When you’re trying to eat healthy, having good food in the freezer can be a huge help. Rather than being tempted by takeout, keeping pre-made freezer meals on hand can make things much easier!
Before we get into the recipes, here are a few general guidelines and tips for successfully frozen meals:
- Use quality airtight containers. I like to use glass because it makes it really easy if I want to pop it right in the microwave. You don’t want anything leaking in your freezer!
- Make sure meals don’t get lost in the freezer. Put your newest meals in the back and older meals in the front so you don’t forget to eat what you’ve already made!
- Portion meals ahead of time, if necessary. You don’t want to thaw and refreeze a recipe, so if you’re making a batch of chili that you plan to take for a single-serving lunch, pack it in single serving containers.
Here are a few ideas to get your freezer stocked with healthy, vegan, plant-based meals!
This slow cooker vegan chili is perfect for a busy weeknight. Freezer the base then top it with things like sour cream and avocado after thawing when you’re ready to serve it!
Channa Masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes and I usually have a Trader Joe’s version in my freezer. But if you want to make your own, this dish from The Artful Appetite is a great one to keep on hand!
This eggplant curry can be stored in an airtight plastic container. You can either leave it in the fridge overnight to defrost or can be reheated straight from frozen if you add some extra water to help it along! Get the details on Rhian’s Recipes.
Freeze these black bean and quinoa veggie burgers on a sheet pan until frozen, then you can stack them in a freezer bag. (Just make sure they’re frozen before you stack them or they’ll stick together!) Get the recipe at Peas and Crayons.
This vegan lentil shepherd’s pie is the perfect comfort food. Make it ahead of time, freeze it, and then pull it out on a busy night when you need to feed the whole family! Find the recipe on Emma Eats and Explores!
This vegan and gluten-free black bean soup is only 5 ingredients. Freeze it in single serving containers for an easy lunch option!
No time to make your own? Here are my favorite freezer meals from Trader Joe’s!