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Crockpot Freezer Meals From Costco (12 Meals in 75 Minutes!)

By November 18, 2014Freezer Prep Session

Will you think I’m totally crazy if I tell you that I made 20 freezer meals this weekend? I didn’t plan it that way, it just kind of happened.  Most of the meals were crockpot freezer meals from my trip to Costco on Saturday.  I was able to prep 12 meals in 75 minutes!

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

The second freezer session was a bunch of beef roast recipes made with meat on sale at the grocery store.  I promise to share all of those recipes too, but can we focus on Costco for a minute?  I made 12 crockpot freezer meals in a mere 75 minutes, friends!!!

Here’s what I made…


We’ve eaten all of these recipes before and they’re absolutely delicious!

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These aren’t just run-of-the-mill recipes made with condensed soup either.  If you read my blog post about making six healthy freezer meals in 50 minutes, then you know that I like to make my freezer meals as healthy as possible.

This was only my second time going to Costco, so I didn’t plan what I wanted to make ahead of time.  I looked around for good deals on healthy food, and got inspired by these ingredients: sweet peppers, organic carrots, onions, beans, canned organic tomato sauce, chicken breasts, and ground turkey.

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

I don’t know about you, but preparing 12 meals in 75 minutes was really fast for me.  I even cleaned up my kitchen after making a HUGE mess with tomato sauce.  (Whoops!)  If you’re competitive, that means you might be able to finish faster than me.

Here’s how I prepped my meals quickly and efficiently…

  • Instead of making 12 different recipes, I tripled four recipes.  This helped me stay organized, cut back on measuring time, take advantage of bulk sales at Costco, and more.  We absolutely love all of these recipes and will be happy to eat them a couple of times over the next few months.  (Most freezer meals last at least three months in a standard freezer.)
  • I froze all of my meals raw. (That means they’ll cook for the first time out of the freezer and won’t taste like leftovers at all.  YUM.)

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

I had most of the spices on-hand and spent $87 on the other ingredients.  All of my recipes are very simple, so you will be able to find the ingredients at your local grocery store too, if you don’t have a Costco membership.

If you buy 10-pound bags of onions and organic carrots, like me, you’ll have some leftover.  I recommend making some of my favorite crockpot freezer soups with them.

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

Making these 12 crockpot freezer meals was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I got together with my mom last year and froze 16 meals to eat after my third baby was born, and they took a lot more time.  My meal planning skills have come a long way!

If you’re brand-new to freezer cooking, here’s how I prep my meals…

  1. I print my recipes and fill out my freezer meal labels.
  2. When possible, I grocery shop and prep my meals on different days.
  3. I get out all of the necessary ingredients and chop all of the fresh vegetables first. (I use this food chopper for the onions.)
  4. I fill my freezer bags in an assembly line, starting with fresh vegetables at the bottoms, followed by canned ingredients, spices, and meat.  (I add the meat last so it’s the first ingredient poured into the crockpot.)
  5. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and stack in the freezer.

Most freezer meals will stay fresh in a regular freezer for three months.  When you’re ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or in a bowl of water.  Cook, and enjoy!

Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco

Thoughts or questions?  Leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!


  • Brighid says:

    Thank you for this set of recipes! My family has huge evening commitments during the January to mid-March time period and these recipes (plus others!) will be a huge time saver! After all, who wants to add extra prepping for future meals into the December schedule? I can certainly do 75 minutes at a time. 🙂

  • Linda Toburen says:

    I see that on your ground turkey recipes, you do not break up the turkey until the meal is done.
    Why can’t you break it up before?

    • Kelly says:

      You can, but it’s not necessary. Sometimes the meat is still a little frozen when I add it to the crockpot and I don’t like to open the lid when it’s cooking. This method works really well for me! 🙂

      • Julie Wingood says:

        When I thaw my chicken I usually let it thaw 24 hours before cooking it. Do you suggest taking the freezer bag out 24 hrs prior to thaw, or how long do you suggest?

  • Emily Baker says:

    Your recipes for the freezer look good. I noticed you had quinoa on your list – what do you use this with? And how much of everything listed do you put for each meal? I might have missed this.

    • Kelly says:

      I usually buy microwave rice or quinoa packs to serve as a side with chicken dishes or beef roasts. I hate the thought of prepping everything ahead of time and then needing to cook rice for an hour, so they’re very convenient.

