Two of my most popular blog posts are 1) a list of gluten-free crockpot freezer meals and 2) a free grocery list for six freezer meals from ALDI. So, I decided to combine those two things and make a bunch of gluten-free freezer meals from ALDI. Genius, right?
Since I have a lot of great crockpot freezer recipes, I didn’t plan out what I was going to make ahead of time. I drove to ALDI and got inspired by what was available in store. I started by picking the very best meat (for example, all-natural chicken breasts and organic grass-fed ground beef) and then looked at the fresh produce to decide which recipes to make.
Here’s what I made:
- White Chicken Chili
- Strawberry Balsamic Chicken
- Zuppa Toscana with Sweet Potatoes adapted from this recipe
- Chicken Sausage and Peppers (inspired by one of the meals I made from Walmart)
- Ham and Sweet Potato Soup
- Italian Chicken with Baby Spinach
- Beef and Black Bean Chili adapted from this recipe
- Sausage-Stuffed Mini Peppers (cook in the crockpot or oven)
- Chicken and Rice Soup from my freezer cooking eCookbooks and shared for free below
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What so great about these crockpot freezer meals?
- They didn’t require any cooking before freezing, so I was able to make all of them and clean up my kitchen in 90 minutes. (That works out to only 10 minutes per meal!)
- I only spent $85 on groceries ($9.44 per meal).
- All of the recipes were healthy and delicious!
My husband took our four kids out of the house, so I actually enjoyed making these meals. I listened to music on Pandora, and drank sparkling water, and thought about how productive I was being. Then everyone came home and I went back to crazy-mom-mode, but those 90 minutes were bliss.
Here’s how I structured my time:
- I did all of my grocery shopping ahead of time and printed the recipes.
- I labeled my freezer bags with a Sharpie marker.
- I got out all of the ingredients and organized them like this: produce with a cutting board next to the sink/garbage disposal, canned goods and spices next to that, and meat in the fridge.
- Then, I filled the bags in an assembly line in that order. It took awhile to get through the produce, but then it was smooth sailing.
- I sealed all of the bags and stacked them in my freezer. (Most crockpot freezer meals are good for at least 3 months. Woot!)
I used these baggy racks to hold my freezer bags upright (super helpful) and chopped everything with my all-time favorite chef’s knife (it’s actually the only knife that I bought since our wedding, but it’s amazing). I chopped all the onions by hand, but about half-way through I was wishing I used my chop wizard, so if you have one, I recommend using it.
I added as many tips as I could to the printable recipes above. We already ate three of the meals and loved them, so I know you’re going to love them too. Yum!