25 Freezer Meal Prep Ideas

One of the things that helps us while I am busy with classes is having food prepped and meals ready in the freezer.  We don’t have the freezer space to do a lot, so I usually work on freezing vegetables and meat so that creating meals takes significantly less time.

Here is a list of our favorite FREEZER MEAL PREP IDEAS:

1.  cookie dough–make your favorite cookie recipe, scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet (like below), place dough into the freezer for 30 min – 1 hour, and once hard place balls of dough in a freezer bag.  When you are ready for cookies just pull out as many as you want, preheat the oven, and bake like normal.  The few minutes it takes for the oven to preheat thaws the dough to just the right temperature.

Note:  We have one oatmeal cookie recipe that doesn’t freeze well.  The dough gets flaky and doesn’t spread out well in the oven.  If that happens to use, try another recipe.

freezing chocolate chip cookie dough

2.  hamburger patties–this has been a life saver so many times!  Buy a large pack of beef, shape the beef into patties, you can go ahead and season them now or later, place patties in a freezer bag, and freeze.  It works best to put the patties in the fridge to thaw the night before you cook/grill.

3.  Homemade Hamburger Buns–bake the buns following the recipe.  Once the buns are cool you can place them in a freezer bag and into the freezer.  When you are ready for a bun, just pull one out, wrap in a towel, and microwave for 30 seconds.  If you are not going to be eating the buns for a while (more than a month or two) you can wrap each one in plastic wrap to help prevent freezer burn.

4.  Pizza Dough–this is a staple in the SneakySpoons household.  We make homemade pizza every Friday night, and it takes no time at all.
5.  Cinnamon rolls–just follow the link for directions
6.  Sausage Balls–mix up the recipes, roll them into balls, place uncooked sausage balls on a cookie sheet, set in the freezer for 30 minutes, and place frozen sausage balls in a freezer safe bag.  When you are ready to eat them place sausage balls on a cookie sheet, preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and bake like normal.
7. Shredded Chicken–use in recipes like tacos, soups, quesadillas, chicken pot pie
8.  Shredded Pork Carnitas–same as the chicken above.  Cook the meat, let cool and place desired servings in individual freezer safe bags.
9.  Pre-diced Veggies (peppers, onion, carrots, celery)–Kroger also sells bags of chopped veggies for $1
I do recommend placing the veggies in a freezer bag instead of a jar because it makes it easier to break the veggies apart to use in recipes, otherwise they tend to clump together.
Freezing Vegetables by SneakySpoons
10.  Muffins–freeze your favorite baked muffins in a freezer safe bag.  When you desire one for breakfast just grab out how many you want and microwave for 30 seconds.
11.  Bacon–it works!  click on the link to see how
12.  Chocolate Praline Cake–you can make the cake in a disposable container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn.  Freeze with the icing on the cake.  It taste unbelievably fresh after it thaws.
13.  Pesto and tomato paste–scoop tablespoon sized servings onto a cookie sheet and place in the freezer.  Once hard (usually after 30 minutes) place individual servings into a freezer safe bag.  Pull out as many tablespoons as you need when you need it.  We love doing this for pesto, and spreading it on sandwiches.
14.  Beans–you can freeze bags of refried beans or freshly cooked whole black beans
Other ideas:
15.  Tomato sauce
16.  Soups–tortilla soup, chili
17.  Pre-made Deep Dish Pizza
18.  Salsa
19.  Lasagna
21.  Ravioli
24.  Meatballs
25.  Peanut Butter Balls  (if the last until you get them into the freezer)
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