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17 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

By February 17, 2015Freezer Prep Session

Here are 17 freezer meal prep sessions that will help you stock your freezer with healthy and delicious dinners.  During the “prep session,” all you need to do is combine the meats, vegetables, sauces and spices, and freeze (That’s right – there’s no cooking required ahead of time!).  Every prep session includes free printable recipes and a grocery list, so the process couldn’t be easier.

17 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

Update 8/18/15: I have now shared 31 freezer meal prep sessions and have an updated post with all 31 freezer meal prep sessions here.

I’ve made hundreds of freezer meals and I’m excited to share my favorite freezer prep sessions with you.  If you’ve never frozen a meal for your crockpot before, prepare to be amazed.  All you need to do is combine the ingredients in gallon-sized plastic bags and freeze.

Since the meals are so easy to prepare, I like to spend an hour on the weekend making 6-8 at once.  That way my freezer is stocked with meals for the week and I don’t have to do any extra cooking.  In the morning all I have to do is dump a freezer meal into my crockpot and dinner is done.  (And, boy, does my house smell amazing!)

I’ve done all of these freezer prep sessions myself so I can tell you that the recipes are delicious, budget-friendly, and 100x healthier than the drive-thru.  Preparing meals like this has changed my life so much that I wrote multiple cookbooks about it.  Once you see how easy it is to make freezer meals for your crockpot, I know you’ll be hooked too.


17 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

Eight healthy freezer crockpot meals in 75 minutes

Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 75 Minutes: This session includes recipes for beef roast and carrots, chicken fajitas, Mexican chicken soup, and garden veggie soup with ground beef.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Whole Foods

Eight Crockpot Freezer Meals from Whole Foods in 35 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for chicken teriyaki, chicken chili, honey dijon pork and green beans, hot pepper pork and butternut squash, beef fajitas, and pepperoncini shredded beef.  I only spent $92 total on ingredients, which is awesome because these meals are packed with healthy and organic ingredients.

8 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 35 Minutes

Eight Crockpot Freezer Meals in 35 Minutes: This session includes recipes for cranberry pork roast and green beans, Italian chicken, Mexican chili with cornbread topping, and honey dijon pork.  To save time and money, you make two of each recipe, but you can vary the meat to make the meals different (For example, making one freezer bag of cranberry pork roast and one freezer bag of cranberry chicken.)  I spent a total of $60 on ingredients.  The chili with cornbread topping is to die for.

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

12 Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco in 75 minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for red pepper chicken, honey sesame chicken, tomato turkey and veggie soup, and turkey and black bean chili.  To save time and money, you make three bags of each recipe.  I spent $87 on ingredients and was so glad I made three of each.  These recipes are awesome!

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

Six Freezer Crockpot Meals from ALDI in 40 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for cranberry chicken, Italian chicken, and tomato beef veggie soup.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $44 on ingredients.  The tomato beef veggie soup is so good even my toddlers inhaled it.

Make Ahead Crockpot Meals (only $4.40 per meal!)

Six Budget-Friendly Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals in One Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for white chicken chili, ham and potato soup, and hamburger vegetable soup.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I only spent $26 on ingredients – such a great deal!

How to freeze six healthy "comfort foods" in 40 minutes

Six Healthy Crockpot “Comfort Foods” in 40 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for beef roast and carrots, pot roast and green beans, and beef barley stew.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  These are my favorite recipes to make when boneless beef chuck roasts are on sale at the grocery store.  They are seriously, seriously delicious.  I spent $50 on ingredients during this session.

Six Cheap Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Cheap Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for shredded BBQ chicken, beef lime chili, and Mexican chicken chili with cornbread topping.  (We love all three of these recipes.)  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $30 on ingredients.

6 Freezer Crockpot Meals in 30 Minutes

Six Freezer Crockpot Meals in 30 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for Mexican chicken chili with cornbread topping, balsamic chicken and pears, and Hawaiian chicken. To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each. To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about the balsamic chicken and pear recipe.  It’s the only recipe I’ve made from Once a Month Meals that I didn’t like.  

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for beef vegetable soup, Mexican beef chili with cornbread topping, and beef black bean chili.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $56 on ingredients.  These are the best recipes to make when ground beef is on sale.  They are so yummy.

Six crockpot soup freezer meals in one hour

Six Crockpot Soup Freezer Meals in One Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for sausage spinach tomato soup, meatball veggie soup, and chicken soup with Mexican seasonings.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $46 on ingredients and peeled more carrots than ever before, but it was worth it because the soups were delicious.

Six Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in 30 Minutes

Six Chicken Freezer Crockpot Meals in 30 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for red pepper chicken, orange-ginger chicken, and lemon pepper chicken.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $20 on ingredients. These recipes are super healthy and don’t include any processed foods.

Seven slow cooker freezer meals in an hour!

Seven Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in an Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for beef roast and carrots, chicken fajitas, spicy Dr. Pepper shredded pork, and chicken pot pie with tater tots.  The chicken pot pie sauce requires some cooking before freezing.  We really loved all of these recipes.

Make Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

Six Make-Ahead Meals from Costco in 40 Minutes: This freezer session focuses on frozen meatballs from Costco and includes recipes for meatball veggie soup, sweet n sour meatballs, and spaghetti and meatballs.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each. I spent $45 on ingredients.  These are probably the easiest freezer meals I’ve ever made and the spaghetti and meatballs were extra delicious. 

Five Freezer Slow Cooker Meals in an Hour

Five Freezer Slow Cooker Meals in an Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for chicken curry, mini meatball soup, and beef roast with carrots.  I need to make that curry again sometime soon – it was so good!

Six Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for chicken teriyaki, balsamic beef roast, and lime shredded pork. To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $73 on ingredients.  The lime shredded pork recipe is one of our favorites.

Six Make Ahead Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Make-Ahead Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for honey sesame chicken, brown sugar meatloaf, and turkey white bean kale soup.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $60 on ingredients.  I love that the meatloaf recipe can be frozen without any cooking ahead of time and cooks in the oven.  Perfect for nights when we need a break from the crockpot.

So there you have it, 17 different ways you can spend about an hour stocking your freezer with homemade meals.  If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll reply as soon as I can.


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    • Rox says:

      I love this idea! Do you have any recipes for vegetarians?

    • Sharon Collins says:

      I have a question about using fresh vegetables. Don’t you have to blanch fresh vegetabkes to maintain texture before freezing? This has always been what I thought.

