75 Freezer-Friendly Recipes to Keep Your Freezer and Tummy Full All Winter Long

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we ate soup.


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Your freezer can be more than just the place where you keep Hungry Man meals and to put beers so that they get cold faster! It can be one of the most useful tools in your kitchen. Whether you’re freezing food to eat later or using it as a cooking tool to make delicious frozen desserts, your freezer can be your best friend. It’s super easy to start making a little extra food when you make something that freezes well and throw it in there for a rainy day. Here’s what the freezer in my house looks like currently:

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A few hints for living the freezer life:

  • Try to have as little air in the containers as possible. Fill tupperware up as much as you can; soups or liquidy foods can be stored in ziplocs (which can be laid flat in the freezer until they’re firm, and then stacked!)
  • Wait until cooked food is cooled all the way to room temperature before putting it in the freezer.
  • Dairy doesn’t always freeze super well, so maybe try to avoid creamy things. Cheese is usually okay.
  • In my personal experience, potatoes sometimes get a little mushy. Sweet potatoes are usually fine.
  • Take the food down a day before you plan to eat it and leave it on the bottom shelf of your fridge. Voilá!

Once you start getting into the groove of centering your food planning around your freezer, so many beautiful possibilities open up! Got some fresh herbs you know you won’t use before they go bad? No problem; freeze them in some olive oil. You can even keep condiments and pantry staples there. You can make dinner parties and hosting easier by making ahead and freezing appetizers and desserts, and even the more involved elements of main meals, like pesto or caramelized onions. Grains like breads, bagels, tortillas, pitas and more will also stay good for much longer in the freezer — you can pre-slice them, then take out one frozen slice at a time and reheat in the oven for a few minutes and enjoy.

Are you ready for your freezer to become the magical portal to a delicious Narnia that it can be? Scroll down and take it all in.


Appetizers

1. Spicy Honey BBQ Quinoa Meatballs

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2. Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry

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3. Moroccan Style Sausage Rolls

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4. Crispy Baked Pizza Wontons

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5. Parmesan Almond Rosemary Cocktail Cookies

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6. Vegetarian Green Potstickers

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7. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Baked Samosa

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8. Savory Muffins with Prosciutto and Chives

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9. Swiss Chard Dolmas with Feta and Garlic Yogurt Sauce

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Breakfast:

10. Healthy Breakfast Burritos

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11. Freezer Breakfast Burritos

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12. Sweet Potato and Spinach Egg Bake

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13. Barley Crepes

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14. Make-Ahead Breakfast Quesadillas

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15. Crescent Breakfast Puffs

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16. Sweet Potato Black Bean Avocado Breakfast Burritos

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17. Country Breakfast Bowls

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18. Roasted Vegetable Burritos

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19. Sausage Grits Quiche

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20. Whole Wheat Toaster Pastries (Pop Tarts)

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Lunches

21. Three Sisters Empanadas

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22. Spiced Lentil Sweet Potato and Kale Whole Wheat Pockets

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23. Salmon Cakes

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24. Savory Hand Pies

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25. Crispy Quinoa Cakes (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

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26. Grilled Pepper, Onion and Sausage Calzones

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27. Pork Egg Rolls

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28. Ham and Cheese Pockets

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29. Spinach Pie

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30. Black Bean and Brown Rice Cakes

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31. Tomato Basil Lasagna Rolls

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32. Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

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33. Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Meatball in Jars

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34. Vegan Cabbage Rolls with Couscous Lentil Medley

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Soups

35. Vegetarian Broccoli Cheese Soup

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36. Ash E Reshteh: Persian Noodle Soup

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37. Tortilla Soup

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38. Creamy Chicken Soup

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39. Quick and Easy Black Bean Soup

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40. Faki: Greek Lentil Soup

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41. Red Lentil and Tomato Soup

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42. Rustic Zucchini Stew

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43. Pumpkin Soup

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44. Thai Squash Soup

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45. Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

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46. Favorite Vegan Chili

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47. Spiced Red Lentil Tomato and Kale Soup

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48. Leek and Lemon Soup

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Entrees

49. Chicken and Leek Pot Pies

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50. Roasted Vegetable Stuffed Shells

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51. Roasted Chicken and Smoked Gouda Enchiladas

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52. Turkey Spinach Lasagna

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53. Beet Nut Loaf

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54. Vegetarian Pinto Bean Burgers

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55. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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56. Molasses and Bacon Baked Beans

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57. Pork Chops in Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

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58. Potato Cheese & Sauerkraut Pierogi

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59. Tomato Broccoli & Mozzarella Pasta Casserole

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60. Cheesy Brown Rice and Broccoli Casserole

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61. Tempeh and Veggies in Spicy Peanut Sauce

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62. Stovetop Red Beans and Rice

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63. Smoky Turkey Almond Mole

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64. Mixed Bean Masala with Fragrant Yellow Rice

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65. Curried Lentil and Sweet Potatoes

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Dessert

66. Chunky Applesauce

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67. Ice Cream Sundae Party Cookie Dough

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68. Strawberry Lemonade Freezer Pie

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69. Chocolate Avocado Freezer Bites

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70. Easy Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

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71. Margarita Freezer Pie

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72. Apple Hand Pies

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73. Chocolate Vegan Peanut Butter Pie

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74. Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

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75. Key Lime Froyo Pops

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24 Comments

  1. Thank you for reminding me about the wonders of the freezer – my homemade pumpkin soup is delicious, but (as I’m mainly cooking-for-one at the moment) it wasn’t making my heart sing this evening when I ate it for the 4th night in a row!

  2. There should be a post all about FOOD IN POCKETS. I can’t stop thinking about empanadas, dumplings, burritos, calzones, samosas, HAM AND CHEESE POCKETS.

    Sorry for the all caps. I should know better than to read these posts when I’m hungry.

  3. Oh my goodness THANK YOU. Before this post, my resource for freezer meals was a Christian fundamentalist mommy blog that provided daily Bible verses and information on how I should let God plan my financial life, in addition to recipes.

  4. I want to go to there.

    P.S. I have also found that an amazing thing to do is to make a batch of cookie dough, roll into balls, then freeze in a ziplock bag- hey what’s that feeling like a freshly baked cookie this evening? JUSTOPENTHATFREEZER! It also saves baking a whole batch and having them go stale/roommates stealing them. Bake as and when you want. I may be too excited about this as a concept. COOKIES.

  5. This is probably my favorite list of foods that you guys have done ever. Which is saying something because I really look forward to your lists of foods because you’re killing it with them. (Especially since most of the time you have a very good portion of foods without meat in them that are varied and it’s great, 4 for whoever makes these lists.)

    I just don’t know when I’m going to find the time and freezer space to make almost all of these.

  6. Things go mushy in the freezer because ice crystals form inside cells and then grow too big causing the cell to burst. The way to reduce mushiness is to freeze as fast as possible. Use the ‘fast’ setting on your freezer, although this wont avoid the problem entirely it does reduce it.

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