Anyone in a meal planning slump? Today I wanted to share some vegetarian recipes you can make with items that are already in your freezer! Most of these easy freezer meals can be modified based on whatever frozen vegetables you have, coupled with various pantry staples. Don’t hesitate to get creative with whatever food items you have on hand! Here are nine easy vegetarian meals you can make with items from your freezer.
Vegetarian Meals To Make From Your Freezer
Vegetarian Bolognese – An easy way to create this is from your freezer is by subbing in a bag of frozen zucchini noodles and frozen onions (chop up fresh ones and freeze them). It tastes JUST as good, I promise!
Vegetarian Freezer Meals
Thai Noodle Soup – Grab whatever frozen vegetables you have on hand (or heck – whatever is on the verge of going back in the refrigerator) and get to work on this Thai Noodle Soup. Just add in noodles and make it your own!
Spicy Peanut Vegetarian Curry – The key ingredient for this one is peanut butter (PB2, crunchy PB, smooth PB — all of it will work), but otherwise, the vegetables in your freezer are up for use.
Easy Freezer Meals
Corn Enchiladas – The very best thing about enchiladas is that you can kind of put anything you want inside! We keep our corn tortillas in the freezer until we are ready to use them, so it makes pulling them out for enchiladas at dinner pretty easy. In a medium size frying pan, add in a bit of olive oil, frozen corn and spices. While the corn is cooking, open and clean a can of black beans or cook some dried beans. When corn is cooked, put a bit of corn and beans in each corn tortilla, roll them up and put them side-by-side in a pan. Last, pour some green salsa verde on top, sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350. Remove and eat when cheese is melted and slightly browned. Mmm – they’re so good!
Chickpea Stew – You all know I’m a huge fan of the NYTimes’ Chickpea Stew. If kale isn’t stocked in your refrigerator, sub in frozen spinach. I’ve done it and it’s just as good!
Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters – Make sure they are thawed prior and you soak up the water (just like you would with fresh vegetables) and feel free to sub in any vegetable “noodles” you have available. The rest is pantry staples, except the goat cheese, which you should also sub in sour cream or Greek yogurt if you don’t have it!
Vegetarian Thai Green Curry – Do you have frozen vegetables that you just don’t know what to do with, but none that are quite enough for a side dish? Make a curry! This can also be modified to be made with red curry paste if you don’t have green and, of course, quinoa instead of rice. Whatever you have — goes!
Vegetable Risotto – The basis of this recipe just requires Arborio rice — the rest is completely up to you! I love it with frozen peas and asparagus, but I’ve also made it without asparagus, added in frozen carrots, etc etc. Also, for anyone who isn’t dairy free, feel free to use regular Parmesan.
Thai Coconut Soup – AH HA! Another Thai dish where I encourage you to add in whatever frozen vegetables you have on hand 😉 For this one, feel free to sub in ginger from a jar in the refrigerator and lemongrass from the squeeze tube or lemongrass essential oil (just make sure it’s one you are able to ingest).
I hope this post helped make meal planning (straight from freezer items!) just a little bit easier.
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