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Budget Recipes: Freezer Meals

Eat these money-saving recipes tonight, or stash them in the freezer for a fast fix when time is tight.
Sausage-and-Lentil Stew
sausage lentil stew

FREEZE the cooled stew in a freezer container for up to 1 month.

THAW the stew enough to release it from the freezer container, then place it in a saucepan with 2 tbsp. water.

REHEAT: Cover and heat over low heat until the stew thaws completely, then increase the heat to get the stew bubbling-hot.

 
Fish-and-Taters Casserole
fish tater casserole

FREEZE: Double-wrap (in plastic wrap and foil) the cooled gratin and freeze for up to 2 weeks.

THAW in the fridge overnight.

REHEAT: Preheat the oven to 400°. Unwrap the foil, discard the plastic wrap and re-cover with the foil. Bake until heated through, 35 to 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes to recrisp the topping.

 
Turkey Tetrazzini
turkey tetrazzini

FREEZE: Double-wrap (in plastic wrap and foil) the cooled dish and freeze for up to 2 weeks.

REHEAT: Preheat the oven to 400°. Unwrap the foil, discard the plastic and re-cover with the foil. Bake until the center is warm, 30 to 35 minutes; uncover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes to recrisp the topping.

 
Kickin' Mini Meatloaves
meatloaf

FREEZE: Wrap the cooled meatloaves, in the pan, with foil and freeze for up to 1 month.

REHEAT: Preheat the oven to 350°. Place the muffin pan (straight from the freezer) in the oven and bake until heated through, 45 to 55 minutes.

 
Veggie Fajita Burritos
veggie fajita burritos

FREEZE: Wrap the burritos individually in foil or plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 weeks.

REHEAT: Unwrap and microwave until warm, 3 to 4 minutes, turning over halfway through. For a crisper wrapping, heat in the microwave, then bake in a 450° oven for 5 to 10 minutes.

 
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