30+ Quick & Easy Freezer Meals

Our collection of 30+ freezer meals are budget-friendly and made from basic ingredients… pastas, lasagne, soups, slow cooker meals, vegetarian options, quiches, tarts and more!

A collection of images of homemade main meals that can be frozen.

Simple Family-Friendly Freezer Meals

All of the freezer meal recipes in this collection are perfect for the entire family… from fussy toddlers to hungry teenagers, busy parents to grandparents looking to prepare some meals ahead of time.

We’ve included:

  •  tips for freezing each recipe 
  • simple substitutions (if you don’t have access to certain ingredients)
  • serving suggestions

Plus scroll down to the bottom for our 10 top tips on freezing meals! 

Simply click on any of the images to be taken directly to the full printable recipe (they’re all FREE). 

 

Basic Freezer Meals

Oven Baked Chicken Parma Balls

Freezing tips: These yummy little balls can be prepared, cooked with the tomato sauce and cheese and then frozen (ready to be defrosted reheated!). Alternatively, you can freeze the chicken balls uncooked and then cook them once they’ve defrosted. 

Substitutions: Substitute the chicken mince for turkey, beef, lamb or pork mince. To save time, use a jar of store-bought tomato pasta sauce instead of making your own. 

Serving suggestions: Serve with pasta, mashed potato, polenta, salad or vegetables. 

Oven Baked Chicken Parma Balls

These Oven Baked Chicken Parma Meatballs with an Italian tomato sauce and melted cheese are a family favourite! Kid-friendly, easy and delicious!!
Oven Baked Chicken Parma Balls Recipe
These Oven Baked Chicken Parma Meatballs with an Italian tomato sauce and melted cheese are a family favourite! Kid-friendly, easy and delicious!!

 

Egg & Bacon Pie

Freezing tips: Bake the pie and then allow to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and cover in foil before freezing. Alternatively, cut into individual slices and freeze in sealable plastic bags or an airtight container (use a sheet of baking paper to divide each layer when placing into a container). 

Substitutions: Use ham instead of bacon or omit entirely for a vegetarian option. Add vegetables such as mushrooms, capsicum, asparagus, leftover roast vegetables, sliced tomato… anything you have lying around! 

Serving suggestions: Serve with chips and salad.

Egg and Bacon Pie (only 6 ingredients!)

Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes with this easy egg and bacon pie - made from only 6 ingredients. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!!
Egg and Bacon Pie (only 6 ingredients!) Recipe
Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes with this easy egg and bacon pie - made from only 6 ingredients. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!!

 

Beef Lasagne

Freezing tips: This lasagne can be cooked and then frozen in individual portions (in either an airtight container or sealable plastic bags). Alternatively, you can cook and freeze the beef sauce and then use it at a later date to make lasagne or spaghetti bolognese. 

Substitutions: Substitute the beef mince for lamb or pork mince. Add in a layer of baby spinach or roasted pumpkin. 

Serving suggestions: Serve with vegetables or salad and wedges/chips. 

Easy Beef Lasagne

Whip up this Easy Beef Lasagne in no time! Get that extra cheesy taste without having to make a bechamel sauce. A quick & no-fuss dinner!
Easy Beef Lasagne Recipe
Easy Beef Lasagne

 

Noodle & Beef Chow Mein

Freezing tips: Cook and then freeze in an airtight container. Allow to defrost in the fridge before reheating.

Substitutions: Switch the beef mince for chicken, pork, lamb or turkey mince. Mix and match with any vegetables you have on hand. Replace the Singapore/hokkien noodles with 2 minute noodles or spaghetti. 

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with extra vegetables or a salad. 

Noodle & Beef Chow Mein

A delicious weeknight dinner - this Noodle & Beef Chow Mein recipe is perfectly budget friendly!
Noodle & Beef Chow Mein Recipe

 

Beef Burgers

Freezing tips: I recommend preparing the beef mixture, forming into should patty-shaped burgers and then freezing them un-cooked. When ready to use, allow the patties to defrost in the fridge and then cook on a frying pan, grill or BBQ. 

Substitutions: Switch the beef mince for chicken, pork, lamb or turkey mince. This mixture can be made into large burger patties or rolled into smaller meatballs. 

Serving suggestions: Serve with your favourite burger toppings. 

