Family Friendly Freezer and Make Ahead Meals

Save time and money with eight great dishes that delight – for now and for later.

Let’s face it. Life gets busy – really, really busy. Work, school, family obligations, they are all important and they all demand your time and attention. Add to that a commitment to prepare and serve healthy meals and you can often come up wondering: “what’s for dinner?” Or breakfast. Or lunch.

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One way to manage mealtime is to make food ahead of time and freeze it for later. Take time each week to prepare several meals and put them in your freezer for those busy days when there’s no time to cook.

Here are eight of our favorite easy freezer meal recipes from the Cabot Kitchen:

This Greek Yogurt Marinated Mediterranean Porchetta, or pulled pork, is so delicious and full of flavor. It’s just right for making ahead.

Greek Yogurt Marinated Mediterranean Porchetta

I always have single portion servings of home made soup in my freezer. It’s such an easy meal to prepare and freeze. My kids even love soup for breakfast on cold mornings. Pair this Chicken Corn Tortilla Soup with a fresh salad and dinner is a done deal.

Chicken Corn Tortilla Soup

Cabot’s famous Tomato Cheddar Soup is on heavy rotation at my house. I serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches for a classic and tasty quick dinner fix. Chili is another popular freezer meal.

Tomato Cheddar Soup

Loaded with wholesome and nutritious ingredients, chili is a fun, filling family favorite. This vegetarian version of Cabot’s Vegetable and Bean Chili is so rich and scrumptious, you won’t even miss the meat.

Vegetable and Bean Chili

Want to try a lighter version of a classic chili? We love this Lighten Up Rotisserie Chicken Chili. You can make it with store bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken you have on hand. It’s just the thing when you’re craving a light but delicious meal and it freezes like a dream, so you’ll want to make double.

Lighten Up Rotisserie Chicken Chili

Stews are another good meal to make and freeze and this Hearty Cheddar-Topped Sausage Stew is a great way to start. Great flavors get even better when they have a chance to meld together.

Hearty Cheddar-Topped Sausage Stew

And speaking of doubling up on a recipe, our Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are perfect for making one batch for today and another for the freezer. Their zesty south-of-the-border flavors will be a hit any day of the week.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

And let’s not forget the most important meal of the day. Your family will love these Greek Yogurt Chewy Breakfast Cookies that are a satisfying alternative to cereal and milk and great for a family on the go. Make some for tomorrow morning and wrap individual cookies for the freezer, making breakfast a breeze on busy mornings.

Greek Yogurt Chewy Breakfast Cookies

Remember, you’ll give yourself extra time and peace of mind if mealtime is taken care of in advance.

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Sidebar: Tips for Preparing Freezer Meals 

  • Make sure you have plenty of freezer-friendly containers and supplies on hand, like foil baking pans, resealable zipper freezer bags, reusable plastic containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Freeze in individual sized portions for less waste.
  • Be sure to label each container with the contents and date. Put newer meals behind ones already in the freezer.
  • Freeze ingredients that will make mealtime faster and easier. Cooked boneless chicken, browned ground beef, cooked rice and grains, veggies all give you a great start on a healthy, home cooked meal.


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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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