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11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

People think that healthy eating is expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  These 11 healthy freezer meal prep sessions will show you how to prepare all of your dinners for the week in an hour TOTAL.  The grocery lists and recipes are included for free too, so the process couldn’t be easier.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

The secret to making these healthy meals is to prepare and freeze them for your crockpot.  None of the ingredients need to be cooked ahead of time – simply combine the meats, vegetables, sauces and spices in a freezer bag and freeze!

 

Since the meals are frozen without any cooking ahead of time, they’re very quick and easy to make.  They also cook for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all.  By prepping 6-8 meals every weekend I can keep my freezer stocked and avoid cooking during the week altogether.  Wahoo!

I’ve made all of these freezer prep sessions myself so I can tell you that they’re simple, delicious, and full of fresh veggies.  This method of cooking dinner has changed my life and the lives of thousands of people who bought my three cookbooks.  If you’re looking for a way to simplify your life, this is it.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will

Simplify Your Life

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Healthy Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals in Under an Hour: This freezer prep session includes recipes for red pepper chicken, lemon pepper chicken, Hawaiian chicken, chicken Philly cheesesteaks, southwestern chicken chili, chicken fajitas, and spring chicken soup with orzo.  I spent $75 total on ingredients, which works out to $10.71 per meal or $2.27 per serving.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

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

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Organic Crockpot Freezer Meals from Costco (10 Meals in 60 Minutes!): This session includes recipes for Italian chicken, “monster” cheeseburgers, hearty tomato vegetable soup, and Asian chicken with vegetable potstickers.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.   I spent a total of $130 on organic ingredients and combined them with spices and other items that I had on-hand.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 75 Minutes: This session includes recipes for beef roast and carrots, chicken fajitas, Mexican chicken soup, and garden veggie soup with ground beef.  To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Seven Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals in 85 Minutes: This session includes recipes for chicken tacos, chicken noodle soup, cheesy tortellini with ground beef, cheesy chicken tater tot casserole, easy chicken pot pie, turkey black bean chili, and mozzarella-stuffed turkey pesto meatballs.  I bought all of the ingredients at my local grocery store for $75.  I purposely used as many veggies as possible in these recipes and refused to include condensed soup and other unhealthy crockpot meal ingredients.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Five Vegetarian Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes: This session includes recipes for greens & beans, coconut chickpea curry, black bean fajitas, Mexican black bean chili with cornbread topping, and hearty tomato veggie and barley soup.  I only spent $30 on ingredients – such a good deal!  My family isn’t vegetarian, but we loved these meals.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Eight Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals in 45 Minutes: This session includes recipes for beef fajitas (I made one freezer bag with chicken), Italian chicken with veggies (I made one bag with beef), honey dijon chicken and red potatoes (I made one bag with beef), and BBQ chicken with carrots (I made one bag with beef).  I spent a total of $77 on ingredients – not bad for 8 healthy dinners!

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Six Healthy Crockpot “Comfort Foods” in 40 Minutes: This freezer 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

Six Healthy Freezer Crockpot Meals in 50 Minutes: This freezer session includes recipes for chicken teriyaki, balsamic beef roast, and lime shredded pork. To save time and money, you double each recipe and make two of each.  I spent $73 on ingredients.  The lime shredded pork recipe is one of our favorites.

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

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

11 Healthy Freezer Meal Prep Sessions That Will Simplify Your Life

Italian Crockpot Freezer Meals (7 Meals in 75 Minutes!): This session includes recipes for stuffed peppers, minestrone soup, lasagna soup, Italian wedding soup, Italian-style pot roast, spicy Italian sausage and peppers, and sausage spinach tortellini soup. I spent a total of $62 on ingredients, and included a lot of fresh veggies.

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

100 Comments

  • melissa says:

    I am so thankful I found this website! My 9 year old really loved helping me assemble the bags and he was then willing to try the meals because he helped. Having the meals already planned and prepped saves us so much time, and I LOVE that nothing needs to be precooked! That has always kept me from trying freezer meals in the past. Thanks so much for all the recipes! Cant wait to continue trying more of them!

  • Marissa says:

    This is just what I needed, I’ve been working late almost every night and my husband can just throw these in the crockpot in the morning.
    Have you thought about editing your printable labels with the info you are hand-writing, so that you don’t have to write them out each time?