      • Kelly says:

        Nope! 🙂

        The only veggie I’ve had a problem with is fresh broccoli.

      • Brock says:

        I depends on how long you leave them in the freezer. I’ve had carrots turn black…

      • Jan Schiebout says:

        Depends on the vegetable. Fresh corn and rhubarb need no preprep,
        Berries don’t need blanching either, nor do peaches, pineapple and the like, but apples need to be treated with Citric acid to maintain color and texture before freezing. Squash, pumpkin, asparagus, and zuchinni, and most other veges all need some prep in varying degrees and methods. I always do a freeze test with a small quantity of any fruit and Vege when I am unsure, Food preservation books usually have sections on freezing that are very helpful. The “Ball Blue Book”.guide is a good one that is inexpensive, and their Ball “Complete Book of Home Preserving” is an investment worth making if you, like me, enjoy freezing the results of summer gardening and farmers market produce.

    • Mich says:

      I just wanted to thank you for sharing all these great recipes! I have already tried about 10 and they have all been great! I love that they are easily adaptable to my family and you included all the instructions grocery lists where to buy it, everything someone who works full time and wants to avoid the drive thru could ask for!!! I am already planning to do a bigger session and make multiples of a bunch of the recipes we have already tried and loved! I have seen a bunch of “freeze ahead” crockpot meal websites and I’m so glad I found yours so simple to follow and everything is fresh frozen and easy.

      • Kelly says:

        Thank you so much for your encouragement and support, Mich. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.

        • Amanda Dowler says:

          Every one of these sounds amazing. I agree with Mich. These are the best freezer meals I have found. The only thing is Im having a problem trying to pull up the grocery list and recipes. When I click on the link it kicks me off? I would love to give these a try.

    • Felicia says:

      Thanks for your hard work. I read through a lot of comments but not all of them looking to see if anyone requested low carb meals but I didn’t see any. Would you consider putting together a low carb meal plan?

    • Felicia says:

      Will you do low carb freezer cooking?

    • Arianne Reyes says:

      This may be a silly question but for the amount of ingredients already listed for the recipes, is that already doubled to make two? or if i want to make two freezer bags of the one meal i still need to double?

      For example, the crockpot beef and chili lime recipe calls for 1 lb of ground beef. Is this 1 lb meant for just one freezer bag or is that for two, so each freezer bag comes with 1/2 lb of ground beef.

      Thank you so much!

      • Kelly says:

        The recipes are written so that you know how much to add to each bag. Since the chili recipe calls for 1lb of beef, that is how much to add to each bag. The grocery lists are written to help you buy all of the ingredients needed for each prep session (even if recipes are doubled).

    • heidy says:

      I guess it doesn’t matter that it’s all in plastic bags which will polute the enviroment. If you want to eat healthy, you should start by paying attention to your enviroment because those plastic bags will eventually be in your meal…just saying

      • Ahlee says:

        And what greenwashing are you doing to “help”? As an environmental scientist i assure you that using fresh and non processed foods and storing them in re-useable (gasp, yes gallon freezer bags can be washed and reused) to feed my family is much better for the planet than the full of packaging alternatives that are equally fast but have zero nutritional value. Ok back to cleaning the planet and doing something that actually helps, not making busy wives and mothers feel bad about their choices for me. Have fun trolling the Internet.

      • Jessica says:

        You can actually wash and reuse most plastic bags (ziplock) as long as you don’t “cook” the bag in the microwave or anything. It will be safe to use is you use hot water and dish soap.

    • D.Boone says:

      would you please tell me what type bags you use for freezing>?

    • Tracy says:

      I love the recipes and can’t wait to try them just have a few questions.
      Can you please tell me when you are writing bell peppers and red or green peppers are you referring to capsicum?
      When you are saying ground turkey or pork is this what we call mince?
      Also what size bags are you using as in Australia we don’t have gallon bags

    • carrie says:

      How many serving is each meal?

    • jkheninger says:

      I have problems with the freezer bags sticking together even though they are dry and laying flat. Ideas?

      • Kelly says:

        I wonder if it could be the temperature of your freezer. A work-around could be placing pieces of cardboard between the layers.

      • i put a good quality of paper towel in the middle of each meal, always let everything cool off before freezing. if u use the aluminum foil like for burritos roll in plastic wrap then in foil. no freezer burn . the bigger the foil containers are if u put them inside the bags will help. question what is ur method of taking the food out to put in the crock pot. thank u for doing the hard part. its not easy but sure better than going out all the time. l love it.

    • Lori says:

      I love this site and the recipes you have in here. My girlfriends and I were talking about the hassle of cooking dinner every night. It leave little time to spend with my family, which is my priority (as I’m sure it is for many parents). After that conversation I found this website and the free recipes (thank you for letting me try this first before committing to a cookbook!). I sent this to 7 of my girlfriends and we all use these now. I LOVE, LOVE the idea of this and saving money as well by buying in bulk. Thank you again so much!

      If you have the chance to post more beef or lean pork recipes that would be wonderful! Thank you again for this genius site!

    • Allyson says:

      I went to look at the email with the recipes but it says no longer available, is there a way to obtain this back again? It was purchased November 2015

    • Hilary says:

      I hate being rude but I tried a handful of these recipes and they were all pretty gross. I’m not even a picky eater but a couple were almost Inedible. I have tomato turkey veggie soup in the slow cooker now. I tasted it and am dumping it.

      • Hilary, I’m very sorry to hear this. Can you tell me what recipes you tried and what was wrong with them? What kind of crockpot are you using? We test all of our meals until we feel that they are perfect. Please let me know how I can help you.

    • Roch says:

      This is a really good post I am a truck driver spending many weeks on the road and it’s nice to be able to fix meals on a Sunday afternoon and have meals for a whole week keeping me healthy and saving a lot of money, thank you

    • Stacia says:

      Is there a place that we can download your stickers on the front of the bags? Those are fantastic! Thank you

  • Jody says:

    Ok I can not wait to try these! Thank you so much!!!!

  • Hope T says:

    Approximately how many people will each freezer meal feed? We have 3 adults ad 2 teenagers to feed so I would like to be able to make adjustments prior to fixing them. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Kelly says:

      It varies per recipe, but the average is 4-6. If you find a particular session that you like, look at its printable recipe/grocery list. Each recipe lists its number of servings. Hope that helps. 🙂

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  • sharon says:

    how many adult portions will these recipes make?

