You can be that mom who’s stockpiled meals in her freezer. You can! Make-ahead dinners are easier than you think.

Prepping freezer meals starts with buying enough ingredients to make at least two family meals at once. If that seems like a budget-breaker, then check out our coupon page for some serious savings.

Prep make-ahead dinners by doubling recipes whenever you cook (especially when cooking casseroles) — one for now, and one for later.

Use non-porous containers like glass dishes, freezer bags, and those foil pans you can get 3 for a dollar at Dollar Tree to store your meals. Most of these recipes are delicious for up to four months.

Be sure to download the KCL app while you’re at it and set deal alerts for all the ingredients you’ll need for these dinners.


1. Make-ahead Ravioli Lasagna

Layer frozen ravioli, shredded mozzarella, pasta sauce and anything else you want to make this easy lasagna-like dish perfect for busy weeknights!

Get the recipe here.


2. Chicken Fajita Freezer Dinner Kit

Create a southwestern marinade for chicken, chop up some onions and bell peppers and package ingredients individually for a fajita kit. This is a super easy make ahead dinner.

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3. Make-Ahead Twice Baked Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes

Whipped sweet potatoes, blue cheese, chicken, veggies? Yes, please! Just slip individual portions in Ziploc bags and freeze. Heat one up for lunch or a weeknight dinner.

Get the recipe here.

TIP: Buy Ziploc bags in bulk when there’s a good deal, that way you’ll always have them for make-ahead dinners.


4. Easy Taco Casserole Freezer Dinner

For a complete meal, serve this casserole with salad, tortilla chips or even tortillas to make a burrito.

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5. Simple Freezer Dinner Meatloaf

Make a few loaves at a time, and when you’re ready to indulge, just pop a pan in the oven. Easy peasy!

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6. 20 Minute Tuscan Pasta Make-Ahead Freezer Dinner

I love that I can throw this dish right in the oven from the freezer — no thawing needed.

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Oh, hey, we also have delicious dinners you can make in under 20 minutes even if you don’t have a freezer dinner ready to go.


7. Make-Ahead Freezer Stromboli Kit

Who needs takeout pizza when you can make your own Stromboli in minutes. Just prep all your ingredients and dough, freeze and assemble just before baking. Kids can even pull them out and microwave them on their own!

Get the recipe here.


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8. Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon & Potato Bake Freezer Dinner

Even your kids will like this make-ahead dinner! Plus, the only thing you need to cook ahead of time is the bacon.

Get the recipe here.

TIP: If you’re looking for a healthier make-ahead dinner, just omit the bacon and add extra broccoli.


9. One-Pot Chicken Soup Freezer Dinner

Just add water and the frozen ingredients you prepped weeks ago, and you’ve got yourself homemade chicken noodle soup. Definitely save this recipe for flu season in the fall and winter! It’s a seriously healthy make-ahead dinner.

Get the recipe here.


10. Make-Ahead Freezer Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Have leftover cooked chicken? Combine it with broccoli and marinara sauce and top it off with parmesan and breadcrumbs!

Get the recipe here.


11. Homemade Make-Ahead Chicken Pot Pie

This isn’t anything like a freezer dinner from the grocery store — it’s so much better! Plus, you can easily accommodate different diets! Make it vegetarian by omitting the chicken and adding tofu or extra veggies. Or use an almond flour crust if you’re on Paleo!

Get the recipe here.

Psst…We have some great money-saving tips for people on Keto, Whole 30, Paleo & Vegan Diets.



12. Make-Ahead Black Bean and Quinoa Freezer Burritos

These healthy burritos will save you from making poor takeout lunch decisions. Make in batches, wrap tightly in foil and freeze.

Get the recipe here.

Pro Tip: Flour tortillas can get soggy when frozen and reheated; use corn for the best texture!


13. Beef Enchiladas Freezer Dinner

Enchiladas may not be a totally healthy make-ahead dinner, but they sure are delicious. Keep your tortillas from getting soggy by not adding too much sauce before baking. Or just use corn tortillas!

Get the recipe here.


14. Homemade Stir-Fry Freezer Dinner

It’s healthy, and the chicken in this stir-fry recipe is the-bomb-dot-com — thanks to the marinade it freezes in.

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15. Cheesy Broccoli Chicken and Rice Freezer Dinner

This is such an easy make-ahead dinner, you’ll want to make in multiple batches!

Get the recipe here.


16. Make-Ahead Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets

I love this recipe! Use whatever fillings you want and freeze for easy meals the kids can reheat in the microwave themselves.

Get the recipe here.


17. Crispy Cheddar Chicken Freezer Dinner

Ever made a crust with Ritz crackers? You’d be surprised at how well it works!

Get the recipe here.

Make sure to grab some Ritz Cracker coupons, before you head out. Look for a ton around the holidays, especially!



18. Make-Ahead Freezer Lasagna Rollups

Large casseroles are great if you have a large family, but what if there’s only two or three of you? Instead of being stuck eating the same leftovers all week, make this!

Get the recipe here.


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19. Stuffed Bell Peppers Freezer Dinner

Prep each stuffed pepper then freeze them whole. When you’re in the mood for stuffed peppers, just pull however many you need out and bake. A totally simple and healthy make-ahead dinner.

Get the recipe here.


20. Easy Shepherd’s Pie Freezer Dinner

Use whatever leftovers you have: mashed potatoes, veggies, cooked ground chicken or beef and any shredded cheese for this hearty dish.

Get the recipe here.


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