      If you look toward the middle of the post, you’ll see my grocery list and recipes. Does that answer your question about amounts?

  • Marie says:

    Hi Kelly! I love your site! I have a question about the ground beef and turkey you use in your slow cooker freezer meals. A lot of recipes say to brown the ground beef or turkey first, before adding to the slow cooker, to drain fat. I notice your directions don’t call for browning. Do you find that the unbrowned ground meat makes the meal greasy after being slow cooked? Do you use extra lean ground beef and turkey? I’m just wondering if the browning step is really necessary, and if my meal will be a greasy mess if I don’t. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      I used to brown the meat first, but I found it was unnecessary. I use at least 80% lean and there’s never any grease. Such a time saver!

  • Sheila says:

    I was searching Instagram for freezer cooking ideas & almost every picture I clicked on was yours, lol! Your recipes look like ones my family will love. I can’t wait to try these recipes, thanks for sharing! Where do you find your labels?

  • Sara R says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have now explored two different of your freezer cooking meal plan pages and I have to say both impress. It is so hard for our family to find freezer meal plans that not only look like something we would eat, but also are allergen free. My husband has seafood, pineapple, and mustard allergies. Those combination can complicate or rule out many recipes. And then we have three little girls (5, 3, 1) who are a tad picky.

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you so much, Sara, for taking the time to explore my site and comment. I have three girls the same age as yours! 🙂

  • Julie says:

    New to freezer meals and feel a bit daunted by the whole idea, although I know it would be great for us. Tried these recipes as my first foray into this world. The two recipes we’ve had so far are fantastic! I made all of them, but we’ve eaten one each of the Turkey Veggie Stew and the Honey Sesame Chicken. So, so good. Doesn’t even taste “crock-pot-y,” if that makes sense. We don’t have food allergies, so I added a cup of ditalini the last hour of cooking to the Turkey Stew (side of corn bread) and frozen green beans to the last 1/2 hour of cooking to the Honey Sesame Chicken (served w/ brown rice). Both kids ate seconds both days!
    Thank you so much! Off to check out the rest of your blog as I found this on Pinterest. 🙂

  • Emilee says:

    I love your recipes! I just started getting into freezer cooking, and am trying to eat healthier. I work 12 hour shifts and am always looking for ways to save time. I love your recipes! I had one question – I did look over the recipes and grocery list (I also LOVE Costco, and the idea that I can make 12 meals for 87 bucks!) I saw that you listed 12 loves of garlic and then a jar of minced garlic, and after that ingredient stated you would need 15 cloves. When I read through the recipes you only listed using the minced garlic, I just wanted to make sure I’m not missing something and could get away with only buying the jar of minced? Thanks so much for taking the time to share all of your great ideas! I can not wait to try them!

    • Kelly says:

      Yes! I ended up using jarred minced garlic instead of fresh. I must have forgotten to update the grocery list. Thanks for letting me know!

    • Happy says:

      Hvordan tog du beslutningen om at skifte studie? AltsÃ¥ hvornÃ¥r vidste du, at nu skulle det være og var du sikker pÃ¥ den beslutning.Og var du bange for at vælge ‘forkert’ ef¥¸ƒfÃrÂelgende?(GÃÂtr selv pÃ¥ uni, og er meget i tvivl om min uddannelse. Faktisk har jeg været det hver dag siden oktober. Men jeg ved ikke hvornÃ¥r, man er ‘sikker’ pÃ¥, at man skal skifte)

  • Jamie says:

    You are awesome! I made all of these today and it was so easy (it took me way longer, but I’m slow) and my favorite part of these are they are healthy!! Thank you!

  • Kelly says:

    I used your PDF to make these 12 freezer meals for my sister as her Christmas gift because she has been so busy with work that she hasn’t had a lot of time to cook. Your PDF made it so easy; this is definitely the best organized list of freezer meals that I have come across! I am going to start cooking this way for my family as well, I just need to find some meatless options! Thank you so much for putting this out there, my sister loved her gift :-)!

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know, Kelly. What an awesome gift for your sister! You’re the third person this week to request vegetarian freezer options, so I think it’s time for me to put together a list. 🙂

  • Nikki Miaskowski says:

    Well Kelly…count me as number 4!!! Being the only vegetarian in my family,it’s always easier for me to just eat the side dish that my family is having and that’s pretty much it.Im looking for ways to improve my eating habits…and also to make sure my kids don’t slip into my horrible eating habits!!! Any recipes you could toss my way would be much appreciated!!!thanks!!

