Freezer Meals Kids Love

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Looking for freezer meals kids love? I’ve got you covered. These freezer meals will please the kids AND save you time and money.

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On a busy school night there is nothing more pleasing than to be able to pull a meal from the freezer that you KNOW the family will love.

On date night, it’s so nice to hand your older child or babysitter a casserole of mac and cheese and walk away without any worry about what the kids will eat.

It is so fun to see friends’ smiling faces when you send them home with a pan of enchiladas for their freezer.

Freezer meals can make the whole family happy — particularly if you make foods you know your kids enjoy.

Foods you know your kids enjoy…..

That gives you pause, doesn’t it? Kids can be so fickle when it comes to food, especially food that you spent time, money, and brain cells to prepare.

Never fear, my fellow parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite, sure-fire, kid-winning freezer meals.

My kids are always thrilled when I serve these at the table. May they earn you a standing applause, too.

Freezer Meals Kids Love

Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole

Yes, freezer meals work for breakfast too! This Buttered Maple French Toast Casserole is a snap to make, and it tastes delicious. Just prep, freeze, and thaw before baking.

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Meatball Subs (with a Freezer Option)

Enjoy Meatball Subs any day of the week without heading to a sandwich shop or going to a lot of work. This easy recipe with a freezer kit option is just the ticket.

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Chicken Bacon Subs for the Freezer

These Chicken Bacon Subs have been in my freezer cooking repertoire for years. Everyone loves them. I like to make these on small ciabatta rolls and wrap them individually in foil. I’ve found that they reheat really well in the slow cooker.

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Lawnmower Taco Recipe - Perfect for Freezer Cooking

We dubbed this taco casserole, "Lawnmower Taco" after one of our children balked at eating it for dinner. My husband cajoled him into taking a bite, “What do you mean you don’t like it? You love tacos. This is what happens when I run over tacos with the lawnmower.” FishBoy liked it, and it’s been a family favorite for years.

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Easiest Cheese Enchiladas Recipe (Freezer Friendly)

Cheese Enchiladas are quick and easy to prepare, but they taste like something special. This recipe makes two pans — perfect to eat one for dinner and freeze another for later use.

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Best Ever Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (VIDEO)

This recipe for Best Ever Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is amazingly easy since the slow cooker does most of the work. Just combine a homemade rub with a cheap cut of pork and cook it slowly in the slow cooker. It makes a ton of meat that can be used as a filling for sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and tacos.

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How to Make Homemade Lasagna for the Freezer

Lasagna has always been one of my favorite meals to make and freeze. It’s filling, and it can be doctored up with veggies to make it a one-dish dinner. When served with salad, garlic bread, and a nice glass of wine for the adults, it makes the perfect company dinner, too. Since it is a little more labor intensive, make more than one pan at a time and freeze the extras for later.

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Easiest Mac and Cheese Recipe

This is the Easiest Mac and Cheese you’ll ever make. Seriously. I think it rivals the box in both taste and simplicity. Just cook the pasta, mix it up with some sour cream and cubed cheddar, and you’re ready to bake or freeze. Perfect, easy comfort food.

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What are YOUR favorite kid-friendly freezer meals?

I’m sold on make-ahead meal prep, and you should be, too. It is, by far, a major sanity saver in my week. Grocery shopping and meal planning are essential, of course.

Putting together a meal prep list and following it is the next natural step. That’s how you get stuff done, right? 

But sometimes you need a little help.

I believe whole heartedly that everyone can (and should!) enjoy delicious meals, regardless of their budget or schedule. I’ve developed my Kitchen Winner Meal Plans around the concept of make-ahead meals and efficient shopping.

Each weekly plan includes a full week’s menus, a coded grocery list in case you want to swap out a recipe here and there (hello, picky child), and a complete list of things to prep at the beginning of the week to make the meals super duper simple.

There’s even notes about what you can freeze. Think: double batch so you can take a night off soon.

The Kitchen Winner Meal Plans are like having a subscription to those fancy pants delivery services that bring you a recipe and a box of ingredients — only a whole lot better investment. You get to shop for the ingredients, but all the hard decisions are made for you.

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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. Marcie Fort says

    Love this post, Jessica! ! I am going to add a couple of these ideas into our normal rotation!!! Looking forward to the French toast and enchiladas, especially. Have a great weekend

  2. Betsy C says

    I found that any form of stew goes over well with my family. It may be my family’s Ukranian roots, but my children LOVE Chicken Paprikash. You can use any cut of chicken or cubed chicken breasts. I tend to cook it up to the stage of adding sour cream, then freeze in square foil pans to reheat in the oven before stirring in the sour cream. It can also be frozen in gallon plastic bags and reheated in a slow cooker before adding the sour cream. A crisp salad and good bread make this a delicious meal, then again a crisp salad and good bread makes anything a delicious meal!

  3. These look great! We don’t have children yet, but my husband can be as picky as one. I love these ideas and I’m definitely bookmarking this for my next freezer meal prep day! Thank you!!!!

  4. Jessie says

    Thanks for sharing! One of our favorites, and one I often bring to new moms, is bacon quiche; so good and super easy to throw together.

    When you put together a new freezer meal plan to tackle, how do you go about determining how much time you need?

    • That’s a good question. I can usually guess, but I never know for positive until I walk through it. Also, interruptions/helpers can skew my end result. I typically consider what a single batch would take and then double that if I’m making four.

  5. Amanda says

    After freezing the chicken bacon sub how do you recommend hearing it up in the crockpot? Never done something like that but it sounds perfect for our upcoming trip.

    • I usually do it with smaller rolls and wrap each in foil. Then I fill the crock with them and heat things up for a few hours, turning them if I am around. You can follow the method explained here.

  6. Shay says

    My favorite freezer meal is calico bean soup. You take 1 can each of 5 different beans of your choice (I like butter beans, red kidney beans, black beans, garbanzo beans, and red beans but you can use any kind as long as you have 5 different ones and we don’t drain any of the cans) 1 large can undrained of diced tomatoes, half a cup of ketchup 1 Tbs yellow mustard, 1 cup brown sugar (you can do more or less, my family likes 2 cups while.my brothers family like only a half a cup) 1 pound of browned ground beef, 1 pound of diced and fried bacon pieces, and salt and pepper to taste. Just mix it all together, put in a freezer bag and freeze. when you’re ready to make it for dinner just thaw and put in the crockpot for a couple hours on high. It’s my families favorite meal and my favorite childhood recipe.

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