My 25 Easy Vegetarian Freezer Meals are tasty, simple, and perfect when you need a meal in a pinch! Whether you are a new mom, have a busy family, or want to stock your freezer for a rainy day, these plant-based meals are the perfect place to start. You'll find everything from soups, pasta dishes, vegetarian burgers, stuffed peppers, and more!
Vegetarian Freezer Meals
Vegetarian Freezer Meals are the perfect place to start when you are looking for a meal plan or freezer meal prep. You'd be surprised that making these meals ahead of time isn't that hard and doesn't require too much work. Plus you'll love having a freezer full of meals to make when you have a busy day, week, or month.
When I was pregnant with the twins I stocked my freezer with some of my favorite meals. I knew cooking would be even harder with two babies to take care of, so I thought if I had a nice selection of meals ready to go life would be just a little easier and the easy vegetarian freezer meals were such a big help. This post is designed to help you do the same thing, whether you are having a baby, surgery, or even just a busy time in life. I recommend picking several to prepare and cook at a time and then fill your freezer with the recipes.
What are freezer meals?
Vegetarian freezer meals are meals that you cook in advance and then freeze to eat another day when you are busy. It's a great thing to do when you know you are going to have a busy time in life like having a new baby, surgery or just planning for those days when you know you will not have time to cook.
So many vegetarian dishes freeze well so this list includes everything from slow cooker soups, stews, easy casseroles, Mexican dishes, vegetarian casseroles, stuffed peppers, lasagna, breakfast casseroles, and even vegetarian burgers.
Since I wasn't finding a lot of great easy vegetarian freezer meals online, I thought I'd make a list of the best ones on the site so you could stock your freezer too! You don't have to have a baby coming to do this and it makes life SO much easier even just to have a few of them on hand. You never know when life is going to kick your rear and you'll be happy to have these.
Why You'll Love These Vegetarian Freezer Meals...
- Having vegetarian freezer meals can help you from eating out or getting take out in a pinch.
- You can even prepare freezer meals for someone else who you know is going through a hard time.
- These are all easy to make, super tasty, and satisfying for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. There are also some vegan options included.
- Cooking vegetarian freezer meals in batches is a more effective way to cook than preparing food every single day.
- Making your freezer meals gives your food more nutrients than packed meals you have bought frozen from the store.
Tips for Making Vegetarian Freezer Meals
- When making your shopping list, make sure to store your freezer meals in freezer-safe containers. For example, buy ziplock bags that are marked safe for freezing. Glass casserole dishes with covers and mason jars can also come in handy. Foil pan are another great choice, especially if you are making more dishes than you have casserole dishes or giving them to someone else.
- When transferring your cooked food into the freezer, make sure it's cooled before putting it into the freezer.
- Freezer meals will last 3-6 months in the freezer.
- Make sure you have cleared out enough space in the freezer for the meals before you cook them.
- The safest way to unthaw frozen food is to allow it to thaw out in the fridge.
- If the recipe requires special freezing instructions, I've included them below.
25 Easy Vegetarian Freezer Meals
My favorite Vegetarian Freezer Meal is my famous Vegetarian Chili. This chili is so good and filled with several different types of beans, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, chili spices, and more. It's hearty and delicious. Serve it with cheese and cornbread or muffins. You can even make and freeze the cornbread ahead of time too. If you are looking for vegan recipes too, this is a good one.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Get all the ingredients ready to go in the slow cooker or instant pot and instead of putting them in the slow cooker put them in a large freezer bag. Find a flat spot in the freezer and lay the bag flat to freeze. When it's time to cook move the frozen bag to the fridge long enough for it to thaw enough to put in the crock pot.
These Italian Stuffed Peppers are another perfect vegetarian freezer meal. They are easy to assemble and filled with tasty quinoa, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, pasta sauce, and cheese. Than are gluten-free and can be made vegan too. The recipe includes instructions on cooking these in either the slow cooker or oven. You can also do the same thing with my Mexican Stuffed Peppers.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: There are several ways you can freeze these, including before and after cooking and either as a larger casserole or as individual peppers. The first option is to assemble the stuffed peppers uncooked and freeze them as a casserole dish. You can then thaw them out and cook them according to the recipe instructions. The second option is to cook them all of the way through and then freeze them either together or individually. After thawing them out, you would just need to warm them up in the oven, not cook them entirely. Freezing individual peppers makes a great lunch option.
