6 Great Freezer Meals
Bonus: Each recipe is a twofer; it makes enough for a meal the day you cook, plus a second full serving to freeze for another day. Some dishes require microwave thawing, while others can be popped directly into the oven.
To Freeze: Cool soup to room temperature; seal in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Lay bag flat in freezer; freeze up to 2 months.
To Thaw: Microwave soup in bag at MEDIUM (50% power) for 4 minutes or until pliable.
To Reheat: Pour soup into a Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated (about 20 minutes).
To Freeze: Freeze dumplings flat on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornstarch 10 minutes or until firm. Place in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag with 1 teaspoon cornstarch; toss. Freeze sauce in a small zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 2 months.
To Thaw: Thaw sauce in the microwave at HIGH in 30-second increments. No need to thaw pot stickers.
To Reheat: Follow recipe instructions for cooking, placing frozen dumplings in pan and increasing steaming time by 2 minutes.
To Freeze: Cool chicken mixture and rice to room temperature; seal in separate large zip-top plastic freezer bags. Lay bags flat in freezer; freeze up to 2 months.
To Thaw: Microwave chicken mixture in bag at MEDIUM (50% power) for 4 minutes or until pliable. No need to thaw rice.
To Reheat: Place sealed bag of chicken mixture in a large pot of boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until heated. Pour rice into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 3 minutes.
To Freeze: These do best in a shallow vessel, so follow the recipe instructions to use a standard 8-inch square dish. Cover tightly with heavy-duty foil; freeze up to 2 months.
To Reheat: No thawing step is necessary. Remove foil, and cover dish tightly with plastic wrap. Pierce plastic wrap 4 or 5 times. Microwave at HIGH for 14 to 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. (We tried oven reheating and don't recommend it.)
To Freeze: Bake pizzas on preheated stone for only 5 minutes. Cool; wrap individually in heavy-duty foil, stack, and freeze up to 2 months.
To Reheat: No thawing: Place frozen pizzas on a baking sheet that's not preheated; bake at 450° for 13 minutes or until cheese browns.
To Freeze: Spoon half of unbaked mixture into a 2-quart glass baking dish (such as a Ziploc VersaGlass large square container). Cover with lid; freeze up to 2 months.
To Thaw: Remove lid; place casserole in microwave. Microwave at 30% power 30 to 40 minutes (or on defrost setting for 3.75 pounds).
To Reheat: Cover casserole with foil; bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in center registers 160°.
1. Know What Freezes Well: The most freezer-friendly foods are saucy dishes, soups and stews (like this Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Soup), and individual food items like our dumplings and pizzas. Pasta and rice can be trickier because they have a tendency to mush out.