Save time and hassle by making a few dishes ahead of time to enjoy later

Image: 9 freezer-friendly recipes to see you through the summer

With summer approaching and thoughts turning to fun days out and about, spending time holed up in the kitchen is not such an appealing prospect. With that in mind, here's nine freezer-friendly recipes that can be cooked in advance so when those lovely summer evenings turn up you're not stuck inside cooking for the family. 


1. Roast chicken, squash and filo pie

Reinvent roast chicken with this freezer-friendly pie that will be great served with a side of leafy green salad. Freeze for up to a month and defrost this dish overnight in the fridge before serving. 


2. Plaice, spinach and potato cheesy bake

This rich, cheesy pie makes perfect comfort food for those chillier summer days and can be kept in the freezer for up to a month.


3. Lamb moussaka with tomato and peppers

Make this Mediterranean classic ahead of time, freeze for up to a month and serve to please the whole family at supper.


4. Mild chicken curry

This curry dish is gentle enough in flavour that even your little ones will enjoy. Make two batches and freeze the second one for up to a month.


5. Scrumptious freezer scones

Cook up a big batch and freeze these simple and tasty scones for up to three months. Just the thing for when your family needs a quick snack fix. Yum.


6. Orange yogurt cake

Save this cake in the freezer for up to three months and serve as a delicious pudding when you next have guests over.


7. Parsnip and apple soup

The mix of savoury and sweet makes this soup a comforting favourite. Freeze for up to a month and defrost overnight to eat for lunch the next day.


8. Savoury carrot and courgette muffins

These savoury muffins make a great treat for the kids at snack time and they can be kept in the freezer too for up to three months. A win-win situation.


9. Minty pea soup

Peas and mint is a classic combination and this soup can be served either piping hot in the winter or chilled on a warm summer day. Freeze for up to a month and serve at the temperature you desire.