18 Healthy Freezer Meals to Prep Now and Eat Later
Freezer meals are the unsung hero of meal planning. These are meals you make in bulk and freeze for later. Healthy freezer meals come in clutch when you want to make sure you’ll have easy access to nourishing meals (who doesn’t want that?) and when you want to minimize waste by maximizing your fresh ingredients. Not sure what to do with the veg withering in your fridge? Chop it up and freeze it in one of these delicious recipes. Bam.
Save these freezer-friendly recipes for easy access to clean eating, without the hassle. You can prep and stash a variety of healthy freezer meals at once, or just freeze parts of meals to cut down on future prep work. Heads up that some of these recipes aren’t written for freezer storage, so we’ll call out how you can freeze and reheat them on your own. For more tips, check out the FAQ.
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Prefer to keep your food under pressure? You can adapt slow cooker recipes for your Instant Pot, too. Check out this guide by Taste of Home.
Soups and stews
What do you get when you combine turmeric, cauliflower, onion and cashews? This golden, silky soup that tastes as good as it looks. Stash the ingredients in the freezer, then cook in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. Blend everything together to make a nourishing soup you can finish with your favorite toppings, like cilantro or chopped bacon.
To prepare this delicious tortilla soup ahead of time, saute the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic. Once cool, combine with the other ingredients (minus the chicken broth and garnishes) and freeze. When you’re ready to cook, thaw the frozen ingredients. The simplest way to thaw your food is to place it in the fridge overnight, so plan accordingly. Place thawed ingredients in your slow cooker with the chicken broth. Follow the recipe as written. Devour.
To prep this satisfying stew for the freezer, brown your beef, then let cool. Combine all ingredients except spinach in a freezer-safe container and freeze. Let it thaw before cooking, then follow the recipe as written.