Another great Vegetarian Freezer Meal is my Spinach Mushroom Lasagna. This hearty twist on a classic lasagna is filled with cheese, tomato sauce, cozy noodles, and more. It's an easy-to-love vegetarian dinner that works great for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike because of how hearty it is.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: You can also freeze the lasagna by assembling it and putting it in a freezer-safe dish. Store for 3-4 months. When ready to bake put it in a cold oven and then turn the oven on. A frozen lasagna will take 90 minutes - 2 hours to completely cook.
An unexpected Vegetarian Freezer meal is these tasty Broccoli Quinoa Patties. These versatile vegetarian cakes are filled with quinoa, eggs, cheese, broccoli, and carrots. They make a great main course, filling for a burger or wrap, and are even toddler and kid-friendly.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Make these completely and then freeze on a flat baking sheet. Transfer them frozen to a freezer bag and pull them out one at a time when ready to eat.
I also love this Crock Pot Vegetarian White Bean Soup as an easy vegetarian freezer meal because it's another super easy soup to put together. It's filled with cozy vegetables, white beans, and broth. It's vegan and gluten-free too! If you really love making crock pot soups, also check my 16 Vegetarian Crock Pot Soups because many of them can be made and frozen in the same way. You'll find Vegan Chickpea Noodle Soup, Vegan Detox Soup, Black Bean Soup, and more.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Get all the ingredients ready except the broth and put it in a large freezer bag. I'll sometimes even add a couple of cups of chopped kale to the bag. Freeze flat! For the topping freeze a separate bag of both sliced green onions and shredded parmesan cheese. When it's time to cook move the frozen bag to the fridge long enough for it to thaw enough to put in the crock pot. Add the broth at cooking time.
Vegetarian Sheet Pan Fajitas are another fun vegetarian freezer meal. It's easy to make and customizable to your taste. I used bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms tossed in olive oil and spices. Depending on what you use to assemble the fajitas, it can also be vegan or gluten-free. Serve it with tortillas, salsa, guacamole, cheese, or your favorite fajitas toppings or even make it into fajitas bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Chop all the veggies and add the seasonings for the fajitas. Put them all in a large freezer bag. You can cook these from frozen by adding additional cooking time to the recipe.
Here's the classic vegetarian freezer meal, Four Cheese Lasagna. This lasagna is so good and hearty filled with a perfect Italian cheese blend and ricotta.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: The easiest way to freeze a lasagna like this is to assemble it and freeze it uncooked. Make and cook the lasagna and then freeze it. When it's time to eat put it in the oven long enough to thaw. You can either thaw out your lasagna for 24 hours in the fridge before baking and then follow the instructions in the recipe to cook. Or bake it from frozen, but you'll need to double the cooking time AND cook it covered until the last 15 minutes of baking.
Another fabulous vegetarian freezer meal is my Vegetarian Taco Soup. This fabulous meat-free twist on taco soup is filled with beans, tomatoes, vegetables, and taco seasoning.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Get all the ingredients ready except the broth and put it in a large gallon freezer bag. Freeze it flat! When it's time to cook move the frozen bag to the refrigerator long enough for it to thaw enough to put in the crock pot. Add the broth at cooking time. If you want to make sure you'll have the toppings on hand freeze some sliced green onions and shredded cheese separately. This is one of my favorite easy vegetarian freezer meals.
These Mexican Lasagna Roll-ups are unique meal that make a fabulous vegetarian freezer meal. This southwest twist on lasagna is made with ricotta cheese, green chilies, black beans and salsa. It's wrapped up and baked in cheese for a tasty and cozy dinner. They make a great lunch or dinner.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: This is a fun vegetarian freezer meal because you can freeze it either as an unbaked casserole. Then thaw it in the fridge and bake it according to the recipe instructions. You can also cook the dish completely and divide it into individual portions. Then thaw them out and warm them up in the microwave one at a time for an easy lunch.
