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Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI in 40 Minutes

By November 3, 2014Freezer Prep Session

I’m so excited to share these six new freezer meals with you. I did all of the shopping at Aldi and based the recipes on great sales and organic produce. YUM. Here’s my grocery list and recipes so you can do the same, regardless of whether you live close to Aldi or not.

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

If you read my previous posts on crockpot freezer meals and make ahead meals, then you know that I am very organized and always go to the grocery store with meals planned and a grocery list in hand. Last week, I mixed things up a bit. I went to Aldi and looked for inspiration in their organic foods and good deals.

I focused on Aldi’s meat and produce sections and found these gems: Organic frozen green beans, organic baby carrots, canned organic diced tomatoes, organic tomato basil pasta sauce, cartons of organic free range chicken broth, cheap ground beef, and deeply-discounted chicken breasts.

Based on those ingredients from Aldi, I decided to make these six crockpot freezer meals…

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE RECIPES AND GROCERY LIST

Overall, I spent $44.42 on my groceries. I had some of the sauces and spices on-hand and bought everything else at Aldi. All of the recipes are very simple, so you can make them even if you don’t shop at Aldi or use organic ingredients.

 

I froze all of my meals raw, so they were very easy and quick to make.

If you’re new to freezer cooking, here are some of the benefits…

  • You can take advantage of sales and stock your freezer.
  • You’ll have homemade meals ready for busy weeknights.
  • When you freeze the ingredients raw, they won’t taste like leftovers at all. Wahoo!

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

Here’s how the process works…

  1. Print your recipes.
  2. Label your freezer bags. (I use these simple printable labels.)
  3. Prep all the vegetables.
  4. Open all the cans.
  5. Fill the bags in an assembly line. (I prefer these freezer bags. <affiliate link>) Add the meat to the bag last so it’s the first ingredient poured into the crockpot.
  6. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze.

Most freezer meals will last in a standard freezer up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, cook in your crockpot, and enjoy!

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

If you’re looking for more freezer meal ideas, here are some of our favorites…

My No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook also walks you through the process step-by-step and gives specific strategies for fitting freezer cooking into a busy life.

Thoughts or questions? Leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

108 Comments

  • Sarah says:

    Just curious–do you have any trouble with grease from the ground beef floating on your soup? I’ve never done crockpot meals that had raw hamburger, unless it was a meat loaf where the fat is easily removed after cooking. And even when I buy lean ground beef, it still has more fat that I would like in a soup.

    • Kelly says:

      I can’t explain it, but I never have fat in my soup (and I’ve frozen a lot this way!). I always buy at least 80% lean beef.

    • Lindsey says:

      Usually I cook ground meat and drain off the fat before I throw it in the slow cooker. Hopefully that helps.

    • Amy says:

      Hi, Sarah….old trick my gram showed me. For grease on chilis or soups, float the unused heels of your bread on the top for a few seconds, then use a spoon to remove the bread. It sops up the majority of the grease. Also, you can avoid it altog. ether by browning the meat, then pouring boiling water over it instead of just draining it, THEN add it to the soup or crockpot for the last hour of cooking

    • KarenH says:

      If you have trouble with floating grease…take a slice of bread and lay on top of the soup for a few seconds…then toss the bread away..All the grease is mopped up by the bread.

  • Bonnie says:

    Unless I’m using very lean ground beef I would brown, drain, and cool the ground beef before adding it to the bag. And I wouldn’t use very lean ground beef for soup. I try to use cheaper meat for soup since it’s not the main player. Thanks for the recipes and the list…wonderful!!

  • marla says:

    Thanks for the tip on how to get updates by email. My family is starting to eat healthier and having food easily accessible is so necessary to this endeavor. I’m excited to learn new things here.

  • Kelly says:

    I updated the grocery list today! I accidentally forgot to include canned diced tomatoes on the first draft and a reader brought it to my attention. I apologize to anyone who might have used the list already!!