    • Kelly says:

      Yes! Actually, I just designed pre-filled out labels for my new cookbook. Glad we’re thinking along the same lines, Marissa. 🙂

  • Erin says:

    This is just incredible! Thank you SO much for sharing these delicious recipes and shopping lists. It has saved not only tons of money for my family but my sanity! With 3 children ages 4 and under this has been a lifesaver!

  • Jill says:

    Nothing needs pre-cooked?! I’m going to try this out!

    • Kelly says:

      Yep, you got it. They’re all frozen raw. 🙂

      • Melissa says:

        These recipes sound awesome, and I can’t wait to try some out! My question is- How is the texture of the food, does it get all mushy? I’m just afraid that we are going to be eating a lot of soft food with very little texture.

        • Kelly says:

          No, it’s not an issue at all if you cook them for the right amount of time. Once you get to know your slow cooker it’s very easy. I would start with 6 hours in a 6-qt or 8 hours in an 4-qt. Once you see how they cook for that amount of time you can slightly increase or decrease from there.

  • Mylynda says:

    I have been wanting to try freezer cooking for a while now. I am a frugal shopper and would like to improve on my time management. Would you mind telling me how many servings are in these bags?

    • Kelly says:

      The average is 4-6. If you click on one of the freezer prep sessions, you will find it’s printable recipes and grocery list. The recipes include the serving sizes.

  • Lisa says:

    I may be missing a tutorial or something, but how do you decide the use by date? Are there guidelines to follow? Thank you! I am really excited to try this before our baby comes to stock up!

    • Kelly says:

      For a standard fridge/freezer combo, it’s three months from the prep date. Freezing before baby is THE BEST. Enjoy!

      • Karen says:

        I have put mine together and used my food saver, this extends the use by date due to no air in the bag.
        I have had a few in the chest freezer for almost 6 Mo’s & pulled out, cooked.

  • Johnna says:

    These freezer cooking sessions really will change your life. They’ve changed mine! I’ve been using Kelly’s recipes since January, and I’ll never go back. Now when I get home from work, I just stir, maybe steam some veggies and play with my daughter until my husband gets home. Before, it was a mad dash to get home and make dinner while my daughter was begging to be picked up. We’d both end up upset: I’d feel guilty and she’d feel neglected and it would take 20 minutes to chop an onion while trying to pay attention to her. Then, after all that we’d have a sink full of dishes after a long, stressful day at work. When I open the freezer and see all of the dinners ready to go, I feel successful. We’ve saved money, we’re eating healthier, and I’ve gotten precious time back with my toddler.

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing all of these delicious meal plans, shopping lists and recipes! I feel like I hit the jackpot and am so excited to try these in the next few months. I participated in a freezer meal party once before and LOVED having my meals prepped ahead of time and not having to think about it the night of.

  • Nikki says:

    These look amazing but I must admit I feel a little overwhelmed with how many options there are! I was wondering if people would mind telling me which are your favourite recipes and I’ll start with those! Thanks!
    I can’t wait to get organised!!!

  • Pearle says:

    So….. out of curiosity, can they be thrown into the crock pot straight out of the freezer and just cook longer? I work a long day and it looks like most of these say cook on low 4 to 6 hours.

    • Kelly says:

      It’s not recommended. I would recommend looking into buying a slow cooker if/when you ever have the extra money. I bought one for about $45 and it’s amazing!!

  • Kari says:

    Would these recipes be convertible for use in a digital pressure cooker? I hate leaving my slow cooker plugged in while I’m away from home.

    • Kelly says:

      Yes, I believe so. I’m not sure how to adapt the cooking times though.

    • Mia says:

      I’ve been using my pressure cooker to make “crockpot” meals for a while now and if the meal is previously defrosted, the stew setting (35 min in my Insta pot) should be fine.

  • Agni says:

    Love the number of suggestions you’ve provided in this article. Great selection of recipes and no more excuses that you can’t prepare a meal in advance.

  • Patricia says:

    Some of your receipes call for a jar of pasta sauce. I’d rather not use premade pasta sauce. What can I use to replace the pasta sauce?

