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The freezer has been empty for a while. I had used up most of the meals during the first trimester of this pregnancy and honestly didn’t have enough energy or motivation to do a big meal prep day to restock the freezer. I’ve been feeling much better now that I’m in my second trimester. I know that my energy levels are going to go back down as the pregnancy goes along, so I wanted to get a head start on filling up the freezer before baby #3 comes along.
This time around I was presented with a new challenge. Brad has been on a new diet to combat some mysterious medical issues. Primarily the diet is high in veggies and no sugar with no (or very minimally) processed ingredients, very similar to a Paleo diet. It’s really been doing wonders for him, but tough finding recipes, especially those that work well in a crock pot and those with no sugar (even in sauces and natural fruit based) on top of being gluten, dairy and egg free for Landon’s allergies. Easy peasy right? Well here it goes!
Crock Pot Freezer Meals
I made 9 recipes worth, all doubled (and the Jambalaya 4x (cause it’s so yummy!) to make 20 meals, many of which will have leftovers for the next night and/or lunches the following day. I also bought 7 lbs of ground beef and spaghetti sauce jars (not on the shopping list – if you want to do this too, make sure you add it) to make 7 frozen spaghetti sauces. Totaling 27 meals. My grocery bill was $197.03.
Want to do it too? Head over to here to get the shopping list. In it you will find the shopping list for the recipes below. **The shopping list isn’t for all 27 meals – it’s just for 1 recipe worth of the recipes below. I double or triple recipes to make the 27. My idea is if I’m making the mess for 1 already, I might as well make 2 or 3. If you want to start small with 9 meals, just follow the shopping list as-is for the recipes below. If you want to make 18 meals, double everything.
Once you go shopping, lay out all of your supplies and start washing and cutting up your veggies. I try to use my food processor as much as possible to save some time. Once all of your veggies are cut up get out your zip lock bags and label them with the meal and cooking directions (including any additional ingredients you need to add on the day of cooking listed on the recipes below).
Start cutting up your meat. Once all the meat is cut up, go down the recipes adding what’s needed to the bags, seal and freeze.
Here are the links to the recipes I used.
Chunky Chili With Veggies
Chicken Curry with Cabbage and Pepper
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Sauerkraut and Kielbasa
Pumpkin and Butternut Stew
No potato Beef Stew
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Now my freezer is full of this:
For the next month or so I won’t have to think too hard about what’s for dinner. I usually put my meals straight from the freezer to the crock pot, but you can also take them out the day before and thaw them in the fridge. It’s easier to get into your crock pot this way, but takes a little bit (not much…) of thinking ahead.
If you want some more great freezer recipes, check out this great e-cookbook. It has shopping lists and directions as well!
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