    • Kelly says:

      It depends on the recipe, but most are 4-6. If you click on the post that you’re interested in, open its grocery list/recipe pdf and look at the recipes. All of them should have the number of servings listed there.

  • Andrea says:

    I cannot wait to try everything. You just took the guessing from all of this for me. The biggest thing that takes so much time for me is deciding what to cook, grocery list and then starting the process. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

    Question – When it comes to veggies in in the crock pot, do you put those in right when you get home? Or do you let cook throughout the whole day? I did a meal before (not yours) and I totally spaced and put broccoli inside the crock pot. Needless to say, the whole house stunk! Any thoughts are appreciated!

  • […] 17 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life by Kelly on NewLeafWellness We recently covered the cost saving effects of meal planning, and one easy way to plan ahead is freezer cooking. I admit, I’ll be trying several of these recipes in an effort to get my food costs under control. […]

  • Adrienne says:

    Thank you so much for posting these all in one post. I made one of the Costco sets this past week and was so pleased with how easily it went together!

  • Lexi says:

    When I make these I always use the crock pot liner bags! Clean up is super easy, just take the bag out!

  • Kristin says:

    Hi! I’m new to freezer meals. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for replacing chicken breast with chicken thigh? My husband prefers thigh and I’d like to make some meals with thigh. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Chicken thighs are great in the crockpot! I would buy boneless thighs and substitute them for chicken breasts 1 pound : 1 pound.

  • Jenn says:

    I can’t wait to try these. One of our children is about to have surgery with a three week recovery and with three other kids at home, there will be no time for cooking. These all look like great options! My crock pot is going to get a work out!

  • carrie says:

    My husband hates when I have too many tabs open on my browser…. I now have 17 plus open… can’t wait to start meal planning! 🙂

  • hannah zemek says:

    Hello, I have four kids, one of which is 5 months old and I can’t wait to try some of these!! A lot of these are crockpot recipes but is that the same as a slowcooker?? Thanks

  • Robyn says:

    Wow – thank you for sharing these! I’ve been wanting to do these freezer meals but I literally need a step by step guide. THANK YOU! Now I can prep for my return to work in a couple weeks.

  • Beth says:

    Looking forward to trying these.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Where can your book be found &’what is it called?

  • Lori says:

    Could you do a vegetarian session?

  • steph says:

    As reluctant cook, this blew my mind and I know will rock my world!

  • Beth says:

    I love this and can’t wait to get my freezer stocked. Also love your labels, can you tell me where to get those?

  • Kristin says:

    Thanks so much for a reply! Are there any certain veggies to stay away from when cooking for long lengths of time (because they get mushy)?

  • Peggy says:

    This was helpful! Since my husband accident in December., freezer meals have been my go to meals and always looking for ideas that the kids might like! These look great and all in one post. Thank you!

  • Pauline says:

    How long can they stay in the freezer for? . I saw dates on some .

  • Jeanine says:

    Where did you get the bag labels?

  • Cailin says:

    How long can they be kept in the freezer? I’m expecting in April and I would love to stock my freezer with these meals!

  • Cailin says:

    How long can these meals be kept in the freezer before being used? I’m expecting in April and would love to stock our freezer with many of these recipes!!

  • Kim says:

    I just ordered your 3 ebooks..how will I get access to these? Will there be an email sent to me? Very excited to get started. This will make my life so much easier not having to think about what’s for dinner.

  • Sarah Evans says:

    As a budget conscious Mom who has to plan meals for weeks in advance due to a very tight budget, this is going to be a huge help. Thank you!

  • Lynn says:

    I haven’t seen the complete recipes but from the pictures it look like some of the vegetables are packaged for the freezer unblanched. If that is the case, they can make you very sick. Are they raw or blanched.. If they are blanched they will go very mushy in the slow-cooker. Just curious. If they are put in the freezer raw, you might plan for a bit of a hospital stay.

  • Lisa says:

    Please would you consider suggesting alternatives to all the one use plastic bags seen in these photos. It would be far more sustainable to recommend reusable containers.

  • Mehry Adams says:

    Is there any way to do these as individual person size meals?

    • Kelly says:

      If you’re willing to eat leftovers, I would cut them in half (and use a small crockpot – either 2 quarts or 4 quarts at most). I wouldn’t cut the meals down anymore than that because crockpots are supposed to be at least 1/3 full when cooking.

  • Ashlea says:

    Hi… sounds a great idea but like mentioned I would be concerned about raw meat contamination and the raw veg issue already mentioned, I hadn’t thought about until now. What is done to stop this and I take it you defrost meat especially chicken first before cooking? Sorry to sound negative it’s a great idea just a few worries about food hygiene for me.

    • Kelly says:

      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.)

      • Melanie says:

        I was wondering about that. Thanks for answering that questions. Which makes sense because sometime you buy food like that in the frozen section.

  • Lynn says:

    I have done a lot of research in the past as well. According to the Ontario Food Council and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, MOST vegetables MUST be blanched before freezing. O* F. is the is the HIGHEST accepted temperature at which frozen foods should be stored. Safely, it should be colder. Blanching slows down or stops the action of the enzymes that causes the loss of flavor, color and texture. It brightens the color and helps retard the loss of vitamins. Blanching time is crucial and varies with each vegetable and the size of each vegetable. Under blanching stimulates the activity of enzymes and is worse than no blanching at all. Google freezing vegetables and see if they don’t agree with me. I also have several books that say the same thing. I would never mix raw meat with vegetables. Food safety tells you to thoroughly wash your hands after touching raw meat. You do this before you cross contaminate food. This happened to me and I spent a week in hospital with food poisoning.

    • Kelly says:

      I will agree to disagree. Almost every single crockpot recipe tells you to combine the raw meat and vegetables in the crock and turn it on.

      0 degrees F is the standard freezer temperature in the US.

      Yes, I always wash my hands when I am done touching raw meat.

      • Melanie says:

        I agree Kelly. If putting raw veggies with raw meat would be dangerous then why do we have ovens to cook them in?

    • Kate says:

      Mixing raw meat and vegetables is only a problem if you don’t intend to cook before eating. These frozen meals will indeed be cooked and exceed 70 degrees Celsius (in Australia) which kills the bacteria. This is no different than putting fresh meat and vegetables into your slow cooker without prior freezing. As for blanching…the average home cook doesn’t need to worry about the extra work. Blanching is not common these days unless freezing a large quantity of vegetables that need to be frozen for an extended period, or in a vegetable processing factory.

