Easy Moussaka Recipe

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Get inventive and batch cook these easy yet achievable recipes to enjoy now or freeze for later, from classic cottage pie and creamy coconut dahl to cook-from-frozen fish fingers and cinnamon buns

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Ingredients

  • All ingredients can be frozen

Classic cottage pie

This is our take on a classic cottage pie. With rich beef and creamy mash, it's a long-standing family favourite and a good one to have in the freezer for emergencies!

Classic Cottage Pie Recipe

Mini chicken, leek and mushroom pies

Beat the blues with these deliciously creamy individual chicken, leek and mushroom pot pies. Easy to make and suitable for freezing when you're in need of a quick midweek meal.

Mini chicken, leek and mushroom pies

Pork pibil

Pork pibil is a great weekend slow-cook recipe, it may take a bit of time but it's super easy. This one-pot dish is low in calories and can feed up to eight people. Freeze and portion this pork pibil and give your midweek meals some Mexican zing.

Cochinita Pibil With Pork

Coconut dahl with naans

Make a batch of this vegetarian coconut dahl with naans and freeze for later. We've also included instructions on how to make the dahl in a slow cooker.

Coconut Dahl Recipe with Homemade Naans

Lamb shank rogan josh

We use lamb shanks for our rogan josh – they're seriously tender and full of flavour. No need for a takeaway when you can devour these straight from the oven! Or simply freeze in portions for a warming and aromatic midweek meal.

Lamb Shank Rogan Josh

Chicken normandy

Make a batch of this comforting, freezer-friendly chicken dish. If you fancy adding some fruit, fry cored apple wedges in a knob of butter until golden, then stir through before reheating.

Chicken Normandy Recipe

Classic freezer fish pie

A comforting pie filled with white fish, smoked haddock, prawns and leek, topped with fluffy mash, that you can make in advance and freeze.

Classic Fish Pie Recipe

Chicken, red pepper and olive cacciatore

This Italian one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly, plus, it's low cal and gluten free. The recipe is easily halved if you only want to serve 3-4 people. Make one to eat now and one to freeze for later.

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe with olives

Classic freezer moussaka

Layers of minced lamb, potato and aubergine, covered in white sauce and baked to make the classic Greek dish moussaka. Greek salad is all you need on the side. Eat now or freeze ahead.

Easy Moussaka Recipe

Cheshire cheese and walnut scones

Our freezable cheese scones take just 30 minutes to bake and make a great emergency snack that cooks straight from frozen. The toasted walnuts give them a little extra crunch.

Cheshire Cheese Scone Recipe With Walnuts

Mini lamb hotpots

Make a batch of these mini lamb hotpots and freeze them for later. They're easy to make and under 500 calories each.

Mini lamb hotpots

Lamb tagine

Spicy lamb tagine is a real crowd pleaser. It serves six so is great for feeding the family, or you can freeze it in smaller batches so that it'll do for several nights.

Lamb tagine

Beef shin and red wine pie

This meaty pie is an indulgent, comforting family classic. Using beef shin keeps the cost down as it's a cheaper cut. You can easily freeze this ahead for a stress-free weekday meal.

Beef Pie Recipe With Red Wine

Italian spaghetti and meatballs

This is a classic Italian staple that you can cook and eat now, or freeze for later. Serve with pasta for a delicious quick dinner during the week.

Italian spaghetti and meatballs

Batch-cook ossobuco

Nothing beats a classic ossobuco with gremolata. Freeze in portions for comforting midweek meals – serve with risotto, polenta or mash.

Ossobuco with gremolata

Ready-from-frozen calzones

It's easier to make this family favourite than you think with our recipe for spicy sausage calzones, plus they're freezer-friendly.

Sausage Calzones Recipe

Baked-not-fried chicken

This is a brilliant lower calorie alternative to traditional fried chicken. It's also suitable for freezing so make a big batch and have a ready stash of crispy, juicy chicken!

baked chicken

Smoked haddock and chive fishcakes

These smoked haddock and chive fishcakes will be loved by the whole family and are a handy standby for when you're too busy to cook. Eat half now and freeze the rest.

Smoked Haddock Fishcake Recipe with Chives

Homemade frozen fish fingers

Have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with these homemade cook-from-frozen fish fingers. This quick and easy crunchy fish fingers recipe makes for a great family meal.

Fish fingers - freezer pleasers

Melanzane parmigiana

Make a batch of this Italian veggie classic to feed the whole family, or make two smaller dishes and freeze one for later. Plus, it's gluten free.

Melanzane parmigiana

Cook-from-frozen hash browns

Make a batch of our clever, cook-from-frozen hash browns for lazy weekend brunches. They're easy to make and vegetarian.

How To Make Hash Browns Recipe

Dauphinoise potatoes

Dauphinoise potatoes are an absolute classic. We love the combination of cream, garlic and cheese smothered on thinly sliced potatoes and it makes any meal feel more special. What's even better, is that you can cook and eat this now, or freeze ahead to have ready when you need it.

Dauphinoise Potatoes Recipe

Freezable dessert recipes

Freezer key lime pie

This freezes brilliantly, so it’s a great make-ahead pud for an easy dinner. It’s best to freeze it before the cream goes on top then just add the topping before serving.

Key Lime Pie Recipe

Apricot, blueberry and almond breakfast muffins

Banana and yogurt keep these muffins moist, while the butter, ground almonds and oats make them filling. No added sugar means you’re getting the day off to a good start too.

Apricot, blueberry and almond breakfast muffins

Black forest profiteroles

With chocolate, double cream, black cherries and a splash of brandy, make and freeze these black forest cake inspired choux buns ahead of time to create a delicious, sophisticated dessert in minutes.

Black Forest Chocolate Profiteroles Recipe

Easy cinnamon buns

Check out our easiest ever cinnamon buns. Bake and enjoy now or save for a weekend breakfast – just make sure to eat them warm from the oven.

Easy Cinnamon Bun Recipe

Cinnamon gooseberry crumbles

This mini crumble recipe is really easy to follow for an individual pud. Make a batch and freeze some for when you need a sweet hit.

Gooseberry Crumble Recipe With Cinnamon

Spiced berry slump

A slump is similar to a cobbler but with less fuss. Berries bubbling through the topping give this a more rustic feel. It cooks from frozen with ease.

Spiced berry slump

Brown butter frangipane and nectarine tart

Our brown butter frangipane tart is a super impressive dessert to serve to a group of friends, or freeze for later.

Brown Butter Frangipane and Nectarine Tart
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