Five 5-Ingredient Dinners You Can Freeze with Grocery List

When life deals you a tough hand, such as – just throwing this out there as an example – a Pandemic-forcing-you-to-change-your-life-and-stay-inside-your-home 🙄, it’s an opportunity to simplify and focus on the positive.  One positive is that you can have more dinners with your family!  To help you plan, prepare, and serve EASY family dinners, here I have 5-Ingredient Dinners that can be frozen WITH a Grocery List!  

When it comes to dinners, look to comforting and simple, not fancy and complicated.  You may not be able to get to the grocery store often, so simple ingredients and dinners that you can freeze ahead are so important to your sanity.  These 5-Ingredient Dinners are perfect for this.  

5-Ingredient Dinners You Can Freeze!

When it comes to simple dinners, leaning on your pantry and freezer can be a huge help!  For each of the 5-Ingredient Dinners below, I have added in freezer instructions.  Make sure that you label anything that you place in the freezer with the following information:

  • Name/Description – try to label as detailed as possible
  • Ingredients – 4 months later, you may not remember what you put into that sauce
  • Date – this should be the date that you place it into the freezer

But the freezer can be used for so much more than storing fully prepared casseroles and meals!  The freezer can be a huge friend in the kitchen, helping you to keep fresh veggies, meats, and so much more on hand.  Be sure to check out the full printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

5 Recipes, 5 Ingredients Each, 1 Grocery List

Because you can so easily make all of these recipes and freeze them, I’ve gone ahead and prepared a consolidated grocery list here for you!  Please note, I have not included Salt, Pepper, or Olive Oil in the ‘5-Ingredients’.  I have also listed a couple ingredients as optional.

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Your 5-Ingredient Dinners

1.  Easy Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs!

Close up picture of sliced meatloaf with ketchup on top. This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!

This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don’t have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist – and it’s gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!

Freezer:  Meatloaf freezes so well raw.  For this recipe, simply double the ingredients and make 2 meatloaves.  Cook one to enjoy right away.  Make the second meatloaf and freeze raw.  It will last up to 4 months in the freezer.  When you go to cook the frozen meatloaf, place it directly into the oven from freezer.  Add 20-30 minutes to the cooking time.  Use a thermometer to ensure the center is cooked to 160 F degrees.

 2. Pancetta, Parmesan, & Pepper Pasta

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork holding bite. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

This 30-Minute Quick & Easy Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta is a creamy, peppery, and absolutely delicious pantry dinner.  The Pancetta is diced to give a salty and slightly peppery flavor and meatiness in every bite. The Parmesan cheese creates this nutty, salty, and creamy sauce coating every piece of pasta. And last, but not least, the ground black pepper gives that peppery flavor that really makes this pasta stand out.

Freezer:  For this recipe, rather than freeze the entire dish, you will be freezing some of the ingredients so that you can make it anytime!  The Pancetta (diced), Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Minced Garlic can all be frozen separately.  When you go to cook this recipe, the pancetta and minced garlic can added to the hot pan directly from the freezer.  The parmesan cheese just needs to be loosened a bit in it’s container by either shaking it or using a fork. 

3.  Chicken & Cheese Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

Hand holding Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangle with melty cheese pulling. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be these incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadillas! With crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor, they will become your new obsession. I filled these with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious.

Freezer:  For these quesadillas, you can assemble them and then freeze them flat on a sheet pan.  Once frozen, I wrap them individually in aluminum foil so that they don’t stick together.  Then cook them directly from freezer without thawing them first.  You may need to add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time to ensure that they get crispy on the outside.

4.  Easy Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

This EASY Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken is quick to make and mouth wateringly yummy! The fantastic marinade and sauce is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, tt takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!!

Freezer:  The fantastic thing about this recipe is that you can make tons of the marinade and portion it out to freeze with the chicken for several dinners!  Be sure to freeze the chicken flat and try not to squish the chicken together.  If the chicken breasts freeze separately, they will thaw faster and more evenly.  When you want to cook it for dinner, transfer the frozen raw chicken to the fridge to thaw 24 hours in advance.  When thawed, simply follow the cooking instructions in the recipe.

5.  Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Welcome to my new favorite comfort food with a healthy twist: Cheesy Cauliflower Rice.  If Mac and Cheese met Cauliflower, fell in love and had a baby, it would be this Cheesy Cauliflower Rice. This recipe is so simple with just the flavors from the cauliflower - plus a few other things to help it come together.

This is one of my favorite comfort foods with a healthy twist: Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice. If Mac and Cheese met Cauliflower, fell in love and had a baby, it would be this Cheesy Cauliflower Rice. It’s so good that I didn’t even get fancy here by adding any other flavors. You get cauliflower and cheese…plus some other ingredients to help it get it on. This Cheesy Cauliflower Rice is a delicious gluten free, low-carb alternative to a pasta or rice side dish.

