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Healthy Freezer Meals + How To Preserve Them For Longer

October 16, 2015

A round-up of Healthy Freezer Meals including tips on How To Preserve Them For Longer! Don’t let freezer food go to waste, meal prep with these healthy meals that are easy to whip up straight from the freezer.

The other day I was having a conversation with some friends about what our fridge looked like in our childhood homes. Consensus amongst most of my friends was that their refrigerators were rarely full with the exception of every condiment under the sun. But being the sole Jew of the group I was the one whose fridge was always overflowing with food and not just one but TWO freezers.

I guarantee if you ask any Jewish families how many freezers they have, the answer will undoubtedly be at least 2 or 3. It’s how we roll…We were chosen to freeze.

Now I live in a 700 square foot apartment and a secondary freezer just isn’t an option. But having grown up in a home where you freeze EVERYTHING, it’s a habit that is just too hard to break. Admittedly, it’s been a bit of a struggle and if you follow me on Snapchat and experienced my last freezer clean-out you know how much of a disaster it can be.

How To Preserve Food In The Freezer.The solution to all of my problems came in the mail in the form of the FoodSaver® V4865 2-In-1 Vacuum Sealing System. I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical as to whether I would actually use it and once it arrived I was a bit intimidated by the process, but I kid you not this gadget is the best thing to happen to my kitchen since I moved in.

Not only was it totally fun to use, vacuum sealing my food has legit saved me SO much room in my freezer.

I feel like a new person.

FoodSaver-1Once I actually read the instructions (they’re on the inside flap), I discovered that the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System was kind of ridiculously easy to use. You decide the bag size, seal it and then vacuum it closed. I kind of went overboard on the sealing because I was having way too much fun…

In the process I’ve learned that vacuum sealing is one of the best ways to preserve your food. The freshness of food vastly decreases the longer it sits in the freezer. No one likes freezer burn, but with the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer you’re able to suck the air out to help preserve freshness for up to a year! That’s pretty epic and also means that no food has to go to waste.

A round-up of Healthy Freezer Meals including tips on How To Preserve Them For Longer! Don't let freezer food go to waste, meal prep with these healthy meals that are easy to whip up straight from the freezer.One major tip I learned in my vacuum sealing escapades is to freeze liquidy recipes like soup in a container for a few hours and then pop out of the container and seal in a bag. Same goes for chili or any moist recipe. I particularly love using it to pre-marinate meat, fish and burgers for an easy entree.

So now that we have room to squeeze all of that food into our freezers, and plenty of time to eat it, why don’t we move onto some recipes for awesome and easy Healthy Freezer Meals? I’ve listed breakfast, lunch and dinner options so you can eat healthy all day-everyday. Enjoy!

A round-up of Healthy Freezer Meals including tips on How To Preserve Them For Longer! Don't let freezer food go to waste, meal prep with these healthy meals that are easy to whip up straight from the freezer.

BREAKFAST FREEZER MEALS

The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes from The Healthy Maven

Oatmeal meets pancakes with The Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes. These pancakes are gluten-free, refined sugar-free and high in protein but are the most delicious, fluffiest pancakes you will ever eat. They will quickly become a weekend brunch recipe staple!Banana Berry Baked Oatmeal from Fit Foodie Finds

oatmeal2Customizable Protein-Packed Oatmeal Cups from The Healthy Maven

With 11 grams of protein in each cup, these customizable protein-packed oatmeal cups make for the perfect breakfast on the go. Bake then and then keep them in the freezer so you always have a healthy breakfast waiting for you!Gluten-Free Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins from The Roasted Root

jalapeno_cheddar_cornbread_muffins_6Make Ahead Smoothies from Simple Green Smoothies

smoothie-prep-jars-3Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal from The Healthy Maven

Slow-Cooker Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal - an easy breakfast made from wholesome ingredients but tastes like apple pie! // thehealthymaven.comHomemade Breakfast Hot Pockets from Running to the Kitchen

Breakfast-hot-pocketsBaked Banana Oatmeal Cups from Eating Bird Food

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LUNCH AND DINNER FREEZER MEALS

Quinoa and Kale Taco Casserole from The Healthy Maven

Quinoa and Kale Taco Casserole recipe for an easy and veggie-packed twist on a Mexican favourite.Asian Tuna Burgers from The Hummusapien

