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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