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.

Mediterranean Sheet Pan Dinner with Sausage, Chickpeas, & Zucchini

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This Easy Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

I love cooking, but I hate doing dishes.  I don’t know about you, but in my house, there are always dishes piling up!  That’s one of the reasons I LOVE this Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER for easy cleanup!  It has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Everything is infused with Mediterranean flavors from the garlic, oregano, and olive oil.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta and you gotta one heck of a delicious dinner!

Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER on a plate with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Loaded with Protein & Fiber!

Sometimes feeding kids leaves you wondering if they are getting enough protein, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber.  This Sheet Pan Dinner has you covered, with over 18g of Fiber and 52.5g Protein!   The average sedentary woman needs 46g of Protein per day and about 25g of Fiber per day so this meal definitely keeps you on track to meet your daily needs!

The reason this recipe packs such a punch in both Protein and Fiber is because you are getting high quality inputs from different sources here.  While many foods give protein, not all are the complete proteins that you can get from meat, meaning they contain all 9 Essential Amino Acids.  Chicken, Chickpeas, and Quinoa ALL provide complete proteins, so this is especially important here.  Chickpeas and Quinoa are also great sources of Fiber.

Other Sheet Pan or One Pot Dinners packing a punch:

For with bite of zucchini, chickpeas, sausage, and ricotta. Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Nothing special for this one! Just a large sheet pan (I use a 17×11) and a small-medium pot with lid for the quinoa.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR MEDITERRANEAN SHEET PAN DINNER

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)

Ingredients for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

For this recipe, you can prepare all of the ingredients in advance and simply roast them in the oven the night you want to eat this!

  1. Prep the Chickpeas
  2. Slice the Zucchini
  3. Slice the Sausage
  4. Cook the Quinoa
  5. Mix the Ricotta

Start by draining the chickpeas and rinsing them under cold water.  Store them in the fridge until ready to cook.

Slice the zucchini lengthwise in half and then cut 1/4 inch slices.Sliced zucchini on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

You can make the Quinoa up to 4 days in advance and store it in the fridge as well!  Start by measuring out 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and rinsing it in a strainer with cool water in the sink.  Then put the rinsed quinoa in a small-medium size pot with fitted lid.  Add 2 cups of water and 2 tsp of Chicken Base or a Bouillon cube.

Rinsing quinoa in strainer for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Spoon adding chicken base to quinoa for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Bring the water to a soft boil and stir to make sure the base or bouillon is dissolved.  Turn the heat down to the lowest setting, cover with fitted lid and cook for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, turn the heat off, but keep it covered for another 5 minutes or so as it starts to cool down.  Then fluff with a fork and transfer to storage container to store in the fridge until ready to reheat and eat.

Italian Chicken Sausage

Next slice the Chicken Sausage and store it in the fridge as well. 

For this recipe, I used pre-cooked Italian Chicken Sausage.  There are several brands now at stores.  If you want to use Raw Italian Chicken Sausage, you will have a choice between links or bulk.  If you buy links, you will want to pre-cook it yourself and then slice it for the recipe.  Or you can squeeze it out of the casings into bite-size pieces and cook them on the sheet pan. 

I used Italian Chicken Sausage from Hungyroot!  It’s a subscription box service that sends you pre-prepped fresh and healthy food products every week.  The food products range from fresh produce that’s been peeled, chopped, diced.  To healthy proteins like cooked chicken and meat alternatives, such as Beyond Burger, and other vegetarian and vegan products. For a limited time, Hungyroot is running an amazing  promotion!  New customers get $50 off their first 2 orders ($25 off each order)!  Just click here to check it out!

Sliced sausage on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Sliced sausage on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Ok, the final prep-ahead step is to mix the Ricotta with garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.

COOK YOUR MEDITERRANEAN SHEET PAN DINNER

Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees.  

Add the Chickpeas to a Large Sheet Pan. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp dried oregano. Toss the chickpeas in the seasoning until dispersed evenly and then spread them out into a single layer on the pan. Roast the Chickpeas in the oven for 15 minutes.

