More than 38 healthy freezer meals for dinner – these are perfect for new moms, or just busy people in general. Whether you’re stocking your own freezer, or prepping for a friend or family member, these recipes will keep dinnertime as easy as possible!
Want to see me prep 5 freezer slow cooker meals LIVE? Check out this post to watch and get a printable shopping list & prep list, and then check out this post on how exactly I stocked my freezer pre-baby!
When your doctor tells you it’s time for weekly prenatal check-ups, things suddenly get real. Baby. Here. Soon.
And while my freezer is stocked full of odds and ends from testing various recipes for this blog, it’s not exactly baby-ready. I remember after Kai was born, dinner was pretty much a nightmare. This time around, I hope to have lots and lots of dinner options. I’m less worried about lunch, because dinner recipes are so often enjoyable as lunch the next day.
Today I thought it would be fun to share my favorite healthy freezer meals for dinner from around the web.
Freezer meals mean a lot of different things to different people…there are assemble ahead freezer crock pot meals, meals that you can assemble ahead and cook up completely from frozen, meals that you can assemble ahead but thaw before baking, and meals that you fully cook ahead before freezing. For convenience, I’ve broken down these healthy freezer meals for dinner into these four categories.
Looking for freezer-friendly breakfast recipes? Check out this round-up of 28 Healthy Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas. Many of them are freezable!
I hope to prep a few from each category. Shall we check these healthy freezer meals for dinner out?
Freezer to Slow Cooker Freezer Meals
Toss all the ingredients in a heavy duty freezer bag and freeze. When you’re ready to cook up, thaw, dump everything in the slow cooker, push ‘on’ and walk away. So so easy.
NEW: 7 Freezer Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes from Sweet Peas & Saffron
Shortcut Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde Soup from Sweet Peas & Saffron // Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa and Sweet Potato Stew from Sweet Peas & Saffron
Freezer to Oven, Grill or Stovetop Freezer Meals
These meals can all be stashed in the freezer and either baked or grilled from frozen! No need to remember to thaw.
Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms (Freezer to Oven) from Sweet Peas & Saffron // Freezer to Oven Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Sweet Peas & Saffron
Freezer Meals (thaw first)
These meals can be assembled ahead and frozen. Thaw completely before baking.
One Pot Black Bean Fajita Pasta from Sweet Peas & Saffron (Assemble ahead & freeze. Thaw completely and cook up with 2 cups pasta, 1 cup vegetable stock) // Crispy Baked Black Bean Sweet Potato Tacos from She Likes Food
Make Ahead Butternut Squash Chickpea Fajitas from Sweet Peas & Saffron (Assemble ahead & freeze. Thaw completely and bake up on a sheet pan as indicated) // Chicken Parmesan Casserole from Thriving Home
Freezer meals that can be cooked ahead
Cook or bake these recipes ahead, then freeze. Thaw completely before re-heating.
Slow Cooker Spanish Chicken Stew from Sweet Peas & Saffron // One Pot Coconut Curry Quinoa & Lentil Sweet Potatoes from She Likes Food
Bake as indicated. Cool and freeze.
Slow Cooker Roasted Red Pepper Chili from Sweet Peas & Saffron