35 Best Meals to Freeze and Reheat

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These easy meals to freeze and reheat are perfect for stocking up your freezer before a busy season of family life. Whether you want to have easy dinners to bring to a friend or for cooking quickly on a school night, these kid-friendly dishes are a big hit.

The photo collage shows a stack of meals in a freezer next to photos of the food cooked and served on a plate.

Ask any busy parent on a typical school night and they'll tell you that easy meals you can freeze and reheat are family dinner GOLD.

It is so nice to have a few delicious dinner recipes stashed in the freezer that you can pull out and pop in the microwave or oven.

Plan ahead and split these dishes into smaller containers and your family can have a few single serving dinners to grab when everyone sitting down together isn't an option.

Or perhaps you're looking for ways to help a friend and need easy meal train ideas. It's always smart to to provide the family with meals they can stash for another night.

If you're cooking for your senior parent, many of these easy freezer dinners can be split into single serving containers. What an amazing gift to give them: a freezer filled with healthy meals they can just reheat as needed.

Healthy Soups that Freeze Well

One of the best things to cook ahead and freeze for easy reheating later is a nice healthy soup.

You will be so grateful to have a batch of homemade chicken soup already made when someone in the family gets sick.

I always freeze soups in smaller containers of 2 - 4 portions, just enough for a light lunch or single dinner for our family of 4. They also make excellent work week lunches.

Chicken Soup for Flu & Cold Season

The most popular chicken soup on my site is just what you need to have on hand when someone gets sick.

The recipe makes a big batch. Cook it now and freeze it for later!

Homemade Chicken Soup for the Flu
This delicious homemade chicken soup is perfect for fighting the flu. It is filled with all the home remedies you'd need: roasted garlic, lemon, cayenne, and spices to get you feeling better in no time.
4.66 from 88 votes
A bowl of homemade chicken soup with chicken and carrots has a spoon scooping up a bite.

Chicken Chili with No Beans

My tomato-based chicken chili is an excellent freezer soup. Keep a few pantry staples on hand for an easy dinner later.

Pantry Items to Keep Ready:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
Red Chicken Chili with No Beans
Light and healthy red chicken chili with tons of tomatoes and fresh peppers but no beans. Top it with shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and serve with tortilla chips for dunking.
4.43 from 28 votes
A white bowl of tomato-based chicken chili has shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream on top.

Ground Beef Chili Bowls

You can eat these ground beef chili bowls with shredded cheese and sour cream on top for a quick dinner but it also works to make amazing chili dogs in a pinch!

Ground Beef Chili Bowls
This super-thick ground beef chili bowl recipe is delicious served with Frito chips for dunking but also makes an excellent chili dog topping or baked potato filling.
5 from 50 votes
A white soup bowl filled with thick ground beef chili topped with shredded cheese and sliced green onions. There's a spoon and a pile of potato chips on the side.

Easy Beef Stew

There are no potatoes in my stove top beef stew recipe so I like to buy a container of mashed potatoes at the grocery store to keep in the freezer with the leftovers. You could always make my Crockpot mashed potatoes yourself and freeze them if you prefer.

Easy Weeknight Beef Stew
This easy beef stew only takes a few minutes of hands-on time to cook and can easily be frozen for busy weeknights.
5 from 48 votes
A blue dutch oven has a wooden spoon stirring beef stew.

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Soup

This light and healthy turkey soup is loaded with veggies. Keep a box of crackers on hand or plan ahead and freeze a loaf of Italian bread or homemade garlic bread.

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Soup
This rich and hearty ground turkey soup is filled with tender vegetables and tastes like it has been slowcooked all day but takes less than an hour with your Instant Pot. Serve with fresh bread.
4.92 from 50 votes
The finished ground turkey soup is ready to be served from the Instant Pot.

Big Batches of Cooked Meat

While not a complete meal in an of themselves, I find it extremely helpful to cook a large roast and then freeze the leftovers in smaller portions for really easy dinners.

You can use the smaller containers of frozen meat to make:

  1. Tacos
  2. Sandwiches
  3. Rice Bowls

Pulled Pork

Pulled pork sandwiches, a pulled pork platter with sides, or even a pulled pork wrap can all be assembled in minutes when you stash this recipe in the freezer.

Pulled Pork
This is the best pulled pork recipe for the oven or slow cooker. Seasoned with a delicious pulled pork rub before it is cooked, enjoy it with or without BBQ sauce drizzled over the top.
5 from 2 votes
A barbecue pulled pork sandwich is on a plate next to potato chips.

