5 Freezer Meals That You Don’t Need to Thaw

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Don’t like freezer cooking because you always forget to thaw? Here are a few freezer meal recipes that you DON’T have to thaw.

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I’m the Queen of Forget to Thaw. It’s such a bummer when dinnertime rolls around and I don’t have a quick fix, but I have a freezer full of food.

One solution to the dilemma is to stock up on some freezer meals that don’t need a complete defrost before reheating. Here are some of our favorites:

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Velvety Vegetable Soup

Homemade blended soups like this Velvety Vegetable Soup can be a delicious and economical way to get enough vegetables in your diet or to use up leftover vegetables. You can also freeze in individual-sized portions so it’s easier to reheat just what you need.

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Green Chile Burritos

Burritos are one of the easiest, quickest meals to pull together with little work or planning. All the ingredients can be kept on hand in the pantry, fridge, or freezer. These Green Chile Burritos freeze well and reheat easily. To reheat, we use the microwave, the griddle, or the oven. Nuke each frozen burrito for a minute or two until hot. Then you can crisp them up in the griddle or oven.

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Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy

Yes, really. You CAN make mashed potatoes and gravy for the freezer. Add some homemade meatballs and you’re all set.

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Taco Soup

This recipe for Taco Soup is so easy that a 5-year-old can do it. It cooks in the slow cooker and can be frozen for later use.

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Ham and Gruyere Quiche with Leeks

Quiche is good food. This quiche, rich with ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Leeks will make any breakfast, lunch, or dinner shine. You can freeze these unbaked and then just add 5 – 10 more minutes of baking time.

What’s your favorite freezer meal that you don’t have to thaw?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. elizabeth says:

    I like freezing bags of pasta, veggies and sauce for a skillet meal. You can freeze the sauce separately in little zip bags so you don’t initially have a huge block of frozen food sitting awkwardly in your skillet. If you have ever bought those bagged dinners in the store, then you know that dinner is on the table in 15 minutes!

  2. annie says:

    HA! This morning I went through your freezer cookbook to indentify some go-to recipes for the busy spring season ahead. Kind of like making my own freezer plan. One of the 9 meals I picked was the meatball recipie.

    I didn’t know you could freeze mashed potatos. But then I realized the secret ingredient must be the substitution of cream cheese for milk. How does it taste?

    • It’s super yummy with cream cheese. That’s my go-to way to prep potatoes when we don’t have to worry about making it dairy-free.

      • Andrea says:

        I try to go dairy free whenever possible, (except butter), how do the mashed potatoes taste with a non-dairy milk. My go-to when making mashed potatoes in real time is almond milk and they are yummy…. thanks in advance.

        • I have not made them with non-dairy milk, so I really can’t tell you. I would try freezing a small portion next time you make them and see how you like it after reheating. Let us know how it goes!

  3. Jessie says:

    My favorites are crock pot freezer meals! Yes, you have to think about it in the morning, but not days ahead like a casserole would.

    • Due to safety and food texture issues, those aren’t my favorites. But, I’m working on some that eliminate those. What are your favorites?

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