28 Make-Ahead Recipes to Stock Your Freezer With Right Now

Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake
Photo: Blaine Moats

Take the hassle out of figuring out what's for dinner and allow your freezer to assist. With a little pre-planning (and prep time), you can stock your freezer with family-friendly weeknight dinners, easy sauces, sides, quick dessert toppings, and breakfast options. Your next meal is just a quick thaw and reheat away.

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Pad Thai Chicken Burritos

pad thai chicken burritos on chalk drawn plate spoon
Karla Conrad

Freeze: Up to 4 months

Get your Thai and Mexican cravings cured with this portable meal combining both cuisines. Fresh veggies, noodles, and Thai-spiced chicken wrapped in a tortilla make an easy lunch or dinner. Served with our coconut curry sauce, all the flavors really pop.

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Nutty Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Nutty Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 2 months

Don't have time to stir up a batch of pancakes in the morning? No problem! When you freeze these stacks ahead of time, you can enjoy warm, chocolatey pancake goodness in minutes, even on your busiest mornings.

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Orange-Rosemary Shrimp

orange-rosemary shrimp in pan
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 1 month

This easy seafood dinner is frozen in an orange-rosemary marinade, so the shrimp and veggies are loaded with that zesty flavor right out of your freezer. Once thawed (move it in the fridge the night before you want to enjoy), it only takes eight minutes to get this meal on the table.

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Sausage and Peppers Soup

Sausage and Peppers Soup
Jacob Fox

Freeze: Up to 3 months

A low-stress way to end the day is by enjoying this easy soup. It only takes 25 minutes to prep the veggies and sausage. All you have to do you to serve is add the broth, heat it up, and enjoy.

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Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake

Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake
Blaine Moats

Freeze: Up to 3 months

This make-ahead freezer meal has juicy chicken as the main dish and your rice side all in the same pan. When it's dinner time, just bake and serve with a fresh green salad to balance your meal.

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Make-Ahead Smoked Turkey and Grilled Onion Panini

smoked turkey and grilled onion panini on cutting board
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 3 months

To make lunchtime even quicker, prepare your usual sandwich ahead of time! These yummy paninis are filled with smoked turkey, tangy red onions, and gooey provolone cheese.

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Freezer Confetti Corn

four labeled bags of freezer confetti corn
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 6 months

Preserve the summer sweetness of fresh corn in individual freezer bags with red peppers and onions. The DIY veggie mix gets an added flavor boost from homemade parsley-chive butter.

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Slow-Toasted Granola

glass jar slow toasted granola next to pitcher of milk
Andy Lyons

Freeze: Up to 2 months

A creamy peanut butter coating mixed with honey and applesauce are added to your slow cooker with a rolled oat mixture to meld the granola flavors together over low heat. This fiber-loaded homemade cereal will add the perfect crunch to your morning yogurt.

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French Garden Soup

peach chutney on grilled poultry
Blaine Moats

Freeze: Up to 1 month

Preserve fresh-from-the-garden veggies and herbs in this no-fuss freezer soup recipe. Serve the vegetarian dish with crisp croutons and Halloumi cheese.

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Chicken and Green Chile Tamales

Chicken and Green Chili Tamales
Jacob Fox

Freeze: Up to 1 month

Fill authentic homemade masa harina dough with tender chicken thighs, green salsa, and fresh veggies, then roll in boiled cornhusks. The recipe yields 16 tamales, so you can steam them all at once for a crowd or just grab a couple for an easy dinner for two.

Buy It: Stainless Steel Steamer Basket ($10, Sur la Table)

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Chewy Tropical Granola Bars
Jacob Fox

Freeze: Up to 3 months

Stash these homemade snacks in your freezer to have something nutritious at the ready when hunger strikes. Peanut butter, pretzel sticks, rice cereal, chia seeds, and miniature chocolate pieces pack the low-calorie granola bars.

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Peach Chutney

peach chutney on grilled poultry
Blaine Moats

Freeze: Up to 6 months

Chutneys are one of India's most popular condiments, and this flavorful mixture of fresh peaches, red wine vinegar, sugar, and spices is one to remember. Smear the fruit-studded spread onto grilled poultry, toasty tartines, or roasted sweet potatoes.

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Olive Tapenade

olive tapenade on hot dog
Blaine Moats

Freeze: Up to 3 months

Spice up your favorite recipes with do-it-yourself condiments. Our olive tapenade features authentic ingredients like anchovies, capers, and fresh herbs. Make this flavorful topping a regular addition to your hot dogs, charcuterie boards, or as a dipper for fresh veggies.

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Very-Berry Rhubarb Jam

glass jar of very-berry rhubarb jam muffins
Andy Lyons

Freeze: Up to 1 year

Add a shmear of this vibrant rhubarb jam to your biscuits for a sweet start to your day. It requires just five ingredients and 30 minutes of prep thanks to its use of blueberry pie filling.

