22 Healthy Freezer Meals (That You’ll Actually Love)

Heading back to school, prepping for a new baby, or just tryna get your life together? All of the above point to one thing: FREEZER MEALS!

Heading back to school, prepping for a new baby, or just tryna get your life together?

Bring on the FREEZER MEALS!

A little history of this post: I started to do some research around freezer meals for my maternity leave in 2018, and I was shocked at the lack of options out there. Don’t get me wrong – the internet has many freezer meal recipes, but most of them were not what I was looking for in terms of whole food ingredients, flavor, and ease of prep.

So I put together my own! We’ve been working on updating this post every year since it was published and it just keeps getting better and even more useful. Now, as I prepare for another maternity leave, we’re rolling out the latest version which has 6 new freezer meal recipes (bringing our grand total to 22 freezer meal recipes) and an amazing printable resource including grocery lists and labels.

Just to set the stage for you, here’s what makes these freezer meals you can actually love:

In a nutshell, this post contains my favorite freezer-friendly recipes that are big on flavor, nutrition, and ease of prep!

The idea here was to put everything into one big post so you don’t have to keep a million tabs open and jump back and forth between browser windows while you’re doing your own planning.

The free printables will help make your freezer meal process as smooth and easy as possible. I’ve tailored them to exactly what is useful to me, and now I’m just sharing my process with you.

I hope this post allows you to put a healthy and super delicious dinner that you ACTUALLY love on the table with little to no stress, even in life’s most busy seasons. You got this! ♡

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Freezer Meal Soup and Stew Recipes

Detox Lentil Soup

A clean and simple soup made with onions, garlic, carrots, olive oil, squash, and LENTILS! Super healthy.

butternut squash, lentils, carrots, potatoes, herbs, kale, olive oil

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegan, gluten free, dairy free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

AFTER COOKING:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, 15 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: From frozen, 6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Stir in olive oil and kale. (If you made this in the Instant Pot, some of the vegetables should break down just enough to make the soup creamy! If you made this in the slow cooker, blend a little bit of the soup with the olive oil to make a creamy base.) Finish with a splash of lemon juice or red wine vinegar.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Spicy Peanut Soup

Comforting and SUPER nutritious soup. Naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, ALL THE GOOD THINGS.

onion, jalapeño, sweet potato, fire roasted tomatoes, coconut milk, curry powder, kale

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegan, gluten free, dairy free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

AFTER COOKING:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, 8 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: From frozen, 5-6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Stir in peanut butter, peanuts, and kale. Add water to thin to desired consistency.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Wild Rice Soup

Wild Rice Soup: so creamy and simple and ready in an hour from the freezer. Perfect for fall/winter nights!

carrots, celery, onion, garlic, wild rice, mushrooms, poultry seasoning, butter, milk

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegetarian

FREEZE TOGETHER:

ADD AFTER COOKING:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, 30 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: From frozen, 4 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Melt butter, whisk in flour, whisk in milk until creamy and thick. Add to the soup. Add extra water to thin to desired consistency.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Life-Changing Beef Stew

Beef Stew made in an Instant Pot or slow cooker! Just a few ingredients, minimal time, and SO EASY.

beef, onion, celery, carrots, tomato juice

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // gluten free, dairy free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

ADD AFTER COOKING:

This recipe takes up quite a bit of space, so it works best when divided between two 7-cup glass containers, or stored in a plastic bag.

INSTANT POT: From frozen, 30 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 5-6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: After cooking in Instant Pot, turn on saute function. Add cornstarch slurry. Cook for a few minutes until slightly thickened. (If using a slow cooker, add cornstarch when it’s done and let thicken for 30 minutes.)

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Golden Soup

Cozy, bright, and healing with power-foods. Topped with crispy chickpeas. Super creamy and SO GOOD.

onion, garlic, cauliflower, cashews, turmeric, lemon juice

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegan, gluten free, dairy free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

This recipe takes up quite a bit of space, so it works best when divided between two 7-cup glass containers, or stored in a plastic bag.

INSTANT POT: Add three cups of water before cooking. From frozen, 10 minutes on high pressure + 7 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: Add three cups of water before cooking. From frozen, 3-4 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Blend soup until smooth. Add more water, 1/2 cup at a time, to reach desired consistency.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Spiced Chickpea Bowls

Clean eating meets comfort food! Vegetarian / vegan.

onion, garlic, spices, chickpeas, fire-roasted diced tomatoes

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegan, gluten free, dairy free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, 15 minutes on high pressure + quick release.

