I talked here about my mass prepping of food for freezer crock pot cooking, to have easy to prepare and super low cost meals for the next few months. Here are all the recipes I pull from when I do my mass meal making. Try them out and let me know how you like them!

*Clarification* I’ve had tons of emails asking how I got to the 34 meals I mentioned in the previous post. I doubled and even tripled many of these recipes to make the 34. Whatever meat was on the most sale – I make more of those recipes!!

Bean Stew


6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (add when putting in crock pot)
1 cup dry beans, picked over and rinsed
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely diced
3 tablespoons uncooked white rice
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence or dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
1/8teaspoon ground white or black pepper

Combine ingredients in a gallon zip lock bag (minus the broth). Freeze. Thaw, add broth and bag to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Serves 4-5 people.

Meat Stew

2 lbs Meat (beef, pork, whatever is on sale), cubed
2 Onions, chopped
5 Carrots, sliced
3 Zucchini, sliced
2 Celery stalks, chopped
2 Red Bell Peppers, chopped
2 tsp Salt
.5 tsp Pepper
2 tsp Minced Garlic
1 14 oz can Canned Tomatoes
1 can Tomato Sauce

Put all ingredients in a large ziploc bag and freeze. Thaw bag and add contents to slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8. Stir occassionally.
Serve with warm cornbread. Serves approx 5-6 people.

Sausage and Bean Supper

1 lb Sausage, thinly sliced or crumbled
1 Onion Chopped
1 Celery Stalk Chopped
1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1.5 tsp Dry mustard
¼ cup Honey
1 can Tomatoes with Chili Peppers
1 can Butter Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained

In a large skillet brown sausage and onion, drain and allow to cool (totally optional, sausage will cook in the crock pot but there will be excess oil if you don’t pre-brown it). Place sausage in a ziptop bag with other ingrediants. Freeze. thaw contents of bag and place in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occassionally.
Serve with shredded cheese and tortilla chips over rice. Serves approx. 5-6 people.

Pork and Veggies

1 lb Pork Roast, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 Onion, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, sliced
4 Carrots, sliced
½ pound Fresh Mushrooms, sliced
1 8oz can Tomato Sauce
1.5 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Combine ingredients in a large ziptop bag, freeze. Thaw contents of bag and place in a slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve over hot rice. Serves approx. 5-6 people.

Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken (from baby Love blog) (linked to her site)

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 pound chicken
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
7 corn tortillas
vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients into a Ziploc bag. Freeze. Thaw and put into a slow cooker add 2 cups water and one 14 oz can of chicken broth. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours. Shred chicken in crock pot after cooking is done.
Serve with:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with oil. Cut tortillas into strips, then spread on a baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, sprinkle tortilla strips over soup. Serves approx. 5-6 people.

Chicken Taco Soup

1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (or broth)
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
shredded Cheddar cheese (optional garnish after cooking)
sour cream (optional garnish after cooking)
crushed tortilla chips (optional garnish after cooking)

Combine all ingredients into a Ziploc bag. Freeze. Thaw and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred chicken in crock pot once cooking is done. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired. Served approx. 5-6 people.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch slices
1 can (28 ounces) whole stewed tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon celery seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup nonfat, low-sodium chicken broth
1⁄4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Combine ingredients minus broth and add to gallon Ziploc bag. Freeze. Thaw add broth and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Serve over hot rice. Serves 6-8 people.

Creamy Farmhouse Chicken and Garden Soup

1/2 package (16 ounces) frozen pepper stir-fry vegetable mix
1 cup frozen corn
1 medium zucchini, sliced
2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup half-and-half (or non-dairy milk for dairy allergies)
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 can (14 ounces) fat-free chicken broth

Put all ingredients in a Ziploc bag except chicken broth and milk. Freeze. Thaw and put in slow cooker and add chicken broth and milk. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir in 3 cups prepared noodles. Serves 7-8 people.

Spaghetti Sauce

1 lb ground beef
2 zuchini
3 carrots
2 bell pepper
2 onion
1 large can spaghetti sauce

Directions
Finley chop or shred (depending on the vegetable aversion of the people eating it) all of the veggies. Brown ground beef with all veggies in a large skillet. Drain grease. Add Spaghetti sauce and stir to combine. Simmer for a few minutes. Divide into 2 quart sized Ziploc bags and Freeze. Thaw and reheat on the stove or microwave.



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227 Responses to Freezer Crock Pot Recipes

  1. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for these great recipes! I’m going to freeze some for meals after I have my new baby. Will be great to not have to worry about cooking and get more time to snuggle my newborn (or sleep!)

    • Jessica says:

      We did this before our last was born too. It’s so wonderful to not have to think about cooking. I also did some non crock pot meals as well. There are so many ideas out there to help out mamas!

