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20 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Two People

By September 13, 2015Freezer Prep Session

When my 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Back-to-School when viral a lot of people asked me how to modify my recipes for two people.  Typically, my recipes have 4-6 servings, so my answer was to split each freezer meal in half and cook it in a smaller crockpot.

I decided to give this method a try myself and picked 10 of my favorite crockpot freezer meals to split into 20 freezer meals with 2-3 servings each.

20 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Two People

Here’s what I made:

  1. Two freezer bags of Sloppy Joe’s (from my Crock’d Slow Cooker Freezer Meals eCookbook and shared for free below)
  2. Two freezer bags of Minestrone Soup
  3. Two freezer bags of Italian Wedding Soup
  4. Two freezer bags of Meatball Vegetable Soup
  5. Two freezer bags of Shredded Beef and Carrots (the beef can be used for sandwiches)
  6. Two freezer bags of Shredded BBQ Chicken (for sandwiches)
  7. Two freezer bags of Beef Chili
  8. Two freezer bags of Cranberry Pork Roast with green beans
  9. Two freezer bags of Beef and Barley Stew (recipe from Live Simply)
  10. Two freezer bags of Stuffed Peppers

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE PRINTABLE RECIPES AND GROCERY LIST

20 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Two People

I also typed the ingredients and cooking instructions onto printable freezer labels and saved them so I can use them again in the future.  Here are the files if you want to use them too:

  1. Freezer Labels for Recipes 1-4 (print two if you are splitting the recipes into two bags like I did)
  2. Freezer Labels for Recipes 5-8 (print two if you are spitting the recipes into two bags)
  3. Freezer Labels for Recipes 9 and 10

20 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Two People

I already tested out a couple of the meals in two new mini crockpots that I bought and they were delicious.  Both of the crockpots were highly rated on Amazon and they work perfectly with these smaller meals.

(If you’re placing an order on Amazon, I also highly recommend these baggy clips to hold your bags while you’re filling them.  I own 10 and they’re amazing!)

20 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Two People

It took me a little less than three hours to prep all 20 meals (including clean-up) and I spent $122 on ingredients.  That works out to only 9 minutes and $6 per meal.  I’m pretty sure there’s no cheaper and easier way to prepare healthy dinners.

One thing I learned from this freezer meal prep session was to stick with regular name-brand freezer bags. I thought that these smaller meals would work in the Ziplock vacuum bags, but the hand pump made a huge mess and several of the bags leaked.  What a disaster!

Freezer eCookbooks

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

64 Comments

  • Melanie says:

    Have yo seen the new slow cookers that have a thermometer built in? you set the desired temperature and the appliance goes to warm when it reaches the right temperature.

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  • Stefanie says:

    I wonder how cooking in a 6 Quart crock would affect the cooking time for the smaller meals? If at all.

    • Kelly says:

      You’ll have to be careful not to overcook them. I would definitely decrease the cooking time.

    • Rachel says:

      Makes a big difference. I’ve burned mine three out of the four times I’ve attempted the meals. 🙁
      I’m seriously considering the small Cusinart one with the timer recommended above.

  • Janet says:

    If cooking in the small 2.5 slow cooker, are the cooking times the same as if making it as one bigger meal? i am giving these to my parents and they are completely new to using a slow cooker so I want to make sure they have good directions 🙂 I am planning on making Honey Dijon Chicken, Grandma’s Beef Stew, and Italian Pot Roast which I will split into the two smaller meals.

    Thanks!

    • Kelly says:

      They are the same as what I included in the printable pdf and freezer labels. I specifically wrote them for small slow cookers (2.5-3.5 quarts). The original recipes are written for the full sized meals.

  • Anna-Marie Grow says:

    I was wondering do you use Ziploc Freezer bags or something else?

    • Kelly says:

      I recommend name-brand freezer bags, like Ziplock or Hefty. I use both of them – whatever is on sale. I’m dying to try a FoodSaver though!!

      • Rhetta says:

        I’ve had great results with Meijer brand freezer bags as well. Love the 2.5 quart crockpot when cooking just for my empty nest. Think I paid $12 for it on sale around the holidays.

      • Karen Purcell says:

        I have had wonderful results with my food saver, but be mindful. Freeze first! Then vacuum seal. You do not want liquid sucked into the machine.
        I have one with the pulse vac button & rarely do I not freeze first.

  • Kathy says:

    What are those bags you’re using?? I find that the regular freezer Ziploc bags are not as sturdy as I’d like… especially when I forget to thaw overnight and use the water-in-the-sink method. Almost every time I’ve ended up with water ((GAG)) in my bag when I lift it out of the sink. :((

    • Kelly says:

      The ones in this post are the ziplock vacuum bags, but I would not recommend them. I like name-brand gallon-sized freezer bags, like Hefty and Ziplock. I never have issues with them.

    • Merianne Smith says:

      Maybe try placing the frozen food bag inside another larger plastic bag to keep seepage out (like a turkey bag, and just tie the top shut). The larger bag could be washed and reused if you do this often. 🙂

  • DIanna Belle says:

    I was thinking of asking Santa for a FoodSaver for Christmas. I am wondering if this would save money (cost-wise) with materials (vs Ziplock) after of the cost of the machine is worked out?

  • Amy says:

    Where do you find “frozen small meatballs”? what is the brand?

    • Kelly says:

      I usually buy the big bags at Costco. You can use any brand, you just want to make sure the meatballs aren’t bigger than bite-size.

  • Linda says:

    When I printed the labels they were blank! I assumed you saved the files with your typing in it!