Mexican Pulled Pork Carnitas

Delicious and easy tacos are just a microwave spin away when you make this big pork shoulder roast.

Mexican Pulled Pork Carnitas
Slow roast this tender Mexican pulled pork carnitas recipe and then shred the meat for the most delicious street tacos you've ever had. This large roast makes a generous amount of meat that you can serve for a party or freeze in smaller portions for easy family dinners.
5 from 35 votes
The shredded pork has been added to street taco tortilla shells. Green onions are sprinkled over the top and wedges of limes are on the side.

Shredded Chicken

Prefer chicken? When chicken breasts go on sale, you could stock up and make this easy shredded chicken for all kinds of delicious dinners.

Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken
This easy Mexican shredded chicken taco recipe is so ridiculously easy to make, even your kids could cook it! Dump everything in the Instant Pot (or slow cooker / crockpot) and you're ready to go. Leftovers freeze well, so be sure to make a big batch.
4.50 from 2 votes
A bowl full of shredded chicken with a spoon. There's a bowl of red tomatoes, a green napkin, and a bottle of hot sauce sitting nearby.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Saucy chicken tacos with your favorite salsa come together in a pinch when the meat is already cooked and just needs to be heated up.

Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat
Make a batch of this easy Crockpot chicken taco meat for easy chicken tacos on a busy night. A seasoned tomato sauce simmers the chicken breast until tender and easily shredded with a fork. You could freeze the meal kit for cooking later or store pre-cooked chicken meat for easy reheating in minutes.
5 from 1 vote
A spiced shredded chicken taco has slaw on the top with flour tortillas. Fresh lime wedges in the back.

Crockpot Bourbon Chicken

Serve bourbon chicken over bowls of jasmine rice. My recipe takes just 3 minutes to cook!

Crockpot Bourbon Chicken
This sweet and sticky bourbon chicken is cooked in a crock pot for an easy weeknight dinner. Serve the shredded meat over a bowl of rice and spoon some of the delicious spicy-sweet sauce over the top.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl of rice is topped with shredded bourbon chicken from the crockpot.

BBQ Chicken Thighs

Just like the pulled pork, there are so many ways to use this tender BBQ chicken recipe. I think my favorite is this bbq chicken sliders recipe.

BBQ Crockpot Chicken Thighs
Tender BBQ Crockpot chicken thighs make excellent pulled chicken sandwiches or an easy barbecue main dish with sides. Serve the chicken warm straight out of the slowcooker for an easy buffet entree.
4.98 from 47 votes
A Crockpot is filled with shredded bbq chicken thighs and bbq sauce.

Mississippi Pot Roast

Tender Mississippi pot roast with potatoes and carrots is an all-in-one dinner you can make for the freezer. Store it in smaller containers if you'd like stretch the dinner out for individual servings.

Mississippi Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots
Tender chunks of beef with savory potatoes and carrots in a rich and beefy gravy cooks slowly in a Crock Pot all day for an easy family dinner. Seasoned with ranch and peperoncini peppers, this Mississippi pot roast is sure to be a favorite.
5 from 36 votes
The white baking dish is filled with a chunky Mississippi pot roast with potatoes and carrots and pepperoncini peppers. There's a rich beefy gravy filling the dish.

Crockpot Spiral Ham

ALWAYS freeze your leftover holiday ham, there are so many delicious recipes you can use it for. Don't miss my favorite ham pot pie.

Crockpot Spiral Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
This easy Crockpot spiral ham recipe is the perfect way to cook your holiday dinner while your family is out of the house at church on Easter morning or Christmas eve. Come home to a hot ham ready to be glazed and broiled for the picture perfect finish in just 10 minutes. Choose a traditional sweet brown sugar and mustard glaze or use hot honey for a delicious sweet and spicy spin on a holiday classic.
4.98 from 49 votes
The spiral ham is on a roasting rack so it can be broiled to make the brown sugar glaze crispy.

Freezer-Friendly Meatballs

While there are many delicious ready-made freezer meatballs at the grocery store, it only takes a few minutes to make your own from scratch.

The biggest benefit of that is that you get to control the spice level and ingredients or try new flavors.

Italian Meatballs

Yes, you could put these Italian meatballs in tomato sauce over pasta but you could also tuck them into my easy baked meatball subs.

Italian Meatballs
Make a batch of these easy Italian meatballs and you'll have enough to serve over pasta with tomato sauce one night and make a batch of Italian wedding soup on another night. The meatballs can be prepped and stored in the fridge for 3 days or frozen for later.
5 from 1 vote
A skillet filled with meatballs and tomato sauce sprinkled with Italian herbs.