    • Kelly says:

      I’ve used this substitution and liked it:

      • 2 cans of tomato sauce (15oz each) (You can substitute a 28oz can)
      • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
      • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
      • 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • Vicki Wilson says:

    This is a fantastic idea. I bought and put together the Eight Healthy Crockpot meals today. Cooked one of them (the roast and carrots) in the crockpot while I was putting together the rest. It was very good and I love how none in this section called for any salt. It did take me a tad bit longer than 75 minutes to put them all together though! Also, your shopping list should state 4 -medium sized tomatoes instead of 2. While doubling the vegetable soup it calls for 2 in each bag. I cannot wait for dinner each night this coming week! Thanks so much – this may just be a new way of living in my household! Vicki

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  • Tori says:

    These recipes are such great time savers not only for families but for 20 something year olds too! planning on using all of these to teach my boyfriend he can cook real food without it being a terrifying 3 hour process with a huge mess to clean at the end!! you are a life saver!!

  • Lisa says:

    I don’t know how quickly you will reply. But I hope to get a fast answer, since I’m not sure how to proceed. I bought the ingredients for the Costco freezer meals. Now that I’m assembling them I’m unsure if the recipe is what is supposed to go into EACH bag or if that list is what makes up the number of bags you’ve made. In other words for the Monster Burgers, is EACH bag supposed to be 2lbs of meat or is it one pound per bag? I’m not new to cooking, in fact it’s one of my favorite things to do, but I’ve never cooked like this before. lol Thanks for your help! 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      The recipes are written for each bag so you know how much to add to each one. In the case of the burgers, you would add two pounds to each bag.

  • Mindy says:

    We like to have leftovers for lunch the next day. Will a double recipe fit in one gallon freezer bag or is it better to just freeze them individually and just cook 2 bags?

    • Kelly says:

      It depends on the recipe. Most of the recipes with a lot of veggies definitely need their own bags. You’ll need a huge slow cooker to double those recipes too, more than 7 quarts.

  • Kyrie says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! You are the married college students life saver! My husband and I both have classes that go till 8 pm this semester and by the time we get home from school the last thing we want to do is cook. Being able to chuck something in the crock pot in the morning and having it ready when we get home is marvelous. I also really appreciate that you try not to use processed foods in your recipes. I loathe when recipes brand themselves as healthy and then when you look at the ingredients list it’s chock full of cream of chemical soups and other icky processed foods. Thanks so much for sharing these!

  • Hollie says:

    Where are the recipes. I keep clicking on all of the links but it’s just advertising about what you do. Do I have to pay for the recipes or what and where are they?

    • Kelly says:

      If you click the link to the individual prep session you will find all of the recipes from that session in a printable pdf.

  • Katia says:

    I cannot find the link to the 11 recipes prep session for the life of me. Are they only in the cookbooks? Thanks a bunch!

  • Kristi says:

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you used Seal-A-Meal bags if the meals would last beyond the 3 month mark? I am planning ahead for having a baby and feel good now. LOL

  • Bridget says:

    I absolutely love your meals they are a life saver for me and my family. My husband does not eat chicken so what is your suggestion for the meals that call for chicken? For instance… pork teriyaki instead of chicken?? I have never had that but I was wondering what would work. I know turkey is a good replacement but I was just wondering if switching the meats all together would work well with the seasonings.

  • jane jefferson says:

    i have done similar, but i cooked first then thawed out there are some foods I can”eat like tomatoes what would be a good subsitute

  • Liz says:

    Thank you so much for positing these! I’ve been wanting to try this forever but felt overwhelmed until I came across your site! I have all my ingredients, going to assemble tomorrow just wanted to ask a quick question. It’s just my husband and I, do you think or would you recommend doing half servings? I noticed many of your receipes call for 2 lbs of meat. I think that would leave us with a ton of leftovers (that I’m assuming we can’t refreeze after cooking?)
    If I were to half the receipe, how would that effect cooking time? I have a standard size crock pot, 6 qts.

  • Ashli says:

    It took me 2 hours to prep 3 meals from the Italian workshop. I am trying to get the motivation to finish. Why is this taking me so long? I have been cooking for a solid 5 years, so it’s not like I don’t know how to chop vegetables.

  • Becky Helmlinger says:

    I am very interested what is the next step

  • Bekah says:

    I apologize if this has already been asked, is the shopping list for single recipes, or have they been double/tripled/quadrupled as you did?

