Stress-Free Freezer Meal Ideas for the Busy Holiday Season

We all know how hard it is to stay on track with healthy eating when life gets busy, but the good news is that it can be done. With a little planning and preparation, you can be rescued with a dinner waiting at home and ready to eat!

I’m a huge advocate of prepping food on the weekend. While I usually make enough to get me through the week, sometimes I spend a little bit more time preparing food for longer periods that I can throw in the freezer.

Here are a few ideas for you:

Freezer Casseroles

Casseroles make great freezer meals. One of my favorites is lasagna. Buy a disposable pan, make a batch of your favorite lasagna and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge and then come home to put it into the oven and cook for an hour. Serve with a side salad and some breadsticks!

Some  ideas…

Crock Pot Heaven

Crockpots are the ultimate fix it and forget it tool! I encourage you to put yours to good use this season. To make it even easier, gather up the ingredients ahead of time and freeze them all in a large Ziploc bag. For example, if you want to make beef stew, combine the chopped beef, carrots, potatoes, and other veggies and whatever seasonings you like in a Ziploc bag and freeze. The night before, put the bag in the fridge. In the morning, dump the contents into the crockpot, set the timer and dinner will be ready when you get home!

A few of our favorites are…

Soup’s the Word

Soup is great because it’s easy to make extra. Choose your favorite recipe and double it. Then put half in the fridge to enjoy during the week and transfer the other half to a Ziploc bag once it has cooled. Ziploc bags are great for storing soup because you can freeze them flat and they take up less space in the fridge. Next time you have a busy week, just pull out a bag and thaw it in the fridge. Reheat the next time when you get home, add a sandwich and a side of roasted veggies and dinner is served!

As you can see, there’s a wide variety of freezer-friendly meals and recipes out there. Find some that fit your taste preferences and stock your freezer!

What’s your go-to freezer meal?

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Lindsay is Registered Dietitian and writes about food and fitness at The Lean Green Bean. She shares healthy recipes, fun workouts, and snapshots of her life. She lives with her husband in Ohio and enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her dogs.