IMG_2394aFall Detox Vegetable Soup from The Healthy Maven

We all need a reboot every now and then so why not kickstart your clean eating this season with this Fall Detox Vegetable Soup. Made with 9 different vegetables, this soup will help you glow inside and out!Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Chili from Fit Foodie Finds

roasted-red-pepper-quinoa-chili4Crockpot Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa from Super Healthy Kids

crockpot-quinoa-stuffed-peppers-3Zesty Chicken Bites from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Zesty-Paleo-Chicken-Bites8Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers from The Healthy Maven

These baked Cashew Crusted Chicken Fingers are perfect for a family friendly weeknight meal or a game day appetizer! They require just 6 ingredients and are ready in less than 30 minutes.Turkey Zucchini Pizza Lasagna from Food Faith Fitness

Zucchini-pizza-lasagnaCrockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup from Peas and Crayons

homemade-slow-cooker-crockpot-chicken-tortilla-soup-recipe-680x2-0682Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake from Fit Foodie Finds

cashew-chicken-quinoa-bake-collageCrockPot Vegetable Curry with Tofu from The Hummusapien

IMG_0894a-682x1024Thai Coconut Cabbage Soup from Cotter Crunch

thai-coconut-cabbage-4-of-11-e1429790430645Lentil and Mushroom Veggie Burgers from The Healthy Maven

Quick and easy Lentil and Mushroom Veggie Burgers for a delicious recipe packed full of veggies and protein. It also makes a tasty vegetarian dinner for the whole family!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by FoodSaver® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about the FoodSaver®Vacuum Sealer System, all opinions are my own.

I’d love to hear what your favorite freezer meals are! Feel free to leave a comment below with your favorites so we can spread the love!

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  • Reply
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    October 16, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I bought food saver several years ago but i hardly ever use it. i am little inspired by this post (im just lazy to go through the hassle, which i know is not that bad, right).

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Glad I could inspire 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, lovely!

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    Kristina
    October 16, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I love my freezer, it’s packed to the last corner. It almost gave me a heart attack a couple of months ago, because the allarm turned on and I was afraid it was going to die and I would lose all my supplies, luckily all was fine at the end. Great recipes, for some of them I would never tell that you can freeze them.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      omg if something happened to my freezer I would totally freak out! I’m glad everything turned out okay!

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    lindsay
    October 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Okay, i so need this in my life! food saver is on my list. My freezer would be so much FRESHER (with food).

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Like actually may trump all my other kitchen gadgets. Total game-changer!

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    October 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Ummmm oh my gosh this is amazing. I would have way too much fun with this as well. It’s like magic! I want onneeee.

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    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
    October 16, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Love all these tips like woah! I use a foodsaver at home and it’s really a lifesaver! We always have a packed freezer! <3

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      foodsaver’s new motto should just be lifesaver. Foodsaver=lifesaver. I’m onto something…

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    Deanna @ The Live Fit Girls
    October 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    First off, LOVE the new site redesign! And second…I also LOVE my food saver! Awesome tip on freezing soups first then sealing…I never thought of doing that. Thanks! 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Yes! It’s been a game changer in my kitchen. And thank you so much!

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    Les @ The Balanced Berry
    October 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I totally grew up in a freezer-obsessed home! We aren’t jewish…but we definitely had the deep freezer in the basement full of extra food. I’m all about freezing the grab and go foods like home made protein bars, breakfast cookies, etc. I definitely need to step my game up when it comes to freezing actual meals – these are great tips!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 18, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      My freezer is actually OOC. I made two soups this weekend and bread and now there is ZERO room. I need to stop! Also I haven’t forgotten about you. Response coming today 🙂

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    Barrie
    October 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve always wanted a food saver but it seems not environmentally sensitive as it’s plastic in the dump…or is it recycleable?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Yes! They’re recyclable. I’ve also been reusing bags (other than the ones with meat). After I cut open the bag, I wash the inside, dry it and then freeze something that is slightly smaller than what was in the bag previously and then I just seal it up. Works like a charm. But when it’s done it can be recycled.

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    Barrie
    October 18, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    What number is the plastic that it can be recycled? I also have heard to NEVER reuse plastic that has raw meat in it. Is this not true?

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    Laura
    October 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    For the recipes above, do you vacuum seal and freeze the final product whole, or do you leave certain parts out? For example, for the breakfast “hot pockets”, would you freeze them bread and all, or just the filling? Thanks!

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