Freezer food is incredibly convenient. Grab it out of the freezer, heat it up, eat it up, simple as that. However, most products available in supermarkets are loaded with an unnecessary amount of sodium and fat! You don’t need that in your life. You can take control of what you’e actually putting in your body (and save some money along the way) by spending a little time to making your own frozen meals! It’s actually not hard at all, and the work you put in now will pay off throughout the week. We dove into the Food Monster App and found some awesome recipes for you to get started with on your frozen food adventure.
Source: Smothered Burritos
Zsu Dever‘s Smothered Burritos are large enchiladas that are covered with red, green, or white sauce. The filling can be varied; they can include roasted vegetables, potatoes, vegan meats, vegan cheese. The filling combinations are up to you and your wild imagination! These burritos are stuffed with vegan chicken, cumin rice, vegan cheese, cilantro, and scallions. Get creative and get cooking! Of course, they freeze very well.
Source: Refried Bean Enchiladas
Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on flavor. Melanie Sorrentino‘s simple Refried Bean Enchiladas are packed with refried beans (which you can make oil-free), tangy black olives, and green salsa, then covered with spicy sauce and baked until warm and bubbly. They’re served with a simple side of rice seasoned with cilantro and summer squash. Buy the affordable ingredients, freeze up this dish, and have delicious healthy food all week long.
A dal usually refers to a soup-esque dish made from lentils – a staple food of South Asian countries – that are loaded with protein and fiber to keep you full all night long. Warming, hearty, and creamy, it’s the perfect winter dish. This Curried Green Lentil Dal With Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms recipe by Logan Dunn and Lexus Osman is super inexpensive and takes little to no prep to create. So good, and so easy to freeze.
Who doesn’t love stew on a cool evening? Katrina Nixon‘s Quick Mexican Stew With Kale and Chipotle is chock full of vegetables like high iron potatoes, high folate legumes and tons of anti-oxidant seasonings, not to mention the anti-inflammatory benefits of all these high fiber veggies! This is a great meal to throw together and freeze in separate containers for an easy lunch!
Source: Super Simple Potato Curry
It takes about 5 minutes to prepare this dish and then you just have to wait 20 minutes for it all to get hot and the potatoes to get soft. This recipe is also extremely cheap to make and can feed the masses. Jennifer Harmon‘s Super Simple Potato Curry is definitely a freezer staple.
Source: Spicy Gumbo
Source: Hamburger Helper
The texture of the tofu and the flavor and consistency of the sauce in this recipe have been refined and perfected! Meaty, chewy tofu in a thick, savory sauce. Tara Binder‘s vegan spin of Hamburger Helper is a great freezer choice!
Source: Mini Key Lime Pies
The flavor of these little treats is pretty similar to the traditional Mexican dessert, and because they are frozen, they are amazing for a quick bite. Azucena Noriega‘s Mini Key Lime Pies a super healthy snack or dessert and are super simple! Great to make early in the week and for easy access in the freezer.
This Sweet Potato and Sage Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is a complete meal! You have your protein/base made of tender lentils and yummy, filling sweet potatoes on top. This is great to make on a Sunday evening, and store it in the freezer for easy dinner.
Source: Mushroom Stuffed Shells
Lenia Patsi‘s Mushroom Stuffed Shells recipe is an impressive pasta ideal for freezer storage. The stuffing contains mushrooms and a “cheese” almond cream. This is a wonderful vegan dish that will even amaze the non-vegans of the crowd!
Source: Tex-Mex Tortilla Lasagna
Freezing a whole lasagna? Why not! Mireille Aikman‘s Tex-Mex Tortilla Lasagna has lots of vegetables and a tomato-based sauce. Combine it with your favorite veggies and layer it up with some vegan cheese. The best part about this recipe is that you can prepare it a day early and leave it in the fridge or freezer. All you would need to do is pop it in the oven and go about your day. About 40 minutes later you have one great meal.
When the cool fall weather starts to approach, and the days get shorter, there’s nothing better than curling up in some fuzzy socks after a long day with a big plate of comfort food. Zucchini and butternut squash are the partner in crimes in this recipe. The best part is that it’s super simple to make and you’ll have leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day! It’s the meal that keeps on giving, especially you freeze it to have it all week. You definitely have to give this Zucchini and Butternut Squash Casserole by Maria Koutsogiannis a shot.
Source: Bolognese Sauce
This Bolognese Sauce by Rhea Parsons is a classic meat sauce made vegan! Lentils are used to give the sauce a meaty texture. You could also use mushrooms, or neat meat replacement -Italian mix. Throw in some onions and your favorite Italian spices, and you got yourself a delicious sauce that can be easily frozen.
Source: Easy Potato Lentil ‘Meatballs’
These Easy Potato Lentil ‘Meatballs’ by Maria Koutsogiannis are the perfect way to utilize leftover mashed potatoes and are perfect for getting in that extra plant-based protein. If you can add mashed potato to something and somehow make meatballs, then it must be good! Made from lentils, savory spices, and potato, they bake up crispy, crunchy, and golden on the outside but soft and flavorful on the inside. Serve with your favorite pasta or try it out in a spaghetti squash bowl!
Source: Swedish Mushroom Meatball
Making the perfect veggie meatball is an art and the secret is seasoning. These Swedish Mushroom Meatballs by the Cruelty Free Family are blended with fragrant onions, garlic, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, Sriracha, savory liquid aminos, and a few other spices. After being formed and baked until crispy, these meatballs are tossed in a creamy cashew sauce which tastes amazing over mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. These are a great choice to freeze and have ready for your perfect lunch or diner. Delicious!
Clean out that freezer, grab some reusable containers, and make room for all of the delicious recipes that you’re going to try! These are just some of the ideas, but definitely check out our article on Freezer Food to get an even better grasp of food storage. You can find tons of recipes on the Food Monster App, over 15,000 in fact. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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