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31 Freezer Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

By August 17, 2015Freezer Prep Session

Believe it or not, I’ve shared 31 freezer prep sessions over the last year.  During the “prep session,” all I do is combine each recipe’s meat, vegetables, sauces and spices in a plastic baggy, and freeze (It’s so easy).  Here are all of my grocery lists and recipes so you can do the same. Enjoy!

31 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

These freezer prep sessions have totally simplified our dinner routine.  I can prep a bunch of meals over the weekend and freeze them for later.  Then I don’t have to stress about cooking during the week.

Here’s why slow cooker freezer meals are a game-changer:

  • All of the recipes are easy to prep because they don’t require any cooking ahead of time.
  • The meals are cooked for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all.  Yay!
  • You can buy the ingredients in bulk and save tons of money.
  • All of the recipes are healthy and delicious.

15 Things You Need To Know About No-Cook Freezer Meals

When we’re ready to eat our freezer meals, I thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and then cook them in the crockpot.  Some of them can be cooked in an oven, pot, or microwave too.  Add a side salad and dinner is done!

This method of meal planning has worked so well for me that I’ve shared 31 freezer prep sessions over the last year!  I’m convinced that there’s no easier way to prepare healthy and delicious food for my family. Freezer meals have changed my life so much that I wrote three cookbooks about them and I know you will love them too.

 

Below, you will find all of my freezer meal prep sessions.  If you click each link you will find free printable recipes, grocery lists, and tips.  The average number of servings ranges from 4-6, but is listed on the printable recipe document.  I typically cook my meals in a 6-quart slow cooker because it has a timer, but these recipes will also work in a 4-quart or 7-quart slow cooker.  If you want to cut them in half, use a 2-quart or 3-quart slow cooker.

31 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

31 Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Change Your Life

Eight healthy freezer crockpot meals in 75 minutes

Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 75 Minutes: This session includes recipes for beef roast and carrots, chicken fajitas, Mexican chicken soup, and garden veggie soup with ground beef.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes: This session was inspired by my three little girls and includes recipes for chicken tacos, cheesy chicken tater tot casserole, chicken noodle soup, cheesy tortellini with ground beef, easy chicken pot pie, turkey black bean chili, and mozzarella-stuffed turkey pesto meatballs.  I purposely used as many veggies as possible and refused to include condensed soups and other unhealthy crockpot meal ingredients.  I spent $75 on ingredients.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in under an Hour: This session includes recipes for lemon pepper chicken, red pepper chicken, southwestern chicken chili, Hawaiian chicken, chicken Philly cheesesteaks, chicken fajitas, and chicken soup with orzo. I spent $75 on ingredients.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Ten Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco in 60 Minutes: This session includes recipes for Italian chicken, Asian chicken with vegetable potstickers, “monster” cheeseburgers, and hearty tomato vegetable soup (chicken and beef).  To save time and money, you make 2-4 bags of each recipe.  I spent $130 on ingredients.

Five Crockpot Freezer Meals Made From Items In Your Fridge

Five Crockpot Freezer Meals in 15 Minutes:  This session includes recipes for BBQ chicken, Italian chicken, Mexican pork roast, “party” beef roast, and Mississippi roast.  I took advantage of the popular condiments and sauces already in my refrigerator and only spent $34 on ingredients.  I need to make these again!

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 45 Minutes:  This session includes four recipes that work well with different kinds of meat (including fajitas, Italian vegetables, BBQ sauce, and honey dijon marinade). By using different meats, you can double the recipe but still end up with eight different meals.  Awesome!  I spent $77 on ingredients.

5 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals Made With Fresh Tomatoes (in 75 min!)

Five Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 75 Minutes:  This session includes five recipes made with fresh tomatoes, including turkey black bean chili, chicken chili, beef enchilada “stack”, Italian-style pot roast, and meatball soup with garden veggies.  I spent $58 on ingredients.

10 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 2.5 Hours

Ten Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 2.5 Hours: This session includes recipes for chicken curry, hamburger potato soup, Asian chicken lettuce wraps, Thai peanut chicken, apricot-ginger chicken, Italian chicken, Mexican chili with cornbread topping, stuffed peppers, artichoke chicken, and cabbage casserole.

