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Eight Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals in 75 Minutes

By September 8, 2014Freezer Prep Session

Do you want to eat healthy dinners without having to slave away in the kitchen?  Healthy freezer crockpot meals are your answer!!  Here’s how I prepped eight meals in 75 minutes (including clean-up!).

Eight healthy freezer crockpot meals in 75 minutes

Let’s start with the healthy freezer crockpot meals that I made…

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For me to consider them “healthy,” my freezer crockpot meals need to include…

  • As few processed foods as possible
  • Vegetables
  • An absolutely amazing taste!  (Because who wants to eat healthy foods that don’t taste good?!)

8 healthy freezer crockpot meals

It took me 75 minutes to prep these eight freezer crockpot meals.  That’s only 10 minutes per meal (including clean-up)!  You might see people on Pinterest who can prep more meals in less time, but I am willing to bet that they aren’t including many fresh vegetables.

One of my best tricks for prepping healthy meals quickly is doubling the recipe and freezing two of each.  In my six crockpot meals in 30 minutes post, you can read all about how this strategy saves me time and money.

I also recommend using a food chopper, if you have one.  I bought one at Aldi last month and it makes dicing onions a breeze!

Eight healthy freezer crockpot meals

Here are my best tips for prepping healthy freezer crockpot meals quickly…

  1. If possible, label your freezer meals ahead of time (This is especially important for me because my handwriting gets very messy when I’m rushed.)
  2. Print your recipes so you don’t have to search for them on your phone/computer/tablet.
  3. Dive right into prepping all the veggies.  (This took me about 30 minutes, but it was totally worth it.  I can’t wait for my family to eat all of this healthy food!)
  4. Work in an assembly line to fill all the bags with vegetables and garlic.  Then, focus on one recipe at a time to add the spices, sauces, and meats.

I also recommend playing music in the background.  It might not make the process go faster, but it will certainly make it more fun!

8 Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals in 75 Minutes

If you’re brand-new to crockpot freezer meals, my crockpot and freezer cookbooks also contain a bunch of great recipes and tips.

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can! 


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300 Comments

  • Erica G says:

    This takes menu planning to a whole new level! I love the idea of prepping and bagging your slow cooker meals and then you are so ready to go. With this strategy I can even foresee me using the slow cooker on work days! I usually don’t since I am out of the door on my way to work by 5:30 am but if I just need to pull out a bag, add broth, and go…that is doable!

    • Kelly says:

      It definitely is! There’s nothing easier than throwing a frozen meal in the crockpot…not even ordering take-out! 🙂

      • april r says:

        Do you precooked the hamburger before you freeze the meals?

      • Lisa ONeal says:

        It took me an hour last night JUST to scrub the six pounds of carrots for three recipes of roast beef and carrots. Than I had to chop the all. The rest went quicly, but how in the world did you get all that scrubbing and chopping carrots done quickly!? I was exhausted afterwards. Any tips on that score would be greatly appreciated!

    • Caroline says:

      I start work at 5:30 a.m. so these freezer meals have saved my life on so many days! They are wonderful!! We’re having guests for a week and I already have super large crock pot meals in the freezer for each day so there’s no stress about how to feed everyone after a day at work 🙂

  • Katy says:

    Do you serve w rice or another starch? What do you do day of?

  • Katy says:

    Ah I see. Brown rice for the beef. I feel like my people will want quinoa or something w the others…wondering if I could just add the quinoa to the slow cooker. Hmmm

    • Kelly says:

      I’ve never tried it, but I’ve seen people cook quinoa, cool it to room temp, and then freeze in bags. Add to crockpot and cook for about 4-6 hours. If you try it, I’d love to know how it turns out!

      • anne says:

        I cook with quinoa a lot. I use it to in place of ground beef. I have never frozen it. I just add it at cook time, with a little extra liquid for the quinoa to absorb.

      • Kara says:

        I use quinoa a lot – in the crockpot I find that it cooks in about 30 minutes on high … for some reason I have never had luck with it longer on low – it just seems to get mushy. If you add it make sure the recipe has enough liquid for the quinoa to absorb!

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  • Misty says:

    I love the idea and the recipes. Thanks for sharing. I am going to prepare Mexican chicken soup. In the ingredients I see u have 1 tablespoon corianderor fennel seeds. Did you use the seeds or the powder? Thanks.

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  • Barbara says:

    Love your recipes!

  • mary says:

    You mentioned the pdf of chicken fajitas. Am I missing it! I don’t see it! I should mention I am on a mobile device? Thanks for the help. I’m loving a lot of your freezer meals!
    Mary

    • Kelly says:

      All of the groceries and recipes are included in one pdf! 🙂

      • mary says:

        Thanks! I don’t typically look at the grocery lists. I’ll check out what my picky family will eat and look to see what I have vs. What I need! Lesson learned! Thank you so much Kelly! I appreciate it!
        Mary

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  • Kathy Tharman says:

    I do not believe it is a good idea to mix in the same bag, raw meat and vegetables! This is called cross-contamination- not a good idea even in a frozen state!
    Kathy

    • Kelly says:

      According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezing to 0 degrees inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds). Many people might not be used to mixing raw meat with other ingredients, but it’s perfect safe in the freezer.

      • Jana says:

        What about cross contamination when thawing overnight? I’ve not looked at your recipes just yet. Do you cook your meat first?

