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Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals From Costco

Oh my, these might be some of the easiest make ahead crockpot meals that I’ve ever made!  (And that’s saying a lot because I’ve made hundreds of them.)  I was able to prep six make-ahead crockpot meals from ingredients at Costco in 40 minutes.  Here’s what I did, including my recipes and grocery list…

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

After making 12 crockpot freezer meals from Costco in November, I couldn’t wait to go back.  I had my eye on a big bag of frozen meatballs and spent the past few weeks coming up with ways to use them in crockpot meals.

My in-laws were in town earlier this month so my Costco dream finally came true.  They took all three of my daughters out for an afternoon of fun and I got THREE WHOLE HOURS to myself to shop and cook.  (Insert happy dance.)

I headed straight to Costco and you can bet I bought that big bag of frozen meatballs, along with the ingredients to make six make-ahead crockpot meals.

Here’s what I made:


Add a few simple side dishes and we’re set with six delicious, family-friendly dinners.  Perfect for busy weeknights!

Freezer eCookbooks

Now, if you are a “real foodie,” then these probably aren’t the recipes for you because they feature store-bought meatballs.  But, never fear – I’ve shared tons of other freezer cooking sessions on this blog that might interest you.  Start here: Eight Healthy Crockpot Meals or Crockpot Meals With Vegetables That Only Cost .94 Cents Per Serving.

Personally, I’m a big fan of “all things in moderation” and these meatball recipes fit the bill perfectly.  They all include vegetables and are 100x healthier than what we’d get at the drive-thru.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

I usually prep my freezer meals over the weekend when my husband is home playing with our daughters, so it was a treat to have the house alone to myself.  I played some music on my iPhone and got right to work prepping my make-ahead crockpot meals.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

I decided to make the crockpot meatballs first because I literally only needed to combine the meatballs and sauce in a bag.  It took all of sixty seconds and necessitated the second happy dance of the day.

I can tell you that we already ate one of the bags of meatballs in sauce, and all I can say is, “YUM.”  I served it with spaghetti and a big salad, and now I can’t wait to make the second bag in the freezer.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

Overall, I spent $45 at Costco on the ingredients and 40 minutes prepping all six meals. Since these meals were so easy to make, I was able to finish them quickly without rushing.  I even filled out my freezer meal labels (which I typically try to do ahead of time) and cleaned up.

If you’re brand-new to make-ahead crockpot meals, the recipes in this pdf above will walk you through the process step-by-step.  These particular recipes barely require any measuring, so they’re great for beginners.

For more information, you can also check out my blog post with eight healthy crockpot freezer meals and my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook.

Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

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


  • […] Kelly from New Leaf Wellness shows you how to make Six Make-Ahead Meals from Costco in 40 Minutes. […]

    • I see you have 4 different cook books. are the recipes in each book the same or different with more recipes. I like the ones you have shown but, dont want to buy a book with only 6 maels in it.


      • Kelly says:

        15-Minute Freezer Recipes has 10 recipes and a grocery list to make all 10 of them. Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes also has 10 recipes and they are different than the ones in the 15-Minute book. No-Cook Freezer Meals has 18 recipes, but some of them are from the slow cooker cookbook, but adapted for the freezer (It also contains a grocery list for all 18). Hope that helps. More info about all three is on my website here: eBook Bundle.

  • Faith Still says:

    Do you know how much brown sugar, soy sauce, and ketchup you put in the bag for the sweet n sour meatballs?

  • Lorraine says:

    Do you these feed a family of 4? If so is s pretty good portion?

  • Alissa says:

    I see that you use freezer bags. I know that they take up less space. Do you reuse them?

  • Patty says:

    I can’t stand peppers so I made the Sweet and Sour Meatballs without them. I loved them. Husband loved them. The kids loved them. I really do want to use more veggies though and normally I try to add them to the main dish. Any ideas of what to use instead of the peppers?

  • Sherry says:

    Hi there!! These all sound so good, and am thinking of making them this weekend. But you say, 1 pound of meatballs. I dont own a food scale, so approx. how many meatballs did you put in the bags?

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, I can’t remember, but I didn’t weigh them. I think I did 4 handfuls per bag. Just split the meatballs as evenly as you can across the bags. 🙂

  • Diane says:

    Plastic storage bags are so convenient! Have you ever had problems with the food tasting like the baggie or taking on a peculiar flavor? We have (plastic sandwich bags)! 🙁 Since this has happened, I wonder about using them for freezing purposes?? Maybe it was the baggie brand, I don’t know (I have googled and have found others who experience the same, but no real solution – beside no longer using them). I just don’t want to do the work and then toss it all because it has a weird taste. I value your experience and opinion. 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      Honestly, I have never had that problem. Maybe you could test one or two to be safe? I can’t imagine what would make them taste that way though, especially in the freezer.

    • Teresa says:

      I have also had that problem but only with off-brand bags. If you buy a name brand bag like Ziploc, you won’t have that taste problem. Awesome recipes too, by the way!

  • Heather says:

    How long will these meals be good in the freezer?

  • Alisha says:

    I’ve tried clicking on the link for the recipes but I’m not able to download – does anyone else have this problem?

  • Libby says:

    My boyfriend is buying a house and I am planning on making these and a few others for him! That way I know he won’t starve and he will save money by not eating out. These look so good….I will make these for me too when I go back to school!

  • Amy says:

    Tonight I made the meatball and vegetable soup. It was a BIG hit with my family! I’m trying to use more slow cooker recipes and I was so happy to try your recipes and will be trying more! Thank you so much for sharing. You are a blessing to me and my family! I have three girls as well!

  • Amber says:

    My boyfriend DESIPES corn is there any good replacement? Id just remove the corn but dont want to lose the volume of the meals.

    • Kelly says:

      I’ve made tons of soups like this with other veggies: green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, spinach, kale, carrots, etc! Substituting is no problem at all. 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    Hi, Maybe you already explained this in a different area… I have just found your website today and started reading it. In the directions where it says “THAW” is it ok if it is partially thawed? Like, still kinda icy in the middle or something? or does it need to be completely thawed?
    I’ve NEVER made freezer meals because I’ve never tasted anything from the freezer that was all that great. BUT, I have printed some of your lists and I am going to try them for sure!! 😀
    Thanks for all your great info!!!

  • Roberta says:

    Do you know if the meatballs you are buying at Costco are gluten free?

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  • Deb says:

    I just came across your Crock Pot freezer meals ideas–Love it! Everytime I see a recipe for using a slow cooker, none of them say what SIZE of Crock Pot the dish requires. Can you tell me? Thank you!

  • Elisabete says:

    Hi! I came across your blog and now I really wanna try some recipes! But i need to buy a crock pot.. Any advice on size? For 2 adults, and 1 kid. Usually I like cooking for dinner and have enough leftovers for lunch for 2. Should I go for a bigger one (6.5liters) and double the recipes or one freezer bag and a 3,5liters crock pot is enough?

  • Lauren says:

    Just want to say thank you for these recipes and shopping lists. This is my second round of these meals!! I’ve tried all of your freezer meals and my husband and I voted this one as our favorite. Thank you for making our lives a little easier with a new baby.

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