October 14, 2012   By Kelly Bejelly

15 Paleo Freezer Meals

 

I was recently inspired by a friend’s paleo freezer meal prepping post and thought how lovely it would be do a bunch of paleo freezer meals for the days I feel like giving up and going to get take out.   I already make use of my crock pot once a week but the convenience of a put together meal sounds  like nirvana.

A couple quick tips about freezing meals.

1. Clean out the freezer and fridge before shopping.

2. Never re-freeze raw meat. Be sure to ask the butcher if you’re unsure.
3. Always cool food as quickly as possible before freezing (ice bath or in the refrigerator).
4. Use double bags for things with liquid and foil for things like meatloaf and casseroles. You can also use mason jars for soups and sauces as they also stack well with no waste! If you use the jars, remember to leave a little room in the top for expansion.
5. Flash freeze things that can stick together like meatballs and waffles by placing them in a single layer on a cookie sheet until solid. Then transfer them to a labeled freezer bag and store in the freezer.
6. Always label your meals with contents AND the date.
7. Freeze things as quickly and as flat as possible and squeeze out as much air as possible (air = freezer burn) to make stacking in the freezer super easy (and less like a bad game of Tetris). Ideally, a food 2-inches thick should freeze completely in about 2 hours. If your home freezer has a “quick-freeze” shelf, use it.
8. Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing.
9. Keep a list of your freezer meals on the freezer and cross them off when you use them

10.  Defrost before reheating

 

Here are twenty dishes to get you started on your Paleo freezer meal journey:

Hunger Games Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

Ginger Chicken 

Pizza Casserole

Pineapple Teriyaki Pork

Honey & Spice Glazed Pork Chops

Roasted Poblano and Pumpkin Chili

Harvest-Spiced Chicken Stew

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Bison and Sweet Potato Stew Recipe

Meatloaf Muffins

Crockpot Salsa Beef

No Tomato Chili

Paleo Carne Guisada

Paleo Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

Stuffed Beef Cannelloni 

 

Paleo Kalua Pork

 

 

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28 Comments

  • October 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

    What a bunch of great ideas, I’ve been looking for some good fall slow-cooker recipes.

  • October 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I need to make more freezer meals.

  • October 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I can’t resist a good freezer meal. Those pork chops sound great!

  • October 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I had so many freezer meals prepared for when the baby arrived. Now it’s all gone better get to cookin 🙂

  • October 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    After reading your post, I am hungry! Looks like some great options.

  • October 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I do monthly freezer cooking as well — and love keeping “ingredients” in the freezer (in 1/2 or 1 cup portions) all ready to go for a quick meal. Freezer cooking is the bomb!

  • October 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    The honey & spice glazed pork chops sound divine.

  • October 14, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    That looks amazing! Please come over this week and cook dinner for us!

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      Kelly Bejelly
      October 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Tee Hee, I often don’t. I do come back to my menus and pick an choose what sounds good for the night though 😛

  • Ashleen Moreen
    October 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I never been tried to cook Paleo but I would like to try this at home. Thanks for the recipe and the information on how to cook this.

  • October 16, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Pinning this to my freezer meals board!

  • October 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I need to try to do freezer cooking. The closest I get is freezing leftovers when I make soups or stews…

  • October 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Freezer meals are such a good thing for saving time. I need to do this sometime.

  • October 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

    I meant meal ideas, lol. 🙂

  • November 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Great ideas thanks!

  • erika
    March 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Do you have a grocery list for this? It all sounds so AMAZING!!

    • March 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

      Hi Erika! Unfortunately I don’t have a grocery list.

  • Tina
    August 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Just curious did you mean to make these recipes full paleo meals or paleo-ish? Reason I’m asking is because dairy and or cheese is not allowed in the paleo diet. But they sure do look and sound yummy! I will have to try the ones that are full paleo (seeing my doctor will kill (figuratively) me if I had the cheese! 🙁

    • August 28, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Hi Tina! Yes, well, I eat dairy hun. If your doctor is recommending you don’t eat it and you do not tolerate it, then skip it.

  • December 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks so much, sweet friend, for the shout out on my Meatloaf Muffins. I’ve pinned this post and can’t wait to give some of the others a try! Thanks for sharing!

  • Allie
    October 14, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I would love to make the pizza casserole. Do you cook it before you freeze it? What do you freeze it in? Thanks!

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:51 am

      I do cook it so I just warm it up one meal day. I place it in a glass container and cover it and freeze it Allie.