        • Kelly says:

          Nope, they’re pretty much all frozen raw. I do not believe contamination is ever an issue because everything cooks together in the crock-pot at once. Hope that eases your mind.

        • christy says:

          I’m a bit uncomfortable with this too. I would precooked the ground beef, just enough that it wouldn’t be considered raw. Although, her family hasn’t been sick so there ya go 🙂

    • Aimee Grieshop says:

      I was questionning the same thing and wondering if it were safe; putting the raw meat in with the veggies. I’m a little nervous about that. All the other freezer meals I’ve done the meat was all pre-cooked then frozen. Although I do put frozen meat and roasts in my slow cooker. hmmmm, still wonder if it’s safe mixing together. Never did raw hamburger in the slow cooker tho.

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  • Heather says:

    Love your freezer bags labels. Where can I get them?

  • Kathy says:

    Awesome!!!

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  • Joann Chandler says:

    Love crock pot cooking.

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  • AK says:

    This looks like something I might actually be able to try! Approximately how much did your grocery trip cost for these meals?

    • Kelly says:

      If you give me a couple of days, I can calculate it for you. I saved the receipts, but my family is moving tomorrow and everything is in boxes. I will make a note to figure it out while unpacking!

  • Teresa says:

    Wondering what size crock you use and how many people these meals typically feed? Thanks so much!

    • Kelly says:

      I typically use my 6-qt crockpot (I also have a 4-qt model but it takes longer to cook). I would say the beef roasts and soups will definitely feed four hungry adults. The fajitas may only feed three. If you want to feed more people, I think you could easily add more meat to the recipes to make them more hearty.

      • Cindy says:

        Hi there! I love all of your recipes and helpful tips! I have a 4 qt slow cooker because I’m only cooking for myself. Can I fit these recipes in a 4 qt? Or should I trade mine in for a 6 qt? (I still haven’t used it yet, still in its box). Thanks so much!

        • Kelly says:

          They’ll work in a 4-qt. You may need to cook the beef roast longer to get it to a point that it will shred. (I think it takes 8-10 hours in my 4qt compared to 6-7 in my 6-qt.) If the soup has too much broth, just decrease the amount. For example, you may only want to add 3 cups of chicken broth to the beef veggie soup. I’ve done that before in my 4-qt and it turns out just fine.

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    sorry. I filled in the wrong link. I found the correct one

  • nicole says:

    Will the ebook versions of your book open on a nook tablet? I’m interested but don’t want to buy until I know it will work. Thank you!

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  • Rachel Cope says:

    Nicole I do not see the pdf. Please help!

    • Kelly says:

      Click the green text that says “EIGHT HEALTHY CROCKPOT FREEZER MEALS – GROCERY LIST AND RECIPES”. It’s under the list of recipes that I made.

  • Eileen says:

    Where can I find the type of labels you used? Love them!

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  • Candace says:

    Have you ever put these dinners in a reusable container. I love the ease, just not sure how I feel about going through so many bags.

    • Kelly says:

      No, unfortunately. I have reusable neat-os food storage bags but they don’t work for meals with sauce.

    • Rebekah says:

      If you are wanting to use containers, just make sure the are freezer safe(I like the round ones from Anchor that are glass) and than you keep them upright, The round ones that I have seal well but the square ones do not so keep that in mind 🙂

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    Please add me to your mailing list. Thanks! These recipes sound amazing cant wait to try them!!

  • Ann Burke says:

    Thank you for these delicious recipes! My family really liked the Beef and Carrots and the Mexican Chicken Soup. I got really lazy with the soup – I cut my chicken breasts in half before freezing and cooked it like that. Then just before serving I took the chicken out, shredded it and stirred it back in. It was easier for me than cutting into cubes ahead of time!

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  • shondia says:

    Love your site and the concept of easy freezer meals! We are homeschooling family of 5 and good nutrition often gets traded for easy meals. This is a great idea and I love your recipes-

  • Wanita says:

    I am excited to try these recipes – thank you so much for sharing!

  • Amanda Montoya says:

    I see your “use by” date, but couldn’t figure out how you determined this date. Do you have a time frame? I love this new idea of freezing meals to use in the crock pot. I live in Wyoming so most of our year is cold enough for crock pot meals. I also work full time, I’m getting my masters degree, and am trying to do my own business so I am usually pressed for time when it comes to cooking. I love that I could make a bunch of this in advance on a weekend where I’m not so busy and be covered for a bit!

    • Kelly says:

      Absolutely! It sounds like freezer meals would be perfect for your location and busy life. The “use by” date is 3 months from when I prepped the meal.

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  • lisa says:

    Just printed off your shopping list and am excited to get started on my eight meals! Sorry if I missed this — how many servings/bag? 4?

    Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      It varies per recipe, but I’d say 3 for the fajitas and 4 for the others (maybe more if you’re feeding children or adults with small appetites).

  • Caryn Mears says:

    I need to steer clear of tomatoes for medical reasons. Do you have any recipes that do not use tomatoes?

    • Kelly says:

      Absolutely! Check out my chicken Pot Pie and Slow Cooker Beef Roast and Carrots to start. Probably any of my roast recipes will work for you!

  • Melissa says:

    i love this! Will def try it!

  • Melonie Taylor says:

    I am going to try these can’t wait!!

  • erinn ragan says:

    I have been doing crock pot freezer meals for the past month using recipes from different places. Love that your have easy ingredients! Plan on trying some of these this week. They save me time, headaches when asked “what’s for dinner?”, and it’s saved us $$ from NOT eating out!

