Stephanie Nelson | 

23 Easy Freezer Meal Recipes You Can Make Before Baby Comes

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A month before your baby arrives, bribe a friend into helping you make easy freezer meals.

We promise — with these slow cooker recipes, pre-made casseroles, and quick cook dinners, your future self will thank you when you’re operating on three hours of sleep and the rest of your family is starving.

Outside of a Crock-Pot or Instant Pot, the easy freezer meal recipes we’ve gathered require everyday cookware and utensils you probably already have.

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1. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs Recipe

Every dish should be as easy as dumping the contents of a frozen bag into a Crock-Pot. This Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs recipe certainly is!

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2. Pizza Meatloaf Cups Recipe

This Pizza Meatloaf Cups recipe is a variation on meatloaf that puts pizza in the driver’s seat.

Plus, who can resist miniature food?

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3. Make-Ahead Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Substitute Monterey Jack cheese for the pepper jack cheese in these Make-Ahead Homemade Chicken Taquitos if you’re planning to breastfeed and don’t want the spice.

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4. Thai Peanut Chicken Recipe

This Thai Peanut Chicken recipe is an Instant Pot freezer meal. Need we say more?

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5. Make-Ahead Freezer Chicken Enchiladas

We love how easy it is to make a few pans of Make-Ahead Freezer Chicken Enchiladas at one time and throw them into the freezer.

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6. Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast Recipe

The Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast recipe only requires four ingredients thrown into a Ziploc bag and then into your freezer until it’s time to put it in the Crock-Pot. #win

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7. Make-Ahead Baked Ziti Recipe

We promise comfort food like this Make-Ahead Baked Ziti recipe will be your priority after you have a baby. Pasta always helps.

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8. Easy Make-Ahead Cheeseburger Casserole

You may want to cut the mushrooms and double the bacon in this Easy Make-Ahead Cheeseburger Casserole if you’re feeding small and picky eaters.

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9. 15-Minute Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Pizzas Recipe

15-Minute Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Pizzas for dinner will be a nice change of pace.

And you’ll appreciate having a few “grab and go” foods in your freezer.

Get the recipe here.


10. Make-Ahead Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Save this Make-Ahead Crock-Pot Chicken Tikka Masala for the nights you need a break from pasta.

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11. Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes Recipe

Make-Ahead Sloppy Joes is the perfect recipe for the nights you need a break from arguing with your kids over what’s for dinner.

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Looking for more kid-friendly meals? Check out our Crock-Pot recipes that kids actually love.


12. No-Boil Cheese Manicotti Recipe

Skeptics, we get it. Not boiling noodles before baking them?! It works. Try the No-Boil Cheese Manicotti recipe out and let us know if we’re wrong.

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13. Homemade Frozen Pizza Recipe

Basically, the Homemade Frozen Pizza recipe is your protection against a last-minute Papa Murphy’s splurge.

Get the recipe here.

(Or find out all the secrets to saving at Papa Murphy’s and splurge away!)


14. Make-Ahead Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Use this Make-Ahead Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork to make carnitas; add BBQ sauce for sandwiches or teriyaki sauce for a change of pace.

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15. Mexican Stuffed Shells Recipe

Mexican Stuffed Shells? Yes, please, because turning anything into a taco makes everyone feel better.

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16. Freezer-to-Crock-Pot Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Add this Freezer-to-Crock-Pot Italian Wedding Soup recipe to the comfort food column, and substitute browned hamburger for the meatballs if you want!

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17. Make-Ahead Homemade Ham and Cheese Pockets

Make-Ahead Homemade Ham and Cheese Pockets are better than the store-bought Hot Pockets because you actually know what’s in them.

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18. Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos Recipe

Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos + pesto + asiago cheese = the kind of trouble we look for.

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19. Make-Ahead Sweet Barbequed Pork Chops

Add rice and steamed veggies on the side of these Make-Ahead Sweet Barbequed Pork Chops, then pat yourself on the back for making a fancy meal even though you can barely find time for a shower.

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20. Crock-Pot Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

For this Crock-Pot Chicken & Dumplings recipe, wait to add the milk and biscuits until you take the meal out of the freezer to cook it.

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21. Korean Beef and Rice Recipe

Most people who have tried Korean Bulgogi rave about it. This Korean Beef and Rice recipe is a nice first step if you’re a newbie to Korean food.

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22. Make-Ahead Black Bean Taco Soup

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Soups are the varsity players in the freezer meal game because they’re easy to pre-cook and easier to serve. The game winner in our book? This Make-Ahead Black Bean Taco Soup.

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23. Healthy One-Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Substitute Greek yogurt if someone in your family doesn’t like sour cream.

Or just don’t tell them what’s in the Healthy One-Pot Beef Stroganoff recipe — your call.

Get the recipe here.


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