7 Freezer Meals to Get You Through a Quarantine
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a lot of uncertainty. How fast will the virus spread? Will there be a quarantine in your area? While there aren’t easy answers to these questions, there is one relatively easy way to relieve some of your coronavirus-induced stress: preparation. Preparing can give you something productive to do that builds your confidence that you are ready.
Stashing some meals in your freezer can be one good way to prepare. Whether you’re afraid you might be unable to prepare food for your family or you’re concerned you won’t be able to run to the grocery store for ingredients, these seven freezer meals might come in handy. Hunkering down doesn’t have to mean eating top ramen and canned beans!
Chicken noodle soup is often the go-to food when people are feeling under the weather or just need some extra comfort. We’ve included this recipe because it includes the same satisfying flavors as traditional chicken noodle soup, but it doesn’t have real chicken, so people who are cutting back on meat can also enjoy it. While this recipe doesn’t include freezing instructions, soup can usually be frozen in plastic freezer bags for easy storage.
With this freezer recipe, you prep the vegetables upfront then freeze the mixture. When you’re ready to enjoy it, you cook it in an Instant Pot and add some peanut butter. We think this recipe is great to have in your freezer because it is full of healthy, satisfying ingredients, like sweet potato and turmeric. Additionally, if you get a little congested, you might like the extra kick from the curry powder and jalapeños.
If you can’t miss a taco night, this recipe is for you! We love how versatile this freezable chili is. You can enjoy it on chips, in a taco, or on rice. And since you can pair the chili with so many shelf-stable ingredients, it’s great for people who want to maximize their limited freezer space.
If you’re unable to get to a grocery store, your diet may lack produce. That’s why we’ve included this recipe in the list. These burritos are chock-full of produce, including zucchini, peppers, and more. Plus, since the burritos are individually wrapped, it’s easy to serve just one at a time.
Rice is so easy to keep on hand without taking up valuable room in the freezer. We like this recipe because it pairs beautifully with rice. It uses plenty of fresh produce, including green beans, bell peppers, and pineapple. If you want to change things up, you could also try it over other grains, like quinoa.
Sometimes, a rich meal can feel so comforting. That’s why we’ve included this hearty lasagna recipe. With layers of pasta, cheese, mushrooms, and spinach, this dish is delightfully indulgent. Plus, this freezer-friendly meal seems special enough for a birthday or celebration.
Shepherd’s pie contains a lot of ingredients that kids tend to like, including mashed potatoes, ground beef, and corn. We included this recipe on the list because it packs a whole meal into one dish, so you might not miss having sides. It’s also a great option for families that love meat and potatoes.
What foods do you like to keep in your freezer in case you need a quick, easy meal? Share your favorites in the comments section below!