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  • Sue says:

    Even after retirement, these are fantastic – 3 reasons:
    1. I don’t live near my kids, but bringing them frozen crock pot HEALTHY meals is perfect for them – like most of you (and how I used to be) they are big time into careers, no time to cook – we can pretend that I live down the street and brought them dinner
    2. I love that these do not include canned soups etc – just fresh ingredients – still fresh even if frozen
    3. And I can still play all the tennis, golf and read and sew as much as I want, because the crock pot makes it smell like I’ve been working way too hard!!!!

    Thanks, Kelly, for the great recipes – will be checking out your books – this also has great potential as great Christmas presents!

  • Barbara L. says:

    Please add me to your email list. I love the concept of freezer to crock pot, and I especially love that you use fresh whole ingredients. I can’t wait to give this a try!

    Thanks so much,

    Barb

  • katie says:

    I’m new to this whole freezing thing, and your recipes will be my first try. I have a dumb question. When you say “two bags” of each, does that mean you make the same as the recipe states in two bags, or do you split the recipe in half between two bags? I hope that makes sense. Thank you!

  • Michelle says:

    I’m feeding one (myself), would you suggest cutting the recipe in half?

    • Kelly says:

      You’ll want your crockpot to be at least 1/3 full, so I wouldn’t cut too much. I think you could cut the beef roast and soup in half without a problem. You can also freeze the leftovers after they’re cooked if you get sick of leftovers.

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    Please add me to your mailing list! I can’t wait to try these meals:)

  • chels says:

    How would you recommend halfing these recipes if you’re only cooking for two?

    • Kelly says:

      If you’re willing to eat leftovers, I’d make the full recipes. The chicken recipes will only make about 4 servings, and you want your crockpot to be at least 1/3 full while cooking. You might be able to half the soup, but definitely make two of it so you don’t end up with a bunch of half-used ingredients leftover.

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    I would love to be on your email list please!

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you! I just added you. 🙂 If anyone else would like to subscribe, I added a “subscribe to newsletter” option in the footer of my blog.

  • Cindy says:

    How do I get the recipe for the garden veggie soup with ground beef?

  • Melissa says:

    How long are these good for once in the freezer?

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  • Shayna says:

    I made these today…this will save so much time for my family the next couple weeks. Thank you!!

  • mary says:

    Do you have suggestions for people who can’t eat red meat, tomatoes, & anything high acid? Very picky stomach!

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  • aimee says:

    Please add me to your email list! Sooo excited to try these….Thank you!

  • Joyce says:

    Please add me to your email list. I am so excited to try these recipes, it will make life easier! Going shopping today & already discussed this with 4 other people so they can do it too. Thanks so much!

  • anita says:

    Kelly,
    Thanks so much for the site, and recipes! I’ve been searching for recipes for a while now, and have rarely seen a blog so well managed. Looking forward to trying out this system to see if it works for us. Somehow, I think it will!

  • joan says:

    we are only two at home now were 56 and 57 and seem were busier than ever this sounds like a great idea
    how do i adapt these meals for two
    and their cook times

    • Kelly says:

      If you’re willing to eat leftovers, I’d make them as-is. Sometimes my daughters refuse to eat what I make, but my husband and I don’t mind finishing them. 🙂

  • aubrey says:

    The crockpot chicken fajitas don’t have any liquid besides the lime and what comes from the frozen chicken…is that right? Same for crockpot chicken teriyaki?
    Your recipes are amazing. I am making meals for my fam and a friend who had surgery. It was the perfect solution for healthy meals as casseroles are usually loaded with cheese and carbs.

  • Amy says:

    It took me a solid 3.5 hours to prep these 8 meals. How did you get it all done in 1.25 hours? I’m exhausted and I haven’t even touched the dirty dishes yet. They’ll have to wait til tomorrow!

    • Kelly says:

      Oh my! Don’t worry – it will all be worth it when you eat those meals and don’t have to cook (or clean up!).

    • Lisa says:

      I made these (minus the fajitas) yesterday, and I bet it took me about that much time as well. Prepping all those veggies took me forever, and I’m not a slow person! 🙂

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  • Nancy says:

    Do you have a listing of all your gluten free recipes?

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  • Emily says:

    This looks great, just a question, when you write “a bag of green beans” how much is in one of those bags. Don’t know how much is the standard in the US, I’m guessing It can differ from Sweden (since we use grams and litres in our measurements) thanks!

  • Devra says:

    Hi Kelly! I haven’t cooked in a crockpot since the 70’s. However, I now have a new 8-1/2 qt. slow cooker and have spent hours scouring all the recipes for slow cookers, especially for the freezer meals. I notice NOBODY states what size slow cooker/crockpot their recipes are suitable for. There would be a major difference in a 2 qt. and an 8-1/2 qt. Maybe I don’t know there’s a standard? I am disabled so I figured to get at least 8-10 meals from one pot-full. That way I freeze individual servings to heat up later. If your recipe for Mexican Chicken Soup would need to be quadrupled to fill my cooker, I need to know. Thank you for helping me!

    • Kelly says:

      If you like having leftovers, I would double my recipes Devra. My recipes work in my 4qt and 7qt crockpots. If you make chicken recipes, you could even triple them so they have 3-4 pounds of meat. Hope that helps.