    • Lois says:

      If you don’t want to use the recipes that are offered here, then why don’t you by-pass it and go on your way.

  • Kristie says:

    thank you Kelly for posting this. I am right there with you freezing raw veggies and meat together. What an awesome post. So thankful for people like you that take the time to help the rest of us. As soon as I get some extra money I will be buying your cook books. Keep up the awesome work.

  • karen says:

    Can you please do a vegan/vegetarian version???

  • Lynn says:

    I clicked on the food safety site you recommended above and if you read carefully under Enzymes, you will see that it says most vegetables need blanching before freezing. I sincerely hope this has been a help to you and your readers.

    • Kelly says:

      It states, “Enzyme activity does not harm frozen meats or fish and is neutralized by the acids in frozen fruits. But most vegetables that freeze well are low acid and require brief, partial cooking to prevent deterioration. This is called “blanching.””

      I do not freeze raw broccoli in my meals because I can tell you, from experience, that the taste starts to deteriorate over time. I have not had any other taste issues with vegetables in my meals.

    • Lois says:

      you are irritating. Please move on and don’t do these recipes for youself.

    • Rachael says:

      Lynn, blanching halts the enzymes that might result in over ripened vegetables and preserves vitamins prone to deteriorating over *long periods* of storage. Kelly states that her meals have a 3 month storage limit. This is a sufficient time window to ensure the vegetables do not deteriorate and you get the promised vitamins in the final meal. The enzymes referred to by you do NOT make you sick. If that was the case, then everyone would require a hospital stay after eating a raw banana or apple. The enzymes present in raw vegetables trigger the ripening process. Since they aren’t deactivated by freezing, they can slowly over-ripen your produce. But like I said before, that only happens in long-term storage, not 3 months.

    • Georgetta says:

      Dear Lynn,

      I don’t blanch. I place my raw meet and raw veggies in freezer bags and have for years. Oh my goodness! Maybe that is what is wrong with me! With so many views, likes and pins for this page, the entire nation will be sick and everyone will be hospitalized! I must bow my head in thankfulness to you because, If it weren’t for you, there would be no one left to make the world turn! I do so hope you have a cape and wear it with pride – or maybe carry a food police badge?

  • jackie says:

    Last time I did freezer meals the chicken went mushy. How do you avoid that?

    • Kelly says:

      Cook for less time (for example, only 3-4 hours) and/or buy large chicken breasts (sometimes I’m lucky to find ones that weigh a pound each!).

  • Betty says:

    I m battling cancer, with my treatments my hands and feet don’t work very well and has stopped me from doing much. These freezer meals have become our life saver. My husband, who is my caretaker and still the bread winner, and I shop and prep the meals on the weekend. Then throughout the week I can manage to empty a bag into the crock pot and turn it on. When my husband gets home from work, the house smells amazing and he can relax without having to worry about making dinner. Thank You so much. For us, every little bit helps

    • Kelly says:

      Betty, thank you so much for sharing your story. I am sending strong, cancer-fighting vibes your way. I’m so sorry to hear about what you’re going through, but I’m glad these ideas are helping. XO.

  • Ginger says:

    If you’re worried about veggies, try replacing fresh veggies with already frozen ones (since you freeze the meal anyway). Also, I often put the meat in a separate bag within the “meal bag” just to be on the safe side (though I’ve never had any issue with keeping them together either since it all cooks together anyway too).

  • Joanne says:

    I just ordered your 3 ebooks..how will I get access to these? Will there be an email sent to me? Very excited to get started as im in a wheelchair with 4 children under the age of 14

  • Margaret says:

    how about some vegetarian meals for us non-meat eaters?

  • Shez says:

    Just having moved into my own place, these meals will come in very handy. Plan on spending the whole day 1 weekend making up meals to freeze. Thank you for your generosity in sharing them all. I for 1 am very grateful to have access to them

  • Lou says:

    Amazing stuff and I can’t wait to get started on these! Thank you for sharing!
    Quick question: I’ve noticed that many of your recipes includes chilli/peppers or says ‘hot’ – are all your meals kid friendly (and not spicy)?

    • Kelly says:

      Some of them are a little bit spicy, but I still feed them to my one-year-old so they can’t be that bad. If you don’t like spicy food at all, I would recommend decreasing the amount of crushed red peppers in the recipe (if it calls for it).

  • MANDI says:

    Where do you get the bag labels at?

  • Julie says:

    Great ideas, but I wish it wasnt promoted with disposable plastic baggies. 🙁 So much for eating well and treating the environment with care.

  • marc vincent says:

    can you tell me how you get past the vegetable becoming mushy after you freeze them please

  • kerensa says:

    Where do you get the recipe labels from?

  • Kathy says:

    Any ideas for vegetarians or fish only eaters?

  • Barbara says:

    Hi…maybe a silly question but I love the labels you use on the bags….where can I get them?

  • Bel says:

    Hi, I have just spent ages printing all of these out, and I am going to give this method a try ASAP! I love my slow cooker but don’t use it as much as I should and on top of that been pondering ways to meal plan better and I think THIS is it! can’t wait to give this a go. With 2 kids and one that trains 4hrs a week in gymnastics some nights we really do need food that is ready to go and can be eaten after school by myself and the kids, plus keep some hot for their dad who gets home later. We’re also really trying hard to budget better and eat better 🙂 thanks for these great ideas!

  • Crystal Petersen says:

    Love love love these. I have been freezing meat and UN-blanched veggies together for more than 25+ yrs and have never been sick. My question is this between working late and a long commute I was often away from home for 10-11 hrs, most of these only need to cook 6-8 hrs. Many times my meat has ended up dry. I no longer work outside of the home so this will no longer be an issue. Is their any suggestions for when this happens now due to outings or full day trips?

    • Kelly says:

      Buy a crockpot with a timer. Totally worth it!!

      • Cindy says:

        Or buy a timer like you’d use for Christmas tree lights and plug your crockpot into that. <$5 solution. 🙃

        • Kelly McNelis says:

          The only issue with that is that you will only want your food to sit for about an hour before serving or it will get cold. A programmable crockpot will turn it to “warm” and it can stay on that setting for hours.

