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Thirty-One Crockpot Freezer Recipes

By December 17, 2014Freezer Prep Session

Here are 31 crockpot freezer recipes that don’t require any cooking ahead of time.  Simply combine the ingredients and freeze!

31 Crockpot Freezer RecipesThese recipes take “easy” to a whole new level.  Since none of the ingredients need to be cooked ahead of time, they can be prepped very quickly.  I’ve settled into a routine where I spend 45 minutes assembling meals on the weekend, and that’s all the cooking that I need to do for the week.

This method of meal prep saves me time, money, and the headache of trying to figure out what to make for dinner every night.

Plus, since these meals cook for the very first time in my crockpot, they don’t taste like leftovers at all.  Wahoo!

25 Crockpot Freezer Recipes

If you’re nervous about mixing raw meat and vegetables, don’t be.  I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds).  That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe. (You can find more info on food safety here.)

Here are 31 crockpot freezer recipes that I’ve tried myself.  They’re all absolutely delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.

Freezer eCookbooks

31 Crockpot Recipes That You Can Freeze Without Any Cooking Ahead Of Time

  1. Chicken Chili
  2. Chicken Curry
  3. Shredded BBQ Chicken
  4. Honey Sesame Chicken (from Damn Delicious)
  5. Chicken Soup with Mexican Seasonings
  6. Hawaiian Chicken
  7. Ginger Garlic Chicken (from my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook)
  8. Mexican Chicken Chili with Cornbread Topping
  9. Ginger Peach Chicken
  10. Red Pepper Chicken
  11. Lemon Pepper Chicken
  12. Chicken Fajitas
  13. Cranberry Chicken
  14. Italian Chicken
  15. Chicken Teriyaki
  16. Beef Roast and Carrots (our favorite!)
  17. Orange Shredded Beef
  18. Spicy Pepper Beef
  19. Beef, Lime, and Cilantro Chili
  20. Pot Roast with Green Beans
  21. Garden Veggie Soup with Ground Beef
  22. Beef and Barley Stew (from Live Simply)
  23. Meatball Veggie Soup
  24. Sausage Spinach Tomato Soup
  25. Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork
  26. Cranberry Pork Roast
  27. Party Pork Roast
  28. Lime Shredded Pork
  29. Tomato, Turkey, and Vegetable Soup
  30. Turkey, White Bean, and Kale Soup
  31. Turkey and Black Bean Chili

If the recipe doesn’t contain freezer directions, simply combine all of the ingredients in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months.  (I used to brown my ground meat before freezing, but now I even freeze those meals raw.)

When you’re ready to eat, thaw the bag in your refrigerator overnight or in a bowl of cold water.  Cook according to the recipes instructions and add 1-2 hours if the meal isn’t totally thawed.  Enjoy!

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!



  • Lisa says:

    These look delicious! One question: Do you find that any of the raw meats make the final dish too greasy?

    • Kelly says:

      Nope, I’ve never had that problem. I’m not sure if it matters, but I buy at least 80% lean ground beef.

      • Daniel says:

        If it isn’t floating then it has locked up with other fat in the recipe and isn’t left loose to form on the top of the soup but using 80% burger raw in a recipe still results in 20% of the weight of beef you started with as pure fat. You would be far healthier to brown and drain it before hand. If you are freezing several meals at once just cook it all at once and then separate it to the individual meals.

        • jala says:

          lol, i love ppl that think fat is SOOO unhealthy

          • Michaela says:


          • Heather says:

            It’s the type of animal fat that matters or, more importantly, how the animal was raised and what it ate. We need healthy animal fat in our diet to be healthy. However, it’s imperative that the animal be raised organically AND free range and grass fed. No pesticide or chemically fertilized laden grains! Eating the fat of animals fed food that isn’t their intended-by-nature diet is very unhealthy.

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  • Danielle says:

    I love this idea! Would love to see somethign like this for vegetarian recipes.

  • L.L. says:

    I would LOVE to get your ebooks but have no money;( Darn! Guess i’ll have to wait a few months. If I can only afford 2 ebooks, which ones do u reccomend?

    • Kelly says:

      Start with No Cook Freezer Meals. In my opinion, it’s the best! 🙂 I think 15-Minute Freezer Recipes is my second favorite, but if you’re going to buy two you might as well buy my eBook bundle because the price is similar and you get all three cookbooks.

