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12 Recipes You Can Freeze and Cook Later

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
July 30, 2016 · 1.3k Views

After working an eight-hour day and then having to possibly battle traffic for an hour or longer before you get home, who has the time – or energy – to cook a meal? Many of us resort to picking up fast food on the way home, but how healthy is that? Fortunately, we found some delicious recipes that you can make on the weekend or any other opportunity when you have some free time. Just freeze them and reheat when you’re ready to eat. The good news is that these meals still taste fresh, like they were just made. So you can enjoy these recipes after a long day at work without feeling like you’re eating leftovers for the thousandth time. Here are a dozen recipes to try.

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1. Mini Meatballs

Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart

These adorable little balls of meat are a must-have for bacon fans. They’re ideal for sauces and soups, and you can easily top them on pasta for an extra kick. Heck, you can even eat them by themselves as a meal. You can freeze them for up to three months and best of all, no thawing is required! You can pop them into your recipe right out of the freezer.

2. Greek Baked Ziti

Recipe and photo from My Recipes

This pasta dish has a lot of ingredients and a lot of flavor. It includes ingredients such as ground beef, garlic, onion, oregano and two cheeses. It takes some time to prepare, but it’s well worth it. This delicious comfort food makes a great dinner for the cold nights of winter.

3. Breaded Chicken Cutlets

Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart

These cutlets are versatile and easy to make. They go from freezer to fab in just 15 minutes and they’re well-loved by children and adult alike. These breaded chicken cutlets are baked, so they’re lower in fat that their fried alternatives. They can used for a variety of dishes, including chicken parmesan, chicken sandwiches, tacos and salads. You can even eat them by themselves. Just add some ketchup or dipping sauce and you’ve got a quick and easy dinner.

4. Vegetable Enchiladas

Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart

Craving Mexican tonight? These enchiladas are what you need whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking for a meatless dish. This protein-filled meal is made of black beans, cheese and corn tortillas. The rest of the ingredients can likely be found in your pantry, making it an easy and delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.

5. Lasagna Primavera

Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart

Another meatless dish, this lasagna is layered with vegetables, cheese and a creamy sauce. Made of spinach, peas and carrots, this delectable dish captures the essence of spring and makes a great meal for unexpected guests. It freezes and thaws so well, you’d think it was freshly made.

6. Curried Chicken Chowder

Recipe and photo from My Recipes

This soup makes a nice dinner for a cold night. This sweet and spicy chowder is made from a variety of vegetables, along with the added touches of curry powder and coconut milk to give this soup some kick. To properly freeze curried chicken chowder, make sure it has fully cooled before popping it into the freezer.

7. Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew

Recipe and photo My Recipes

This Southern favorite makes a hearty meal. It features a yummy blend of chicken, beef brisket and vegetables. It takes a while to prepare, but it’s well worth it.

8. Stovetop Red Beans and Rice

Recipe and photo from My Recipes

Another Southern favorite, this dish is made of a unique blend of kidney beans, smoked chicken sausage, celery, bell pepper and onion. This dish is both low in fat and hearty, and makes a great dish for a large crowd.

9. Black-Bean and Brown Rice Cakes

Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart

Don’t let the name fool you. These aren’t cakes or rice cakes; rather, they’re vegetarian hamburgers. These veggie-filled patties contain cumin and jalapeno for a taste of Mexico. They work well for appetizers or as the main course.

10. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough 

Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart

Make pizza whenever you want with pre-made pizza dough. In just 20 minutes, you can make dough and create a unique pizza pie without having to order delivery from your local pizzeria.

11. Late-Summer-Vegetable Minestrone

Recipe and photo from Martha Stewart

Soup makes a great meal by itself because it contains a combination of heart-healthy ingredients, and this minestrone does not disappoint. Made with zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, celery and carrots, this soup is ideal for brightening up a cool fall or winter night. Make an extra batch and freeze it for up to three months.

12. King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

Recipe and photo from My Recipes

It’s mac and cheese, it’s a casserole. You get the best of both worlds with this comfort food. The combination of pasta, cheese, chicken, diced tomatoes, green chiles and bell pepper will make this savory dish a favorite of everyone in the family. Even your kids won’t be able to resist the taste of this one-dish wonder. Freeze it up and it’ll taste just as good the second time around.

We all lead busy lives, but that’s no longer an excuse for quick, unhealthy meals. With these freezer-friendly recipes, you can happily answer the age-old question of “What’s for dinner?” You get the chance to try something new and feel like you’ve slaved over the stove for hours.


 

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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.

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