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10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals In 1 Hour

By February 21, 2016Freezer Prep Session

10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals In 1 Hour

I got it in my head that I wanted to start a new blog series about prepping 10 crockpot freezer meals per hour.  I started by making 10 meals in 1 hour last week and I’ll try to make 20 meals in 2 hours next, etc. (You can see me make 30 meals in 3 hours here.)

Since I’ve made hundreds of freezer meals I know exactly what takes the most time when prepping meals – PEELING AND CHOPPING FRESH VEGGIES.  I thought about how to decrease that time while still making healthy meals and decided to buy fresh vegetables that can be added to the bags as-is (like baby carrots and spinach) and frozen vegetables.  I also bought pre-packed spice mixes to cut down on measuring time.

Here are the 10 meals that I made:

  1. Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pork Chops with stir fry veggies
  2. Crockpot Tomato Basil Chicken with baby spinach
  3. Crockpot Southwestern Chicken Chili with peppers and corn
  4. Crockpot Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken with green beans
  5. Crockpot Honey Lime Chicken with butternut squash
  6. Crockpot Ground Turkey Tacos with bell peppers
  7. Crockpot Beef Stew with veggies
  8. Crockpot Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes
  9. Crockpot Hamburger Vegetable Soup with peas and carrots
  10. Crockpot Beef Teriyaki with sugar snap peas

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When I got home from the grocery store, my baby passed out on my lap so I even had time to create some cute freezer labels for my bags.  I really like labeling my meals with the name of the recipe,”use-by” date (which is three months from the prep date), and cooking instructions.  That way I know what to do when we’re ready to eat the meal.

10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals In 1 Hour

I got out all of the necessary ingredients, set my microwave timer for 60 minutes, and got to work.  I usually fill my freezer bags in an assembly line but since I didn’t have to prep any fresh veggies I focused on filling one bag at a time.

I layered my freezer bags like this:

  1. Veggies at the bottom.
  2. Sauces and spices in the middle. (This is better than putting them at the top or bottom because they’re less likely to stick to the bag later.)
  3. Meat at the top. (That way it will be the first ingredient dumped into the crockpot and cook closest to the heating source.)

10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals In 1 Hour

I knew I wanted to share my crockpot freezer recipes in a blog post so I bought all of the ingredients at a small local grocery store.  I hope that means you’ll be able to find the same ingredients and make them too.  Overall, I spent just under $100 or $10 per meal.  Yay!

When we’re ready to eat our meals all I need to do is thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or in the morning in water.  Then I’ll cook them for 4 hours in my 6-quart crockpot or 8 hours in my 4-quart crockpot.  Add a side of rice or fresh bread and dinner is done. (I included serving suggestions with my recipes above.)

10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals In 1 Hour

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

211 Comments

  • Mandy says:

    These look very yummy, and am so excited about how fast they will be to prep 🙂
    I try to stay away from the store bought seasoning packets b/c they tend to have high levels of salt and who knows what else in them. I’ve tried your homemade taco seasoning and onion soup mix and they are both awesome! Do you have any other homemade seasoning mixes that we could sub in for the store bought ones?

  • Denise says:

    oh, these look fantastic!! and i love your new labels too! Makes me look so “professional”. :-0 I can’t WAIT to try these!! I LOVE your meals, suggestions and handy hints. THANK YOU for all you do!

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  • Asjley says:

    These look great and I love the concept of 10 freezer meals done so quickly! I’d love to see some vegetarian options in the future posts. 🙂

  • Catherine says:

    What is that green contraption you used to hold the bags up, and where can I find one? I don’t use seasoning packets either, but I still really enjoyed this post. Thanks!

  • Terri Jones says:

    Thank you for your advice I am wheelchair bond and can’t cook meals My 16 year old grandson is here to help me but he doesn’t like to cook. This will help me cook healthy but good meals in my crockpot.