    • Lindylou says:

      If you can’t afford to purchase the books, check them out from your local library. They’re FREE and if a recipe really suits you, you can make a photocopy of it or write it down.

  • Found myoufrom money saving mom. This list looks awesome. Thanks! And I’ll be back on your site for the aforementioned easy DIYs!

  • […] Kelly from New Leaf Wellness has a post up with 31 different Crockpot Freezer Recipes. […]

  • Sami says:

    Thanks for the great list!! What size crockpot do you use, Kelly?

  • Phyllis B says:

    Thanks so much! My neurologist is discussing removing a meningioma and I was wondering why my husband could cook during recuperation that would be easy for him and tasty for me. These sound good as solutions to both questions.

    • Kelly says:

      That sounds like a wonderful idea, Phyllis. Best of luck in your surgery and recovery! <3

    • Sheila Flynn says:

      Hi there, I had a meningioma removed in 2012 — just in time to save my life, as it had been there so long (my GP misdiagnosed migraines and had me on 180 Tylenol-3’s a month!) that the fluid build-up in my brain almost killed me. Three years later, I am completely recovered — and I haven’t had a headache since! You will recover, too, so don’t hesitate to have it removed. Best of luck — and slow-cooker meals will be just the ticket for your husband as you recover.

      • Kristyn K says:

        PTC? IIH? Also have fluid build up and optic nerve damage. Standing over the counter/stove too long makes my shoulders and neck very stiff, therefore I cook minimally (poor hubby). These crockpot meals, if I did them all in a couple days with hubbys help, would help us eat healthier!

  • A Johnson says:

    Hi. I love your recipes (found them through Money Saving Mom) and I think they are perfect for our busy lifestyle. I’m not sure how to contact you about the recipe books. I ordered them a day or two ago and paid through Pay Pal but haven’t received the link yet through my email. I’ve checked the “Junk” box too. I’m so excited to batch cook this weekend before we head back to school and work, and I want to be as ready as possible before I go grocery shopping. I realize you need a holiday too, so I hate to bother you. Is there any way to check on this, or resend the link? Thank you SO much for doing all the research and work to get these prepared for us. It is a HUGE blessing to our family!!
    Best to you in 2015!

    • Kelly says:

      No problem at all. I just emailed them to the live.com email address that you submitted with this comment. I apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your purchase!!

  • Barb Peterson says:

    I ordered some labels yesterday and still haven’t found them in my email…

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Barb! I just responded to your email. If you don’t get it for some reason, email me at kelly@newleafwellness.biz. Thank you for your purchase!

      • Michelle MacEachern says:

        Hi Kelly. I too ordered labels yesterday and they’re not in my email.


        • Kelly says:

          Oh, no! I’m so sorry about that. They must have gone right to spam or gotten lost along the way. I just emailed a new copy over to the hotmail.ca email address that you submitted with this comment. Thank you for your purchase, Michelle! I apologize for any inconvenience!

  • Bron says:

    I’m so looking forward to trying these recipes. I am gluten intolerant and would love some ideas for some recipes. I live in Australia so I may not have all the ingredients you have but would improvise if necessary. Such a time saving idea… I love it! Look forward to trying your recipes 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Bron. I think improvising will work just fine. One of the things that I love about crockpot recipes is that they’re very versatile. 🙂

      • Loretta says:

        Hi Bron,
        I am also in Australia and my husband is also gluten intolerant. I have found most of the recipes are already gluten free and I don’t have to substitute much. The only thing I don’t do is the cornbread topping on the chilli. I don’t even know what this is or what it tastes like, but I haven’t found a gluten free version, so I just leave it off!

  • Angie says:

    I need a shopping list so I can shop once and prepare once! Great recipes!

  • Rebecca benedicy says:

    Can you put these meals directly into the crockpot from the freezer or do you have to thaw them first? Thanks

    • Kelly says:

      I recommend thawing them. I think it’s safer to cook meat that way and I found it was impossible to fit a solid square frozen block in my oval crockpot.

  • cari says:

    Do you have a master grocery list you could share? I’d love to shop/ prepare these all at once before baby comes in a couple weeks!!

  • Sue says:

    I notice a lot of the recipes call for brown sugar or honey….and substitute suggestions. Having bariatric surgery and cannot have sugar but if i can find a substitute it would be a great meal for the entire family, including me!