Romano Chicken Meatballs

Looking for something lighter and zestier? Don't miss my favorite lemony chicken meatballs.

Chicken Romano Meatballs
This light and delicious romano meatballs are made from ground chicken, Italian seasonings, and grated cheese and are browned in a delicious lemon garlic sauce with fresh asparagus. Serve them over a dish of buttered noodles or enjoy them for a simple dinner on their own.
5 from 1 vote
A skillet filled with meatballs, lemon slices, and asparagus spears.

Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs

If you do choose to buy grocery store meatballs, I highly encourage you to look for these pineapple teriyaki meatballs! This is one of our very favorite freezer meals.

Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs Stir Fry
This quick and easy dinner recipe uses Aidells pineapple and teriyaki chicken meatballs from Costco with a few simple ingredients to make a delicious family dinner in minutes.
4.96 from 47 votes
A serving of teriyaki meatballs with pineapple and vegetables over rice.

Prep Ahead Sandwich Fillings

When it comes to meals you can freeze and reheat, premade sandwich fillings are the most likely to retain their texture.

Thaw and heat these easy fillings and tuck them into fresh bread slices, dinner rolls, or wraps.

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Jerk Chicken and Peppers

Keep this chicken and bell pepeprs mix on hand to make jerk chicken quesadillas at a moment's notice. They'd also taste great in my air fryer chimichangas which you could pre-assemble and freeze, too.

Air Fryer Jerk Chicken
Caribbean Jerk chicken with bell peppers and onions cooked in the air fryer or roasted in the oven make a quick dinner recipe for serving with rice, sweet potatoes, or pasta.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl of cooked jerk chicken with red and yellow bell peppers and onions.

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes

Freeze batches of sloppy joe filling and simply pop it in the slowcooker to thaw and heat while you're at work.

Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
Prepare this Crock Pot Sloppy Joes recipe for a make ahead dinner on a busy night or freezer meal for dinner down the road. Serve it on hamburger buns, over a baked potato, or with tater tots for a family-friendly dinner.
4.41 from 5 votes
A sloppy joe sandwich on a soft bun has some filling dripping onto the plate and potato chips on the side.

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

This is my favorite sloppy joe variation, I LOVE the addition of the onions and peppers in this mix.

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
The perfect busy night family dinner: these delicious philly cheesesteak sloppy joes come together in a pinch and have lots of chopped veggies in the mix.
4.50 from 6 votes
A blue plate has a sloppy joe sandwich next to baked french fries with fresh veggies in the back.

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

Make a big batch of this Italian beef and all you'll need to do at dinner time is toast some hoagie rolls and pile up the provolone cheese.

Crock Pot Italian Beef
This zesty shredded Italian beef gets incredibly tender with a long, slow cook in the Crockpot. Serve it on toasted buns with melted cheese and spicy peppers for a deliciously easy dinner for a crowd.
4.92 from 49 votes
Italian beef sandwich has toasted bread, melted provolone cheese, and pepper relish on top of the shredded beef.

Open Face Turkey Sandwich with Gravy

Don't wait for Thanksgiving to make my easy slowcooker turkey. This healthy white meat makes amazing sandwiches all year long. You could cook the turkey and gravy and freeze it in small containers for an open face turkey sandwich in a pinch.

Open Face Turkey Sandwich
These open face turkey sandwiches with gravy are the perfect way to use up leftover turkey breast and Thanksgiving gravy but also make a delicious and easy dinner any night of the year.
5 from 32 votes
A piece of sourdough bread has chunks of turkey meat and gravy on top.

Pesto Chicken Sliders

Sliders might not be the first thing you think of when you consider a freezer dinner, but these easy pesto chicken sliders actually freeze quite well! You could assemble a batch or two for the freezer for quick dinners in a pinch.

Pesto Chicken Sliders
Easy pesto chicken sliders get a golden brown top when baked in the oven and are such an easy make ahead party food. You may want to double the recipe because leftovers make a fun lunch surprise for the kids to take to school.
5 from 1 vote
A white platter is filled with shredded chicken sliders with a pesto sauce.

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast for dinner anyone? My family absolutely loves these breakfast burritos at any time of day. Just add hot sauce.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
This big batch of spicy egg and sausage breakfast burritos are perfect for feeding a crowd or keeping on hand for busy weekday mornings.
4.49 from 128 votes
A blue plate has a stack of breakfast burritos, one is sliced open to show the sausage, eggs, and potatoes inside.

Make Ahead Casseroles to Freeze and Bake

Freezer casseroles are so popular because who doesn't enjoy taking a pan out of the freezer and popping it in the oven on a busy night?

