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40 Amazing, Healthy Freezer Meals to Lose Weight

Here's how to prepare a healthy dinner—fast!—thanks to these freezer-friendly meals.
40 Amazing, Healthy Freezer Meals to Lose Weight
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40 Amazing, Healthy Freezer Meals to Lose Weight
Here's how to prepare a healthy dinner—fast!—thanks to these freezer-friendly meals.

Let’s be real. When 5 p.m. rolls around, the last thing you want to do is brave the supermarket and start cooking dinner from scratch. And yet, every evening, you find yourself in a mob of hangry individuals racing to the poultry line, or you’re by yourself staring at an empty fridge. And breakfast? Forget it. You’d rather hit snooze than fry an egg! Luckily, we’ve got 20 solutions, and all it requires is some plastic containers and a freezer. So grab your cup of tea and read through these healthy freezer meals to get inspired! And to shrink your belly while you’re at it, find out The Best Recipe to Melt Fat!

1

MEDITERRANEAN QUINOA BURGERS

Freezer meals quinoa burger

Quinoa gets about just as much praise as Carrie Underwood’s legs, so what’s with all the hype? For starters, quinoa is the only grain considered a complete protein (AKA it contains all nine essential amino acids), making it an ideal source for vegetarians and vegans. This super versatile food is also packed with the ultimate hunger-squashing combo: protein and fiber. Adding the fit grain to recipes like these Mediterranean burgers is an easy way to boost their nutritional profile and your weight loss.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

2

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

Freezer meals breakfast casserole

Morning munchies just got a whole lot easier with this breakfast casserole. Not only is it low carb and packed with protein, but it’s brimming with nourishing veggies like spinach. Although this green has lost some of its fame to the trendy kale, spinach is a nutrient powerhouse, rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals that ward off age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Plus, Pop Eye’s go-to offers hefty amounts of fatigue-crushing iron, bloat-banishing potassium, and folate. For more skinny recipes check out these 20 Best-Ever Recipes for Zero Belly.

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

3

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN STRIPS

Freezer meals chicken strips

From the pick-up line to soccer practice, dance lessons, violin, and everything in between, who has time to stop at the grocery store and cook an elaborate meal? Luckily for you, creating a balanced, kid-approved dinner just got a lot easier with these Oven Baked Chicken Strips. Made with wholesome ingredients and 8 grams of satiating protein, this is one of those healthy chicken recipes you’ll make again and again!

Get the recipe from Happy Monday Saver.

4

MUFFIN TIN OATMEAL

Freezer meals muffin tin oatmeal

With the new year (and then bikini season in a few months!) comes new body goals. And with so many slimming options, oatmeal is a weight loss breakfast staple. These individual oats are easy to make, freeze, thaw and reheat on those rushed mornings when you don’t have time to think about breakfast. For more waist-whittling morning meals, check out these 50 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss—Ranked!

Get the recipe from Edible Perspective.

5

BROCCOLI PARMESAN MEATBALLS

Freezer meals broccoli parmesan meatballs

Fibrous broccoli and belly-shrinking almonds probably don’t come to come to mind when you think of meatballs, but this meatless recipe is so flawless, you may want to start. With just 64 calories, 2.4 grams of carbs and less than 5 grams of fat per meatball, add these to one of your cheat meals and you”ll still be on your way to a slimmer, healthier you!

Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.

6

TUSCAN WHITE BEAN SOUP

Freezer meals white bean soup

Beans are one of the best weapons against obesity-related diseases thanks to their sky-high fiber content. And it’s not just basic fiber—this soup contains a whopping 36 grams of a special form called “resistant starch,” which resists digestion and helps to prevent blood sugar spikes. In fact, a recent study found diabetics who ate one cup of beans every day for three months saw better improvements in fasting blood sugar, cholesterol, and even body weight than a group who ate one cup of equally-fibrous whole-wheat products.

Get the recipe from Gimmie Some Oven.