  • Marcia says:

    I love all these recipes and am going to try the first 6-meal-batch this week for one half of the family. Do you do recipes without meat? Two of my children are vegetarians. By leaving out the meat the meals don’t look substantial anymore. Or is that what you would suggest?

  • Kristy says:

    Thanks so much. With hubby and I both working full time 4 kids with after school commitments and trying to get a home based business up and running these are going to be a great help.

  • Su Yin says:

    Hi Kelly, I think these are great. Makes me want to run out to buy a smaller slow cooker with a timer function. Cos’ the one I inherited is too big and has no timer function. As you may have guessed by now I need to make much smaller portions, don’t fancy eating so much leftovers, and also I work shift hours.
    I love how patient you are, answering the same questions, again and again. Labels anyone?
    I could not help but snort at the blanching of veggies, or end up in hospital comment. 😉 Sorry Lynn, no offense.They all get cooked together anyway. 🙂 My mum used to throw everything in the crock pot, and we ate it, no problems, think I would have recalled a hospital stay. I am still around, more than 4 decades on earth. 😉

  • Emily says:

    These look awesome! Just wondering, with the chicken recipes, do you dice the breast?

  • Lisa says:

    I was wondering about food allergies. We are gluten free. Are the recipes gluten free?

  • Tanya says:

    I purchased your cookbooks. Am I receiving actual books or PDF to my email? You site says I will receive an immediate PDF to my email and I got nothing.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Tanya. They are pdf eBooks. Sometimes there is a slight delay in processing, so that might be what happened, or they could have gone directly to spam or gotten lost somewhere along the way. Regardless, I replied to your email and sent you new copies. I apologize for any inconvenience! Thank you for your purchase!

  • Linda says:

    Thanks so much for all of these recipes. I’m excited to try them! I was about to ask about your recipe labels and I found how to get those too! Double thanks!!

  • janet says:

    Where can I find the Amazon link for the vegetable chopper you use. I’ve heard they’re not that easy to use for onions, and aren’t strong enough for carrots. Have you had any problems with yours?

    • Kelly says:

      I have a cheap one from ALDI and it works fine on onions, but I’m not sure if its strong enough for carrots. The Vidalia Chop Wizard has the highest ratings on Amazon, so that’s the one that I would buy.

  • Lori says:

    Can’t wait to try all of them! They all sound easy and delicious!

  • Allison Sprague says:

    I can’t wait to try this

  • Melanie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipes. i will trying 3 this weekend (that is prepping them). This past month, I find that my life has been so chaotic that i sometimes have my little girl eat but I neglect to eat myself which is totally wrong. I am getting back to sitting down at every meal and I hope this is my ticket to have nutritious family oriented time together. I will most likely be getting your ebooks too. THANKS!!!

  • Lindsay says:

    I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes I made this weekend. I used a couple of the lists from above, and made a total of 15 frozen meals. But I have to say, the times you list for prep are very deceiving. The chopping takes forever. I was at it for HOURS (as in 5-6 hours). And I’m not particularly slow. Plus I was decently organized after my shopping trip yesterday!

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks for sharing, Lindsay. I’ll tell you that I actually time every single prep session (and usually add extra time since I work fast), but I have a lot of freezing experience and everyone and every kitchen is different. I hope you love all of your meals! 🙂

  • Helen says:

    WOW, I think I have just found my new favourite website. I have a 2 year old and baby on the way this will be so much help when having a newborn around again!!!

  • Pam says:

    Looooooove your idea!!! Do you have a PALEO Cookbook, for freezing meals in bags?

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  • Maureen says:

    I found this post and your site through Pinterest. I cannot wait to incorporate these ideas into my Meal prep Sundays. I bet it really will change my life! I picked this post as one of My Friday Favorites today. You can check it out here: https://mycolorcodedlife.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/my-friday-favorites-03-20-15/
    Thank you for all these great prep recipes.

  • Sue says:

    I’m going to try freezer cooking this weekend, but can I freeze uncooked potatoes?

  • Chris says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you could take pictures of what the finished meals are supposed to look like? Or is that in your cookbook?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Chris! My two most recent prep sessions have “after pics.” I’m also taking a ton of pics for my new cookbook that’s coming out this summer. I’m not always able to take after pics for my prep sessions because it can take us months to eat all the food – I’d never get the post live on my site!

  • Crystal says:

    These are great! I would love to see some meat free options thrown in. We only eat meat 3x’s a week (one night chicken, one beef, one pork). I would love some ideas for the other nights 🙂

  • Bonnie says:

    Hi Kelly, just wondering how long it normally takes for the email to come through with the cookbooks?

    • Kelly says:

      Most people get them within a few minutes, but I think 1-2 hours is the max. I just sent you new copies, just in case yours got lost somewhere. Sorry about that!

  • Julie R says:

    Kelly, thanks so much for these amazing resources! My father-in-law died this morning. We knew the last few days that he was about to leave this life for his real home in heaven. Yesterday morning I knew I had to act fast if I was going to help my mother-in-law with meals after the funeral was over. She lives in a different state, so we won’t be there from week to week to help. In the morning I printed out your lists, picked out the ones I wanted to make, went shopping with my four kids, and started making freezer meals at about 3:30 pm. It took me 5 to 6 hours (with some help from my children) to whip up 21 meals! Each meal will feed my mother-in-law 4 to 6 times, so we’ll keep some of them. Thank you so much for blessing us with the grocery lists and recipes. You’ve had a hand in taking care of a widow in her distress. We have prayed God’s blessings on you.

    • Kelly says:

      Wow, what a wonderful thing to do, Julie. I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I hope your family finds comfort and peace.

  • Megan says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I’m wondering if you have any freezer meals that you grill? It’s almost summertime and grill season! I was thinking a couple of your chicken recipes I minimally looked over might work. Have you ever tried any?

  • Anne W. says:

    Hi- I just ordered your fabulous set of three cookbooks this am and the pdf hasn’t seemed to have come through on email. Any idea how long it takes?
    I made a bunch of your online chicken freezer emails last weekend and they were wonderful! Thought I’d find some more recipes in your books. Great job! Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Usually customers receive the email right away, but sometimes it takes up to an hour. I just emailed you new copies in case you haven’t received them yet. Sorry about that, Anne!

  • Kasey says:

    Are there any recommended recipes for picky eaters? I tried some freezer meals awhile back and they were not very tasty. My picky eaters wouldn’t touch them. I am expecting again and my schedule got crazier so I want to try it again and be healthy, just not sure which one to start with. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you 🙂

  • Kayla says:

    Hi, I may be confused. Am I supposed to take the frozen meal out the night before?

