Cheap Freezer Meals... For Those Busy Weekdays

We all have days where we simply run out of hours in the day and when it comes to cooking an evening meal we just don’t have the time. We’ve brought you some cheap freezer meal ideas that you can prepare in advance for an average family of four and that can be cooked without much preparation for those days where you are too busy.

Chicken Fajitas

Fajitas Assembling fajita meal kits for your freezer is probably something you haven’t considered before but it is a great way to have an exciting chicken dish waiting for those nights where you don’t have the time to think of what to cook. Take 3 large chicken breasts and slice them into thin strips and then coat with a sprinkling of different spices. Paprika, chilli and cumin work really well together and will give your fajitas a nice kick. Alternatively, buy a fajita spice sachet for around 60p in your local supermarket. Put these into a freezer-proof bag and add to your freezer. Slice some peppers and onions and put those into a separate bag and add those as well. When it comes to cooking your fajitas, thaw the chicken before cooking. Sauté the chicken in a pan and add your frozen veggies.  Mix through until the chicken is cooked. Serve with tortilla wraps and salad. You can also freeze the wraps if you aren’t planning on using the whole pack. Approximate cost per serving: £1.62

Chicken Kievs

Home made chicken kievs are delicious and a healthy alternative to their shop bought counterparts. These can be frozen and cooked for a quick midweek treat, and don’t cost much to prepare. Buy ready made garlic and herb soft cheese and place this into the centre of 4 sliced chicken breasts. The next thing you need to do is mix together breadcrumbs from one grated bread roll and herbs of your choice – dried parsley tastes great! Press your crumbs onto the chicken and put into freezer bags ready to be put aside for another time. When you come to cook your chicken, defrost and bake for 20-25 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden and the chicken is cooked through. Serve with home made chips and salad. Approximate cost per serving: £1.46

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Spaghetti BolognaiseMince based dishes are great for putting in the freezer and can be cooked in bulk ready for future meals. Remove your frozen bolognaise from the freezer the morning that you plan to eat it so in the evening you only need to heat it up and cook some spaghetti to go with it. If you want to try something a little different why not try swapping the beef mince for quorn or turkey mince. Mince is reasonably cheap to buy and bolognaise can be made by adding chopped tomatoes and a selection of herbs which also cost next to nothing and you’re likely to already have the herbs in your cupboards. For another cheap alternative you could add some mash on top of the mince to make a cottage pie and freeze the whole thing to be cooked at a later date. You could even add a pinch of cheese. Approximate cost per serving: £1.32.

Chilli

Making chilli is very similar to spaghetti bolognaise, simply add different spices and some kidney beans and you’re good to go. If you’re in a real rush you can even cook microwave rice to go with it to save you even more time. Your average supermarket branded microwave rice sachet of 250g costs around 50p and will serve two. Remove your chilli from the freezer on the morning you plan to eat it and re-heat in the evening.  Approximate cost per serving: £1.25.

Fish pie

Frozen Fish PieFish pie is a tasty meal for all fish lovers and can be prepared on a budget and easily frozen. Most supermarkets sell packs of ‘fish pie mix’ which contains a range of different fish that can be cooked together and the basic range costs around £2.50. Cook your fish then add a sauce. You could make this from scratch but to save money on your sauce you can buy powder sachets that can be made up with water for about 40p. Top with home made mashed potato and freeze in suitable containers. These meals can be cooked in the oven from frozen in an oven proof dish for around half an hour. Serve with fresh vegetables. Approximate cost per serving: £1.24

Soups

You can make soups with any vegetables and they are great for freezing. Simply cook any vegetables you like with some stock, liquidise and pour into freezer safe lunchboxes. Store in the freezer and when you next want some soup you have a supply ready and waiting to defrost the morning you plan on eating it. Vegetable soups cost next to nothing. Get great deals on vegetables with ALDI super 6 or head to your supermarket in the evening when stock is being reduced. Some supermarkets sell 500g pre-packed bags of vegetables especially for soups for around £1 so you don’t even need to do any chopping. This will make two large portions. Approximate cost per serving: 50p.

Freezer Cookies

Freezer CookiesA bonus item to have in your freezer is freezer cookies. This is a cookie dough mix that can be stored in clingfilm in your freezer for up to 2 months ready for you to slice up and oven bake freshly made cookies. This recipe is great if you’ve got friends popping round and you have no time to prepare any snacks. These can be baked for around 15 minutes – and there’s nothing better than visitors walking in to the smell of fresh cookies in the oven. To make enough for 12, mix together 125g of butter and 100g of sugar until smooth. Then add one egg yolk, and sift in 125g of plain flour. Experiment with flavours; try adding chocolate chips or cocoa powder for chocolate cookies. Mix well until a dough is formed then roughly roll the dough into golf ball sized pieces, flatten into a cookie shape and place on a clingfilm lined tray ready to put in your freezer.  Approximate cost per serving: 25p. 

What is the Verdict?

MoneySavingPigWe hope we have given you some ideas for cooking cheap freezer meals. Will you be trying some of these meals out?  We love feedback so please use the comment section below. 

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