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Need healthy freezer meals on a budget? I'm sharing my list of favorite freezer recipes, plus an ingredients list PDF you can print out and take to the store with you.

Ever since I did my first freezer cooking day at 9 months 2 days pregnant (waddling through it and sitting down as often as I could, I assure you) I've been hooked.

Being able to grab a meal out of the freezer and plop it into the slow cooker or oven while I'm going about my day meant spending more time with our little one − we didn't have to stop off and get takeout or spend an hour or so in the kitchen − as well as saving money, saving precious energy, and saving precious time.

Don't have children? Mothers and Fathers are not the only ones who can reap the time and money rewards from conducting a freezer cooking day. Check out my video below for reasons to do a freezer cooking day other than because you have kids.

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Note: These recipes are ALL tested and thought to be delicious by us. I hope you like them as well!

Servings Note: Most of these recipes are for at least 4 servings…so if you're a household of 2 or 1, you're going to have some great leftovers for lunches and dinners.

Two Weeks' Worth of Freezer Dinner Recipes (15 Meals in Total)

  1. Hoisin Ginger Beef
  2. Crockpot BBQ Cranberry Chicken
  3. Freezer Stromboli Kits (4)
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
  5. Crockpot Hot Pepper Pork and Butternut Squash
  6. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
  7. Touchdown Chili (2): We freeze this in smaller portions (after eating it for two days) for a batch of chili-stuffed potatoes and Frito chili pie
  8. Copycat Taco Bell Cantina Bowls
  9. Chicken Pot Pies
  10. Better-than-Olive-Garden Chicken Alfredo (I add one cooked chicken breast per person, and either frozen peas, frozen spinach, or frozen broccoli to this recipe)
  11. Food Nanny's Chicken Barbecue Pizza, Food Nanny's Pizza Dough recipe
  12. Breakfast Burritos: I made four on the fly because it was right there so I went for it! While you can make these from lots of different ingredients, mine were simply flour tortillas, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese, sautéed bell peppers + onions, and avocados.

Notice there aren't 15 different recipes here? That's because not only do several of these recipes cover two meals for us (two adults), but I like to make several freezer Stromboli kits to have on hand, covering several meals.

Freezer Cooking Day Follow-Along Video

I managed to condense about 5 hours of batch cooking + prep (plus 8-month old baby wrangling and filming) into a 42:43 minute video for you in case you want to make these recipes but not do it alone.

Follow along, and you'll end up with 15 meals + 4 breakfast burritos!

A Few Reel Highlights:

Note: Not down with watching the whole session? Watch the first 9 minutes and 51 seconds to get the lowdown on equipment you need, why you would want to do a freezer cooking session, and tips & tricks.

1:54| how we squeeze in a date night with an 8-month old

7:43 |Conner's video debut

11:28 | A Hello Kitty band-aid that magically appears from a nick I got while cutting butternut squash (whoops!)

…and a front-seat-access into our spice cabinet. Oh yeah, the missing chili? I never actually made it (and didn't realize that until the day after; oh well! Still came out with at least 15 meals + 4 breakfast burritos).

Not exactly Food Network-audition tape quality, but it'll do:).

Supplies + Equipment to Make Freezer Meals

Let's be real: the first piece of equipment any gal needs when doing a freezer cooking session is a hair band. I don't know about you − but I have to get my hair out of my face when I'm working on something.

Okay, what else do you need/want for a freezer cooking sesh?

  • Slow Cooker: On the day you'll be using the recipe, you'll need a slow cooker. Some of the recipes go into the oven (the ones in the foil containers), but most are in the slow cooker. Here's the awesome programmable one we received for a wedding gift and use all the time.
  • Gallon-sized Freezer Bags: I scored a free one-year pass to Sam's Club, and since I know I'll be doing lots of freezer cooking sessions, I splurged on a bulk package. Whatever brand you get, just make sure there's a label area. This is important because you can write what the heck it is on the outside, plus whether it needs to go on high or low and how many hours to cook it for (who wants to have to consult each recipe again)?
  • Restaurant Foil Containers: These are great for recipes like the Copycat Taco Bell Cantina Bowls and homemade Chicken Pot Pie.
  • Marker: You'll need this for labeling.

Your Grocery Shopping List to Make the Freezer Meals

You can steal my grocery shopping list to make these exact meals (minus the breakfast burritos). Click below to get yours, print it out, then cross off the list the ingredients you don't need from the store to end up with your actual grocery list.

Really think about the time + energy savings for a minute: I think it's reasonable to assume if I were to cook these meals individually, it would take an hour for each meal. Yet by batch creating them, I've made 15 meals in less than 5 hours (not to mention a video I get to share with you). Plus, all the dishes for these meals are basically done; on the actual cooking day when we use a meal, there will only be plates, forks, and a slow cooker to wash. And the kitchen will stay nice and clean!

That's a win-win-win if you ask me.

Have you ever done a freezer cooking day, or any other type of batch cooking? I'd love for you to share your recipes with me. 

Your Meal Plan + Grocery Strategy Hook Up:

Meal Planning Examples: Steal My Personal Meal Planning + Grocery Shopping System
Steal My 15 Healthy Freezer Meals on a Budget {Follow-Along Video + Printable Ingredients List}
Steal My 2 Week Meal Plan on a Budget {Free Printable Ingredients List}

 

Baby Money + Prep Posts You Want to Check Out:

My Freezer Cooking Day (for Baby + Beyond)
Our Experience with Cloth Diapering + Reusable Wipes
The More-than-Turnip-Sized Financial Digits

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  1. Sarah Li Cain
    Sarah Li Cain says:

    I love this! I’m not a fan of pot pie or alfredo (lactose intolerant), but might sub in some of your other recipes to make this work! Definitely sharing this on social media as well!

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