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In about 1 hour you can prepare 5 Dump-and-Bake Freezer Meals that require no cooking and no prep work! These family-friendly, easy dinners are simple and delicious solutions for your busiest weeknights!

5 easy dump-and-bake freezer meals for fast meal prep!

I’m a huge fan of freezer meals because they just make life so much easier. I can set aside some time on the weekend to assemble all of our dinners for the week ahead, and then I don’t have to worry about it again. There’s no need to make last-minute runs to the grocery store, no need to rush around the kitchen to pull together a meal when I get home late, and no need to order take-out. I save money, time, and stress with this simple process, and today I’m sharing all of the details (including my Shopping List) from my latest freezer meals.

A Few Quick Tips for Easy Dump-and-Bake Freezer Meals:

  • I tried to create a variety of recipes here so that we don’t end up eating chicken casseroles every single night! The 5 dinners include beef, turkey, chicken, and a vegetarian option, as well as different cuisines.
  • Remember, for these freezer meals, you simply assemble the raw ingredients, wrap them tightly, and pop them in the freezer. I recommend thawing the dishes in the refrigerator the night before so that they cook in a reasonable amount of time when you’re ready to use them.
  • I also like to use disposable pans and zip-top bags to store my freezer meals, and that way I don’t stash all of my nice pans away in the freezer indefinitely. Plus, it makes clean up a lot easier at the end!

With all of that said, go ahead and download the printable PDF copy of my Freezer Meals Shopping List HERE, and let’s get started with 5 new freezer meals!

1. Herb Roasted Chicken and Veggies

In about 1 hour you can prepare 5 Dump-and-Bake Freezer Meals that require no cooking and no prep work! These family-friendly, easy dinners are simple and delicious solutions for your busiest weeknights!

These easy freezer meals are ready in about 1 hour!

Labeled, wrapped and ready for the freezer!

5 easy freezer meals with no prep work!

Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

4.34 from 21 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 509 kcal
Simple seasonings, fresh vegetables, and chicken pieces all cook together in one dish for an easy and satisfying freezer dinner!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs. bone-in chicken pieces thighs, breasts, and/or drumsticks (I used 8 drumsticks)
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes you can leave them whole if they’re small, or cut larger potatoes in half
  • ½ pound carrots peeled and sliced into large chunks (or whole baby carrots)
  • 1 onion chopped into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced dried onion
  • ½ teaspoon minced dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon minced dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon minced dried garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Place chicken and vegetables in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with herbs and salt, and toss to coat.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and foil; freeze until ready to bake.
  • When ready to bake, thaw dish in refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove the cover and bake in a 375-degree oven for 1 hour. Check to see if the chicken is cooked through. Return to the oven, if necessary, until chicken is done and vegetables are tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the mealCalories: 509kcalCarbohydrates: 71.5gProtein: 28.3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.7gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 644.2mgPotassium: 399.1mgFiber: 6.8gSugar: 9.7g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

2. 4-Ingredient Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients for Black Bean Enchilada Casserole for vegetarian healthy freezer meals!

A healthy vegetarian freezer meal with just 4 ingredients!

4-Ingredient Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

4.34 from 21 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 383.6 kcal
A healthy, affordable vegetarian dinner goes from your freezer to your oven -- with just 4 simple ingredients!

Ingredients
  

  • 2 15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • Optional garnish: sour cream sliced green onion, sliced olives, diced avocado or guacamole

Instructions

  • Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine half of the enchilada sauce (about ¾ cup) with beans and half of the cheese (about ½ cup).
  • Place 4 of the tortillas in the bottom of the prepared dish, tearing them as necessary to cover the bottom (overlapping is fine).
  • Top with half of the bean mixture and drizzle with ¼ cup of enchilada sauce. Repeat layers one more time, ending with remaining ½ cup of cheese on top.
  • Cover tightly with foil.
  • Freeze casserole until ready to bake.
  • Thaw in refrigerator overnight before baking.
  • When ready to serve, bake casserole (covered) at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Notes

You can double all of the ingredients and prepare the casserole in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish to serve a larger crowd!

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the casseroleCalories: 383.6kcalCarbohydrates: 63.4gProtein: 21.5gFat: 8.2gSaturated Fat: 3.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 1675.4mgPotassium: 840mgFiber: 13.1gSugar: 2.7g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Blair Lonergan

3. Mom’s Meatloaf

A simple meatloaf is one of these easy freezer meals!

Meatloaf makes the perfect dump-and-bake freezer meal!