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, are there any substitutes that you have tried in other recipes? I’m not much of an expert on specialty sugars or sugar substitutes. `I’d recommend trying my beef roast and carrots. It doesn’t contain any added sugar and it’s one of our favorite meals.

    • Carol says:

      Sue, I have many dietary restrictions. If there is something I can’t have, I just leave it out. For sweetness I might add 1-2 fresh dates when I put into the slow cooker .

  • Joan burgess says:

    Hi: My dad has numerous restrictions, he needs a low sodium diet any suggestions for soups? He is also on medicine, Coumadin a blood thinner, so he is restricted in Vitamin K, leafy veggies. Thanks

    • Kelly says:

      Soup is tricky because there is so much sodium in broth. I’d suggest making your own. I’m making a big batch in my 7qt crockpot today with the bones from a rotisserie chicken, a ton of water, and the ends of carrots, celery, and onions.

  • alecia says:

    This may be a silly question, but when freezing these meals how do you know when to use them by? Is there a general time limit?

    • Kelly says:

      I use three months from the day they’re prepped. Most freezer meals will last in a standard fridge/freezer combo for at least that long.

  • Autumn says:

    I also would love a vegetarian list! But until one is available, which of these do you think would work best with a meat substitute (seitan, tofu, veggie crumbles)?

  • Ruth Jennings says:

    Are these books available in hard copy? I’m not as interested in E books as actual cook books. Thank You!

    • Kelly says:

      They are only available as eBooks, but they are formatted to print on regular 8.5×11″ computer paper, so you’re welcome to print yours if you want.

  • Katie says:

    I love these recipes! But what I always struggle with is that most crock pot meals are either soups, chili’s, and shredded meat/pulled pork. Are there other recipes that can be made like chicken parm for example?

    • Kelly says:

      I wouldn’t make anything that is supposed to be crunchy or a fried consistency in the crockpot because it tends to cook everything down and make it soft/moist, but anything else is fair game. I know some people even make cakes in the their crockpots!

  • Tonia Walker says:

    I was wondering how many servings are in each meal??

    • Kelly says:

      It varies by recipe. If it doesn’t say on the actual recipe page, the average is four. Crockpot soups and roasts tend to be a bit more like six servings.

  • Krikevtay says:

    I have two questions for you:
    1. I buy frozen chicken (either breasts or tenderloin strips). Would these work to put them in already frozen, since it’s not safe to thaw then refreeze meat?
    2. Most of the recipes I’ve seen for pork include bone-in cuts. Would boneless pork roasts/loin work with same instructions?

    • Kelly says:

      1) Yes. Definitely add them to the bags frozen (don’t thaw).
      2) Yes. I prefer most of the bone-in meats, but boneless should work fine.
      Hope this helps!

    • Mark says:

      I don’t think there is anything inherently unsafe about thawing and refreezing meat, right? It is a taste and quality thing. Thawing and refreezing pulls moisture out the meat. Other than that, it is just a time thing. People don’t realize the time is cumulative. Freezing only STOPS the decay process. It does NOT undo the day or 2 that you have already had it thawed.

  • Dawn says:

    Would it be OK to cook the Italian chicken for 8-9 hours on low, or would that kill the chicken? My crockpot doesn’t have delayed start or any other fancy settings. I leave for work at 7:30 am and my husband doesn’t get home until about 4 pm. I do have a “warm” setting, though. Perhaps that would work? Or I guess I could put it in the crockpot frozen, if it will fit.

    • Kelly says:

      It will depend on the size and strength of your slow cooker. My 4-quart would be fine for that amount of time, but my 7-qt would totally dry out the chicken. I’ve also heard of people using light timers to turn their crockpot off early (I think you could do that an hour before your husband gets home, but not earlier or the meal will get cold).

    • MK says:

      I use an appliance timer for a delay start. That way, when I get home everything is still hot and bubbly. I prefer to refrigerate the crock (and ingredients) when I need to do this…

  • Melanie says:

    I have made some no cook freezer meals in the past but found that they lacked flavour once cooked. How does the flavour stand up in these recipes?

    • Kelly says:

      Well, I think they’re delicious. Give them a try, Melanie. It’s really hard for me to play favorites, but I would probably start with one of these numbers: 4, 8, 16, 22, 24, or 25. We love all 31 though!

