During the coronavirus pandemic, daily routines have been thrown for a loop. With fewer trips to the grocery store, it’s especially important to make the most of the ingredients that you have on hand for lunch and dinner. One of the ways to make cooking at home for your family easier is by preparing meals that you can freeze. On those occasions when you don’t feel like starting from scratch, pull one of these delicious meals from the freezer, heat it up in the oven, and say bon appétit.
One of the other benefits of cooking homemade freezer-friendly recipes is that they’re often healthier than store-bought versions. Take Mozzarella Sticks, for example—while our version doesn’t stray too far from the kind that you’d find in the grocery store, there are far fewer additives in the breading when you prepare them at home. Our recipe calls for breadcrumbs, which you can make yourself with stale bread, Parmesan, and dried herbs. When it’s time to cook, you can take them directly from the freezer to deep fry.
Another favorite that everyone in your family will love is Crunchy Panko Salmon. Just dip wild-caught salmon fillets in panko breading, freeze, and bake whenever you’re in the mood for super crispy fish. If you’d like to whip up the Salmon and Spinach Potpie that’s pictured here, you can make the pie crust in advance and freeze it to save prep time. Defrost the dough on the day you’ll make the pie and then all you have to do is prepare the filling, assemble the dish, and bake.
From appetizers to dinner, these freezer-friendly recipes are sure to please your family.