  • Charity says:

    I put together a Order of Preparation so here is what I put together:

    ORDER OF PREPARATION for 8 HEALTHY FREEZER CROCK-POT MEALS

    SHOPPING DAY
    Thaw chicken in water for a few hours (if needed)
    Make piles(basket, box, large grocery bags) of 8 separate meals and all ingredients
    Print recipes and put with each meal
    Label the 8 one gallon-sized bags with recipe names and how to prepare

    COOKING DAY
    Make taco seasoning
    Prepare chicken broth (if needed)
    Prepare vegetables and meat-after cut up put cut vegetables/meat into labeled gallon bags
    CARROTS:
    1 pound carrots, peeled and diced (Mexican Chicken Soup)
    2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces (Beef Roast & Carrots)
    8 medium-sized carrots (about one pound), peeled and sliced (Garden Veggie Soup)
    ONIONS:
    1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced (Mexican Chicken Soup)
    1 small yellow onion, peeled and sliced (Chicken Fajitas)
    1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced-about one cup (Garden Veggie Soup)
    GARLIC: (if needed)
    2 large cloves of garlic, minced (Mexican Chicken Soup)
    2 large cloves of garlic, minced (Chicken Fajitas)
    TOMATOES:
    2 roma tomatoes, chopped (Mexican Chicken Soup)
    2 medium-sized tomatoes, cored, seeds and juiced removed, and chopped (Garden Veggie Soup)
    PEPPERS:
    1 medium-sized green pepper, sliced (Chicken Fajitas)
    1 medium-sized red pepper, sliced (Chicken Fajitas)
    SQUASH:
    1 medium-sized zucchini, ends cut off and chopped-about one cup (Garden Veggie Soup)
    1 medium-sized yellow squash, ends cut off and chopped-about one cup (Garden Veggie Soup)
    CHICKEN:
    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced (Beef Roast & Carrots)
    1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ chunks (Chicken Fajitas)
    BEEF:
    Separate and bag beef chuck roasts into (Beef Roast & Carrots) bags
    Brown beef and divide in half, put into (Garden Veggie Soup) bags

    Prepare the rest of each meal as listed on each recipe.
    Order pizza and relax!!!

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  • Kelly says:

    Just wanted to let you know I made these a few months ago before our baby was born, and now we’ve enjoyed all of them. They turned out great! I especially liked the Mexican soup and the garden veggie soup (with soup).

    We did cook the ground beef ahead of time, but otherwise made as-is.

    I can’t remember if you discuss this on your site, but to save time, we buy frozen chopped onions. They are about a dollar or less. I just threw a handful into each recipe that called for onions. I am guessing this is less than you suggest in the recipe, but I’m not a huge onion fan, so it works out. For me, it’s worth skipping the tears from cutting onions, or cleaning out the food processor! 🙂

    Thanks for the great recipes! Is there a place on your blog where you can click to find all the posts about crockpot freezer recipes? That would be really helpful. 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Kelly! I’m so glad you liked the recipes and buying frozen chopped onions is a great tip. I’m actually in the process of putting together a blog post for next week that lists all of my freezer prep sessions (with links to each one), so it’s like you read my mind. 🙂 Congrats on your new arrival!

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  • Irene says:

    Is it just for the crockpot? Or can I use the stove when I get home to heat up the food?

    • Kelly says:

      The soups and fajitas can be adapted for the stovetop, but I’m not sure if you’d want to fully assemble and freeze them ahead of time. When I make soup on my stovetop I saute the veggies and meat first to make it more flavorful.

      I think the beef roast would work in the oven, but I’ve never tried it that way.

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    Wow – and oh my gosh. Exactly what I’ve been looking for! Just submitted to receive your newsletter, you yummy, yummy writer, you!

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    Would I be able to be add to the list. I would love to try some of these. Thank you

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  • Maxine says:

    For how many people are your recipes?

    • Kelly says:

      They vary per recipe, but normally 4-6. If you open the pdf, each recipe includes the number of servings.

  • Esther says:

    Can you freeze leftovers? I thought you shouldn’t freeze foods that were already frozen.

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, you can freeze leftovers. The issue is when you freeze raw meat, thaw it, and then try to freeze it again without cooking it first.

      • jaimie says:

        The chicken at our grocery store is labelled “Previously Frozen.” After reading all these comments, I guess I should just go ahead and cook the chicken, just to avoid problems later…? Should I adjust any cooking times in that case?

        Also, I was wondering if you had any experience putting the meals in the crock pot while still frozen in the morning and cooking longer? Or, thawing overnight but then cooking several hours longer than called for? I’m leaving these for my husband while I’m out of town and he works 10 hour days. Suggestions?

        • Kelly says:

          If you cook the chicken, freeze it, and then cook it again I think it will turn out dry. I would either freeze all of the ingredients except the chicken and add it the day of cooking or skip freezing altogether.

          I’ve cooked meals from frozen, but I think it’s recommended to thaw meat first. I recently bought a crockpot with a timer and it’s the best.

          • jaimie says:

            Just a follow-up to this: I cooked the chicken beforehand, put it in the bags and froze it. I had planned on my husband using them while I was out of town, but I never went. So we had the chicken fajitas a couple night ago and they were absolutely delicious! There was still enough juice from the peppers to keep the chicken moist while it cooked, so I had no problems doing it that way. We also got a total of 8 fajitas out of it, for those who were curious about how much it makes. We also had the beef roast last night and LOVED it. I am off to find more of your recipes. 😉

          • Kelly says:

            Yay!! Thanks so much for sharing, Jaimie.