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Caramel Apple Butter

Caramel Apple Butter
Karla Conrad

Freeze: Up to 10 months

Smooth and silky, this apple butter is made possible by the low and slow cooking of fresh apples with apple cider, sugar, and lemon juice. Serve this with your breakfast toast or oatmeal.

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Pillow Rolls

pile of pillow rolls
Andy Lyons

Freeze: Up to 2 months

Make use of your leftover mashed potatoes by adding them to this easy bread recipe. These soft and fluffy rolls (hence pillow in the name) will warm up quickly to go along with tonight's pot roast or spaghetti dinner.

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Gluten Free Make-Ahead Sausage, Mushroom, and Polenta Bake

dish of gluten free make-ahead sausage mushroom and polenta bake
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 2 months

This gluten-free casserole recipe will make anyone sitting at the table want second helpings, whether they eat gluten or not. It has all the same herb-filled Italian flavors as lasagna, but we've switched out the noodles with filling cornmeal polenta.

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Pickled Beet and Sage Conserve

white bowl of Pickled Beet and Sage Conserve
Blaine Moats

Freeze: Up to 3 months

With thick, luscious texture, conserves take jam a step further with herbs, spices, and dried fruit. This freezer recipe features vibrant pickled beets, fresh pears, and chopped nuts with a sweet lemon-sage sauce.

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Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

plate of Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
Andy Lyons

Freeze: Up to 1 month

Keep everyone happy with a healthy take on a classic Italian recipe. Brimming with zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, and sweet peppers, this freezer lasagna guarantees a hearty bite of veggies in every forkful.

Test Kitchen Tip: Before adding them to the lasagna, roast the veggies to coax out their sweet flavors.

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Fresh Tomato-Pancetta Meat Sauce

pot of Fresh Tomato-Pancetta Meat Sauce
Andy Lyons

Freeze: Up to 3 months

Stuffed with lean ground beef, Italian bacon, and fresh roma tomatoes, the freezer-friendly meat sauce can turn any night into pasta night. Serve over homemade pasta noodles for an extra special touch.

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Good Morning Cereal Blend

Good Morning Cereal Blend
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 3 months

Take your bowl of cereal beyond the box. This homemade blend of three fiber-filled cereals, granola, and dried fruits can be made ahead and frozen in just 10 minutes for long-term healthy snacking.

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Freezer Berry Pie Filling

bowl of berries next to flour and sugar
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 3 months

This fresh freezer pie filling puts canned fruit to shame. A combination of fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries will create a pie ready to fill your dessert cravings any time of the year. Make sure to keep ice cream in the freezer too; you'll want to serve this pie à la mode.

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Lemon Curd

whisk in a pot of Lemon Curd
Andy Lyons

Freeze: Up to 2 months

Lemon curd is the perfect tea-time accompaniment for your biscuits and scones. This velvety dessert spread can also be modified to fit the taste of orange-lovers.

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Make-Ahead Southern Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Green Grape Relish

three open-faced Southern Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Grape Relish
Blaine Moats

Freeze: Up to 3 months

Bulk-up your freezer with this pulled chicken recipe that will serve a crowd. (It makes 24 sandwiches total!) Let your slow cooker do the work and you'll have this finger-licking' good freezer chicken recipe ready to go whenever you need a good Southern meal.

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Twixy Shortbread Bars

Twixy Shortbread Bars
Blaine Moats

Freeze: Up to 3 months

It's a good thing these dessert bars are freezer friendly (you might eat them all at once otherwise). Reminiscent of the store-bought favorite, the cookie crust, creamy filling, and chocolate topping make this a perfect recipe for gifting or storing for a rainy day.

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Strawberry Freezer Jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam
Andy Lyons

Freeze: Up to 1 year

Skip the canning process and freeze this homemade strawberry jam for up to a year. Not a berry fan? Substitute the fruit for apricots, tangerines, oranges, or peaches.

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Make-It-Mine Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

bowl of spaghetti with Make-It-Mine Marinara Sauce
Jacob Fox

Freeze: Up to 4 months

Flavor a piping bowl of noodles with our rich and flavorful homemade marinara sauce. Plus, we've got six variations for the base recipe so you can use what's on hand or on sale. Choose the flavors that most intrigue you.

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Pressure Cooker Ham and Mixed Bean Soup

Pressure Cooker Ham and Mixed Bean Soup
Jason Donnelly

Freeze: Up to 2 months

Meal prepping with your pressure cooker is definitely the way to score more weeknight dinner wins at home. The smoky ham deepens the broth's flavor of this soup filled with beans, celery, and carrots. Kale goes in when you're ready to cook and serve on a chilly night.

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