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Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco (10 Meals in 60 Minutes!)

By March 30, 2015Freezer Prep Session

So, I got it in my head that I wanted to prep a bunch of freezer meals made from organic ingredients at Costco.  I ended up making 10 crockpot freezer meals and I’m excited to share my recipes and grocery list.  Since I was able to freeze them without any cooking ahead of time they only took me one hour to make, including clean-up.  Wahoo!

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

My in-laws were visiting last week so they watched our daughters while my husband and I went shopping at Costco and looked for inspiration in their organic foods.  They didn’t have nearly as many options as I thought they would, but I found these gems:

  • Organic tomato sauce
  • Organic vegetable potstickers
  • Organic chicken breasts
  • Organic ground beef
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil
  • Organic chicken stock
  • Organic baby spinach

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

Then, I got creative and made these 10 organic crockpot freezer meals:

  • Two freezer bags of Italian chicken
  • Two freezer bags of Asian chicken and vegetable potstickers (sauce inspired by our favorite honey sesame chicken from Damn Delicious)
  • Two freezer bags of crockpot “Monster” burgers (based on our favorite baked sliders)
  • Four freezer bags of hearty tomato vegetable soup – two with chicken and two with beef (based on some of the soups in my crockpot cookbooks and shared for free below)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE RECIPES AND GROCERY LIST

Since they’ll all be cooked in the crockpot I didn’t have to do any cooking ahead of time.  I just added the ingredients to freezer bags and stuck them in the freezer.  Genius, right?

Freezer eCookbooks

We’ve made a version of all of these meals before, and I can tell you that they’re delicious.  I decided to make at least two bags of each recipe because it saved time while prepping and we don’t mind eating the same thing twice in three months (which is how long most freezer meals will last in a standard fridge/freezer combo).

Doubling the recipes also helped me use up most of the bulk purchases from Costco.  I spent a total of $130 on organic ingredients and combined them with spices and other items that I had on-hand, like organic honey and frozen mixed veggies that I bought at Costco last month.  The recipes are all very simple, so you can make them even if you don’t shop at Costco or use organic ingredients.

My husband and I are especially excited about the Asian chicken recipe with potstickers.  YUM.

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

I only had an hour to prep my meals before meeting one of my friends to go running so I hustled!  To save time, I skipped writing out my freezer labels and just wrote on the bags with a Sharpie.  Since I’m familiar with all of the recipes I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll remember the cooking instructions.

Prepping 10 dinner in an hour is pretty darn amazing, isn’t it?!  I even loaded the dishwasher, emptied the trash can, and wiped down the kitchen counters.   Now we’re set with 10 dinners for busy weeknights.  Woot!

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

I don’t have any fancy kitchen tools, but I did use a food chopper to dice the onions (because I hate cutting onions!) and my new hands-free baggy stands to keep my bags from spilling.

The number of servings per recipe varies from 3-6.  It’s very easy to double the recipes if you’re feeding a crowd or cut them in half if you’re only feeding one or two people at a time.

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

I like to serve my crockpot freezer meals with basic side dishes, like spaghetti, garlic bread, or a side salad.  Such an easy way to get dinner on the table every night.

If you’re new to crockpot freezer meals, the recipes and grocery list in the pdf above will walk you through the process step-by-step.  It’s so easy, I swear!  My crockpot cookbooks also include a lot of great recipes and tips.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  I’d love to hear from you. 

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

PS I’ve gotten some requests to share “after” pics of my freezer meals when they’re finished cooking.  While I can’t always do that because it can take me months to cook all of the meals, we couldn’t resist trying three of these meals last week.  YUMMM.

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco (10 meals in 60 minutes!)

73 Comments

  • Amy says:

    Looks delicious! What size is your crock pot? I have one of the large 6-qt. ones and I’m wondering if I will need to adjust the cook time. Thanks!

  • Riann says:

    Thanks so much for all of these ideas! I have made several meals so far and they are all great. Such a time and sanity saver! These all look great too – and reasonably priced. Even with your already purchased ingredients less than $15 a meal for organic is a great deal. And faster than takeout!