Mom's Meatloaf

4.34 from 21 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 285.5 kcal
This meal is the comfort food of my childhood, and it just happens to make a really easy, quick-prep freezer option!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large or 2 small slices of bread
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef I used 92% lean
  • 1 cup finely diced onion I like to use frozen diced onion to eliminate any chopping or prep work, but you can sub with a medium fresh onion and cut it yourself
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • about ½ cup ketchup

Instructions

  • Prepare a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray and place bread in the bottom of the pan, trimming as necessary to get it to fit (the bread will soak up the grease as the meatloaf cooks).
  • Gently mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Just be careful not to over-mix, or the meat will be tough. I like to use my hands for this!
  • Shape beef mixture into a loaf and place in the prepared pan.
  • Spread a thin layer of ketchup over the top of the meatloaf.
  • To freeze, cover pan tightly with plastic wrap and foil.
  • When ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove cover and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour (you might need to increase the baking time if the meat is still partially frozen).
  • Slice bread off of the bottom of the meatloaf and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the meatloafCalories: 285.5kcalCarbohydrates: 14.1gProtein: 30gFat: 12.9gSaturated Fat: 5.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 969.3mgPotassium: 53.5mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1.3g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American

4. Turkey Meatball and Tortellini Soup

Ingredients for Turkey Meatball and Tortellini Soup freezer meals!

Easy freezer meals come together in minutes like this tortellini soup!

Turkey Meatball and Tortellini Soup

4.34 from 21 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 403.1 kcal
Have your pasta, meatballs, and veggies all in one bowl!

Ingredients
  

  • 3 15-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can Italian style diced tomatoes, NOT drained
  • 1 14-ounce package frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
  • 12 ounces frozen turkey meatballs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Optional garnish: grated Parmesan and/or mozzarella cheeses

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients EXCEPT for chicken broth in a large zip-top freezer bag. Place in freezer until ready to cook.
  • When ready to serve, place chicken broth in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add ingredients from the bag and simmer until pasta is tender and meatballs are heated through (about 10 minutes).
  • Garnish with cheese, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the soupCalories: 403.1kcalCarbohydrates: 46.6gProtein: 22.6gFat: 13.3gSaturated Fat: 4.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 41.3mgSodium: 1713.8mgFiber: 6.4gSugar: 1g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Blair Lonergan

5. Baked Teriyaki Chicken, Vegetables and Rice

Ingredients for Dump and Bake CHicken Teriyaki and Vegetables freezer meal!

Try Chicken Teriyaki and Vegetables with Rice for an easy freezer meal!

Baked Teriyaki Chicken Vegetables and Rice

4.34 from 21 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 368.1 kcal
A flavorful Asian-inspired dinner that cooks entirely in one dish!

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup prepared teriyaki sauce plus additional for serving*
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked instant white rice
  • 1 8 ounce can pineapple chunks (NOT drained)
  • 1 16 ounce bag frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 1 ¼ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 6 small or thin-sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 24 oz. total)
  • Optional garnish: sliced green onions

Instructions

  • Spray a 13-x-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In the prepared baking dish, stir together rice, undrained pineapple, frozen vegetables, broth, and ½ cup of the teriyaki sauce.
  • Place chicken on top of the rice mixture and season with salt and pepper. Pour remaining ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce over the chicken. Cover tightly with foil.
  • Freeze until ready to bake.
  • Before baking, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Bake (covered) at 400 degrees F for about 40-50 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (at least 165 degrees F) and rice is tender. Larger pieces of chicken will take longer to cook, so just keep a close eye on the dish and check it periodically until it's ready to pull out. Garnish with additional teriyaki sauce and/or sliced green onions just before serving.

Notes

* Make sure that you use a thick sauce that’s more like a glaze, as opposed to a thin sauce that resembles soy sauce. I like Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce for these purposes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the recipeCalories: 368.1kcalCarbohydrates: 48.7gProtein: 33.5gFat: 3.8gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 1362.6mgPotassium: 325.7mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19.5g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Blair Lonergan

Whether you try one of these new freezer meals or all 5 of them, I hope that you find a new favorite to add to your family’s regular routine. Thanks to these dump-and-bake freezer meals, dinner just got a whole lot easier!

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  1. Super excited to have come across these recipes on pinterest today! I love how simple the ingredients are and easy prep. I look forward to making these yummy dump freezer meals in the oven for the next couple of cold months.

    1. Out of curiosity how do you keep potatoes from turning black after thawing them out from being frozen? Should I have blanched them before I froze them?

      1. Hi, Megan! I think that using the little ones that you don’t have to peel helps, and yes — blanching them first might help too.

          1. Hi, Katlyn! You can definitely use boneless chicken, you’ll just need to decrease the total cooking time. The boneless pieces will cook faster than the bone-in pieces. The total time will depend on the size, thickness, and type of chicken pieces that you choose, but you’re looking for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F to know that it’s done. Hope you enjoy!

    1. Hi, Jessica! It depends on the recipe, but each individual recipe includes instructions with whether or not to remove the cover or bake covered.

    1. Hi! Yes, but you’ll need to cook the dish for longer, and you’ll likely need more liquid in the pan, since the instant rice doesn’t absorb as much liquid in the cooking process.

  2. Thanks very much for all of these. I will be scaling them down to meals for one but they’re all very useful to me