  • Jamie says:

    Where’s the shopping list? I don’t see it or a link for it.

  • Andrea says:

    Thank you so much…I just made 3 freezer bags and am going to cook one of these for the first time (fingers crossed) 🙂

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  • Jennifer Baird says:

    I’m trying for the 1st time your crock-pot recipe – Mexican chicken Chili w/ corn bread. i am in the final stages where i am now cooking the corn bread. How long do you really average cooking this? It’s been cooking for 1 hr now and it’s pretty much still gooey.

    Thank you

  • Kirsty says:

    Hi I’m new to this all im off to have surgery soon so want to get ready for my family of 7 when I get out . Do any of the veggies go funny like freezer burnt? Thanks

  • Marnie says:

    I just made all eight meals, but of course it took me much longer than 75 minutes! Ha! Can’t wait to try them! Just an FYI, though, there is an error on your shopping list. You have 2 medium-sized tomatoes to buy, but you would need 4 in order to make the 2 batches of Garden Veggie Soup. I did OK, since I actually had two fairly large tomatoes, anyway, but I thought I would let you know! Thanks for the recipes!

  • Brandon says:

    The page states a few free pdfs, however all the links just seem to be jpgs. Am I missing something. I’m looking forward to trying a couple of the crock-pot recipes.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Brandon. The pdf is in green text and it’s written in all caps. It’s right below this line, “Here’s my grocery list and recipes if you want to make the same meals…”

  • Cathy says:

    I have been told that freezing vegetables destroys a lot of goodness in them. What are your thoughts on this advice? I have always frozen meals (cooked and uncooked) but was discouraged to receive this advice.

    • Kelly says:

      Nope, I don’t think it’s a problem at all. The only fresh vegetable that I have trouble freezing is broccoli. I always use store-bought frozen broccoli in my “no-cook” freezer meals.

  • Tammy says:

    Can’t wait to try! Anything that is healthy and saves time is a win/win for my family!!

  • Jadie says:

    Thanks for the recipes I can’t wait to try them. Can you please adde to your mailing address.

  • Lera says:

    Think they all sound wonderful . Can’t wait to try them!

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  • Toi says:

    OMG this was a God-send! Does you book include nutritional info? and I want to be added to the mailing list! I am cooking my first one today…well my hubby is

    • Kelly says:

      Great! Hope you loved the recipe, Toi. Yes, all of my cookbooks contain nutritional info for the recipes inside.

  • Janine Ataide says:

    hi. are any of these recipes spicy? Cooking for my little one too.

    • Kelly says:

      Nope, not spicy. If you decide to use a seasoning packet for the beef roast, I’d just make sure not to choose a spicy one. (Sometimes we use McCormick’s “chipotle” and that has a kick to it.)

  • Denise says:

    I did these today! Took me longer than 75 minutes but that was my fault. Carrots took forever to dice, chop and slice! and I precooked the hamburger and just now saw that I didn’t need to. WHAT?? That’s so awesome. I’ll remember that for next time.! Thank you SO MUCH for all your work!!

  • Linda says:

    I used to use my crockpot all the time. I need to get back into it because it’s so easy and so yummy. Thanks for these recipes. I know I could do this. AND it will make my life easier.

  • Courtney says:

    How does it work when you don’t cook the ground beef first? Doesn’t it cook in a solid block? Do you break it up after?

  • Lisa says:

    I actually made these (minus the fajitas) yesterday, and it took me a LOT longer than 75 minutes! I felt like I was chopping vegetables all afternoon (and I do have a chopper!). I took a few breaks, so I don’t have the exact time length, but it was several hours. I don’t want to think about peeling another carrot for awhile. 🙂 I hope these taste as great as everyone is saying!

    • Roger Nation says:

      Lisa, I saw this and thought it was a wonderful idea. I spent $100.00 on 5 meals, it took me a couple of hours to get all 5 baged and labled. THese meals are cheap and easy; very convienent. However, ugh! they are not very good. Now granted some were ok, like the Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, but some like the Shredded Orange Chicken was uneddible.

  • Ana says:

    Recipe to the Homemade Taco Seasoning?

  • Ana says:

    Also. The shopping list. If we are doubling to get two bags of each recipe do we double everything on the shopping list as well?

    • Kelly says:

      No, the shopping list is for all eight meals. The recipes are written per meal so you know how much to add to each bag.

  • Ashlee says:

    Thank you for doing this! My husband and I eat out a ton, so I wanted to get in a different habit. Can’t wait to try some of these!

  • Terri says:

    These are awesome!!!! thank you!!

  • I prepped all these in September when I flew back to the USA for 10 days leaving my husband and eldest 3 kids at home.
    WOW! Taste is awesome, FULL of veggies, super fast prep and just a win in all circumstances! Thanks for taking the time to put it all together!
    I am SO excited to finally find your website again, because silly me didn’t pin this the first go-round. Guess what we’re eating the next 2 weeks?!:)

  • Janet P. says:

    Both of my Daughter in laws have made your meals at parties. They have a group of women and they buy in bulk and make them all on the same day. Take them home in igloos and enjoy. Thanks for posting this. I look forward to trying it myself.

