During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, putting a healthy, homemade meal on the table can be a difficult task! With a little meal planning and these freezable or make-ahead meals, it can be easier than you think.
A few staples in our freezer include soups, cooked ground turkey (that we easily reheat and season for tacos or toss into pasta sauce), and breakfast burritos. Soups, casseroles and pancakes are also easy to make a day or two ahead and reheat for a quick meal.
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Here are 20 make-ahead and freezable meal ideas to help you through the busy holiday season.
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Mornings are a busy time for parents. It can be difficult to make a protein-packed breakfast and get out the door. These breakfast burritos can be made ahead of time and frozen for easy reheating and eating.
Bring your love of all things pumpkin to the breakfast table with these easy pumpkin spice pancakes! Using simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, this breakfast comes together in just a few minutes.
Who’s says breakfast can only be in the morning? Pack these broccoli cheese quiches in your child’s lunchbox for a fun way to eat mid-day! Leftovers can also be wrapped up and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
We love all kinds of chili and sometimes it is nice to break out of your traditional ground meat & red bean variety. Whether using leftover chicken or a Rotisserie chicken from the deli, this chili can be pulled together quickly for an easy weeknight dinner.
If you love buffalo chicken, you’ll love these rice bowls! Make shredded chicken in the slow cooker at the start of the week along with a batch of rice. Just reheat the rice and chicken and assemble with other ingredients!
These Mac n’ Cheese Muffins are a healthy spin on a kid-favorite. Since they’re fun to eat and packed with flavor, kids won’t even know they’re filled with veggies! Extras are easy to freeze! Thaw them out and warm in oven for a yummy side dish to any meal!
Kids can be messy eaters, but here’s one recipe that’s meant to be sloppy! The veggies and homemade sauce cuts down on the sodium level while pumping up nutrition. Extras can be frozen for quick meals on busy weeknights.
This lightened-up chicken salad is perfect to prep on the weekend and enjoy on sandwiches, in wraps, as a salad topper or with crackers all week! Filled with celery, apples and almonds for a sweet, tangy recipe.
These no-waste, bite-sized veggie nuggets are a simple way to get more veggies onto your child’s plate. Don’t discard those broccoli stems! Turn them into these easy veggie nuggets for a treat your kids will love.
Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.