Beef & Bacon Burgers

Grilled Beef & Bacon Burgers are perfect for a summer BBQ - they're super easy which leaves more time for relaxing and enjoying the sun!
Beef & Bacon Burgers Recipe
Grilled Beef & Bacon Burgers are perfect for a summer BBQ - they're super easy which leaves more time for relaxing and enjoying the sun!

 

Tuna Pasta Casserole

Freezing tips: Prepare and cook the casserole in the oven. Allow to cool completely before freezing in an airtight container/s. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave when needed. 

Substitutions: Switch the tin of condensed soup for 300ml cooking cream and thicken the sauce with a 1 tablespoon of cornflour. Replace the tinned tuna with salmon, bacon or leftover cooked chicken. Use absolutely any vegetables you like. 

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with garlic bread and salad.

Tuna Pasta Casserole

My classic creamy Tuna Pasta Casserole is a family favourite! It's a budget-friendly midweek dinner that's packed full of vegetables and can be made ahead of time and frozen. Printable conventional and Thermomix recipe cards included. 
Tuna Pasta Casserole Recipe
My classic creamy Tuna Pasta Casserole is a family favourite! It's a budget-friendly midweek dinner that's packed full of vegetables and can be made ahead of time and frozen. 

 

Cheesy Macaroni & Vegetable Pasta Bake

Freezing tips: Prepare and cook the pasta bake in the oven. Allow to cool completely before freezing in an airtight container/s. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave when needed. 

Substitutions: Use any vegetables you like. Replace the ham with bacon or omit entirely for a vegetarian option. Macaroni can be replaced with any type of short pasta (penne, spirals etc). 

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with garlic bread and salad.

Macaroni & Vegetable Frittata Bake

A simple Macaroni & Vegetable Frittata Bake made with capsicum, carrots, corn, peas and ham. Perfect for kids and toddlers, or as an easy midweek dinner. 
Macaroni & Vegetable Frittata Bake Recipe
A simple Macaroni & Vegetable Frittata Bake made with capsicum, carrots, corn, peas and ham. Perfect for kids and toddlers, or as an easy midweek dinner. 

 

Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Freezing tips: Prepare and cook the pasta dish. Allow to cool completely before freezing in an airtight container/s. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave when needed. 

Substitutions: Add bacon for an extra delicious flavour! Add any extra vegetables you like. Substitute the spirals for any type of pasta you like. 

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with garlic bread and salad.

One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta

This delicious One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta is the perfect midweek meal. Family-friendly, quick and easy... does it get any better than that!?
One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta Recipe
This delicious One Pot Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta is the perfect midweek meal. Family-friendly, quick and easy... does it get any better than that!?

 

Turkey & Vegetable Meatballs

Freezing tips: These meatballs can be frozen either cooked or uncooked. If freezing them once cooked, allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave or oven. If freezing them uncooked, allow to defrost and then cook as per the recipe. 

Substitutions: Substitute the turkey mince for chicken, beef, lamb or pork mince. Use any other grated vegetables you like.

Serving suggestions: Serve the meatballs on their own, with rice and salad, in wraps, or with pasta and sauce.

Healthy Vegetable & Turkey Meatballs (oven baked)

These oven-baked Healthy Vegetable & Turkey Meatballs make a delicious midweek dinner or snack. Make a big batch and pop any leftovers into the freezer. 
Healthy Vegetable & Turkey Meatballs (oven baked) Recipe
Healthy Vegetable & Turkey Meatballs (oven baked)

 

Zucchini Slice

Freezing tips: Cook according to the recipe, allow to cool completely and then freeze in an airtight container. Add a layer of baking paper between each of the slices when freezing.

Substitutions: Replace the bacon with ham or omit entirely. For an extra veggie-boost, add some grated carrot.

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with a salad.

Zucchini Slice

Our quick and easy Zucchini Slice recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and is a classic family favourite. This freezer-friendly recipe is perfect for lunch boxes or an easy family dinner.
Zucchini Slice Recipe
Our quick and easy Zucchini Slice recipe takes just 10 minutes to prepare and is a classic family favourite. This freezer-friendly recipe is perfect for lunch boxes or an easy family dinner.

 

Corn Fritters

Freezing tips: Cook according to the recipe, allow to cool completely and then freeze in an airtight container or in individual sealable bags. Allow to defrost before serving. These can be eaten cold or warmed up. 

Substitutions: Replace the tinned corn with frozen corn kernels. Replace the mozzarella with cheddar or tasty cheese. Alternatively, check out our zucchini fritters and cheesy quinoa, sweet potato and zucchini fritters recipes.