  • Lori says:

    I love the freezer Crock Pot meals. My daughter found one of yours (I’m guessing because it has this web address) recipe for Shredded Lime Marinated Pork. It is the best!!!
    Thank you for taking out the morning prep time to have a meal ready at the end of the day.

  • Amanda says:

    I’m loving these recipes, can’t wait to try one of these meal prep sessions. I’m new to the wonders of the crockpot and I noticed you never use broccoli in your recipes. Is this a matter of personal taste or does broccoli not cook well on the crockpot?

  • Jennifer Walker says:

    Do you have calorie counts per serving for these recipes?

    Thank you!
    Jennifer Walker

    • Kelly says:

      No, I haven’t calculated them. Sorry about that. I do provide full nutritional info in my eCookbooks if it’s important to you. It takes me a LONG time to calculate it so I’m not able to do it for all of the recipes on my blog at this time.

  • Mary Jensen says:

    I am also disappointed that they all include store bought seasoning packets. With the MSG and higher sodium levels, they lose the “healthy” appeal.
    I will try to adapt and add own dry spices.

  • Debbie says:

    Hubby doesn’t like squash, so what would be a good substitue for the butternut squash in the Honey Lime Chicken recipe? I was thinking broccoli maybe?

  • Robin says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I loved this batch of new recipes. With the seasoning packets and the frozen, or pre-cut veggies, it really made putting these bags together nice and quick/convenient. I loved it! I went shopping and made the bags up yesterday. Thank you for taking the time out to share all your ideas and recipes with the rest of us!! I love it, and it makes my life so much easier!!!

  • Sandy says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I’ve been receiving your emails for awhile, but have not actually tried any of the recipes. They all look so great! Looking forward to trying them. Is it possible to increase the amounts, like 1.5x or 2x ? How does this affect cooking time? I have a 6 quart crockpot and I have 2 teenagers with HUGE appetites! Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Sandy! I’m excited that you’re ready to give them a try. Yes, I think doubling all of these recipes would be fine. The only concern is if it’s too much food to fit in one bag. For the pot roast you might want to try a 3 pound roast instead of 4 and for the soup, I’d probably double the meat and adding another pound of vegetables but keep the sauce/broth the same (otherwise it won’t fit in a 6-qt crock).

      The cooking times should be similar.

  • Christiane Charetter says:

    J”aime beaucoup ce que vous faites, mais quand je clique sur (Recettes gratuites et liste d’épicerie) tout est en anglais ????

    Je suis du Canada , au Québec. Auriez-vous une solution pour les Québécoises, merci de Christiane

  • Debbie Sch says:

    How do you handle the meal if you are gone for 8-9 hrs at work and the meal only needs 4 hrs of cooking time in the crock pot?

    • Kelly says:

      I use a large crockpot (6-quarts) with a timer that I can program to switch to warm after the specified cooking time. Here is the one I use: http://amzn.to/1QVSLq7

      If you have a smaller one with less power that amount of time should be fine.

  • Jan Vick says:

    Where did you get the gizmos that hold your bags open?

  • Kathryn says:

    We get tired of crockpot meals. I do love the idea of having the meal all in one package and all I have to do is cook it. Can these recipes be adapted to cook on the stove? How much time would it take when converting g from crockpot to stovetop? Also, can any recipe be used to freeze the ingredients and prepare later? Thanks.

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, I think most of them will work on the stovetop. I would cut the chicken for the chili before freezing. I would guess most of them will cook in 15 minutes if thawed – you’ll just want to cook as long as it takes to cook the meat through. I would probably cook the pork chops and pot roast in the oven.

      Other recipes can be frozen raw and cooked later if they only have one cooking step.

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi Kelly! Thank you for sharing all these recipes! I have made several and my family and I really love them! I have a couple of questions. First I wanted to make the Hamburger Vegetable Soup with peas and carrots tonight but I couldn’t find the Slow Cookers Vegetable Beef Soup seasoning mix. I can probably find it somewhere I just didn’t have time! Could you please recommend some seasonings? The second question is what store do you find 16 oz. bags of vegetables? Thank you so much!

