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31 Freezer Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

By August 17, 2015 November 29th, 2018 Freezer Prep Session

Believe it or not, I’ve shared 31 freezer prep sessions over the last year.  During the “prep session,” all I do is combine each recipe’s meat, vegetables, sauces and spices in a plastic baggy, and freeze (It’s so easy).  Here are all of my grocery lists and recipes so you can do the same. Enjoy!

31 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

These freezer meal prep sessions have totally simplified our dinner routine.  I can prep a bunch of meals over the weekend and freeze them for later.  Then I don’t have to stress about cooking during the week.

Here’s why slow cooker freezer meals are a game-changer:

  • All of the recipes are easy to prep because they don’t require any cooking ahead of time.
  • The meals are cooked for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all.  Yay!
  • You can buy the ingredients in bulk and save tons of money.
  • All of the recipes are healthy and delicious.

15 Things You Need To Know About No-Cook Freezer Meals

When we’re ready to eat our freezer meals, I thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then cook them in the crockpot.  Some of them can be cooked in an oven, pot, or microwave too.  Add a side salad and dinner is done!

This method of meal planning has worked so well for me that I’ve shared 31 freezer prep sessions over the last year!  I’m convinced that there’s no easier way to prepare healthy and delicious food for my family. Freezer meals have changed my life so much that I wrote three cookbooks about them and I know you will love them too.

 

Below, you will find all of my freezer meal prep sessions.  If you click each link you will find free printable recipes, grocery lists, and tips.  The average number of servings ranges from 4-6, but is listed on the printable recipe document.  I typically cook my meals in a 6-quart slow cooker because it has a timer, but these recipes will also work in a 4-quart or 7-quart slow cooker.  If you want to cut them in half, use a 2-quart or 3-quart slow cooker.

31 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

31 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.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes: This session was inspired by my three little girls and includes recipes for chicken tacos, cheesy chicken tater tot casserole, chicken noodle soup, cheesy tortellini with ground beef, easy chicken pot pie, turkey black bean chili, and mozzarella-stuffed turkey pesto meatballs.  I purposely used as many veggies as possible and refused to include condensed soups and other unhealthy crockpot meal ingredients.  I spent $75 on ingredients.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in under an Hour: This session includes recipes for lemon pepper chicken, red pepper chicken, southwestern chicken chili, Hawaiian chicken, chicken Philly cheesesteaks, chicken fajitas, and chicken soup with orzo. I spent $75 on ingredients.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Ten Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco in 60 Minutes: This session includes recipes for Italian chicken, Asian chicken with vegetable potstickers, “monster” cheeseburgers, and hearty tomato vegetable soup (chicken and beef).  To save time and money, you make 2-4 bags of each recipe.  I spent $130 on ingredients.

Five Crockpot Freezer Meals Made From Items In Your Fridge

Five Crockpot Freezer Meals in 15 Minutes:  This session includes recipes for BBQ chicken, Italian chicken, Mexican pork roast, “party” beef roast, and Mississippi roast.  I took advantage of the popular condiments and sauces already in my refrigerator and only spent $34 on ingredients.  I need to make these again!

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 45 Minutes:  This session includes four recipes that work well with different kinds of meat (including fajitas, Italian vegetables, BBQ sauce, and honey dijon marinade). By using different meats, you can double the recipe but still end up with eight different meals.  Awesome!  I spent $77 on ingredients.

5 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals Made With Fresh Tomatoes (in 75 min!)

Five Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 75 Minutes:  This session includes five recipes made with fresh tomatoes, including turkey black bean chili, chicken chili, beef enchilada “stack”, Italian-style pot roast, and meatball soup with garden veggies.  I spent $58 on ingredients.

10 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 2.5 Hours

Ten Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 2.5 Hours: This session includes recipes for chicken curry, hamburger potato soup, Asian chicken lettuce wraps, Thai peanut chicken, apricot-ginger chicken, Italian chicken, Mexican chili with cornbread topping, stuffed peppers, artichoke chicken, and cabbage casserole.

10 Freezer to Grill Marinated Chicken Packs in 20 Minutes

Ten Freezer-to-Grill Chicken Packs in 20 Minutes: This session was different because I bought 10 pounds of chicken breasts, marinated them, and froze them for the grill.  I bought the chicken when it was buy one, get one at the grocery store so this was a great way to save money.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Five Vegetarian Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: In this session, I adapted some of our favorite recipes to work for vegetarians.  Recipes are included for coconut chickpea curry, greens & beans, black bean fajitas, Mexican black bean chili with cornbread topping, and hearty tomato vegetable and barley soup.  Since no meat was required, I only spent $30 on ingredients!