7

BUTTERNUT SQUASH APPLE SOUP

Freezer meals apple soup

Boost your immunity, protect your vision, and meet your weight loss goals with this winter soup. It’s naturally sweet, creamy, and super filling. For more slimming bowls, check out these 20 Best-Ever Fat Burning Soups!

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

8

NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER BARS

Freezer meals peanut butter bars

According to a study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, peanuts can help you scorch more calories. In fact, subjects’ metabolic rate jumped by 11 percent when they ate about 500 calories of peanuts daily for 19 weeks. While you won’t be getting quite that many calories from peanuts here, you can still to reap the legumes metabolism boosting effect and high fat, high protein content. (Later, munchies!. Pair one of these bars with an apple, pear or other grab-and-go fruit for a healthy and quick breakfast.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

9

KALE ROASTED PEPPER, & FETA EGG MUFFINS

Freezer meals egg muffins

If you’re searching for a low cal, low carb breakfast option, look no further; these egg muffins less than 50 calories a piece! Pack them, freeze them, reheat them. They’ll shrink your waist, boost your health and please your taste buds!

Get the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

10

BACON TURKEY BURGERS

Freezer meals bacon turkey burgers

Every list of healthy freezer meals should include a good turkey burger. With just seven ingredients, these Bacon Turkey Burgers are both wholesome and simple. The crispy crumbled bacon adds crunch while the zucchini keeps the burgers moist. What’s more? They’ve got 40 grams of muscle building protein and 22 grams of satiating fat. Don’t forget, your body needs fat for your brain, skin tissue, hormones and metabolism to function properly.

Get the recipe from Lisa’s Dinner Time Dish.

11

CLASSIC DINNER PANCAKES

Freezer meals dinner pancakes

Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please. These fluffy pancakes contain full-fat buttermilk; but before you go switching it out for a less fatty variety, consider this: A 2013 study review in the European Journal of Nutrition found that people who eat the fatty stuff are less likely to suffer from obesity than those who try and skip the calories with low-fat dairy. It may pack in more calories, but it’s also more filling, helping you achieve and maintain that flat belly.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

12

SPICY SMOKY SWEET CHILI

Freezer meals smoky sweet chili

As the temperatures drop, few meals satisfy like a steamy bowl of chili. It’s full of belly slimming fiber, muscle-building protein, and energy boosting carbs thanks to its rich bean and meat content. When it comes to ground beef, always opt for grass-fed. It’s naturally leaner, has fewer calories and contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Get the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.

13

HEALTHY PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE MUFFINS

Freezer meals pumpkin muffins

Been guilty of biting into one of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins a time or two? With 420 calories, 13 grams of fat, 420 milligrams of sodium, 71 grams of carbs and 47 grams of sugar, it’s one fattening pastry. Whip up a batch of these instead. They have half the fat, one-fourth the sodium, and one-third the carbs! And when it comes to the battle of the bulge, few foods are more powerful than greek yogurt (the staple ingredient in this skinny version). It’s loaded with satiating protein to keep you full, gut friendly bacteria that aids in digestion, as well as calcium and vitamin D, which are essential for bone health.

Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

14

SPINACH LASAGNA ROLL UPS

Freezer meals lasagna roll ups

Whether you’re a busy mom of four or just looking to impress your significant other on the fly, these lasagna roll ups have you covered. They’re packed with protein-rich dairy and nutrient-dense spinach. The best part? With just 110 calories and 2.7 grams of fat per serving, this is one of the best healthy freezer meals that won’t leave you loosening your belt buckle.

Get the recipe from Thriving Home Blog.

15

TWICE BAKED BUFFALO CHICKEN SWEET POTATOES

Freezer meals chicken sweet potatoes

One of these flavor-packed, twice baked potatoes serves up 16 grams of satiating protein, 25 percent of the day’s belly-filling fiber and 11 times the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, a nutrient that aids immune function, vision, reproduction and cellular communication! Plus, the flaming buffalo sauce will heat things up in your calorie scorching oven!

Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.

