10 Quick Freezer Staple Recipes

Spinach: spinach orecchiette

Frozen spinach, cream, garlic, and Parmesan make a delicious sauce for this quick pasta meal. Orecchiette is used here, but you could use fusilli or any sauce-carrying pasta.

Peas and spinach: mint, pea, spinach and chia fritter

These lean, green fritters can be eaten alone or in a vegetarian burger bun. They can be made quickly with frozen peas and spinach. They last two days in the fridge and make a great light lunch, so make extra.

Peas and spinach: turkey and ham casserole

Use leftover turkey, ham, chicken, or a combo to make this easy casserole. The rich filling contains healthful frozen peas and spinach. If desired, add broccoli. Stuffing components make the crispy topping.

Peas: chicken and pea curry

Frozen peas are essential for soups, noodles, omelets, and this delicious chicken curry. Ginger, garlic, cumin, and chili make it a family favorite. Make a double batch to freeze leftovers.

Peas: green shakshuka

This 30-minute vegan Middle Eastern dish includes frozen peas and spinach. Swap plant-based yogurt for thick Greek yogurt if you're not serving vegans. For a relaxing weekend breakfast, this one-pan meal serves two.

Peas: Pea, Parma Ham and feta quiche

This quiche is great for a picnic, brunch, breakfast, or lunch. Frozen peas complement the feta and Parma Ham's saltiness. Use frozen shortcrust pastry to simplify. Try different fillings and flavors after mastering the foundation recipe.

Peas and shrimp: shrimp and pea risotto

Every home cook should know how to make a good risotto. This recipe uses frozen peas, shrimp, and zucchini to make an amazing meal in 30 minutes. Since it's made in one pan, leftover risotto freezes well.

Shrimp: shrimp laksa

After a long day, this Malaysian noodle soup hits the spot. Chili is tempered by coconut milk and frozen prawns. Thai red curry paste serves as a laksa paste substitute. Kale, bok choy, and spinach added flavor.

Mixed seafood: chunky fish soup

This soup uses a mix of mussels, calamari, and shrimp, which is cheaper than fresh. It takes 15 minutes but quickly transports you to the French Riviera.

Sweetcorn: cashew curry

This aromatic Sri Lankan curry has a creamy, coconutty base with cashews, chickpeas, frozen sweetcorn, and fresh spinach, but drain the extra liquid after defrosting. Enjoy the substantial, warming stew alone or with rice.