Just because the freezer aisle at the grocery store is full of heavily processed foods doesn’t mean your own freezer has to be. Instead, stock it with homemade gems that require only a little prep work. Carve out an hour or two on a Sunday to cook and store these make-ahead meals for plenty of healthy options that can be reheated in minutes. We've got you covered with freezer meal ideas that take care of breakfast, lunch, and dinner all week long.
Freezer Meal Ideas
“Bagel bomb” doesn’t exactly sound like a healthy breakfast, but these stuffed bagels (yes, you read that right) deserve a spot in your freezer. (Not to mention: They’re only 240 calories.) You can customize the filling, but make sure to try the everything topping.
All the French toast flavor without the flipping? Sign us up. Not only is this casserole simple to make, but there's finally a use for that loaf of bread you forgot about. Add a bit of butter after thawing and before baking to keep the toast from drying out.
How cute are these? (They're foolproof too.) Fill muffin tins with torn bread, ham, and cheese, and pour eggs over the whole thing. After baking, you can freeze them in plastic or glass containers and then zap them in the microwave for about a minute to reheat.
It's never too early for chocolate. These grab-and-go bars are loaded with oats and chock-full of healthy fats. Place a sheet of parchment paper between bars and pop 'em in a zip-top bag when freezing—it’ll make pulling a single bar out for breakfast a breeze.
While making smoothies is fairly simple, prepping can be a pain. That’s why these frozen smoothie packs are genius. Choose from five different nutritious combos, assemble, and store in a freezer bag. At breakfast time, just dump the contents into a blender, add milk, and sip away.
This make-ahead casserole is perfect when you’re entertaining. The combo of potatoes and bell peppers adds a ton of color and a healthy dose of veggies. Plus it keeps in your freezer for up to three months, so you can be ready whenever breakfast cravings strike.
These portable breakfast sandwiches are a go-to for people who always spend mornings on the run. To make, pop the eggs in the oven for 10 minutes, then assemble your sandwiches and Saran wrap them separately for the full Starbucks experience—without wasting those add-up dollars.
When the going gets tough, the tough pull out these single-serving freezer oatmeal cups, warm them up, and get eating. Making them is easy: Put on a pot of oatmeal, portion into muffin tins, top with nuts and fruit, and harden in the freezer. You'll be set with breakfast for the week (or weeks) to come.
Get your Mexican fix with these super-simple taquitos. After all, when melted cheese is involved, can you really go wrong? Stuff tortillas with a mix of beans, cheese, and seasoned chicken, and then freeze. Taco Tuesday just got so much easier!
These are like Hot Pockets on steroids. Feel free to get creative and load 'em up with your favorite toppings. Substitute real cheese (if the vegan thing isn't your style) for a vegetarian freezer meal. When they’re done, pop them in the freezer to enjoy a portable meal anytime.
12. 4-Ingredient Crunchy Chicken Nuggets
This is the ideal way to please your inner child, and the adult in you will like knowing what's actually in these nuggs. Use breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese for a crunchy coating, then pair them with sweet potato fries or a side of veggies.
At 24 cents a serving, it almost doesn’t matter what you’re eating. Luckily, these handy little wallet-pleasers actually taste good too. Serve with a fresh side salad for a healthy meal that won’t break the bank.
We're huge fans of bell peppers—after all, they're the perfect vessel for rice, veggies, and protein. Stuff them with ground turkey, beans, and spinach and top it all off with a layer of cheesy goodness! With this recipe, whipping up a healthy weeknight dinner is as simple as popping one in the oven for 30 minutes.
Baked sweet potatoes are spiced up (literally) with the addition of buffalo chicken and all the fixings. Freeze individually and take ‘em out anytime your taste buds are looking for a little zing.
This comfort food feeds a crowd. You can even sneak some vegetables (spinach, zucchini, or mushrooms) into the usual meat sauce, pasta, and cheese dish to increase its nutritional value.
These stuffed shells are anything but average. They’re brimming with ground meat, corn and black bean salsa, and zesty taco seasoning. Make a big batch, and then heat individual shells as necessary. Don’t forget those fresh toppings when you serve.
This make-ahead freezer meal is perfect for all those times you’re in need of a comfort-food fix. And with the addition of broccoli and whole-wheat pasta, this mac and cheese is sure to become your new freezer fave.
Freezing makes it super easy to throw this burrito in your bag and eat after a few minutes in the microwave. Plus this vegan take, which calls for a chickpea scramble, brown rice, and vegan cheese, definitely beats the ones in the freezer aisle.
This dinner couldn’t be easier. Throw ingredients in a Crock-Pot, cook, and store the delicious fajita filling in the freezer for when you need a weeknight dose of Mexican spice.
Slow cookers make throwing together a hearty meal easy. But it gets even easier when you prep all the ingredients ahead of time and stick them in zip-top bags in the freezer. The end result is flavorful and filling—plus it beats staring at your takeout menu for 10 minutes trying to decide what to eat.
Originally posted December 2015. Updated August 2016.