16

HAM, EGG & CHEESE SANDWICHES

Freezer meals egg sandwich

It doesn’t get much easier than taking a precooked breakfast sandwich out of the freezer, popping it in the microwave and running out the door. The problem is most of the varieties filling the freezer aisle contain questionable ingredients and scary salt counts. Skip the belly bloat and throw together these sammies, instead!

Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.

17

STUFFED TACO SHELLS

Freezer meals stuffed taco shells

Want to give your palate a taste of Italy and Mexico at the same time? These Taco Shells combine the two just as flawlessly as peanut butter combines with jelly, and they won’t empty your calorie bank. Plus, mini indulgences are one of the 30 Skinny Secrets from the World’s Sexiest Women.

Get the recipe from Shugary Sweets.

18

CAULIFLOWER CHICKPEA WRAPS

Freezer meals cauliflower wrap

With a rocking fiber and protein content that increase satiety, chickpeas are a weight loss superfood. In fact, a number of studies have shown that people who add them to a reduced-calorie diet lose more weight and have lower cholesterol. This recipe contains 50 percent of the recommended daily intake for dietary fiber and 15 grams of protein. As if that’s not enough, it’s vegan-friendly!

Get the recipe from The Muffin Myth.

19

MINI TURKEY MEATLOAFS

Freezer meals mini meatloafs

Meatloaf may seem like a lot of work and the complete waste if you live alone, which is why we love these individual-sized ones. They’re low in carbs, full of protein, and packed with whole food ingredients that won’t wreck havoc on your waistline. P.S. Kids love just about anything that’s mini or all their own (even meatloaf). For more fuss-free meals you can freeze, check out these 35 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes.

Get the recipe from Lauren Belcher Fitness.

20

BREAKFAST QUESADILLAS

Freezer meals breakfast quesadilla

Eggs, spinach, white beans, and shredded cheese are sandwiched inside a whole wheat tortilla to deliver a freezable power breakfast. Thinking about ditching the yolks? Don’t. Once considered sinful, the yolk part of the eye contains a fat-burning nutrient called choline, which means opting for whole eggs can help you trim down!

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

21

Shrimp Stir-Fry Freezer Pack

Freezer bag shrimp stir fry pack recipes Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Stir-fries are the perfect weeknight meal because they cook up quick and are packed with a variety of flavors and textures. The most time-consuming part of cooking a stir-fry is chopping the vegetables and prepping the protein and sauce—and this recipe helps you do both ahead of time. Peeling and deveining shrimp will save you ample minutes when it comes time to fire up the stove while slicing green onions and cutting broccoli florets, sugar snap peas, and carrots a few days in advance will make it easy to toss them into a pan. For the mouthwatering sauce, combine all the ingredients in a container and store it in the fridge.

Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.

22

Hot Honey and Goat Cheese Pepperoni Pizza

Detroit honey and goat cheese pepperoni pizza Courtesy of Home Sweet Eats

Pizza dough can always be made in advance so when pie night rolls around, all you have to do is layer the sauce, cheese, veggies and meat toppings. In this How Sweet Eats recipe, we use DeLallo Foods pizza kit to prepare the dough, then we top the pie with olive oil, marinara sauce, goat cheese, pepperoni, dried oregano, freshly grated Provolone, and baby arugula. A honey and jalapeno sauce is drizzled over the pizza for a spicy and sweet finishing touch!

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats

23

Blackberry & Blueberry Muffins

Blackberry blueberry muffin Courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories

Got a free weekend in the books? Schedule some time to bake up a double batch of these delicious berry muffins. Enjoy some for the week and freeze the rest for later. Made with almond flour, Medjool dates, and coconut oil, you’ve got a guilt-free, gluten-free breakfast that you can enjoy on the go.

Get the recipe from Green Kitchen Stories.

24

1-Pot Red Lentil Chili

One pot lentil and bean chili Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Cooking doesn’t get any easier than preparing this satisfying, vegan-friendly chili recipe: It’s one pot, has basic ingredients, and takes less than an hour to cook. You’ll find the same mouthwatering flavors of chili powder, cumin, paprika, and jalapeno in this dish, but instead of ground beef, lentils, kidney beans, and black beans lend heartiness and hunger-curbing fiber. The best part is you can freeze extras and reheat them for lunch or dinner the next few days.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.

