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20 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals For Busy Days

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Happy New Year! If this is the year you plan to incorporate more healthy food into your diets, this post is for you! My freezer is empty and I need more healthy make-ahead freezer meals. Here are 20 recipes I either have tried, or am excited to try!

Healthy make-ahead freezer meals

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Having prepared meals in my freezer saves me more often than I can tell you. When I don’t have meals in the freezer, take-out pizza and other unhealthy options rule. Take a few extra minutes when preparing a meal and double the recipe. Put one in the freezer, and voila! Another meal for a busy day with minimal effort = drive through avoided!

Unfortunately, even thought I KNOW that freezer meals save me big, I’ve gotten off the bandwagon in the last year and have been pretty lazy in the kitchen. This January, I’m taking it back. Staring this week, I will double at least ONE recipe and put at least ONE meal a week into my freezer. Here are the recipes I’m considering this first week in January.

20 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

Life is always busy. Having easy freezer meals at my disposal makes life so much better! If you're looking for delicious and healthier meals to add to your freezer stash, here's a collection of our favorite!

Stuffed Taco Shells
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Stuffed Taco Shells

Looking for a creative twist on tacos that freezes well? Try these stuffed taco shells!

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Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf! So Good You'll Make Double Batch!

Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf! So Good You'll Make Double Batch!

One of our favorite freezer meals is spinach mozzarella meatloaf. It's a family favorite even though my kids swear they don't like spinach.

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken (Freezer Meal)
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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken (Freezer Meal)

How about chicken burrito bowls right from the slow cooker? This favorite recipe from Damn Delicious is always a hit!

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Freezer Meals - Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon and Potato Bake
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Freezer Meals - Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon and Potato Bake

Chicken bacon broccoli and potatoes? Yes, please! Potatoes can turn brown when frozen, but if they are covered well by the other ingredients, they usually work out well.

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Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets {Freezer Friendly}
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Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets {Freezer Friendly}

These take a little extra effort, but the result is worth it! My kids love the pizza version.

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Quick & Healthy Bean Burritos
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Quick & Healthy Bean Burritos

Bean burritos are a staple at our house. Pulling them out of the freezer and heating them up makes them even quicker when we need a quick meal.

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Ground Beef Stroganoff for the Freezer

Ground Beef Stroganoff for the Freezer

Did you know you make make stroganoff ahead and freeze it? I love quadrupling this easy recipe and freezing the leftovers. My kids love it too!

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Vegan three bean chili
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Vegan three bean chili

Need an option for Meatless Monday? This vegan three bean chili delivers!

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Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}
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Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}

Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a kid friendly freezer meal idea your whole family will love!

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Our Favorite Taco Meat - large batch recipe perfect for the freezer

Our Favorite Taco Meat - large batch recipe perfect for the freezer

Taco Tuesday is a staple at our house and this taco meat is the magic! Made with grass-fed beef and beans, it's always a crowd pleaser.

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Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe - Perfect for Freezer Cooking

Easy Oven Sandwich Recipe - Perfect for Freezer Cooking

Have you ever thought about freezing sandwiches? If you heat them up in the oven, it's actually quite a delicious meal! And making this sandwich is as easy as spreading herbed butter and your favorite meat & cheese on a baguette!

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Italian Zucchini Pie

Italian Zucchini Pie

Here's another meal idea for Meatless Monday! This easy Italian Zucchini Pie is a great way to freeze extra zucchini you may have growing in your garden.

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Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Parmesan garlic chicken is one of my favorite ways to freeze chicken breasts or thighs when I find them on sale. It's so full of flavor and a simple dredge in a few ingredients is all it takes to make this main dish.

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Make Ahead Lasagna Recipe with Cottage Cheese & Secret Veggies

Make Ahead Lasagna Recipe with Cottage Cheese & Secret Veggies

Lasagna is another one of my favorite meals to freeze. Make it easy by using leftover spaghetti sauce from the night before!

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How to Make Turkey Pot Pie from Scratch

How to Make Turkey Pot Pie from Scratch

Turkey pot pie is a fabulous way to use up leftover holiday turkey! This recipe is healthy and delicious!

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Chicken Oreganato: a Farm-to-Table, Freezer Friendly Recipe

Chicken Oreganato: a Farm-to-Table, Freezer Friendly Recipe

Using bone in chicken pieces and garden fresh veggies, this delicious chicken dish is bursting with flavor straight from your freezer!

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Recipe: Three-Cheese Penne
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Recipe: Three-Cheese Penne

One more option for Meatless Monday that won't disappoint in this ultra gooey 3 Cheese Penne! You won't miss the meat in this!

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Yummy Green Smoothies Your Kids Will Love {Freezer Friendly!}

Yummy Green Smoothies Your Kids Will Love {Freezer Friendly!}

Did you know you can freeze smoothies? Here's how to easily make and freeze kid friendly green smoothies!

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Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins
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Muffin Mixes for the Freezer + 15 Different Mix Ins

Easy, Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
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Easy, Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Having breakfast ready in the freezer is such a boon on busy mornings (or for hubbies who are too lazy to make their own...) Did I say that? 😉

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What are you waiting for? Check out these recipes and start cooking for your freezer! If you want more freezer friendly recipes, I’ve got a whole category of tried and true freezer friendly recipes!
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printable labels for freezer meals

How about printable labels for your lovely freezer meals? Download them free here. Print them on 4″ x 5″ labels like these and them sick them on your containers! Easy-peasy. Get your healthy eating back on track with this collection of 5 make ahead healthy freezer meals! Make one for dinner and another to freeze. A quick and easy way to fill your freezer.

Healthy make-ahead freezer meals
Healthy make-ahead freezer meals
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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

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