  • Kat Schatkowsky says:

    I use a food processor to chop my veggies. It takes much less time!
    Please add me to your email list as well 🙂

  • Julia Rivas says:

    my husband is diabetic would these freezer slow cooker recipes work for his meals. I have to be so careful about what he eats

    • Kelly says:

      In general, I’m sure slow cooker freezer meals will work. You’ll just have to be careful to use recipes that fit with his diet. I’m not an expert at diabetic meal plans, so I can’t speak to what will work for him.

  • Valerie says:

    please add me to your email!

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  • Natalie says:

    Hi! Do you have a recipe for the homemade taco seasoning for the beef roast? 🙂

  • Sara says:

    hiya these meals look fab, I’m hoping to buy and prep everything tomorow in preparation for being induced next week with my first baby. My only question is, is how many people do these serve? For example how many people would be able to have a meal from each freezer bag?
    Thanks

    • Kelly says:

      I would say they each have four servings. (The garden veggie soup might feed six.) Best wishes for your labor and delivery!

  • Melissa says:

    I shorten the workload for my freezer meals and regular cooking by using Thrive Life freeze-dried veggies in my freezer meals. No chopping, more nutritious (vine-ripened), full of flavor and no waste from rotten food! If you would like more info, let me know!

  • Denise says:

    I made all these and *whew* that was a lot of chopping of carrots!! Next time I will chop one day, assemble the next day. I brought one of each of these recipes to my parents and they LOVED them! Thinking outside the box and gonna be giving meals away for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. (as well as new baby, moving, illness, etc)
    THANK YOU THANK YOU for all your hard work!! (and, reading through all these posts, it must take up HOURS to reply to all the questions! You’re very good at responding. )

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you, Denise! I’m so glad that you liked the meals and are excited about making more. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    Hello,
    I am completely new to crockpot meals. My wife, myself, and our 4 year old will all be starting school next month on top of us both working night shifts until midnight or later. A friend told me to try crockpot meals. So far my only question is, how do I know when they will go bad? I seen on your label you put a use by date. Thank you so much!

    • Kelly says:

      Most meals will last at least 3 months in a standard fridge/freezer combo, so that’s what I use for my use-by date. Hope these ideas work for you, Amanda. They’ve been a life-saver for us.

  • Stephanie says:

    I have been scouring pinterist and the web for freezer meals and came across your site. It is laid out so nicely, easy to navigate and I love your recipes!! My sis-in-law and I had a blast today shopping and putting these together. I travel for work and these will be great for the hubs and kiddo while I’m on the road.
    Looking forward to trying out more in the future! Thank you!
    Stephanie

  • Kim says:

    Hey Kelly – I’ve done some freezer meals in the past – just by doubling what I was currently cooking and then freezing to consume the next month. I make monthly meal plans for our family of 5 – as that seems to be the easiest way (for me) to survive!
    My question is this….I have a good bit of meat already in the freezer as I stock up when it is on sale or discounted – but my thoughts are – I will just have to save it to use another time – as since it has been frozen once – I do not feel that it can be thawed, put in these recipes and then refrozen….had any experience or comments/questions about that? Thanks:)

  • April says:

    75 Minutes? You’re wonder woman. 6 1/2 hours for me, including help from hubby. Ok, ok, so I’m including shopping… I left at 1 with my list (and my 4 year old). We first went to a local veggie shop and did a scavenger hunt for the veggies, so of course that was fun and took a lot longer than if I’d been alone. After that we went to the grocery store — one that has mini-carts for mini-shoppers — who incidentally like to ram your ankles, spin the cart in circles, and load it up with junkfood while you’re not looking. The process kind of sucks. Everytime I do it I swear I won’t do it again — but I always do.

    Then we get home around 3:30. Hubby is unloading the groceries and “putting them away” which means putting it all who even knows where — it’s like he hasn’t lived here with us for the last 6 years. 1 year old is waking up. So we get the kids settled in with snacks and drinks and start sorting all the ingredients. It’s mahem.

    We get hubby set up on the dining room table with a knife WAY larger than he needs, but insists on using, several cutting boards, assorted large bowls, gallon baggies, spices, the works. I’m washing and prepping veggies, he’s cutting away. He slices a finger, but it’s all good, because Doc Mc 4-year-old has a stash of bandaids and cotton balls and foaming neosporin and that takes a bit, but finally we’re on track.

    I open a bottle of wine, cursing myself that I didn’t do it sooner. It’s 5:30. We’ve completed 2 meals.

    We trudge through this process for the next few hours, kids just being crazy — 4 year old is hiding under the table with the salt shaker, just eating salt. Really. 1 year old is pilfering 4 year old’s “special toys” and all hell breaks loose.

    At some point, 4 year old says she’s an indian now — standing there covered head to toe with Crayola window marker “tattoos” — naked.

    I’m on glass 2 of wine… veggies aren’t getting cut into bite sized pieces anymore, I mean, it’s going into a crock pot, so I figure it’ll be soft enough to fork cut if need be, we just need to get this crap done.

    Realize diswasher is already full of clean dishes so we’re putting that away — baby gets head stuck between end table and couch — all hell breaks loose again. Then he poops — then we get 4 year old into tub. Hubby “cleans up” — I actually finish that, because ya know: husbands.

    Now it’s 7:30. I have 8 gallon baggies of prepared meals in the freezer and I’m on glass of wine #3. Kids are getting ready for bed.

    That sums up almost my entire Satruday.

