15 Recipes You Can Batch Cook and Freeze for a Week’s Worth of Meals

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Whether you have kids and are immersed in distance learning or simply struggle to find the time or energy to cook for yourself every day, there are luckily tons of easy, delicious recipes out there that make lunch and dinner a breeze. Simply plan one day (perhaps a Friday or Saturday) to batch prepare a few of these recipes, freeze, and defrost as and when necessary.

1

One Pot Butternut Squash Chicken Curry

You can put together this protein-filled meal in under forty minutes. Plus, it can easily be turned vegan or vegetarian, making it the perfect versatile meal.

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2

Cajun Pasta

Affordable to make and packed with flavor, this kid-friendly meal can be made in under thirty minutes. Plus, you can make it vegan and gluten-free.

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3

Instant Pot Lentil Soup

Super easy to make and fairly filling, this soup is vegan, gluten-free, and bursting with delicious Mexican flavors. 

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4

Freezer Meal Beef Stew

This stew is saucy, savory, and extremely easy to cook up in the Instant Pot. Freeze it for days of lunches and dinners.

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5

Crispy Baked Felafel

Lovers of herbs and spices will adore this tasty recipe. To defrost and reheat them, simply pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.  

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6

Veggie Burger

These veggie burgers can be made as sliders or large-sized burgers. They’re savory and grill-able, making them the perfect addition to a backyard BBQ.

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7

Chili Con Carne

The best part about this recipe is you’ll likely already have the ingredients at home. To add a Mexican twist, stir in some chocolate.

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8

Five-a-Day Tagine

You’ll get your daily dose of vegetables with this recipe, making it a nutritional option for the family.

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9

Shepherd's Pie

This classic family recipe requires few ingredients, is fairly easy to make, and will last for days.

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10

Beef Stew

If you love stew, you can’t pass up this delicious recipe. Packed with plenty of hidden veggies, it’s perfect for toddlers and teens.

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11

Curried Fish Cakes

These fishcakes are great to freeze ahead of a busy week. Pair them with some salad and coleslaw for a complete family meal.

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12

Peanut Butter Chicken

While this dish requires several ingredients, it’s fairly quick to make. Freeze leftovers for an easy lunch or dinner that will fill you up.

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13

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti is the perfect comfort food, especially after a long day of work. Freeze the sauce to be added to pasta whenever you’re in the mood for something classic and filling. 

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14

Eggplant Parmesan

A family favorite, this recipe comes with lots of delicious cheeses and herbs. This recipe calls for baking instead of frying the eggplant for a lighter and healthier version of the dish.

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15

Baked Ziti

If this is a dish you would have normally served for large numbers of friends and family, but you live alone, freeze it in small daily portion sizes and eat it over the next few weeks. There’s no reason you can’t treat yourself to something special! 

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