When my 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School when viral a lot of people asked me how to modify my recipes for two people. Typically, my recipes have 4-6 servings, so my answer was to split each freezer meal in half and cook it in a smaller crockpot.
I decided to give this method a try myself and picked 10 of my favorite crockpot freezer meals to split into 20 freezer meals with 2-3 servings each.
Here’s what I made:
- Two freezer bags of Sloppy Joe’s (from my Crock’d Slow Cooker Freezer Meals eCookbook and shared for free below)
- Two freezer bags of Minestrone Soup
- Two freezer bags of Italian Wedding Soup
- Two freezer bags of Meatball Vegetable Soup
- Two freezer bags of Shredded Beef and Carrots (the beef can be used for sandwiches)
- Two freezer bags of Shredded BBQ Chicken (for sandwiches)
- Two freezer bags of Beef Chili
- Two freezer bags of Cranberry Pork Roast with green beans
- Two freezer bags of Beef and Barley Stew (recipe from Live Simply)
- Two freezer bags of Stuffed Peppers
I also typed the ingredients and cooking instructions onto printable freezer labels and saved them so I can use them again in the future. Here are the files if you want to use them too:
- Freezer Labels for Recipes 1-4 (print two if you are splitting the recipes into two bags like I did)
- Freezer Labels for Recipes 5-8 (print two if you are spitting the recipes into two bags)
- Freezer Labels for Recipes 9 and 10
I already tested out a couple of the meals in two new mini crockpots that I bought and they were delicious. Both of the crockpots were highly rated on Amazon and they work perfectly with these smaller meals.
- Cuisinart 3.5 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker – has a timer and a longer cooking time so it’s perfect for people who need to be out of the house 10-12 hours a day.
- Crock-Pot 2.5 Quart Slow Cooker (polka dot pattern) – cooked my meals perfectly in 8 hours. I’m going to give this one to my grandparents with the remaining freezer meals.
(If you’re placing an order on Amazon, I also highly recommend these baggy clips to hold your bags while you’re filling them. I own 10 and they’re amazing!)
It took me a little less than three hours to prep all 20 meals (including clean-up) and I spent $122 on ingredients. That works out to only 9 minutes and $6 per meal. I’m pretty sure there’s no cheaper and easier way to prepare healthy dinners.
One thing I learned from this freezer meal prep session was to stick with regular name-brand freezer bags. I thought that these smaller meals would work in the Ziplock vacuum bags, but the hand pump made a huge mess and several of the bags leaked. What a disaster!