  • Julie says:

    Hi Kelly, I’m trying to find your Italian chicken recipe and the link above takes me to this page:
    which talks about the Italian Chicken but doesn’t link to the recipe. I’d love it if you could provide it somehow.

  • Julie says:

    Kelly….Never mind…I found it…sorry! (blush)

  • Laura says:

    Really looking forward to trying these!! Wondering how much doubling the recipes would impact cooking times.

    • Kelly says:

      Very little. Just make sure your crockpot is between 1/3 – 2/3 full. I think that’s what most slow cooker brands recommend for optimal cooking.

  • Kara says:

    I have troubles cooking chicken in the crockpot and even sometimes pork. It is always dry, even when sitting completely covered in liquids! What are cooking time recommendations or ANY recommendations to have moist crockpot meat. I always thought Crockpot cooking was a no fail for not having dry meat..

    • Kelly says:

      It depends on the meat and the size and strength of your slow cooker. Chicken breasts cook in about 4 hours in my 7-quart slow cooker and 8 hours in my 4-qt. A 2lb beef roast will shred in 8 hours in my 7-quart, but needs almost 10 in my 4-qt. My best advice is to get to know your machine.

  • Jenny says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas! 3 days ago I put together a few of your recipes. 1 I cooked that day, 3 I froze, and 1 I planned to cook today so I just refrigerated it instead of freezing. It has chicken and bell peppers. Now I am second guessing the safety of letting raw chicken mix with raw vegetables for 3 days in the fridge. Do you think it will be fine to slow cook and eat tonight? I should have just put the bell peppers in a separate bag. Thanks for any advise:)

    • Kelly says:

      I think it will be fine. If you’re really unsure about it, smell it. I think the nose can tell when something is bad.

  • Paula says:

    Just purchased the Bundle as well as the printable labels. By the time I got to my gmail account, they were there ready to download! I can’t wait to try these. My husband just retired and I still work part time. I like to quilt so I would much rather sew than think about dinner. Great idea and recipes. Thanks!

  • Deb E says:

    These recipes look wonderful—can’t wait to try them. I’m trying to do clean eating as best I can, and this will help a lot. One question: what in the world is EVOD? I see it on a lot of your labels and can’t for the life of me figure out what it mean.

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  • Robin says:

    Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes! Such nice variation. Are these generally serving 4 people? I’ve got 6, including hungry teenagers. I’m guessing just double the recipes?

    • Kelly says:

      They typically feed 4-6, but with hungry teenagers I’d double them. For some of them you can just double the meat and keep everything else the same. Hope that helps!

  • Charlotte says:

    Your article says “If you’re nervous about mixing raw meat and vegetables, don’t be. I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds). That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe. (You can find more info on food safety here.)”

    But “Freezing” in Fahrenheit (which is what you indicated) is 32 °F, not 0. Freezing is 0 °C or Celsius. So in Fahrenheit, the temperature would need to reach 32 degrees BELOW freezing to place it at 0 °F and make it completely safe.

    Is this a typo? Is the USDA using Fahrenheit or Celsius?

  • Amanda says:

    Hi! Question: how do you freeze the party pork recipe? Sometimes pork butts can be fairly large, so curious as to how you prep this for freezing and easy/flat storage. Interested in trying. Thanks!!

    • Kelly says:

      I freeze it raw in a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. If you get a really big one, you can always split between two bags for two meals. Hope that helps. It’s a delicious cut of meat.

  • Sarah says:

    Hello! Just wondering, do you have a master shopping list? Thanks! 🙂

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  • Ruth says:

    I’m worried these recipes won’t fit in my crock pot. It’s just a small one meant to serve 3-4 people. Not sure if the exact size… Should I scale the recipes down or will they fit?

    • Kelly says:

      If it’s only 2 quarts, I would cut them in half. If it’s 4 quarts, I think they’ll all fit. If the soup is too much, cut back on a cup of broth. You might need to extend the cooking time by an hour or two, too.

  • Beverly hendrickson says:

    Please add me to your mailing list!!! Thank you! Food sounds so delicious!! can’t wait to start cooking!!!

  • […] it! Prepare these meals as usual & stick them in the freezer. They then only take about 45 minutes to cook, […]

  • Ruth Chadwick says:

    i paid for my bundle but have not seen the download file. where is it? looking forward to trying some of these recipes, thanks.

