17 Freezer Meals for When You Come Back from Vacation

17 Freezer Meals for When You Come Back from Vacation

Trish Friesen
Aug 1, 2017
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Before you go on vacation, what do you do? If you are like me, you probably clean out your fridge, empty your trash cans, and try to straighten up a little bit. Coming home to spoiled milk and smelly garbage is no fun! Now that I'm a mom, I add one more thing to my pre-vacation to-do list: I always (always!) stock the freezer. It takes a little forethought and planning, but it's the very best gift I give myself before vacation.

From single-serve oatmeal to spinach-feta wraps, here are some of my family's post-travel freezer favorites (without any mention of frozen waffles).

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You could stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables such as bananas, pineapple, peaches, blueberries, spinach, or kale — or you could do yourself a solid (or a liquid?) and make it even easier on yourself.

Option 1: Pre-blend some smoothies.

Option 2: Make smoothie packs (i.e., put all the ingredients for your smoothie into individual muffin tins and freeze them).

Either way, your body will thank you.

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Soups & Sandwiches

The pairing of soup and a sandwich is always a winner, so I make sure my freezer is stocked with them. Most soups freeze well, and bread defrosts quickly, meaning your hunger pangs will be sorted in seconds.

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Whole Grains

As far as sustenance goes, oats are a sure bet. Oatmeal with mix-ins? A hundred percent. And who doesn't love breakfast cookies? I'm also a fan of quinoa, which can go savory (fry it up and put an egg on it it) or sweet (add butter, maple syrup, and frozen bananas).

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I know, you know, and your mom knows that casseroles are the ideal freezer meal.

What are your go-to freezer meals? Tell us in the comments below.

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