  • Ashley P says:

    YUM! Is it possible not to thaw and cook for longer? I’d like to make these and be able to put them on when I leave for work in the morning.

    • Kelly says:

      Well, you’ll need to at least thaw them enough to break apart the frozen block so it fits in an oval-shaped crockpot. The USDA food safety dept recommends thawing meat first, so I do too. Could buying a crockpot with a timer be an option so you could set it to switch to warm after so long? (Here is the Amazon affiliate link of the one that I recommend: 6-Quart Programmable Crockpot.) I’ve also heard of people using a regular light timer to turn their crockpot off after so long, but I’m not sure how long you would want the food sitting in your crockpot like that. Probably not more than an hour.

  • Carol O. says:

    We had a family freezer meal event today. My daughters, 26 and 22, a teacher and grad student and I worked together so they will be all set for meals as their busy schedules start up again. We made crockpot red pepper chicken from your Costco inspired menu and three of four from your link, freezer meals in 50 minutes. I got the bags and meats ready as well as setting up stations with all of the ingredients. One daughter prepped veggies and the other did the spices and sauces. It was fun. We had planned to make the honey sesame chicken and teriyaki chicken too but need to go back to the store to buy more honey so will finish that tomorrow. We also made some extra meals for my niece who just had a baby so she will receive a nice surprise. Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      What a great idea, Carol! That sounds like so much fun. Definitely make the honey sesame chicken. That’s our favorite chicken crockpot recipe ever.

      • CarolO says:

        On the Crockpot Teryaki chicken recipe, do you add the bagged veggies or serve them on the side? Thanks.

      • Rachel R. says:

        How many people does each recipe feed? There’s anywhere from 3-6 people eating at my house on any given day, will one crockpot bag feed that many people?

        • Kelly says:

          The servings vary from 4-6. If you click the printable recipe/grocery list doc you will see them broken down by recipe.

          • Jeneva says:

            Well, you know I understand this and while I do kinda regret intcrduoing my boys to the two men I dated before I met Charlie, it all turned out just fine and I don't believe they were scarred by that. Sometimes we just have to take a leap of faith. My boys, thank the Lord, have neither one had head lice. Knock on wood! What a pain in the arse. And the first week back! Ugh. You don't have to throw the stuffed animals away, do you? I'm not even sure what the protocol is.

      • Milly says:

        Adorei o texto e a foto da Alessandra – linda! Ah Consuelo, esta crônica da Alessandra e seu blog são realmente a breath of fresh air! Muita coincidencia, pois neste final de semana dei uma olhada em alguns so-called blogs de “moda e estilo” aqui no Brasil e achei tão boring, uninspiring, and depressing o desfile puro e simples de Birkins e Ce8&lesi#n230;Muito bom receber estes presentes de vocês duas! Obrigada! bjs

  • sash says:

    Where are your recipes located? I clicked on the grocery list in the middle of your post. Looking for the Costco ones!!! So ex ited to try them! I think I will be a freezer meal junkie after this….but a healthy one! Thank you!

    • Kelly says:

      If you click on the pdf, you will find the grocery list on the first page and the recipes on the pages after that. Hope that helps. Freezer cooking is addicting indeed. 🙂

      • Amy says:

        When I did mine… I was short on corn. The Turkey black bean chili was tripled, but the shopping list only included 1 pound. But other than that it was great. The whole family got involved. We made two of your plans in one sitting. It was a little much for our first time, but we got thru it. Thanks.

  • Daphne Cragg says:

    Could you do the same with meals for a vegan????

  • Becky says:

    I just found your recipes and am looking forward to trying several of them. A comment on using a timer. I do not have a programmable crockpot, and I do use a timer for recipes with shorter cooking times. But I use it to delay the cooking, not stop earlier and have the food sitting. That way everything is still cold for a couple hours before it starts. I usually put chicken breasts in frozen and then they use the sitting time to thaw.

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Becky. That makes me a little bit nervous because you’re letting raw meat sit out at room temperature, but you know what is best for you. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  • Heather says:

    I seriously got tearful as I read this! What a kind person you are to post all of this for us to have access to for free! I have never been a great cook and have never really been into cooking. Yet, I want to provide meals for my family. I think you may be my solution! I also LOVE costco and shop there at least a couple of times per month. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity, your organization skills, and being so on top of answering everybody’s questions!

