12 frozen meals that will make returning to the real world a little easier

12 frozen meals that will make returning to the real world a little easier

In these days between the holidays and the official return to work and school, it’s essential to spend plenty of time in your pajamas, with your kids, pets and other loved ones. But, eventually, the relaxing, lazy couch time I felt I needed started to feel a bit stagnant. Things like setting alarms and packing lunches are about to become the norm again, and there’s nothing you can do about it. However, the hustle and bustle of dinner time is something you can prepare for. Preparing some freezer meals during these lazy days will make the first weeks of the new year a little easier for you, and if you’re a little less enthusiastic, the whole family wins, right?

We’ll be honest – those first days can be tough. You have finally found deep peace, and now you are expected to love work. Moreover, it is supposed to convince your kids to get back into the activity as well. January is right around the corner, and your happily forgotten lunch box is catching your eye – How many days do I have until I start remembering how to fill this thing every day? — Eventually, you start to think there might be a way to pave a smoother path for your family’s return to the real world than the usual whirlwind. To help, here are 12 easy freezer meal recipes that you’ll be so happy to make when the going gets tough.

1

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Freezer Meal

Damn Delicious does it again with an innovative, colorful, healthy and (most of all) easy-to-freeze chicken meal. How happy will you be in the future – when you open the fridge on a grey, cold, hectic Tuesday and one of those rainbow meals is available to you, just waiting to be put in the slow cooker to do its work?

2

Freezer breakfast burritos

Fix breakfast all January long (including weekends) with this clever and versatile breakfast burrito recipe from blogger Gimme Some Oven. She had us “prep them for weeks in less than an hour.”

3

Freezer chicken fajita

Chicken fajitas are a classic frozen meal – they’re as easy to cook as they are to prepare, because when it’s time to eat, you just place the (thawed) meal on a baking sheet, then bake. there he is! Dinner is done. This recipe from The Modern Proper is absolute meal prep perfection.

4

Freezer shrimp fried rice

Doesn’t just looking at this make a Type A person feel happy? Dull freezer meals, step aside—this freezer fried rice recipe is designed for creative meal preppers and is full of color. It’s from blogger Damn Delicious so you know it’s going to be super delicious.

5

Mozzarella-Pesto Mac and Cheese

If it’s good enough for Molly Yeh to meal prep for maternity leave, you know it’s good enough for your family, too. Treat yourself to a freezer full of creamy, comforting Pesto Mac and Cheese your whole family will be so happy to dig into on a dreary day – cute labels optional.

6

Italian roast pork in a slow cooker

At The Family Freezer, they’ve pretty much mastered the art of recipes that make great frozen meals. This slow cooker roasted Italian pork proves that freezer meals can be rich and flavorful.

7

Freezer-Friendly Southwest Türkiye Meatballs

Blogger Feed Me Phoebe specializes in recipes that work easily with various dietary restrictions, including very limited FODMAP considerations. However, her recipes are beautiful, simple, and delicious, and her gluten-free, FODMAP-friendly turkey meatballs are a perfect example. You can cook, freeze, and eat (when ready) however you want! Over pasta, with rice, or even with a simple salad on the side. Plus, you know that meatballs are always very popular with kids.

8

Chicken pot pie

Is there anything more comforting than a creamy, salty, buttery chicken pot pie? Sure, you can buy something that claims to be pot pie in the freezer aisle at the grocery store, but nothing ever beats making home. This classic recipe from Two Peas And Their Pod freezes well and will feed your family for at least two days.

9

Easy enchiladas

Enchiladas freeze well, and these beauties from blogger Love and Lemons will make a great freezer meal that your whole family will be happy with. She suggests you assemble and freeze them without baking them. When you’re ready to eat, let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator before baking. Grab some tortilla chips and settle in for a sweat-free feast all week long.

10

Greek Chicken Freezer Meal

This herb-flecked lemon marinade is the secret to making The Modern Proper’s delicious frozen chicken meal that radiates bright, fresh flavors—even after a month in the fridge. Fresh and filling? Yum.

11

Easy falafel

Vegetarian in nature, these adorable, filling falafels will be a nice change from the norm, and your child might even eat them because they’re crunchy and fried (who can say no to that?). However, if you want to keep your meals a little healthier this January, you can also bake them and save the hassle of frying. Head over to the Make It Dairy-Free website to check out the recipe and freezing instructions.

12

Vegetarian enchiladas with beans and sweet potatoes

If your family doesn’t eat meat, enchiladas are still an excellent freezer meal to try, and this delicious sweet potato and bean recipe from Naturally Ella is made for freezing. When the days seem frustratingly long and short, this comforting meal will give you the boost you’re looking for.

Set aside a few hours to listen to podcasts and eat freezer meals for a week or two, and halfway through the month you’ll be so glad you did.

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