10 easy make-ahead freezer meals for elder family and friends

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By: REAL Services + Home Comfort Experts

Chicken and Vegetable Hand Pies

These pot pies filled with chicken and vegetables and whole-grain dough make for a hearty meal. While they’re called hand pies, they can also be eaten with a fork. You can make a big batch and keep several frozen for your loved ones to eat one or two at a time. Get the recipe.

call real servicesMeatloaf

Who doesn’t love meatloaf? This easy recipe can also be made in big batches. Freeze the meatloaf raw and it can be taken out of the freezer and placed in the oven immediately to cook. Get the recipe.

Turkey Chili

This slow cooker chili is great for winter time. If it’s too thick, you can add extra broth. Cook it in the slow cooker and enjoy dinner, then freeze the leftovers. When your elderly loved one is ready to eat it, they can empty a bag into their crockpot for an easy reheat. Get the recipe.

Chicken Strips

This easy recipe is easily freezable. Once the raw chicken strips are breaded, freeze them on a baking sheet for a few hours then transfer them to freezer bags for long-term storage. These can be tossed in the oven quickly straight from the freezer for a quick dinner. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is always comforting and it’s very easy to freeze. It’s a great way to get a balance of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates too. This soup can be reheated in the microwave or on the stove for easy dinners. Get the recipe.

Baked Oatmeal Cups

Breakfast can also be a hassle, but these baked oatmeal cups can ensure that your loved one will be able to have a nutritious breakfast at ease. Make a batch and reheat them to eat with yogurt or berries. Get the recipe. 

Ham & Bean Soup

volunteer real servicesSoups are always comforting and easy to freeze and reheat, so it’s no wonder there are a lot on this list. This ham and bean soup is super easy because of the pre-cooked ham, which you can either make yourself or use store-bought. Reheating is easy in the crockpot or on the stove. Get the recipe.

Lasagna Cups

Want something hearty that isn’t soup? Lasagna cups are a great way to enjoy this Italian classic dish without worrying about too much hassle or having to take out a huge dish from the freezer to only reheat a few. Making lasagna in a cupcake pan gives individual servings, so elderly loved ones can reheat one or multiple at a time when they’re ready for dinner. Get the recipe.

Vegetable Beef Soup

This is a great recipe because it’s a classic, and can evoke fond memories for our elder loved ones. It’s also packed with veggies, making it very healthy. Freeze individual servings for quick reheating. Get the recipe.

Tomato-Herb Mini Frittatas

Want to make sure your elderly loved ones start their day with veggies? These easy mini frittatas are perfect for big batches and freezing individual servings in freezer bags. When your loved one is ready for breakfast, all they have to do is simply pull one out and reheat it in either the oven or microwave. Yum! Get the recipe.

Taking care of elderly family and friends isn’t easy, but you’re not alone. REAL Services is here to help. Call 574-233-8205 for help. 

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