Freezer cooking is probably one of my favorite things in this world.
I like the convenience of it and knowing that I have a well-stocked freezer to fall back on when I need it. Pinterest is a great resource for finding meals that work well in the freezer. My only issue is that it can be a little difficult to find meals that are vegetarian and that fit my small family, both in size and taste.
I don’t like that heaviness that can be associated with many freezer and crock pot meals, so I tend to go for lighter options. However, on the other hand, I really like cheese. As you will probably be able to tell from my list. Clearly I am both vast and contain many cheesy multitudes.
We eat a lot of beans and rice too. They’re great on their own, they’re incredibly filling, and they’re excellent fillers for other meals. Also, as you well know, they’re really cheap. I like that about a food. My favorite thing to do with black beans is to combine a can of black beans with a can of diced tomatoes — or Rotel, if you’re feeling fancy — and assorted spices, such as cumin, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Put it on top of rice with a dollop of salsa and sour cream and I’m golden. They also make excellent sides to freezer meals.
It’s pretty much guaranteed that I will eat anything if it’s on top of some rice.
For my family — which is just me and my daughter — I tend to use quart sized freezer bags and small casserole dishes. Larger freezer meals often make a few days worth of meals for us.
While there are tons of lists of freezer meals that can easily be adapted into vegetarian meals, I wanted a list of meals that contained no meat to start with. I’ve kind of got a thing about convenience, can you tell? So that’s what I did — I made a list of vegetarian freezer meals that are tasty, whether you’re a full time vegetarian or simply like to add meatless eats to you repertoire.
I also want to preface this list by saying that I am not strictly vegetarian. Very technically you could classify me as pescatarian, but I don’t actually like fish, but shellfish. My reasons for eating vegetarian are mostly sensory in nature — I don’t enjoy the texture of meat, so I don’t eat it. But that’s neither here nor there!
I’ve divided this list into three parts: components, main dishes, and side dishes. Components are recipes that can’t stand on their own as a meal, but can cut time when it comes to throwing a quick meal together. For example, one of the recipes is Spinach Balls, which can easily be paired with a pasta dish if I want to bulk up a meal that I’m currently cooking!
- Chickpea Nuggets (The Kitchn) — On their own, these can be pretty bland, but it’s a good base to experiment with spices and flavors!
- Spinach Balls (Sweet as Honey)
- Green Chickpea Patties with Tahini (Gourmandelle)
- Kale Pizza Crust (Sweet as Honey) — I would probably freeze this before baking.
- Cookie Dough (Stockpiling Moms)
- Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles (Thriving Home)
- Eggplant (Save Green Being Green)
- How to Freeze Greens (The World in my Kitchen)
- Bean and Cheese Burritos (Once a Month Meals)
- Freezer Friendly Pesto (New Leaf Wellness)
- Crock Pot Veggies in a Bag (Stockpiling Moms)
- Pierogi (Momofuku for 2)
- Vegetarian Black Bean Enchiladas (Cookie and Kate)
- Sheet Pan Cauliflower Fajitas (Plant Strong Family) — I’d probably mix all the ingredients and then freeze flat before transferring to quart sized freezer bags. You could also make kit meals by pairing these with tortillas.
- Mediterranean Chickpea Casserole with Spinach and Feta (Natural Girl Modern World)
- Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna (Life as a Strawberry)
- Skinny Spinach Lasagna (Pinch of Yum)
- Spinach Lasagna Rolls (Skinny Taste) — I like to make these and freeze them in pairs!
- Green Chili Enchiladas (Two Peas & Their Pod)
- 7-Ingredient Black Bean Soup (Live Simply)
- Asparagus and Chickpea Stir-Fry with Hoisin Sauce (The Taste Space)
- Mexican Beans and Rice (Eat at Home Cooks)
- Broccoli Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes (Once a Month Meals)
- Crispy Cauliflower & Cheese Bites (Healthy Fitness Recipes)
- French Fries (Make the Best of Everything)
- Freezer Biscuits (Money Saving Mom)
- Texas Toast (Love to Be in the Kitchen)
- Broccoli Cheese Cornbread (Once a Month Meals)
- Mashed Potatoes (Once a Month Meals)
- Big Batch Yeast Baking Rolls (King Arthur Flour)
As you can tell, this list veers heavily toward dinners. That’s because I like to eat leftovers for lunch. I’ll often bulk up my leftovers by adding — you guessed it — rice or beans, or another grain. Add a salad and you’re golden!