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Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI in 40 Minutes

By November 3, 2014 Freezer Prep Session

I’m so excited to share these six new freezer meals with you. I did all of the shopping at Aldi and based the recipes on great sales and organic produce. YUM. Here’s my grocery list and recipes so you can do the same, regardless of whether you live close to Aldi or not.

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

If you read my previous posts on crockpot freezer meals and make ahead meals, then you know that I am very organized and always go to the grocery store with meals planned and a grocery list in hand. Last week, I mixed things up a bit. I went to Aldi and looked for inspiration in their organic foods and good deals.

I focused on Aldi’s meat and produce sections and found these gems: Organic frozen green beans, organic baby carrots, canned organic diced tomatoes, organic tomato basil pasta sauce, cartons of organic free range chicken broth, cheap ground beef, and deeply-discounted chicken breasts.

Based on those ingredients from Aldi, I decided to make these six crockpot freezer meals…

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Overall, I spent $44.42 on my groceries. I had some of the sauces and spices on-hand and bought everything else at Aldi. All of the recipes are very simple, so you can make them even if you don’t shop at Aldi or use organic ingredients.

 

I froze all of my meals raw, so they were very easy and quick to make.

If you’re new to freezer cooking, here are some of the benefits…

  • You can take advantage of sales and stock your freezer.
  • You’ll have homemade meals ready for busy weeknights.
  • When you freeze the ingredients raw, they won’t taste like leftovers at all. Wahoo!

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

Here’s how the process works…

  1. Print your recipes.
  2. Label your freezer bags. (I use these simple printable labels.)
  3. Prep all the vegetables.
  4. Open all the cans.
  5. Fill the bags in an assembly line. (I prefer these freezer bags. <affiliate link>) Add the meat to the bag last so it’s the first ingredient poured into the crockpot.
  6. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze.

Most freezer meals will last in a standard freezer up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, cook in your crockpot, and enjoy!

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

If you’re looking for more freezer meal ideas, here are some of our favorites…

My No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook also walks you through the process step-by-step and gives specific strategies for fitting freezer cooking into a busy life.

Thoughts or questions? Leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

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Sarah
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Just curious–do you have any trouble with grease from the ground beef floating on your soup? I’ve never done crockpot meals that had raw hamburger, unless it was a meat loaf where the fat is easily removed after cooking. And even when I buy lean ground beef, it still has more fat that I would like in a soup.

Lindsey
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Lindsey

Usually I cook ground meat and drain off the fat before I throw it in the slow cooker. Hopefully that helps.

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Amy

Hi, Sarah….old trick my gram showed me. For grease on chilis or soups, float the unused heels of your bread on the top for a few seconds, then use a spoon to remove the bread. It sops up the majority of the grease. Also, you can avoid it altog. ether by browning the meat, then pouring boiling water over it instead of just draining it, THEN add it to the soup or crockpot for the last hour of cooking

KarenH
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KarenH

If you have trouble with floating grease…take a slice of bread and lay on top of the soup for a few seconds…then toss the bread away..All the grease is mopped up by the bread.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Unless I’m using very lean ground beef I would brown, drain, and cool the ground beef before adding it to the bag. And I wouldn’t use very lean ground beef for soup. I try to use cheaper meat for soup since it’s not the main player. Thanks for the recipes and the list…wonderful!!

D'Monda Miles
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D'Monda Miles

Thanks for the extra tips.

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marla

Thanks for the tip on how to get updates by email. My family is starting to eat healthier and having food easily accessible is so necessary to this endeavor. I’m excited to learn new things here.

Linda
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Linda

Can you freeze any slow cooker recipe? I just stumbled on your blog and am thinking about trying some of your recipes but, I also have several of my own slow cooker recipes and am thinking about freezing them.

Tabitha
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Tabitha

I am making all of these today for my family. I love crockpot cooking, and I love Aldi so thank you for combining them! With a family of 6 plus one on the way, I need more recipes like this. YAY