    I’m having trouble getting the frozen meal out of the ziploc and into the crockpot…?

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, you need to thaw the meal before cooking. I like to move it from my freezer to my fridge the night before cooking. Super simple.

  • Michelle says:

    HI Kelly,

    Thanks so much for your ideas…a quick (silly) question, do you cut your chicken breast/meat into pieces or freeze them/cook them whole?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      It depends on the recipe. I like to freeze them whole when I can because it saves time. Then, we can eat them whole or shred them after cooking. I do pre-cut the chicken for certain recipes though, like my slow cooker chicken curry. In those cases is doesn’t make sense to leave whole or shred. Hope that helps.

  • Tracie says:

    My Family is a meat and potatoes lovers, do you have any recipes for us as a family of six?
    Can’t wait to try some of the above recipes though. Love that is three recipes at a time and not 6 hrs of time needed

    • Kelly says:

      I would try the “comfort food” prep session. Beef roasts are our absolute favorite cut of meat for the slow cooker.

  • Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for offering these for free, because we’re in a tough financial situation right now. These meals will be great to stock our freezer with later this year before November, when our baby is due.

  • Margie says:

    I have been unable to figure out how to order any of the items you have listed on this site. I would order if I could!

  • Mary Pat Higley says:

    Thank you. Useful. I cook freezer meals for elderly relatives who don’t liketo cook for one. All they have to do is heat it up. And it’s made with love. 🙂

  • Rachael says:

    I’m so excited to try these that I might have compiled all 18 of your sessions into one pdf, with an interactive table of contents! Thanks so much for posting these.

  • Brittany says:

    I’m having eye surgery on Thursday . I’m going to Aldi tomorrow, & getting the items listed. These meals will help my husband out a great deal while I’m recovering. With us having 5 kids..I’m thinking this is one less thing he’ll have to worry about 😉 Thank you for sharing these with us.

  • I love these ideas!! Having everything in one place sure makes shopping and prepping easy! We have no kitchen at the moment due to remodeling so being able to use my crock pot will make things much less stressful for me! I even showed this to some family members and we are making a day of it this weekend so we can all stock our freezers! Thanks for making things so easy!!

  • I do not like to reheat food – so making casserole and freezing them does not appeal to me. That is why I love crock pot freezer cooking. I have 40 freezer recipes you can make 5 in about an freer – you could probably double them and it wouldn’t take much longer to have 10 meals in an hour http://www.savingyoudinero.com/2014/10/21/40-slow-cooker-freezer-meals-printables/

  • Cate says:

    I had my 1st prep session last night (Costco list). I’m excited to try the 1st meal tonight. I prefer the oven over a slow cooker. Do you have a list or cookbook that contains oven only recipes?


    • Kelly says:

      No. I have some freezer-to-oven recipes in my 15-Minute Freezer Recipes and No Cooker Freezer Meals cookbooks, but I do not have a strictly oven book at this time.

  • Christie says:

    Hi Kelly, I just found your site through pinterest and I absolutely LOVE these recipe ideas. As a mom of 5, I have a terrible time finding freezer meals all/most of my kiddos will actually eat but a lot of your recipes seem very kid-friendly. I’m so glad I found this site, since I’m going back to school full-time in Sept…Keeping the household running smoothly is one of my biggest concerns, since my husband usually works 50-60 hours a week but I can see these meals saving me sooo much time and worry ☺

  • Amanda Priano says:

    Where did you get the labels for your 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.

  • Katie Johnson says:

    I love these recipes and I so appreciate that you have made the grocery list and recipes as a PDF. I have done freezer meals in the past and had to go through each one, making the grocery list and putting all the recipes together – it was a job for sure! I do have a quick question. I have had trouble in the past that all the freezer meals turn out looking the same – almost brown and mushy. Do you have any tricks for preventing this?

    Thank you so much!

    • Kelly says:

      My advice is to pick better recipes! 🙂 But really, it sounds like you may be over-cooking them. If your slow cooker is high-powered, you may want to decrease the cooking time. Some chicken recipes can cook as quickly as 3 hours on “Low.”

  • Anna says:

    Hi. I was just wondering what size crock pot these would work for? I’m in college, so I’ve got 1.5 quart crock pot. Can I just cut the amounts in half or should I make smaller portions?

    • Kelly says:

      I use my 6-quart the most because it has a timer, but I think these recipes will work in a 4-quart too. You will definitely need to cut in half for a 1.5 quart pot. Chicken recipes will probably be the easiest to adapt. You may need to do some experimenting with roasts and soups.

  • Brooke says:

    I am so excited about these freezer meals! I just went shopping for the White Chicken Chili, Veggie Soup, and Ham & Potato Soup! We tried the Ham & Potato Soup yesterday…it was fabulous!! My boyfriend and I both had seconds and there was hardly any leftover. Tonight we are trying the Chicken Chili. Although we loved the soup, it may have been too “soupy”—do you have have any tips for thickening the recipes?

    • Kelly says:

      I would add more veggies or meat. Glad you’re loving the recipes, Brooke. 🙂

      • Brooke says:

        Kelly, once again…the Chicken Chili did not disappoint!! Flavor was so good and everything seemed to cook perfectly. I try Pinterest recipes all the time and it’s common to find these “cheap” and “easy” meals to be lacking in every aspect! Yours definitely do not. My boyfriend and I are saving for our first home and with him working 12 hour days and myself being a full time student…your crockpot meals have fit perfectly into our schedule and budget!! I look forward to trying them ALL!

  • Frances says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I really loved these freezer meals. I haven’t tried them yet, but will be doing so soon. I can see the value in it, and the amount of time saved as well in preparing the meals at once versus preparing each meal prior to cooking.

    My challenge is that the recipes appear to be for a big family; several people in the family. I’m a single mom, so it’s just me and my 4 yr-old son. Any suggestion in customizing the recipe to fit just a small family, or 2-3 persons? Also from where I live, I’m not sure if we have tater tots here. I’ve been to majority of the groceries here in the Philippines but haven’t come across one so far. Do you have any suggestions or substitutes in place for tater tots?

    • Kelly says:

      I think you could cut the recipes in half and cook in a smaller slow cooker (2-3 quarts). Can you find any other type of frozen potato to use instead of the tots?

