Skip the store-bought freezer meals—they may be convenient, but they’re LOADED with sodium and artificial additives. You can meal prep your own frozen dinner with simple, wholesome ingredients! This dinner has it all: plant-based protein from the lentils, fiber-filled whole grains, and nutritious veggies. Plus, you can use already frozen grains and veggies to save time and money! Best of all, this freezer meal works out to just $1.25 PER SERVING! You can’t beat easy budget meals!
1/2 cup cooked green lentils
3/4 cup frozen rice or quinoa
7 oz frozen vegetables
whichever other seasonings you enjoy! (lemon pepper, etc.)
Choose a firmer variety of lentils, like green or brown. These will freeze better!
Bring salted water to a boil and add your lentils. Cover and boil for 2-3 minutes.
Turn heat down to medium and simmer until crisp and tender, about 30 minutes. (It’s okay to slightly under-cook because they’ll cook more when you re-heat them later!) Freeze cooked lentils on their own, or use to prep freezer meals.
Add cooked lentils, frozen rice or quinoa, and frozen veggies to an airtight container and freeze.
When ready to eat, season meal as desired. I love to use taco seasoning, lemon pepper, or onion salt! Add a few tablespoons of water to meal to help it steam.
Microwave 3-5 minutes, until tender and warmed through.
Stir, serve, and enjoy! Top with sriracha or your favorite sauce.
Yields 1 freezer meal.
Per meal: 15g fiber | 6g sugars
Serving: 1 freezer meal