25

30-Minute Vegetarian Meatballs

Vegetarian cauliflower meatball recipe Courtesy of A Pinch of Yum

Boil pasta in a pot, then re-heat these vegetarian meatballs from your freezer, and you’ve got dinner on the table in 15 minutes flat!  Made with cauliflower, quinoa, eggs, and almond meal, these irresistibly delicious veggie meatballs are your new go-to meatless Monday meal.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

26

Easy Fluffy Pull-Apart Whole Wheat Buttery Dinner Rolls

East fluffy pull apart whole wheat rolls Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Dinner rolls get a bad rap for being filled with processed ingredients, but this wholesome, homemade version from Half-Baked Harvest takes out the guesswork. This simple recipe calls for just eight basic ingredients: whole-wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, water, dry yeast, honey, one egg, and butter. Prep the dough, freeze it and bake before dinner and store leftovers in a freezer-safe bag.

Get the recipe from Half-Baked Harvest.

27

Vegan Strawberry Banana Ice Cream with Peanut Butter “Fudge” Sauce

Vegan strawberry ice cream with peanut butter Courtesy of Feed Me Pheobe

If you’re hankering for something sweet, there’s no time to waste, especially when unhealthy temptations are at hand. Equip yourself with this make-ahead strawberry-banana nice cream, a low-sugar frozen treat that calls for banana, strawberries, maple syrup, and almond milk. When you feel a craving coming, just grab a scoop out of your freezer. For the peanut butter fudge, combine peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, and almond milk in a heatproof bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds or until the mixture is smooth. Top the nice cream with a drizzle of the fudge, and voila, dessert you can feel good about.

Get the recipe from Feed Me Phoebe.

28

Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos

Vegetarian breakfast burrito recipe Courtesy of Cookie+kate

Not a fan of overnight oats or smoothies for breakfast? This filling a.m. sandwich is for you! In a whole-grain tortilla, pile on eggs, homemade hash browns, black beans, shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, cilantro, green onions, an avocado and top with your favorite salsa or hot sauce.  To freeze the burritos for later, transfer the burritos to a freezer-safe bag; they stay best for three to six months.

Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate.

29

Basil Pesto

Spinach basil pesto Courtesy of Two Peas & Their Pod

Don’t let your summer herbs and veggie scraps go to waste! Prepare a flavorful pesto incorporating your leftover herbs, like this vibrant recipe. This pesto recipe calls for a chockfull of fresh basil and spinach, so it’s not only packed with bold flavor but health-boosting antioxidants, too. Drizzle some over grilled fish, chicken, steak, or pasta.

Get the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

30

Mushroom Lasagna

Mushroom lasagna recipe Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

When you’re in a pinch, a frozen lasagna meal from the box might sound like the quickest way to satisfy your Italian cravings. But Deb Perelman shows us you can have a five-star meal at your table in minutes if you freeze it the night before. Inspired by Ina Garten, this lasagna recipe is filled with portobello mushrooms. To make it healthier, swap whole-wheat flour for all-purpose and use a nut milk of your choice instead of whole milk if you want to cut back on saturated fat.

Get the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

31

Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

Slow cooker lemon garlic chicken thighs recipe Courtesy of Sweet Peas and Saffron

Too tired to cook? Allow your slow cooker to be the master chef in the kitchen. This freezer-to-slow-cooker dish calls for you to assemble the parts before cooking it whole. Combine the chicken, carrots, garlic, salt, oregano, onion, and lemon zest in a freezer bag, and when you’re ready to cook, dump all the ingredients in a slow cooker with one cup of chicken stock.

Get the recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron.

