Must make easy freezer meals for new moms– or anyone looking to get ahead in the dinner department! Quick and easy meals to freeze like meatloaf, chicken, chili, soup and more.
With less than three weeks before baby is supposed to make his arrival, I am busy getting all of the last minute details in order- including stocking up on easy freezer meals! I struggle enough to get dinner on the table some nights without a newborn so I’m determined to have some of our favorites ready and waiting this time around.
Easy Freezer Meals
This is my favorite Homemade Chili recipe! We like it spicy, but you can always tone it down (especially if Mom is breastfeeding). It's perfect to serve with cornbread or over hot dogs, fries, or rice. I also have a version of Chili with Beans if you prefer that.
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Cook as directed, freeze, and thaw in the refrigerator overnight when ready to use. Reheat in the microwave for individual servings or reheat the whole batch on the stovetop (until heated through).
I've come around on ricotta- especially in my yummy Italian Stuffed Shells- but I still prefer this Lasagna Without Ricotta recipe. It's perfectly creamy and cheesy. This is my go-to recipe to take to families with a new little one. Grab a pre-mixed bag of salad and loaf of bread from the bakery and you've got dinner done!
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Cook as directed, freeze, thaw in the refrigerator overnight when ready to use. Bake in the oven 350 degrees until the center is hot (usually up to 45 minutes). See more freezer instructions for this in the post.
Another five ingredient or less meal! Pick up a rotisserie chicken to make this Chicken Rigatoni recipe even easier. (And again, pairs well with salad and bread!)
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Cook noodles, follow the recipe up until putting in the oven, freeze instead of baking. To reheat- thaw in the refrigerator overnight, bake in oven 350 degrees until the center is hot (usually up to 45 minutes).
This Taco Chili is another easy slow cooker/ freezer meal that can be tossed straight from the freezer into the crock pot. We serve it over corn chips (with extra cheese!).
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Freeze uncooked, cook in the slow cooker as directed.
This Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods- definitely new mom worthy. I prefer to freeze the filling, let it thaw in the refrigerator, and then pour into a frozen (or homemade) pie crust when ready to bake.
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Cook the filling as directed and then freeze. When ready to reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight, pour thawed filling into a frozen pie crust and bake as directed.
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare as directed, freeze instead of bake. To reheat- thaw in refrigerator and then bake as directed.
We aren't big on regular meatloaf around here, but we all love this version full of Mexican flavors. Serve this Mexican Meatloaf with rice or scoop it up with tortilla chips.
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Cook as directed. To reheat- thaw in the refrigerator overnight, bake in the oven 350 degrees until the center is hot (usually up to 45 minutes).
This Beef and Vegetable Soup is another comforting classic. I have a slow cooker version as well, but this recipe is my favorite.
FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: Cook as directed, but freeze without the cooking and adding noodles. To reheat- thaw in the refrigerator overnight, reheat in the microwave per individual serving or on the stovetop for the entire batch. Add cooked noodles when ready to serve.
Don’t forget dessert!
Another really great thing to freeze is cookies- they’re perfect for those 2am feedings!! I especially love frozen Chewy Chocolate Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies. (Freeze cookies after baking as directed and allowing to fully cool.)
You can download my FREE Cookies e-book for more yummy cookie recipes.