FINAL STEP: Serve with couscous, cucumber, hummus, yogurt, herbs, and pita bread slices!

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Cauliflower Curry

Tender cauliflower, butternut squash, and red lentils cooked in a coconut red curry sauce and poured over rice.

onion, garlic, cauliflower, squash, red lentils, red curry paste, coconut milk, diced tomatoes

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegan, gluten free, dairy free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, add 1 cup water before cooking. High pressure for 6 mins + quick release.

SLOW COOKER: Add 1 cup water before cooking. High setting for 4 hours.

FINAL STEP: Serve with rice and cilantro.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Healing Chicken and Rice Soup

Limey, salty, and so fresh! Garlic-ginger-infused broth, shredded chicken thighs, tender jasmine rice, fresh herbs, and peanuts. 

garlic, ginger, shallot, chicken thighs, turmeric, spinach, rice limes, fresh herbs

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // easy, gluten-free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, high pressure for 13 mins + 10 mins natural release.

SLOW COOKER: Thaw first, and then cook 6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Shred chicken and add 1 cup jasmine rice. Use sauté function with lid off, and cook for 15 minutes until rice is cooked. Stir in 3 cups spinach and a splash of soy sauce or fish sauce. Serve with fresh herbs (mint and basil), and crushed peanuts.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Freezer Meal Meat Recipes

Beef Ragu

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu that’s perfect with pasta! Easy, cozy comfort food.

garlic, mirepoix, beef, crushed tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // gluten free, dairy free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: For beef chuck: From frozen, 65 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release. For top sirloin: From frozen, 45 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release.

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Shred the meat and serve with pasta, baked potatoes, polenta, rice, cauliflower rice, gnocchi, zucchini noodles, etc.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Chicken Tinga

The only chicken tinga tacos recipe you will ever need! Spicy, saucy, simple, and so fresh.

chicken thighs, chipotles, oregano, cumin, crushed fire roasted tomatoes

Make this Recipe

serves 8 // gluten free, dairy free, whole30

BLEND INTO SAUCE:

FREEZE WITH:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, 12-15 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 4 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Serve as tacos, or on a salad, or in a rice bowl, or in enchiladas…. limitless possibilities!

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Tandoori-Inspired Coconut Chicken

Coconut Tandoori-Inspired Chicken made with rich spices and creamy coconut milk. EXTREMELY EASY and so, so yummy.

chicken thighs, honey, spices, coconut milk, salt

Make this Recipe

serves 8 // gluten free, dairy free, whole30 (minus the honey)

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, 15 minutes on high pressure + 20 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 4 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Serve in rice bowls, with roasted vegetables, with cauliflower rice, or in fusion-style tacos or burritos.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Korean BBQ Beef

Flavorful garlic and ginger beef gets slow cooked and shredded. Use in tacos, burritos, or bowls!

pears, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, beef

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // dairy free

BLEND INTO SAUCE:

FREEZE WITH:

INSTANT POT: For beef chuck: From frozen, 65 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release. For top sirloin: From frozen, 45 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes nature release.

SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 3-5 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Serve in rice bowls or fusion-style burritos or tacos (MY FAVE) with kimchi, rice, slaw, spicy mayo, etc.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Hawaiian Chicken Tacos

Juicy pineapple and spiced chicken crisped under the broiler, tucked into tortillas, and rolled up with creamy jalapeño ranch slaw.

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // gluten free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: Add 1/4 cup of water before cooking. From frozen, 20 minutes on high pressure + quick release.

SLOW COOKER: Add 1/4 cup of water before cooking. From thawed, 3-4 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Shred chicken and serve with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw (see below) in tortillas. Blend up the Jalapeño Ranch ingredients and toss with shredded cabbage to make a slaw.

Jalapeño Ranch:

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Tender shredded beef, crusty buttered bread, melted provolone, salty tangy giardiniera, and some broth to dunk it all in.

beef, garlic, onion, spices, beef broth, giardiniera, provolone, sandwich rolls

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // gluten free when using GF buns

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: Add 2 ½ cups broth and ¼ cup giardiniera brine before cooking. From frozen, 1 hour 15 minutes on high pressure + 15 minutes natural release.

SLOW COOKER: Add 2 ½ cups broth and ¼ cup giardiniera brine before cooking. From thawed, 5-6 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Serve on toasted rolls with melted cheese and chopped giardiniera!