  • ZnMsMom says:

    I am so happy to have found your site and recipes from Super Healthy Kids. I love that most of your recipes are not cooked ahead. I love the crock pot and use it all the time, but many other sites that have freezer or make-ahead meals are not that healthy because they are loaded with carbs or cooked ahead and reheated. Like every mom, I am very busy and never have time, so being able to make something that is healthy enough for me and appealing to my family is an ongoing challenge. The words “make-ahead” and “freezer” result in groans and eyerolls, so I am hoping that your recipes will change their minds. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Rosanne says:

    Thanks for having healthy crockpot recipes for meats other than chicken! I’m trying to follow the Blood Type Diet and for me (type B) Chicken is something I should avoid.

  • UglyOldWitch says:

    I’m excited to try some of these recipes this week! I <3 my crockpot. Question: one of the recipes has uncooked/chopped potato – don't they discolor in the freezer?


    • Kelly says:

      Nope. I chop mine right before freezing and they always turn out great. I also try to add them to the crockpot still frozen, if I can.

  • Stacey says:

    My fiance and I decided to try out several of these recipes and just finished up our 2nd batch of bag prepping this weekend! So far everything has been great! Your blog is wonderful! I have a question about thawing before cooking. I’ve been putting my bags in the fridge about 12-24 hours before cooking to thaw. However, when I take the bag out of the fridge, the meat still feels frozen. I’ve noticed this mostly with the larger cuts of meat (the roasts and pork butt). Are your meats typically completely thawed when you put them in the pot or just mostly thawed? Thanks!

  • Deborah says:

    I’m new to the freezer food. I have been cooking for many, many, many years. Thought this would work out better for us. Loved all of the recipes I got from you. Can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

  • Paula says:

    I love your ideas and recipes, I am a FCS teacher. I teach high school, but also work with an after school program and teach middle school and elementary school students how to cook. Next month we are having a parent night and the parents that sign up are coming into my classroom in the evening to “cook for their freezers”. This is going to be so wonderful to show them ways to quickly have a healthy meal ready so they can spend more time with their kids.
    My job has been made so much easier because of your ideas!!!
    Thank you!

  • roger nation says:

    Ok, I’ve been looking for a way to save time and money as we have a very busy schedule. By the time my wife and I fight traffic for an hour, and get home, its almost 6 pm. The Last thing we want to do is cook dinner, then clean; what a pain. So we choose to eat out, however, that gets expensive. So I saw this and thought I’d give it a try. I chose 5 dinners, went to the store and spent $100 to include the labes and freezer bags. Not bad for a weeks worth of meals. It took me about 45 min to prep and label all 5 dinners Sunday afternoon. I was all excited Moday on the home, such a feeling of peace knowing we didn’t have to fight the crowds at the store or cook when we got home. Got home, plated the meals and wow! Don’t get excited, this isn’t a good wow!, We had the shredded Orange beef with rice, and im sorry to say it tasted horrible; seriously couldn’t even eat the stuff. Okay, so meal one was a huge fail, so Tuesday we had the Hawaiian Chicken, ugh, it was edible, but not by much. Wednesday we had the Cheesy Crocpot Chicken Spaghetti, now this was pretty yummy, the wife and kid didn’t like it, but I thought it was good. Thursday and Fiday wasn’t much better so my wife took my crock pot away. Bottom line, if you’re in college or in your first year of marriage and trying to scrape by while saving for a down payment on a new house, These meals are cheap and easy, that part gets an A. However if you actually love and enjoy good food and and really appreciate great flavor then please don’t waste your time. You will be very disappointed. I’ve had MRE’s ( that’s what the Military eats while in the field) that were better.

  • Margaret Ochoa says:

    Love this idea my ? Is I have some meat in freezer already can I defrost that and make the recipes and re freeze it or is. That to dangerous

    • Kelly says:

      I would either add the meat to the bags frozen or assemble everything else in the bags and add the meat to the crockpot the day-of cooking. Don’t thaw and re-freeze it.

  • Heather says:

    So happy I found this! My family and I absolutely love these recipes they are amazing and delicious. Not to mention really inspired me with our dinners

  • Tracy says:

    On Wednesday the 27 th may I purchased the 3 ebooks for $12.99 via PayPal and haven’t received the link to download them as of yet was wondering if you could let me know how long this takes to come through after you have paid.



