6 Time-Saving Freezer Meals Your Family Will Devour

by | Jul. 15, 2017

Mormon Life

Do you need quick recipe ideas for your busy family? Do you wish you could spend less time in the kitchen and more time doing the things that matter most? Check out these six freezer meal recipes that will allow you to cook yummy meals while also saving time!

Freezer Meals from Six Sisters' Stuff

Breakfast—Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches

Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches Freezer Meal

6 bagels (any flavor, we just used plain)
6 slices cheese (we used cheddar)
12 slices of ham
6 large eggs
Salt and pepper to taste

In small bowl, beat one egg and add pinch of salt and pepper. Spray small, microwaveable bowl (I used a glass pyrex container that was about the size of the bagel) with cooking spray. Pour egg into bowl and microwave for 60 seconds (or until cooked through). Remove and set aside, and repeat for remaining eggs. Split bagels in half and top one half of each bagel with one egg, one slice of cheese, and 2 slices of ham. Replace top of the bagel. To freeze, let sandwiches cool and then wrap in foil. Freeze for up to 60 days.

Lunch—Black Bean Taco Soup

Black Bean Taco Soup Freezer Meal

1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey tastes great in this recipe too!)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 package mild taco seasoning mix
1 (16 oz.) can corn (undrained)
1 (16 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed (you could use kidney beans or pinto beans)
1 (14 oz.) can stewed tomatoes
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilis
Tortilla chips
Other taco toppings you like (cheese, sour cream, avocado, etc)

Brown meat and onion, drain. Stir in taco seasoning, corn, black beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and green chilis. Simmer on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and your favorite toppings. This makes an easy freezer meal! After cooking, let soup cool, then dump into gallon-sized Ziploc bag or another freezer container. To eat, let thaw in fridge for 24 hours, then simmer on stove or microwave until fully heated. You could also put it in your crock pot and cook on low for 2-3 hours to re-heat.

Dinner—Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti Freezer Meal

1 lb. dry ziti pasta (or really any kind of pasta would work—I actually used Penne pasta)
1 onion, chopped
1 lb. lean ground beef (season with pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and minced garlic)
2 (26 oz.) jars spaghetti sauce (I added a zucchini to my sauce just for more veggies!)
8 slices provolone cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 7-8 minutes; drain. In large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350˚ F (175˚ C). Spray 2 8×8 inch pans with non-stick cooking spray. Layer as follows in each pan: 1/4 of ziti, 1/4 of sauce, 4 slices of Provolone cheese, 1/2 of sour cream, 1/4 of ziti, 1/4 mozzarella cheese and 1/4 of sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake covered for 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted. To freeze this meal: Follow instructions above, except for last step of cooking. Cover assembled ziti with foil and stick in freezer (I usually use 2-3 layers of foil just to keep out the freezer burn). It will last in freezer for about 30 days. To eat, remove from freezer and place in fridge to thaw 24 hours in advance. By allowing to thaw in fridge, you can cook at regular time and temperature (350˚ F for about 30 minutes). If you do not thaw in advance, it will take much longer to cook. If you cook it completely frozen, it will take anywhere from 90 minutes–2 hours to fully cook. These fill 8×8″ pans to the top, so I cooked mine on a large cookie sheet just in case they bubbled over (which they did!).

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