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Here are five freezer crockpot meals that you can make in an hour for less than $35.  Free printable recipes and grocery list included!

5 Budget-Friendly Freezer Crockpot Meals

Contributing post from Kayla @ Time Redone

I’m going to be completely honest and transparent with you all. I work full time. My husband is an airline pilot. My three kids are in kindergarten, preschool, and daycare. We have two yellow labs that are bundles of energy.

There are simply not enough hours in the day to think about what is for dinner. Enter freezer meals, my addiction to Kelly’s amazing recipes and my own creation of Time Redone. I am a HUGE fan of finding ways to save time and prepping my meals for the week saves me HOURS of time.

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Last weekend, I whipped up these five freezer crockpot meals in less than an hour!

  1. Sweet Mustard Chicken from Busy Mommy Media
  2. Chicken Cacciatore
  3. Mexican Chili with Cornbread Topping
  4. Chicken Teriyaki from Hello Natural
  5. Honey Sesame Chicken from Damn Delicious


Now we’re stocked with healthy and homemade meals for busy weeknights.

5 Budget-Friendly Freezer Crockpot Meals

5 Budget-Friendly Freezer Crockpot Meals

What I love most about these meals is that they’re:

  • So easy and save me a TON of time during a busy (errr, normal) week
  • Delicious for the grownups and kids in our house
  • Completely budget friendly – eating good doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!

5 Budget-Friendly Freezer Crockpot Meals

Not counting what I had on-hand, the groceries for these meals cost less than $35.  So much cheaper than take-out and other convenience foods!

These meals are not only budget-friendly, but they are delicious and easy to make.  I whipped up all five in less than an hour, while drinking a glass of wine (transparency, right?) and visiting with a girlfriend who was prepping her meals for the week, too.


Kayla Time RedoneHi! I’m Kayla. I’m wife to a time traveling superhero (aka an airline pilot) and mom to three amazing, adventuring little girls. I am a coffee loving runner, a wannabe baker, and a passionate maternal health advocate. I am a creative doer, a lover of the great outdoors, and always game for a new adventure. I am passionate about saving time and helping others do the same!  Come and visit me at TimeRedone.

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6 years ago

I’ve tried some of these meals but not all. I can’t wait to try this combo!! These meals have absolutely changed my life. With both me and my husband working full time with a 7 mo old, it was so hectic going back to work and trying to figure out dinner for the week. I was absolutely driving my husband crazy asking, “what’s for dinner?!” Kelly’s books and site has helped me get a hold of meal planning and I can now spend more relaxing time with my son and husband, instead of furiously cooking after a long day of… Read more »

6 years ago

Thank you so much for this post. I am new to crock pot cooking. I am a busy mom to 2 .5 year old and 5 month old. I resume graduate school next month. I decided to turn to using a crock pot after running into a dinner idea rut. I like to plan out my meals 2 weeks a time and I feel that this could give me some much needed change. Thank you so much!

6 years ago

Hi, Great ideas. Thanks. I will be using them right away. One suggestion: when rice is the desired accompaniment for a meal, you can cook up a big pot of rice for the whole week. As long as it is refrigerated right away, you can reheat in the microwave what you need during the week.

Shelli Leclair
Shelli Leclair
6 years ago

Where do you get the holders that you set the bag in so your hands are free?