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10 Best Healthy Freezer Meals 10 Best Healthy Freezer Meals
November 5, 2018
by Olena

10 Best Healthy Freezer Meals

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Why I Started Doing Healthy Freezer Meals

Last few weeks have been insane with the move, renovations and work travel. I admit I turned into you with no ideas or plan for dinner. Instant Pot saved the day many days! And now with 2 work trips this month I was forced to make healthy make ahead dinners because Alex is busy renovating our beach house and taking care of the kids.

Alex kept raving and raving about how easy and tasty each dinner was. He was truly blown away how my healthy bulk cooking made his cooking easy. And last time I heard my husband rave like that was about his new truck!

MY LATEST RECIPES

What Are Your Healthy Freezer Meals?

  • Healthy batch cooking recipes for freezing.
  • Dinners made with real food.
  • Cook from frozen except slow cooker recipes with meat.
  • Add to Instant Pot or Slow Cooker directly from the freezer.
  • Healthy freezer meals on a budget.

10 Steps to Quick Healthy Freezer Meal Prep

1. Choose 5 Recipes

Pick 5 healthy freezer recipes from the list below:

Print or have laptop/phone/tablet handy.

2. Get Ingredients

  • Gather meat, vegetables, cans and sauce jars, and grains on a counter.
  • No spices yet.
  • Label gallon size Ziploc bags with instructions. Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

3. Prepare Ingredients

  • Cut meat.
  • Peel vegetables ( do not chop yet).
  • Open cans.Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

4. Start Assembling

  • Fill each bag with meat first.
  • Stand up right.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

5. Chop Vegetables

  • Chop basic veggies like carrots, celery, onion, garlic, potato etc. for each recipe individually.
  • Then place on top of meat (if any) in each bag.
  • It helps to keep measuring simple.
  • Meatless recipes assembly begins now.Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

6. Add Dry Ingredients

Measure and add:

  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Any other dried ingredients. Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

7. Add Liquids

Add liquids from cans and jars:

  • Diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • Coconut milk
  • Tomato paste
  • Hot sauce
  • DO NOT add broth or water.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

8. Add Spices

Pull out spices, measure and add to each bag. Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

9. Prepare for Freezing

Let out as much air as possible and seal tightly.

10. Freeze

What Containers to Use?

  1. Gallon Size Ziploc Bags: It is true you cannot recycle bags in your curbside blue box. Option 1: Wash, dry and re-use (ME!). Option 2: Collect and take directly to nearby recycling depot.
  2. Plastic Containers: You will need large containers, preferably round shape to fit easy into Instant Pot or slow cooker. A good option since they are reusable.
  3. Glass Containers: These are heavy and pricey but another good option. Look for large round ones as well.

10 Important Tips for Best Healthy Freezer Meals

  1. Container. Pick your container with the size of your preferred cooking vessel in mind – will it fit frozen?
  2. Round shape is the best. With both slow cooker and Instant Pot. Use round containers or place filled bags in round bucket and freeze until shape forms.
  3. Thaw for 2 minutes. Place frozen container in a sink or large bowl with hot water and let defrost for 2-5 minutes to help slide out easily. You can also let thaw longer and break frozen food into a few pieces if necessary.
  4. Scrape the walls. If any spices left on the walls of a container and recipe calls for water, rinse container with it and then add to your cooking vessel.
  5. Appliance to use. To cook healthy frozen meals, you need to own at least 6 quart or my absolute favourite 8 quart Instant Pot, or large slow cooker.
  6. Cook from frozen. For all Instant Pot and vegetarian slow cooker meals.
  7. Tomatoes on top in Instant Pot. If cooking recipe in Instant Pot and it contains anything tomato, make sure its on top – otherwise it will burn.
  8. Meat in slow cooker. For slow cooker meals with meat you have to thaw freezer meal in the fridge for 24 hours.
  9. Use common sense. As much as you can please. I used less meat for making 3 recipes below because all I had was a whole chicken.
  10. Save time. Group meals based on similar ingredients for faster meal prep. Below I will sort mine into meal prep #1, meal prep #2, meal prep #3 etc.

How Long Is Healthy Freezer Meal Prep?

One day it took me 2 hours to assemble 5 freezer meals and that’s including taking photos for this post. Think about it – 2 hours and 5 dinners are taken care of. Totally worth it for new moms, working moms, any sane moms!

