A Month of Dinners From Your Freezer

Eggplant Rollups
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

After a busy weekday, the last thing you want to do is cook a time-consuming meal. Don't waste time and money going out to eat because we've rounded up a month of freezer-friendly meals to make your dinnertime stress-free and delicious. These meal ideas don't skimp on flavor and taste just as yummy re-heated. Slow-cooker recipes are some of the easiest meals to freeze, and we've got the most delicious slow-cooker dinners, like barbecue sandwiches, corn chowder, and pork tacos. Soups like hearty beef and baked potato are ideal recipes for chilly fall nights. Your family will love these easy freezer meals, and you'll love the time they save you. Stock the freezer with these freezable recipes, and you'll never be unprepared for dinner.

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Kid-Friendly Chicken: Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Easy Chicken and Dumplings

This favorite Southern comfort food is always welcome on our dinner table.

02 of 22

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This creole dinner will spice up your weeknight.

03 of 22

Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup

Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Hearty Beef and Freezer Veggie Soup

Vegetables from the frozen food section speed up the prep time for this warm, comforting soup that's perfect for chilly nights.

04 of 22

Eggplant Rollups

Eggplant Rollups
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Eggplant Rollups

This low-carb Italian dish will satisfy your lasagna cravings.

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Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese

Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese

Any Southerner will tell you: Pimiento cheese tastes good with just about anything, including mac and cheese.

06 of 22

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

This pasta bake will be your kids' favorite way to eat their veggies.

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Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Corn Chowder

This delicious slow-cooker chowder makes use of fresh summer corn. Wait until ready to serve to top with a mixture of corn kernels, bacon, red onion, chives, and lime juice.

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Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-Up

Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-Up

Have this hearty, cheesy take on tamale pie ready in the freezer for fiesta night at your house.

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Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie

Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Tomato, Cheddar, and Bacon Pie

Classic Southern tomato pie gets an upgrade with a bacon-filled crust. A tip from the test kitchen: Pat the tomato slices down to remove any excess moisture, sprinkle with salt, and then let them sit on the counter for around 30 minutes to draw out excess liquid that would make your crust soggy.

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches Recipes
Southern Living

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

These sandwiches, along with a classic barbecue side dish, will fill your family up.

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Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Baked Potato Soup

Have fun creating a personalized toppings bar to accompany this baked potato soup.

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Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

Ground Beef Recipes: Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

This hamburger steak is hearty and delicious, especially over mashed potatoes. A tip from the test kitchen: To make ahead, proceed with Step 1 as directed. Wrap each patty individually in plastic wrap, and place in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw frozen patties in refrigerator 8 hours; proceed with Steps 2 and 3.

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Heavenly Chicken Lasagna

Heavenly Chicken Lasagna
Lee Harrelson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

Recipe: Heavenly Chicken Lasagna

This chicken lasagna is the best indulgent dish for nights when you need layers of goodness.

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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf
Southern Living

Recipe: Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

The ketchup-based glaze on this classic Southern dish includes Worcestershire sauce for something extra.

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Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Breakfast for dinner is so easy with made-ahead and frozen casseroles like this one, which starts with a "crust" of cheesy grits.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Cook the pork ahead and make the fresh tomato salsa before serving. We recommend pairing with a homemade margarita, especially after a long day.

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New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

New Orleans Red Beans And Rice
Southern Living

Recipe: New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Sliced Andouille sausage and creole seasoning spice up this red beans and rice recipe.

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Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Prepare the pork tenderloin with spices (we used McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning), wrap with bacon, and freeze. Thaw and prepare according to recipe when you're ready to cook.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This creamy enchilada casserole is made with layers of Tex-Mex goodness. You can sub smoky shredded BBQ brisket or pulled pork in place of the chicken.

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Turkey Pot Pie with Cranberry-Pecan Crusts

Turkey Pot Pie Casserole Recipes
Tina Cornett

Recipe: Turkey Pot Pie with Cranberry-Pecan Crusts

This turkey pot pie with cranberry-pecan crusts will have you ready for the flavors of Thanksgiving. A tip from the Test Kitchen: If making ahead, store crusts separately, and place on pie before serving so they stay firm.

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Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta

Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta
Melina Hammer

Recipe: Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta

You read that correctly—this dish a cross between baked pasta and a frittata. Yes, it is absolutely delicious.

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Greek Baked Ziti

Greek Baked Ziti
Greg Dupree

Recipe: Greek Baked Ziti

This easy dish is perfect to prepare and freeze to cook on busy weeknights.

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