I didn’t have time to do my food prep this weekend (gasp!)…i know, i know! Oh well, it happens. It did, however, get me thinking about how important the freezer is for weeks like this when I’m too busy to prep food. So, I thought I’d make a list of some foods that freeze well.
These are things you can make ahead of time, make double batches of, etc and stick in the freezer until you need them!
Here are some ideas for you:
1. Burgers – Whether they’re meat or veggies, burgers freezer really well. You can cook them ahead of time and then let them cool, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze in ziploc bags…then just reheat when you’re ready to eat. Or, you can just form into patties and freeze raw so all you have to do is thaw and cook them.
Try It: Greek Black Bean Burgers
Try It: Healthy Casseroles To Freeze via Eating Well
3. Pancakes & Waffles – These are great to have on hand for busy mornings. Wrap 3-4 pancakes (or however many you want for an individual serving) in saran wrap and freeze in Ziploc bags. In the morning, unwrap and pop them in the toaster or microwave to heat through.
Try it: Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes
4. Soups – Most soups freeze extremely well! Make a double batch of your favorite, let cool completely, then transfer half to a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Store flat to save space in the freezer!
5. Broths & Sauces – Instead of throwing away your veggie scrap, use them to make a batch of veggie broth. Then freeze in 2-4 cup containers and thaw when needed! Got extra tomatoes in the summer? Make some homemade tomato sauce and freeze to use throughout the winter. Add some meat or lentils to make a bolognese or some extra veggies for added nutrients and then all you have to do is cook up some pasta on a busy night, defrost the sauce and dinner is served!
Try it: Crockpot Roasted Vegetable Sauce
6. Muffins/Breads/Doughs – Muffins can make a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack- just be sure to choose ones that have some protein and fiber for staying power. Homemade bread is great because you can avoid the long ingredient lists of store-bought breads. Make a couple extra loaves and stick them in the freezer to use in the following weeks. You can also make things like pizza dough ahead of time..then just transfer to the fridge to thaw before homemade pizza night!
Try it: How To Freeze Pizza Dough via The Kitchn
7. Energy Balls – These make the perfect snack, and I love keeping them in the freezer. They stay cold and tasty but don’t freeze all the way through so you can’t eat them. My personal favorite combo is 2 cups chopped, pitted dates, 1 1/2 cups almonds, 1/2 cup peanut butter…plus some chia seeds and pumpkin seeds. There are endless combinations out there.
8. Burritos – You can customize these to be breakfast burritos or more traditional burritos for lunch or dinner. Wrap them individually, then defrost in the microwave for a quick meal!
Try It: Freezer Burritos
9. Fresh herbs – Whether you get fancy and make pesto or simply just need to store a surplus of fresh herbs from the Farmer’s market, ice cube trays make a great vehicle for storing fresh herbs. Spoon the pesto straight into the trays, freeze, then remove and store in an airtight container. For plain herbs, chop well and place a couple tablespoons in each tray. Fill with olive oil or broth and freeze…then just throw the herb cubes into the pan when you’re making a dish that calls for them!
Try it: How To Freeze Herbs in Olive Oil via The Kitchn
10. Beans & Lentils – You can make a whole bag of dried beans or lentils at once, let them cool and then divide them into ziploc bags and store them in the freezer. When you’re ready to use them, smack the bag on the counter a few times to loosen and add directly to whatever you’re making. For best results, undercook them slightly initially and they’ll cook a little more in whatever dish you add them to:
Try it: How To Cook & Freeze Beans
Edited to add: One more that I forgot to include but is certainly worthy of inclusion…COOKIE DOUGH! Whip up a batch of cookie dough, use a cookie scoop and scoop dough onto a baking sheet. Place in the freezer, then store the scoops of dough in an airtight container. When you’re craving cookies, just bake up 3-4 at a time!
Obviously this is not an all-inclusive list. There are LOTS of other things that freeze well and can help you stock your freezer for busy weeks- like meat, veggies etc!
What are you favorite food items to freeze? Leave us links!
PS. For more ideas, check out these posts:
50 Easy Freezer Meals via Six Sisters Stuff