10 Freezer Meal Ideas

A list of our top 10 freezer meal ideas. They saved us when we wanted something quick and easy for dinner. Perfect for busy mums and dads

When I was pregnant I knew I wanted to prepare some meals for when Piglet was born. I was anticipating late nights, times when he wouldn’t want to be put down and it would be hard to cook.

When I haven’t had much sleep I don’t always want a take away, I knew I would want something home cooked. In the two weeks running up to Piglets birth there was a flurry of activity while I prepare a pile of meals for the freezer that I could toss in the oven.

I got aluminium food boxes (like the ones you get from the take away) to put the food in. I could then write what was in it on the top, as well as basic instructions for cooking so that when needed JHogg could take charge of the cooking.

Here is my list of top freezer meals:

  1. Chilli – This is a big favourite of ours. Made in advance and frozen, it keeps really well. I made sure I had some microwave bags of rice in the cupboard and it was a great quick meal.
  2. Lasagna – A bit more effort but totally worth it. I made a few normal beef lasagnas and a few using a bacon bolognese for a bit of variety.
  3. Cottage Pie/Shepherds Pie – One and the same pretty much, except for the type of mince used.
  4. Enchiladas – If you freeze them before baking the are great. If you don’t want to defrost before putting in the oven then simply put them in at a lower temperature first to defrost, then turn them up later.
  5. Sweet and Sour Chicken – This one is a fair amount of effort, but totally worth it. As a type 1 diabetic I find it easier to eat foods I’ve cooked myself, so on days I fancy a takeaway it is nice to be able to pull this out.
  6. Macaroni Cheese – You just freeze before baking and you’re good to go!
  7. Spaghetti Bolognese – Make the bolognese and freeze it, then you only need to boil pasta on the day you want to eat it. The bolognese can be defrosted and heated in the microwave.
  8. Chicken Nuggets – Sounds like junk food right? Not when you’ve made then yourself! That way you know you’ve just used chunks of chicken breast and a crumb coating. We always have a bag of sweet potato fries in the freezer too to go with them
  9. Fajitas – Cook the fillings in advance then freeze them in bags. Re-fry when you want to eat them and use fresh tortillas. This one is a little tricky to eat one handed though with the baby!
  10. Beef Bourguignon – For this one I created a few slow cooker dump bags. It did require some forethought as to when we might want it so I could toss it in the slow cooker but it made a nice change.

Freezer meals definitely saved us in those early months of parenthood. I can highly recommend giving some of these a try!

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38 Comments

  1. Soppymum (Sara)
    4th September 2016 / 9:31 am

    I love freezer meals! Make such a difference when everyone is tired. Going to get some of the aluminium cases though, that’s a great idea! #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      Author
      4th September 2016 / 6:54 pm

      They were are a lifesaver at times! Saves washing up, and saves tying up some of your dishes for long periods of time 🙂

  2. 4th September 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Cook ups and freezing them was one of my best moves when I had the girls. I used to be so organised, you’ve inspired me to get back n it again! Makes life so much more less stressful. Great ideas and as a veggie I can still make most of these using Quorn!

    • OddHogg
      Author
      4th September 2016 / 7:00 pm

      They are definitely veggie friendly! I love having something available to grab at short notice on those days when Piglet has been a bit difficult

  3. 4th September 2016 / 1:23 pm

    I’ve not done a big freezer cooking session for a while, but every now and then we will make a big batch of bologneise and freeze portions because there’s so much you can then do with it. I’d not thought to make and freeze macaroni cheese though! x #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      4th September 2016 / 7:01 pm

      I used to just freeze the cheese sauce – that way I could use it to make a lasagna or macaroni cheese – but then started doing it with the pasta in it and I was converted! I have now started freezing mini portions for Piglet and just microwaving it at dinner time

  4. 4th September 2016 / 9:57 pm

    I used to love the satisfaction of batch cooking before I had my little girl. I really need to get myself more organised! I’ll definitely be trying the fajitas – I’d never considered freezing them before, but what a good idea! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      5th September 2016 / 11:12 am

      It makes life so much easier! I freeze the fajitas in bags, defrost in the microwave and then give a flash stirfry 🙂

  5. 4th September 2016 / 11:02 pm

    What fab ideas. I’m a rubbish and totally chaotic cook so perhaps this is a way for me to take control 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      5th September 2016 / 11:14 am

      I make a massive mess when I cook so I get that out of the way in one day by making loads then can pull out of the freezer for many midweek meals

  6. 5th September 2016 / 9:43 am

    I so wish I was this organised!! I often think about cooking up a batch of meals but just never get round to it. Plus as a family of six we never have left overs and even cooking up a huge batch would mean that most of it would get eaten! Great idea though, one day I will be super organised! #MarvMondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      5th September 2016 / 11:17 am

      Yes batch cooking for 6 would be quite the event!! I am pretty good at portion control so we rarely have leftovers (unless its intentional for lunches etc!). It takes a while to do the batch cooking but it is worth it. You could always try to rope the kids in to helping!

