our top 35 meal ideas that you can either make ahead of time or cook double and place in the freezer are ideal for those hectic days when you don’t have time to cook, but really fancy a homecooked meal made from fresh ingredients. All our recipes are full meal recipes with main and sides the recipes are clearly marked so you would just cook double for the main. If you want to be extra organised check out our freezer meal plans or just pick something from the list and start filling your freezer with delicious dishes
Chicken is great for making cook ahead meals, it cooks and defrosts in a reasonable time and makes delicious stews and curries which are perfect for freezing
Marinated jerk chicken thighs roasted in the oven and served with a spicy bean and sweet potato, stew cook both the chicken and stew and place in a freezer proof dish allow to cool and then freeze. Defrost and heat till hot checking the chicken is piping hot.
A delicious chicken Moroccan stew with chicken thighs and onions oven baked in a spiced tomato sauce. Cook and allow to cool fully before freezing, reheat till piping hot and serve with a lemon and coriander couscous.
Chicken, tomatoes, chickpeas, potatoes and beans a spicy Burmese curry sauce. Cook allow to cool fully then freeze, reheat till piping hot and served with rice
Strips of chicken cooked in a fresh green Thai coconut curry sauce. Cook and allow to cool before freezing. Reheat till hot and served with ginger and soy rice
A spicy Spanish chicken stew with chorizo and butter beans in a tomato and smoked paprika gravy, Cook and cool before freezing, defrost and reheat till piping hot serve with a crunchy jacket potato
Beef dishes are ideal for freezer meals, delicious meals with mince and stewing steak make ideal cook ahead dinners, tasty stews, lasagnes, meatballs and burgers are great for those homemade favourite meals
Meatballs made with minced beef and flavoured with paprika, parmesan, olive, chilli and parsley, baked in the oven in a red wine basil and tomato sauce. This recipe should be frozen after it has been cooked
Chunky burgers with beef and Mediterranean flavours Store these burgers in the freezer raw, cover a plate with cling film place the burgers on the plate and cover over the top with cling film, freeze for 24 hrs then place the burgers in a bag and store in the freezer. defrost and cook, served in a crusty ciabatta with lettuce and tomato.
A tasty beef lasagne with layers of soft pasta, red wine beef Bolognese and a creamy white sauce, Layer the lasagne, allow to cool but do not cook, then freeze, defrost and cook for approx. 30 minutes depending on the size of the lasagne serve with a tomato and fresh green side salad.
Tortilla wraps stuffed with mince beef, corn and black beans with an enchilada sauce and topped with cheese. Freeze uncooked, defrost, and cook for 30 to 40 minutes depending on size, serve with a tomato and green salad
Minced beef, in a hot chilli and tomato chilli sauce with a hint of chocolate, cook and allow to cool before freezing, defrost and reheat till piping hot and serve with white rice
Lamb has lots of versatile cuts if meat that are perfect for making homemade freezer dinners, with minced beef, shanks, and stewing meat. These make delicious stews, bakes and curries all ideal for freezing
Braised lamb shanks slow cooked in red wine, tomatoes and olives, with bay flavoured lentils, cook cool and layer the lentils and lamb shanks into a freezer proof dish. Defrost and reheat till piping hot.
A spicy potato and lamb curry with a tomatoes and chilli sauce, spiced with cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, and garam masala, Cook the curry, cool and freeze, defrost and heat till piping hot serve with rice and cucumber raita
A rich mint and garlic lamb sauce layered with crispy sliced aubergine, topped with potato slices and a creamy cheese sauce. Freeze before cooking, defrost and bake till golden brown on top
Vegetables and legumes are very versatile and perfect for making freezer meals, lentil and beans make excellent burgers that can be pre made and frozen, a mixture of vegetables and legumes make excellent stews and curries both ideal for homemade freezer dinners.
Carrot, chickpea, and coriander burgers flavoured with smoked paprika and cumin. These burgers should be frozen raw, cover a plate with cling film place the burgers on the plate and cover over the top with cling film, freeze for 24 hrs then place the burgers in a bag and store in the freezer. the homemade barbeque sauce can also be frozen. For a quick dinner you can serve with frozen sweet potato chips
Crispy butter bean fritters made with mashed butter beans, onions, grated carrots, and parsnips. Cook before freezing, allow to cool, cover a plate with cling film place on the plate and cover over the top with cling film, freeze for 24 hrs then place the patties in a bag and store in the freezer. Reheat in a dry frying pan and serve with a green salad and tomato dressing
A spicy veggie chickpea curry with potatoes, tomatoes and green beans, in a Burmese curry sauce, cook allow to cool, then freeze, reheat till piping hot and serve with brown rice.
A delicious Thai green curry with cauliflower, mushrooms and roast sweet potatoes in a fresh green Thai curry sauce cook, cool and freeze, defrost and reheat till piping hot served with a ginger and soy rice
Soft wraps stuffed with courgette, black beans and corn coated in a spicy enchilada sauce, topped with cheddar cheese. Freeze before cooking, defrost, and cook for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size. Serve with a tomato and green salad
Veggie and bean cannellini stew made in a delicious tomato and herb gravy, cook and chill before freezing, reheat and topped with cheesy dumplings.
Mushrooms cooked in a hot tomato and pureed spinach sauce flavoured with scotch bonnet and spices. Cook the curry, cool and freeze. Allow to defrost and then reheat till piping hot serve with lentil rice and crispy popadoms
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with ricotta cheese, peas and cashew nuts, baked in a Indian spiced tomato sauce. Cook, cool and freeze. Reheat and serve with garlic naan
Sliced potatoes, spinach, smoked cheese and caramelised mushroom and onions layered and baked in the oven in a creamy sauce. Freeze this dish before cooking, defrost and cook in the oven till golden brown.
Layers of aubergines, courgettes and chickpeas in a rich tomato sauce, topped with potatoes and creamy cheese sauce, Freeze without cooking, defrost and cook till golden brown
Cauliflower and potato in a sweet spicy tomato curry sauce, freeze the curry after cooking and cooling, defrost and reheat till piping hot serve with brown rice and fresh cucumber raita
Courgette meatballs in a mild creamy tomato sauce, cook the curry and rice, layer the rice and curry in a freezer proof dish cool and freeze. Defrost the curry and heat till piping hot, serve on a bed of brown rice
A warm earthy lentil and potato stew with leek and mushrooms, flavoured with white wine and herbs Provencal. Chill and freeze, reheat till piping hot serve with crusty bread
A tasty green lentil Bolognese, with lentils, vegetables and tomatoes, flavoured with garlic, oregano, bay leaves, and red wine. Cook and allow to cool before freezing, reheat till piping hot and serve on a bed of spaghetti.
Homemade veggie lentil burgers, flavoured with mushrooms, herbs and garlic. Freeze when raw and then defrost and cook, serve in a ciabatta roll
Layers of soft pasta, lentil Bolognese sauce topped with a homemade white sauce and parmesan, Layer the lasagne and allow to cool, freeze without cooking, defrost and cook for 20 minutes till piping hot served with a fresh green salad.
Red lentil, red peppers, kidney beans in a chilli tomato sauce, flavoured garlic, coriander, cinnamon and cumin, freeze after cooking, reheat till piping hot and serve on a bed of rice
Soups are so filling and ideal for a quick dinner, homemade soups are perfect for quick dinners they defrost and reheat quickly and easily, and don’t need complex side dishes.
A beef based sweet potato and tomato soup, made with roasted sweet potato, tomatoes, beef stock and onions. Freeze when cooked, reheat till piping hot and served with crusty bread rolls