These dishes might take a little more time to prepare but on the other side your dinner prep is down to almost nothing.

Saucy Pork and Noodle Bake

The Single Most Popular Recipe on my site! For very good reason. This saucy pork and noodle bake uses leftover pork. You can freeze the pork alone and make the casserole fresh or you can prep the whole casserole and freeze it for later.

Saucy Pork and Noodle Bake
Kid-friendly comfort food at it's best! Cheesy noodles mixed with corn and leftover pork, it's the perfect casserole to make ahead and keep prepped in your freezer. This recipe is older than dirt, provided by my mom!
4.41 from 282 votes
A white baking dish is filled with wavy egg noodles, chopped pork, and corn and red peppers to show the final baked saucy pork and noodle bake casserole.

Easy Sausage Lasagna

This 9x13 pan of lasagna has been my family's go-to Christmas dinner recipe for more years than I can count. We love it because it freezes so well. I prep it in advance and then bake it fresh for our holiday dinner. This sausage lasagna recipe is great for feeding a hungry crowd.

Easy Sausage Lasagna
This delicious make ahead lasagna is perfect for beginners to bake for a holiday feast or Sunday family dinner. Several easy shortcuts make this classic dish quick to prepare.
4.50 from 2 votes
A slice of lasagna sits on a festive holiday plate with a green salad and slice of garlic bread.

Lasagna Roll-Ups

If you love lasagna but want to divide up the batch into smaller portions or 2 8x8-inch dishes instead of 1 9x13-inch pan, this lasagna roll-up recipe is a much better choice.

The pretty swirls of lasagna are easy to assemble and fill smaller baking dishes easily.

Easy Lasagna Roll-Ups
This easy lasagna roll-up recipe is filled with a delicious spinach and cheese filling and rich meaty tomato sauce. It's the perfect make-ahead meal for busy families since you can assemble and freeze it for an easy dinner later.
5 from 49 votes
A serving of beef lasagna rollups is next to a simple green salad with a fork.

Garden Lasagna Cups

If you're looking for a single serving of lasagna for easy lunches or small dinners, these vegetarian lasagna cups are totally the way to go. Made with wonton wrappers instead of pasta and filled with tons of garden veggies, my kids LOVE this recipe.

Garden Lasagna Cups
Deliciously cheesy vegetable lasagna cups are a fun recipe to cook with kids. Set up all the fillings in an assembly line at the counter and let your young chefs prepare these homemade lasagana cups featuring fresh zucchini, spinach, corn, and tomato sauce with plenty of bubbling hot cheese.
5 from 1 vote
A muffin tin filled with garden lasagna cupcakes shows the spinach and tomatoes covered in melted cheese.

Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

This creamy chicken wild rice casserole is big enough to feed a crowd from one large baking pan or you can split the recipe into two baking dishes and freeze one for later.

Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
This warm and delicious chicken wild rice casserole has tender chunks of chicken breast in a creamy herb sauce mixed with wild rice and Monterey Jack cheese. Top the baked casserole with crispy bread crumbs and sliced almonds for crunch. You can make it ahead and freeze for a special family dinner down the road.
5 from 1 vote
A white baking dish has chicken wild rice casserole topped with bread crumbs and almonds. A scoop is missing.

Chicken Fried Rice

A simple batch of jasmine rice and a rotisserie chicken is all you need to make this easy chicken fried rice recipe with frozen vegetables.

You could keep the rice and pre-shredded chicken in the freezer along with a bag of frozen mixed veggies and make it fresh for dinner OR you could make the dish and freeze it already cooked and ready for reheating.

Easy Chicken Fried Rice
This easy stove-top fried rice recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken with a bag of frozen veggies. Quick enough for a busy weeknight dinner, kids will gobble it right up!
5 from 3 votes

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole

When a creamy chicken and pasta casserole is needed for a little comfort food, you can't go wrong with this chicken tetrazzini casserole. My kids love the savory sauce and sweet peas in the mix.

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole
This rich and creamy easy chicken tetrazzini casserole is a big hit with kids. Creamy pasta with shredded chicken and sweet peas is a freezer-friendly casserole you'll make over and over. A “mommy meals” staple.
4.86 from 7 votes
A blue baking dish has a spoon scooping out a serving of chicken tetrazzini pasta with peas.