    • Kelly says:

      Agreed! We can’t even eat at McDonald’s for that amount. And, I still have a ton of organic extra virgin olive oil leftover.

  • Nikki says:

    This.is.WONDERFUL! Can I ask how you cooked the chicken & potstickers? I LOVE the potstickers from Costco but have never cooked them in the crockpot?

    • Kelly says:

      They were a little bit soft, but we LOVED them. I ended up cooking both bags at once and inviting my parents over for dinner. Everyone ate seconds. 🙂

  • Nikki says:

    OK, never mind, found it. Just had to open the link, duh!

  • Emily says:

    The hands-free baggy stands are genius!! That would be so helpful.

    Is the ground beef in the soup, NOT browned prior to freezing? Sorry if I missed it and you noted this somewhere.

    • Kelly says:

      I love the stands so much. I have 10 and want more. 🙂 Nope, the ground beef is added raw. I used to cook my ground meat before freezing, but I’ve found that it’s unnecessary and only takes more time.

      • Laurie says:

        I’ve heard from others that putting raw ground beef in the crock pot makes the texture funny. Any experience with a different taste or texture? I’ve always avoided those recipes just in case. I could precook, but dirtying up a pan and using the stove defeats the purpose of why I use the crock pot. 🙂

        • Kelly says:

          I think the texture is a little bit “softer”, if that makes sense. We don’t mind at all. Totally worth the time saved!

  • Stephanie Rogers says:

    I ordered you crock pot books and never got them. try try as I might.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Stephanie! First, thank you for your purchase. Second, I’m so sorry that you never received the links to download!! I’m not sure if they went directly to spam or got lost in cyberspace somewhere, but I apologize. I just emailed new copies to the email address that you submitted with your order. Sorry for any inconvenience!

  • Sarah says:

    i noticed you added fresh herbs to your freeze bags. Do they freeze well?

    • Kelly says:

      I believe fresh herbs will freeze fine. If you’re using herbs with a stem (like rosemary or oregano), just remove the stem before adding them to the freezer meal.

  • Jenn says:

    I basically did the same thing for almost an entire month’s worth of meals (24), but I DID do some cooking ahead of time. I will try not cooking the meats instead and see if it saves me time (I was in the kitchen almost 6 hours). What I can testify is that this will save anyone money. normally we spend $150 a week on groceries to feed a grown family of four, however this way, I will only be spending that $150 once a month when I buy my meats. In the weeks in between I will buy ingredients here and there along with household goods and our fresh produce, reducing the monthly grocery bill from $600 to $450, saving us $150 a month! I also am anticipating the savings in other areas too, like our energy and water bills. Not standing at the stove, cooking each night (don’t forget the clean up), using the crockpot more and of course with warmer weather on its way, more grilling outside; that should knock that energy bill down! Good luck everyone in your meal prep…it saves time! OH side note…we eat salads at almost every meal. I prep my lettuce each week. I buy the HUGE bag of organic romaine lettuce, bring it home, wash it, and cut it up, placing it in a giant Tupperware container with a lid. I place paper towels on top and put the lid on, turning it upside down in the fridge. When I need to make a salad, i just grab the lettuce, fill my serving bowl and cut up any other veggies I want…easy and the lettuce lasts and lasts; no wilted leaves, no rot, no YUCK!

    • Kelly says:

      Wow, you rock, Jenn. Cutting $150 per month is amazing! Great job. Thanks for the tip for prepping salads ahead of time too. What a great time-saver.

    • Anne says:

      Thanks so much for the tip on the lettuce! I don’t buy big bags of lettuce for these very reasons (wilting and sliminess). I will definitely try this!

  • Debbie says:

    Hi there, I was just wondering what ‘Tinned Tomato Sauce’ is? In Australia we have tinned tomatoes, tomatoe soup or Tinned Tomato paste (which is quite thick). Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm, I don’t think it’s any of those Debbie. I think it would be most similar to “tinned tomatoes”, but the sauce is pureed. It’s thick like spaghetti sauce, but not sweet or seasoned.