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Italian Crockpot Freezer Meals in 75 Minutes: This session includes recipes for lasagna soup, stuffed peppers, minestrone soup, wedding soup, Italian-style pot roast, spicy Italian sausage and peppers, and sausage spinach tortellini soup.  I spent $62 on ingredients.

Make 8 "No-Cook" Freezer Meals in 90 Minutes! Simply combine the ingredients and freeze.

Eight “No-Cook” Freezer Meals in 90 Minutes: This session includes recipes for garden veggie soup with meatballs, greens & beans, red pepper chicken, turkey black bean chili, chicken curry, honey dijon chicken, apricot-ginger chicken, and brown sugar meatloaf.  I spent $69 on ingredients.

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

28 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 3 Hours: In this session I prepped all of the recipes from my CROCK’D Slow Cooker Freezer Meals eCookbook.  I shared my grocery list and exactly what I bought at each store to save money.  I only spent a total of $241, which works out to $8.60 per meal or $1.05 per serving.  Tell McDonalds to beat that!

25 Easy Crockpot Recipes For Busy Weeknights

25 Easy Crockpot Recipes for Busy Weeknights: I love all of these recipes and they’re so delicious!  I haven’t made all 25 at once, but I included a full grocery list with printable recipes in the post so it would be very easy to do.

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School: This is my most popular blog post of all time.  I’ve tried every single recipe and they are DELICIOUS.  Free printable recipes and a grocery list are included in the post.

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.

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Anna
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These really have changed our life for the better. I’m so in love with these recipes! You are awesome!!!

Laynie
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Laynie

I am so exctied to give these a try! My husband and I are what I like to call “cooking challenged” and these sound easy enough for us to handle 🙂 I searched for the Italian Chicken/Beef recipe but only saw the post with the ingredients… is there an acutal recipe that you follow? My biggest pet peeve is over seasoned/salted foods so I’m actually happy to hear people saying that they are bland! It’s MUCH easier to add later if needed since you cant take it away! Everyone’s taste is different so having a starting spot is always a… Read more »

Lisa Christner
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Lisa Christner

I found out a couple of weeks ago that a mom at school was going to be starting chemo for a breast cancer diagnosis. I, of course, wanted to make some meals. Just as I was about to make a bunch of casseroles (the old standbys), I saw your freezer meals on Pinterest. Divine intervention! I spent 4 hours one Sunday (I’m a little slower than you!) making a set of 6 meals for the mom and a set of 6 meals for my family. I just made 2 of each meal from one of your sessions. They are easy,… Read more »

Ali
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Ali

Hi! I am so excited to try your meals. We are a busy military family. I run the house while my husband works awful and unpredictable hours. I needed some easy quick healthy meals because I have loads of housework, a toddler and a newborn to tend to!

About how long should the recipes last in a deep freezer? I saw that they last about 3 months in a standard freezer/fridge combo.

Thanks!

Jessica
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Jessica

Where are the recipes for beef on rice and chicken and wild rice soup?

Tiffany Hardin
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Tiffany Hardin

Oh my gosh!! Thank you so much!! FINALLY some Crock pot meals without condensed soups and loaded with veggies!! Can’t wait to try them!!

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Kim Sullivan
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I love this! Thanks for sharing! Perfect timing as life is about to go into overdrive with a new school year, new swim team year, AWANAs, youth group, and orchestra practice! Crockpot to the rescue! 😉

Melisa
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Melisa

This is great! I’ve been looking for a comprehensive list of freezer recipes to make in order to serve my home daycare kids whole food meals for lunch daily. Thank you!

Crystal
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Crystal

This is quite the collection!! Thanks!! Any way to tell which of these are lower in sodium? I have migraines caused by high sodium in processed foods & most restaurant dishes…

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Jaci

Thank you so much for this post. I made the seven kid friendly recipes and the 12 costco meals last week with the help of my husband and now our freezer is full and ready for the start of the school year. I appreciate so much that there are no canned soups and the ingredients are all very fresh! Have you ever considered putting together an app, similar to big oven, that has your recipes in it and had the ability to create grocery lists and prep lists? I’d so pay for that 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you… Read more »

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Nadine

You said it before I did. I would totally pay for this. Amazing collection!