38 Fantastic Freezer Recipes

The workweek is busy enough without having to whip up dinner from scratch. With a little preplanning, you can stock your freezer with family-friendly weeknight dinners, easy sauces and sides, plus quick dessert toppings and breakfast options. So what are you waiting for? Your next meal is just a quick thaw away.

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    Make-Ahead Bacon Meat Loaf TV Dinner

    This freezer recipe is a meal all on its own! Prep meat loaf, pasta, and veggies ahead of time, then freeze them together for a super easy dinner that's much better than store-bought.

    Freeze: Up to 4 months

    To Serve: Preheat oven to 350˚F. Remove foil from frozen dinners. Lift dinners out of pans and remove plastic wrap; return dinners to pans. Cover with foil. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until heated through.

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    Thai Chicken

    When you have easy Thai chicken on hand in your freezer, all you need is mixed greens and flatbread to make a quick lunch or dinner. Freeze chicken, carrots, sweet peppers, and snow peas in a creamy Thai-inspired sauce to prep this easy meal.

    Freeze: Up to 4 months

    To Serve: Thaw at room temperature for 20 minutes. For each portion, in a medium skillet heat 1 teaspoon sesame oil over medium-low heat. Add chicken mixture; cook and stir about 5 minutes or until heated through.

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    Nutty Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    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 on even your busiest mornings.

    Freeze: Up to 2 months

    To Serve: To serve, preheat oven to 350˚F. Place frozen pancakes on a baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until warm. Top with whipped cream and, if desired, fresh berries.

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    Orange-Rosemary Shrimp

    This seafood dinner is frozen in an orange-rosemary marinade, so the shrimp and veggies are loaded with flavor when they come out of your freezer. Stir-fry has never been easier!

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp mixture; cook and stir about 8 minutes or until shrimp are opaque.

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    Cheeseburger Calzones

    It's not quite pizza, but you won't miss store-bought freezer meals when you have these cheeseburger calzones on hand. Top with your favorite burger fixings before serving for a fresh-off-the-grill taste.

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Transfer calzones to greased baking sheets. Bake about 25 minutes or until filling is heated through.

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    Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

    It's always a good idea to have extra mac and cheese on hand, but this freezer recipe takes it a few steps further. Make your comfort food into a heartier, healthier meal by mixing in chicken, green beans, and broccoli.

    Freeze: Up to 4 months

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bake in a 350˚F oven 1 hour 15 minutes.

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    Make-Ahead Smoked Turkey and Grilled Onion Panini

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

    Freeze: Up to 3 months

    To Serve: Thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes. Coat a panini press or covered indoor grill with cooking spray; preheat press. Place sandwich(es) in panini press. Cover and cook about 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and rolls are toasted.

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    Freezer Confetti Corn

    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.

    Freeze: Up to 6 months

    To Serve: Transfer vegetables from freezer bag to a medium saucepan or skillet. Cook, covered, over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes or until butter is melted and vegetables are heated through.

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    Slow-Toasted Granola

    Make this lovable, fiber-loaded cereal ahead to grab in the morning or use as an anytime snack. Rolled oats, sunflower kernels, and flaxseeds get a creamy peanut butter coating before joining dates and golden raisins in an airtight container.

    Freeze: Up to 2 months

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    French Garden Soup

    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.

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until heated thoroughly.

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    Chicken and Green Chile Tamales

    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 pull out the Mexican-inspired main dish for a crowd or dinner for two.

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Remove frozen tamales from freezer container. Place tamales in a steamer basket over gently boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.

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    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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

    Freeze: Up to 3 months

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    Peach Chutney

    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.

    Freeze: Up to 6 months

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    Triple-Olive Tapenade

    Spice up your favorite recipes with do-it-yourself condiments. Our triple-olive tapenade features authentic ingredients like anchovies, capers, and fresh herbs, and can be transformed into three tasty alternatives.

    Freeze:
    Up to 3 months

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    Creamy Green Smoothies

    Get your greens in with a juicy five-ingredient vegetable smoothie. Apple and lime sherbet balance the flavors of vitamin-rich broccoli and fresh zucchini.

    Freeze:
    Up to 6 months

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator. Stir well before serving.

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    Very-Berry Rhubarb Jam

    This rosy rhubarb jam recipe is a sweet way to start your day. It requires just five ingredients and 30 minutes of prep thanks to its use of blueberry pie filling.

    Freeze: Up to 1 year

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    Caramel Apple Butter

    Smooth-as-silk apple butter is made possible by the low and slow cooking of fresh apples with apple cider, sugar, and lemon juice. Ground cinnamon gives the creamy topping warm, homey flavor.

    Tip: Fruit butter is finished simmering when it has thickened enough to mound on a spoon.

    Freeze: Up to 10 months. Apple butter may darken slightly with freezing.

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    Freezer Stir-Fry Veggie Mix

    Our low-calorie stir-fry veggie mix features fresh green beans, broccoli florets, carrots, sweet peppers, and onion, but it can be adapted to fit your family's preferences. Just be sure to wash and scrub all vegetables with a produce brush before freezing.

    Freeze: Up to 6 months

    To Serve: In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium heat. Add frozen vegetables; cook about 5 minutes or until heated through.

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    Fruit Leather

    Dehydrating applesauce intensifies its natural flavor, prolongs its shelf life, and creates an irresistible healthy snack both adults and kids love. Add pureed cranberries, strawberries, cherries, or blueberries to our basic recipe for your favorite flavor of fruit leather.

