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21 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions for Back-to-School

Here are 21 freezer meal prep sessions that will help you simplify the busy back-to-school season .  During the “prep session,” all you do is combine the meats and vegetables and freeze (That’s right – there’s no cooking required ahead of time!).  Every prep session includes free printable recipes and a shopping list, so the process couldn’t be easier.

21 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions for Back-to-SchoolI’ve made thousands of freezer meals and I’m excited to share my favorite freezer prep sessions with you.  If you’ve never frozen a meal for your crockpot before, prepare to be amazed.  All you need to do is combine the ingredients in gallon-sized plastic bags and freeze.

Since the meals are so easy to prepare, I like to spend an hour on the weekend making 6-8 at once.  That way my freezer is stocked with meals for the week and I don’t have to do any extra cooking.  In the morning all I have to do is dump a freezer meal into my crockpot and dinner is done.  (And, boy, does my house smell amazing!)

I’ve done all of these freezer prep sessions myself so I can tell you that the recipes are delicious, budget-friendly, and 100x healthier than the drive-thru.  Preparing meals like this has changed my life so much that I wrote multiple cookbooks about it.  Once you see how easy it is to make freezer meals for your crockpot, I know you’ll be hooked too.

21 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions for Back-to-School

10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals In 1 Hour10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in One Hour: This prep session includes recipes for sweet and sour pork chops, tomato basil chicken, southwestern chicken chili, brown sugar bourbon chicken, honey lime chicken, ground turkey tacos, beef stew, pot roast, hamburger vegetable soup, and beef teriyaki.  To save time, I used spice packets and fresh vegetables that can be added to the bags as-is (like baby carrots and spinach) and frozen vegetables.

6 Healthy Freezer Crock Pot Meals in 45 Minutes

Six Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 45 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for cranberry chicken, chicken fajitas, ginger-peach chicken, sweet & spicy pork chops, meatball vegetable soup, and chipotle pot roast. Each recipe contains six ingredients or less, including a vegetable, so they are healthy and very easy to make.

50 Freezer-Friendly Breakfasts in 75 Minutes

50 Freezer Breakfasts in 75 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits, Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites, Smoothie Packs, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, and Baked Oatmeal.  It took me 75 minutes to make the five recipes (50 servings or 90 seconds/serving) and I spent $27.87 on ingredients (56¢ per serving).  Having these breakfasts on-hand made the mornings less stressful.

The 10 Best Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in 60 Minutes

10 Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in 60 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos, Shredded BBQ Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki, Honey Sriracha Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Noodle Soup, Skinny Shredded Buffalo Chicken, Honey Sesame Chicken, Chicken Fajitas, Mexican Chicken Chili with Cornbread Topping, and Salsa Verde Chicken. It took me 60 minutes to make them (6 min/meal) and I spent $88 at the grocery store ($8.80/meal).  I made these when chicken breasts were buy one, get one free and that helped me save a lot of money.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Six Chicken Freezer Crockpot Meals in 30 Minutes: This prep 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.

Crockpot Freezer Meals Made With Ground Beef

6 Ground Beef Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: This prep 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.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

6 Comfort Food Crockpot Freezer Meals in 40 Minutes: This prep 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.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Five Vegetarian Crockpot Freezer Meals in 50 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes 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!

7 Whole30 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 1 Hour with Free Recipes and Shopping List

7 Whole30 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 60 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken, Turkey Bolognese Sauce, Mediterranean Shredded Pork Pockets, Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili, Mexican Pot Roast with Carrots, Southwestern Shredded Pork, and Chicken Cacciatore. I made the meals in 60 minutes (less than 9 min/meal) and spent $73 on ingredients ($10.43/meal).

10 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals in One Hour

10 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Freezer Meals in 60 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for Turkey and Black Bean Chili, Lemon Pepper Chicken, Chicken Fajitas, Salsa Verde Shredded Pork Tacos, Steak Italiano Marinara, Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps, Italian Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki, Taco Soup, and Cranberry Pork Roast. It took me 60 minutes to make the meals (6 min/meal) and I spent $104 on groceries ($10.40/meal).

Gluten-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI (9 meals in 90 min!)

