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21 Cheap and Easy Freezer Meals for a Frugal Budget

by Diane

These easy freezer meals are guaranteed to become fast family favorites.

They’ll also save you money, time and a whole heap of stress when life gets busy or money gets tight.

I’ve always worked to ensure I’ve had a stock of ready-to-go meals in the freezer. A recent bout of the flu reinforced just how valuable a well stocked freezer (and pantry) is.

Cheap and Easy Freezer Meals

What’s on the menu?

Lasagna RollupsSimple Meat LoafChicken Pot Pie
Beef EnchiladasHomemade Hot PocketsShepherd’s Pie
Cheesy Broccoli Chicken & RiceTuscan PastaBreakfast Sandwiches
Three Ingredient ChilliSwiss Cheese ChickenBeef & Bean Burritos
Enchilada Stuffed Sweet PotatoesHealthy Chicken NuggetsChicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole
Muffin Tin MeatballBeef Pot PiesEasy Black Bean Burgers
Garden Vegetable LasagnaCurried Vegetable and Chickpea StewOne Pot Red Wine Beef Stew

Handy Products for Your Freezer Meals

Before you start prepping your freezer meals you’ll need to decide on and make sure you have sufficient appropriate containers to hold those meals. The type of container you choose will depend on how you’ll be reheating the meal.

I’ve put together some suggestions* for you below.

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Disposable / Oven Reheat Food Containers

Microwave Reheat Food Containers

Microwave or Oven Reheat Food Containers

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Easy Freezer Meal Recipes

Scroll through to see all 21 easy freezer meals that I think will appeal to most people. There are even vegetarian meals for those who are meat-free or choose to incorporate meat-free meals in their meal plan.

Bon appetit!

Lasagna Rollups

Source: The Pioneer Woman

Simple Meat Loaf

Source: One Hundred Dollars a Month

Chicken Pot Pie

Source: Meal Planning Magic

Easy Beef Enchiladas


Source: One Hundred Dollars a Month

Homemade Hot Pockets

Source: Happy Money Saver

Shepherd’s Pie

While this is called ‘Shepherd’s Pie’ it uses beef instead of lamb for the meat component. My mum would tell you that makes it a ‘Cottage Pie’… If you have access to cheap lamb, go ahead and make it the traditional way. If not, regardless of the name, it’s very tasty and filling.

Source: Wheel ‘n’ Deal Mama

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice

Source: Passion for Savings

Tuscan Pasta

Source: Six Sisters Stuff

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Because some nights you just need breakfast for dinner!

Source: Eat Cake For Dinner

Easy Three Ingredient Chilli

I reckon chilli always tastes better after it’s had time to ‘cool its heels’.

Source: Yellow Bliss Road

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Swiss Cheese Chicken


Source: Or So She Says

Freezer Beef and Bean Burritos


Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Source: Sweet Peas and Saffron

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

Source: Make the Best of Everything

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole

Source: Buns in My Oven

Muffin Tin Meatloaf


Source: Some the Wiser

Beef Pot Pies


Source: One Hundred Dollars a Month

Easy Black Bean Burgers

Source: She Likes Food

Garden Vegetable Lasagna

Source: Tastes Lovely

Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

Source: Kitchn

One Pot Red Wine Beef Stew

Easy Freezer Meals Frugal Beef Stew

Source: Natural Comfort Kitchen

Combine the power of meal planning with these easy freezer meals and you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle and budget.

freezer tips to help save money on food

Or, use these excellent freezer tips to help make the most of your food budget.

Do you have a favorite make-ahead freezer meal?

Why not share with us in the comments.

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Easy Freezer Meals for a Frugal Budget

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Babs November 30, 2018 - 4:13 am

Fantastic recipes

Chris Daniel June 26, 2017 - 5:23 am

Yes, thank you! I’ve been looking for a list of meals to add to my repertoire. Excited to check this out. Especially the black bean burgers!

Diane June 26, 2017 - 11:31 am

Agreed! I can recommend the lasagna rollups – they are fantastic.


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