Staying gluten-free when you’re dining out can be a real challenge, but sometimes you’re busy or not feeling well, and you need a great meal, fast. That’s where freezer meals come in oh-so-handy. You can pull a dish out to thaw, heat it when you’re ready, and you have a homecooked meal with no muss or fuss at all.
To help you out, we’ve found 15 delicious gluten-free meals you can make to stock your freezer. Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast that you can eat on the go, a yummy lunch to take to work with you, or an easy weeknight dinner when you’re pulled in 10 different directions for the kids’ activities, you’ll find something to make here.
Yes, it requires a little bit of prep now, but you’ll be so glad you have a stocked freezer on those days when making breakfast or dinner seems impossible.
Gluten-Free Freezer Meals
You won’t have an excuse to skip breakfast when you have these delicious hazelnut waffles waiting for you in the freezer. Just pop a couple into the toaster or microwave, add some fresh fruit and a drizzle of syrup, and you have a delicious homemade breakfast that’ll keep you satisfied until lunch. (via Simplifying Family)
With just 7 ingredients, this is a super easy meal prep recipe that you’ll thank yourself for making ahead when your kids’ schedules are crazy busy. It freezes beautifully and is also dairy-free in addition to gluten-free. (via Cotter Crunch)
Healthy, delicious, and loaded with vegetables, you’ll definitely want to stock your freezer with a batch or two of these twice-baked sweet potatoes. Simply pack individual portions into freezer bags, and they’ll keep for up to six months. (via The Creative Bite)
It’s a quick, healthy meal that the whole family will love. Slices of crispy eggplant are layered with homemade tomato sauce and vegan cheese. When you make this, put an extra one together, but don’t bake it. Cover your casserole dish tightly with foil, and it’ll last 2-3 months in the freezer. (via Strength & Sunshine)
When you want a savory breakfast on the go, you’ll be grateful that you’ve stocked your freezer with these egg muffin cups. They’ll keep up to two months in the freezer, and they’re very portable for eating when you don’t have time to sit down for a meal. (via Fearless Dining)
Meals don’t get much easier than this pineapple ginger coconut lime chicken cooked in the slow cooker. Put the ingredients in a freezer bag and stick the bag in the freezer until you’re ready for this meal. Set it in the refrigerator the night before you cook it to let the ingredients thaw. Add to a slow cooker the next morning or afternoon, and in a few hours, you have a flavorful, beautiful meal. (via Delightful Mom Food)
Resist the urge to go to the drive-thru on your way to work each morning. You can make healthier, more delicious breakfast sandwiches yourself and reheat them in a flash in the mornings. Wrap them in lots of saran wrap and label them with the date before storing them in the freezer. (via Hungry Hobby)
This recipe has all the flavor of stuffed peppers without the fuss. Fully cook this dish before storing it in Tupperware or freezer bags. Defrost, heat, and eat. Don’t forget to put some into individual containers to take to work for lunch. It makes a filling midday meal!
This chili recipe is freezer friendly fully cooked or partially cooked. You can brown and drain the ground beef and toss it into a freezer bag along with the other ingredients. Or, you can thoroughly cook the whole recipe and store leftovers in the freezer. Either way, it’s a fabulous, quick meal. (via What the Fork)
If you’d like a variation on traditional egg muffin cups, try these. They’re made with deli ham and roasted poblanos. These egg cups keep for up to three months in the freezer. (via Isabel Eats)
11. Lentil Soup
Packed with nutritious ingredients to fuel your body, this lentil soup is great to have in the freezer on a cold day when you’re craving something warm and hearty. Prep the veggies and lentils and freeze them in a bag. When you’re ready to cook it, it goes right into the Instant Pot. You could also cook everything first and then freeze the leftovers. (via Pinch of Yum)
This recipe makes two pans of vegetarian enchiladas, so you can have one now and freeze one for later. Or, you could keep one and give one to a friend. It needs to be fully cooked before freezing. You can freeze them in aluminum pans (or glass if you prefer). When you’re ready to eat them, you’ll just need to bake them for 20-30 minutes to ensure they’re heated through. (via Delicious Obsessions)
Kids and adults alike enjoy this sweet chicken. Cook and then freeze for a quick meal on a busy weeknight, or take it to work for lunches. It’s one of those recipes you can make and prep anytime because it uses common ingredients most people keep stocked in the pantry and fridge, anyway. (via My Gluten-Free Kitchen)
If you plan to freeze this recipe, wrap it unbaked in the freezer and then thaw it the night before. You can bake it as directed, but it may need up to 15 more minutes of cook time before it’s heated through. When you want a healthy, paleo-friendly meal in a pinch, this is your dish! (via Regain Your Sparkle)
What a delicious way to start your morning! These pancakes are tangy and sweet, and you’ll love the bright flavor in spring and summer. They’re egg-free but fluffy and very filling! (via Eat with Clarity)
Which of these gluten-free meals do you plan to make to stock your freezer?