10 Freezer to Grill Marinated Chicken Packs in 20 Minutes

Ten Freezer-to-Grill Chicken Packs in 20 Minutes: This session was different because I bought 10 pounds of chicken breasts, marinated them, and froze them for the grill.  I bought the chicken when it was buy one, get one at the grocery store so this was a great way to save money.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Five Vegetarian Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: In this session, I adapted some of our favorite recipes to work for vegetarians.  Recipes are included for coconut chickpea curry, greens & beans, black bean fajitas, Mexican black bean chili with cornbread topping, and hearty tomato vegetable and barley soup.  Since no meat was required, I only spent $30 on ingredients!

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Italian Crockpot Freezer Meals in 75 Minutes: This session includes recipes for lasagna soup, stuffed peppers, minestrone soup, wedding soup, Italian-style pot roast, spicy Italian sausage and peppers, and sausage spinach tortellini soup.  I spent $62 on ingredients.

Make 8 "No-Cook" Freezer Meals in 90 Minutes! Simply combine the ingredients and freeze.

Eight “No-Cook” Freezer Meals in 90 Minutes: This session includes recipes for garden veggie soup with meatballs, greens & beans, red pepper chicken, turkey black bean chili, chicken curry, honey dijon chicken, apricot-ginger chicken, and brown sugar meatloaf.  I spent $69 on ingredients.

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

28 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 3 Hours: In this session I prepped all of the recipes from my CROCK’D Slow Cooker Freezer Meals eCookbook.  I shared my grocery list and exactly what I bought at each store to save money.  I only spent a total of $241, which works out to $8.60 per meal or $1.05 per serving.  Tell McDonalds to beat that!

25 Easy Crockpot Recipes For Busy Weeknights

25 Easy Crockpot Recipes for Busy Weeknights: I love all of these recipes and they’re so delicious!  I haven’t made all 25 at once, but I included a full grocery list with printable recipes in the post so it would be very easy to do.

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School: This is my most popular blog post of all time.  I’ve tried every single recipe and they are DELICIOUS.  Free printable recipes and a grocery list are included in the post.

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Whole Foods

Eight Crockpot Freezer Meals from Whole Foods in 35 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for chicken teriyaki, chicken chili, honey dijon pork and green beans, hot pepper pork and butternut squash, beef fajitas, and pepperoncini shredded beef.  I only spent $92 total on ingredients, which is awesome because these meals are packed with healthy and organic ingredients.

8 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 35 Minutes

Eight Crockpot Freezer Meals in 35 Minutes: This session includes recipes for cranberry pork roast and green beans, Italian chicken, Mexican chili with cornbread topping, and honey dijon pork.  To save time and money, you make two of each recipe, but you can vary the meat to make the meals different (For example, making one freezer bag of cranberry pork roast and one freezer bag of cranberry chicken.)  I spent a total of $60 on ingredients.  The chili with cornbread topping is to die for.

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

12 Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco in 75 minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for red pepper chicken, honey sesame chicken, tomato turkey and veggie soup, and turkey and black bean chili.  To save time and money, you make three bags of each recipe.  I spent $87 on ingredients and was so glad I made three of each.  These recipes are awesome!

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

Six Freezer Crockpot Meals from ALDI in 40 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for cranberry chicken, Italian chicken, and tomato beef veggie soup.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $44 on ingredients.  The tomato beef veggie soup is so good even my toddlers inhaled it.

Make Ahead Crockpot Meals (only $4.40 per meal!)

Six Budget-Friendly Make-Ahead Crockpot Meals in One Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for white chicken chili, ham and potato soup, and hamburger vegetable soup.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I only spent $26 on ingredients – such a great deal!

How to freeze six healthy "comfort foods" in 40 minutes

Six Healthy Crockpot “Comfort Foods” in 40 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for beef roast and carrots, pot roast and green beans, and beef barley stew.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  These are my favorite recipes to make when boneless beef chuck roasts are on sale at the grocery store.  They are seriously, seriously delicious.  I spent $50 on ingredients during this session.

