• Making Mayo’s Recipes: 5 meals you can freeze

Homemade frozen dinners are an excellent, healthy option, when you make them yourself. And putting dinner on ice isn't as difficult as you may think. You can freeze a lot of things besides casseroles.

Focus on doubling one dinner this week, so you can eat half and freeze half for later. Cooking twice as much requires very little extra time and effort, but the payoff is a whole extra meal.

For best results, freeze cooled or uncooked food in airtight containers. And make sure to freeze portions that will serve you well later. For soups and stews, that may mean individual servings in flattened, sealed freezer bags, rather one big frozen chunk. Also, be sure to label dinners by name and cooking date, and plan to use them within three months.

Each week one of the 100+ tasty video recipes from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program is featured on the Mayo Clinic News Network, just in time for you to try at the weekend. You can also have the recipes delivered via the Mayo Clinic App.

Created by the executive wellness chef and registered dietitians at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. Find more recipes and other healthy-living insights on the Mayo Clinic App.   

Watch: 5 meals you can freeze.

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