When in doubt, eat a lasagna.
That’s my mantra for winter. Nothing gets you feeling warmer, cozier or lazier than powering through a great big square of cheesy lasagna. And lucky for me, there’s always at least one square of lasagna in the freezer in the winter.
That’s the beauty of winter. So many of the meals lend themselves to freezing. Hearty soups and casseroles like chili, stew, lasagna and macaroni and cheese.
But what about the summer meals you can freeze? Where the hell are they I ask you? Who gave winter the right to be the king season of the freezer meals?
So I’ve created a list of 10 things you can make and freeze that can be turned into an entire summery meal you can whip together in the 10 minutes you have before soccer practice, birthday parties or dinner at the friend’s house who thinks she can cook but really can’t.
3. Cooked steak (just add to lettuce for cold steak salad or tortillas
6. Asparagus Soup
8. Cooked, sliced chicken so you can create …
Toasted chicken sandwiches
9. Homemade pizza. YES. Either assemble and freeze, or assemble, cook and freeze.
10. Quesadillas (I always have a stack of these in my freezer)
Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list, but they’re things I try to have in my freezer at any given time in the summer. And honestly. It’s hard to think of any more! Like I said earlier winter foods are a no brainer. Spaghetti and meatballs, meatloaf, frozen balls of pasta, pretty much anything that involves ground beef and/or pasta.
But because so many summer meals are made with fresh ingredients and vegetables and are generally lighter, freezer/casserole versions of them are harder to conjure up.
So I’m calling out to you to add to this list. The only rule? It has to be freezable and it has to be what most people would consider to be “summer time food”.
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