Quick Links to Recipes

  1. Buffalo Chicken Chili
  2. Green Lentil Curry
  3. Butter Chicken
  4. Lentil Soup
  5. Chicken Wild Rice Soup
  6. Stuffed Peppers
  7. Coconut Crusted Chicken
  8. Chicken Chickpea Stew
  9. Vegetarian Quesadilla
  10. Bean Mushroom Soup

Below I grouped recipes into meal prep #1, meal prep #2, meal prep #3 etc. exactly as I made them. I will add more recipes as more ideas come up. Check back soon.:)

Healthy Freezer Meal Prep #1

#1 Buffalo Chicken Chili

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Recipe

Click here for Buffalo Chicken Chili recipe.

Cooking Options

Slow cooker: Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 9 hours or on High for 5 hours.

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen for 30 minutes. Quick release.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 30 mins, QR OR Slow Cooker – Low 9 hrs, High 5 hrs. After: Shred chicken + 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles.

Please note this is large meal, so if you are cooking in anything other than 8 quart Instant Pot (I have one) then freeze in 2 bags or 2 containers. For 8 quart Instant Pot freeze the bag standing upright, then it fits and lid will close.

#2 Green Lentil Curry

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Recipe

Click here for Green Lentil Curry recipe.

Cooking Options

Slow cooker: Cook from frozen with 3 cups of water on Low for 9 hours or on High for 5 hours.

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen with 3 cups of water for 25 minutes. Quick release.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 25 mins, QR OR Slow Cooker – Low 9 hrs, High 5 hrs. Before: Add 3 cups water.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

#3 Butter Chicken

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Recipe

Click here for Butter Chicken recipe.

Cooking Options

Slow cooker: Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen for 30 minutes. Quick release.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 30 mins, QR. After: 1/4 cup water + 3 tbsp cornstarch whisked. Saute until thick. OR Slow Cooker – Low 8 hrs, High 4 hrs

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

#4 Lentil Soup

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Click here for Lentil Soup recipe.

Cooking Options

Slow cooker: Cook from frozen on Low for 10 hours or on High for 5 hours.

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen for 20 minutes. Quick release.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 20 mins, QR OR Slow Cooker – Low 10 hrs, High 5 hrs. Before: Add 10 (14) cups water. After: Add spinach, garlic.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

#5 Healthy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Click here for Healthy Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe.

Cooking Options

Slow cooker: Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 10 hours or on High for 6 hours.

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen for 25 minutes. Quick release.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 25 mins, QR OR Slow Cooker – Low 10 hrs, High 6 hrs. Before: Add 9 cups water. After: Add 2 cups milk + blend a bit.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Healthy Freezer Meal Prep #2

#6 Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Recipe

Click here for Stuffed Peppers recipe.

Cooking Options

Slow Cooker: Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours.

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen for 20 minutes. Quick release.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 20 mins, QR OR Slow Cooker – Low 6 hrs, High 3 hrs. Before – triver + 1 cup water + 15 oz can tomato sauce on top.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

#7 Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Click here for Coconut Crusted Chicken recipe.

Cooking Options

Oven: Bake from frozen at 425 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, possibly turning in the middle (depends on the oven – just keep an eye on them while chopping salad :)).

Container Label

Bake frozen at 425 for 30+ mins (maybe turn).

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

#8 Chicken Chickpea Stew

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Click here for Chicken Chickpea Stew recipe.

Cooking Options

Slow cooker: Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours before cooking. Cook on Low for 8 hours or on High for 4 hours.

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen for 20 minutes. Quick release.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 20 mins, QR OR Slow Cooker – Low 8 hrs, High 4 hrs. Before: 2 cups water. After: 1/2 cup tahini, 1/2 cup parsley.

Please note this is large meal, so if you are cooking in anything other than 8 quart Instant Pot (I have one) then freeze in 2 bags or 2 containers. For 8 Quart Instant Pot freeze the bag standing upright, then it fits and lid will close.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

#9 Vegetarian Quesadillas

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Click here for Vegetarian Quesadillas recipe.

Cooking Options

Bake: Bake from frozen at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.

Panini Press: Grill from frozen until ready.

Container Label

Bake – 25-30 at 350 F or Panini Press

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

#10 Bean Mushroom Soup

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

Click here for Bean Mushroom Soup recipe.

Cooking Options

Instant Pot: Cook from frozen for 15 minutes with canned beans or 30 minutes with dried beans. Quick release.

Slow cooker: Saute onion, garlic, carrots and celery, combine with other ingredients and cook from frozen with 8 cups of water (stock) for 4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low.

Container Label

Instant Pot – 15 (30) mins, QR OR Slow Cooker – Low 6-8 hrs, High 4 hrs. Before: 8 cups water. After: Add 2 tbsp olive oil, dill.

Healthy Freezer Meals for new moms, busy moms, moms on a budget. 2 hours of meal prep and you can have 5 dinners. Then cook in Instant Pot or slow cooker. That's it.

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Healthy Freezer Meals

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