.