People complain that eating healthy is expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 27 healthy crockpot freezer recipes that cost $7 or less to make.
First, let me explain what I consider “healthy.” All of the recipes in this list include:
- As few processed foods as possible
- Vegetables or the ability to serve them with a simple vegetable side dish like steamed broccoli
- An absolutely amazing taste! (Because who wants to eat healthy food that doesn’t taste good?!)
To estimate the cost as less than $7, I used the “rock bottom price list” from Grocery University. It includes a “won’t pay more than price” for common meats, produce, canned goods, and other items that can you buy at the grocery store. If you want to save even more money, you can use the “stock up price” to know when to buy the ingredients in bulk.
The servings for these recipes range from 3-7. That means even the most expensive meals (the ones that cost $7), only cost $1-2.33 per serving. The less expensive meals (like the Shredded BBQ Chicken that only costs about $3), only cost about .50 cents a serving. Tell McDonald’s to beat that!
All of these recipes can be prepped and frozen for your crockpot so healthy eating couldn’t be easier. I’ve personally tried 99% of these recipes and can tell you that they’re delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.
27 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Recipes You Can Cook For $7 Or Less
- Mexican Chicken Chili with Cornbread Topping
- Shredded BBQ Chicken
- Stuffed Peppers
- Greens & Beans
- Chicken Fajitas
- Hawaiian Chicken
- Ginger-Peach Chicken
- Red Pepper Chicken
- Lemon Pepper Chicken
- Cranberry Chicken
- Honey Sesame Chicken from Damn Delicious (AKA the best chicken crockpot recipe ever)
- Chicken Teriyaki
- Apricot Ginger Chicken
- BBQ Chicken with Cornbread Topping
- Black Bean Soup (from Live Simply)
- Ham and Potato Soup
- Hamburger Vegetable Soup
- Lasagna Soup from Thirty Handmade Days
- White Chicken Chili (from Money Saving Mom)
- Coconut Chickpea Curry
- Enchilada Orzo (from Damn Delicious)
- Sweet Potato Chili (from Once a Month Meals)
- Black Bean Chili (if made with ground beef instead of ground turkey)
- Taco Chili (save more money by cooking dry beans in your crockpot)
- Honey Dijon Pork and Green Beans
- Hot Pepper Pork and Butternut Squash
Simply add the ingredients to your crockpot or assemble and freeze for later. If the recipe doesn’t contain freezer directions, 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.
Serve with frozen veggies, steamed broccoli, or rolls and dinner is done!
This list is clearly well-researched. Thanks for all the time you’ve spent putting it together. This is two months of meals for my family! So glad I found it.
Thank you, Amanda!
Thanks so much. When I saw healthy freezer crockpot meals I got so excited. Thanks so much
Yay! Check out this list too, Shannon: 31 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals
I love your meals and the your website! I do have a question – it’s really easy to print off when it’s all in one file and with a grocery list. I know you put a lot of effort into this and wonder if all your healthy meal recipes are in this format.
I don’t have a grocery list and recipe doc for this list, but you might like these healthy freezer meals. They all have printer-friendly recipes and grocery lists.
Just found you on Pinterest!! I see great recipes in my future! Thanks for gathering this and having such great information!
Thanks, Kim! 🙂
We are a young family just starting out and work long hours plus spending time with our baby boy. We hardly have time to eat much less cook a stovetop meal… You have no idea how helpful this post is to us!
I’m so glad to hear that, Maria. Thank you for your encouragement.
Thank you, I think with us both working and the kids going back to school we will try this. I think that it will save money and we will eat healthier!