  • Linda says:

    Can you freeze any slow cooker recipe? I just stumbled on your blog and am thinking about trying some of your recipes but, I also have several of my own slow cooker recipes and am thinking about freezing them.

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, for the most part. I have a crockpot chicken pot pie and I cook it’s creamy sauce before freezing (as opposed to freezing it raw). I’m also not a big fan of freezing raw potatoes. If you have questions about specific recipes, let me know!

  • Tabitha says:

    I am making all of these today for my family. I love crockpot cooking, and I love Aldi so thank you for combining them! With a family of 6 plus one on the way, I need more recipes like this. YAY

  • Virginia says:

    Thanks for this post, we started doing some freezer cooking but haven’t been lately. (I do have your book that I need to dig into!) How many people would you say these recipes feed?

  • Ky says:

    hi! Since I’m usually gone all day, it’s ideal to be able to put it in before I leave, set a timer and go..if I wanted to leave everything frozen with the chicken recipes so they can cook longer, would I just put them in for a full 8 hours? If that makes sense. Even though I’ve got a timer and could set something for 4 or 6 hours, it’s would have to sit in the crockpot for another 3-4 hours

  • Heather says:

    can these be cook from frozen?

  • Kathy says:

    I would like to know more about serving sizes of these meals. There are four adults and one 17 year old living in our house. Does each recipe feed six people? I know that I would have to double each recipe, and so I would have to put the second recipe into another bag?

    • Kelly says:

      If I were you, I’d make sure there are enough chicken breasts for everyone and use the same amount of sauce listed in the recipe. That way you’ll be sure to have enough food and only need to make one bag for dinner at a time. For the soup, I think one bag will feed 5 people. The suggested serving size is 6. If you want to make it more hearty/filling, you could add another can of beans or more veggies. Or add a big salad and loaf of bread on the side. Hope this helps!

  • Nikki says:

    Can you use a whole chicken in these recipes, especially the cranberry chicken? I get my meat from a local farm and we almost always get 2 small chickens in our monthly share…getting cut chicken pieces is more expensive.

  • Jen says:

    Wow, just stumbled on your website from Pinterest. Can’t wait to get started, I’m making a list right now! Thank you so much for sharing all of these recipes!!

  • kelly says:

    I’m really interested to try this kind of ‘make ahead’ dinner.. as it is, I spend saturday and sunday cooking most of the week’s dinner for my family and my in-laws (as they are on a very strict diet and unable to cook for themselves) so freezing 6-7 crockpot recipes on the weekends to use through out the week would be an amazing time saver.. My question is, I see that the cranberry pork is a ‘pulled pork’ recipe.. but I didn’t notice the same “shredding” instruction with the chicken cranberry recipe. Is the chicken shredded or can it be left (semi) whole…(I say ‘semi’ because slow-cooked meat just lusciously falls apart in all it’s goodness when done 🙂 )

    thanks for the inspiration.

  • Lyn says:

    Hi, these look like great recipes. I notiCe EVOD written on some packs. What does that mean please?

  • Christine Schiller says:

    A friend sent me this the other day and I have everything ready to put in bags and freeze. The meat, including ground beef, chicken and sausage go in with everything uncooked, is that correct? Nothing is cooked prior to freezing from the recipes I saw. I am hoping this will make it easier for dinner options – thanks for sharing

  • Sarah says:

    After dragging my feet I finally got around to trying a few of your recipes (Italian chicken and Teriyaki chicken) and they were sooo good (and so easy to put together)! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. You’ve made my life a little easier. 🙂

  • Laura says:

    question – Some of these meals are great for sticking a grandparent’s freezer as well as the bulk of a family meal so I would like some help with that……I would like to make some of these recipes but to package them in smaller amounts for a single older man (like specifically right now I am looking at the Italian chicken but need to adapt to others as well for variety). while I could likely figure out how to scale the ingredients, what would I do about the cooking time? shorten it for smaller amounts? by how much? thanks in advance

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, even if you only cook one chicken breast, I think it will still take just as long to cook through. The only variable that might change the cooking time is the size of the crockpot. If you cook a small meal in a small crockpot (for example a 2qt), it might take longer to cook than it would in a 6qt. I’d still aim for 6-8 hours, but you might have to do some testing in your exact crockpot to get it just right.