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Creole Chicken and Sausage

Shredded chicken, andouille sausage, creole seasoning, a rich tomato sauce, veggies, and rice. 

chicken, sausage, onions, garlic, chicken broth, tomato paste creole seasoning

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // easy, gluten-free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, high pressure 15 mins + 10 mins natural release.

SLOW COOKER: Thaw first, and then cook 4 hours on high.

FINAL STEP: Shred chicken. Serve with rice and top with cheese, hot sauce, and/or green onions.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Cilantro Lime Chicken and Lentils

The BEST easy protein powerhouse meal prep. Just 15 mins of prep and totally hands-off cooking!

lentils, chicken, salsa verde, onion, cilantro, jalapeño

Make this Recipe

serves 8 // high protein, gluten-free

FREEZE TOGETHER:

INSTANT POT: From frozen, high pressure 25 mins + 10 mins natural release.

SLOW COOKER: Thaw first, then high setting 6 hours.

FINAL STEP: Serve with rice and cilantro.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Make this Recipe

Freezer Meal Baked Recipes (Casseroles, Lasagnas, and More)

Cauliflower Walnut Taco Meat

This vegetarian taco meat is made with cauliflower, walnuts, and chipotle peppers. It’s so easy: just mix, bake, and eat or freeze. Meatless miracle!

cauliflower, walnuts, chipotles, chili powder, cumin

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegan, gluten free, dairy free, whole30
(This one is my favorite, so I like to double or triple this recipe when I freeze it!)

PULSE IN A FOOD PROCESSOR:

BAKE: 375 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Freeze for later!

FINAL STEP: Serve in tacos (yummy!), enchiladas, rice bowls, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, the usual.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Lasagna Florentine

This Creamy Tomato Lasagna Florentine is so deliciously comforting and simple. Noodles, tomato sauce, and a creamy spinach layer!

garlic, spinach, ricotta, egg, pasta sauce, noodles, mozzarella

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegetarian

SAUTE:

MIX WITH:

LAYER WITH:

BAKE: From frozen, bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes, covered. Remove cover and bake for 10 minutes until bubbly and browned. Let stand for 15 minutes to firm up.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Baked Chicken Meatballs

These Baked Chicken Meatballs are the BEST! The perfect addition to any meal or to eat right on their own.

chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, spices

Make this Recipe

MIX AND ROLL:

BAKE: From frozen, bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

You can also bake them first (400 degrees, 20 minutes) so that you can keep them in the freezer fully cooked and ready to go.

FINAL STEP:  Serve with literally anything – personal fave includes some kind of pasta, red sauce, and a salad.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

These Quinoa Black Bean Crockpot Stuffed Peppers can be made with or without meat – all with simple pantry ingredients! Minimal prep, awesome taste.

bell peppers, quinoa, black beans, refried beans, enchilada sauce, spices, pepperjack cheese

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegetarian, gluten free

MIX FILLING:

STUFF INTO:

BAKE: From frozen, bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes, covered.

FINAL STEP: Finish by melting extra cheese on top. Serve with guac, sour cream, cilantro, hot sauce, etc.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Chipotle Quinoa Burgers

Veggie burgers you’ll want to eat again and again! Filling but not too dense, crispy but not crumbly, and with all the smokiness and yumminess.

quinoa, black beans, chipotles, spices, egg, breadcrumbs

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegetarian, gluten free

PULSE IN A FOOD PROCESSOR:

FORM: Form into 4 large patties and freeze on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen solid, store in a bag or container.

BAKE: From frozen, bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

STOVETOP: Heat on medium high for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

FINAL STEP: Serve on buns with spicy mayo, avocado, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, and whatever else you like.

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Sheet Pan Chicken Pitas

Sheet Pan Chicken Pitas that are salty-briney-crunchy in all the right ways! Marinated chicken, roasted peppers, fresh cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and an easy homemade tzatziki.

chicken, garlic, lemon juice, curry powder, peppers, tzatziki

Make this Recipe

serves 6 // vegetarian, gluten free

TOSS TOGETHER:

FREEZE: Spread into a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid; transfer to a bag or container to store in the freezer. 

BAKE: From frozen, bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

FINAL STEP: Serve with pitas, tzatziki, hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, olives, red onion… sky’s the limit!

Click here for the original recipe where you can find these freezer meal instructions in the recipe card notes.

Best Containers For Freezer Meals

Obviously plastic bags are the most common, but let’s be real – not everyone wants to use depressing plastic bags all the time (ME!!) so here my favorites along with a few pros and cons of each type of container.