Six Cheap Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Cheap Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for shredded BBQ chicken, beef lime chili, and Mexican chicken chili with cornbread topping.  (We love all three of these recipes.)  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $30 on ingredients.

6 Freezer Crockpot Meals in 30 Minutes

Six Freezer Crockpot Meals in 30 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for Mexican chicken chili with cornbread topping, balsamic chicken and pears, and Hawaiian chicken. To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each. To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about the balsamic chicken and pear recipe.  It’s the only recipe I’ve made from Once a Month Meals that I didn’t like.  

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for beef vegetable soup, Mexican beef chili with cornbread topping, and beef black bean chili.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $56 on ingredients.  These are the best recipes to make when ground beef is on sale.  They are so yummy.

Six crockpot soup freezer meals in one hour

Six Crockpot Soup Freezer Meals in One Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for sausage spinach tomato soup, meatball veggie soup, and chicken soup with Mexican seasonings.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $46 on ingredients and peeled more carrots than ever before, but it was worth it because the soups were delicious.

Six Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in 30 Minutes

Six Chicken Freezer Crockpot Meals in 30 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for red pepper chicken, orange-ginger chicken, and lemon pepper chicken.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $20 on ingredients. These recipes are super healthy and don’t include any processed foods.

Seven slow cooker freezer meals in an hour!

Seven Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in an Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for beef roast and carrots, chicken fajitas, spicy Dr. Pepper shredded pork, and chicken pot pie with tater tots.  The chicken pot pie sauce requires some cooking before freezing.  We really loved all of these recipes.

Make Ahead Crockpot Meals from Costco

Six Make-Ahead Meals from Costco in 40 Minutes: This freezer session focuses on frozen meatballs from Costco and includes recipes for meatball veggie soup, sweet n sour meatballs, and spaghetti and meatballs.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each. I spent $45 on ingredients.  These are probably the easiest freezer meals I’ve ever made and the spaghetti and meatballs were extra delicious. 

Five Freezer Slow Cooker Meals in an Hour

Five Freezer Slow Cooker Meals in an Hour: This freezer session includes recipes for chicken curry, mini meatball soup, and beef roast with carrots.  I need to make that curry again sometime soon – it was so good!

Six Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for chicken teriyaki, balsamic beef roast, and lime shredded pork. To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $73 on ingredients.  The lime shredded pork recipe is one of our favorites.

Six Make Ahead Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes

Six Make-Ahead Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for honey sesame chicken, brown sugar meatloaf, and turkey white bean kale soup.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $60 on ingredients.  I love that the meatloaf recipe can be frozen without any cooking ahead of time and cooks in the oven.  Perfect for nights when we need a break from the crockpot.

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below and I’ll reply as soon as I can.

117 Comments

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    • Anna says:

      These really have changed our life for the better. I’m so in love with these recipes! You are awesome!!!

    • Laynie says:

      I am so exctied to give these a try! My husband and I are what I like to call “cooking challenged” and these sound easy enough for us to handle 🙂

      I searched for the Italian Chicken/Beef recipe but only saw the post with the ingredients… is there an acutal recipe that you follow?

      My biggest pet peeve is over seasoned/salted foods so I’m actually happy to hear people saying that they are bland! It’s MUCH easier to add later if needed since you cant take it away! Everyone’s taste is different so having a starting spot is always a great idea!

      • Kelly says:

        If you click the link for that freezer prep session, you will find a printable pdf that includes all of the full recipes and grocery list.

    • Lisa Christner says:

      I found out a couple of weeks ago that a mom at school was going to be starting chemo for a breast cancer diagnosis. I, of course, wanted to make some meals. Just as I was about to make a bunch of casseroles (the old standbys), I saw your freezer meals on Pinterest. Divine intervention! I spent 4 hours one Sunday (I’m a little slower than you!) making a set of 6 meals for the mom and a set of 6 meals for my family. I just made 2 of each meal from one of your sessions. They are easy, delicious, and healthy! We are both enjoying them and am so glad I discovered you. If you decide to go the subscription route, this would be one site that would be well-worth the money. Thank you!

