During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, putting a healthy, homemade meal on the table can be a difficult task! With a little meal planning and these freezable or make-ahead meals, it can be easier than you think.
A few staples in our freezer include soups, cooked ground turkey (that we easily reheat and season for tacos or toss into pasta sauce), and breakfast burritos. Soups, casseroles and pancakes are also easy to make a day or two ahead and reheat for a quick meal.
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Here are 15 make-ahead and freezable meal ideas to help you through the busy holiday season.
Hearty Vegetable Tortellini Soup: You’ll love how quick and easy this Hearty Vegetable Tortellini Soup is to make! It’s a satisfying vegetarian meal filled with cheese tortellini, diced tomatoes, green beans, spinach and chickpeas.
Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins: Mini Zucchini Bread Muffins are the perfect after-school snack. Made with whole wheat flour, applesauce rather than oil, and a veggie, they are a healthy snack any time of the day. They also freeze well and are the perfect grab-and-go snack.
Cheesy Veggie Stuffed Shells: Everyone loves pasta and this veggie-packed version of stuffed shells offers all the flavor and comfort of a classic, family-favorite with a healthy twist. Perfect for making ahead and freezing!
Morning Glory Overnight Oats: Enjoy the traditional flavors of Morning Glory Muffins in no-cook oatmeal form for an easy, healthy breakfast. Prep ahead of time for a week’s worth of breakfasts! Prefer warm oatmeal? Just transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.
Southwest Black Bean Burgers: Burgers don’t need to be made with meat to be filling and delicious. Black beans offer a ton of protein and fiber, with less fat than beef or turkey. Give these black bean burgers a southwest flair with a flavorful seasoning combo and added veggies.
Make-Ahead Freezable Breakfast Burritos: Mornings are a busy time for parents. It can be difficult to make a protein-packed breakfast and get out the door. These breakfast burritos can be made ahead of time and frozen for easy reheating and eating.
Butternut Squash Lasagna: This Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe is vegetarian, nutritious, and perfect for the cold weather season. It’s also loved by both kids and adults! The squash is simply roasted in the oven, the béchamel sauce comes together quickly on the stove, and no-boil lasagna noodles saves time. This is the kind of dish you will want to make all winter long!
Broccoli Cheese Crustless Quiche: Who’s says breakfast can only be in the morning? Pack these broccoli cheese quiches in your child’s lunchbox for a fun way to eat mid-day! Leftovers can also be wrapped up and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Healthy Chicken Nuggets: Healthier than the usual chicken nuggets, these have a chicken and cauliflower filling and a bran flake crumb coating. Serve them straight from the oven or freeze them to pop a few into lunchboxes still frozen or bake until heated for a quick weeknight entree. Freeze in a single layer before transferring to a freezer bag to store in freezer for up to 3 months.
Chicken & White Bean Chili: We love all kinds of chili and sometimes it is nice to break out of your traditional ground meat & red bean variety. Whether using leftover chicken or a Rotisserie chicken from the deli, this chili can be pulled together quickly for an easy weeknight dinner and leftover freeze easily.
Hidden Veggie Meatballs: These meatballs are packed with veggies and made with turkey, to give them a healthy spin. Easy to make-ahead & freeze or reheat for dinner on the fly!
Mac n Cheese Muffins: These Mac n’ Cheese Muffins are a healthy spin on a kid-favorite. Since they’re fun to eat and packed with flavor, kids won’t even know they’re filled with veggies! Extras are easy to freeze! Thaw them out and warm in oven for a yummy side dish to any meal!
Nutty Apple Pancakes: There’s no doubt mornings can be nutty, but this simple recipe can help. Freeze extras, then pop into toaster on busy mornings for a quick and easy breakfast.
Turkey & Mushroom Tacos: We love blending veggies into recipes, adding nutrition and an extra serving of veggies where we can. Kids will have no idea that mushrooms are the secret ingredient in these tacos, giving them a healthy dose of calcium and Vitamin D. Make an extra batch of taco meat to freeze and reheat whenever the taco mood strikes!
Pepperoni Pizzadillas: Kids will love this fun take on pizza and can even help assemble these adorable ‘dillas! Add mushrooms or pineapple for even more nutrients. Plus, you can freeze extra for a quick snack or lunch for kids!
Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas: The slow cooker is a busy parent’s best friend. Mix up this delicious nutrient-filled combination prior to heading out for the day and have a meal ready upon return. Or place steak, onions and peppers in a freezer-safe ziptop bag and freeze. When you’re ready to cook, just pull from freezer and add to slow cooker !
Zesty Turkey Sloppy Joes: Kids can be messy eaters, but here’s one recipe that’s meant to be sloppy! The veggies and homemade sauce cuts down on the sodium level while pumping up nutrition. Extras can be frozen for quick meals on busy weeknights.
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