32

Whole-Wheat Waffles with No Sugar Added

Easy whole wheat waffle Courtesy of A Mindful Mom

Sometimes, breakfasts can be an afterthought. Whether you’re eating on the go or picking up something quick on the way to the office, that’s no way to enjoy the first meal of the day! Enter these freezer-friendly whole-wheat waffles. Crush the Monday blues with these delicious waffles, which are the perfect way to kick-start your day and still make it feel like the weekend. Top with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup for some natural sweetness.

Get the recipe from A Mindful Mom.

33

Pink Power Protein Smoothie

Pink power protein beet smoothie Courtesy of A Sweet Pea Chef

This vibrant smoothie is the best way to wake up or fuel up, especially before a morning workout. Studies have shown that beet juice can help improve blood circulation, allowing your heart to pump more oxygen. In a blender, combine unsweetened almond milk with beets, frozen strawberries, flaxseed meal, honey, and vanilla protein powder. For meal prepping purposes, store all the ingredients in a freezer bag and dump them into the blender when you get out of bed.

Get the recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef.

34

Chicken and Veggie Freezer Packs

Chicken and veggies mealprep frozen recipe Courtesy of Gimme Delicious

An ideal ratio of protein and complex carbs, these chicken and veggie packs make a satisfying dinner. Cut skinless chicken breasts into 1/2-inch slices, chop broccoli florets and slice zucchini, bell peppers, and yellow onions. Then, store them in a freezer bag. Prepare the marinade and pour it equally into each of the Ziplock bags. Shake each bag to fully coat the chicken and veggies.

Get the recipe from Gimme Delicious.

35

Falafel Burgers with Yogurt Dill Sauce

Falafel burger yogurt dill sauce recipe Courtesy of Love and Lemons

Sure, making your own falafel patties might take some time, but once they’re prepped, they take only a few minutes to cook. Chickpeas, sesame seeds, garlic, carrots, cilantro, and whole-wheat flour make up the hearty base of these burgers while a dill yogurt sauce keeps them moist and infused with classic Mediterranean flavors.

Get the recipe from Love and Lemons.

36

Banana & Honey Cereal Breakfast Popsicles

Banana honey yogurt popsicle Courtesy of No Spoon Necessary

Popsicles for breakfast? You bet! These healthy morning pops are made with Greek yogurt, bananas, cereal, honey, bananas, and a pinch of cinnamon. Choose a high-fiber cereal, such as Kashi GoLean and Fiber One.

Get the recipe from No Spoon Necessary.

37

Healthy Homemade Frozen Chicken Nuggets

Homemade chicken nuggets recipe Courtesy of Bless This Mess

Kids and adults alike will appreciate these homemade chicken fingers, which you can store in a freezer bag and keep up to a month. Unlike other chicken nuggets recipes, which require plenty of white flour, this one uses fiber-rich whole-wheat flour and breadcrumbs.

Get the recipe from Bless This Mess.

38

Chicken Tuscan Pasta Bake

Tuscan chicken pasta bake recipe Courtesy of Rachel Cooks

Casseroles are the ultimate frozen meal because—no matter how many people are at your dinner table—you can never eat an entire dish in one sitting. This classic casserole recipe includes whole-wheat penne pasta, chicken breasts, garlic, baby kale, sun-dried tomatoes, reduced-fat cream cheese, Parmesan, and mozzarella. It’s so filling, you only need little to feel satisfied.

Get the recipe from Rachel Cooks.

39

Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Blueberry french toast casserole Courtesy of Super Healthy Kids

Just when you thought we were tapped out of breakfast ideas, we discovered this blueberry French toast recipe. How sweet would it be to wake up to a slice of French toast every morning? This baked French toast casserole uses whole-wheat bread for white and unsweetened almond milk for whole milk. For a dose of antioxidants, fold in some fresh blueberries into the bread mixture.

Get the recipe from Super Healthy Kids.

40

Chicken Zoodle Soup

Chicken zoodle soup Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Whole30 dieters will love this approved freezer-friendly dish. Zoodles sub in for white noodles or macaroni and healing herbs like thyme and rosemary infuse the broth with heartwarming flavor. Make ahead in a large stockpot and freeze extra for a week’s worth of meals.

Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.

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