    • Ali says:

      Hi! I am so excited to try your meals. We are a busy military family. I run the house while my husband works awful and unpredictable hours. I needed some easy quick healthy meals because I have loads of housework, a toddler and a newborn to tend to!

      About how long should the recipes last in a deep freezer? I saw that they last about 3 months in a standard freezer/fridge combo.

      Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      Where are the recipes for beef on rice and chicken and wild rice soup?

    • Tiffany Hardin says:

      Oh my gosh!! Thank you so much!! FINALLY some Crock pot meals without condensed soups and loaded with veggies!! Can’t wait to try them!!

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  • Kim Sullivan says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing! Perfect timing as life is about to go into overdrive with a new school year, new swim team year, AWANAs, youth group, and orchestra practice! Crockpot to the rescue! 😉

  • Melisa says:

    This is great! I’ve been looking for a comprehensive list of freezer recipes to make in order to serve my home daycare kids whole food meals for lunch daily. Thank you!

  • Crystal says:

    This is quite the collection!! Thanks!! Any way to tell which of these are lower in sodium? I have migraines caused by high sodium in processed foods & most restaurant dishes…

  • Jaci says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I made the seven kid friendly recipes and the 12 costco meals last week with the help of my husband and now our freezer is full and ready for the start of the school year. I appreciate so much that there are no canned soups and the ingredients are all very fresh!

    Have you ever considered putting together an app, similar to big oven, that has your recipes in it and had the ability to create grocery lists and prep lists? I’d so pay for that 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing what you have to come!

    • Kelly says:

      An app would be amazing, Jaci. I’ve thought about it but haven’t started working on one yet. I might need to move it up my to-do list…

      • Rachel says:

        Hey I’m in school for computer programming, and have a 6 mo daughter… Freezer meals are a life saver! My SO is celiac so I was so so happy to see no condensed soups in the mix (subbing gf is easy but not with soups so yay for this!) ALSO Depending on your timeline with the app (and whether or not you’ll be beta testing) we should link up! This is a project I’d jump on board of to help.

    • Nadine says:

      You said it before I did. I would totally pay for this. Amazing collection!

  • Kathy says:

    Could you extend the cooking time in the crockpot if you didn’t thaw? I would like it to take 8 hours in the crockpot while I am at work.

  • Dean says:

    Can someone please tell me how you get the labels to stick on the freezer bag? Do you put tape over the entire label or just the edges? Don’t they breakdown once exposed to moisture?

    Thank you

  • Laure says:

    Hi everyone,

    I will do my very first freezer session this sunday 🙂 I’m pretty new in cooking with my crockpot.

    I just picked up some recipes from your No cook freezer meals Kelly and I will pick up others here, thanks !

    I have a question :
    – I will start the cooking on about 8:00 am. If the recipe required 8 hours cooking, it will be finsihed on about 4:00 pm. As i come back to home on about 6:00 pm the meal will stay on warm position about 2 hours. Is it a pb ?

    Thanks for help !

  • Heather says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work! I made the 12 Costco meals last night. While it did take me longer than I anticipated to prep everything, the feeling of knowing I have 12 healthy meals that I can just throw in the crockpot makes it all worth it. I especially love the shopping lists you include for each prep session, so helpful! I am full-time teacher and have two girls who are involved in many activities, I know this is going to make my life much easier. Now to decide which session to try next! Thank you again!

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  • Katrina says:

    Hi, I just love your blog. I am a mom of 4 kids – 5 months – 8 years. I love using my crock-pot, and I am just beginning to explore the idea of prepping and freezing for later use. I was wondering if you would mind sharing some of your “must-have” items that have made the process easier for you (ie. the baggy rack holders, etc.). Also, do you have a deep freezer that you use? If so, any recommendations? Thanks for any suggestions and…happy freezing!

  • kayley says:

    I just don’t see where to see the recipes? I keep clicking the hyperlinks and it keeps bringing me to the same article over and over and no recipes:(

  • Mary says:

    Just curious if you have used an electric pressure cooker for any of the meals? I am so excited to get started. Heading to the store now?. Thank you!

