Who wants to spend time in the kitchen with a newborn?
Not me. And I’m pretty sure no mom ever. When preparing for the arrival of my son back in 2015, I thought I was ahead of the game by prepping at least a dozen freezer meals for dinner. And while we had dinner covered…I quickly realized that *besides leftovers from the night before*, I had nothing to sustain my ravenous appetite throughout the day. Forreal…whatever we had for dinner the night before was usually my breakfast, lunch, and snack the next day. Sure, I also survived on frozen pizzas and Lean Cuisines for a while….but that got old (and expensive) quickly.
Now that Goldie’s nursery is complete, it was time to tackle a new project!
Stock your freezer with these 3 easy freezer lunches!
This time around, I’m fully anticipating my hunger (and exhaustion), so in addition to filling the freezer with breakfasts and dinners, I made sure to include a few lunch options too. The great thing about these lunches is they are super easy to prep and can be tweeked to your particular taste! Plus, they’re hubby and toddler friendly too.
A note about freezing and thawing these easy freezer lunches:
- While the freezer life of foods will vary, I typically don’t leave meals in our freezer for more than 3-4 months. I doubt these will even last that long.
- I find the best way to thaw individual servings like these is to take them out of the freezer the night before and thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. You can pull them right out of the freezer and microwave for a few minutes, but sometimes certain foods may not heat evenly.
Freezer Bagel Pizzas (16)
(via The Life Jolie)
These were so fun and easy to make! You can customize them by using whatever toppings you normally like on your pizzas.
-1 jar pizza sauce
-shredded mozzarella cheese
-1 package of pepperoni
-black olives (optional)
1.Cut each bagel in half and lay on a foil lined baking sheet.
2. Assemble your pizzas by layering pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and black olives. Sprinkle a little more shredded mozzarella on the very top to kind of “melt” everything together.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.
To freeze: Allow the bagels to cool completely. Wrap each pizza bagel in a small sandwich bag, and then store in gallon sized freezer bags.
Chicken, Bean, and Cheese Burritos (12)
(via Good Cheap Eats)
Like I mentioned in my Breakfast Freezer Meals post, I tend to “over stuff” burritos…so the amount of burritos you get could vary depending on how much filling you use and the size of your tortillas.
-1 can black beans
-2 cooked, shredded chicken breasts or thighs (Check this out for a super simple and CHEAP way to cook a whole chicken quickly)
-1/2 jar salsa verde
-shredded cheddar cheese
1.Combine all the ingredients (minus the tortillas) in a large bowl. You can adjust the amount of cheese and salsa verde you add based on your preference.
2. Add 2-3 spoonfuls of filling to each tortilla, and wrap.
To freeze: Wrap individual burritos in foil and store in gallon sized freezer bags.
BBQ Chicken Quesadillas (6-8)
Again, the amount of quesadillas you get will depend on how much filling you use and your tortillas.
-shredded cheddar or mexican blend
-1/2 red onion, chopped
-2 shredded, cooked chicken breasts or thighs
1.Combine cheese, red onion, and chicken in a large bowl.
2. Take one tortilla and spread BBQ sauce over the surface.
3. Place 2-3 spoonfuls of filling on half of the tortilla, and fold over.
4. Brown the quesadilla on each side in a greased skillet for a few minutes, until toasted.
To freeze: wrap each quesadilla in a plastic bag and then store in gallon sized freezer bags.
Don’t forget to checkout these 6 easy freezer breakfast options that can be prepped in under 2 hours.