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Jennifer! We had the hamburger vegetable soup tonight and it was awesome. If you want to make your own seasoning, I would use 2 teaspoons dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 bay leaf, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. That’s what I use in my favorite beef barley soup recipe. 16oz is the standard size sold in most of the local grocery stores around here (Pittsburgh, PA).

      • Jennifer says:

        Hi Kelly! Thank you so much for your help with the seasonings! I have been to 2 Dillons stores and Super Target and WalMart and I can not find that seasoning mix! I found it on Amazon! Anyway I am making the soup tonight with the seasonings you suggested! It smells good! I live in Wichita Kansas and 12 oz. is our standard size. Sometimes I can find 24 or 32oz. bags. Thanks again for your help!

  • Jamie says:

    HI Kelly! I’m wondering if you have any suggestions on freezer bags that have worked the best for you? I’ve tried a couple different ones and it seems like they always end up leaking on me. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes and tips!

  • Karen Fischer says:

    Please add me to your mailing list. Both of us have diabetes so have to watch sugar and salt.

  • Lisa says:

    Hi Kelly,

    These all look wonderful! I am currently pregnant and due the end of July so I have been trying to find some healthy freezer meals to plan ahead. How long in advance can I freeze these meals? Any feedback would be very much appreciated 🙂

    Thank you so much!

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you for these 10 day crock pot recipes. Question…do you have any others that you have planned out like this? It was much easier for me to plan my 2 weeks worth of meals? 🙂

  • Julie says:

    Thank you so much! I am excited to try several of these! When the recipe calls for ground turkey or beef, do you put it in the baggies raw or do you brown it first?

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  • Genay says:

    You’re amazing! Thank you for the grocery list and everything! I always end up missing something on my meal prep days and have to double back to the grocery store! My husband and I thank you!

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  • Bee Ai says:

    it’s an amazing idea, however, i have difficulties to follow the recipe because i am from Malaysia. Don’t have the premix seasoning as you use. kind of difficult for me.

  • Germaine says:

    Who about the Samonella?
    I thought that when you put fresh meat , chicken , on you’re food wasn’t good?

  • Anita says:

    My family hates veggies except potatoes peas corn. They also won’t try anything new…including hunny. I have a son with cerebral palsy and we have to chop his food. The crock pot is great to fix meats. They come out where I can shread it up easily. Any suggestions for my veggie hating crew? I shrewd veggies up inside meatloaf every chance I get.

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  • Patrice says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this concept. I’m going to try it this week. Where did you get the printed labels with the cute crock pot logo?
    Thanks for sharing this ahhhh-mazing option.

  • Patrice says:

    Ok I just found the labels… thanks anyway

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  • Ros says:

    Could you cook the food in the baggie to save dirtying the crockpot?

  • Sarah says:

    Hello! Thank you for saving my dinner time sanity!!! I have purchased everything for The 10 healthy crockpot freezer meals in one hour. My husband and I assembled all of the meals tonight and had a really nice time! However, I am missing one ingredient! I have scoured 3 different grocery stores in my area trying to find teriyaki marinade dry seasoning mix! Is there something I can use instead? I looked on Amazon and couldn’t find it there either. What a liquid teriyaki marinade work?

  • Alan says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I can barely focus on the rest of my workday because I’m so stoked about running to the store to start making these. I’m a single guy and will be making these for my lunches and dinners. I see you’ve indicated numbers of “servings” for each recipe, but what exactly is a serving? It looks like the gallon bags are about half full, so let’s assume that each bag yields about 64 ounces of food, which for me would make about 4 lunches per bag. I’m just trying to figure out if I should half the recipes or just make 5 of the 10 bags.

    Also, I LOVE how these are paleo friendly, with the rice/bread/pasta additions suggested as an add-on instead of inside the bag. Did you do this on purpose or is it just a coincidence? Genius!