  • Cricket says:

    Thank you so much for this!! I cannot wait to try these. I’ve been toying with joining costco for a while but was unsure how I’d do with buying in bulk. These recipes will definitely help!!

  • Granny Peck says:

    A dear friend just turned me on to your site… God’s timing is perfect… I suffer from many ailments, can not stand long enough to cook or wash all the meal dishes. I have had 2 heart attacks, 2 major strokes, monthly mini strokes, Harshimotos, fibromyalgia, arthritis, cataracts, IBS, crones, and a touch of early some-timers. I am 66 and retired at home all day and my DH of 35 blessed years is 56 and still working 40+ hrs. a week. He just helped me make up your 31 recipes for school which we cut in half for us. We can east most of these off disposable paper plates and styro bowls. Clean up will be a snap! Now all I need are the same type thing for breakfasts that can crockpot cook while we sleep and my life will be a bed of roses…. thanks ever so much…

    • Kelly says:

      I hope these meals help simplify your life a bit. I am sending good vibes your way. I will consider adding some crockpot breakfast ideas in the future. Thank you for the idea.

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  • Ellen says:

    Kelly, I would like to purchase your ebook bundle for slow cooker freezer meals but I have a question. I have a Mac computer. Will the ebook bundle download for a Mac computer? Thank you.

  • Sarah D says:

    A friend of mine practically begged me to share in the 31 crockpot freezer meals for back-to-school. I was hesitant because I love to cook, I love using fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and serving food that not only looks good, but tastes good. It doesn’t need to be easy or quick (although that is a bonus), I consider myself a seasoned home cook & not afraid to try anything, from lobster potpie to beef wellington, I will attempt anything. So, after a little convincing, I gave in.

    3 of us got together and had a fun time prepping the 31 meals, however, in doing so, I was still a little leery of the meals due to lack of seasoning (many recipes don’t call for salt/pepper) and I was limited to using the ingredients as they were written per the recipes, since my friend did all the shopping (i.e. my family won’t eat green bell pepper, so I always sub another color, etc). I should have listened to my gut, so far, I have made 3 of the 10 recipes & 1 of which didn’t even make it to the table, it was totally inedible. My family flat out refused to eat it. it looked awful, smelled horrible, and the chicken was so dry and tasted like dog food. The first day after prep, my friends and I were all so excited to make these, we each served our families one meal we had prepped. After dinner we exchanged notes, of the 3, the highest rating received was a 3… to date, to even be able to serve any of these meals, we all have had to modify during the cooking process, just to get the meals to be edible. The other 2 meals I prepped and cooked, we each had a single, small serving and the rest ended up in the garbage.

    I wasted so much time & money on this. if you like food and enjoy eating, I strongly do NOT recommend wasting your time or money on these recipes. You will be extremely disappointed.

    • Kelly says:

      I am so sorry to hear that, Sarah. To be honest, I LOVE to cook, bake, eat, photograph food, and share it with my loved ones. I’m a bit shocked by your experience. Which chicken recipe did you try? If it was dry, then it was definitely overcooked. Tens of thousands of people have bought my eCookbooks and millions of people read my blog and try my recipes every month and it is very rare that I get a bad review. I realize that these are simple recipes that would not be regularly prepared by trained chefs, but I still stand behind them as crowd-pleasers. I’d love to hear more as you try more of the meals that you made and I would encourage you to adjust the cooking time and feel free to adjust the spices/ingredients according to your family’s liking. I might be naive, but I still believe there could be a chance to change your mind about this cooking method.

  • Sandy says:

    I love how organized and easy this freezer meal system is but I have also been unhappy with the results. We have tried the garden vegetable soup and the chicken fajitas so far. Both were lacking in flavor and needed additional seasoning. I would hardly call it dog food. I’m just posting so people know they may want to adjust the flavor profile a bit. I found the shopping lists and the convenience to be excellent. I also appreciate your willingness to share so many of your ideas.

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you for sharing, Sandy. Can I make a recommendation? Try a different pasta sauce in the soup next time. I’ve made it many, many times and I think the pasta sauce makes all the difference (my favorite is Prego Traditional). Also, add meat if you didn’t! YUM.