  • Michelle says:

    Hi the meals look great. I was just wondering if you have a list of meals that all cook for 10 hours on low? I’d love to prep them for our school year, and we are out of the house for about 10 hours during the day.

    • Kelly says:

      I don’t have a list, but I would recommend recipes with a longer cooking time, like soups, chilis, and roasts. Even then, I would use a smaller slow cooker (4-quarts) because I think 10 hours is too long in most 6- or 7-quarts. At some point you might want to buy a slow cooker with a timer. I bought one earlier this year and love it!!

  • Stephanie says:

    Ok, silly question but I must ask for clarification. For all the recipes with ground beef or turkey, we do not brown the meat first, right? Thanks! Was probably answered early but too long to sift through the responses 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do all of this, for free of charge at that! You are a life saver and these are amazing meal ideas. Just wanted to you to know how much your efforts are appreciated!

  • Erin says:

    I am in the same position as michelle, I am out of the house for 9-10 hours. I do have a slow cooker that will switch to the warm setting once the chosen time is up, but still its a long time for many recipes (especially the chicken ones to cook). Instead of thawing the night before for some of the 4-6 hour cooking times, could the prepped bag go in frozen to help stretch out the cooking time?

    • Kelly says:

      All of the soups, chilis, and roasts can be cooked longer than 6 hours. Honestly, I think it’s fine to have your meal waiting on “warm” for a few hours. That’s what I always do.

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  • Megan says:

    I love this idea! I’m so excited to finish my first round of meals!! I just got done with the Chili and now I’m working on prepping the Crockpot Honey Dijon Pork. I’m a little confused…it says on the actual recipe “3 pounds of meat” but the grocery list only called for 2lbs of boneless pork ribs and 2lbs of pork roast (you said you did two different bags with a different type of pork). So, I only bought 2 pounds of the pork ribs and 2 lbs of the pork roast. I don’t have 3 pounds of one type of meat. Help!

  • Valerie says:

    Hi, these look like wonderful recipes but I don’t have a slow cooker at the moment. Could you recommend a method for cooking any of these in a pot over the stove, or maybe direct me to some other freezer meals that don’t require a slow cooker?

  • Tonia says:

    You don’t cook the meals first right?

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  • amanda says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post these recipes (and the patience to answer all the replies!) I have a quick question: it seems that all the meat is purchased cold, but not frozen. We raise our own meat and everything is in the deep freeze. I’ve heard that you cannot refreeze raw meat, and it must be cooked first? Have you done any of these meals with thawed and refrozen meat?

    • Kelly says:

      You can use frozen meat – simply add it to the bag frozen or wait to add it the day of cooking. Don’t thaw and re-freeze without cooking.

  • Bridgette says:

    Do you thaw the bags in the freezer or cool water prior to putting in the slow cooker or do you just take the bag from the freezer, empty the contents and turn the slow cooker on?

    • Kelly says:

      I usually thaw in the refrigerator overnight. If I forget, I use water in the morning. I stack my bags in the freezer and I’ve learned the hard way that it’s impossible to fit a frozen square block in an oval slow cooker.

  • Veronica says:

    i don’t have a slow cooker but I have an electric pressure cooker. Do you think using your recipes with the pressure cooker would have similar results in terms of flavour and consistency? I am pregnant and must find a solution for cooking ahead of time!

  • Danielle says:

    What size crockpot do you use?

  • Jill says:

    Do you have a Trader Joe’s selection?

  • Jenna says:

    Do you add liquid to some of these recipes? (Chicken fajitas, beef roast and carrots, red pepper chicken) they seem like they would be sort of dry and might burn if not enough liquid? Just curious if putting chicken or beef broth would make a difference? Thank you!

    • Kelly says:

      I think adding extra liquid will only dilute the flavor of the dish. The veggies release plenty of liquid while cooking. Just make sure not to overcook the chicken – it’s easy to burn in a large slow cooker.

  • Nataly says:

    Doesn’t fresh potatoes tasty badly ofter freezer?

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  • Becka says:

    Thank you so much for the recipes and bundles of recipes. When my children were little I used to do once a month cooking, but a move overseas and a tiny freezer interrupted that custom.

    My freezer is still small but even if I can’t do a full thirty meals, 10 meals will be better than none! It took me far longer than the allotted time, but I don’t have things like canned beans available to me, I have to do it all from scratch. But my freezer is stocked with 8 meals and I feel like I accomplished so much today. The gluten free options were really nice to have as we have two family members with Celiac’s.

    Anyhow, just wanted to say thank you. I know it isn’t easy to write all these up and get them posted so I wanted to let you know that all the hard work is appreciated. I pinned the link so that next Friday I can try a different set of recipes.

  • Shelley says:

    Just found your site from a Pinterest pin. I can’t thank you enough for such a great collection of recipes. Most of the “make ahead” posts I have found have multiple links to follow for each recipe and it takes forever to gather all the info. Your PDFs are wonderful and I can’t wait to start trying your recipes. Thanks ever so much.

  • Marclyn says:

    How many people can eat from one freezer bag? I have a family of four

  • Megan says:


    I’m prepping the Aldi freezer session this weekend. Since I don’t have a programmable crockpot, could I put everything in, straight from the freezer and cook for 8 hours on low?

    • Kelly says:

      The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends thawing frozen meat first. I think the total cooking time will depend on the size/strength of your slow cooker. Chicken might be OK for 8 hours in a 4 quart slow cooker (or smaller).

  • Julie says:

    Kelly, I stumbled upon your blog last evening & have passed it on to all of my friends today. I’m anxious to go through all of your recipes & pick out a few with which to start. Unlike many of my friends, I don’t have a family to feed …luckily, I LOVE leftovers! But if I didn’t, I would split the finished product in half & share it with a friend. Maybe I’d be lucky enough that that friend would make a different recipe that she or he would share with me. 🙂 I already “batch cook” — when I cook — I’ve just never tried freezing everything uncooked beforehand! Thanks for all of your hard work & passing on your knowledge!

  • David Leavitt says:

    Hi Kelly!
    I just love this idea of making crockpot ready freezer meals. As I work 8 hr days and most times hate having to cook when I get home. I only have 1 problem. All of your recipes are for 4-6 people. I’m a single guy. Should I just halve all the recipes? Anywhoo…Keep up the great work! Your meals look awesome! Can’t wait to try a few!

