*This post has been updated for 2021
Are you looking for new recipes to try this month? I’ve got you covered. I came up with a list of 12 crockpot recipes that are super easy to throw together in the morning. If you’re motivated, you can even prep and freeze all of them this weekend (full shopping list below!).
Summer is winding down, but we still have some activities to cross off our summer bucket list. My 6-year-old gets her cast off tomorrow and we need to have more fun with water – like using our sprinkler, slip ‘n slide, and neighborhood pool as much as possible. We also need to have a lemonade stand and I promised my girls they could have their first sleepover with a friend. Am I crazy?
Instead of stressing over dinner, I’m going to rely on these healthy crockpot freezer meals. We’ve tried almost all of these recipes before and they’re all super easy, yummy, and family-friendly. I’m getting excited just thinking about them.
What’s so great about these recipes?
- They’re healthy. (Most include veggies that are in season right now, like corn, green beans, peaches, peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini)
- They’re delicious!
- They can be frozen without any cooking ahead of time. When you’re ready to eat, thaw in your refrigerator or in the morning in water and then cook in your crockpot like normal. (They can be frozen for at least three months, so if you don’t eat all of them this month you’ll have healthy meals on-hand for back-to-school.)
My August meal plan includes 12 healthy crockpot freezer recipes:
- Eggplant “Lasagna” Rollatini
- Verde Chicken Chili from Simply Stacie
- Shredded BBQ Pork
- Chickpea Tortilla Soup from Sweet Peas and Saffron
- Cherry Chicken Mole Tacos
- Sloppy Joe’s
- Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto
- Red Pepper Chicken
- Stuffed Banana Peppers
- Thai Pineapple Curry
- Mexican Chicken Chili with Cornbread Topping
- Stuffed Peppers
Bonus Recipe: Peach Dump Cake! This is the best summer dessert. Add peaches, cake mix, and butter to your crockpot and turn it on.
Click here for the free printable recipes, shopping list, and meal planning calendar:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW AND SAVE THE PDF. NO STRINGS ATTACHED.
How do I meal plan?
If you look at the meal planning calendar above, you’ll see that I picked a “theme” for each day of the week and then found seasonal crockpot recipes that would match the theme. (For example, an Eggplant “Lasagna” on Meatless Monday.) In addition to following the themes, I made sure to include a variety of tastes and textures during the week so it wouldn’t feel like we were eating the same thing every night.
My husband, Andy, added text boxes to the calendar, so you can swap the meals to fit your schedule, delete the meals you don’t want to make, or be an over-achiever and fill out every single night. Enjoy the rest of your summer, Friends!
I was so excited to find your website. Is there any reason after cooking, that these meals can’t be frozen individually for left-overs? I wouldn’t think so, but want your input!
They can be frozen just like any other leftover meal.
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I am curious, on average- how much do you spend to do these meals? I know that different areas have different prices on foods- but am just looking for an average. Thank you,
I would say $10 per meal is an average. $8-10 if I go to different stores (ALDI, Sam’s Club or Costco, local grocery store) and shop sales.
I am planning on making some of these meals for my daughter in law who is having a baby. I already have several of the meats in my freezer. Do I thaw them out to add them to the bag, or can I just add them already frozen?
Just to let you know, there’s an error when it comes to the cherry chicken mole recipe in the PDF. You’ve the Freeze and Cook Later section saying to add all the ingredients to the freezer bag except the chicken stock and lime juice, but it’s not listed in the ingredients. I suspect it’s a copy/paste duplication since the previous recipe calls for them.
Where do you get the stands that are holding the bags up and open??? Love that!