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Freezer meals: The ultimate time-saver

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

10 Dishes to keep in the freezer

Freezer meals are a great way to spend a hunk of time and save even more. They're the perfect gift for recent moms, sick family members or new neighbors.

Freezer meals are the best way to show someone you care. Instead of bringing over an already cooked, warm casserole dish they'll have to eat that same day, bring over a dish that's frozen and they can consume whenever they need it most.

New moms are most appreciative of this, especially if you bring over an entire themed meal: Frozen lasagna, bread or rolls and a few bags of salad light up their world during these newborn times.

Have a sick family member close by? Simmer some chicken noodle soup, portion into quart containers and bring them over for them to freeze and enjoy at their leisure.

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DIY freezer breakfast sandwiches

DIY Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Make a dozen of these DIY freezer breakfast sandwiches, and your morning routine will thank you. Just pop one of these in the microwave, and you're ready to go.

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Cheesy chicken bacon ranch pasta

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

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Casserole dishes like this cheesy chicken bacon ranch pasta are perfect for freezing because the cheesy sauce will keep everything moist and delicious.

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BBQ chicken and vegetables

BBQ Chicken and Vegetables

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The great thing about this BBQ chicken and vegetables recipe is that you can adapt it to whatever you have on hand. Pork would work great as well.

4

Basic chicken stock

Basic Chicken Stock

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Making a double batch of this basic chicken stock is perfect for those days when you need to add flavor to stews. A great tip is to cook your rice in stock — extra flavorful.

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Lazy sauerkraut pierogi casserole

Lazy Sauerkraut Pierogi Casserole

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Another great casserole, this lazy sauerkraut pierogi casserole is a great time-saver, since it uses egg noodles instead of homemade pierogi. Don't love egg noodles? Grab a bag of frozen pierogi from the store.

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Green chile chicken enchiladas

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

If you love Mexican food, green chile chicken enchiladas are the way to go. Freeze these and bake up till golden whenever you're craving a bit of spice.

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Italian sausage and bean soup

Italian Sausage and Bean Soup

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Soups are a great freezer meal, since they reheat so nicely. Try this Italian sausage and bean soup, packed with protein and hearty sausage.

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Spinach lasagna roll-ups

Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups

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These spinach lasagna roll-ups will get any of your kids eating their greens. They're a fun and creative way to also use up whatever lasagna noodles you have laying around in the pantry.

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Freezer-friendly oatmeal cookies

Freezer-Friendly Oatmeal Cookies

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Don't forget dessert. These freezer-friendly oatmeal cookies are scooped and frozen in a single layer, so they don't stick together. Later on, you can throw them in a plastic bag, label and freeze until you're ready to bake.

Cook's Note

You can also freeze raw vegetables, washed and sliced, ready for you when you need them. Check out this post on freezing red peppers.

More on freezer meals

3 Easy freezer meals
Make-ahead meals to fix and freeze

How to make your own frozen dinners

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