Freeze! It’s Dinner Time!

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by HylaryL

When you think of frozen dinners what comes to mind? Probably something sort of Man opening freezer door at supermarket edible but not very good for you (at least that’s what I think of!) Well forget what you think you know about eating dinner from the freezer…it’s time to make your own frozen meals!

Spending a day cooking and then popping your meals in the freezer for later is a great way to save time and money throughout the month. If you don’t have a full day to dedicate, try spending a few hours and making just enough for a week. You will have something delicious waiting for you and will be able to avoid those “well I guess I’ll just have cereal for dinner” moments! has some great tips about the process of cooking freezer meals in a day. Suggestions like using what’s already in your kitchen, making sure you have all of your supplies ready, and laying out a “battle plan” for which meals you will cook are great ways to guarantee that your day of cooking will go smoothly.

The library owns many cookbooks dedicated to the subject, as well! Check out the list below and get started on your way to healthy, inexpensive and stress-free dinners for you and your family. Happy freezing!

Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer

Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer (2005)
by Susia Martinez, Vanda Howell and
Bonnie Garcia

Hectic lifestyles and over-full schedules make taditional cooking methods nearly obsolete in many families. The results are poor nutrition and budgets strained by the high cost of fast food or commercially prepared meals. Don't Panic - Dinner's in the Freezer offers a simple and economical alternative, featuring dozens or recipes designed to prepared and frozen for future use. 

Can I Freeze It?

Can I Freeze It? (2007)
by Susie Theodorou

In Can I Freeze It? veteran food writer and stylist Susie Theodorou explains the tips, tricks, and rules of freezing food, from containers and wrappers (foil or Tupperware?) to the best methods for retaining moisture and flavor to what ingrediens and dishes can and can't be frozen. 


Dream Dinners

Dream Dinners (2006)
by Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna

Dream Dinners offers up one hundred recipes for flavorful meals made with easy-to-find ingredients. The premise is simple: scoop or pour ingredients into baking pans or plastic bags, then store the uncooked dishes in the freezer. Later in the week or month, when dinnertime rolls around, just pop one of the frozen meals into the oven. 

Frozen Assets Lite and Easy

Frozen Assets Lite and Easy (2009)
by Deborah Taylor-Hough

Why cook every night when you can cook once a week for seven (or more) delicious, healthy, family-approved meals? Frozen Assets Lite and Easy shows readers how to be healthy while still saving time and money, with shopping lists, recipes, and detailed instruction on how to make freezer cooking work for you. 


From Warehouse to your House

From Warehouse to your House (2006)
by Sally Sampson

Utilizing the fresh and packaged products available at the warehouse clubs and superstores, Sampson's flavorful recipes are simple enough for a weeknight dinner and special enough for entertaining and, if you're cooking for a couple or a small family, portioned so you can eat some, store some, and even share some. 



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