30 Meals You Can Make Ahead and Freeze

My sweet cousin Linda is soon to have her third baby! When she asked me what our favorite freezer meals were, I thought I'd put together a list for all of you, and for myself to reference back to in the future.

For Christmas, we gave my parents the gift of a stocked freezer. For months I made double and froze half of whatever meals would freeze well, and they were both shocked and delighted at this gift since they both work and often don't have time or energy to cook dinner on weeknights.

These would be a great way to bless a mom who just had a baby (sorry I can't ship them Linda!), a family dealing with illness, an elderly neighbor or relative, or just someone you know who is too busy to regularly cook for themselves.

So here are some of the things I make and freeze, and some of our favorite recipes for these meals. If I don't have a recipe linked, it is because I don't use one, and will share my own with you in the coming weeks and months.

1. Shepherd's Pie

2. Chicken Pot Pie (Note: I use a frozen pie crust when I make this so it is easier. If I am really organized, I make batches of pie crust and freeze them ahead for using in recipes like this too.)

3. Baked Ziti

4. Quiche

5. Instant Pot Beef Stew

6. Chicken Soup

7. Pulled Pork (The recipe for this is ridiculously simple. Pour a beer or a soda if you don't drink over your pork shoulder, and cook it low and slow for many hours in either a crock pot, instant pot, or dutch oven. Add your choice of BBQ sauce when serving)

8. Macaroni and Cheese

9. Pork Chops Sautéed with Apple and Onions

10. Stir Fry (just make fresh rice)

11. Roast Chicken Thighs + String Beans

12. Enchiladas

13. Mexican Casserole I add spiced meat, peppers and onions, and guacamole + sour cream to this

14. Breakfast Burritos

15. Red Lentil Soup

16. Meatballs (I then serve them over pasta, or in rolls for meatball subs)

17. Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

18. Pancakes / Waffles

19. Homemade Pizza (or pizza dough!)

20. Meatloaf

21. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls (or stuffed cabbage rolls!)

22. Breakfast Sandwiches

23. Loaded Baked Potato Soup

24. Hamburger Patties (reheat in oven or toaster oven and add fresh cheese, or cook in gravy with mushrooms for salisbury steaks)

25. Homemade Chicken Tenders

26. Parmesan or Coconut crusted Tilapia

27. Cooked trout and other fish (I use it in fish tacos or curry)

28. Curries

29. Lasagna

30. Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan (just serve over fresh pasta)

There are some other recipes that you can make ahead and freeze, but I prefer not too. Goulash, cream based pastas, fried rice, mashed potatoes, chicken breast + sauce, are some of these for me. I know that others prefer never to freeze eggs. To each their own tastes!

Do you have more make-ahead meals to add to this list?