Freezer:  Make this entire recipe and freeze it!  It’s that simple :).  Then thaw it in the fridge overnight and warm it up in the oven 350 F degrees, on the stove in a covered pot on low heat with a half cup of water, or in the microwave.  If you find that it has a bit too much liquid when reheated, you can add some parmesan cheese or shredded cheese to help thicken it.  You can also mix in some cornstarch, but be sure to cook the dish for at least another 5 minutes.

Mini Beef Wellington Bites

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Mini Beef Wellington Bites stacked on platter.  They are flaky and buttery on the outside.  Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Warning!  This recipe is irresistible and crazy-addictive.  These Mini Beef Wellington Bites are flaky and buttery on the outside, meaty and succulent on the inside.  Baked Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  My version of this classic is approachable, easy and taste ridiculously delicious. 

They are perfect for a party because you can make them ahead and freeze them and then simply bake them off when ready to serve.  They are also great for kids.

Approachable Decadence

Beef Wellington is an English recipe.  It traditionally has a filet of beef layered with pate or foie gra and a duxelle, which is a chopped mushroom mixture.  It’s all wrapped in puff pastry and baked.  Now, this can be intimidating!  So, back when I was catering, I set out to create a more approachable version.

‘Mini’ is definitely more approachable!  If you mess one of them up, you still have 19 more.  You can also be confident that the slice of meat will be cooked through vs. with a large roast.

I eliminated the pate and added parmesan to the mushrooms.  I love mushrooms and parmesan just enhances the salty, nutty flavor so perfectly.  It also adds the creaminess that you would have gotten from the pate.  And frankly, there is already so much flavor from the puff pastry, the beef filet, and the mushrooms, that pate seems like overkill.

Check out just how easy these are to make!

Here are a few more decadent recipes made more approachable to try!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, I used a food processor to do all the chopping work on the mushrooms. You can certainly do this by hand, but my go-to mini food processor was the perfect for the job.

For both searing the beef filet tips and for cooking the mushrooms, I used my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!.

Lastly, you will also need a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) for baking the mini beef wellingtons.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MINI BEEF WELLINGTON BITES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Puff Pastry can be found in your freezer section of the store.  Keep it frozen and put it in the fridge to thaw a day before you plan to use it.

This recipe starts with Petite Beef Filet.  It’s one of the most tender cuts without the most expensive price tag.  The Petite Filet comes from the shoulder and is so incredibly tender.  It tastes very similar to filet mignon, but is much less expensive.

You can make the beef a day or 2 early as well. You will be par-cooking the beef as it will finish cooking in the pastry later.  I season very simply with salt and pepper and a very light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil that I rub all over.  Then I sear the outside of the filets in a pan on high heat for about 5 minutes on each side to get a nice brown crust.  Then I move it to the oven center rack and cook for 15 minutes in 375 F degrees.

Raw Beef Filet in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood  

Seared raw Beef Filet in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Beef Filet in pan in oven for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

When the beef is done cooking, transfer it to a plate to rest and cool down.  

For the Mushroom filling, start by chopping the mushrooms into small pea-size pieces.  You can do this by hand, but it is much easier in a food processor.

Finely Dice the Onion. Mince the garlic. You can store these in the fridge together until ready to cook.

Add the mushrooms to a preheated skillet or frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil (you can use the same one the beef cooked in).  Add the diced onions, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix to combine and spread out into a layer covering the entire pan. Let cook without touching for 5 minutes. Then mix and spread into a layer and cook for another 5 minutes. When the mixture has cooked down and the onions are translucent, transfer it to a bowl to cool for a few minutes.

Add 1 tbsp milk or cream and the parmesan cheese to the mushrooms and quickly mix through so it doesn’t start to melt and clump. Store in the fridge to cool until ready to assemble.

Mushrooms in food processor for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Mushrooms, onions, seasoning in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Cooked chopped mushrooms in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Adding milk to cooked chopped mushrooms in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Mixing mushrooms and parmesan in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

ASSEMBLE & BAKE YOUR MINI BEEF WELLINGTON BITES 

When you are are ready to assemble, start by beating an egg in a small bowl.  Put your beef filet on a cutting board and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. It’s ok if it looks really pink or even rare in the center as the beef will cook inside the pastry.

Sliced beef filet for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Using a large cutting board, sprinkle with flour. Carefully open up a puff pastry sheet and place on the floured board. Roll it out evenly so that it grows in size about an inch in every direction.

Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 10 even rectangles.Rolling Puff Pastry sheet on cutting board for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Puff Pastry sheet cut into 10 pieces for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Using a pastry brush or your finger if you don’t have one, brush the egg mixture along the edges of each pastry rectangle.

Place a slice of beef in the center of the rectangle, then scoop a small amount of the mushroom mixture on top. Fold the sides of the pastry over and press to seal. Then turn the beef ‘package’ over so the seal is on the bottom.

Using a fork, press the sides together to seal the sides.