  • Stacy says:

    I love using crock-pot liners to keep the clean-up to a minimum. When putting together my meals on a Sunday, I put 1/2 of the meals in liners and 1/2 in freezer bags. I use some twist-ties from Pampered Chef to seal the liners and store them in the refrigerator for meals that week. The others go in the freezer for eating later &/or giving to friends or family. I hope this might be helpful to others!

    • Kelly says:

      Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Lori says:

      great idea! also better for the environment, the less plastic we use, the better!

    • Jean says:

      I too use the crockpot liners, but I ‘build’ the meal in the liner in my unplugged crockpot, twist tie that, and put the whole thing in labeled freezer bags. When I’m ready to use it, I put the filled liner in the crockpot and keep the already labeled freezer bag so I can use it again, washing it if there was any leakage. As a family we write down any modifications to the meal we want to try and I keep those notes in the freezer bag. Now that I have a ‘stockpile’ of labeled freezer bags, it’s easy to pick from the pile for what I want to build for the next batch of freezer meals if I don’t have time to go searching. If it was a meal that my family really didn’t care for and no modifications could save it, I recycle that freezer bag rather than re-use it.

    • Joan says:

      What is a meal liners? Where can you get them?

  • Jessica says:

    What do you eat with the cranberry and Italian chicken recipes?

    • Kelly says:

      We would probably eat the cranberry chicken with rice and green beans and the Italian chicken with spaghetti and steamed broccoli.

  • Sheridan says:

    Hi could you tell me if the actual recipe I’ve printed out is for 1 (1bag) of the meals or have you doubled the ingredients already in the ingredients list to make 2 meals (2bags)??

  • jamie says:

    Thank you for posting these! When I clicked on this, I really expected to be led to a pay for a plan type of site. It is awesome that you share all of your hard work and experiences. I am off to the grocery store with 3 of your lists. Thank you for saving me the trial and error process you went through! I am so glad to have healthy meals ready this week.

  • Angela says:

    I love your recipes! Perfect for busy homeschool families too! I was wondering where you obtained the nifty labels?

  • Chelsea says:

    Thank you so much! I have two boys under 3 and we shop at Aldi 🙂 I did freezer cooking before my second was born and made 17 meals – but I wish I had your tips (and recipes) back then! Reading that you don’t pre-brown meat is great. That will be a HUGE time saver for me!

  • Shonda says:

    What do you serve with the Italian Chicken? Rice, potatoes, what?

  • Chris says:

    Kelly, Thank you SO much for these tips and recipes!! I prepared the Aldi ones today (plus a couple more from your site) and they are in the freezer now. I cooked the Chicken Teriyaki recipe for dinner tonight and my family loved it! You spent a lot of time preparing, planning, documenting and sharing your hard work and I really appreciate it. I really feel accomplished today!! 🙂

  • Kisha says:

    I would like to kno the meals with that calls for pasta is that possible to freezer as well?

    • Kelly says:

      Would you freeze it uncooked or cooked? I think either way would probably work, but I would do it in a separate bag. If you cook the pasta all day with the meal it will turn out mushy.

  • Jessica says:

    Hi Kelly.

    Excited to say that my first freezer meal prep experience is history.

    My only question is whether the tomato beef vegetable soup recipe calls for one 24 oz jar of pasta sauce. The recipe list for doubled recipes only has one jar listed. Should I add another half jar to each batch when we decide to thaw & cook this meal?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Kelly says:

      The grocery list is for all six meals. The recipes are for each individual bag. That way you know how much to add to each one. So, if the soup recipe calls for one 24oz jar, you need to add one jar to each bag. Hope that clears things up.