    • Heather Garcia says:

      Hi. Does the shopping list on the previous page have everything you need to make the 9 reciepes above?

      • Jessica says:

        It does (there’s 10 recipes in all – don’t forget the healthy mama bbq link to another page)! Happy shopping! :)

        • Leeanne says:

          My “Baby” is 24 years old now, but I came across your recipes on Pinterest and I think it is a super idea!! No one wants to be a “slave” to their kitchen. Thanks for posting!! I will def give these a try!! They look delish~ :)

  2. Marisa says:

    Thanks so much! I made 4 of them today. This will be so nice not to have to worry about whats for dinner! I pinned this as well.

  3. Nicole says:

    What are the serving sizes of these recipes? I only cook for two so I want sure we don’t end up eating the same leftovers for two weeks because I should have halved the recipe! lol

    • Jessica says:

      That would be a good idea to put it! I’ll edit here and include that, but most of them should be ok for 2. I would maybe half the bean soup. I make it as is we have 4 (but two of those four are 3 and 1 years old) and we usually have left overs for a day or two, but we eat on them for lunch. You can always play it by ear when putting all the ingredients in the bags and if it’s looking like it’s going to be too much for your family you can always just divide it into two bags at that point then you have twice the meals for 1 recipe! I had to do that with a recipe I tried a while ago – I HAD to put it into two bags because it wouldn’t fit in one.

  4. Tarah Petrone says:

    I was just wondering if you could post the excel of what to buy… such a great thing to have!!! i have a 10 month old, and love homemade food!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Tarah!

      Yes, I am working on it, I’m hoping to have it up tonight – but it might be tomorrow. What I have is messy from my own notes about what I already had in the pantry. I’ve had several people ask :-) Homemade food is the best!!!

      • Melissa Andersson says:

        yes, I was wondering as well, if you wouldnt mind posting a list of what you buy!! im not a biug cooker or planner and your recipes so far have been sooo helpful!!! we already planned 2 of them out and I am so grateful you are gracious enough to help someone like me and make my life easier!!!
        Thank you so much!
        -Melissa

        • Jessica says:

          I have a link to my shopping list for all 10 recipes at the bottom of the main freezer crock pot cooking post. http://www.lovingmynest.com/learning-activities/freezer-crock-pot-cooking-day/. We just ate the Chicken Taco Soup tonight – it was super yummy! I’m more than happy to help make your and anyone else who can use it’s life easier. I really believe that’s the way life should be. I help with something that’s not to daunting for me, and receive help from others with things that are daunting for me. I guess here’s the part that we all hold hands and sing kumbaya? :-)

  5. Margaret Beine says:

    Do all the recipes have to be thawed before putting in crock pot? Why not just put them in there frozen?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Margaret,

      I do put them in mostly frozen, the problem is getting them out of the bag and fitting in the crock pot in the frozen chunk that’s formed the zip lock bag, especially for the recipes that fill the bags to the brim. But you are totally right that if you could find a way to freeze it in a way that would fit, you could totally just throw it in frozen!

      • Gina says:

        Wouldn’t you just cut the bag off?

        • Jessica says:

          Hi Gina,
          You sure could just cut the bag off! I think I have done that before for some of the smaller bags – the biggest issue is just getting the larger ones to fit in the crock pot. Perhaps I need to buy a crock pot mold to freeze all of them in the right shape – then it’s just cut the bag off and insert! Hmm…

          • Gina says:

            There definitely must be an easier way, but aside from that, I’ve enjoyed reading your site and will check in often :).

          • Jessica says:

            There has to be… I’m glad you found me! Hope to see you “around” :-)

          • Makala Diercks says:

            If you have a round and not oval crock pot, after your bags are full, you could set them in ice cream buckets to freeze. Then they will be in the same shape as the crock pot. I’m not sure how that will work if you have an oval crock pot :(

          • Jessica says:

            Hi Makala,

            That’s a great idea! I have an oval crockpot, but I’m thinking I could find something like that – the target ice cream tubs are oval shaped… good excuse to eat tons of ice cream!

          • Lynde Ugoretz says:

            They (stores) used to carry plastic bags to line the crock pot, not sure if they sell them anymore. I guess you could use that bag and just tie the ends off with wire ties then freeze them in the shape containers, then you could just put the bag in the crock pot, then throw away when done…no mess, saves your gallon bags too! Unless you wash them and re use them.

          • Jessica says:

            Hi Lynde, They still do sell those bags! They are called crop pot liners and I do use them, but not to freeze in. Unless it was a very short time it would be in the freezer I would worry about freezer burn and also the strength of the bags holding up in the freezer. Also, they are much more expensive, like 2.50 (ish) for 4 bags. I don’t always use them, but man the times I do I’m lovin’ life because clean up is literally throw the bag away and be done!