Serving suggestions: Serve the fritters on their own or with homemade tomato and avocado salsa, sour cream and sweet chilli sauce. 

Cheesy Corn Fritters with Tomato & Avocado Salsa

The easiest and tastiest cheesy corn fritters served with a light tomato and avocado salsa. Kid-friendly and totally delicious! Serve it for brunch, lunch or a light dinner.
Cheesy Corn Fritters with Tomato & Avocado Salsa Recipe

 

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

Freezing tips: These meatballs can be frozen either cooked or uncooked. If freezing them once cooked, allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave or oven. If freezing them uncooked, allow to defrost and then cook as per the recipe. 

Substitutions: Substitute the chicken mince for pork mince. 

Serving suggestions: Serve the meatballs on their own, in wraps with salad or lettuce cups.

Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs

Deliciously simple Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs served in lettuce leaves with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Fast, fresh and yummy.
Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs Recipe

 

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

The slow cooker is perfect for making family dinners than be be frozen… plus, slow cooker recipes call for cheaper cuts of meat, making these recipes budget-friendly too.

 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Freezing tips: Cook the pork according to the recipe and then allow to cool completely. Divide into airtight containers and freeze. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave.

Substitutions: Replace the pork fillet with pork shoulder. 

Serving suggestions: Serve in burgers, on pizza, in wraps or toasted quesadillas. 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

A step by step guide to making deliciously sweet and juicy slow cooker pulled pork that's perfect for burgers, tacos and salads. 
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Burger

 

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Pasta

Freezing tips: Cook the beef ragu according to the recipe and then allow to cool completely. Divide into airtight containers and freeze. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave. Cook the pasta when ready to serve.

*Please note: you can cook the pasta at the same time as the ragu and freeze both together, however, I find the beef reheats better on it’s own and then served with freshly cooked pasta. 

Substitutions: Replace the beef chuck roast with beef brisket or beef solar blade (the cheaper and fattier cuts of beef work best). 

Serving suggestions: Serve with pasta, on top of mashed potato or polenta and with a side of vegetables or salad. 

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Ragu Pasta

This Slow Cooker Beef Ragu Pasta has a beautiful, rich tomato based sauce, beef that literally melts in your mouth and of course a good sprinkling of parmesan cheese. This is comfort food at it's best!
Slow Cooker Italian Beef Ragu Pasta Recipe
This Slow Cooker Italian Beef Ragu Pasta has a beautiful, rich tomato based sauce, beef that literally melts in your mouth, and of course, a good sprinkling of parmesan cheese. This is winter comfort food at it's very best!

 

Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Freezing tips: Cook as per the recipe and once cooled, freeze the beef and vegetables in airtight containers. Alternatively, cook only the beef roast and freeze then serve with freshly cooked roast vegetables when needed. 

Substitutions: Substitute the beef chuck roast with beef brisket. 

Serving suggestions: Serve with roasted vegetables or mashed potato. Alternatively, serve the meat in sandwiches or rolls with gravy!

Slow Cooker Roast Beef

This Slow Cooker Roast Beef is the perfect winter dinner... one pot, plenty of vegetables and moist pull-apart roast beef that melts in your mouth.
Slow Cooker Roast Beef Recipe
This Slow Cooker Roast Beef is the perfect winter dinner... one pot, plenty of vegetables and moist pull-apart roast beef that melts in your mouth.

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Freezing tips: Cook the beef stroganoff according to the recipe and then allow to cool completely. Divide into airtight containers and freeze. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave. Cook the pasta when ready to serve.

*Please note: you can cook the pasta at the same time as the stroganoff and freeze both together, however, I find the beef reheats better on it’s own and then served with freshly cooked pasta. 

Substitutions: Substitute the rump steak for blade, scotch fillet or sirloin steak. Use any type of pasta you like.

Serving suggestions: Serve with pasta, on mashed potato and with cooked vegetables. 

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

A family favourite slow cooker beef stroganoff recipe filled with tender beef in a creamy mushroom sauce and served with pasta. 
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Recipe
A family favourite slow cooker beef stroganoff recipe filled with tender beef in a creamy mushroom sauce and served with pasta. 

 

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

Freezing tips: Cook according to the recipe, allow to cool completely and then freeze in airtight containers. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop. 

