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31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

By October 5, 2015Freezer Prep Session

Looking for easy dinner ideas for busy weeknights?  Stock your freezer with crockpot freezer meals!  Here are 31 delicious crockpot recipes that I’ve tried myself (grocery list included!).

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

I have three young children (and a fourth on the way) so I don’t have a lot of time to cook.  Instead of scrambling in the kitchen every night, I spend an hour prepping crockpot freezer meals over the weekend and that’s all the cooking that I need to do for the week.

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

  • They don’t require any cooking ahead of time, so they’re very quick and easy to prep.
  • They cook for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all.  Yay!
  • You can save a lot of money by prepping a bunch of meals at once.

When I’m prepping freezer meals, I combine the ingredients in plastic baggies, remove as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months.  I’ve made hundreds of crockpot freezer meals this way and they’re all healthy, delicious, and easy to make.  Since this is such a hectic time of year, I decided to compile of list of my 31 favorites that are perfect for busy weeknights.

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

If you’re nervous about mixing raw meat and vegetables, don’t be.  I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds).  That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe.

If you’re hesitant to freeze so many new recipes at once, I recommend trying a couple for dinner this week.  Once you see how delicious they are you’ll want to stock your freezer ASAP.  Enjoy!

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

  1. Cheesy Tortellini with Ground Beef
  2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops with Green Beans
  3. Cranberry Chicken
  4. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  5. Chicken Noodle Soup
  6. Chicken Soup with Mexican Seasonings
  7. Mexican Chicken Chili
  8. Garden Veggie Soup with Ground Beef
  9. Mexican Chili with Cornbread Topping
  10. Beef Fajitas
  11. Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks
  12. Italian Chicken
  13. Balsamic Beef Roast and Carrots
  14. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff
  15. Party Pork Roast (only four ingredients!)
  16. Chicken Teriyaki
  17. Sausage Spinach Tomato Soup (one of our favorites!)
  18. Pot Roast with Green Beans
  19. Lasagna Soup with meatballs
  20. Garlic-Mint Pork Tenderloin
  21. Italian Sausage Subs
  22. Stuffed Pepper Soup from Once a Month Meals
  23. Banana Pepper Shredded Beef (perfect for sandwiches)
  24. White Wine Chicken with Artichokes
  25. Ginger-Peach Chicken
  26. Honey Sesame Chicken from Damn Delicious
  27. Ham and Potato Soup
  28. Italian Sausage-Stuffed Mini Peppers
  29. White Chicken Chili
  30. Beef Enchilada Casserole
  31. Sweet and Sour BBQ Meatballs

A lot of these recipes are from freezer prep sessions that I’ve done this year so I typed up exactly how I prep and freeze each meal in this printable pdf with a full grocery list:

FREE PRINTABLE RECIPES AND GROCERY LIST

Freezer eCookbooks

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can. 


I shared these recipes on Thirty Handmade Days on 8/30/15.

31 Comments

  • […] Kelly from New Leaf Wellness put together a great list of 31 crockpot freezer meals for busy weeknights. […]

    • Susan says:

      I am so excited to try these all! I assembled a few and yesterday I made the chicken terriyaki. I only have a 6qt slow cooker with 4 settings high – 4 hours, high – 6 hours, low – eight hours, low – 10 hours. The recipe said low for 6-8 hours so I put it to low-hours thinking it would be the slowest setting. There was no liquid left in the crockput after 8 hours when I got home from work. Am I using too big of a crockpot? I am really hoping I can figure out what I am doing wrong since these look like they will really simplify the weekday madness.

      • Kelly says:

        I would use the lowest setting (low-10 hours) and check it after 4-6 hours to see if it’s done. Chicken will probably cook very quickly in a crockpot that size.

  • Farrah says:

    Hi,

    First of all THANK YOU for putting in all the hard work and making these freezer meals so simple. I’ve searched for a while and was so happy when I stumbled upon your recipes on Pintrest. However, my husband is skeptical about leaving the crock pot on all day while we are at work so what time and temperature do you recommend I cook the chicken entrees? 350F for 30 min? Sorry for the dumb question. 🙂

    Thanks!
    Farrah

  • Melinda says:

    I see all of these have meat. Do you have any without? These all look great but I don’t eat meat and my family are more occasional carnivores but these ease of freezer crock pot meals is awesome.

