There’s something so wonderful and welcoming about coming home after a busy day, knowing you have a well-stocked freezer and can just pull out a casserole to reheat for dinner.
You’ve already done the hard work of making the meal. Now you just get to enjoy the benefits of your prior planning.
Below are nine recipes that we highly recommend doubling and freezing – one batch for tonight’s meal, one batch for another night.
- Freezing and reheating casseroles: The casseroles can all be frozen as one large casserole or individual portions, wrapped tightly in foil. Reheat casseroles covered loosely with foil in a 350°F oven; individual portions are best unwrapped and reheated in the microwave.
- Freezing and reheating soups: The soups can also be frozen in a batches or individual servings. Reheat over low heat on the stovetop, or in 1 to 5 minute increments in the microwave, stirring between each increment.
What are your favorite meals to double and freeze?
Shepherd’s pie has multiple components—layers of ground meat, veggies and mashed potatoes—none of which are very difficult to execute, but which do take some time. Doubling the prep work now means an easy meal later. This casserole freezes beautifully and is a satisfying winter dish.
With a mix of ground beef, pork, sausage, carrots, onions, celery and garlic, there’s plenty of flavor in this traditional dish. Get out a bigger bowl for the mixing and a second loaf pan to bake the extra, and you’ve got two dinners ready in the time it takes you to set the table and prepare a tossed green salad.
Sometimes it’s nice to have the taste of lasagna without the mess of lasagna. It’s also nice an extra tray of pasta in the freezer for times when you don’t want any mess at all. This baked ziti is for those times.
The beauty of this soup is that everything comes together right in the pot and finishes at the same time. The chicken poaches in the broth, becoming juicy and tender and making the broth extra flavorful. Double it up and freeze the rest.
When you need a change of pace from traditional lasagna, try this Mexican version. Made with layers of corn tortillas and a beef-and-bean filling, you can also think of it a “stacked enchilada” or a Mexican casserole. Bonus: This lasagna is gluten free!Continue to 5 of 8 below.
This hearty winter stew of chicken and veggies can easily be frozen and reheated. Serve it over rice, pasta or egg noodles.
An amazing vegan stew, this dish is chockablock with so many powerfully nutritious and delicious ingredients. Double and freeze everything except the toppings. It’s gluten free, too.
I know, I know, this dish says “breakfast.” But there’s nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner, and in fact, it hits lots of the major food groups for a satisfying meal any time of day.
Soups are so easy to double—just cook all the ingredients together in a larger pot. Wait to add the cream to the portion you plan to freeze. When ready to eat, defrost the soup in the microwave or reheat on the stove over low heat. Add the cream right before serving, as the recipe specifies.