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  • Jay Grigsby says:

    Kelly, This is such a great idea. I am planning to go full time RVing and these will be perfect. Where did you get the stands to hold up the plastic bags, that is a very unique idea. Makes cleanup a snap..Thank you for the great recipes..Jay

  • Antoinette Morgan says:

    Kelly, This is absolutely the best and easiest meal preparation ever! I have always enjoyed the convenience of using my Crock Pot, but only once in a while. Last week, I put two meals together and cooked one a few days later….Delish!! Yesterday, I threw four together and into the freezer. One is in the Crock Pot right now. How easy is this? I will start 33 days of radiation treatment tomorrow knowing there will be healthy meals I or my husband can easily prepare. Thank again!

  • Linda McCormack says:

    Your list of recipes + grocery list is the best & easiest of all sites I’ve visited…thank you!

  • Kayla D. says:

    These are so great, thank you so much for sharing. I found them just in time too, I am headed out to the store to get groceries for the week and this is going to making shopping super easy!

  • Justina Wuebker says:

    These all look amazing and super healthy! I’m trying to find crock-pot freeze ahead meals that I can make to eat with my boyfriend, but he’s not a huge fan of chicken unless it’s barbecued and he doesn’t like many vegetables unless they belong in salsa. It makes things tricky when I like to eat healthy and I like to eat vegetables! I’m printing these out in hope that he likes them. Thank you so much for making the labels too! Do the labels hold up well in the freezer?

  • Melana says:

    Hi- for the brown sugar bourbon chicken recipe do u have to add any water when ready to cook or is the 1/4 cup olive oil and 2tbspnapple cider vinegar enough liquid? Thanks!

  • kare says:

    well, my daughter in law is do less than a month so I am going to prepare your crock pot meals, this is a wonderful idea, then meals are easy for her with 2 kids, just poop them in pots and presto nice hot meals…thanks

  • Gina says:

    Came across your blog via Facebook and I’m so thankful I did! I prepared all these meals and made our first meal for dinner tonight; Hamburger Veggie Soup. I had to stray from your original menu since I couldn’t find the seasoning, instead used a Crockpot’s beef seasoning. The family really enjoyed it and the side suggestion was perfect! Looking forward to all the other meals as well as others you have on your blog. This will come in handy when I have my baby in December! Thank you for all your effort putting this together! It made everything super easy!

    • Gina – Welcome! I’m so glad that you found us AND that you & your family loved the soup. I’m also glad you were able to successfully substitute an ingredient (that’s my kind of cooking!). We are having a huge back-to-school sale on all of our cookbooks next week…just in case you wanted to stock up! Oh, and congratulations on your upcoming arrival! 😉

  • j r says:

    why thaw first? cant they just be thrown in

  • JAN ROWE says:

    Hi – LOVE THESE RECIPES! Question: Are you familiar with Epicure seasonings? I think a lot of your seasoning mix ingredients may contain gluten (at least in Canada) and I try to use Epicure whenever possible, since my son is celiac. Any suggestions for substitutions using Epicure dried seasonings?

  • Kendta says:

    I do a lot of meal prep and this is one of my favorites! The printables are great! The recipes are easy follow and provide variety. I love that the shopping list is divided in to categories. The labels are neat. I prefer to make my own spice mixes for health reasons but using the packets are a huge timesaver and many are available in low sodium. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for these recipes! I really want to start prepping and freezing meals. My only reservation is using plastic bags. Do you know of anything else to store the meals effectively? Thank you!

  • Shannon Matjazic says:

    I can not find the seasoning packet for sweet and sour pork chops anywhere, but bundled online. Can I just add sweet and sour sauce? Or do you have any store recommendations?

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  • Jane Coffey says:

    HI – Can you please add me to your email list? I am trying to get ideas to make meals ahead of time like your crock pot freezer recipes and I want to get away from prepackaged, canned and unhealthy eating. Fresh healthy ideas that don’t cost a ton. Thanks!

