Once the kids are back to school and your normal dinner routine is back in place, you’ll probably find yourself answering the same old question that pops up every night, “What’s for dinner?” These 10 freezer meals will not only help you answer that question, but you can also forego worries about how you’re going to get dinner on the table in between all the extracurricular activities.
Freezer Meals to Prep for the Fall
These make-ahead freezer meals can be prepped in advance, then stored in the freezer until you’re ready to cook or reheat them.
1. Butternut Squash Lasagna
Butternut squash is one of our favorite fall vegetables to cook with. In this tasty lasagna recipe, the squash purée is layered in between lasagna noodles, cheese, and a delectable cream sauce. Once you’re done assembling all the lasagna layers, simply cover the pan with a sheet of foil and freeze. Get the recipe here.
2. Slow Cooker Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans
This Whole 30 and Paleo-friendly meal is prepped and stored in a large ziplock bag until it’s ready to be cooked. Then, you just have to pop the ingredients into your slow cooker so that you can come home at the end of the day only to find a delicious meal waiting for you. Get the recipe here.
3. Hearty Beef Stew
Is there anything more comforting on a cool fall day than a hearty bowl of beef stew? Simply cut up all your vegetables beforehand, then dump them into a large ziplock bag with your cubed meat and hearty stew sauce. You can either defrost the bag the night before you want to put them in your slow cooker or pressure cooker or simply use them straight out of the freezer without thawing. Get the recipe here.
4. Cranberry Chicken
This tender, moist chicken recipe has the fall flavor of sweet and tangy cranberries. The sauce is made with French dressing and a powdered onion soup mix, giving this slow cooker chicken recipe a complex and irresistible flavor. Get the recipe here.
5. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
If you and your family ever find yourself craving creamy, comforting carbs, this chicken broccoli rice casserole will be the perfect solution. The chicken and rice are cooked ahead of time, and the broccoli is steamed. Everything is zipped up in a freezer bag then baked in a casserole dish when you’re ready to serve it. Just 25 minutes later, you’ll have a cheesy, creamy casserole to indulge in. Get the recipe here.
6. Homemade Meatballs
Whether you’re whipping up a quick spaghetti or you’re just pairing these meatballs with some teriyaki sauce and rice, these homemade meatballs will be a lifesaver when it comes to a quick and easy meal. You can roll up the meat and freeze them raw, or you can cook them ahead of time, freeze, then reheat them when you’re ready to use them. Get the recipe here.
7. Mexican Beef Burritos
These Mexican beef burritos are great for those times you find yourself running out the door from one activity to another and need to feed the kids on-the-go. Everything is cooked ahead of time, then placed inside a tortilla, rolled up, and wrapped in foil for the freezer. When you’re ready to eat the burritos, simply reheat in the microwave and enjoy. Get the recipe here.
8. Spicy Chicken and Bean Soup
When those chilly nights hit and you’re craving a warm bowl of soup, this spicy chicken and bean soup hits the spot. Simply chop up your ingredients ahead of time, then stick them in a freezer bag, no cooking required. When you’re ready to make the soup, dump all the ingredients into a pressure cooker and dinner is ready in no time! Get the recipe here.
9. Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Another hearty, warm meal for a cool, fall night is this pumpkin turkey chili. It’s soothing like soup but as satisfying as a stew. Ground turkey keeps this chili healthy, while the pumpkin adds a flavorful, seasonal touch. Get the recipe here.
10. Honey Pork Chops and Apples
Sweet apples and honey are paired with pork chops for this fragrant, fall dinner. The delicious scent of cinnamon wafting through your kitchen when this meal is baking is everything that we love about the season. Get the recipe here.