9 Gluten-Free Crockpot Freezer Meals from ALDI: This prep session includes recipes for White Chicken Chili, Strawberry Balsamic Chicken, Zuppa Toscana with Sweet Potatoes, Chicken Sausage and Peppers, Ham and Sweet Potato Soup, Italian Chicken with Baby Spinach, Beef and Black Bean Chili, Sausage-Stuffed Mini Peppers, and Chicken and Rice Soup. It took me 90 minutes to make the meals (10 min/meal) and I spent $85 on ingredients ($9.44/meal).

Six Crockpot Freezer Meals from Aldi in 40 Minutes

Six Freezer Crockpot Meals from ALDI in 40 Minutes: This prep 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.

30 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco in 3 Hours30 Healthy Crockpot Meals from Costco in 3 Hours: This prep session includes recipes for red pepper chicken, honey sesame chicken, black bean chili, meatball vegetable soup, meatballs in sauce, sweet and sour meatballs, Italian chicken, hamburger vegetable soup, taco chicken soup, and Korean potsticker stir fry.  To save time and money, you triple each recipe and make three freezer bags of each.  I made all of the meals in three hours (6min/meal) for $279 ($9.30/meal).

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

12 Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco in 75 minutes: This prep 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!

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

10 Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco in 60 Minutes: This prep 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.

10 Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals from Walmart in 90 Minutes

10 Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals from Walmart in 90 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for turkey sausage vegetable soup, BBQ chicken legs, turkey sausage and peppers, cool ranch shredded chicken tacos, Italian wedding soup with turkey meatballs, stuffed peppers, shredded buffalo chicken, beef and black bean chili, honey sesame chicken, and Italian chicken with baby spinach. I spent $114 on ingredients ($11.40 per meal) and made them in 90 minutes (9 min/meal).

Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals from Trader Joe’s in 65 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for Cherry Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes, Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions, and Meatball Soup with Tons of Veggies.  To save time and money, I doubled each recipe and made two bags of each.  They only took me 65 minutes to make, and the ingredients only cost $72, so this freezer prep session was a huge win.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Eight Crockpot Freezer Meals from Whole Foods in 35 Minutes: This prep 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.

7 Healthy Stovetop Freezer Meals in 70 Minutes

7 Healthy Stovetop Freezer Meals in 70 Minutes: This prep session includes recipes for chicken and sweet potato hash, chicken and sausage orzo, Hawaiian chicken and peppers, honey garlic chicken and snow peas, steak stir-fry and bok choy, Tex Mex beef and cabbage (my fave), and Tuscan chicken tortellini.  It took me 70 minutes to make them (10 min/meal) and I spent $78 on ingredients ($7.80/meal).  You have to buy the cookbook eBook for the recipes/shopping list, but it’s worth it.

Crockpot Freezer Cooking - Make 7 Meals in 30 Minutes

7 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 30 Minutes: This prep session session includes recipes for salsa verde chicken, cranberry-orange pork chops, turkey black bean chili, beef teriyaki, chicken fajitas, pot roast, and meatball vegetable soup. Every recipe includes a vegetable and a max of six ingredients (some only have three).  Yay!

Six crockpot soup freezer meals in one hour

6 Crockpot Freezer Soups in 1 Hour: This prep session 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.

Thoughts or questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  XO, Kelly

9 Comments

  • Tanya says:

    Hi. Wondering if the link for the back to school meals has intentionally been disabled. I can access other meal links, just not the 21 back to school session. Btw, every recipe I have tried of yours has been delicious, thank you so much for sharing!

  • Kym says:

    I was wondering the same about the link for the 21 meals . It’s not there

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      Which 21?

      • Kelly McNelis says:

        The “21 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions for Back-to-School” refers to the 21 freezer meal prep sessions in this blog post…10 healthy crockpot freezer meals in one hour, 6 healthy crockpot freezer meals in 45 minutes, etc. You have 21 to choose from, all with their own free printable recipes and shopping lists.

  • Natasha says:

    Can the crockpot recipes be cooked in the oven instead? I realize cooking times may vary but wonder if I can just dump the bag in a dish and bake?

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