Life can be hectic.
You have to pick up the kids from childcare, feed the cat, do the washing, find a birthday present for your mother, do the shopping and somewhere and somehow fit in cooking a nutritious meal for your family.
Oh, and you need to get your car serviced.
It’s a bit much sometimes isn’t it?
To save yourself some time and stress you can freeze meals. When you have time to cook, simply double the recipe and freeze half of it for next week’s dinner. You’ll give yourself a pat on the back when you get home and can pop a delicious and healthy meal into the microwave and have it ready for hungry (and demanding) children in minutes.
- Shepherd’s Pie
This classic shepherd’s pie is easy to make and very easy to freeze. If you’d like a more cost effective vegetarian version, simply replace the lamb mince with two drained and rinsed cans of lentils and add slightly more seasoning to taste.
- Mac & Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato
Mac and cheese is a family favourite, and we love this one with some extra veggies hidden in the mixture. This recipe uses sweet potato but it also suggests carrots as a substitute if you’d prefer that.
- Spiced Lentil Soup
A lentil soup that is yummy and good for you, and you can make it less spicy if your children aren’t big on spice. Reduce the amount of water in the recipe for cooking so that it takes up less space when you freeze it and simply add more water if it seems too thick once you defrost. You can also blend this one too if you have fussy little ones who don’t like chunky vegetables!
Lasagne is the ultimate freezer meal and a classic family favourite. Blend some cooked zucchini in with the tomato sauce for cheeky vegetables that your children can’t see.
- Tuna Patties
Tuna patties are a fun and simple dish to cook with children, plus these ones have plenty of veggies to keep the little ones healthy. Triple this recipe so you have a batch for dinner, a batch to freeze and a batch for lunch boxes.
- Savoury Breakfast Muffins
Muffins are great for a snack as well as a weekend breakfast treat. These are great for a filling breakfast before school and work when you’re running late and need a quick bite to eat.
- Slow Cooker Lamb Curry
If you have a slow cooker in your kitchen, this lamb curry recipe is great to put on in the morning and cook while you’re at work during the day.
8. Winter Chicken Stew
Easy to make with only a few ingredients, this delicious chicken stew is great to pop in your freezer. It needs an hour cooking time but most of that is just simmering in the pot, leaving you free to do other things, like feeding the cat.
Tips for Safe Freezing
Food safety is important to consider when storing meals. If you can, use glass sealable containers for freezing food as these are BPA free and easy to wash. An added bonus is that you can bake in them, saving you dishes and time on washing up.
For items like muffins or patties, use a tight layer of plastic wrap to protect from freezer burn and a layer of foil to stop smells from the freezer seeping in.
Freeze food as soon as you can after cooking, the sooner the better as this gives bacteria less time to grow.
For safe defrosting, defrost your food overnight in the fridge, seal your food in a container and place into a tub of cold water, or you can microwave to make sure it’s thawed all the way through.