    • Kelly says:

      Oh my gosh, Heather you are too kind and you just made my day. 🙂 I just prepped a bunch of crockpot freezer meals with a 6-lb bag of meatballs from Costco. Keep an eye out for those recipes next week!

  • Stephanie says:

    Thank you for providing a clear description of what you need to buy and how to cook. I have liked at other sites and I won’t attempt it bc is either not clear or doesn’t have a shopping list. Look forward to doing this Saturday!

  • CJ says:

    Thanks so much, Kelly! I rarely leave comments, but wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to really make this process simple for others. You really have done a great job here and I am looking forward to using your recipes to feed my family well, even the picky ones! 🙂

  • Heather says:

    Hi Kelly
    All I can say is I AM SO IMPRESSED by your organisation and kindness in sharing all this with us – I can’t wait to try the idea and have my freezer stocked. Just as an ‘aside’, I have a pressure cooker – do you think these could work in a pressure cooker? (ie certainly not cooked for as long) – I’m keen to give it a go anyway. Thanks again.

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Heather. I’ve never tried them in a pressure cooker, but I think they would probably work. Let me know if you give it a try!

  • Lindsay says:

    This is a great idea! About how long do you normally let your freezer meal defrost before you put it in the crock pot? Do you move it into the fridge to defrost or just set out on the counter?

    Thank you!

    • Kelly says:

      I normally defrost them in my fridge overnight. If I forget, I place the bag in warm water in the morning. (Just make sure the seal is standing up so no water gets inside.)

  • Rachel says:

    I’ve been wanting to try one of these massive freezer prep projects for a while. I’m so glad I did this! It was quite easy to shop for all the ingredients. I put my 11 month old down to sleep and then got right to it. It took me about 3 hours to get everything done. Am I just that slow? Is that what happens after chasing a little one around all day and starting on a project at 8 pm?? Lol. My husband was nervous about all the mess and me saying that I was going to make 12 (!!!) meals at once, but once he saw the full bags sitting on the counter he was really impressed. Can’t wait to try our first meal in a few hours.

    • Kelly says:

      Great job, Rachel!!! As for speed, you might just be more meticulous than me. I tend to chop veggies very quickly and eyeball some measurements. You are going to love having those meals on-hand. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Judy says:

    How many servings are in each gallon bag?

  • Colleena says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these recipes and lists! We have been eating out quite a bit lately, and I was just telling my husband that we need to get back on track. I’m so excited to head out to the store, and then spend the afternoon cooking with my daughter. Your generosity is greatly, greatly appreciated! Thank you!!

  • […] I thought I’d go easy on myself and just do four recipes and triple them. Here is why this pin I found on Pinterest  was chose for […]

  • Cheryl says:

    hi, me again, I am just so impressed with you, and I am so glad that someone asked about vegan meals, my daughter and her family is vegan and with your meals I think she will love them so much when you find some, now me I am very very picky but I have found quite a few of your meals that I am gonna try for sure, also I broke out the calculator on your cosco trip, a whopping 7.25 for each meal and you said that most are a dinner for 6, you cant buy junk food for that, and if your lucky enough to have a garden, WOW, look at those savings.
    Thanks so much for your time and talent, I will try to leave you alone now, lol

    • Kelly says:

      Oh, Cheryl, you can talk to me as much as you want. 🙂 You make a great point about savings and I’ll definitely consider doing a vegan post at some point. I’m hoping to share a vegetarian one later this month.

  • David says:

    Love your stuff – thank you! Our family is just starting in batch and crock pot cooking. We made 8 (4 X 2) of your recipes from another page and are looking forward to these next. I wanted to ask about the carrots. I bought a large bag from Costco, but found that it took me forever to peel and chop the carrots. Any tips or advice on peeling carrots faster? Again, thank you for your stuff!

    • Kelly says:

      Hmmm. Using a good peeler will help, but I have a super basic one. I peel my carrots over the side of my sink with the garbage disposal, and I run the peeler over the entire length of the carrot, rotating it as fast as I can. I can do it very quickly, but it’s still a pain to peel five or more pounds at once.

      • Katel says:

        Even when eating the carrots raw, most of the time we don’t take the time to peel them. We just give them a scrub with the vegetable brush, like you do for baked potatoes. My husband takes one or two of these to work in his lunch every day. He says those ones from Costco are just the right size, he doesn’t even cut them up.

