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20 Quick & Easy Make-Ahead Freezer-Friendly Dinners for Busy Moms

Say goodbye to stressing over what to make for dinner and how to fit meal prep into your day!

Making dinner ahead of time has the power to transform your family’s evenings. These freezer-friendly dinner recipes are SO easy, and you won’t believe the difference it makes in your home.

These are 20 of my go-to freezer-friendly meals…

These mini individual chicken pot pies are freezer-friendly and can be made ahead of time! They're perfect for on-the-go lunches or dinners! They also work great for single people, busy schedules, and work/school lunches!

1. Easy Individual Chicken Pot Pies — This recipe is a great freezer-friendly one-dish dinner idea. These pot pies can be made quickly, frozen for later, and easily reheated in the oven or microwave. They’re also super portable!

These mini individual lasagnas are freezer-friendly and can be made ahead of time! They're perfect for on-the-go lunches or dinners! They also work great for single people, busy schedules, and work/school lunches!

2. Easy Individual Mini Meat Lasagnas —  These individually-sized lasagnas are such an easy go-to dinner idea, and they freeze really well! They work amazingly well for busy schedules and hungry boys. They’re also great to make and deliver to a family in need of a hot meal.

3.  Savory Crescent Chicken Pockets — This was one of my favorite meals growing up. This is a must-try recipe. Trust me on that!

4. Bean & Cheese Burritos — I adapted this recipe from another site years ago, and it’s become such an easy family favorite! Great for lunch or dinner.

5. Spaghizza Recipe — This recipe comes from my sister Brigette. It’s a unique twist on pizza and spaghetti that’s simple to put together and can be made up ahead of time. It’s a crowd-pleaser that’s great to serve when you have company with small children.

6. Homemade Chicken Salsa Pockets —  These are a huge hit with everyone in our family. They are always gone in a flash!

7. Barbecued Meatballs — My great grandmother passed along a love of barbecue meatballs to our family — and it’s a recipe we’ve made over and over again. We love to serve these with twice baked potatoes, homemade rolls, and tossed salad.

8. Taco Meat — Taco meat is SO versatile and frugal, and you can stretch your taco meet further with handy add-ins. Just quickly cook up the mixture, and then it’s ready to cool and freeze for later.

9. Ham & Cheese Pockets — This meal was a staple during Jesse’s law school days. I resurrected the recipe a few years ago and we still love it!

10. World’s Easiest Make-Ahead Marinated Chicken Recipe — Looking for a delicious but super simple chicken recipe? This World’s Easiest Marinated Chicken Recipe is it!

11. Green Rice Casserole Recipe — My mom has made this recipe for as long as I can remember and I’ve always loved it. Everyone in my family gobbles it up and usually asks for more!

12. Lasagna Casserole Recipe — A number of years ago, I reimagined our regular lasagna recipe, substituting rotini noodles for lasagna noodles. We dubbed it Lasagna Casserole, and it’s been a staple recipe at our home ever since.

13. Southwest Roll-ups — This recipe is so simple, uses inexpensive ingredients, and freezes really well.

14. Southwest Chicken Casserole — We tweaked our Southwest Roll-ups recipe and came up with this casserole. It’s a huge hit with the whole family!

15. Green Chile Enchiladas — These creamy, cheesy enchiladas are easy to put together and freeze beautifully. Pair them with Spanish rice, a tossed salad, and some chips and salsa for a simple, budget-friendly company meal that will feed a crowd!

16. Spaghetti Pie — One of my Mom’s crowd-pleasing recipes that is perfect for company! Although Spaghetti Pie is similar to lasagna in taste, it’s cheaper to make and quicker to assemble.

17. Taco Pie — This twist-on-a-taco recipe has always been a hit at our house! The original recipe came from the Once-A-Month Cooking cook book — a resource my mom and sisters and I often relied on during one of our marathon freezer cooking days.

18. Meat Potato Quiche — My family ate this for Christmas brunch when we were growing up. It’s a very flexible recipe and great for company. You can even make it up the night before and wait to cook it until the next morning – freeing up your kitchen time to do other things.

19.  Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole — This recipe is delicious, filling, frugal, and so freezer-friendly!

20. Easy Freezer-Friendly Homemade Pizza Dough — This one is sort of a bonus recipe, because if you make pizza dough ahead of time, it drastically cuts down on time spent in the kitchen to make fresh, homemade pizza! This pizza crust recipe has been my go-to recipe for years. It’s so easy to make — and it’s really hard to ruin. In fact, I’ve made it dozens upon dozens of times and I don’t think I’ve ever messed it up.

Looking for other freezer-friendly recipe ideas? Try these:

What are some of your favorite make-ahead dinner recipes? I’d love to hear!

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