  • Lauren says:

    These meals look so awesome! Could you please tell me how many each meal serves? I can’t seem to find that piece of information.

  • Nicole P says:

    Please add me to your mailing list as well. I cannot have a lot of sodium and would like the option of making meals ahead of time/freeze them. Thank you😁

  • Trudi Myers says:

    Question: wouldn’t it be better to add all fresh vegetables as opposed to frozen? Also please add me to your mailing list.

    Thanks,

  • Jennifer says:

    I’ve never done a freezer meal prep thing like this before so I’m starting with yours! I’m a little nervous lol. What are the green holder things and where can I get them? Thanks

  • Cindy P says:

    No issue with putting the raw chicken or other meats in the bag with other ingredients? No contamination issues??

  • Callie says:

    I was excited to find these recipes! My fiancé and I are practicing meal planning before our wedding in January. Since I’ve never done this before, I had a question about the meat: do you have to cook/sear any of them before you freeze them?

  • Nancy says:

    If some of the frozen meals go over the three month mark, can they still be used or best to throw them away? I’ve made a bunch for a friend and they weren’t able to cook them all. Thanks for your input

    • Kelly says:

      If they still look good and smell ok, I’d cook them. I’ve made them well after 3 months, especially when they’re in my big freezer.

  • Jennifer Fadler says:

    Hello, I bought your 2nd edition cookbook. I’ve been getting your wonderful emails for years. I read them but have never taken the time to make one. I am a single mother raising two teenage boys on my own, working 55 hrs/week, with only Sunday’s off. I have been brining home takeout forever and have finally realized that I’m going broke with this way. I have finally surrendered my lazy way of feeding my son’s and just printed these (10) meals in an hour. I have come to realize that I can no longer organize dinner’s on my own and I need help. I am off to the grocery store with your food list right now. I feel like crying on one hand, but on the other hand am feeling proud to finally be taking a more healthy step to feeding not only two growing teenagers better, but myself as well. I will let you know how it goes! Thank you for all you do. You are fantastic. God bless.

  • Nicole says:

    These recipes sound delicious! I can’t wait to try them! I live in Canada and a lot of the marinades or sauces you listed aren’t available here. Do you have recipes for them or a list of alternatives I could use? Thanks!

  • Ann Hansen says:

    I cannot find the teriyaki marinade dry seasoning mix anywhere, even Googled it! What are some other choices?

    Thanks

  • Alley says:

    Hi!
    I am a recently single 23 year old. I have never really learned how to cook many things, especially healthy things. I am also not very knowledgeable about portioning sizes. How many people should each of these feed? And if they make more than I can or should eat, can I save them in a Tupperware in the fridge overnight? If I can save them in the fridge, how long would they keep after being cooked? And lastly, I work really late as a server, is there any way to work around the 4 hour cook time? Such as cooking it the morning or afternoon before work, storing it in the fridge and reheating it that night?
    I know this was long and I really appreciate any help you can give me!
    Thank you!

    • Alley, no worries! These meals typically feed six people. You can absolutely store them in the fridge overnight or, I would say, for up to a week. If you crockpot has a timer, you can set it and then it will go to warm until you get home…or you can use a house timer on your crockpot…or yes, you can easily cook beforehand and warm up when you’re ready. Feel free to ask any other questions as they come up!

  • Elena says:

    I’m so excited to try these! Quick question – I unfortunatey couldn’t find sweet and sour seasoning mix for the pork chops at any store! Do you have a recipe for that seasoning mix or a suggestion for a substitute? Thank you!

  • Mandi says:

    Quick question: with the honey lime chicken with butternut squash; do you shred the chicken when it’s done cooking or cut it up?
    I made all 10 recipes today and threw this one in the crockpot while I made the rest. Still only took1 hour which is super impressive time!!!