    • OddHogg
      Author
      5th September 2016 / 11:17 am

      Both clearly roaming around the same linkys today!

  7. 5th September 2016 / 10:09 am

    Some great ideas! I really want to start to be more organised this term and get good healthy food on the table for the kids without being too stressed! Thanks for sharing #MarvMondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      5th September 2016 / 11:18 am

      Between meal planning and batch cooking I rarely find myself struggling for what to make for dinner. If the meal plan goes out of the window one day I know I can pull something out of the freezer

  8. 5th September 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Oh I never would have thought about freezing fajita filling / great idea ! #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      Author
      6th September 2016 / 9:31 am

      it saves a lot of time and effort for a midweek meal 🙂

  9. 6th September 2016 / 4:04 pm

    Great ideas. I really need to get on and start doing this, it’s something I’ve talked about for ages but never got round to.
    #TwinklyTuesdays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      6th September 2016 / 9:05 pm

      getting started is a bit of a thought – I sometimes have to psych myself up lol

  10. 6th September 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I used to be so good about stocking up on freezer meals. Love the idea of using bolognese in lasagna! Definitely going to give that a try.

    • OddHogg
      Author
      6th September 2016 / 9:06 pm

      I go through phases of being good at it thats for sure!

  11. 6th September 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!!

    I am rubbish when it comes to thinking up food ideas and very rarely have time to cook from scratch! I need to get on this one weekend and get it all batched up for the week ahead! #twinklytuesday

    • OddHogg
      Author
      6th September 2016 / 10:33 pm

      its a faff getting it all cooked up, but once you’re done its easy meals for a long time!

  12. 6th September 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I need to make my own meals to freeze, they are so easy to just get out and cook! .
    #MarvMondays

  13. 6th September 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I always think I should do more batch cooking. I generally have a couple of meals for the kids in the frezzer and whenever we make chilli we always make loads and freeze some. Some great ideas for me to try, thank you #twinklytuesday

    • OddHogg
      Author
      7th September 2016 / 10:38 am

      Some things definitely seem easier to batch cook than others – but once you get started you’ll want to keep going!

  14. 9th September 2016 / 1:18 pm

    This a really useful list. I’ve printed it out and stuck in the fridge. If I can get my myself organised to do this it will save me such a lot of time! Great post! #TheList

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th September 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Great! I’m glad it’s helping you out!

  15. 9th September 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I couldn’t cope if I didn’t have my freezer loaded. Not thought about freezing Enchiladas or fajitas before though, thanks for the tip! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th September 2016 / 5:34 pm

      Glad I’ve given you some new ideas – it’s so much easier this way isn’t it!

  16. 9th September 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Great list! Ive always got bolognese in the freezer and then use it to make lasagne/ chilli /cottage pie or spaghetti bolognese! #KCACOLS

  17. 10th September 2016 / 6:44 am

    I used to be much more organised and I had a good selection of freezer meals for a week. I did it especially at the weaning stage. I don’t do this anymore for lack of time. I now buy frozen meals lol I know it sounds bad but it is practical. Having said that after reading your post I have been thinking to do this again especially after having the cook4forme cooker. This is a great list I will make a note of it. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Sorry I have been very busy but I will coordinate with you soon regarding co-hosting, 🙂 xx

    • OddHogg
      Author
      10th September 2016 / 11:18 am

      I’m glad you like it! Making freezer dump bags for the cook4me cooker would probably work well for you!

  18. 11th September 2016 / 1:14 am

    I was absolutely the same when we were expecting our first baby, and spent a week batch cooking meals for the first couple of weeks after baby arrived. They were so useful and well worth the effort. We definitely had a couple of your faves on our list too! I didnt do this with baby number two as I figured we could probably get some of the store ready meals like Charlie Bingham or Cook. But I surprised myself second time round cooking only after a couple of days of our little guy being born so it wasnt as essential second time! A useful list, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      12th September 2016 / 3:51 pm

      Good on your cooking so soon with 2 little ones! With Piglet being in neonatal for a while I was glad of the supplies to keep us going between visits

  19. mama, my kid doesnt poop rainbows
    12th September 2016 / 7:41 am

    Great idea. Especially the takeaway boxes. I always end up with unidentifable lumps of frozen who knows what.

    #fartglitter

    • OddHogg
      Author
      12th September 2016 / 3:59 pm

      Piglet regularly gets freezer gloop because I havent labelled his properly haha

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