    • judith martinez says:

      I set up a work station somewhere that I can see the TV from. I turn on a favorite show and get to work. It makes a tedious task much more enjoyable. I put the peels in the trash or compost though. My garbage disposal could never handle that much at once. 😉

  • Taylor says:

    Ahhh I can’t wait to try this with my roommate, thanks so much 🙂

  • jessica says:

    Hi I was wondering if you give us the ingredients for just one meal and we are supposed to triple it or if it’s already tripled in the recipes?

    • Kelly says:

      The grocery list is tripled, so it includes everything you need for all 12 meals. The recipes are for one meal each (so the amount listed is what needs to be added to each bag).

  • ZnMs Mommy says:

    Hi, Kelly,

    Just wanted to thank you for the fantastic recipes. They are easy to prep, easier to make, budget friendly, taste great. I have the Tomato Turkey Veggie soup simmering in my slow cooker now. I defrosted it overnight, put everything in this morning while I was making breakfast for my kids, put the lid on, turned to low and said, “Well, there’s dinner.” It took all of a minute. I ended up coming home earlier than usual because my son has a cold. He smelled the soup and was a little skeptical, but I told him it’s basically a minestrone with turkey in it, which was followed by, “So, can I have some now?” It hasn’t quite been 8 hours and the carrots could be a little more tender, but it was a good working mommy moment to have a pot of hot soup ready for my sent home from school sick kid. The husband has a cold too, so he’ll be happy to have soup when he gets home as well.

    I ended up making a few additions to suit my family’s taste. I added a can of tomato paste to make the broth a little thicker. I also added an extra tablespoon of Italian seasoning and a teaspoon of ground red pepper. I’m making some ditalini pasta on the side so it’s like minestrone that they’re used to. I have no doubt that they will love it. Thanks, again.

  • Jo Vizor says:

    Hi, these are wonderful ideas. Both of my sons have exams coming up, which means I lose my kitchen helpers to revision, so these recipes will be great to have in the freezer, ready to drop in to the slow cooker each day. We’re on Easter holidays at the moment so a great time to get ahead with the cooking. Thank you for sharing these.

  • Dolly says:

    I can not wait to freeze these dinners. I wish I would have known about these dinners for the winter. In Minnesota we have such long brutal winters and these meals would have been great. Now tell me, what about the Sodium and Carbs……..I do not want any extra pounds mounting up on me.

    • Kelly says:

      Crockpots are great for the summer too – you can keep your kitchen cool on days that you’re not grilling. 🙂 I don’t have the nutrition info for these recipes (I’m only able to calculate it for the recipes in my cookbooks), but my husband and I are both thin. We believe in regular exercise and eating everything in moderation.

  • Michele says:

    Wow. This is an old post but I am going to Costco this afternoon. Can I just say thanks!? You have made my prep and planning so quick and easy. <3

  • Lisa says:

    A friend just sent me this post and I am really looking forward to trying your recipes. I am curious why you add olive oil to all of them. Can it be omitted or substituted w/ water, broth, or wine? Thanks

    • Kelly says:

      It’s just a healthy ingredient that we like and always have on-hand. I don’t think there’s a substitute for the red pepper chicken recipe, but you could probably omit it in the soup. I include it in that particular recipe because the combination of tomato sauce, garlic, seasonings, and EVOO is similar to a pasta sauce to me.

  • EmilyF says:

    i went on faith and made all 12 so I’d have some meals after having my baby. We’ve now tried three of the four and all have been absolutely delicious!! Even the leftovers have been eaten right away, and that’s high praise from our home! My hubs has to eat GF so these recipes have been such a blessing. Thank you SO much!!!

    • Kelly says:

      Yay, yay, yay! These are some of our favorites so I’m glad you love them too. If your baby is here, congrats!!

  • Kelly says:

    Hi loving your recipes. Gonna do my first one this week. What size crockpot are your recipes for?

    • Kelly says:

      I use my 6-quart most often, but I think they will work in 4-7 quarts.