Substitutions: Add extra vegetables if you like.

Serving suggestions: Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and chopped spring onions. For a more filling meal, add a side of steamed rice.

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

A rich and delicious Chilli Con Carne cooked in the slow cooker. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and chopped spring onions for a yummy winter warmer!
Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne Recipe

 

Vegetarian Freezer Meals

Whether you’re vegetarian or just don’t have any meat on hand… here’s the perfect freezer recipes for you!

 

Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne

Freezing tips: Allow the lasagne to cool completely before freezing in an airtight container. If you prefer, you can cut the lasagne into individual slices before freezing. 

Substitutions: Add any extra vegetables you like – roasted sweet potato is also delicious! To save time, use a jar of store-bought tomato pasta sauce rather than making your own.

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with garlic bread and a side salad.

Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne

This vegetarian Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne is the perfect family meal... the yummy layers of pumpkin, spinach, ricotta, lasagne sheets and tomato sauce make it an easy and healthier alternative to a traditional lasagne.
Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne Recipe
This vegetarian Pumpkin & Spinach Lasagne is the perfect midweek meal... the yummy layers of pumpkin, spinach, ricotta, lasagne sheets and tomato sauce make it an easy and healthier alternative to a traditional lasagne.

 

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni 

Freezing tips: Allow the cannelloni to cool completely before freezing in an airtight container. If you prefer, you can cut the cannelloni into individual portions before freezing. 

Substitutions: For an extra veggie-boost, add cooked and mashed pumpkin to the mixture. Use fresh lasagne sheets or cannelloni shells. 

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with garlic bread and a side salad.

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

A quick and easy Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni recipe that makes the perfect family midweek meal! Just 10 minutes prep time and 30 minutes cooking time. 
Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni Recipe
A quick and easy Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni recipe that makes the perfect family midweek meal! Just 10 minutes prep time and 30 minutes cooking time. 

 

Creamy Cheesy Vegetable Quinoa Bake

Freezing tips: Allow to cool completely before freezing in an airtight container (or individual serve containers). 

Substitutions: Use any vegetables you like. 

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own, or add a side of meat (if not vegetarian). 

Creamy, Cheesy Vegetable & Quinoa Bake

The BEST Creamy, Cheesy Vegetable Quinoa Bake ever! It's kid-friendly, perfect as a side dish or a main meal... and best of all, it's SO easy!!
Creamy, Cheesy Vegetable & Quinoa Bake Recipe

 

Roasted Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion & Feta Tart

Freezing tips: Allow to cool completely before freezing in an airtight container (or individual serve containers). 

Substitutions: Replace the puff pastry with shortcrust pastry or homemade pastry (simply omit the sugar for a delicious savoury homemade pastry in this recipe). Replace the pumpkin with sweet potato or any other roasted vegetables. Omit the caramelised onion if you don’t have any available. Replace the feta with grated cheddar/tasty cheese if needed. 

Serving suggestions: Serve on it’s own or with a side salad. 

Roasted Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion & Feta Tart

This Roasted Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion & Feta Tart with puff pastry and rosemary is the perfect weekend lunch... or lazy mid-week dinner. A total fave at our house!
Roasted Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion & Feta Tart Recipe
Roasted Pumpkin, Caramelised Onion & Feta Tart

 

Freezer-Friendly Soups

Our veggie-packed soups are the perfect cold and flu busters!

Freezing tips for ALL of these soup recipes: Cook according to the recipe, allow to cool completely and then freeze in airtight containers. Allow to defrost before reheating in the microwave or on the stovetop. 

Serving suggestions for ALL of these soup recipes (unless otherwise specified): Serve with crusty buttered bread.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Substitutions: Add any extra vegetables you like.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This classic Slow Cooker Noodle Soup is packed full of vegetables, chicken and noodles making it a hearty and delicious family meal. It really is the perfect winter soup!

 

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

Substitutions: Use either chicken breast or chicken thighs or omit entirely for a vegetarian soup. This soup can be made on the stove-top or in a slow cooker. 

Serving suggestions: Serve with sour cream, slices of avocado and tortilla/corn chips.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

This flavour-packed Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup is the healthy recipe... a tomato, bean, corn and chicken soup served with sour cream, avocado and corn chips!
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe
A bowl of tomato, chicken, corn and bean soup.

 

Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Soup (Hug In A Mug!)

Substitutions: Use either chicken breast or chicken thighs or omit entirely for a vegetarian soup. Use any vegetables you like.

Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Soup

A healthy Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Soup made with absolutely no-cream! The perfect cold and flu fighting soup...
Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Soup Recipe
A healthy Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Soup made with absolutely no-cream! The perfect cold and flu fighting soup during winter!

 

Zucchini Soup

Substitutions: You can replace the cream with extra milk. 

Creamy Zucchini Soup

A healthy and creamy zucchini soup recipe that will be ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect way to use up zucchinis!
Creamy Zucchini Soup Recipe
A healthy and creamy zucchini soup recipe that will be ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect way to use up zucchinis!

 

Chicken & Corn Soup

Substitutions: Replace the can of corn kernels with frozen corn. You can use cooked and shredded chicken breast, chicken thighs or leftover roast chicken.

Serving suggestions: Serve with extra soy sauce and chopped spring onions (optional).

Chicken & Corn Soup

Simple Chinese Chicken & Corn Soup made in just 20 minutes... a super healthy recipe that's perfect for an easy lunch or a quick weeknight dinner. 
Chicken & Corn Soup Recipe

 

Tomato Soup

Substitutions: If you don’t have fresh tomatoes, you can use an extra 400g tinned tomatoes.

Tomato Soup

A hearty vegetable-packed winter tomato soup recipe that makes a healthy and delicious midweek meal... have it on the table in 45 minutes!
Tomato Soup Recipe
A hearty vegetable-packed winter tomato soup recipe that makes a healthy and delicious midweek meal... have it on the table in 45 minutes!

 

Pea & Ham Soup

Substitutions: Add extra vegetables if you like.

Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup

A hearty and healthy Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup that can be prepped in the morning and ready for dinner at night... the perfect winter soup! 
Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup Recipe
A hearty and healthy Slow Cooker Pea & Ham Soup that can be prepped in the morning and ready for dinner at night... the perfect winter soup! 

 

Potato & Leek Soup

Substitutions: Use any type of potato you like. Cooking cream can be replaced with thickened cream. Omit the bacon if preferred.

Potato & Leek Soup with Crispy Bacon

A creamy Potato & Leek Soup with crispy bacon that will be on the table in 30 minutes... the perfect winter soup recipe.
Potato & Leek Soup with Crispy Bacon Recipe
A creamy Potato & Leek Soup with crispy bacon that will be on the table in 30 minutes... the perfect winter soup recipe (both conventional and Thermomix recipe instructions are included below). 

 

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Substitutions: Omit the bacon if preferred.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon & Parmesan (and NO cream!)

You won't believe that this delicious Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon & Parmesan is made with no cream at all!! Healthy and yummy!
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Bacon & Parmesan (and NO cream!) Recipe

 

Roast Pumpkin Soup

Substitutions: Add sweet potato for an extra veggie-boost. Use any type of pumpkin (kent, butternut etc). 

Serving suggestions: Sour cream and chives

Easy Classic Roast Pumpkin Soup

A rich and deliciously easy classic roast pumpkin soup recipe - pop a dollop of sour cream on top for the perfect finish!
Easy Classic Roast Pumpkin Soup Recipe

 

10 Tips For Freezing Meals

Here’s some of my top tips for freezing meals:

  • Use airtight containers or sealable plastic bags (like glad bags)
  • Remove the air from plastic sealable bags before sealing (to avoid freezer burn).
  • Alternatively, wrap slices, quiches and pies etc in one layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil
  • Allow meals to cool completely before freezing.
  • Freeze meals in the portion-size that you will need (i.e. if you’re cooking for just 1 -2 people, divide the meal into several smaller containers before freezing). 
  • Allow frozen meals to defrost in the fridge before reheating (this does not apply to soups that can be reheated directly from frozen). 
  • If you’re short on time, you can defrost frozen meals in the microwave before reheating properly. 
  • Label your freezer meal containers so you know what they are (once frozen, it can be tricky to tell what a meal is!). Also include the date that they were frozen.
  • When you add new meals to the freezer, place them at the bottom and move the older meals to the top.
  • Keep a list of what’s in your freezer so you know exactly what meals you have available.

 

Freezer-Friendly Lunch Box Recipes

Now that we’ve got family dinners that can be frozen sorted, check out my entire collection of freezer lunch box recipes… including our most popular muesli bars, muffins, scrolls, cookies, loaves, breads and savoury snacks.

Check out all of the recipes here

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