Hi! I’m Kelly, a mom of five, and I'm about to become your recipe-creating, list-making best friend!
Back in May, I polled my readers to see how I could help them simplify their lives. I thought they would want more cookbooks or a videos, but guess what everyone asked for? Meal plans!
I realized that I, or rather The Family Freezer, was the best friend that so many of my online readers needed.
They needed someone who could create, plan, and organize quick, healthy freezer recipes so that they wouldn’t have to spend time doing that themselves. We know that everyone has distinct skills and strengths, well THESE are my skills! I am great at creating simple, healthy recipes for the freezer, and I am also great at organizing shopping lists and meal plans. I am your recipe-creating, list-making best friend!
I already spent seven years creating recipes for The Family Freezer.
“My husband and I love, love, love how easy and flavorful these meals are! In the past, I have tried several crockpot and freezer meals via Pinterest and the internet. None have been as streamlined, easy to prep, and yummy as yours.”Emily
“I have a family of 6 and I'm a stickler for sitting down for dinner every night but we both work full time and have very busy "after work" schedules with all the kids' activities! I love being at work at about 4:30, knowing that dinner is almost ready. Thanks for the great meals and peace of mind!”Stacy
“I love that these cook books and great recipes have got us cooking as a family again! As a busy, work from home Dad, it makes the house smell great and nearly all recipes are things that need little to no “watching” all day.”Rob
“I love that the recipes are made with real foods, so I feel good about feeding them to my family! Especially as a full-time working mom of two, these have made my evenings much less stressful and allowed me to be more present with our kiddos for the couple of hours we have each night.”Kelsie
“I have four young children and my husband and I both work. If it weren't for freezer cooking, we would eat out far too often. I love being able to cook 10-15 meals in just a few hours, freeze them, and then pull them out as we need them.”Susan
“Having a home cooked meal, ready and hot when I walk in the door every day has changed my life. I have more time and energy to apply in other areas: I've dropped 25 lbs, my job performance has improved, I look and feel healthier, and I've managed to find the time and energy to start dealing with the root causes of my depression. I've even had the strength to conduct a job search to get myself out of my miserable job and into something that pays me what I'm worth. And I'm even dating again!”Ann
Will my easy method of freezer cooking work for you?
- You like simple recipes with ingredients that you can pronounce. (Most of our recipes have 10 ingredients or less.)
- You don’t have an hour to cook dinner every night.
- You’re cooking for 2 or more people. (Most of the recipes have 4-6 servings. If you’re cooking for two, eat the leftovers for lunch the next day or split the recipes in half.)
My Fall Meal Plan will make it easy for you to feed your family healthy meals on busy weeknights.
It's So Simple
Chop the meat and veggies, and combine in freezer bags with sauces and spices.
Stack your meals in the freezer and store for up to three months.
Thaw overnight or in the morning and add to your crockpot.
Can you imagine having dinner on autopilot?
No last-minute trips to the grocery store.
No searching through your fridge for something to make.
No extra takeout.
What's so great about the Fall Meal Plan?
- The recipes are quick and easy to make. None of the recipes require any pre-cooking, so each one can be prepped in eight minutes or less. (I can prep a month’s worth of meals in 90 minutes and three months in less than five hours!)
- They’re budget-friendly. Most meals will six servings can be made for $12 or less. (I spent $141.52 on groceries when I made September’s meals and $405.63 when I made September’s, October’s, and November’s meals all at once.)
- They’re healthy and delicious! Most recipes include seasonal ingredients, like bell peppers, carrots, ginger, garlic, escarole, spinach, limes, or pineapple. (I made all of the meals myself and fed them to my picky family of seven.)
This week only, the Fall Meal Plan is available for only $24.95 (which works out to less than $9 per month!). When I’m making freezer meals like this, I typically save $200/month or $600 over three months, so this is a no brainer!
What's the Catch?
It might sound too good to be true, but I promise this is the real deal. I don’t have to pay a printer or publisher, so I'm able to pass on the savings to you. No strings attached.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Fall Meal Plan work?
Great question! The meal plan includes everything you need to stock your freezer once a month so you can enjoy homemade dinners all month long. You’ll find 12 printable recipes per month, plus the printable shopping list, freezer meal labels, and calendar that tells you when you eat them. All of the recipes can be frozen without any cooking ahead of time, so it only takes me about 90 minutes to prep them for the freezer.
How is the Fall Freezer Meal different than what you share in your cookbooks and blog?
It’s hard to understand the amazingness of the meal plan until you see it for yourself. The meal plan starts with a group of seasonal recipes and then spaces them out over the course of three months with printable calendars that you can edit yourself. I put all of my organizing skills to work creating a meal plan that will simplify your dinners like never before.
Do all of these crockpot recipes taste the same? Are they mushy?
I get it. Crockpot recipes have a bad rap. I’m excited to tell you that I spent YEARS creating and tweaking these recipes so they would be healthy and flavorful and then arranged them in this meal plan so you would have variety every single week. This meal plan also includes 10 recipes that can be made vegetarian, if you want, and 10 recipes that can be cooked on your stovetop in case you get sick of your crockpot. I literally thought of everything I could to make this the most helpful and practical meal plan possible.
Can these recipes be cooked in an Instant Pot pressure cooker?
If a recipe includes at least a cup of liquid it can be cooked in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. I add the meals completely frozen and then follow this cooking method:
1. Saute 5 minutes (to release some liquid)
2. Flip over and set to pressure cook according to the cut of meat in the recipe (25 minutes for whole chicken breasts, 15 minutes for chopped chicken breasts or sliced beef, and 60 minutes for roasts)
3. Natural release (I think this makes the meat more tender than a quick release)
Is it safe to freeze raw meat with veggies?
Yes. If you’re nervous about combining raw meat with other ingredients, let me assure you that it’s perfectly safe. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service explains that freezing food inactivates any microbes that are present (like bacteria, yeasts, and molds). You will also cook the food before eating it.
Are the recipes healthy?
Yes. You won’t find any ingredients like condensed soup or soda pop. I try to eat as many vegetables as possible and very limited amounts of processed foods. The ingredients in my recipes are simple, healthy, and sold at most local grocery stores.
Do freezer meals actually taste good?
I love this question, because do I look like a girl who would eat something mediocre? Absolutely not! These meals aren’t just good, they are DELICIOUS. I have personally taste-tested, created, and tweaked thousands of freezer meals to come up with a collection of recipes that are delicious enough to make again and again. The recipes in this meal plan are the best of the best that feature ingredients in season this fall.
How many servings are in each recipe?
It varies per recipe, but the average is 6. You can decrease the number of servings by splitting each recipe into two freezer bags and cooking in a smaller crockpot (2-4 quarts).
What materials do I need to freeze and cook these meals?
I freeze my crockpot meals in gallon-sized plastic freezer bags.
How long will a freezer meal last in the freezer?
The recipes in this meal plan were designed to be eaten September-November, but should last in the freezer for at least three months.
Do you need to thaw crockpot freezer meals?
If I remember ahead of time, I thaw my crockpot freezer meals overnight in the refrigerator, but usually I do a "quick thaw" in the morning by running the bag under water. The meals aren't thawed 100%, but I'm able to break them apart enough to fit in the crockpot.
I'm in! What's next?
After purchasing a copy of the Fall Meal Plan, you will be automatically redirected to a page where you can view the PDF file on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will also be emailed a copy to save to your computer. The entire file is printer-friendly, so you can print the recipes, shopping lists, freezer meal labels, and calendars.