Freezer Meals of the Week!

Happy Wednesday! It seems like you all loved my first rendition of freezer meals so much last week, that it’s definitely a hot (no pun intended) topic! I’d love to share some of my other favorites as well. Freezer meals make dinner so seamless and easy and are sometimes an absolute godsend to have during a busy week.

  1. Shepherd’s Pie

WheelNDealMama has a really awesome shepherd’s pie recipe that freezes great! This meal is always a hit in our home – it’s pretty hard to deny ground meat, mashed potatoes, and shredded cheese.

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Shepherd’s Pie [http://www.wheelndealmama.com/homemade-shepherds-pie-easy-freezer-meal/]

This is an all-in-one meal and these can be made individually – one for a person should definitely fill you up and hit all the food groups!

It’s super easy – toss your meat (ground beef, turkey, or chicken) into a skillet and brown with a can or bag of frozen veggies with some broth. In a freezer-safe dish (I suggest mini pie dishes so you can easily take out as many servings as you need – fun for each person to have their own pie!), toss in your mixture, top with mashed potatoes (free to make these however you please, homemade, with a mix – whatever you have time for and prefer), and cover in shredded cheese.

Cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and create a tight seal.

Once you’re ready to eat, place in an oven heated to 375 and cook for 45 minutes! Super simple and a crowd pleaser – always.

2) Chicken Parm Casserole

Who doesn’t love chicken parm? It’s comfort food at it’s finest and even the pickiest eaters love it. Thriving Home Blog has a great recipe for chicken parmesan casserole – which is a really fun spin on the dish. You can eat this on it’s own, or serve over pasta for a heartier meal.

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Chicken Parm Casserole [http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/07/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal/]

This is crazy easy – all  you do is layer a pan with 4 cups of cooked chicken (shredded or cubed), mix with your choice of marinara sauce, and top with Parmesean cheese, mozzarella, and seasoned breadcrumbs of your choice. Put the casserole together and pop in the freezer for an easy freezer meal – whenever you’re ready to enjoy it, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Yum!

3) Not-Meatloaf

InJohnnasKitchen gives an incredible veggie alternative to a comforting classic – meatloaf! If you’re anything like me, you love an easy meal, but not at the cost of something that makes you feel junky and gross. This is such an awesome option for an easy freezer meal.

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Not-Meatloaf [http://injohnnaskitchen.com/2013/12/not-meatloaf-a-veggie-variation-twelve-months-of-healthy-eating/]

So fun – this recipe calls for all sorts of textures – celery, onions, chickpeas, oats, walnuts, and lentils – together, combined, this recipe is shockingly yummy. The recipe suggests using either one big meatloaf pan, or a pan that has the 8 mini loafs (like the above picture) – I think this is fun! Like the shepherd’s pie, this makes it even easier to defrost and heat up a single serving. Whenever you’re ready, simply bake at 375 for 55-65 minutes and allow to cool before serving.

That’s all, folks! Enjoy! I know I will 🙂

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