    Freeze: Up to 1 year

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    Spicy Pork Tenderloin Green Chili

    Give your Sunday dinner stew fiery flavor with zesty Anaheim chile peppers, fresh tomatillos, and a dash of lime juice. Crumble crushed tortilla chips over the ready-to-serve freezer chili for a crunchy finish.

    Freeze: Up to 2 months

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat about 30 minutes or until heated through.

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    Pickled Beet and Sage Conserve

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

    Freeze: Up to 3 months

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    Pork Burritos

    A mouthwatering mix of shredded pork, salsa, jalapeno bean dip, and fajita seasoning fills these irresistible burritos. Pop them in the oven on a busy night and serve with lettuce, sour cream, and shredded cheese.

    Freeze:
    Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove plastic wrap, re-cover with foil, and bake in a 350˚F oven about 35 minutes or until heated through.

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    Corn and Roasted Pepper Relish

    Sweet relish goes well with sandwiches, steaks, and sausages, and it can even be used as a dip for tortilla chips. Our take on the summertime classic features three types of peppers, corn, tomatoes, and green onion.

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours or in the refrigerator overnight.

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    Raspberry-Rhubarb Waffle Topper

    Make a waffle that wows with this 30-minute raspberry-rhubarb topper. The sticky-sweet condiment can be made with fresh or frozen fruit.

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until heated through.

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    Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

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

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

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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    Fresh Tomato-Pancetta Meat Sauce

    Give spaghetti the rich, meaty sauce it deserves with our homemade pancetta marinara. Stuffed with lean ground beef, Italian bacon, and fresh roma tomatoes, the freezer-friendly meat sauce is a quick solution to family pasta night.

    Freeze: Up to 3 months

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until simmering.

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    Good Morning Cereal Blend

    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.

    Freeze: Up to 3 months

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    Freezer Sweet Cherry Pie Filling

    This ready-when-you-are cherry pie filling puts canned cherries to shame. Fresh dark sweet cherries dot the fruity dessert essential made thick by quick-cooking tapioca, cornstarch, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

    Freeze: Up to 3 months

    To Serve: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and pair with your favorite fruit pie crust.

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    Red and Green Tomatillo Salsa

    Upgrade regular salsa with tomatillos, roma tomatoes, and green sweet peppers. The lime-kissed condiment complements huevos rancheros and other delicious egg breakfast recipes.

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw at room temperature for 2 hours or in the refrigerator overnight.

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    Lemon Curd

    Basic fruit curd transforms routine scones, tarts, and crumpets into intensely flavored citrus delights. This velvety lemon curd is no exception and can even be modified to fit the taste of orange-lovers.

    Freeze: Up to 2 months

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.

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    Homemade Noodles

    Homemade egg noodles give soups, stews, and casseroles an extra dose of comfort and require just five common pantry ingredients. Dry them for at least one hour before freezing.

    Freeze: Up to 8 months

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    Freezer Berry Pie Filling

    Fresh berries are a summertime indulgence, but this lip-puckering pie filling can be enjoyed all year long. Give blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries a cool rinse before mixing them into the sweet filling.

    Freeze: Up to 3 months

    To Serve: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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    Weeknight Ravioli Lasagna with Chianti Sauce

    Have a frozen casserole at the ready on your busiest days with this crowd-pleasing make-ahead lasagna. Stuffed with cheese ravioli, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and homemade chianti sauce, the oven-ready casserole packs 27 grams of protein per serving.

    Freeze:
    Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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    Strawberry Freezer Jam

    In a hurry? 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.

    Freeze: Up to 1 year

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    Make-It-Mine Marinara Sauce

    Flavor a piping bowl of pasta 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 what's on sale and choose the flavors that most intrigue you.

    Freeze: Up to 4 months

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.

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    No-Knead Pizza Dough

    Ditch the flatware—homemade pizza is fast when made-from-scratch crust is in the freezer. Pop it in the oven, then top with your favorite pizza toppings.

    Freeze: After they rise, freeze dough balls in individual freezer-safe plastic food-storage bags along with a drizzle of olive oil for several months.

     

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator, then allow to rise at room temperature for an hour before making pizza.

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    Freezer Guacamole

    Fresh guacamole tastes good on just about anything, but it tends to start browning within hours of making it. But now—problem solved! Our make-ahead freezer guacamole features the creamy, buttery goodness of avocado yet can be thawed just in time for your party or potluck.

    Freeze: Up to 1 month

    To Serve: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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    Butternut Squash Soup with Ravioli

    Not only is this five-ingredient autumnal soup easy to prepare, it's a breeze to freeze! Just blend butternut squash with a few pantry ingredients, then store in an airtight container in the freezer. Add cooked cheese ravioli when ready to serve.

    Freeze: 
    Up to 2 months

    To Serve: Transfer frozen soup to a large saucepan. Cook, covered, over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through, stirring often. Cook ravioli as directed and serve with soup as directed.

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    Make-and-Take Breakfasts for People Always On the Go

    Breakfast skippers, we're looking at you. Thanks to these quick and easy breakfasts (most of which can be made the night before), there's no excuse for starting your morning without a meal. These make-and-take breakfasts will give you nutrients on the go. Try granola bars, overnight oats, breakfast sandwiches, and more.
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