I got it in my head that I wanted to start a new blog series about prepping 10 crockpot freezer meals per hour. I started by making 10 meals in 1 hour last week and I’ll try to make 20 meals in 2 hours next, etc. (You can see me make 30 meals in 3 hours here.)
Since I’ve made hundreds of freezer meals I know exactly what takes the most time when prepping meals – PEELING AND CHOPPING FRESH VEGGIES. I thought about how to decrease that time while still making healthy meals and decided to buy fresh vegetables that can be added to the bags as-is (like baby carrots and spinach) and frozen vegetables. I also bought pre-packed spice mixes to cut down on measuring time.
Here are the 10 meals that I made:
- Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pork Chops with stir fry veggies
- Crockpot Tomato Basil Chicken with baby spinach
- Crockpot Southwestern Chicken Chili with peppers and corn
- Crockpot Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken with green beans
- Crockpot Honey Lime Chicken with butternut squash
- Crockpot Ground Turkey Tacos with bell peppers
- Crockpot Beef Stew with veggies
- Crockpot Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes
- Crockpot Hamburger Vegetable Soup with peas and carrots
- Crockpot Beef Teriyaki with sugar snap peas
When I got home from the grocery store, my baby passed out on my lap so I even had time to create some cute freezer labels for my bags. I really like labeling my meals with the name of the recipe,”use-by” date (which is three months from the prep date), and cooking instructions. That way I know what to do when we’re ready to eat the meal.
I got out all of the necessary ingredients, set my microwave timer for 60 minutes, and got to work. I usually fill my freezer bags in an assembly line but since I didn’t have to prep any fresh veggies I focused on filling one bag at a time.
I layered my freezer bags like this:
- Veggies at the bottom.
- Sauces and spices in the middle. (This is better than putting them at the top or bottom because they’re less likely to stick to the bag later.)
- Meat at the top. (That way it will be the first ingredient dumped into the crockpot and cook closest to the heating source.)
I knew I wanted to share my crockpot freezer recipes in a blog post so I bought all of the ingredients at a small local grocery store. I hope that means you’ll be able to find the same ingredients and make them too. Overall, I spent just under $100 or $10 per meal. Yay!
When we’re ready to eat our meals all I need to do is thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or in the morning in water. Then I’ll cook them for 4 hours in my 6-quart crockpot or 8 hours in my 4-quart crockpot. Add a side of rice or fresh bread and dinner is done. (I included serving suggestions with my recipes above.)
These look very yummy, and am so excited about how fast they will be to prep 🙂
I try to stay away from the store bought seasoning packets b/c they tend to have high levels of salt and who knows what else in them. I’ve tried your homemade taco seasoning and onion soup mix and they are both awesome! Do you have any other homemade seasoning mixes that we could sub in for the store bought ones?
Oh my gosh, you read my mind. I’m writing a new blog post with my favorite homemade mixes and marinades. It won’t include all of the speciality items in these meals, but I did buy quite a few of the salt-free and low sodium packets. Mrs. Dash’s Salt-Free Mixes are pretty good.
Awesome!!!!! I’m looking forward to that post 🙂
Here it is. 🙂
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I would love to learn to do this cause i wirk late three to four days a week. And this will help me out alot too. Would u add me to ur mailing list as well please
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Please add us to your list! . We are empty nesters and these meals are perfect for us AND we have fun together making them!!
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I live in Canada and can’t find a packet of Sweet and Sour seasoning mix as well as the white chicken chili seasoning mix, do you have any alternatives?
I don’t buy a lot of seasoning packets either because of sodium content so that is my only concern with some of these recipes. I use Rachel Ray’s taco seasoning recipe (I don’t think it has any salt in it and no sugar). I am anxious to see the recipes that Kelly posts. Can’t wait to try some of these recipes.
You should check out FlavorGod spices. I use them along side with a lot of fitness professional because it Is made fresh. Hope that helps!
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I cant open or down load the receips and food list can someone send it to me or repost it. Thank you!
Trisha, here you go! https://thefamilyfreezer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/10-Healthy-Crockpot-Freezer-Meals-in-1-Hour-Recipes-and-Grocery-List.pdf
This is a good idea. But I live alone so I buy my meats and cook them all up. Then freeze them. When I decide what meat I want for dinner I thaw it out and heat it in microwave with a veggie. That’s my dinner.
oh, these look fantastic!! and i love your new labels too! Makes me look so “professional”. :-0 I can’t WAIT to try these!! I LOVE your meals, suggestions and handy hints. THANK YOU for all you do!
Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, Denise.
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These look great and I love the concept of 10 freezer meals done so quickly! I’d love to see some vegetarian options in the future posts. 🙂
Great, thanks for your feedback! You might like these recipes: https://thefamilyfreezer.com/2015/03/16/5-vegetarian-freezer-crockpot-meals-in-50-minutes/
What is that green contraption you used to hold the bags up, and where can I find one? I don’t use seasoning packets either, but I still really enjoyed this post. Thanks!
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Thank you for your advice I am wheelchair bond and can’t cook meals My 16 year old grandson is here to help me but he doesn’t like to cook. This will help me cook healthy but good meals in my crockpot.
Great idea. He could definitely make these, Terri.