15 Freezer-Friendly Meals for an Easy Weeknight Dinner
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15 Freezer-Friendly Meals for an Easy Weeknight Dinner

You just walked in the door after a long day of work and finally get to kick off your killer heels and plop down on the couch. But then your tummy starts rumbling and you remember you still have to cook something for dinner. Don’t settle for a bowl of cereal or the same old take-out again! You can easily take a healthy, satisfying meal out of your freezer and let it warm in the oven while you sip on a glass (or two) of wine. All it takes is a little meal prep to stock your freezer full of make-ahead weeknight meals for when you just can’t even. Scroll on for 15 delicious, freezer-friendly meals that will be your new BFF on busy weeknights.

1. Pork Ginger Potstickers: These delicious Asian-inspired pot stickers make a great lunch, dinner or appetizer. Make a double batch and freeze half of the unbaked ones on a cookie sheet for 24 hours before transferring to a freezer bag and you’ll have a quick meal waiting for you on those neverending work days. (via Damn Delicious)

2. Roasted Vegetable Stuffed Shells: Doing a little extra cooking on a Sunday afternoon will be your saving grace on a day when making dinner is the last thing you want to do. Fill and bake the pasta shells, then let the entire pan cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container. Just reheat when it’s time to eat and pat yourself on the back for being so prepared. (via Two Peas and Their Pod)

3. Shredded Beef Burritos: Stuffed with beef, cheese, rice and beans, these burritos will totally satisfy your Taco Tuesday cravings, especially when all you have to do is grab one out of the freezer and reheat. Cook the beef in your slow cooker to make this recipe even easier. (via Recipe Tin Eats)

4. Cheesy Broccoli and Pepper Baked Orzo: Get in your daily serving of veggies and clean out the crisper drawers in your fridge at the same time. This cheesy baked pasta is filled with good-for-you ingredients and is one healthy meal you’ll actually look forward to eating. And since you can freeze it in individual portions, you can have it anytime you want. (via Oh My Veggies)

5. Spicy Honey BBQ Meatballs: This recipe makes a ton, so you’ll be able to freeze half (with the sauce) and pull them out on game day. Made with ground beef and quinoa, these meatballs pack a huge punch of protein that will keep you full all afternoon. (via Milo and Oats)

6. Mini Pot Pie Biscuits: Kiss your usual pot pie goodbye. These handheld ones have a whole wheat biscuit bottom and are filled with onions, carrots, celery and shredded chicken. Feel free to use whatever produce you have on hand. (via Live Simply)

7. Beef Chili With Cornbread Dumplings: This hearty beef chili is packed with spices and veggies and topped with cheesy buttermilk dumplings. Eating it is like wrapping yourself in a warm, cozy blanket. Freeze any leftover chili in a muffin pan and transfer to a sandwich bag for individual portions that’ll instantly warm you up without taking hours to prepare. (via Supergolden Bakes)

8. Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders: Crispy, baked chicken tenders will be your new quick and healthy go-to weeknight dinner. Add the fact that you can freeze them after baking and reheat on a moment’s notice and you’ll start thinking it’s too good to be true. Trust that you’ll be a believer after one bite. (via Kristine’s Kitchen)

9. Calzones: Once you learn how to put these together, the possibilities for fillings are endless, from the classic spinach and ricotta to leftover shredded chicken, chickpeas and even steak. Let the calzones cool and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze for a rainy (or lazy!) day. (via The Kitchn)

10. Mozzarella Meatball Casserole: Combine whole wheat pasta, spinach and turkey meatballs to make this healthy one-pot casserole that tastes like anything but health food. You can freeze this meal for up to three months. Just thaw in the fridge overnight and add a touch of extra tomato sauce to keep this dish from drying out in the microwave. (via Well Plated)

11. Black Bean Burgers: Ditch those greasy fast-food burgers and whip up a batch of these black bean patties instead. Make a few extra and wrap each one in cling wrap before putting them in a freezer bag. Reheat on the grill at your next BBQ and even your carnivorous friends will be asking for one. (via She Likes Food)

12. Chicken Enchiladas: These tasty enchiladas are stuffed with tons of veggies and chopped chicken and are completely covered in a delicious homemade sauce before being baked to crispy perfection. Wrap each enchilada in tin foil and freeze for later, or freeze the entire pan and deliver to your favorite new parents for a meal they’ll thank you endlessly for. (via An Edible Mosaic)

13. Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna: Assemble this creamy Alfredo lasagna, cover with foil and stick the entire pan right in your freezer. The next time your to-do list is a mile long and you just have no time to make dinner, put down the take-out menu and grab this instead. (via Shweta in the Kitchen)

14. Hot Pockets: Heating a store-bought hot pocket for dinner might be a quick option for long days, until you taste how good these homemade ones are in comparison. Get creative with your fillings, like broccoli and cheddar or pepperoni pizza and you’ll never buy the boxed version again. (via Just Putzing Around in the Kitchen)

15. Chicken Tortilla Soup: Throw all the ingredients in your trusty slow cooker and you’ll walk in the door from work to a hearty soup that’ll make all your daily stresses fade away. Top with crushed tortilla chips, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime and dig in. (via Cupcake Diaries)

What’s your favorite freezer-friendly meal? Have plans to make any of the delicious options on our list? Talk to us on Twitter @britandco and let us know!