Cooking meals this summer was easy. I basically stocked chicken, fish, sausage and veggies in the fridge and we grilled out every night that we were home. All the other meals were eaten out– usually by the pool, and for me through a straw (cocktails, y’all). 😉 All that’s about to change as school starts up and seasons change, and to be honest, I’m kinda glad– for now. However, this fall is proving to be no less busy than summer was so I need to get my ACT together. The idea of prepping my meals for the week or month in one day and having healthy, homemade food on hand in the freezer sounds like the good life to me. Not only is it a huge time saver but you save TONS of money buying food on sale in bulk.
Since I want to make sure I do this thing right, here’s EVERYTHING you need to know about freezer meals before you (and I) dive in. I’ve also rounded up links to hundreds of recipes below that fit various lifestyles and meal preferences. From kid-friendly to gluten-free to dairy-free to healthy to slowcooker recipes, these easy freezer meals will rock your socks– and freezers– off. Now let’s get freezing!
::: TIPS FOR FREEZER MEALS :::
Freezer Meal Tips for Beginners from Happy Money Saver— start here!
How to Avoid Freezer Burn from Happy Money Saver— don’t freezer burn your precious prepped food!
10 Valuable Tips Before Diving Into Freezer Meals via Make the Best of Everything (GREAT tips for beginners)
Crockpot Freezer Cooking Party from My 30 Best Friends— this sounds not only fun but you leave with 6 meals ready for the crockpot, prepped with friends.
::: FREEZER MEAL RECIPES FOR EVERYONE :::
The Art and Craft of Freezer Cooking Kits via The Kitchn
10 Freezer Meals in Under an Hour from Living Well Spending Less
7 Slow Cooker Meals in An Hour from Money Saving Mom
40 Freezer Meals in One Day from Hearth and Holm
A Week of Freezer Meals via Passion for Savings— includes recipes & printable shopping list
65 Real Food Freezer Meals from Keeper of the Home— love that there’s healthy options here!
Start a Freezer Club plus 60 Healthy Freezer Cooking Ideas via Thriving Home
Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals from The Plain Chicken— YES!
6 Freezer Meals in 30 Minutes via New Leaf Wellness (who needs an hour?)
Gluten Free Freezer Meals (tips and recipes from The Chaos and The Clutter
35+ Gluten Free and Dairy Free Freezer Meals from The Humbled Homemaker
::: BOOKS ABOUT FREEZER MEALS & FREEZER COOKING :::
The Everything Gluten-Free Slowcooker Cookbook: This one isn’t specifically about freezer meals, but I’ve been reading it and there’s many recipes that will adapt well for us gluten-free folks.
Fix, Freeze, Feast! The Delicious Money-Saving Way to Feed your Family: great for shoppers who buy in bulk (or want to)
Freezer Meals- Quick and Easy Money-Saving Recipes: love that this one has quick recipes for busy families
Is your head spinning yet? SO. MUCH. GREAT. INFO. Now you have everything you need to get started with your freezer meal adventures. I’m going to start next week, follow me on Pinterest and Instagram to see what I’m cooking up. Fix it, Freeze it, Make it– perfection, am I right?
Do you have a favorite freezer meal to share? Tell me all about it in the comments!