15 Make-ahead Dishes That Freeze Well

Perfect recipes to make-ahead and use when you're short-on-time


By Recipe Round-ups

Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili Recipe With Rice

Made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, this nutritious chilly is quick to make. The perfect meal to pull out of the freezer for a cold winter night. Make a fresh pot

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Traditional Goulash

An easy to make, one-pot recipe. Made with tomato sauce, ground beef, tender noodles, and creamy Colby Jack Cheese. To freeze, cool, and store in an airtight container.

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Cornflake Crusted Cajun Popcorn Chicken

This hot and crispy chicken recipe can be prepped, then placed in the freezer. After breading, place on a baking sheet and let freeze individually. Transfer to

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Weeknight Spinach Stuffed Shells

A hearty recipe, great for a weeknight family dinner, it makes enough to freeze or have as leftovers. To freeze, assemble then place in the freezer. Bake frozen for about

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Spiced Roast Parnsip and Garlic Soup

This is the perfect soup to make in a big batch and then freeze in containers or in small containers for individual portions. Pair this thick and creamy soup with some

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Lemon Tarragon Chicken- One Pan Meal

An easy one-pan meal that freezes super well. Deeply flavorful, made with lemon, tarragon, basil, dijon mustard, white wine, and caper sauce. Serve with rice or bread.

Gameday Chili

This classic beef chili is loaded with beans and amazing flavors. Make ahead, then reheat in a crockpot for hands-off serving on game day or for a hearty weeknight

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Balsamic Chicken With Fresh Roasted Tomatoes

Chicken, balsamic, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil all combine in the oven to make this wonderfully saucy dish. Defrosts quickly!

Pork and Pineapple Stir-Fry

This colorful dish is full of delicious sauce which tastes great even after defrosting. The sauce is sticky, complimenting the pork tenderloin, pineapple, and

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Simonetta's Lemon Meatballs

Pull these out of the freezer for a delicious meaty meal. Flavored with lemon zest, fresh parsley, garlic, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, these meatballs are cooked with onions

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Butternut Squash Lasagna

This easy and cheesy butternut squash lasagna is made with roasted butternut squash, a creamy béchamel sauce, and lots of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. A great cheesy

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Blackened Tilapia

These tilapia fillets are rubbed with a blackening seasoning blend, then fried to create a flaky and flavorful seasoned fish. These will defrost quickly and are can be

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Cheesy Barley With Chicken Sausage

This barley dish is high in fiber and calcium and contains fewer calories than brown rice and quinoa. Barley is soft and delicious and freezes well. Make a big batch of

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Curry Chicken-Zucchini Meatballs

These super soft meatballs are perfect for freezing. Made with a coconut-curry sauce, the chicken balls are made soft by shredded zucchini and held together with almond

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Cauliflower Broccoli Bake With Alfredo

Packed with cauliflower rice, broccoli, alfredo sauce, and parmesan cheese, you can make this into a full meal by adding in chicken. Made with a jar of prepared alfredo

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Creamy White Chicken Chili

Freeze this delicious chili for a filling weeknight dinner. After defrosting, top with shredded cheese and avocado.