  • Kerry says:

    Hi, enjoying your site and recipe ideas as I attempt to come up with healthier, quick prep meals for my family! Just wondering before I try your recipes how many people they feed? I have a family of 5, including a bottomless pit pre-teen son, so wondering if I need to double the recipes. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      The average number of servings ranges from 4-6. I try to include the servings for each recipe in the printable pdf when I can. For five people, including a hungry son, I would at least double the meat. You can try doubling the entire recipe, but it might be tough for soups/stews/chilis which already fill most of a crockpot.

  • AbbyT says:

    Pretty excited to try the Italian Chicken tonight – it’s in the crockpot now & smells wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rachel says:

    I was worried about the lack of seasoning but this tasted incredible. My husband, who doesn’t have even the tiniest sweet tooth, also loved it. I served it with roasted sweet potatoes.

  • sherry says:

    My daughter is a teacher and has 2 boys that are very active in sports. She gets home from work and has to start running the boys to games, practices, etc. There are times they don’t get home to 8:30; her husband and her take one boy, who ever gets home first starts a dinner. During the summer I asked her if she would like me to make meals for her so she could put them in the freezer. She was so excited and said “Mom, that would be a great help” so she emailed me your blog and I love Aldi’s, so that’s a good start right there. one questions, what size bags do you use, I’m assuming gallon?. I also use the crockpot liners, do I understand correctly that I can put the ingredients in these bags? Thanks for your help and recipes.

    • Kelly says:

      What a wonderful thing to do for your daughter’s family, Sherry! I use gallon-sized plastic freezer bags (name-brand only, I tried Aldi’s and they leaked). Some of my meals will fit in quart-sized freezer bags but I typically use the same size of bags for all of the meals so I can stack them neatly in my freezer. People have told me that they add the ingredients to the liners and then put the liners inside the freezer bags. I have no idea how they seal the liners though. I just bought some liners for my grandparents’ freezer meals and I’m planning to give them the liners separately so they can use them the day of cooking.

  • LInda Ray says:

    I know this is probably a goofy question, but I’ve been noticing so many of the Freezer to Crockpot meals have honey in them. Not just here, all over the place. I can’t figure out why, i.e. the purpose for it.

  • Shanno says:

    Hi I am new to this whole Freezer meal thing and so excited about it! You have a ton of recipes I’m looking forward to trying, this Cranberry Chicken being one of them. But I can’t seem to find the recipe. Your label has more ingredients than the Cranberry Pork recipe did. Can you please guide me to this?

    Thank you!

  • Goddess says:

    Just found your site and I’m looking forward to trying your recipes. What size slow cooker do you usually use for the recipes?

  • Judy says:

    Thank you for all your effort! I have a question about the meat. I always buy frozen hamburger and chicken… is it okay to thaw it to make the recipes and then freeze it again?

    • Kelly says:

      I would add it to the bags frozen or wait to add the day of cooking (In other words, don’t thaw and re-freeze without cooking).

  • Adrienne says:

    Just visited a new Aldi’s in town today and bought all the necessary ingredients to make these for myself (6 months pregnant) and a friend (9 months pregnant). Thank you for these recipes!

    I do think the grocery list needs a x2 after the pasta sauce. Luckily the price was so good that I bought an extra so I will have 2 when I prep the meals (one for each bag).

  • Arely says:

    I can’t read the first ingredients on “cranberry Chicken” meal. Do you mind helping me by replying with the ingredients?

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  • Amanda says:

    Hello. I LOVE the meals on here, its affordable and sounds delicious. I made the meals today for the freezer today and plan on making them next week. I am putting a link to this page on my site so people have to get the recipe from here. Thanks!!!

