8 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

 

 After a few weeks of preparation and a LOT of requests from wonderful  readers a new list of freezer meals is finally here!


8 Freezer Slow Cooker Meals

One of my biggest personal meal challenges is Sunday dinner. My family and I spend a good portion of each Sunday at church and everyone is always hungry when we get home but I rarely have time to prepare a meal before we leave. So, I decided my next freezer project should be crock pot meals. Again, I planned to spend the day fixing my list of meals with my sister in law. Unfortunately my SIL became sick at the last minute and couldn’t help me but the plan was on the schedule and the grocery shopping was done so I plugged along without her. She was greatly missed!
 
My 8 recipes include:
Tomato Beef Stew
Sausage and Bean Supper
Mexican Pot Roast
Pork and Veggies
Golden Chicken
Chicken Cordon Bleu Bundles
Bacon Feta Stuffed Chicken
Cheesy Slow Cooker Pizza
 
Click HERE to view the recipes in PDF
Click HERE to view the recipes in EXCEL
 
My shopping plan consisted of two separate lists; one from the grocery store, and one from the pantry.


 
From the Grocery Store                                                                               From the Pantry
Apple Juice (cup)
Bacon (Slices)
Bacon, cooked & crumbled (Cup)
Bell Pepper (green), chopped
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Broccoli Cheese Soup (Cans)
Butter Beans, rinsed & drained (Cans)
Canned sliced mushrooms, drained (7oz Jar)
Carrots, sliced
Celery (cups)
Cheddar Cheese, shredded (Cups)
Chuck Roast (Lbs)
Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz Cans)
Egg Noodles (16oz Package)
Feta Cheese, crumbled (Cup)
Fresh Mushrooms, sliced (Lbs)
Garbanzo Beans, rinsed & drained (Cans)
Ground Beef (Lbs)
Kidney Beans, rinsed drained (Cans)
Lasagna Noodles, uncooked (16oz package)
Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (Cups)
Onions
Pepperoni, sliced (Package)
Pizza Sauce (16oz Jar)
Pork Roast, cut into 1/2 inch strips (Lbs)
Sausage, thinly sliced or crumbled (Lbs)
Sliced Ham (Pieces)
Stew Meat, cubed (Lbs)
Swiss Cheese (Slices)
Tomato Paste (6oz Can)
Tomato Sauce (8oz Can)
Tomato Soup (10.5 oz Can)
Tomatoes with Chili Peppers (14.5 oz Can)
Zucchini, sliced (SMALL)
0.5
6
0.25
3
16
2
1
1
9
2
2
3
3
1
0.25
0.5
1
1.5
1
1
2
5
0.5
1
1
1
6
4
6
1
1
1
1
3
 
Apple Cider Vinegar (Tbsp)
Chicken Bouillon Granules (tsp)
Chunky Salsa (Cups)
Cilantro, chopped (cup)
Cornstarch (tsp)
Dried Basil (tsp)
Dry mustard (tsp)
Honey (Cup)
Milk (cup)
Minced Garlic (tsp)
Olive Oil (Tbsp)
Pepper (tsp)
Salt   (tsp)
Salt and pepper to taste
Taco Seasoning (Tbsp)
Water (cup)
Worcestershire Sauce (tsp)
1.5
1
1.5
0.5
1
4
1.5
0.25
2
2
3
0.75
4
 
3
1.5
5
 
Click HERE to view shopping lists in PDF Format
Click HERE to view shopping lists in EXCEL Format
 
At the grocery store I spent approximately $176.00, but REMEMBER I was shopping for TWO families so the estimated cost for one family (of 5 people) is $88.00 (or approximately $11.00 per meal). In order to calculate the most accurate price I could, I purchased everything except spices and milk.
 
To start off the day I cooked all the meat first.
 
  • Cook Bacon (in oven at 400 for approx 20 min.) until crisp


 
  • Cook Ground Beef (Add chopped onion about ½ way through)


 
  • Cook Ground Sausage (Add chopped onion about ½ way through)


 
  • Slice pork roast and brown in a large skillet.


 
After the meat was cooked and cooling I started assembling (the chicken recipes were the easiest to assemble so I saved them for last):
  • Pork and Veggies: First I put in all the spice and liquid ingredients. Next I added the meat. Last came the veggies with the mushrooms on top.


  • Cheesy Slow Cooker Pizza: This meal was prepared and placed in two separate baggies because the process of cooking involves layering. The mushrooms and lasagna noodles will be stored in the pantry.


 
  • Sausage and Bean Supper: The canned goods for this meal will be stored in the pantry.