  • Krista Power says:

    Do you blanch your vegetables before putting them into freezer bags?

  • Bonnie says:

    I have prepped 5 of the meals listed. Took less than 2 hours! I’ve made two of them so far, the Italian Wedding Soup (yum!) and the Curry Chicken (double yum!). Next up, Turkey Kale & White Bean Soup, Meatball & Veggie soup, and the Chicken Fajitas. If they’re anything like the first two, WOW! So much food for so little effort, thank you!

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  • Erin says:

    Thank you so much for these recipes!!! I bought your e-cookbooks last week and my mom and I had a prep session on Labor Day and now our freezers are stocked! These recipes are going to be a life saver for the busy school year ahead!! Yay!

  • Dawn says:

    Thanks for sharing these recipes! I am super excited to go shopping and get started on these freezer meals!!!! This will make cooking (which I am trying to do more of) easier!!! The only question I have, is how long can you freeze the meals for?

  • Tina says:

    these look wonderful. Would love to see a crockpot session on Gluten Free freezer meals. With a daughter that has Celiac it can be challenging. Thanks.

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you for your feedback! I am working on putting together a big list of gluten-free, dairy-free meals.

      • Emily says:

        Please don’t make all gluten free and dairy free, as a person with celiacs, it sucks that most gluten free meals are also vegan. I’m already deprived of most foods, don’t take away the meat and cheeses too!

        • Kelly says:

          Interesting. I’m definitely not ready to make a vegan list. I’m working on a gluten-free dairy-free list that will work for most people with Celiacs and/or food allergies. I promise they’ll all be delicious.

  • Summer says:

    I have a question about the crockpot chicken with cranberry sauce and green beans. At the end of the recipe it says to serve with cranberry sauce and green beans….I am putting those items into the bag and cooking them all day right?

  • Debbie says:

    I noticed on your pictures that there’s a Use By Date on the freezer bags. Is there an expiration on the freezer meals?

  • Margaret says:

    I’m confused about the comments on using a timer for people that work all day. If I’m gone 9 hours and use a timer for a 4 hour recipe, won’t the meal just be sitting for 5-6 hours on the counter? That seems worse than starting with frozen food. Please let me know if there is a safe way to use a timer exactly what it is.

    • Kelly says:

      You will need to purchase a slow cooker with a “programmable” timer. It will switch from low or high to warm after a specified amount of time. That way the food will only be on warm for the extra hours and will not be overcooked.

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  • malissa says:

    How many people do these meals feed?

  • Nicole says:

    What is the dish that is pictured in the crockpot? Looks like an enchilada or mexican dish??

  • Gabby says:

    Hey Kelly
    Just found your Website! I’m so happy! Here in Switzerland Crock Pots/Slow Cookers ar still unknown. So i got to do some research on American websites for inpirations and recipes.
    Thank you so much for sharing your great recipes, tips and tricks, especially the freezer Meal Prep sessions with all grocery lists etc. with us. Such a great idea and incredibly helpful.
    I’m sorry for my bad English, just wanted you to know…;)
    Best regards from the cold cold Switzerland

  • Jenn says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Thank you so much for your recipes…they make my life so much easier! I’m out of the house for over 8 hours/day and chicken recipes are typically too dry. Any suggestions for making this work for us? I’ll usually knock a couple of hours off what the recipe calls for and let it warm until we’re home, but it’s dry even then. Thanks again!

    • Kelly says:

      If you have a timer, I would cut back the cooking time even more than what you’re already doing. If I cook fresh chicken breasts in my 6-quart slow cooker, they’re done in 3 hours. Don’t worry about letting it sit on “warm” too long. That’s better than being dry and overcooked.

  • Emily says:

    Can you make most of these meals in the oven or stovetop? I know right who would do that!! Except i hate the taste of food that has been cooked in my crockpot. I havent read through every meal plan but would assume it would be ok to do that right??!!! Thanks so much this site is amazing and giving me the courage to FINALLY do a freezer meal day! thank you!!!!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, I think most of the roasts and chicken breasts would work in the oven and chilis/soups/stews on the stovetop.