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  • Tails says:

    I made your Cranberry Chicken dinner last night, thanks for the recipe! (I chose a bunch of recipes from your site which I prepared and froze).
    I used bone in chicken pieces (two breasts, two thighs, two legs, and two wings)
    I also removed the chicken and thickened the sauce on the stove top with some cornflour, then popped everything back into the slow cooker and stirred it up to coat.
    I cooked mine for 4 hours and I think had I only had breasts and thighs I might have done it for an extra 30min to an hour but the legs and wings were falling off the bone! (I have a Salton 6L slow cooker)

    Changes I would make:
    Less vinegar, but only slightly. Maybe 1 or 1.5Tbsp balsamic vinegar instead of 2.
    Less EVOO, I find the bone in chicken (with skin) creates enough oil on its own. There was a layer of oil on the top when I was thickening the sauce on the stove so perhaps omitting the oil might help.
    I think I might increase the honey by 1Tbsp, but will have to debate this because maybe less vinegar would help the sweetness come out more. With the recipe as printed, I ended up adding some brown sugar in while thickening the sauce on the stove.
    I would add 1-2tsp of salt (I tasted it after 3 hours and added my salt then, but I think it could have done with more – not a lot mind you, I’m not a heavy salt user).
    And finally, maybe I’d throw in some more actual cranberries towards the end, because my can didn’t have too many in it. But that’s just for fun really 🙂

    Can’t wait to try the rest of the meals, thanks!

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  • Shallan says:

    I loved the freezer meal tips you had. I have cooked freezer meals to stock up before having both my babies, and most of them were at least decent or great tasting! But I have to say that the Italian chicken and the cranberry chicken were both not good. The Italian chicken was just really really bland so I had to add Alfredo sauce to one of them, and then added spaghetti sauce to the other since I had two of them. As far as the cranberry chicken, it was just disgusting. I guess if someone is a diehard cranberry flavor fan they may enjoy it, but when it comes out of the crockpot it not only looks gross but slso tastes gross. I wish I had not doubled this recipe since I had to toss the other one I the trash. I will be searching for better freezer meals bestie . Sorry to be a downer, because I loved the way you explained everything so well and had so many good tips. But there are just so many better tasting freezer crockpot meals out there than those two! Hopefully this will help someone not waste their money and at least try one recipe before going all out and doubling these.

  • Claire says:

    Hi I m currently Mam of 3 and getting prepped ready to go back to work from maternity so things like this would be ideal. The query I have is I’m always petrified of food poisoning and had it drummed into me chicken must be totally defrosted before cooking etc. It is safe to have raw chicken in with other ingredients both in freezer and while in bag and defrosting and to slow cook if not fully defrosted? These will be a godsend if I can do them

  • Stacy Wagenknecht says:

    I feel silly but I can’t find the other three recipes. The link doesn’t work where I see the first three recipes. Can you help me, please?

  • Sally says:

    I broke down this weekend and decided to do some prepping. I made 12 meals and am anxious to try my first this week. I typically use my crock pot for the same meals…never venturing much beyond soups. Thank you so much for all the work you have put into the recipes and your page! I am planning on buying your ebook soon!
    I wanted to add one of the meals I made was cranberry chicken. I am not a fan of canned cranberry…but the grocery store i use has a house cranberry/apple salad. I used that….really hoping the flavor translates well. ( I am rule-breaker – lol- when it comes to recipes so I will never rate something I modify)
    thanks again!

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  • Stephanie says:

    Do you cook the hamburger first or put it in the crockpot raw?

  • Lee Ann says:

    Thank you, these were a hit with my family. Do you have any other Aldi freezer sessions?

  • Hi Kelly! I was wondering what you serve with the cranberry chicken? Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alex Nelson says:

    I’m sad/mad to report that the Crockpot Italian Chicken was not good at all.

    WAY TOO MUCH chicken, a little bit of tomato, and some strange sweet and slightly spicy sauce. It needs lots more…something to thicken it up perhaps some chopped potatoes and/or beans.

    Our whole family of 4 wasn’t a fan. Now I’m not sure what to do with the leftovers, the other bag in the freezer, and am scared to try the other 2 recipes/4 bags still in the freezer.

  • CJ says:

    Hello, reading the recipes. It states you doubled the recipe for 2 freezer bags. Does that mean what is listed in each recipe is for 2 freezer bags? If I want to only make 1 freezer bag for each recipe, do I need to half the recipe?

    Thanks

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