    • Kristina says:

      In the UK we have tins/cartons of passata, i think this is probably close.

      • Meghan Murray says:

        The Costco sauce has some seasonings and sugar, so you may want to add just a bit of garlic, salt, pepper, and sugar to the passata.

    • Maureen says:

      Hi Debbie- it would be a bottle of Passatta- Woolies both do a cheap homebrand one which is fine, just pure pureed tomatoes. (Note I am in Australia too)

    • Berny says:

      Tomato puree Deb is what we call it, Long thin jar rather than short like ready made sauces.

  • sheryl says:

    hi. thanks, awesome article. love the after pics.

    sheryl (the boho)

  • Wanda hernandez says:

    I would love to lave ur recipes.

  • Shanna says:

    If i double the recipe to make 6 servings instead of 3 do i just double everything and cook the same length of time. Do i only double the dry ingredients and add half the liquid. Do i need to adjust the cook time at all?

    • Kelly says:

      If you want each meal to have six servings, I would double the chicken in the Italian Chicken (keep everything else the same) and cook both bags of the Asian Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers at once. Same cooking times. Does that make sense?

  • Louise says:

    Do you cook and freeze your spaghetti and pasta??? it is very easy to do… I cook up a big pot of spaghetti and put it into bags and crumple wax paper to put on top of the pasta ( frost crystals stick to the paper instead of to the pasta).. Freeze it.. then to thaw it I fill the bag with cold water and break it apart.. put in container and microwave it to heat it up.

  • Chris says:

    Saw your crock pot meals on Homestead and Survival and decided to check out your web page. I use qt or pt jars for this senior couple survival meals aka crock pot meal. Down side thawing but it does allow us spare time on our 20 acres. I make my own sauces, broth, etc., but I do also buy bulk from SAM’s, Whole Foods and the Asian market. It is so nice to find a web site like yours. I also use jars to make individual salads w/dressing, cakes, especially cheese cake for me. I do dry and freeze my herbs. Fresh Thia basil is great on eggs and I did dry the Thia basil with great success. Again Thanks. Chris

  • Shelby says:

    Can you clarify the monster burgers a bit? I’ve never made them in a crock pot before and want to give it a try. I’m sorry this sounds dumb, but do you make the meat into patties before you freeze them?

    I love everything I have tried so far.
    Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks, Shelby! I cook the meat as one big oval and then cut it into six burgers. Don’t worry, the printable will walk you through the process step-by-step.

  • Sarah says:

    I’m surprised nobody has caught this and mentioned it yet. I went shopping last weekend and got the groceries to make these meals…I got home and realized that I didn’t get spinach because it wasn’t on the list. I just thought you might like to know! 🙂 Thanks for the easy recipes!

  • Tanya says:

    Hi I was just wondering if the vegetable potstickers is vegetable stock? I’m from Australia and this is not a term I have heard before I am really wanting to use my crock pot more and your recipes sound beautiful. Also for your recipes that use honey do you think I would be able to substitute to rice malt syrup? My husband has fructose intolerance. Thank you Tanya.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Tanya! The potstickers are a dumpling. I’m not familiar with rice malt syrup. Do you use it in place of honey and sugar in other dishes? If so, then I think it will work. I can’t be for sure though because I haven’t tried it myself. Sorry about that.

  • Laura says:

    Hi, I am hoping to make one of these freezer meals for my husband to cook while I am gone. However, I am having trouble finding the link to where you have the slow cooker, freezer burgers and Asian potstickers recipes? I’m on mobile,so maybe that’s the problem?? 🙂 thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      It’s in this sentence, Laura: “If you want to make the same 10 crockpot freezer meals, I saved my recipes and grocery list to a pdf that you can save and print: Printer-Friendly Recipes and Grocery List.” Toward the bottom of the page. Sorry it’s not more clear.

