People think that healthy eating is expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. These 11 healthy freezer meal prep sessions will show you how to prepare all of your dinners for the week in an hour TOTAL. The grocery lists and recipes are included for free too, so the process couldn’t be easier.
The secret to making these healthy meals is to prepare and freeze them for your crockpot. None of the ingredients need to be cooked ahead of time – simply combine the meats, vegetables, sauces and spices in a freezer bag and freeze!
Since the meals are frozen without any cooking ahead of time, they’re very quick and easy to make. They also cook for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all. By prepping 6-8 meals every weekend I can keep my freezer stocked and avoid cooking during the week altogether. Wahoo!
I’ve made all of these freezer prep sessions myself so I can tell you that they’re simple, delicious, and full of fresh veggies. This method of cooking dinner has changed my life and the lives of thousands of people who bought my freezer meal cookbooks. If you’re looking for a way to simplify your life, this is it.
11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will
Simplify Your Life
Seven Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in Under an Hour: This freezer prep session includes recipes for red pepper chicken, lemon pepper chicken, Hawaiian chicken, chicken Philly cheesesteaks, southwestern chicken chili, chicken fajitas, and spring chicken soup with orzo. I spent $75 total on ingredients, which works out to $10.71 per meal or $2.27 per serving.
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.
Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco (10 Meals in 60 Minutes!): This session includes recipes for Italian chicken, “monster” cheeseburgers, hearty tomato vegetable soup, and Asian chicken with vegetable potstickers. To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each. I spent a total of $130 on organic ingredients and combined them with spices and other items that I had on-hand.
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.
Seven Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes: This session includes recipes for chicken tacos, chicken noodle soup, cheesy tortellini with ground beef, cheesy chicken tater tot casserole, easy chicken pot pie, turkey black bean chili, and mozzarella-stuffed turkey pesto meatballs. I bought all of the ingredients at my local grocery store for $75. I purposely used as many veggies as possible in these recipes and refused to include condensed soup and other unhealthy crockpot meal ingredients.
Five Vegetarian Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes: This session includes recipes for greens & beans, coconut chickpea curry, black bean fajitas, Mexican black bean chili with cornbread topping, and hearty tomato veggie and barley soup. I only spent $30 on ingredients – such a good deal! My family isn’t vegetarian, but we loved these meals.
Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 45 Minutes: This session includes recipes for beef fajitas (I made one freezer bag with chicken), Italian chicken with veggies (I made one bag with beef), honey dijon chicken and red potatoes (I made one bag with beef), and BBQ chicken with carrots (I made one bag with beef). I spent a total of $77 on ingredients – not bad for 8 healthy dinners!
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 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 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.
Italian Crockpot Freezer Meals (7 Meals in 75 Minutes!): This session includes recipes for stuffed peppers, minestrone soup, lasagna soup, Italian wedding soup, Italian-style pot roast, spicy Italian sausage and peppers, and sausage spinach tortellini soup. I spent a total of $62 on ingredients, and included a lot of fresh veggies.
I am so thankful I found this website! My 9 year old really loved helping me assemble the bags and he was then willing to try the meals because he helped. Having the meals already planned and prepped saves us so much time, and I LOVE that nothing needs to be precooked! That has always kept me from trying freezer meals in the past. Thanks so much for all the recipes! Cant wait to continue trying more of them!
How awesome that your son got involved in the process, Melissa. Thanks so much for sharing.
This is just what I needed, I’ve been working late almost every night and my husband can just throw these in the crockpot in the morning.
Have you thought about editing your printable labels with the info you are hand-writing, so that you don’t have to write them out each time?
Yes! Actually, I just designed pre-filled out labels for my new cookbook. Glad we’re thinking along the same lines, Marissa. 🙂
This is just incredible! Thank you SO much for sharing these delicious recipes and shopping lists. It has saved not only tons of money for my family but my sanity! With 3 children ages 4 and under this has been a lifesaver!
Yay! I’m so glad to hear that, Erin. Keep up the good work!
Nothing needs pre-cooked?! I’m going to try this out!
Yep, you got it. They’re all frozen raw. 🙂
These recipes sound awesome, and I can’t wait to try some out! My question is- How is the texture of the food, does it get all mushy? I’m just afraid that we are going to be eating a lot of soft food with very little texture.
No, it’s not an issue at all if you cook them for the right amount of time. Once you get to know your slow cooker it’s very easy. I would start with 6 hours in a 6-qt or 8 hours in an 4-qt. Once you see how they cook for that amount of time you can slightly increase or decrease from there.
I have been wanting to try freezer cooking for a while now. I am a frugal shopper and would like to improve on my time management. Would you mind telling me how many servings are in these bags?
The average is 4-6. If you click on one of the freezer prep sessions, you will find it’s printable recipes and grocery list. The recipes include the serving sizes.
ok I’m ready my daughters going to be down for 2 weeks I need to be able to fix something in a crock pot quick for 3 people
Please reply and help me with these meals I would appreciate it!!!!! Thank you
I may be missing a tutorial or something, but how do you decide the use by date? Are there guidelines to follow? Thank you! I am really excited to try this before our baby comes to stock up!
For a standard fridge/freezer combo, it’s three months from the prep date. Freezing before baby is THE BEST. Enjoy!
I have put mine together and used my food saver, this extends the use by date due to no air in the bag.
I have had a few in the chest freezer for almost 6 Mo’s & pulled out, cooked.