Chicken Enchiladas

My chicken enchiladas recipe is another great casserole that could be assembled and frozen for reheating later OR you could prep some of the elements and freeze them separately. Thaw and assemble them fresh in minutes and bake it fresh. Delicious either way.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken enchiladas are always a hit with kids who love Mexican food but they usually take a lot of time to prepare. This fast and easy recipe comes together quickly with several busy-parent shortcuts.
4.97 from 51 votes
A baking pan filled with tomato sauce covered chicken enchiladas.

Italian Sausage Pasta Casserole

Whenever a friend needs help, this is my mom's pasta casserole of choice. Everyone has loved the savory sausage and spinach with creamy pasta. The secret?? Serve it with fresh pineapple as a simple side dish. It pairs so well!

Italian Sausage Pasta Casserole
This delicious Italian sausage pasta casserole mixes Jimmy Dean bulk sausage with fresh spinach for a perfect make-ahead dinner.
4.60 from 45 votes
A pan of baked Italian sausage pasta casserole has a pair of oven mitts in the background.

Irish Beef Pot Pie

You don't need to wait until St. Patrick's Day to enjoy this delicious savory Irish beef pot pie. You could prepare the beef filling and freeze that alone along with a batch of my buttery pie crust dough. Then just assemble and bake them fresh.

OR you can just assemble and bake the whole pie and freeze it ready for reheating later.

Irish Beef Pot Pie
This easy variation of our most popular Irish Beef Hand Pies recipe is baked as a pot pie in a slab pie pan for easy serving for St. Patrick's Day dinner. Filled with savory meat and tender cabbage and potatoes, this delicious dinner can be made ahead and frozen for the holiday meal.
5 from 56 votes
A square of Irish meat pie on a plate with carrots and cabbage.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

If you're a fan of my Saucy Pork and Noodle Bake, you might also enjoy this chicken variation. Cheesy chicken spaghetti is a favorite with my picky eaters. I always split it into 2 8x8-inch pans for easy dinners while my husband was traveling but you could put it in a 9x13-inch if you prefer.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
This make-ahead chicken spaghetti casserole is perfect for stashing in your freezer for a busy night. Split the dish into two 8x8-in pans for a small serving dinner or easy side dish.
5 from 1 vote
A square pan of chicken spaghetti is ready to be frozen in aluminum foil wrap.

Chicken Rice Casserole

Chunky and loaded with veggies, this chicken and rice casserole recipe helps you prep a couple of pans for the freezer in one cooking session.

Freezer-Friendly Chicken and Rice Casserole
This make ahead chicken rice casserole lets you cook once and eat twice! Make 2 - 3 pans of this creamy chicken and rice casserole loaded with veggies all at once and you'll have food to bring to a friend in need or to stock your freezer for later. 
4.91 from 11 votes
A metal pan of chicken and broccoli rice casserole is ready for the freezer.

Pasta Recipes that Freeze Well

When it comes to freeze and reheat pasta recipes, more often than not I prefer to freeze the pasta sauce and then just cook the noodles fresh.

There are a couple exceptions to that rule and I think you'll enjoy these delicious pasta ideas with your favorite pasta shape.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Pork

One of the most requested dinners of all time in my house, my husband absolutely loves this spicy peanut butter noodles dish. We never have anything leftover to freeze, but you could absolutely make it in advance and freeze the whole dish.

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles with Pork
This super easy 20-min meal is perfect for a busy weeknight. The creamy  Chinese pork with spicy peanut butter noodles is delicious with rice noodles or regular pasta. Whatever you have on hand!
4.39 from 21 votes
A serving of Chinese noodles with ground pork has green onions sprinkled over the top.

Easy Chicken Bolognese

Make a batch of my easy chicken bolognese for the freezer. You can store it in smaller containers and use it for topping pasta, gnocchi, or even spooning over a baked potato.

Chicken Bolognese
This light bolognese sauce uses ground chicken for a healthier spin on the Italian classic. Easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, your family will love this pasta recipe.
4.50 from 2 votes
A plate of spaghetti with chicken bolognese sauce has a fork twirling the noodles.

Classic Beef Bolognese Sauce

With a little more time on your hands, you could make my classic beef bolognese sauce. It makes a huge pot of thick beefy tomato sauce that tastes amazing over rigatoni or penne, gnocchi, or even eaten like a thick chili with garlic bread.

Bologonese Sauce
This stovetop classic bolognese sauce features ground beef with fresh vegetables cooked slowly to enhance the flavor. A hearty meat sauce for serving over pasta, this recipe can be split and frozen for future meal prep.
4.41 from 5 votes
Bolognese Meat Sauce has been served over large rigatoni noodles and a fork is stirring them together.
The photo collage shows a stack of meals inside a home freezer above 4 photos of the finished, cooked meals on a plate.


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