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Pyrex round 7-cup containers

**These are my personal favorite!** I own 5 of them and use them all the time. I definitely can’t fit 12 of them in my freezer (nor did I want to BUY 12 of them!), but that’s fine by me since I only prep a few recipes (4-6) at a time.

Considerations: Many recipes will require leaving the liquids out in order to fit. The food expands a little bit as it freezes, so you want to leave a little space at the top. To loosen the frozen food before cooking, I just run the containers under hot water for a minute until loosened, and then dump them into the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Unlike freezer bags, the food will be frozen in a round shape so they fit straight into the Instant Pot like a dream! No plastic waste! No awkward square shaped frozen blocks of food! Wash and use for leftovers! Did I mention these are my favorite?

Click here to see the Pyrex 7-cup containers that I use.

Pyrex rectangular snapware 8-cup container

These are my second favorite. I own two of these which is just the right amount for the occasional pan of lasagna, enchiladas, stuffed peppers, or even snacks like energy bites. The snap closure is awesome for leftovers and look super pretty in the fridge.

I couldn’t find the exact Pyrex 8-cup snapware on Amazon (I bought mine at Target) but I this OXO version is almost identical!

Stainless steel containers

Click here for the stainless steel food storage containers on Amazon.

Silicone bags

Click here for the silicone bags that I have!

Gallon-sized freezer bags (like a Ziplock)

Disposable aluminum pans

Freezer Meal Tips, Questions, and Other Notes

Freezer Meals: Frequently Asked Questions

How long will these meals keep in the freezer?

It all depends on how well they’re stored. But if you are able to get most of the air out (to avoid freezer burn), these should keep for at least 6 months in the freezer.

Do you have to thaw your freezer meals before cooking?

I am so happy to say that you do NOT need to thaw them first! I don’t thaw my freezer recipes before cooking! *evil laugh* I just take them straight out of the freezer and put them in the Instant Pot, slow cooker, or oven.

The one exception is the category of meats in the slow cooker. Those should always be thawed first. It’s a food safety thing – it takes longer amount of time for the meat to heat up in the slow cooker, leaving the frozen meat in “the danger zone” for a potentially unsafe amount of time.

How long does it take to thaw frozen meats before cooking?

If you’re making meat in the slow cooker, I recommend thawing them in the fridge for 24 hours first.

If you’re using the Instant Pot / pressure cooker, you don’t need to thaw the meat first.

What about thawing and refreezing meat?

For food safety, I always use freshly purchased, unfrozen meat to assemble the freezer meals.

Once a recipe has been frozen, I don’t thaw it out and re-freeze it (remember: I just pull them right out of my freezer and cook them from frozen).

And once a recipe has been cooked, I don’t freeze it again. Most of these recipes make 6 servings so we just keep it in the fridge and eat it up over the next 2-3 days.

What do these terms mean?

  • Mirepoix: a trio of chopped onions, carrots, and celery.
  • Instant Pot: an electric pressure cooker.
  • High pressure: the setting for the pressure cooker.
  • Natural release: letting everything sit in the pressure cooker before opening the valve, rather than opening the valve immediately.
  • Can you put something straight from the freezer into the oven?

    When using my Pyrex bakeware, I put them straight from freezer to oven several times (wiping off the extra water or frost on the outside of the container first). It was fine. Nothing shattered.

    That being said, I know shattering does happen. I had a pan shatter on me a few years ago, completely unrelated to freezing, and it was slightly traumatic. I would feel really sad to get comments with reports of your shattering glass dishes, so you’ll have to decide for yourself what you feel comfortable with.

    Here’s what the internet says:

    From Pyrex (a little unclear)
    From America’s Test Kitchen (they say yes, it’s fine)
    From Cooks Illustrated (they say no, don’t do it)
    From the people of the internet (most say yes, it’s fine)

    If you want to be 100% safe, here are a few alternative things you can do:

    Thaw your oven-bound recipes in advance.
    Use aluminum pans which will not shatter.
    Line your frozen glass containers with parchment so you can pull your lasagnas out and transfer them into a room-temperature pan for baking.
    Buy one of these fun pans! They are specifically made to be “highly resistant to thermal shock.”

    How do you avoid freezer burn on your freezer meals? 

    Get all the air out of your storage containers before freezing.

