Frugal, Easy Meals for the Freezer {Ask the Readers}

From Loretta:

I have three kids, two boys 5 and 3 and a girl 15 months.  My husband is a PE teacher and coaches football and track while I stay at home with two of the three kiddos. I’ve always wanted to be able to find recipes that were cheap, easy and that I could freeze.  We have tried most of the recipes that you have on the site and I was wondering if you might have some more.  We have started doing team meals and that gets quite expensive.  I would love to get any advice you can give me.

Yay!  I love meeting other teacher/coach wives who are serving their husband’s team with the gift of food.  It does get pricy, though, to play hostess on a teaching salary.  Let’s help Loretta out, shall we?

Please share your favorite frugal, easy-to-fix meals in the comments.  Links welcome.  Bonus points if it’s freezer friendly!  I can’t wait to see some new-to-me recipes and resources, too.

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  1. 8 can soup
    1 lb of ground meat (choose your favorite, I’ve used beef, bison, & turkey), crumbled & browned
    3 cans minestrone soup
    2 cans kernel corn
    2 cans ranch style beans
    1 can rotel
    1 onion, chopped

    throw it all in the crock pot (this will fill a 6 quart pretty well), without draining any of the canned goods, and simmer for a few hours to meld the flavors well. It can easily be stretched by adding canned chicken or beef broth, and will easily feed 8-10 servings without adding the broth. It freezes well too.

  2. I love (and need) easy to fix meals. Here are some of my favorites:

    1. Our favorite (but not freezer friendly) is my Most Requested Recipe of all time – Pakistani Beef Curry: http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/ground-hamburger-ground-recipes-recipes-for-indian/

    2. Indian Lentils – delicious, ready in as little as 9 minutes and freezer friendly:
    http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/indian-lentil-curry/

    3. Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets – You can even make ahead and freeze for cooking later. http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/recipe-for-chicken-nuggets-easy-chicken-recipe/

    4. Super Fast Bean Dip – Everyone asks us for this recipe: http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/fast-and-yummy-bean-dip/

    I hope you and your readers will love them as much as we do!

  3. I’m getting ready for our first baby and have been testing out freezer recipes in preparation of freezing a lot of stuff in December! I’ve listed some of my favorites here: http://www.cookinwiththejohnstons.com/2011/10/well-stocked-freezer.html. The green bean casserole is one of our family’s personal faves. They can all be adjusted to fit your tastes and budget – we’re a very budget conscious family!

  4. Did I miss the recipe for the dish in the picture? Looks pretty yummy!

  5. This has been on several Once a Month Mom menus so I KNOW it freezes well and has been well-received: http://www.vanderbiltwife.com/2009/05/family-recipe-fridays-moms-enchiladas.html

    This is a delicious casserole that also freezes well: http://www.vanderbiltwife.com/2009/05/family-recipe-fridays-friend-and.html

  6. I’m not sure how “team friendly” this recipe will be, but my curried lentils over rice is super easy to make and very cheap.

    http://simplyrebekah.com/2011/05/22/freezer-friendly-curried-lentils/

  7. I just came up with a new-to-me one: spread refried beans (and/or taco meat in the bottom of a pie plate. Top with a little shredded cheese and fresh onion. Dollop sour cream and salsa over it all, and then spread it around a little. Add more cheese.

    Bake at whatever temperature you’d like (350-425 should be fine) for 10-15 minutes, then top with tortilla chips and a little more cheese. Or put the chips and cheese on the table and let people dip it out. I wouldn’t freeze it in the layers because the sour cream will separate, but if you had the beans frozen and thawed them, it doesn’t take long!

  8. Just tried this easy Overnight Chicken… can make ahead or FREEZE!

    http://yourmamasaidwhat.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-recipe-overnight-chicken.html

    Love all the other recipe ideas!

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