Brushing Puff Pastry sheet with egg for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Slice of beef on cut Puff Pastry for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Spoon adding mushroom filling on top of slice of beef on cut Puff Pastry for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Place all of the mini beef wellington bites on a large sheet pan and brush with the remaining egg mixture. At this point, you can place the sheet pan in the freezer and then transfer them to a freezer container once frozen. They will last in the freezer for 3 months.Brushing egg on uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Bake in the oven on the center (and top rack if you have 2 pans) for 10-12 minutes or until the pastry has puffed and the tops are golden brown. (if you are baking from frozen state, add about 5 minutes to the cooking time, but DO NOT THAW BEFORE COOKING)Cooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Mini Beef Wellington Bites stacked on platter. They are flaky and buttery on the outside. Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
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Mini Beef Wellington Bites

These Mini Beef Wellington Bites are flaky and buttery on the outside, meaty and succulent on the inside.  Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  They are perfect for a party because you can make them ahead and freeze them and then simply bake them off when ready to serve. #appetizers #partyfood #christmasparty #beefrecipes #partyrecipes #smallbites #appetizerrecipes

Course Appetizer
Cuisine English
Keyword party appetizers, party food
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 Pieces

Ingredients

Mushroom Filling

  • 8 oz White Button Mushrooms
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Finely Diced Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Milk or Cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Other Ingredients

  • 16 oz Petite Beef Filet
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Puff Pastry Sheets
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Instructions

  1. Start by putting the frozen puff pastry into the fridge to thaw the day before.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.

  3. Finely Dice the Onion. Mince the garlic. You can store these in the fridge together until ready to cook.

  4. You can make the beef a day or 2 early as well. You will be par-cooking the beef as it will finish cooking in the pastry later. Season very simply by rubbing olive oil all over and sprinkling liberally with salt and pepper.

    Seasoned Raw Beef Filet for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  5. Then I sear the outside of the filets in a pan on high heat for about 5 minutes on each side to get a nice brown crust.  Then I move it to the oven, center rack and cook for 15 minutes in 375 F degrees. When the beef is done cooking, transfer it to a plate to rest and cool down.  You can store covered in the fridge until ready to slice and assemble.

    Seared raw Beef Filet in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  6. While the beef is cooking, you can make the Mushroom filling. Start by chopping the mushrooms into small pea-size pieces.  You can do this by hand, but it is much easier in a food processor

    Mushrooms in food processor for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  7. Add the mushrooms to a preheated skillet or frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil (you can use the same one the beef cooked in).  Add the diced onions, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix to combine and spread out into a layer covering the entire pan. Let cook without touching for 5 minutes. Then mix and spread into a layer and cook for another 5 minutes. When the mixture has cooked down and the onions are translucent, transfer it to a bowl to cool for a few minutes.

    Mushrooms, onions, seasoning in pan for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  8. Add milk (or cream) and the parmesan cheese to the mushrooms and quickly mix through so it doesn't start to melt and clump. Store in the fridge to cool until ready to assemble.

    Mixing mushrooms and parmesan in bowl for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood

Assemble and Freeze or Bake

  1. When you are are ready to assemble, start by beating an egg in a small bowl.

  2. Put your beef filet on a cutting board and slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. It's ok if it looks really pink or even rare in the center as the beef will cook inside the pastry.

    Sliced beef filet for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  3. Using a large cutting board, sprinkle with flour. Carefully open up a puff pastry sheet and place on the floured board. Roll it out evenly so that it grows in size about an inch in every direction. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 10 even rectangles.

    Puff Pastry sheet cut into 10 pieces for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  4. Using a pastry brush or your finger if you don't have one, brush the egg mixture along the edges of each pastry rectangle.

    Brushing Puff Pastry sheet with egg for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  5. Place a slice of beef in the center of the rectangle, then scoop a small amount of the mushroom mixture on top. Fold the sides of the pastry over and press to seal. Then turn the beef 'package' over so the seal is on the bottom.

    Hand folding puff pastry over filling for Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  6. Using a fork, press the sides together to seal the sides.

    Fork sealing uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  7. Place all of the mini beef wellington bites on a large sheet pan and brush with the remaining egg mixture. At this point, you can place the sheet pan in the freezer and then transfer them to a freezer container once frozen. They will last in the freezer for 3 months.

    Uncooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  8. Bake in the oven on the center (and top rack if you have 2 pans) for 10-12 minutes or until the pastry has puffed and the tops are golden brown. (if you are baking from frozen state, add about 5 minutes to the cooking time, but DO NOT THAW BEFORE COOKING)

    Cooked Mini Beef Wellington Bites on pan. They are flaky and buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood
  9. Serve and Enjoy!

    Hand holding Mini Beef Wellington Bite with bite taken. Buttery Puff Pastry is filled with a creamy mushroom and parmesan filling and tender beef filet.  #appetizers #partyfood #beefrecipes #appetizerrecipes

Recipe Notes

  1. The 30-minute Prep Time includes the time to sear and par-cook the beef, as well as to make the mushroom filling.  The 15-minute Cook time is for baking the Mini Beef Wellington Bites.
  2. These can be frozen up to 3 months in advance.  Freeze after you place on the sheet pan and brush tops with egg, BEFORE YOU COOK.  When you do cook them after freezing, simply put on the sheet pan frozen and add about 5 minutes to the cooking time.