  • kathleen says:

    Have really enjoy your recipes. In fact because there is only my other half and me. We eat a lot less. So I took your recipes and divide into two meals and use the lesser time to cook in a 1.5 qt slow cooker. It is just right amount for the two of us with very little left over the next day for his lunch. And there is no waste or having to eat the same thing for a couple of days. Thank you

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  • Myghtilisa says:

    Ok, so I have some totally dumb questions for you…. I was prepping some of these meals this weekend and wondered about the following: For the recipes that include the seasoning mix packs, I got a bit confused since some of your instructions differ from the recommendations on the mix pack itself. For instance, you say to hold the water till you’re ready to cook in the crockpot, but would you still mix the seasoning pack with the amount of water that brand recommends before adding it to the freezer bag? Then, I also noticed that the cooking time each seasoning packs recommends for slow cooking the same cuts of meat were on Low for 8 hours, instead of Low for 4 hours like you said. So which should I follow?

  • Myghtilisa says:

    Awesome, thanks! Making my first one today 🙂

  • Nina says:

    Can I just say…I love you? I LOVE how you have a PDF of all the recipes together, and the grocery list. Bam. I don’t have to click 20 links. I don’t have to have my tablet in the kitchen. I just found your site, but I WILL be back!! Especially if you keep posting these amazing freezer plans!!!

  • Leanne says:

    What is the tool used to hold up the bags for easy packing?

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  • Amy says:

    What are those cool contraptions that hold up you freezer bags?

  • Wendy Gunn says:

    Please don’t use these mixes! They are full of MSG and other things that wreak havoc with your nervous system, your emotions, your hormones. If you find yourself very irritable, angry, depressed or weeping uncontrollably, feeling sick, or having symptoms of swollen glands, nausea, etc., after eating foods with these mixes, that is why! May I encourage you to use, instead, seasonings such as garlic and onion powder, (or real garlic and onion), thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, and cilantro, cumin and chili powder, plus a little salt and pepper. You’ll be so glad you did!

  • Nate says:

    Do you cook on high or low?

  • Danielle says:

    I would love to be added to the email list! ~Danielle

  • Jamie says:

    Hello. Question. Do you need to brown the turkey burger and ground beef before freezing?

  • Jamie says:

    Thank you! I made two batches of each one of these tonight!

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  • Megan says:

    Hi there! I am so excited to use these to revamp our meals to healthier options. My husband just had his second heart surgery (he’s only 29!), so I want to really make sure I’m choosing heart healthy ingredients. I can’t seem to find an alternative to the McCormick Grill Mates Tomato, Garlic & Basil Marinade for the Crockpot Tomato Basil Chicken with Baby Spinach. Do you have any suggestions of a homemade seasoning marinade because the first ingredient in that is salt. 😬 I looked on your 21 Spice Mixes and Sauces post and wasn’t sure if I could use something from there. Thank you!

    • Megan, yikes that’s scary! I took a look at the McCormick Grill Mates Tomato, Garlic & Basil Marinade ingredients and here’s what I would try. 1t garlic powder, 1T cornstarch, 1t Italian seasoning, 1T ketchup & 1/2t paprika. I’ve never tried it this way, but I think it would be a good start. Let me know if you do!

  • Ashley Goodwin says:

    I just made these last night. I can’t wait to see how they turn out! Thanks so much for the recipes and easy to follow instructions!

  • Tiara Fatova says:

    I have to say that I am truly grateful for you. I wanted to get into meal planning and meal prep in order to save time and money. I am a broke mama and super financially strapped right now. I was looking for a plan that did it all for me so I just had to follow the directions but for free. Not because I am lazy but because I wanted to know what it entails without the stress of actually figuring out the meals, grocery lists and prep. For me if the initial stage is too hard or time consuming I won’t see it through. Especially if it is something out of my element. Most of the things I was looking at cost some kind of money or membership and I’m just not there yet. I didn’t want to buy something I have no idea if it a right fit for me. Thank you for having this all available truly for free. I really do appreciate it. I will try and bookmark this page and remember to comment again on how this works out for. Many thank yous and respect.