    Tracy rowe

  • Tracy says:

    Thanks Kelly

    Have now received books

    Once again thanks for your quick response will enjoy cooking these recipes


  • Amanda Cooper says:

    I just found you through Facebook yesterday. Last night my husband and I worked together to make the meals. He chopped the meat I did the vegetables. It was a lot of fun.

  • Dani says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Do you have any skillet ready freezer meal recipes or ideas?
    I only ask because sometimes I don’t have 4-8hrs to get a meal going, I guess I could use the same recipes but cut the meat into strips for faster cooking on the skillet….prior to bagging it..

    Thanks for your wonderful site, I feel like I am getting control of our eating habits, storage and paychecks!!

  • Missy says:

    So how many servings would you say for each of these bagged crock pot meals?

  • Ann O'Connell says:

    Kelly: I’m a huge fan of your freezer meals. I made many because I’m on crutches now for several weeks due to foot surgery. My family can easily prepare them. They have been delicious and save so much money and time.It’s been a revolution at our house. To anyone on the fence with regards to freezer meals, jump in! You’ll be so glad – truly life-changing!!

  • Mary Hamilton says:

    How can I change the quantity in My Cart? I only want 1 e-book and I added another by mistake. Thanks!

  • Danie says:

    Sent this already but just 2nd time to be sure…
    I tried to order your No cook freeze meal cookbook … but it would not take my CrCd…why?
    I only have the one … use it all the time..never had a problem before….can’t order the book?

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, I really have no idea what goes on on PayPal’s end. I would contact paypal’s support team. Sorry about that, Danie!

      • Danie says:

        Thanx Kelly…but I was NOT using PayPal…I was / am trying to use my CrCd to pay directly on your account / site. Will not take it ….Why? I only have and use one CdCd. Thus = not able to order with you.

        • Kelly says:

          Right now PayPal is the only way to check out. Once you click over to PayPal, you have the option to use your PayPal account/credit or pay with a credit or debit card. I don’t have any control over PayPal once you leave my site. Sorry about that.

  • Cristina says:

    I started one week ago to prepare your recipes, my family loved everything. It is amazing how the crokpot makes meals more savory! I was and addict to pressure cooker, but now I changed my addiction. I’m only cooking once a week, which helps me to be less stressed and I have more time for other duties. I’m saving money, my kitchen is clean most of the week, my meals are healty and delicious, and I prepare only one meal for all my family (From hubby to 1year old baby!) I’m totally in loved with using my crokpot and your tips and recipes. Thank you so much! You are a blessing in my live!

  • Cindy says:

    Where did you get the labels for the freezer bags?

    • Kelly says:

      I designed them for my No Cook Freezer Meals eBook. I also sell them as a separate download for $.99 and send a similar version for free to my email subscribers.

  • nick says:

    I need more beef ones. Too much chicken, not enough beef. “where is the beef” 😉

    • Rachel says:

      yeah, over half of these I can’t make because my husband is allergic to poultry. I guess I’ll adapt the with pork or rabbit.

  • alise says:

    Any vegetarian versions?

  • Teresa says:

    What size crockpot

  • Kristin says:

    I’m wondering about how many people these meals actually feed? Looking at some of the recipes I’m not sure it will feed my entire family. I have three kids and two eat like adults…teenagers;) Just curious if I need to double these recipes??

    • Kelly says:

      If you open the printable recipe doc you will see the number of servings listed with each recipe. I think the average is 4-6.

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  • Lois Hoy says:

    Do you have recipes for just 2 people. We are seniors and don’t cook like when there were boys to feed.

    • Kelly says:

      I would cut the recipes in half and cook in a smaller crockpot (2-3 quarts). Otherwise, you could make them as-is and eat the leftovers for another lunch or dinner.

  • Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for this list! I’m having a baby (due in 7 weeks!) and was looking for some meals to put together that either my post-partum self can make super easy or, better yet, my husband can take care of. So many of these sound so good!

  • annmarie says:

    Where do I find your recipes I love cooking in my crock pot and this would be perfect we could eat dinner at a reasonable hour

  • Anne says:

    Do I need to blanch the veggies first? Your instructions don’t mention blanching but from what I’ve read on other sites you should blanch before freezing veggies. Please advise! Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Nope, not necessary. The only fresh vegetable that I find I need to blanch is broccoli. I try to use my meals within three months of freezing them, not sure if that makes a difference.

