Perfect a chicken potpie that's big on flavor but not fuss: Use cubed rotisserie chicken, cream of potato soup and frozen veggies to cut down on prep time. Then make two pans and freeze one -- or enjoy potpie for dinner one night and freeze the rest for another.
SPINACH-AND-EGG NOODLE CASSEROLE
This 30-Minute Meal works great for a weeknight dinner (with leftovers the next day) or for a crowd. You can butter muffin pans and divide this casserole into 12 individual portions, each of which can be cooled and then popped into a freezer bag for later.
STEWED BEEF, TOMATO AND OKRA
Double the stew and let the leftovers cool completely before freezing in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
PEPPERONI PIZZA PUFFS
Freeze the baked puffs in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. To reheat, bake the frozen puffs on a baking sheet in a 350? oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
HAM AND PEAS CASSEROLE
Serve this easy-to-freeze casserole with a fresh green salad on the side.
SHRIMP AND SPAGHETTI IN COCONUT BROTH
Put any leftover shrimp mixture in resealable freezer bags and seal. Place leftover spaghetti in another freezer bag; let cool, then seal. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before cooking your next meal.
BEEF KEBABS WITH ROASTED GREEN BEANS AND ALMONDS
You can double these meatballs and, once cooked, freeze half in an airtight container for up to 3 months; add to soups and stews.
LEMON CHICKEN AND SWEET PEA TORTELLINI
You can freeze the uncooked tortellini on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a resealable freezer bag. Then when you're ready to eat, cook the frozen tortellini in boiling, salted water for 6 minutes.
SKILLET SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE
The rice mixture and the chicken broth can be separately frozen in freezer bags. Before cooking, thaw each mixture in the refrigerator overnight.
CHICKEN AND SWEET POTATO CROQUETTES
You'll stretch your dollars by making these croquettes in bulk and freezing what you don't immediately use.
CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
Since you can freeze raw chicken for up to 9 months and cooked chicken for up to 4 months, this recipe is incredibly freezer-friendly.
CHEESY SHRIMP TORTILLAS
Leftover quesadillas can be wrapped in foil and stacked into resealable freezer bags. When you're ready to eat them again, thaw the quesadillas at room temperature for 2 hours before cooking.
HUNGARIAN MEATBALL STEW
Cooked beef can be frozen for up to four months. Freeze the meatballs and the pasta in separate freezer bags.
BEEF AND CHEDDAR POTPIE
To save leftovers, cover these potpies with plastic wrap and freeze for up to four months. To reheat, discard the plastic wrap, cover each potpie with foil and bake at 375°F for one hour; uncover and bake 15 minutes longer the biscuit crust is lightly browned and the meat filling is heated through.
BISCUIT-CRUSTED SAUSAGE-EGG PIE
Wrap leftover baked pie in foil and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator, then heat, tented with foil, in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes.
TANDOORI CHICKEN WITH DATE-NUT COUSCOUS
Buy chicken in bulk and divide it into smaller portions; seal in plastic wrap, then in resealable plastic bags and freeze. Then make this tandoori chicken any night of the week.
CHEESEBURGER MEATLOAF AND MASHED POTATOES
These leftovers will freeze for up to a month! Reheat them in a 350°F oven.
CHICKEN, BISCUITS 'N' GRAVY
Freeze the chicken and gravy mixture separately from the biscuits!
This spicy southwestern casserole will freeze for any night of the week.
Cover leftover moussaka with plastic wrap and freeze for up to four months. To reheat, discard the plastic wrap, cover the moussaka with foil and bake at 350°F for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes more, until the top is golden and the meat filling is heated through.