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Gluten-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI (9 meals in 90 min!)

By February 27, 2017 March 1st, 2017 Freezer Prep Session

Two of my most popular blog posts are 1) a list of gluten-free crockpot freezer meals and 2) a free grocery list for six freezer meals from ALDI. So, I decided to combine those two things and make a bunch of gluten-free freezer meals from ALDI. Genius, right?

Gluten-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI (9 meals in 90 min!)
Since I have a lot of great crockpot freezer recipes, I didn’t plan out what I was going to make ahead of time.  I drove to ALDI and got inspired by what was available in store.  I started by picking the very best meat (for example, all-natural chicken breasts and organic grass-fed ground beef) and then looked at the fresh produce to decide which recipes to make.

Here’s what I made:

  1. White Chicken Chili
  2. Strawberry Balsamic Chicken
  3. Zuppa Toscana with Sweet Potatoes adapted from this recipe
  4. Chicken Sausage and Peppers (inspired by one of the meals I made from Walmart)
  5. Ham and Sweet Potato Soup
  6. Italian Chicken with Baby Spinach
  7. Beef and Black Bean Chili adapted from this recipe
  8. Sausage-Stuffed Mini Peppers (cook in the crockpot or oven)
  9. Chicken and Rice Soup from my freezer cooking eCookbooks and shared for free below

CLICK HERE for my free grocery list and recipes. (No strings attached.)

Gluten-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI (9 meals in 90 min!)

What so great about these crockpot freezer meals?

  • They didn’t require any cooking before freezing, so I was able to make all of them and clean up my kitchen in 90 minutes. (That works out to only 10 minutes per meal!)
  • I only spent $85 on groceries ($9.44 per meal).
  • All of the recipes were healthy and delicious!

My husband took our four kids out of the house, so I actually enjoyed making these meals. I listened to music on Pandora, and drank sparkling water, and thought about how productive I was being. Then everyone came home and I went back to crazy-mom-mode, but those 90 minutes were bliss.

Gluten-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI (9 meals in 90 min!)

Here’s how I structured my time:

  1. I did all of my grocery shopping ahead of time and printed the recipes.
  2. I labeled my freezer bags with a Sharpie marker.
  3. I got out all of the ingredients and organized them like this: produce with a cutting board next to the sink/garbage disposal, canned goods and spices next to that, and meat in the fridge.
  4. Then, I filled the bags in an assembly line in that order.  It took awhile to get through the produce, but then it was smooth sailing.
  5. I sealed all of the bags and stacked them in my freezer.  (Most crockpot freezer meals are good for at least 3 months.  Woot!)

I used these baggy racks to hold my freezer bags upright (super helpful) and chopped everything with my all-time favorite chef’s knife (it’s actually the only knife that I bought since our wedding, but it’s amazing).  I chopped all the onions by hand, but about half-way through I was wishing I used my chop wizard, so if you have one, I recommend using it.

Gluten-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI (9 meals in 90 min!)

I added as many tips as I could to the printable recipes above.  We already ate three of the meals and loved them, so I know you’re going to love them too. Yum!

Thoughts or questions? Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. X+O, Kelly

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Carrie Willard
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Would you believe that with 7 kids I still haven’t ever tried freezer cooking?! You inspired me because I also love Aldi and eat gluten free. I just printed this out 🙂

Mandy
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Mandy

This looks so delicious! Thank you, it must have taken you quite a bit of time to put together. Thanks for being so generous with your time.

Natalie
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Natalie

I prepped these today and can’t wait to try them! One quick question: if you cook in the oven like some of these had the option of doing, do you thaw the meal first? Or are the oven instructions assuming you start from frozen? Thank you!!

Janice G
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Janice G

I just finished the shopping and will be prepping tomorrow. With there only being two of us, this session will make 18 dinners! At roughly $105 that comes out to under $3 per person per meal. That’s like. . . a freaking Happy Meal! Weeknights, I can be just as lazy and cheap, but the food will be so much better for us!

Mary
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Kelly
Recipes sound great. Love the idea of crock pot cooking. One question how do you make the meals for one person. I have gotten where I hate to cook because I end up eating the same thing for days.