This Vegetarian Black Bean Enchilada Stack is a fun twist on enchiladas that makes a fabulous vegetarian freezer meal. It's kind of like Mexican lasagna with tortillas instead of noodles. The filling is made with black beans, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. It's made with yummy cheese and is such a great and simple dinner idea.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: To freeze this, assemble this casserole and freeze. When it's time to eat thaw and cook it according to the instructions in the post. You will have to add a little cooking time because it will be cold.
Lentil Soup is another vegetarian dinner that makes a great vegetarian freezer meal. Beans and legumes freeze well and so does this soup. My lentil soup is filled with fresh lentils, carrots, kale and more, making it a hearty and delicious meal.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Get all the ingredients ready except the broth and put it in a large freezer bag. Freeze the bag flat by laying it on a baking sheet. When it's time to cook move the frozen bag to the fridge long enough for it to thaw enough to put in the crock pot. Add the broth at cooking time.
Enchiladas make a fabulous vegetarian freezer meal! I have these Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas and my Three Bean and Cheese Vegetarian Enchiladas. Both would make a great freezer meal and feed a family easily.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Assemble this enchiladas casserole and freeze. When it's time to eat thaw and cook it according to the instructions in the post. You will have to add a little cooking time because it will be cold. You can also choose to cook the enchiladas ahead of time and then divide them into individual portions. When it's time to eat, thaw them out and reheat them in the microwave. Top with fresh herbs and avocado.
Vegetarian burgers and patties make a great vegetarian freezer meal. My Southwest Black Bean Burgers are filled with black beans, garlic cloves, cilantro, peppers, and spices. They are so good! You can keep them in your fridge and use them much like store-bought veggie burgers.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: You can either make these patties and freeze them raw or cook them entirely and just thaw them to room temperature and reheat them like store-bought veggie burgers.
Another fabulous vegetarian freezer meal is my Buffalo Chickpea Burger. It's a fun and unique twist on a regular veggie burger made with chickpeas and buffalo sauce. You can make and use them in the same way as the black bean burgers.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: You can either assemble the burgers or freeze them raw. Then thaw them out and follow the cooking instructions in the recipe post. You can also cook them entirely and freeze them individually. Then you will just be thawing and warming them when you are ready to eat.
Looking for an elevated vegetarian freezer meal? This Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is dreamy with a smoked gouda cheese sauce, mushrooms, and fresh herbs like thyme along with cozy pasta. It tastes amazing and is a great meal to make ahead and freeze.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Make this entire casserole up until it's time to put it in the oven. Freeze before cooking when it's time to eat thaw and cook it in the oven adding extra cooking time to the recipe.
Looking for a low-carb vegetarian freezer meal? How about my Baked Spaghetti Squash Casserole which is basically like baked pasta but with spaghetti squash instead of pasta.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Make this entire casserole up until it's time to put it in the oven. Freeze before cooking for easy vegetarian freezer meals when it's time to eat thaw and cook it in the oven adding extra cooking time to the recipe.
Homemade Pesto isn't a full meal, but it's a great thing to add to your meal prep when making vegetarian freezer meals. Use any of my 8 fresh, homemade pesto recipes and freeze them. You can then use them to make anything from Pesto Gnocchi, 3 Ingredient Healthy Creamy Pasta, Lemon Pesto Pasta, Pesto Tortelli Salad, Caprese Pesto Pasta and Pesto Zoodles.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Make the pesto according to the recipe. Divide the pesto into individual portions and put in an ice cube tray. Freeze well and then transfer your pesto cubes to a freezer-safe ziplock bag for storage.
Looking to add a breakfast or brunch item to your vegetarian freezer meals? How about my Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole with hashbrown potatoes, eggs, cheese, and your favorite vegetables?
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: There are two ways to freeze this. You can either assemble the casserole and freeze it uncooked. You can also bake the entire thing cut it into individual portions and then freeze those. Then when you want to eat them, thaw them out and just reheat them.
How to Make it a Freezer Meal: Make the pancakes completely. Let them cool and divide them into individual meals. Freeze flat in ziplock bags.
Vegetarian Freezer Meals
I hope you enjoy this collection of vegetarian freezer meals as much as my family does! It's the perfect way to get a bit ahead in life, especially if you know you are going to be busy with a new baby or surgery. Batch cook several of them at a time for the best results.
Give them a try and let me know what you think below.
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