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Fix Up Some Freezer Meals

When life gets hectic, it’s so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals. Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it's so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals.

I’ll confess. Currently, there are no freezer meals in my deep freeze. I’ve been trying to get it empty so that I can defrost it before winter hits. As we’re currently having a very unusual string of extreme temps, I can’t imagine winter ever coming, but there we are.

As such, I’ve been pining away for a chilly day — or at least one under 90 degrees — to do a big freezer cooking session and get our freezer back up to maximum capacity.

If you’re looking for some easy freezer cooking plans or need to get the lowdown on this whole freezer cooking thing, you’ve come to the right place.

Today I’ve got five easy, delicious, and budget-friendly freezer meals that you can whip up pretty quickly without getting too hot under the collar.

Meatless Freezer Meals

With rising meat prices, throwing a meatless meal into your weekly plan can help curb costs a bit. If you want to make several meatless freezer meals at once, consider using this “Mostly Meatless” Freezer Cooking Plan.

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it's so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals.

Six-Layer Nachos

These freezer-friendly Six-Layer Nachos are perfect as an appetizer or even a “snacky” dinner. Just thaw, bake, and add some tortilla chips and a few fresh toppings.

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it's so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals.

Green Chile Burritos

These burritos are a snap to prepare. Whip up a batch of Green Chile Burritos and stash them in the freezer for a quick lunch, dinner, or to-go snack.

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it's so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals.

Alfredo Mac and Cheese

You won’t miss the meat in this Alfredo Mac and Cheese. It’s a classic comfort food with a garlicky Alfredo twist.

Freezer Meals for the Grill

Keep the heat of cooking outside with one of these freezer meals that are great for grilling. Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it's so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals.

Chicken in Marinades

Marinated chicken is probably the easier freezer meal to prepare. Mix the marinade right in the freezer bag, drop in the chicken, and seal it up. Try one of these recipes for Asian, Spicy Southwest, and Dijon Marinades for chicken. Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it's so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals.

Burger Patties

Pick your favorite burger recipe and make up those patties ahead-of-time. There’s no need to thaw. Just pull them from the freezer and throw ’em on the grill.

What’s your favorite meal for the freezer?

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  1. Maudie the Maid says:

    I received your good cheap eats grocery bag in the mail yesterday . Thank you very much — I will use it for my good cheap eats. I love your cookbooks and blog. Thanks for sharing. gbk

  2. Burritos are my favorite freezer food/meal. I make all different kinds – bean and cheese, beef, bean and cheese, chicken and rice (with green or red sauce), it’s all good! And so easy and quick to get on the table when we’re tired from afternoon activities.

  3. I don’t have any freezer meals in mine right now, either, but they are a lifesaver on crazy days. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Danielle L. Zecher says:

    I’ve recently started trying freezer cooking; thanks for all of your great posts and tips! But, I have a few questions about defrosting. I took your advice and made a triple batch of lasgna a few weeks ago (enjoyed one with dinner guests and froze the other two). I took one of them out of the freezer last night with plans to have it for dinner tonight. I left it out on the counter for about three hours and then put it in the fridge before going to bed. I checked on it this morning, and it was still frozen solid. I’m pretty sure there are some rocks in the yard less solid than that thing. Fortunately, hubby is off today, so the lasagna is out on the counter to defrost some more and he’s home to keep an eye on it.

    How do you handle the defrosting? Is it supposed to go in the oven frozen solid to defrost? Do you leave it on the counter all night? And what happens when you resort to a freezer meal late in the game? I can’t imagine trying to defrost the lasagna if I just pulled it out at lunch today, or worse, this evening around dinner time. I feel like I’m missing something…

    Thanks!

    Danielle

    • Some things do take quite awhile to thaw, lasagne being at the top of the list. If can take up to 2-3 days to thaw completely in the fridge. You can bake it from frozen, you just need to add cooking time and watch for cold spots. I prefer it to be completely thawed, so I just allot enough time.

      Other things thaw very quickly. With time you figure out how your fridge responds to things.

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