    This — is why I don’t cook LOL

    • Kelly says:

      You will definitely get faster over time, April. I do all of my shopping ahead of time so I only have to prep the meals…and it definitely helps when my husband is entertaining our kids. I hope you love the meals. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I have to say, that was a pretty funny post!! I can laugh now, because I’m 60 yrs. old and my kids are grown. BUT, I do remember those days!! Thanks for the chuckle April!!

  • Adrian Rossi says:

    I have a quick question. I was following your freezer recipe for the hamburger garden vegetable soup. Unfortunately, in my haste to get everything in the bag, I misread the part about the chicken stock. Apparently you only add that to the crockpot on the day of cooking. I added everything to the bag, including the chicken stock. It made the bag very full, but it still closed without an issue. Will the soup be ruined because I added the broth/stock to the bag instead of adding it to the crockpot on the day I cook it?

  • Lourdes Reinoso Hadatty says:

    Hello, I love these ideas. But i would like to know how long could i have the food in the freezer please?

  • Amber says:

    I just thawed the roast and carrots for about a day and a half in the fridge. I added a chopped onion to it. The carrots and onions are already kinda mushy. Is this because of the onion or because the juice from the steak and taco seasoning? Do you think the carrots and onions are ruined?

    • Kelly says:

      To be honest, I have no idea. I’d throw them in the crockpot and see what happens.

      • Amber says:

        Reporting back. Well the carrots turned out awful and got thrown away. I think the vinegar basically made the carrots and onion all mushy just by leaving it in the refrigerator for a day and a half. The meat was still frozen so that’s why i left it so long. Next time I’m going to break the roast out of the bag and start thawing it on its own.

        • Kelly says:

          Oh yuck. I’m so sorry about that, Amber. Sometimes my meal is 100% thawed after being in the fridge overnight but I add everything to the crockpot anyway.

  • Julie says:

    Hi there,
    Thank you for the recipes, they will certainly help simplify menu planning and shopping! However, my vegetables always end up mushy in the crockpot when cut small. Do your vegetables stay somewhat crisp? Any suggestions on how I can prevent mushy veggies?

    • Kelly says:

      I wouldn’t describe then as crisp or mushy. I would say they are soft. If they get mushy I think they’re overcooked. I would decrease the cooking time.

  • Sandra Caulkins says:

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  • Karen says:

    Kelly,
    I like the concept-
    I don’t mean to be a “Debbie Downer” by I am wondering about freezing raw meat with veggies, then thawing, then cooking in a crockpot.
    Is there any temperature experiments so we know how long these foods are in the “danger zone”?
    Crock pots, depending on the type, size and age can go from A-Z with temperature control.
    Thanks you for all your great ideas!

    • Kelly says:

      I’m not sure how to test the temperature setting on your individual crockpot, but the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service says that it’s safe to freeze them together and recommends thawing before cooking.

  • Sam says:

    I’m teaching abroad….and I don’t have my crockpot with me. Would I be able to cook these meals on stovetop?

  • Rachel says:

    How do you manage to cut all those carrots so quickly. I watched almost three episodes of Gilmore Girls while cutting all those carrots. Does your chopper work for the carrots too, or just the onions?

    • Kelly says:

      Only the onions, but I work very fast. I have an awesome veggie peeler from Cutco. Also, I don’t worry about them all being exactly the same or looking perfect. As long as they taste good, that’s all I care about.

  • Anna says:

    I’ve just bought my first freezer having been inspired by what I’ve read here! I’m a complete novice at all this pre-prepping meals but it looks so fab. What size freezer bags should I buy?

    • Kelly says:

      I use gallon-sized plastic freezer bags. Some of the meals will fit in quart-sized bags, but I like to have my in all of the same sized bags so I can stack them in my freezer.

  • Angie says:

    I am getting ready to make these right now and I am confused. The grocery list calls for 5 tablespoons of homemade taco seasoning or 2 packets of store bought taco seasoning but I only see 2 tablespoons used. Where did you use the rest? And the 2 really went in the roast???

  • Angie says:

    Never mind. I forgot that you double each recipe to make 2 of each! Thanks!

  • Bluebonnet says:

    I have a question about the ground beef. When I cook it on the stove, I always drain the grease. I would love to be able to just put it in the freezer bag without cooking it, but I worry about not being able to drain it. Have you tried these meals both ways (fresh and cooked), and was the fresh one significantly greasier?

    • Kelly says:

      I used to brown my ground meat before freezing but stopped when I realized it was totally unnecessary. Just seems to take lots of extra time and effort. If I use at least 85% lean meat, the meals turn out great. If you have leftovers, the cooked fat will harden in the fridge, but that doesn’t bother me.

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  • Charlotte says:

    This (entirely new to me) concept has been a lifesaver. Once a week, my husband and I cook at the local food pantry and by the time we come home we were exhausted. At our age (retired) 8:00 – 3:00 is a long time on our feet. On Wednesday evening we used to resort to cheese and crackers. No More! Frozen to crock pot is now our Wednesday evening fare.

  • Reanne says:

    Have you ever used frozen meat for your recipes? If it doesn’t require chopping and you already have frozen chicken or beef in your deep freeze, can you add it to the bag with fresh veggies and other ingredients?