  • Nina says:

    Thank you for the dairy-free post! I have a milk allergy and have thought about giving this a go for a while, but so many recipes are not allergy-friendly for me. It was also fantastic to have the pdf and not have to individually click through each recipe. Blessings!

  • Tina says:

    Any way you can list the nutritional value & caloric content of each meal? I need that info for my weight loss program.

    Thank you!

    • Kelly says:

      I really wish that I could, Tina, but it would take me FOREVER to calculate. If you’re interested in my eCookbooks I provide the nutritional info for all of the recipes there: https://thefamilyfreezer.com/shop/

      • Tina says:

        Hi Kelly,

        I purchased the $3.99 ecookbook yesterday. How long should I expect it to take until I receive it via email? The $ has already taken out of my account.


        • Kelly says:

          You should have received it via email immediately after purchase. I’ll email you a new copy right now. Thank you for your purchase and I apologize for the inconvenience!

        • Kelly says:

          Actually, I can’t find your order. Can you please email me at kelly@newleafwellness.biz and tell me what you purchased? If you used a different email address to make the purchase, please include that in the email too. I tried searching for one submitted with this comment and couldn’t find anything. Sorry about that!

  • Michele Dougherty says:

    This is literally everything I was searching for and more! The easy PDF sheets are a LIFESAVER. As a busy college student who never has the time or energy to cook for myself, I’ve always wanted to do Crockpot meals, but didn’t want to do the work to search for/write down all the ingredients and the fact that you did all of it in an easy, printable format is so awesome! You’re awesome!!!! 🙂

  • Amy says:


    I’m trying out your freezer meals and I’m just learning how to cook. I’m only preparing meals for one person, so I am dividing the recipes in half. Would I cook the food in the crockpot for the same recommended time or shorter? Thank you!

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  • Julia says:

    Helle, I’m new to crockpot cooking and have one question. When I do only half the recipe is the cooking time the Same? I use a 4 quart crockpot.

    Thank you.

  • Kristin says:

    I just took out one of my thawed meals to place in the crockpot, and I noticed that despite following the directions for the potatoes, some
    of them were really dark brown and they had a rubbery texture. I really hope they will turn out palatable after cooking because 3 of my other bags have potatoes in them as well…I would hate for all that time and food to go to waste. :/

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  • Marta says:

    Hi, these recipes look great. And the whole idea of preparing and freezing ahead of time would be a life saver with a baby on the way.
    But I do have a question…
    What if you dont have a slow cooker (though Im seriously considering buying one)? Would they come out ok with a slow simmer on the stove?
    Thank you

  • Gina says:

    All of the ones I have tried, have been wonderful. I highly recommend these meals. I love that I have at least 10 meals ready in the freezer at all times.

  • Jill says:

    I use these recipes all the time make about one to two weeks worth and then freeze them with the intent to cook in my Dutch oven. Always cooking at 350 for an appropriate amount of time for the meal. I also now baggie my meat and veggies separate in smaller backs the in purchasing in larger bags to cook meat longer than veggies to avoid mushiness…and I too reuse all of my bags, or i will use metal tins to store in to go straight to oven. Regardless of the vessel the prep and recipes are the key. Much appreciated post.

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  • Kristin says:

    Hi, is there a place where the nutrition info for these meals is listed, or did I just miss it? If there isn’t, would it be possible to get that information on existing and future meal recipes? I am trying to keep track of my calories and such. Thanks!

  • Layne K says:

    What are the rules for putting a half thawed/frozen meal in the crockpot? It’s difficult with a 9-5 job to plan on meals that cook in 3-6 hours, so I’m tempted to pull out a frozen meal post-work, let it thaw in the fridge until bedtime, and cook it throughout the night… Any insight?

    • Kelly says:

      I would consider buying a crockpot with a programmable timer. Mine was $40 and I don’t know how I lived without it.

  • Chuck says:

    I’m really excited to try this..I”ll be busy this fall and I feel like I just landed on a goldmine. Thankyou for clearly laying it all out and making it super easy.

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  • Nora says:

    Do you have any non meat/chicken etc. recipes? I am a vegetarian, no beef, chicken, pork, or fish in my diet. Just wondering. Thank you.

  • Jamie Mortensen says:

    So, what if I have chicken in my freezer that is already frozen…should I unthaw it and then put it in the meals and refreeze, or should I just take the frozen stuff out and put it straight into the freezer meal bags? Thank you

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  • Sarah says:

    Can this be done without thawing it the night before. Would it be possible to just use it straight from freezer, dump into slow cooker (minus the bag of course) and then cook on low for 8 hours instead?

  • Heather says:

    As a Registered Dietitian, mom of 4 kids ages 4-16, band mom, soccer mom, etc. I am absolutely in love with your blog! Not only are these great time savers for busy days, the recipes are nutritious, delicious and have a been hit with my family! I’ve tried some other freeze ahead slow cooker meals – some use too many packaged ingredients, not enough veggies, and some just haven’t turned out so well – yuck. 🙁 But your recipes are reliable, which is important if I’m spending this kind of time and money to prep ahead. Your printable recipe/grocery lists are so helpful! If anyone hasn’t done this but is thinking about it, do it! I can prep 10 meals in 3 hours including clean-up. (A couple cheaters– I buy frozen diced onions – use 1 cup per onion called for in the recipe- and the tubes of minced garlic – 1 tsp per clove – huge time/prep saver! Also, I put dinner in the slow cooker before I start my prep – that way after I clean up, I don’t have to worry about starting over again – dinner is already cooking!) Thank you for all of your work to help busy families eat healthy meals!!

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  • Kristen Lightfoot says:

    This list is amazing! My sister and I prep meals from it every month and we are so impressed by how easy, delicious and cost effective they are. The format of the site and easy to print shopping lists and recipes are perfect. I have shared this with family and friends, I am sure you have made meal time easier for countless families!

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  • Keri says:

    I’m really excited to try some of these recipes. I’m a very busy working Mom and couldn’t survive without my crockpot. I noticed some of the recipes lacked a good amount of a liquid ingredient. How do you make sure your meal doesn’t burn up? I was looking at the kids tater tot casserole and the roast beef with carrots and some others. I’m fearful that they wont have enough liquid to cook properly in the crockpot. Looking for guidance before I start. Thanks!

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      You’ll be surprised how much liquid the fresh meats and veggies release! I definitely wouldn’t add extra liquid, unless you have reason to believe that your crockpot is super high powered.

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