    I had some mild freezer burn on a few of my recipes because it’s hard to press out all the air when using a reusable container like a Pyrex bowl with a lid. To be honest, I didn’t think it was all that big of a deal. My belief on this is that the point when freezer burn really starts to become a bad-tasting problem is when it’s built up on stuff that’s been hanging out in your freezer for, like, months upon months. I wouldn’t worry too much about a little layer of frost on top of your soups in your Pyrex containers.

    If it’s gonna bug you, plastic bags might be a better choice so you can really squeeze the air out.

    Should you freeze the liquids with your freezer meals? 

    Either way will work!

    I generally DO NOT include the liquids (broth, water, tomato sauce, etc.) because I find it’s harder for them to fit in the freezer and then in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. I just add them right before cooking.

    That being said, if you do include the liquids in your freezer containers, the nice thing is they’ll be COMPLETELY ready to go when you pull them out.


    Can you use fresh vegetables in freezer meals? 

    A lot of people say no, but I say heck yes!

    All of these recipes have been tested using fresh AND frozen produce, including onions, carrots, celery, potatoes (!!), mushrooms, and squash. Personally, I didn’t notice a huge difference between fresh or frozen produce (possibly because most of the produce-forward recipes here are soups, and softened veggies never hurt a soup).

    Some people swear that you should never use mushrooms or potatoes in freezer meals, but I did it, as did our tester, and neither of us had any issues. Lots of people say that your potatoes will turn black in the freezer, but neither I or our tester experienced that with russet potatoes OR sweet potatoes. The vegetables added great flavor, bulk, and nutrition, so I say yes! Use your fresh OR frozen veggies.
    What can I say? I’m a rule breaker.

    If you want to go with frozen produce, these are the frozen produce products I have used which save me a lot of time:

    Frozen potatoes (pre-cooked)
    Frozen mushrooms
    Frozen squash
    Frozen mirepoix*

    *One thing to note about the frozen mirepoix is that it’s usually a little heavier on the onions, so I often add a little extra chopped carrots or celery (simply because I prefer less onion). If you love onions, you’re all good.

    How do you make the freezer meal process as fast and easy as possible?

  • You are in the right place! 🙂 Because these recipes are very time-friendly.
  • Buy pre-chopped fresh or frozen veggies. Use pre-chopped garlic and onions. This is a huge time-saver. Downside is that it generates more plastic waste and can be slightly more expensive, but it is EXTREMELY efficient!
  • Honestly, skip the measuring cups and spoons. Just eyeball it. I rarely measure for my freezer meals. These recipes are all pretty forgiving.
  • Don’t do too many at a time. I find that 4-6 per prep session takes me about an hour and a half, which is usually my limit for time and energy.
  • Do you need an Instant Pot to make freezer meals?

    Here’s the thing – if you love the convenience of freezer meals and are not always great at planning ahead (thawing, long cook times, etc.), then YES! I think you would really, really love an Instant Pot for your freezer meals.

    Here’s why I ADORE the Instant Pot for freezer meal recipes:

    I decide what we’re having for dinner at 4pm, pop it out of the freezer and into the Instant Pot, and in have it done before 6pm! That’s with no advance thawing and minimal stress. You can’t do that with the slow cooker and you can rarely do it with the oven. I highly recommend an Instant Pot if you want to take full advantage of the convenience of your freezer meals!

    Click here to see the Instant Pot that I use!

    Are these freezer meals healthy?

    Yes. I consider these freezer meals healthy because they are made with real food. Real food = food that is minimally processed, or single ingredient foods. Vegetables, meats, legumes, and whole grains are examples of real food.

    Healthy means something different to everyone. For some people, the plant-based recipes will be healthy. For some people, the low calorie recipes will be healthy. For some people, the high protein recipes will be healthy. So the thing I keep coming back to when determining whether or not they are “healthy” is the inclusion of as many real, whole foods as possible.

    A few of these recipes use prepared sauces – for example, a jar of marinara sauce. I normally prefer homemade sauces, but when prepping freezer meals, convenience and efficiency are top priorities which is why I think this is a perfect time to use the store-bought pasta or enchilada sauces. I recommend looking for “clean” versions of these sauces – avoiding added dyes, added sugars, etc. when possible!

    If you have a favorite freezer meal that you’d like to share, or question, suggestion, or tip, feel free to drop it in the comments!

    Yes, we read through all the comments and we love to hear what is working for you or what other resources we can add to make this freezer meal collection as helpful as possible.

    Happy freezer meal prepping, everyone! ♡

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