Top 10 Make-Ahead Freezer Meals for Busy Moms

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by: Lindsay Hutton
You're a busy mom--we know that. But, that doesn't mean your meals should suffer. Our Sweet Pea Chef has some scrumptious recipes that aren't only easy-to-make, but freeze like a charm. You can make them ahead and have them on hand for when life gets too busy to cook. Voila! Dinner just got a little easier.
EggplantParmesan
Zucchini and Eggplant Parmesan
Seasonal vegetables put a yummy twist on this classic dish. With gooey cheeses and zesty sauce, your kids will gobble it right up.

Get the recipe for Zucchini and Eggplant Parmesan.

PennePasta
Penne Puttanesca
Sardines and anchovies probably aren't high on your kids' favorite foods list, but this scrumptious pasta dish makes them hard to resist. Make an extra large batch of sauce and freeze it for next time!

Get the recipe for Penne Puttanesca.

WhiteChili
Slow Cooker White Chili
The fall-off-the bone chicken and mild chili taste make this dish an instant winner -- serve it with a big loaf of crusty bread for a hearty meal.

Get the recipe for Slow Cooker White Chili.

PestoPasta
Homemade Pesto
Pesto is a delicious topper for a quick pasta dinner. This homemade version is healthier than a jarred version and a snap to make. Best of all, it easily freezes so you can make a big batch to have on hand.

Get the recipe for Homemade Pesto.

Meatloaf
Lentil and Cashew "Meat" Loaf
A hint of Indian flavor gives this vegetarian dish a savory taste, and can be served as a main dish, on a sandwich, or over a salad.

Get the recipe for Lentil and Cashew "Meat" Loaf

ItalianBeanSoup
Italian Bean Soup
Soups are a great for idea freezer meals, because you can make a huge batch and freeze several servings for later. This soup is so hearty, it can be served as a main dish. Your kids will love the taste, and you'll love how healthy it is.

Get the recipe for Italian Bean Soup.

ShepherdsPie
Picadillo Pie
Even if your kids don't love vegetables, the mashed sweet potatoes and layered look of this twist on shepherd's pie will have your kids begging for seconds.

Get the recipe for Picadillo Pie.

BroccoliSoup
Lightened Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Nothing warms your belly more than a big bowl of steaming, homemade soup. Cook up a big batch of this broccoli cheddar soup, freeze it, and save it for a cozy meal on a rainy day.

Get the recipe for Lightened Broccoli Cheddar Soup.

VegetableAlfredo
Vegetable Alfredo
Alfredo sauce tastes good with anything - so good, in fact, that your kids won't even realize this pasta-free dish is chock-full of healthy vegetables.

Get the recipe for Vegetable Alfredo.

PitaPizza
Roasted Vegetable Pizza Sauce
Pizza is go-to favorite for a quick meal. Instead of jarred sauce, whip up your own sauce, complete with lots of healthy veggies, to freeze and have on hand. When pizza night rolls around, use it to create some simple, yet tasty, pita pizzas.

Get the recipe for Roasted Vegetable Pizza Sauce.