  • Dawn F. says:

    Thanks for this! Can you please tell me where you get those clips that connect the bags or what they’re called? Thanks!

  • Emily says:

    Thanks for sharing these. We are headed into “crock pot season”.
    We will be eating very well this fall.

  • […] Here is a great resource for easy meal planning this. New Leaf Wellness has a list of 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights. […]

  • Nicole says:

    We bought your eBook bundle a few months ago and did a 30 meal freezer stockpile with the recipes. Out of all the sites we’ve tried for crock pot freezer meals, we are really liking what you have put together. The meals take fresher, if that makes any sense. So thank you! Are the meals above in the eBook? Or is this list a separate purchase?

  • Jennifer says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU – these look amazing. My question is: what do people do if they will be gone longer than the 4-6 hours a recipe calls for? Do you know of any crockpots that have a delayed start – and would that be safe w/ the ingredients? Could an option be putting the recipes/ingredients in still frozen? We leave for work at 7 each morning and do not get home until 6:30. I would love any suggestion/solutions anyone has come up w/ for this problem. Otherwise we’ll simply enjoy these on the weekends 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      If you have a smaller slow cooker (4 quarts), you should be OK with meals that have longer cooking times, like roasts, soups, stews, and chilis. The chicken recipes are tricky so I would highly recommend a slow cooker with a timer if you want to cook them on days when you’re out of the house for almost 12 hours. I bought this one earlier this year and love it!!

  • […] 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights from New Leaf Wellness – 31 healthy meals you can make ahead and freeze for busy days, plus a free 36-page ebook that includes recipes, grocery lists and prep instructions for all 36 meals. […]

  • tv says:

    Hello thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. I am trying this out as I just got myself in the freezer meal exchange. Kind of nervous about it. but I’ll try it out and maybe I can do this for myself too. I have a question: Where do you get thos bags organizer from?

  • Rachel says:

    Hi Kelly, I made the Crockpot Honey Dijon Chicken and Potatoes from the “8 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals” yesterday and the chicken came out dry 🙁 I admit I didn’t prep the chicken in advance, I just threw everything into the crock and let it cook. When I put the lid on, not all the chicken was submerged below liquid, so I believe that is what caused the problem. I use a 6qt crock. Is it advisable to add more liquid (chicken stock or something like that) in order to avoid dry chicken in the future? Thank you for all of the hard work you put into the recipes and the detailed steps you give! It has been saving me a LOT of time in the kitchen on a weekly basis!

  • Genesis Long says:

    HI! Do you have a list of your recipes that are paleo compliant?

  • Jess says:

    I just wanted to say that you have made my time while still working as a full time mom so much easier and my transition to becoming a stay at home mom again SOOOOO much easier too! I have health issues and have been in and out of doctors appointments and I have bad days but because I found your stuff my family is still fed with no stress! I bought your cookbooks while I was still working and anytime I need to meal plan your books and website are my first choices! You do a wonderful job at making delicious, cheap, healthy options and you do so much of the work for us! Thank you for your work! Your time, dedication, and gift at this has really helped our family.

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you so much for your kind encouragement and support, Jess. I hope you have many more stress-free good days ahead.

  • Heather says:

    How long would you say it takes you to put together a set of 31 meals like this? Also, how many of the bag clips would you suggest when making this many meals at once? Any other tips to make this go smoothly? I imagine you group these somehow rather than having 31 baggies out on your counter. Thank you!

  • […] My other big accomplishment was pre-baby meal prep. My friend who works from home and was gracious enough to loan me her kitchen let me come over while our Son was with the nanny (and I didn’t get booked for work). I know the baby is not due for 7.5 more weeks but with how I’ve been feeling and all of my new “don’t have contractions” limitations I am just not convinced he will stay in there. I left the house at 11am, went to the grocery store and by 3pm had packed 9 gallon freezer bags with prepped and ready to cook slow cook meals. It was awesome. Here is the website I used – it is not only great for expecting parents but also for any busy individual who would rather take a few hours on a Sunday and be all set for 1.5 weeks of dinners. http://newleafwellness.biz/2015/10/05/31-crockpot-freezer-meals-for-busy-weeknights/ […]

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