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…
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:
- Two freezer bags of Crockpot Meatball Veggie Soup
- Two freezer bags of Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs (based on this recipe from Once a Month Meals)
- Two freezer bags of Crockpot Meatballs (no recipe needed because I literally mixed meatballs with spaghetti sauce)
Add a few simple side dishes and we’re set with six delicious, family-friendly dinners. Perfect for busy weeknights!
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.
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.
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.
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.