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10 Freezer Meal Plans from Real Home Cooks

updated May 30, 2019
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This week I showed you the freezer meal party I hosted with my mom and sisters. We spent an afternoon in the kitchen chopping, prepping, cooking, and bagging up meals for our freezers. It’s a fun and productive way to spend time with people you like, and a wonderful opportunity to stock your freezer.

It’s also amazing how many meals you can put in your freezer in one afternoon, if you’re organized. My menu was just one possible way to do it. Here are 10 more freezer meal plans from 10 cooks and bloggers, from easy to budget-friendly to Paleo-inspired.

Many of the freezer cooking plans out there require a subscription or small fee to download a shopping list or cooking plan. For the most part I’ve avoided those and just linked to free resources. But if you’re a serious convert to freezer cooking, do check out some of the paid plans, which can offer more robust and customized resources.

Traditional Menus

All of these menus include what I would call traditional recipes — lots of meat, popular flavors like barbecue, and homestyle recipes like chili.

Menus for Particular Purposes

While most of the freezer meal plans I’ve encountered are fairly traditional in their ingredients and recipe choices, there’s a growing set of bloggers freezing meals for Paleo, Whole30, and vegetarian eating.

  • A Whole30 Freezer Meal Plan – Good Cheap Eats. This menu is from Jessica Fisher, our guest expert for Love Your Freezer month at The Kitchn. This Whole30 meal plan has five recipes that get doubled for a total of 10 meals. It includes a download with a full shopping list and cooking plan. Recipe highlight: Salsa Verde Chicken
  • Whole30 OAMC Freezer Menu – Stuff I Make My Husband. Another set of Whole30-inspired recipes for the freezer. Includes a cooking plan. Recipe highlight: Italian Brunch Bake
  • Paleo Batch Cooking {Freezer Edition} – make 12+ meals in 2 hours! – This is a small plan with just three recipes, but I love that it’s intended to be packed into a dorm freezer! Freezer cooking is a great solution for healthy-minded college students. Includes shopping list and a game plan. Recipe highlight: Shrimp Casserole
  • Vegetarian Freezer Month: 20 Meals – Never Homemaker. A vegetarian plan that includes six recipes and a shopping list. Recipe highlight: Crock Pot Indian
  • A Vegetarian Once-a-Month-Cooking Plan – Ellen’s Kitchen. A solid set of resources with recipes for a vegetarian freezer meal plan. The recipes are also very easily adapted to be vegan. Recipe highlight: Black Bean Sloppy Joes

Do you have a freezer meal plan to share? Or one that you’ve tried that you like?