  • Darlene says:

    I would love to join your email list too! Also, where did you find those neat things that keep the bags open???
    Thanks!

  • Tami says:

    Love these meals. Where can I find the sweet and sour seasoning, vegetable beef soup seasoning and the teriyaki? Or what substitutes can I use? Thx!

  • Tami says:

    Couldn’t find them. Can I use a teriyaki and sweet and sour sauce? If so how much would it use?

  • Anita says:

    Hi, I just saw this. You did a great job. I’m excited to try them. Thank you so much & I will let you know .

  • Amanda says:

    I really want to try these! If I used each recipe within the week should I still freeze them? I’m afraid I’ll forget to thaw them beforehand.

    • Kelly says:

      I think they’d be OK in the fridge for a day or two, but I think meat starts to get weird after that. If you forget to thaw, just run under water in the morning until the contents of the bag start to thaw/break apart.

  • Michelle says:

    Do you just use the dry seasoning mix or are you supposed to add water/vinegar and such that it calls for to make the marinade? Also I’m having trouble finding the teriyaki dry seasoning. Where do you buy yours and can I use liquid teriyaki instead?

    • Kelly says:

      I only used the packets, not what is called for on the back of them. The teriyaki is available at our local grocery store chains in Pittsburgh – Giant Eagle, Kuhns, Shop n Save, etc. I think a liquid teriyaki marinade will work. I would add one cup and omit the other ingredients.

  • Julie says:

    Hi Kelly, My son and I made 14 freezer crockpot meals last Saturday and it took from Saturday until Tuesday for them to be completely frozen. Is that normal and ok? Also, 1 of the meals included chicken broth and tomato sauce – can’t remember which recipe it was buat we made 2 of those. When we checked on them again Tuesday, both bags had split open a bit and we had frozen icy chunks of broth/sauce in the freezer (not in the bags.) Has this happened to you? I’m thinking we just need to add some more broth and sauce when we cook that meal. We had a great time doing this together and are hoping the meals will be as tasty as they were fun to do!

    • Kelly says:

      Awesome! You’ll have to let me know what you think. I don’t think it’s normal to take that long to freeze – have you checked the temperature of your freezer? I’ve had bags leak before but it’s not that common – it usually happens to me while thawing. I’ve had the most luck with name brand bags, like Hefty and Ziplock. Hope that helps, Julie!

  • Barbara says:

    I apologize if you’ve answered this question in earlier posts, but for your recipes that call for boneless chicken breasts, do you cut them into serving size pieces or put them in whole?

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  • Linda says:

    I have a tiny crockpot that’s 2 quart because it’s just my baby and I. I think I am going to split each meal in two bags. If I do, how long should I cook each (half) meal using a 2 quart crockpot? Thanks!

  • Stacie Arnell says:

    How many do these recipe typically feed? Can’t wait to try them!

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  • Debby says:

    Please add me to your mailing list also!
    Thanks!

  • Desiree says:

    I don’t know if you already answered this but what labels do you use?

    Thank you for the recipes

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  • Ana says:

    Hello Brilliant Woman that just made my life a whole lot easier!
    I just prepped these meals & cooked the sweet & sour pork chops; yummy!
    Hubby was in hog heaven! Ha ha! I feel so wonderful that I can have a hot homecooked meal for my hubby when he gets home from work & a meal that my 5 yr old likes!
    I also have a newborn baby, so juggling the baby & everything else is super challenging. Now I feel confident that I will be able to not only extremely reduce the time cooking, but also reducing the time washing & cleaning the dishes, stove, etc. My kitchen will be spotless!
    I did end up making most of my own mixes (also used the ones you posted) next time I also plan on chopping my own veggies. Now that I have experienced how little time it takes I am confident I can spend a little bit more time prepping.
    Thank you so… much. Our Family is very grateful!

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