One way to make getting dinner on the table every night is to prep ahead several freezer meal plans for your family.
It's no secret that weeknights can be a whirlwind of activities, but with a few simple strategies you can have dinner on the table without having to resort to takeout.
I love the idea of taking the time now to prepare a meal that you can enjoy with your family and also freeze a portion to enjoy later when life is busy.
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Whether your family loves tacos or casseroles, get ready to stock your kitchen with ingredients and whip up delicious one-dish dinners without the stress.
One of my favorite freezer recipes to make in large quantities is Italian Breaded Chicken Cutlets. Once, they're made I wrap them individually in aluminum foil and place in a freezer safe plastic bag.
Then on busy nights, I can pull as many as I need to easily defrost, reheat and serve with a salad or mashed potatoes. They also work great as the base for preparing my Chicken Parmesan Recipe; another recipe that comes together fast from the freezer!
Make sure you check out 10 Essentials Pantry Items, Slow Cooker, The Perfect Kitchen Appliance and Freezer Meal Planning Tips to further help you customize your family’s dinner.
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Freezer Inventory Printable
This week I'm including a FREE Freezer Inventory Printable to everyone. Print this out and use it when planning your family favorite freezer recipes and meals this week.
Prep Ahead Tips
Having meals ready to put together straight from the freezer is definitely a solution to making sure you can prepare dinner every night for your family.
Here are a few tips to help ensure everyone still gets a healthy, delicious meal without taking too much of your time at the end of a busy day:
- Brown a few extra pounds of ground beef over the weekend and freeze in portion sizes that work for your family.
- Chop vegetables the night before that can be used the next day.
- If you're preparing a casserole, make two at the same time. One to eat and one to freeze for a future meal.
- Wash the lettuce and store wrapped in paper towels in air-tight baggies or containers so you can easily put together a salad.
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Meal Planning Categories
This is just an example of how I like to meal plan. You could also incorporate a “leftover meal” or even “clean out the refrigerator” night.
Try to use what you have in your pantry and freezer to plan meals. It helps to keep a list so you know exactly what you have on hand.
Assign each day of the week a different category and then plan a meal according to that category.
- Monday - Beef.
- Tuesday - Italian Night.
- Wednesday - Chicken, Beef or Fish
- Thursday - Pasta or Italian Night
- Friday - Sandwiches and Soup
- Saturday - Pizza or Eat Out, Order In
- Sunday - Comfort Food Meal
Now, pick a side dish to serve with the recipes listed above. Side dishes should include potatoes or rice along with one or two veggies. A tossed salad with homemade ranch salad dressing is always nice too.
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📋Featured Recipe Collection
Freezer Meal Plans
Family Favorite Freezer Meal Plans are featured this week with free printable to help you get dinner on the table for your family this week!
Cheesy Crustless Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
Potatoes inside and crispy cheese on top ensure you won’t miss the crust! It’s also a quick weeknight dinner, perfect for using up leftover chicken.
Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe with Freezing Tips
Easy recipe for homemade dough with freezing tips included. Make a double batch and freeze the extra for another meal.
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup
Made in the instant pot so it's ready in half the time as traditional pea soup.
Slow Cooker Homemade Tomato Sauce
Make a big batch of this homemade tomato sauce and freeze it for quick dinners or even use it for pizza.
Breaded Chicken Cutlets Italian Style
This recipe is ready fast...under 30 minutes. Make extra to freeze and reheat for an even quicker meal later in the month.
Sausage and Peppers Recipe
This recipe makes a lot so you can freeze the leftovers and use for pizza toppings or make stromboli.
Cheesy Mini Meatloaf
These Cheesy Mini Meatloaves are so moist and flavorful, they don’t even need a glaze!
This Meal Plan has been updated since it first appeared in 2020 with new information and two new printables to help you plan dinner for your family. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!
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