 
  • Tomato Beef Stew


 
  • Mexican Pot Roast


 
  • Golden Chicken: Be sure you have milk before cooking this one!


 
  • Bacon Feta Stuffed Chicken: My chicken breasts were very thick so rather than pound them flat I cut them in half (like a filleted fish), stuffed them with the bacon and cheese and “resealed” them with toothpicks. I also only made 2 instead of 4 because one would easily feed two people in my house (most of our people are small).


 
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu Bundles: These could easily be baked in the oven!


 
After all was said and done the day was very successful! I completed 16 meals (8 for me and 8 for my sister-in-law) in just under 4 hours. That works out to be around 15 minutes per meal, plus I only had to do dishes one time! A few of the recipes require a bit of preparation for the liquid but most of them are ready to be taken out of the freezer the night before and placed in the crock pot the next morning.
 
I found that labels stick to zip top bags much better if they are placed on the bag while empty. Originally I was using Avery Address labels but soon discovered there was too much information for such a small label. I recommend printing the label sheet and attaching the instructions to the baggie BEFORE you start cooking.
 
Click HERE to print labels in PDF Format
Click HERE to print labels in Word Format
 
Good luck and have a productive cooking day!
 

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Comments

Love all this---I might have to try it on a much smaller scale to start with--especially for Sundays!!

By Noelle (not verified)

I did this today. It took 2 of us 3 hours and everything looks great! I can't wait to taste everything! Thank you for putting it together.

By m d (not verified)

Tried 4 of these so far- your recipes are wonderful. Even being on Weight Watcher's, I can eat these and still lose weight. However, you don't have the time for the Bacon Feta Chicken and that's the one I've thawed out for tonight's dinner; please help! : )

By Carisa (not verified)

I hope I'm not too late.. 3-4 hours in the slow cooker on high!

By jayme

I just made all 8 of your meals. The grocery shopping was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm excited to taste the meals!

By Amy Brown (not verified)

hi there! in the tomato stew is there any liquid added once ready to cook?

By laura (not verified)

 To cook you will add the contents of the ziplock bag with the can of diced tomatos (undrained) and the can of tomato soup. This is all the liquid you should need. 

By jayme

so excited to try this. One question though, I need to start these before I leave for work, for the shorter cooking times do you think they would be okay switching to warm in the crockpot until i get home from work or do you think it would mess up meal too much? thank you! very glad i found your site!

By allison (not verified)

so excited to try this!! they look so good! quick question (apologize ahead of time if it is stupid - I am new to this!) - I need to put food in the crock pote before I go to work most days. For the shorter time ones, do you think it would still be fine since it will switch to warm after cooking is done or do you think being on warm for close to 4 hours would mess up the dishes?
thank you!!

By allison (not verified)

I think they will be fine if they are in the crock pot all day. I would be sure to cook them on low.

By jayme

Thank you for the recipes! I just have a question - If I am cooking this for just my family, do I cook everything following the recipe then put it in 2 ziplock bags?

By rachel (not verified)

I'm sorry- ignore that comment, I figured it out haha... i didn't open up the shopping list before I asked the question.

By rachel (not verified)

I feel really silly right now, but where are the recipes for the above meals?

At the top of the blog post under the table with the names of the recipes there are two links to view the actual recipes, one in PDF format, one in Excel.

 

By jayme

Thank you so much for sharing! You're amazing! Thanks so much!!!!

By Kayte (not verified)

The grocery list doesn't open in excel ): When I click on it, it is just the recipes again. Anyone else have this issue?

By Hillary (not verified)

The grocery list is in the same excel worksheet as the recipes, it is in a different tab at the bottom.

By jayme

I just ran across this post, As a working Mom with two teenagers active in sports, extra time is difficult to come by.
You just saved me so much time having the recipees and shopping list all done. I can't wait to try these freezer meals.

Thanks a bunch!!
~Terri, Santa Rosa, CA

By Terri (not verified)

I conquered this project this evening along with some meatloafs, salisbury steaks, and fajitas for the freezer. I am very excited about trying them with my family. Thank you for sharing!
~Kathy

By Kathy (not verified)

Thank you SO VERY MUCH for putting your hard work online for others to use!! I am so excited to start freezer cooking! I really appreciate it!

By AJ (not verified)

I am elated to try these recipes! Thanks for placing in the Excel format because it makes it easy grocery shop!

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By Shaun (not verified)

I am sorry for taking so long to get back to you (tis the season!) The primary advancement certificate is fixed now. I sincerely apolgize for this oversite and I thank you for bringing it to my attention!

 

By jayme

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