  • Linda says:

    I also noticed on these recipes you are adding the broth before freezing. Is there a reason for this.

  • Linda says:

    So could you leave out the broth and use smaller bags?

    • Kelly says:

      It depends on the recipe. Some of them have more volume than others. If they fit in a quart-sized freezer bag, then you can definitely use that size bag instead.

  • Anne Hampton says:

    I have made the entire 20crockpot meals for two as 10 meals for 4. Love it. Had previously made a meal here and there from your recipes. Teens loved the chicken tatertots.

    One item I have not used before is Montreal Seasoning. Am I the only one? Went on the internet and searched out a recipe for it.

    http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/montreal-steak-seasoning-10590

    • Kelly says:

      Thanks for sharing the link, Anne, and I’m glad you’re loving the recipes. Montreal Steak Seasoning is so good! We love using it to flavor our hamburgers and meatballs too.

    • Betty says:

      We buy Montreal Seasoning (as well as Garlic and Taco Seasoning) in the large containers from Costco/Sam’s Warehouse. Lot cheaper than buying packets of seasoning.

      We use Montreal seasoning on roasted vegetables, such as Asparagus, Green beans, Brussels Sprouts. Of course you can season chicken, steak, hamburgers and so on. Once you try it you will want to keep it on hand.

  • Linda says:

    I made the most of these meals and froze them. So far I have cooked the ministrone soup and the chicken Philly cheesesteaks. Both have been very bland. What can I do to flavor them up. I’m worried about cooking any more now because my family does not like them.

    • Kelly says:

      There isn’t a recipe for chicken Philly cheesesteaks in this post. You are welcome to add more seasonings to the other recipes.

  • Barbara says:

    I just found your blog and thank you very much for sharing all you hours of work. The recipes I have tried were very good. I am thinking that the 10 meals for two would be great for my mom as she has a hard time cooking for just one. Thanks again.

  • Nikki says:

    Do you cook the meat separately before you put in crockpot? I am ready to try these!

  • Blair says:

    Can I cook these meals on a high setting for 4 hours rather than low setting for 8 hours?

  • karisma says:

    How long are the “use by” dates from when you prep them?

  • fizz says:

    can these freezer meals be frozen in glass containers with a lid, instead of freezer bags

  • Meredith says:

    I have a 4 qt crock pot. Would you think I would have to reduce cooking time?

  • Nicole says:

    I am thinking of buying a 1.5 quart slow cooker because my husband and I despise eating left overs and I hate wastingfood. So if I wanted to make thesemeals for just us, how would I need to adjust things?

    • Kelly says:

      Most of my recipes have 4-6 servings, so cutting them in half is the easiest way to do that (that’s what I did in this post). It will also make the most of your ingredients because I try to use up the ingredients in the recipes by calling for a whole can of tomato sauce, a pound of carrots, etc.

  • Sheilda Drapkin says:

    Those labels appear to be self adhering & I assume they stood the test of being in the freezer. Should I print them out on a special type paper?

    • Kelly says:

      The labels in this post were printed on regular computer paper and taped to the bags with clear shipping tape. The labels in my newer cookbooks (Crock’d, Chicken crockpot freezer meals, Meat-Free, Asian) can be printed on these Avery sticker labels: http://amzn.to/1RGaWey

  • Joyce Lasher says:

    Re: purchased labels via PayPal. They did arrive!!! No need for replacements.
    Thank you, sorry for any inconvenience.
    Joyce Lasher
    Jlntn2@gmail.com
    Jmael@cox.net

  • Teresa says:

    I’m cooking a 1.5 lb turkey tenderloin on my new 2.5 quart Crock pot. How long and on what temp do you recommend?

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for sharing this recipes. I have a 6 quart slow cooker and I was wondering if using a bigger slow cooker than the one you use I can still do this recipes ? Thanks

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Kelly,
    Thanks for sharing this recipes. I have a 6 quart slow cooker and I was wondering if using a bigger slow cooker than the one you use I can still do this recipes ? Thanks

    • Kelly says:

      You can, but I’d watch the cooking time. My 6-quart slow cooker is very powerful and cooks most chicken recipes in 3 hours. Adding less food could cause the meals too cook faster. Most slow cookers work best when they’re at least 1/3 full.

      • Sarah says:

        Hi Kelly,

        Thanks a lot ! I imagine that’s why you should always have your slow cooker, at least, more than half full and ideally 2/3 full. Once again, thanks for taking the time and energy to reply. Have a great day.

  • Kathy Williams says:

    My daughter has been using your freezer bag recipes for quite some time. She shared this link for the smaller meals. I’m excited to maybe do some healthier cooking for myself now. I have found a 2 quart slow cooker that I think I want to buy. Do you think that is big enough for your recipes?

  • Lizanne says:

    I’m interested in the minestrone soup recipe- can you link us up?

  • Laura says:

    Hi. These sound fantastic and I am eager to learn to cook for just myself without being wasteful! I recently purchased a 1.5 quart slow cooker. Will this be too small for your recipes? I like that you halved everything so that there are 2 meals of each. I am looking to just make half of what you suggested to get started. So I guess my question is – would 1 of your freezer bag meals fit in a 1.5 q slow cooker? And if so, do you know the appropriate cook time?

    Thank you so much for sharing! <3

    • Kelly McNelis says:

      I think it will depend on the recipe. I recommend at least 2 quarts for the big ones, like soup. I’m not sure about the cooking time, but I’d try 8 hours on low and see how it turns out. Hope this helps!

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