Oh how I love to reach into my freezer and pull out one of my already cooked plant based freezer meals…
Sometimes life gets too busy to deal with cooking, but you really don’t want to compromise your healthy lifestyle. If you plan on cooking one of these vegan freezer meals for dinner simply make a larger portion and store them in the freezer for a busy weeknight!
Whether you are a person with a busy schedule, a new mom, or you simply don’t want to cook every night, these simple freezer vegan meals are a time saver for anyone!
Before my family started a vegan diet we would just run to the drive thru. On a plant based diet there are not many options for a fast food dinner (which is good). I cook for my family almost every night, and often I cook double the amount to save time and energy preparing healthy dinner meals.
These vegan freezer meals are all clean eating recipes, easy to make, and budget friendly.
How to freeze the vegan freezer meals
There are many ways to create freezer meals. You can pre-cook everything and then place portion sizes (2-3 cups) into meal containers. These one compartment meal prep storage containers are freezable, microwavable, reusable, and great for one pot meals. In the list below you will find many vegan one pot meals, as these are easy to prepare and freeze.
If you’d rather use the freezer meals as a meal prep, you can simply add all (raw) ingredients into a large ziplock bag. You have to chop all veggies and add all spices.
Then you can simply take the bag out of the freezer when needed and throw it into a large pot, crockpot, or 6 qt. instant pot. Don’t add the liquid to the freezer bag. You can add this to the pot once you are making the meal.
I usually use the first method where I cook double the amount of a recipe and store the extra portions in the freezer. Then I move it into the fridge the night before use.
I had a good experience with freezing cooked one pot spaghetti dishes and I think the trick is to cook them “al dente” (leave them a little bit hard) and make sure you don’t leave them in the freezer for more than 1-2 months.
Most recipes below contain simple ingredients that you can find at any grocery store and most of them are also budget friendly. Of course you can switch out some ingredients to fit your needs.
For example if you can’t find lentils then use beans or swap out overpriced vegetables with seasonal veggies.
Most of the recipes below are freezer friendly stews, soups, and one pot meals. They only take about 10 minutes to prepare but some take up to one hour to cook. You can also try to freezer a vegan casserole dish.