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Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals From Costco

By January 19, 2015January 28th, 2016Freezer Prep Session

Oh my, these might be some of the easiest make ahead crockpot meals that I’ve ever made!  (And that’s saying a lot because I’ve made hundreds of them.)  I was able to prep six make-ahead crockpot meals from ingredients at Costco in 40 minutes.  Here’s what I did, including my recipes and grocery list…

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

After making 12 crockpot freezer meals from Costco in November, I couldn’t wait to go back.  I had my eye on a big bag of frozen meatballs and spent the past few weeks coming up with ways to use them in crockpot meals.

My in-laws were in town earlier this month so my Costco dream finally came true.  They took all three of my daughters out for an afternoon of fun and I got THREE WHOLE HOURS to myself to shop and cook.  (Insert happy dance.)

I headed straight to Costco and you can bet I bought that big bag of frozen meatballs, along with the ingredients to make six make-ahead crockpot meals.

Here’s what I made:


Add a few simple side dishes and we’re set with six delicious, family-friendly dinners.  Perfect for busy weeknights!

Freezer eCookbooks

Now, if you are a “real foodie,” then these probably aren’t the recipes for you because they feature store-bought meatballs.  But, never fear – I’ve shared tons of other freezer cooking sessions on this blog that might interest you.  Start here: Eight Healthy Crockpot Meals or Crockpot Meals With Vegetables That Only Cost .94 Cents Per Serving.

Personally, I’m a big fan of “all things in moderation” and these meatball recipes fit the bill perfectly.  They all include vegetables and are 100x healthier than what we’d get at the drive-thru.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

I usually prep my freezer meals over the weekend when my husband is home playing with our daughters, so it was a treat to have the house alone to myself.  I played some music on my iPhone and got right to work prepping my make-ahead crockpot meals.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

I decided to make the crockpot meatballs first because I literally only needed to combine the meatballs and sauce in a bag.  It took all of sixty seconds and necessitated the second happy dance of the day.

I can tell you that we already ate one of the bags of meatballs in sauce, and all I can say is, “YUM.”  I served it with spaghetti and a big salad, and now I can’t wait to make the second bag in the freezer.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

Overall, I spent $45 at Costco on the ingredients and 40 minutes prepping all six meals. Since these meals were so easy to make, I was able to finish them quickly without rushing.  I even filled out my freezer meal labels (which I typically try to do ahead of time) and cleaned up.

If you’re brand-new to make-ahead crockpot meals, the recipes in this pdf above will walk you through the process step-by-step.  These particular recipes barely require any measuring, so they’re great for beginners.

For more information, you can also check out my blog post with eight healthy crockpot freezer meals and my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

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

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Lisa Christiansen

I see you have 4 different cook books. are the recipes in each book the same or different with more recipes. I like the ones you have shown but, dont want to buy a book with only 6 maels in it.


Faith Still

Do you know how much brown sugar, soy sauce, and ketchup you put in the bag for the sweet n sour meatballs?


Do you these feed a family of 4? If so is s pretty good portion?


I see that you use freezer bags. I know that they take up less space. Do you reuse them?


I can’t stand peppers so I made the Sweet and Sour Meatballs without them. I loved them. Husband loved them. The kids loved them. I really do want to use more veggies though and normally I try to add them to the main dish. Any ideas of what to use instead of the peppers?


Hi there!! These all sound so good, and am thinking of making them this weekend. But you say, 1 pound of meatballs. I dont own a food scale, so approx. how many meatballs did you put in the bags?