15 Freezer Meals When You’re on a Budget
Weeknights are tough no matter what stage of life you are in, but these freezer meals when you’re on a budget should make it a little easier!
Dragging yourself to the grocery store after work to find something for dinner is not a fun experience. You’ve got to fight the hordes of people in the same boat as you, and since you’re already famished, you usually end up with a not-so-healthy microwave meal or a bag of cookies.
We’ve all been there.
You’re staring into the fridge, willing some food to jump at you that screams “I’m delicious and easy-to-cook! Pick me!” – Said No Meal Ever…
Perhaps your go-to is takeout, which is not always healthy and usually pretty pricey.
Yep, been there, too.
It’s hard to eat healthy when you’re on the go, and even harder when you’re on a budget. With a little bit of planning, though, it’s totally doable.
Preparing freezer meals in advance will kill two birds with one stone. You’ve always got something to eat, and you’ll spend a lot less money on food!
Plus, you’ll save money on electricity, because you’ll spend a lot less time fridge surfing (yeah, that’s a thing).
We’ve found 15 great meal recipes that freeze well and will fit right into your tight budget!
15 Freezer Meals When You’re on a Budget:
Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers
Quinoa burgers are a great meat replacer because they’re delicious, just as filling as beef, and a complete protein! Quinoa is also much cheaper than meat, but it’s just as easy to freeze.
This delectable recipe combines millet, quinoa, oats, chickpeas, feta, and Mediterranean flavors for a mouth-watering burger.
They’ll last in the freezer for months, so make a whole mess of them and heat one up as needed.
Recipe by Erin at Well Plated. Click here to try the recipe!
Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole
Do you always skip breakfast because you’re in a rush, or even worse, grab some fast-food before work so you don’t kill someone the moment you get there? This casserole could save lives while saving you money!
You can adapt this recipe and put in your favorite veggies and meat, or even use an egg substitute if you want to go vegan. You can eat it for any meal you want because it’s loaded with nutrients that are great for you any time of the day.
Breakfast for dinner!
Recipe by Sally at Sally’s Baking Addiction. Click here to try the recipe!
Egg Muffins with Kale, Roasted Red Peppers, and Feta Cheese
These are a little bit like frittatas, but much easier to make and less fattening. They’re also a great alternative to grabbing a chemical-laden fast-food breakfast sandwich from somewhere you shouldn’t.
These are incredibly easy to make, and because they’re made in muffin tins, easy to freeze. The recipe is super adaptable to whatever veggies you want to use. You can even throw some chicken sausage in if that makes you happy.
Recipe by Maria and Josh at Two Peas & Their Pod. Click here to try the recipe!
Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Butternut Squash and Cranberries
Casseroles are awesome because they freeze well and they are a complete meal in one dish. Here’s another great one to try.
This meal is super delicious and tastes incredibly lux. It’s really cheap to make, too! The butternut squash, cranberries, and fresh thyme take a boring old chicken and rice casserole to a whole other level. You’re going to love this!
Another great recipe by Erin at Well Plated. Click here to try the recipe!
Chili can be made in huge batches and frozen for later enjoyment, so you save time and money when you make it. You can freeze it into portions to make life even easier.
Beans are a great source of fiber, but off limits in a paleo recipe, so this one uses potatoes, pumpkin, veggies, and meat to create a delectable chili that will keep you warm in the winter.
This recipe is easy to make. You chop up a few ingredients and throw them all in the crockpot.
Recipe by Dr. Axe. Click here to try the recipe!
Mexican Zucchini Lasagna
Sounds weird, right? This healthy south-of-the-border take on lasagna is going to make your taste buds and your wallet really happy.
Noodles are replaced with zucchini and beef with ground turkey. You can leave the meat out though, and use a vegan cheese if you’d like.
The Mexican spices make it taste a little more like an enchilada than lasagna, but who cares? Semantics never filled anyone’s belly.
Recipe by Taylor at Food Faith Fitness. Click here to try the recipe!
Turkey, Broccoli, and Mashed Cauliflower Casserole
Another casserole, you say? They’re cheap, easy to make, and filling! This one is also delicious and good for you.
If you want a veggie option, you won’t miss the turkey if you leave it out. Replace it with some hearty root vegetables.
You can cook a big batch of this, then cut it into individual portions for freezing.
Another great recipe by Kristen at Living Loving Paleo. Click here to try the recipe!
Sweet Potato Sage Pancakes
These pancakes are amazing. There is nothing better than sweet and savory mixed together.
The ingredients are cheap, too. All you need are a few sweet potatoes, coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut milk, eggs, and sage. For just a few bucks, you can make breakfast for a couple of weeks!
If you’re a little worried about how the sweet potatoes and sage are going to taste together, make a small batch first. The combination will satisfy even the simplest of taste buds.
Recipe by Kristen at Living Loving Paleo. Click here to try the recipe!
Twice-Baked Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes
Here is a healthy version of everyone’s favorite bar food. Baked sweet potatoes are blended with bleu cheese crumbles, Greek yogurt, and veggies, then topped with buffalo chicken and a little cheddar cheese, then baked again.
They freeze well, too, so you can make a bunch of them all at once.
Recipe by Danielle at The Creative Bite. Click here to try the recipe!
Couscous is easy to make and a go-to dish when you’re in a rush. This recipe makes it sweet and salty with raisins, cashews, and feta cheese.
They’ve also thrown in a can of garbanzo beans, so you’ve got a filling dish that’s loaded with fiber, protein, and iron!
Recipe by Once a Month Meals. Click here to try the recipe!
We love smoothies, especially green smoothies! They’re filling, inexpensive, and oh-so-healthy, but they take forever to make! Chopping the fruits and vegetables, blending the ingredients, then cleaning up afterward can take too long, so we often skip it all together.
Prepping the ingredients, then freezing them makes things much easier. This recipe includes great instructions on how to freeze everything, along with some delish smoothie recipes to try.
Recipe by Lindsey at Hello Glow. Click here to try the recipe!
Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Stew
When you’re preparing meals for the week and want to do it all in a couple of hours, using a crockpot for one of the recipes is a must. You can have this simmering off to the side and something in the oven while you prep ingredients for another dish.
Recipe by Stockpiling Moms. Click here to try the recipe!
Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps
Chickpeas are a superfood that are loaded with fiber and protein. They stick to your ribs as well, making them a great meat replacement. You don’t have to eat a lot before you feel full.
Indian flavors spice up a normally boring food and will leave you feeling incredibly satisfied. The recipe includes a yummy yogurt dipping sauce that can also be frozen. You just need to make sure you thaw it out the night before.
Recipe by Katie at The Muffin Myth. Click here to try the recipe!
Gluten-Free Quinoa and Spinach Patties
These little guys are so easy to make and reheat! Double the recipe so you have plenty for the week!
If you’re a cheese-aholic, you can add some feta or parmesan to the mix to sassy it up a bit. Eat them burger style, or better yet, pair them with a fresh salad.
Recipe by Morgan at You’re an Animal. Click here to try the recipe!
Winter Vegetable Soup
Most soups keep well in the freezer. There’s nothing better than cozying up to a ready-made bowl when it’s chilly outside.
Winter vegetables are incredibly filling! Sweet potatoes, red potatoes, leeks, parsnips, and fresh herbs are cooked in broth. Coconut milk is added later to give it a sweet and savory flavor.
You might become addicted to this, so double up on the recipe!
Recipe by Trish at In Fine Balance. Click here to try the recipe!
If you enjoyed this article on freezer meals on a budget or you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below!