Freezer Meals

We have had a request from one of you to post more freezer meals. It seems like we’re always needing a freezer meal to take to a sick friend, family member, neighbor, someone who is grieving, someone who just had a baby, etc. While we are working on adding more to our repertoire, I thought I’d take a minute to highlight some of our current recipes that can easily be turned into freezer meals.

For these recipes, I will give specifics on what to do if the instructions aren’t “Make according to directions, allow to cool, and place in a zip top or plastic container and freeze.” Otherwise, assume those instructions apply. :) I will often make one of these, eat some of it for dinner, and then freeze left overs so I can make one meal stretch further. This is especially good if you’re not someone who reeeeally likes left overs.

French Dip Sandwiches: ¬†All you need are fresh buns the day it’s needed.

Basic Beef Stew: Add a loaf of french bread or a can of biscuits and you’re done.

Turkey Noodle Soup: Make your holiday leftovers go even further and freeze this!

Silver Palate Chili: Once again, add some biscuits, french bread, etc. and it’ll make a yummy meal.

Sweet Barbecue Pork: Just have your tortillas and fixins ready and you’re all set.

Green Chili & Pepper Jack Enchiladas: For this one, assemble the chicken, chiles, and cheese in the tortillas, then freeze them like this. Make sure to put them in one row just like you would in your casserole dish. It’s best if you line your casserole dish in freezer paper, then squish the enchiladas in, freeze it like this, then pull the paper out once it’s frozen and place the paper and enchiladas in a bag. This way you’re not tying up a dish in the freezer forever. On the day of your meal, you just need to thaw, make your sauce, sprinkle on more cheese, and then cook.

Kid-friendly Manicotti: Assemble these as directed (using freezer paper instead of just a plain dish), freeze. On the day that you need it, thaw it and just pop open a jar of marinara sauce.

Easy Baked Ravioli: This is already pretty much a freezer meal that you just need to assemble. Just keep the ingredients on hand and it will only take about 10 minutes to put together.

Family Favorite Banana Bread: This makes 2 loaves, so just freeze one for later.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread: Same as banana bread, but this one makes 3 loaves.

Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles: These are amazingly delicious fresh, but also freeze and re-heat very well for something a little different than a casserole or soup.

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