      • Sarah says:

        Hi. My husband and I spent a Sunday making these and we are loving them!! Thank you SO much for the list, recipes, and instructions!!! I hate cooking but LOVE food so this was perfect. Haha. We only have an 8 oz. crockpot. Would you adjust times? My first 2 have tasted overcooked…but that just could be me somehow messing up the simplest instructions. Hahahaha. Is there a rule of thumb for crockpot times. I noticed the hamburger veggie soup says 4 hours in a 6-quart, or 8 hours in a 4-quart. So….2 hours for an 8-quart?!?! Thank you for any suggestions you have for an 8-quart and times. Peace.

  • Thank you for posting chicken breast recipes that cook in 4 hours!! It always makes me so sad to see recipes for chicken breast in the slow cooker for 8-10 hours… chicken is usually mushy by then. I found out the hard way!! In a pinch, most chicken will be done on low in as little as 3 hours.

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, a lot of people have issues with chicken crockpot recipes because they overcook them. It’s almost always done in 4 hours in my 6-quart crockpot. If I NEED to cook it for longer, I use my 4-quart because it is smaller and much less powerful.

  • Chelsea says:

    Just stoping by to say I found you on pintrest and I am super IMPRESSED! I have never seen a more organized, thorough, easy to follow instructions. I’ve printed out many of your freezer meal sessions and can’t wait to get started. Thank you so much for your generosity. I know how much time it takes and I appreciate you sharing your talents with us! Thank you!

  • Mackenzie says:

    These look incredible! I am a college student moving into my first apartment soon and I can’t wait to give these a try. A quick question- since I’ll be cooking for one, how can I make the meals as normal and not be left with 5 uneaten servings? For example, can I prepare the freezer bags as normal and then only add half to my slow cooker, or would I have to change cook times or temps as well?

    • Kelly says:

      I would cut the recipes in half and freeze in two separate bags. A smaller crockpot (4 quarts or less) would be best.

  • Shashi says:

    Dear Kelly,

    I came across your website in a moment of desperation – being a full time working mommy to a 6 year old and a 9 month old, I was struggling to get dinner organized every night by 7pm. In an attempt to try and be more organized and planned, I googled and found your website. I have never done freezer cooking but I cannot wait to try these this weekend.

    A suggestion if you don’t mind.. could you add some after pictures of your beautiful recipes.. I would love to see how the raw ingredients from the zip loc bags turn into hot delicious goodness.. Thank you for the kind work you are doing.

  • Michelle says:

    These sound wonderful. My daughter just had her second baby and I thought this would be a fun project for us to do together!
    I was wondering where I might find the roast beef recipes that you mentioned at the beginning of this post! Can you post the link(s) to those recipes for me? Thank you so much!!!

  • Kat says:

    Hi there, I live in France and want to buy a crockpot to try and make some of these excellent recipies! I’ve been looking online at the crockpots and most only have two settings low and high. What setting do you use or recommend using for your meals?!?

  • Melissa says:

    Last year I came across the honey sesame chicken and teriyaki chicken slow cooker recipes on damn delicious website. I made them atleast once a week. I came across your website last week and never thought about making batches and freezing them. I made about 5 batches and made the first one tonight. I have to say it came out the same as if I had made it fresh. I usually add a bag of steamed broccoli to it and serve over rice. It was 96 degrees here today – needless to say it defrosted in no time.

    I will have to try your other recipes. I am curious how the peppers come out in the crock pot after being frozen.

    Just wanted to thank you for posting your tips. I am happy to have found a quicker way to save myself some time.

  • Teanna says:

    You add extra virgin olive oil to a lot of your recipes, could you tell me what that is for? Does it have a purpose, or is it just for flavour? I, personally do not like the flavour of olive oil, so I would substitute canola or vegetable oil, if the recipes really need it.

    So many great recipes here on your site! Thank-you so much! <3

    • Kelly says:

      You can substitute a different oil. I don’t think canola or vegetable oil are as healthy, but I’ve used avocado oil with a lot of success.

  • Elena says:

    This may be a stupid question but I’m new to freezing meals and I was wondering if dried beans can replace the canned in the recipe ? Do I just soak them like regularly and add them to the bags to be frozen or can I just add them still dried. I’ve never made dried beans in a slow cooker before either lol. Thanks so much for posting these recipes they are great and seem like they may actually please my picky eaters while we live on a budget the next few months.

  • Katie says:

    I am new to this, so this may seem like a dumb question, but do you cook up the meat or do you add it raw to the freezer bag and then the crockpot?

  • Jessica says:

    Omg these recipes seem like such a god send for me!
    I have such a busy schedule and have been stressing out with meals. Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes.