  • Kim says:

    I have a question on the lime shredded pork. Do I need to add liquid to it when I cook it? I feel it might dget dry on me…I have never made a good roast in the crockpot…they are always tough.

    I did make all 31 meals in the last two days and I am ready for school to start!

    • Kelly says:

      No extra liquid needed. It will only dilute the flavor. I would recommend buying a good cut of meat. We LOVE roasts in the crockpot. They are seriously so good! My favorite meats are boneless beef chuck shoulder roasts and bone-in pork shoulders. Highly recommend!

  • Lynne Norton says:

    I love the idea of these meals, only problem is I am gone from home more than 6 hours, more like 10. Ho

  • Lynne Norton says:

    Sorry, meant to add, How can I adjust these meals, or is there a certain kind of crock pot that cuts off after 6 hours?

  • trina says:

    Question these are good for up to 3 month in a regular freezer how long would these be good for in a deep freeze we r a family of 7 and id love to start freezing meels

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, three months in a regular freezer. I’m not sure about a deep freezer, maybe 6-12 months. I would do some research on your particular brand.

  • kim says:

    I am vegetarian any recipes for me?

  • Margo says:

    I joined your Newsletter. How do I download the freezer labels?
    Thank you so much.

  • Amy says:

    Hi there,
    I’ve found with the Ham & Potato Soup that after thawing the potato it went black… is that okay? Normal? Or have I done something wrong?
    Look forward to hearing from you
    Amy 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      Potatoes are tricky, but it’s definitely possible to keep that from happening. I don’t know why, but I think mine do better when I skip thawing in the refrigerator and thaw in the morning in water instead.

  • susan says:

    I’m new to cooking with a crockpot (actually haven’t used mine yet), my question is around cooking the frozen raw meats. I’ve read numerous articles saying that it’s not ok to cook frozen raw meats in a slow cooker, but I see that you don’t pre-cook them in these recipes. So the actual question is, am I overlooking a step? Or are these raw frozen meats going straight into the crock pot?

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  • Carol says:

    How do you keep the chicken from drying out? We are third shifters so i love the idea of having meals prepared to thaw and throw in the crockpot when we get home in the morning before we go to sleep and it will be ready when we get up before we have to start getting ready for work again. However, I have tried the chicken dishes which seem to have the most variety but by the time we are ready to eat the chicken is alway way overcooked and dried out. My crockpot settings are 4-6 hours (high) and 8-10 hours low. If I cook on the 4-6 hour setting the temperature is too high then sits on warm until I turn it off. The chicken is already too dried out before it turns itself down to the warm cycle. If I cook it on the low cycle it cooks for the 8-10 hours which is too long and that is about how long we sleep for. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep the chicken from drying out?

    • Kelly says:

      I would use the 8-10 hour setting. I have a feeling your chicken will still be done in 4-6 hours, but it won’t be dried out.

  • crystal says:

    I love this concept! Is there an actual no cook freezer meals cookbook or just an ebook? If there is a book is there somewhere specific to purchase it, I have been having some trouble finding it. Thanks so much

    • Kelly says:

      Only an eBook, but it’s formatted to print on regular 8.5×11″ computer paper so you’re welcome to print the recipes if you want.

  • Katie says:

    I am wondering what people use for bags to put in the freezer? Zip lock I find still let’s air in 🙁

    • Kelly says:

      I zip my bags to an inch of the end and then try to “roll” the bags to get out as much air as possible before completing the seal. That seems to work pretty well. I also recently bought a FoodSaver, which is amazing.

  • Jules says:

    Hi Kelly,

    great site – loving it!
    Can you tell me though what EVOO is that is on several of your labels? Apologies if this has been asked before.

    Thanks, Jules

  • Jackie says:

    I just made 8 of them today, as a test run for when we have our baby! When making the orange chicken, it didn’t seem like there was much liquid at all. I am used to putting quite a bit of liquid (broth, dressing, etc.) when I usually make crockpot chicken. Do you ever add extra liquid?

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  • Charles Ingram says:

    I can imagine the basics of this recipe can be adapted for most Indian curry dishes and the classic Tikka Masala dish as well. I assume the same time and other particulars apply.

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