Having a repertoire of freezer meals you can give as gifts in your arsenal, or better yet, in your freezer, is a great way to bless others with time as well as food.
Looking for a good gift to give to friends and neighbors?
Did your sister just have a baby and you want to help her out?
Or a way to celebrate with friends and family when quarantine restrictions keep you from doing so in person?
Food is where it’s at, people. When you give the gift of food, you’re giving more than just the food, though that’s pretty awesome in itself. You’re giving time, comfort, love—and a night off from cooking!
Freezer Meals You Can Give as Gifts
Freezer meals you can give as gifts are some of the best you can make.
While the stash in your freezer can bless your own family, it also frees you up to share with folks you want to bless: the elderly neighbor, the friends going through a tough time, the family with the new baby. The people you love.
Freezer meal gifts are the bomb, my friends. Let me count the ways.
Why give a freezer meal instead of a hot dinner or fresh baked dessert?
While bringing a hot meal or a plate of cookies is certainly nice, it lacks versatility. Your friend has to consume that food within a certain time frame, whether or not it suits their schedule.
A freezer meal, however, can be enjoyed at their leisure, so that you’re not only giving the aforementioned food, time, comfort, and love. You’re also gifting convenience and freedom.
Freedom to do what one wants, knowing that dinner can be ready quickly—when one wants it.
That’s the beauty of freezer meals you can give as gifts.
How do you put together a freezer meal gift?
It isn’t hard to put together a freezer meal gift, and if you know your recipient well, you can tailor the meal to suit their lifestyle really well. I know that some of my favorite gifts ever have been of the edible variety!
To put together freezer meals as gifts, you will need:
- freezer-friendly recipes (see below)
- disposable freezer containers or reusable ones that you will give as part of the gift (Check this list of supplies)
- ingredients for cooking (get the free printable plan and grocery list below)
- time to cook
- space in your freezer until you can deliver the gifts
What are some tricks to making freezer meal gifts quickly?
While you can certainly devote a whole day to cooking and freezing your meals to give away, it can sometimes be easier to spread the work over several days. In fact, this is one of my favorite methods for freezer cooking.
Making triple batches of our dinners each night is super easy! It doesn’t take much more time to make one to keep and a couple extras to give away. And you’ll eat really well, too!
Check out this sample cooking plan where I made one batch for my family and extras to give away:
- Sunday: Chicken Enchilada Casserole – triple batch
- Monday morning: Mix and Match Muffins – triple batch
- Monday night: Seasoned Turkey Meatloaf (from the Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less Cookbook) – triple batch
- Tuesday: Lawnmower Taco – triple batch
- Wednesday: Chicken Chili with White Beans – triple batch
- Thursday: Cheesy Corn Tamales – double batch; I also did my baking on this day, baking granola and cookies to freeze and share.
I much preferred stretching my cooking out over the week instead of trying to keep up the pace of an all-day cooking bash. So simple and carefree!
Get the cooking plan for freezer meals you can give as gifts!
You can download the freezer cooking plan I used and replicate it in your own home. Spread the meals out over the week, or cook in one day. Both work super well!
I’ve scaled the recipes in the plan for multiple batches so that you can make it for home and to share or simply to share with multiple friends.
Included you’ll find the grocery list, printable labels, and instructions for prepping 2 breakfasts, 3 main dishes, and a dessert!
These recipes make great freezer meal gifts!
- Maple Vanilla Almond Granola, 2 batches
- Mix and Match Muffins, 3 batches of mix
- Chicken Chili with White Beans, 2 batches, divide into 4 containers
- Lawnmower Taco, 3 batches – make in 6 square pans for easy gifting.
- Cheesy Corn Chile Tamales, 2 batches – divide into 4 packages
- Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies, 2 batches
Get the Freezer Cooking Plan for FREE!
If you’d like to get the free printable freezer cooking plan for these meals, just sign up for my mailing list. When you do, I’ll send you access to my free printable resource library, including this freezer cooking meal plan perfect for making freezer meal gifts.
In the meantime, I’d love to know…
What are your favorite freezer meals you can give as gifts?
This post was originally published December 10, 2015. It has been updated for content and clarity.
What is the recipe that’s in the picture for the pin? It looks super good but I don’t see it anywhere in the post.
We must not be seeing the same thing. All the food images are of recipes in the cooking plan. Maybe email me a screenshot of what you see? [email protected] and I’ll try to help.
This reminded me of when I was pregnant with twins and my friends wanted to have a baby shower for me. I asked for freezer meals so that’s what they did. It was very nice, especially since I was on bedrest the last 6 weeks of pregnancy so I couldn’t cook then.
What a great baby shower!
Great idea! I’m thinking of gifting a month of frozen grab and go breakfasts, wrapped so they can be heated quickly in the microwave. And maybe a travel mug with it, so the recipient can skip the morning drive thru!
Hi, which recipe is the one in the photo with the 3 rectangular pans? That looks really good.
That is the Chicken Enchilada Casserole. https://goodcheapeats.com/chicken-enchilada-casserole-recipe/