Chickpeas on pan for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Chickpeas on pan for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

After 15 minutes, push the chickpeas to the side of the pan and add the zucchini slices in the center and the sausage slices on the other side. Drizzle olive oil on the zucchini and sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp Oregano. Flip the zucchini over and do the same to the other side. Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes.Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

After 15 minutes, take the sheet pan out and add parmesan cheese on top of the zucchini. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes either under the broiler or back on center rack to get golden brown.Hand sprinkling parmesan on zucchini for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

While everything is roasting in the oven, warm up the Quinoa in the microwave for 1 minute. Or you can put it in a pot on the stove with a tbls of water. Cover and reheat on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring to ensure it doesn’t burn.

To serve, plate a large scoop of Quinoa and top with some sausage, zucchini, and chickpeas. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and add a dollop or two or three of the seasoned Ricotta. 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER on a plate with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
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Mediterranean Sheet Pan Dinner: Sausage, Chickpeas, Zucchini

This Easy & Delicious Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER has hearty and satisfying chicken sausage, creamy and bright zucchini. and crispy nutty chickpeas.  Everything is infused with Mediterranean flavors from the garlic, oregano, and olive oil.  Serve over quinoa with a few dollops of seasoned Ricotta and you gotta one heck of a delicious dinner! #sheetpandinner #easydinner #healthydinner #familydinner #dinnerideas #onepandinners #30minutemeals #chickpeas #quinoa

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken sausage, chickpeas, sheet pan dinner, zucchini
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 747 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Sheet Pan Ingredients

  • 15 oz Chickpeas
  • 1 Zucchini, large
  • 4-5 links Pre-cooked Chicken Sausage, Italian
  • 2 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder

Other Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups Water or Chicken Broth (add 2 tsp Chicken base or bouillon cubes to water)
  • 1 cup Ricotta Cheese, whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano, dried

Instructions

Prep-Ahead

  1. You can make the Quinoa up to 4 days in advance and store it in the fridge as well!  Start by measuring out 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and rinsing it in a strainer with cool water in the sink.  Then put the rinsed quinoa in a small-medium size pot with fitted lid.  Add 2 cups of water and 2 tsp of Chicken Base or a Bouillon cube.

    Rinsing quinoa in strainer for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  2. Drain the chickpeas and rinse them under cold water.  Store them in the fridge until ready to cook.

  3. Slice the zucchini lengthwise in half and then cut 1/4 inch slices.

    Sliced zucchini on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  4. Slice the sausage and store in fridge until ready to cook.

    Sliced sausage on cutting board with knife for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  5. In a medium-size bowl, mix the Ricotta with 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder, 1/2 tsp Oregano, 1/2 tsp Salt, 1/2 tsp Black Pepper. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Cook

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Add the Chickpeas to a Large Sheet Pan. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp dried oregano. Toss the chickpeas in the seasoning until dispersed evenly and then spread them out into a single layer on the pan. Roast the Chickpeas in the oven for 15 minutes.

    Chickpeas on pan for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  3. After 15 minutes, push the chickpeas to the side of the pan and add the zucchini slices in the center and the sausage slices on the other side. Drizzle olive oil on the zucchini and sprinkle with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp Oregano. Flip the zucchini over and do the same to the other side. Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes.

    Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  4. After 15 minutes, take the sheet pan out and add parmesan cheese on top of the zucchini. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes either under the broiler or back on center rack to get golden brown.

    Hand sprinkling parmesan on zucchini for Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas. Serve over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas
  5. While everything is roasting in the oven, warm up the Quinoa in the microwave for 1 minute. Or you can put it in a pot on the stove with a tbls of water. Cover and reheat on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring to ensure it doesn't burn.

  6. To serve, plate a large scoop of Quinoa and top with some sausage, zucchini, and chickpeas. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and add a dollop or two or three of the seasoned Ricotta. Enjoy!

    Mediterranean SHEET PAN DINNER on a plate with chicken sausage, parmesan zucchini. and crispy chickpeas over quinoa with dollops of seasoned Ricotta. #sheetpandinner #chickpeas

Recipe Notes

Sausage: If you are using raw sausage links, you have a choice:

  1. cook the sausage links whole first - you can put them on the sheet pan first and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Then slice and follow the recipe to add the chickpeas and Zucchini and bake another 20 min. Or...
  2. Remove the raw sausage from the casing and separate it into bite-size chunks. Then cook according to the recipe. 20 min should be enough at the 400F high heat to cook the raw sausage through.