  • Laura says:

    Can you cook from frozen? Most of your recipes say 4-6 hr cook time. Can you lengthen cook time without drying out? I want to try but don’t eat until 10hrs after, so these wouldn’t work with a short time frame.

    • Kelly says:

      I recommend thawing meat first. I would focus on recipes that have a longer cooking time, like roasts, soups, chilis, and stews. If you have a smaller slow cooker (about 4 quarts), you should be fine. Long term, you might want to consider buying a slow cooker with a timer. I think they’re essential for chicken recipes which are so easy to dry out.

  • […] Stock up on fruits and veggies this winter! These foods pack a ton of vitamins and minerals that keeps your immune system at its best. My favorites to stock up on in the winter time include tomatoes, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples,  lemons, and more.  Veggies are really easy to get in with soups and stews and crock pot meals! I’ve been making a ton of crock pot freezer meals lately- so easy to do for those busy nights!  Just pop it in and you have a warm, nutritious meal ready to go!  So far, I’ve made this set (delish and great instructions!) as well as these from the Pioneer Woman as well as several Costco freezer meals sets! […]

  • Laura says:

    How do i print it? Where do i find the recipes? They look amazing!

  • Heather says:

    *deep breath* I’m 36 weeks pregnant with twins (and a one and three year old at home) and just NOW getting to the point in this pregnancy where I’m like “shoot, I should have some food stocked up.” Haha. Headed to Costco and Aldi this afternoon and hoping I can employ the hubs to help. 🙂 Maybe we’ll make a date night out of it after the kids go to bed tonight. THANK YOU for making it simple. Just about everything seems to overwhelm me these days.

    • Kelly says:

      You can totally do this, Heather. If you’re looking for additional motivation, check out the new “pre baby” freezer meal posts that I wrote over the last month. I just finished prepping for baby #4.

  • […] successful frozen burritos we decided to look into freezer meal prep. We found an awesome post on New Leaf Wellness via Pinterest for making 12 freezer meals from Costco in 75 minutes. We decided to give it a go as […]

  • Cami says:

    I’ve had several of your sessions pinned for almost a year and am just now finally getting around to it! I prepped these particular ones last night. Thank you so much for making it SO easy to do. From having PDF labels to the shopping list to delicious recipes all ready to go, this has been a huge time saver. You make it so much easier than the other blogs I’ve looked into. THANK YOU!!

  • Lia says:

    Finally bought a crock pot during my 10th year of marriage, have used it once. My neighbor sent me this link, looking forward to trying it out with her, and looking fwd to getting use out of this extra appliance!

  • Erika says:

    Thank you so much for all of your hard work! I’m due with my first baby in a week, and I used your plan today to have some post-baby, healthy, easy meals. In 3.5 hours I was able to go to grocery, get home, prep the meals, and cleanup. I feel so relieved to be this prepared, and I thank you for that! I can’t wait to try them!

  • Kristen says:

    Do you have nutrition info for these recipes as well as for the 6 meals in 50-minutes (beef, pork, and chicken)?

    • Kristen, Unfortunately we do not. We work closely with a nutritionist to provide nutritional information for all of our cookbook recipes, but are unable to do so for all of our blog posts due to limited time and resources. I hope that you still try them & love them (and us!).

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  • Sarah says:

    Hi. My husband and I spent a Sunday making these and we are loving them!! Thank you SO much for the list, recipes, and instructions!!! I hate cooking but LOVE food so this was perfect. Haha. We only have an 8 oz. crockpot. Would you adjust times? My first 2 have tasted overcooked…but that just could be me somehow messing up the simplest instructions. Hahahaha. Is there a rule of thumb for crockpot times. I noticed the hamburger veggie soup says 4 hours in a 6-quart, or 8 hours in a 4-quart. So….2 hours for an 8-quart?!?! Thank you for any suggestions you have for an 8-quart and times. Peace

  • Mary says:

    This is a good idea. I notice you put raw meat in the bags, especially chicken. Won’t that raw meat contaminate the rest of the food? I’m concerned about salmonella. thank you

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  • Leah says:

    My hubs and I just put together these 12 meals and I’m excited! One question- I love my crockpot but I’m also a big fan of the Instant Pot… anyone tried these there instead? Just curious!

    Thanks again for these recipes- I can’t wait to try and we got to spend a little QT in the kitchen! 🙂

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