  • Justine says:

    These are perfect as I am expecting my first child in 8 weeks and this will be a life saver to have already in my freezer once she gets here. I am curious how long everything will last frozen? Are these recipes that need to used within a certain time frame once frozen? Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary says:

    I am so excited! I just finished but it took me 3 hours but in that time I had to make lunch and tend to a 2 year old (play ball and get him juice and snacks) plus I didn’t have a chopper. I am going to make the fajitas in the skillet tonight so I am already ready for next week. Thank you so much!

  • Tricia says:

    Please add me to your e-mail list,love crock pot receipts. .

  • Judy says:

    Please add me to your list. I am excitred to try some of these recipes!

  • Cynthia says:

    Do you use a digital crockpot? I work more than 8 hours a day and am worried about over cooking or burning the food. Amy recommendations?

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  • carisa says:

    This is seriously a game changer for me. These lists, whether frozen or not, are the simplest and most appealing of all the crock pot recipes i’ve ever seen. And the bonus is that I can either get proactive and bag all the ingredients to freeze or I can at least plan my meals for the month and know what i’ll be making and know that all of these recipes are quick and easy to prep and dont require any cooking prior to throwing the food in the crock pot. This is essential for me! I love these. Thank you so much for sharing!! You rock!!

  • carisa says:

    This is seriously a game changer for me. These lists, whether frozen or not, are the simplest and most appealing of all the crock pot recipes i’ve ever seen. And the bonus is that I can either get proactive and bag all the ingredients to freeze or I can at least plan my meals for the month and know what i’ll be making and know that all of these recipes are quick and easy to prep and dont require any cooking prior to throwing the food in the crock pot. This is essential for me! I love these. Thank you so much for sharing!! You rock!!

  • Millie says:

    Please add me to your email list. Can’t wait to they your crockpot freezer meals. Thank you!

  • Abigail says:

    How many people does each meal feed?

  • patricia says:

    KELLY: LOVE the idea of freezer crock pot recipies My daughter who works full time was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease as well as several food intolerances. Needless to say it is overwhelming especially when you have eaten all foods for most of your life. With these meals she can pre plan with avoiding most of the intolerance foods on her list. Thanks for the great idea.

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  • Meagan says:

    How many people do these recipes usually feed?

  • Katie says:

    I am trying to help my grandmother and myself prep our households ahead of time. She needs low sodium and I’m trying to prep for weightloss and also hoping my 5 year old will start eating a less picky diet. Thank you for posting all this and please add me to the Email list.

  • JENNY says:

    Can you add me to your email list please

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  • Ladies use your food processor’s or chopper’s and it’s a breeze.

  • Anna says:

    Hi! These look so good! How many servings are in each freezer bag typically?

  • Lori says:

    Hi, I had a quick question. First of all, this is my first time ever trying this so maybe I’m not understanding. I printed the PDFs for the 8 meals Recipes/Groceries and I’m about to put together and it seems the recipes are for one gallon bag but the go dry list says the ingredients are for 2 bags each meal. Am I missing something:( Thank you! I’m excited!

  • Lori says:

    Hi, me again:)
    After looking further, maybe there is just a typo. In regards to your garden veggie soup, the grocery list calls for 2 medium tomatoes when it should say 4 ( I think) 🙂 I’m good now and thank you! Trying the Italian chicken tonight, smells sooooo good!

  • Sarah says:

    Please add me to your email list. Thanks!

  • Javier says:

    Im new to this crockpot freezer meal thing and loving it so far. Ive got a quick question. Most of my proteins I get from Costco, and some of them, like chicken, are frozen. When prepping the freezer bag, I first thaw the chicken (thighs and breasts) to prepare and then i put it back on the freezer to store. My question is. Could I just throw in the frozen chicken as it comes from the store since Im putting it back to freeze anyways or do I have to keep getting them defrost first? Thank you!

  • Cheryl says:

    Will you please add me to your email list as well?

  • Laura J says:

    My daughter is on a very restricted diet due to migraines. Adding other things, she cannot have any MSG. There are over 40 different name for MSG on package labels and almost everything that us already prepared contains it. With a few exceptions, she can’t have anything that comes from the store in a bag, bottle, jar, box, or can.

    I noticed that one of the comments above referenced adding broth. Another mentions pre-made taco seasoning. Do most of your recipes include packaged ingredients? Even if there is a relatively small amount, I can’t use them.

    • Kelly says:

      No. If I use pre-packaged ingredients it’s usually healthier ones like canned tomatoes and beans and you can always substitute fresh.

  • Jammye says:

    I have been prepping my meals each Sunday for the last 9 months and this looks like it may even save my Sunday afternoons for MORE play time with the family. I am so excited to try this out!

  • Crystal says:

    Love these recipes can’t wait to try them out! I work 10 hour day would it be ok to cook these meals that long? Or do you think they’d get dried out?

    • Kelly says:

      I think it will be ok if you have a 4-qt slow cooker. If you have a 6-qt I would consider buying a new one with a programmable timer. They typically only cost $40-50 and they meals will easily start saving you that much money.

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  • Valerie says:

    Just made these today, and we ate one of the Mexican Chicken Soup kits tonight. So yummy! My husband (who is pretty picky) LOVED it and went back for seconds (which is a big compliment in his book!). Can’t wait to try the others. I really appreciate the flavor/spices that you included in these recipes, as I’ve tried other slow cooker “healthy” recipes from Pinterest that really lack flavor. Not the case with these ones! Good job! If you have an afternoon free, these are completely worth your time!

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