  • yourfreedom999 says:

    I love your ebooks and how simple everything is. I downloaded and printed all the books and am now ready to get to work making these meals for our family of 4, my aging parents and prepping meals for my college bound in August girls. They love the simplicity of pulling these meals out and cooking. My one daughter is moving to an apt so this will give her a couple meals in one bag plus share with her sister when she is tired of dorm food. thank you for doing this…

    LOVE IT! I ENCOURAGE Y’ALL TO GET THE EBOOKS, THEY ARE AWESOME AND SAVES TONS OF TIME.

    Dawn

  • Kristy says:

    Can you please tell me how many servings each meal consists of? We are a family of five so I am trying to see if I need to adjust the contents. 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      The servings vary from 3-6. If you click the printable recipe/grocery list doc, you’ll find them broken down by recipe.

  • Rosita says:

    Quick question with the burgers (because I think it sounds like a great way to make them) you say to discard grease, but is there any liquid at the bottom like happens with most meats in the slow cooker, All your recipes have worked so far, just worried about it turning to slop. LOL

    • Kelly says:

      It definitely won’t turn to slop. It cooks into one big piece of meat that you cut into burgers. The fat cooks off the meat and you discard it at the end.

  • Jess says:

    Hi,
    I am so excited to try these! I may just be overlooking the recipe– but I can NOT find where you use the chicken stock. I’m looking at the printable PDF and I just don’t see it!

    • Jess says:

      Just kidding– I knew it– ask the question, look again AND there it is! I swear I looked at the soup recipe SO MANY TIMES and I didn’t see it– now I do! Thanks though!

      • Kelly says:

        Glad you found it, Jess. 🙂

        • Jess says:

          Ok– I did my shopping and I’m labeling bags! Thank you for all the helpful stuff!! One more question– do you use chicken stock with the beef in the tomato veggie soup?

          I am NOT a cook— like at all– so I just want to be sure! 🙂

  • Mach says:

    Are these recipes for a 4-quart crock pot??? I have 1 crockpot that is 4-quarts!

  • Michelle says:

    Wow I am excited to get this process going for our family. I have 6 kids and they all have food issues, anaphylaxis, celiac, dairy, peanut and prawn allergy and other food issues, so this way I can prepare for the month ahead. I have always done a 14 day meal plan, but never prepare the food this far ahead. I am looking at a 7 litre slow cooker and hope it is big enough for us. I am also hoping this allows me more free time and less daily work… Thank You

  • Danielle B. says:

    You have some great recipes! I cannot wait to try them especially I buy a lot of my items in bulk to save money. I see that you use canned beans, I usually buy fresh dried beans in bulk. How would you recommend prepping them for the freezer meals?

  • Ruth says:

    Is the serving size for the entire meal (Asian Chicken and Vege Potstickers, 3? Most of the meals I’ve prepared serve 4-6.

  • Ann says:

    Can you use pre-chopped frozen onions?

  • Katie P says:

    I have a question do the chk meals only have 2 chk breast in them? I bought 4 packs of the 3 packs of organic chicken. In the three packs each one has two breasts. Want to make sure I’m doing it right!! Thank you!! This is getting me ready for when the baby comes!!

  • Vicky says:

    Do you have any more groups of recipes that uses groceries from Costco? I love being able to use up all the ingredients that are purchased in bulk!

  • Jen says:

    I enjoyed the CP Hearty Tomato Soup and well, I’ve enjoyed all of your recipes I’ve tried 🙂 Thank you for all of your hard work…you are amazing! I added extra-lean ground beef and it was good. Next time I will probably double the amount of veggies because we thought it could have used a little more of them. Thanks again and keep up the good work!!!

  • Candace says:

    I was a little nervous about these, but we just ate the Italian chicken and it was a huge hit! I’m looking forward to the rest of the meals now!

  • Sue says:

    It’s not letting my open the link to the recepies 🙁 I’m wondering if it’s because I’m using the pintrest app on an android phone??
    Loving the look of these meals tho and want to get more organised this year.
    Thanks

  • JOHNA WHITLEY says:

    Is this ebook included in the bundle?

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