  • Michelle says:

    Oh wow, definitely pinning these recipes and can’t wait to try them! If Zaycon has deliveries in your area, I will bet there would be more savings! Zaycon Foods sells farm fresh ground beef, boneless chicken breasts, ham, sausage, salmon and more.

  • Sheila says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I’m going to try the Kid Friendly freezer meals this weekend. This looks SO much easier than other freezer cooking sites. I can’t wait to fill my freezer – thanks again!

  • Carla says:

    I have a question about the recipes. When the recipe calls for a stalk of celery, does it mean actually mean a stalk or just a rib? I’ve made a potato soup where it called for a whole stalk and all I could taste was the celery. So, I just want to make sure that I am reading and following the recipe correctly. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Whoops, there was definitely a typo in that recipe. I would never use a whole stalk in a recipe. Sorry about that, Carla.

  • Kam says:

    Expectant first time Mommy here. I just found this post on Pinterest. I can’t wait to put this to use NOW!! Cooking has been a challenge for me (so tired) but I need to eat well now and once the Baby is born!! I can’t thank you enough for the info!!

  • Rachel says:

    Hi there!

    Any chance you could put all this into one or two big documents later? I think that would be helpful! At least for me. I’m one of those who likes to get it all done at once when it comes to printing stuff out and such. Haha! Thanks for the recipes! I so look forward to trying them all!! I hate spending time cooking and just letting the crockpot do all the work is awesome!!

  • Rachel says:

    What a wonderful resource!! Thank you so very much for generously sharing all of these recipes, plans, and grocery/instruction lists!! Baby #2 is on the way and freezer meals (that don’t require cooking first – AMAZING!!) are a lifesaver for making things easier after delivery.

  • Erin says:

    Wow, I am SOOO happy that I stumbled upon your website and can’t wait to try the vegetarian freezer meals! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipes with us!

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  • Henna says:

    Hi. Hope someone sees this quickly and is able to answer. For a family of 2 adults and 6kids, would you double the recipies?

    • Kelly says:

      I think it depends on the recipe and the age of the children. Most soups/stews/chilis will fill up most of a 6-quart slow cooker so there isn’t much room to add more. For beef and pork roasts I think you could simply buy a bigger roast (4 pounds should be plenty). For chicken recipes I would buy more meat. Three pounds might be enough.

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  • June says:

    Any gluten free crockpot recipes in your future?

  • This is great and wil surely make your life easy.

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  • Ronda says:

    Are ecookbooks only available or can I by a bound copies.

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  • Ursula Webb says:

    I did the 8 healthy meals in 75 min. Pretty sure it took me longer than that but that’s because I didn’t use my food processor…won’t make that mistake again. We have eaten two so far and LOVE THEM!! Thank you!!

  • LaKore says:

    This is a great list and I can’t wait to try this method out. I love how you have broken it down and gave us a master grocery list with each set of recipes. Also my mother has celiac and it would be great to be able to share a list with her or heck even make her a few and send them to her, better yet have her join me in the kitchen for a prep session. I read through the comment section and see you are working on a list and I can’t wait to see it but I would suggest to do a separate list for gluten free and dairy free as many people would love to still have the dairy included in the gluten free list. Thank you so much for this wonderful resource.

  • heather says:

    Do you have onion free/bean free meals? For nursing those are often not handled well by my babies, dairy too. Unfortunately! or If i buy the cookbook is there a way to look up meals? I LOVE the way you have all these organized here!

    • Heather, there are lots of bean free meals. Unfortunately, we use a lot of onions. If you don’t usually cook with them you probably won’t miss them, maybe try a few of the recipes and omit the onions.

  • Sajani says:

    I haven’t made any of these yet but with the storm headed our way in the east, i’m doing the prep today (have a 1 month old and 16 month old) so i know this will help! could be fun to just play dinner roulette with hubby and see what we’re eating for dinner! keeps things fun, fresh and healthy for the whole family! will share my thoughts on flavor etc but this looks very promising. Thank you for doing this!!

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