Inspiration: 50 Freezer Friendly Meals

By : | 6 Comments | On : March 19, 2014 | Category : Blog, Food Preparation, Food Storage, Tips from Mums

We love having freezers full of nutritious meals ready on hand to feed our growing toddlers and hungry husbands. Personally it gives me a feel good feeling knowing I can simply defrost a healthy meal in a few minutes, combine it with a few fresh ingredients and sit down to enjoy a relaxed dinner as a family, even on the busiest of evenings.  If you have an empty freezer and wish it to be full, simply be prepared and make the most of less busy evenings and weekends to cook a few meals in bulk. Eat some and freeze the left for later – you can thank us later.

Not sure what to cook to fill your freezer? When we get stuck for inspiration there’s no one better to ask than the community of One Handed Cooks on our Facebook page << join us today.

Earlier we asked, “What are nutritious meal are you cooking for the freezer this week?”

While almost all of our meals are suitable for the freezer we’ve listed 50 of our favourite recipes and reader suggestions for your own inspiration.

Note many of our family style meals can be adapted into finger food versions for toddlers and even purees/mash for babies.

Red meat

1. Beef, veggie & ricotta lasagna
2. Beef, vegetable & brown rice meatloaf
3. Spaghetti bolognese for kids
4. Leftover spaghetti bolognese muffins
5. Baked meatballs with simple tomato sauce
6. Lamb rissoles
7. Pork & fennel meatballs
8. Hidden veggie pasta sauce
9. Chilli or not con carne
10. Homemade sausages
11. Slow cooked beef curry
12. Savoury mince
13. Osso bucco
14. Shepherd’s pie


15. Chicken & leek bread pies
16. Chicken, halloumi & quinoa balls
17. Chicken, sweet potato & apple nuggets
18. Chicken & mushroom pie
19. Chicken & cannelli bean nuggets
20. Chicken schnitzel fingers
21. Chicken fajitas
22. Chicken curry
23. Chicken & corn soup


24. Tuna mornay
25. Tuna mornay muffins
26. Fish & potato pies
27. Crumbed tuna & vegetable patties
28. Tuna melt fritters
29. Fish & vegetable bake


30. Spinach & ricotta cannelloni
31. Vegetable lasagna
32. Crispy baked veggie quinoa balls
33. Vegetable rice cakes
34. Fresh tomato & basil pasta sauce
35. Crispy tofu balls with satay sauce
36. Cannellini bean, herb & quinoa patties
37. Saffron risotto balls
38. Vegetable sausage rolls
39. Pumpkin & bacon risotto
40. Yoghurt & broccoli quiche
41. Mini puff pizzas
42. Homemade baked beans
43. Ricotta, spinach & pinenut pastries
44. Tomato & red kidney bean pies
45. Corn fritters
46. Lentil & pumpkin lasagne
47. Spinach & potato gratin
48. Kale & leek tart
49. Simple stir fried veggies
50. Lentil & veggie bolognese

Check out our 50 baby puree ideas post for freezer friendly puree recipes and inspiration.

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30 things you can make in a muffin tin

Refreshing foods for a hot summers day 

30 fussy eater tips and tricks 

20 ways with leftover bolognese 

40 snack ideas for a healthy lunchbox 

35 healthy portable snacks for kids 

18 healthy biscuit ideas 

20 ways with tofu 

20 fresh and healthy smoothie ideas 

15 minute meals 

50 baby puree ideas 

35 vegetarian inspired recipes 

25 salad ideas 

25 pasta favourites 

25 ways with fish

20 chicken finger food ideas 

25 ways with beef mince 

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  1. posted by Jenine on May 15, 2014

    Yes! Thank you so much! As a busy, health conscious Mum I’m always on the hunt for make-ahead recipes for the freezer – this list is perfect for our household! Definitely sharing 🙂 keep up the good work!

  2. posted by Rebecca on October 18, 2014

    What kind of chicken curry is freezable?

  3. posted by Sarah on November 29, 2014

    Fantastic list! Will definitely be working my way through those I haven’t already tried. (You might want to take the pumpkin and bacon risotto out of the vegetarian list though!!)

  4. posted by Natasha on March 14, 2015

    Thank for this list! So so helpful!


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