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Make-ahead freezer meals for when you don’t feel like cooking

You don’t always have time to make a home-cooked dinner, but eating out every night isn’t an option either. So what’s a hungry girl to do? You could have a bowl of cereal. Or, you could reach into your freezer and pull out one of these make-ahead freezer meals.


5-Ingredient white
chicken chili

White chicken chili |

Photo credit: Damn Delicious

With just five ingredients (chicken broth, chicken, beans, salsa verde and cumin), this white chicken chili can be made ahead and frozen flat in a plastic freezer bag.


Freezer beef
and bean burritos

Freezer beef and bean burritos |

Photo credit: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Whip up a batch of these hearty beef and bean freezer burritos on the weekend and enjoy easy heat-and-eat meals when hunger strikes.


Mushroom, beef and sausage lasagna

Mushroom, beef and sausage lasagna |

Photo credit: Macheesmo

Looking for the best freezer lasagna recipe? The trick is to chill the lasagna overnight, then slice into individual servings and wrap tightly in plastic wrap before popping in the deep freeze.



Chicken enchiladas |

Photo credit: Andrea Dekker

Freeze a pan (or two… or three) of these easy chicken and cheese enchiladas. When you’re ready to eat, pull out your pan, pour a can of enchilada sauce over the top and bake for 20-30 minutes. Delicioso!


Spinach lasagna rolls

Spinach lasagna rolls |

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Individually frozen lasagna rolls make it easy to grab dinner for one or feed a crowd. When you’re ready to eat, just add sauce and cheese and heat in the oven.


Slow-cooked beef fajitas

Slow-cooked beef fajitas |

Stash bags or containers of beef fajita ingredients in the freezer, then place frozen food in the slow cooker 5-6 hours before you plan to eat. Serve with tortillas and all the fixins!


Slow-cooker chicken
tikka masala

Slow cooker chicken tikka masala |

Photo credit: Meal Planning 101

Heat things up with this warm, spicy slow-cooker chicken tikka masala recipe. This is a great dish to make on a lazy Sunday, then freeze flat in freezer bags for instant comfort food on demand.



Shredded chicken |

Photo credit: Save at Home Mommy

There aren’t many foods as versatile as shredded chicken. Freeze a bunch, then defrost and add to tacos, salads, pasta, sandwiches or quesadillas.

Quick tip:

Check out these 24 ways to use shredded chicken!


Chicken, broccoli and
cheese casserole

Chicken broccoli rice casserole |

Photo credit: Money Saving Mom

This mouthwatering chicken, broccoli and cheese casserole recipe is perfect for making ahead and warming up on a chilly day.


Chicken and
gnocchi soup

Chicken and gnocchi soup |

Why settle for canned soup when you can freeze your own instead? Stock your freezer with individual homemade soup servings like this chicken and gnocchi soup. Serve with a piece of buttered sourdough toast. Mmm… dinner perfection.

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