  • Nanna says:

    These recipes looks so nice! I don´t own crockpot, but I really like the idea of re-prep meals. Have you succestion how long it would take to finish these in oven?

  • Jane says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing post! I tried the whole foods group of recipes (although I didn’t shop at whole foods) and they were all delicious!!! I am anxious to try the vegetarian and the chicken groups of recipes next. Your grocery list saved me so much time! I loved that I didn’t even have to put my groceries away. All the ingredients went right from grocery bags into gallon sized zipper bags and into the freezer. Thank you again! I can’t say enough how much I appreciate your hard work to make my life healthy and easy!

    • Kelly says:

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, Jane. I’m glad the recipes are working for you. That motivates me to keep sharing. 🙂

  • Abby says:

    I’m looking for a gluten free list. Are any of these all gluten free?

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  • Erin says:

    Hi Kelly! I bought your ecookbook bundle back in November. I tried to click on link the other day to finally download them but it is telling me invalid download link…any suggestion? My order number was 24765 if that helps. Thanks in advance, I’m seven months pregnant and trying to get thing prepped and ready for after the baby is born…or for those nights where I am just tired and I don’t know what to make. Looking forward to seeing the recipes.

  • Eva says:

    I would really like to try these recipes but I have never used a crockpot and I do not own one. Is there a particular one you would recommend? I have no idea which to purchase. Also, I looked at one of the PDFs and instructions said to cook on “low” setting, do you know what degrees that is?

  • Brittaney says:

    I am so happy I found this! Im 37 weeks pregnant and have been looking for something just like this ( simple and organized) to get a couple weeks worth of dinners ready for when we bring little one home. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  • Leah says:

    Thank you for such great options. I am returning to college and have 4 kids ages 1-9, in activities and with a husband who works 15 hour days. Easy meal options are a must.

  • Dashawn says:

    Okay this seems doable since I’m a full time graduate student working 2 jobs. My only question is do you cook the meals before freezing them or do you just prep them raw and cook them once unthawed?

  • Kate Smith says:

    Fantastic site, thank you, winter here so very eager to start tomorrow.

  • heba says:

    thank you for all of this but i’m worry about the vegetables after this time in freezer ?? if their taste or their shape became different from the fresh one

  • Nicole Swanson says:

    Hello!! How compatable are your meals with weight watchers? I absolutely love your freezer meals! I am a full time working mom of two and dinner just takes too much time! So these meals are nice, but I really need to lose weight. Can you provide me with some nutritional info on some of these meals? Thank you!!!! ❤️

  • Carey says:

    I am so excited to try your recipes! What size slow cooker do you use and what brand? My slow cooker always over cooks my meals. I really want to make crock pot meals work for my family since I am a working mom and my children are involved in many activities, but I am always disappointed with the taste of the food from my slow cooker. Thank you!!

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  • Sara says:

    This is awesome! I love the idea of prepping on Sunday and not cooking all week! Do you put the bags in the fridge the night before or just straight from freezer to crockpot? Thank you for sharing!

  • Alisha Lybbert says:

    I am so excited to try these. I love doing freezer meals but feel like it takes so much time organizing the recipes I want and then what I need for to put it all together. I am so grateful you have done all the work and these recipes really do look yummy, I can’t wait to try them. Thank you for putting it together.

  • Elizabeth Peace says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m kinda weird about putting uncooked ground turkey and beef in the slow cooker. I assume there is no issue with cooking them first and them adding to the bags? Thanks!

  • Terra says:

    I purchased your 12.99 bundle from my phone yesterday but the download from the confirmation page would not save to my phone. Now I have no way to go back with my computer to retrieve the files. What do I need to do?

  • gui tien w88 says:

    Elizabeth, it should be fine to pre-cook. If anything the ground meat might be a little dry.

  • gui tien m88 says:

    This is awesome! I love the idea of prepping on Sunday and not cooking all week! Do you put the bags in the fridge the night before or just straight from freezer to crockpot? Thank you for sharing!

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      Either will work, but you’ll need to at least run the bag under water to thaw it a bit. I like to make sure none of the spices are stuck to the bag and if there’s a lot of food in the bag it will be a frozen square block that needs to be broken apart to fit in the crock.

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