      • Erika says:

        An idea I saw somewhere else was to use ziplock containers to cut back on waste from the plastic bags. I think it would work for this also. I know I have some containers that I could freeze in that would fit well in my oval crockpot. I’m just not sure how well they would keep the food from becoming freezer burnt.

        • Trish says:

          I often freeze things in Ziplock containers, and find they are much better than bags in relation to freezer burn. I find that it takes a longer time for them to thaw, so I would be reluctant to put them directly from the freezer to the crock pot. On the other hand, I keep my freezer at -40C, which might be more at fault.

        • B Wise says:

          I save a lot of cottage cheese/ sour cream containers and put dishes in a couple then in a zip to keep together so they fit in crockpot

    • Denise says:

      I would never put frozen food in a crockpot. I did it – once – and my crock cracked and the food leaked all into the outer metal part. I checked the manual and it specifically stated not to put frozen food in it because the crock can crack. I’m at least glad I did it on a weekend and not a work day. I’d hate to think what might have happened if I wasn’t home to see it when it happened.

      • Jessica says:

        I’m sorry you had an issue with that! It might have been an older crock maybe? Putting it in frozen is the only way I do it and have never had it crack on me. Thanks for the heads up for others though!

  6. Kelly says:

    Just making sure…I see 9 recipes and a one page excel spreadsheet. Is this all the recipes and list? You sai in your post 34 meals? Are these 9 meals in the rotation or am I missing more recipes?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Kelly,

      The recipes I listed were just for the crock pot ones. I also made spaghetti sauce, hamburger patties, seasoned taco meat. I didn’t get pictures of those and didn’t list them on the recipe page (though I think I did the spaghetti sauce). I can if it would be helpful to you – let me know and I will! I load even my taco meat full of shredded carrots and zucchini. How I got 34 meals out of it though is I doubled or tripled all of the recipes. With the 10 recipes (there’s one that’s a link to another webpage on my recipe page for a recipe that I use that’s not my own) listed on the recipe page, plus the hamburger patties and taco meat (the ground beef was on super sale) it came out to 34 meals. Make sense? Let me know if not! :-)

  7. Malinda says:

    I am only finding 9 recipes……..where are the others?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Malinda,

      There are actually 10 here – there’s one called “Healthy Mama BBQ chicken” that’s a link to another website, it’s not a recipe of my own. Anyway – how I got to the 34 was by doubling and even tripling many of these recipes. The shopping list I posted is just for 1 recipe worth of all the recipes here – if you want to go crazy with chopping, just double all, or go through and add in the recipes that you want to double! Hope that helps!

  8. Michelle Assaturian says:

    Hiya!!
    I’m a SAHWife and a homeschooling mom so these are awesome!
    2 things….
    1. Chicken Salsa Burritos: 3 frozen chicken breasts and a jar of your favorite salsa. Crock Pot all day on low. Shred chicken and mix. Make rice, beans and whatever else you like in a burrito.Voila!
    2. Maybe you could consider linking recipes to a PDF file? makes it easy to print and I’m all about the easy way to jack someone’s great recipe ideas! =)

  9. Loving that these recipes are or can be Gluten Free! Would love more meatless recipes. I would love to spend one day preparing everything and then just pull the meals out and dump them into the crockpot in the am.

  10. aimee says:

    How many people per meal does this feed?

    • Jessica says:

      I’ll go through and edit the servings for each of them. The majority of them though serve my family of 4 with left overs for lunch/dinner for at least one day.

  11. eileen says:

    You r an amazing woman. Thank u for sharing

  12. Lisatu says:

    This is brill, ive seen a good few post about this but most of the recipes we wouldn’t eat but these we would. I also love that its not just chicken recipes which seems to be the most popular ones.

    Thanks

  13. Lynde Ugoretz says:

    How long do you think you can leave the food in the freezer before it gets freezer burn?

    Thank you for the ideas! I may make some for friends who have new borns!

    • Jessica says:

      I leave mine for a few months at least and as long as you’re good about getting all the air out and use good quality bags I don’t think you’ll have an issue. Making these for new mothers is a great idea!

    • Sandy says:

      When I freeze anything, I always repurpose the plastic store bags and wrap 3 of them on the item, then masking tape them closed, labeling and dating it. Hope that might be helpful to some. Items seem to keep from freezer burn a lot longer.

  14. Lisa says:

    Love this idea! Since school started back up (I’m a PreK teacher with 3 teenage daughters) I’ve been using my crockpot a lot, but the idea of just spending one day to prep everything sounds amazing! The problem for me is that for each recipe, I’d need to feed 5 adults dinner, plus lunch and dinner for my husband who works a lot of overtime. So, how would I adjust the recipes? Double them and use both bags at once? This will all be new to me, and honestly quite daunting since I absolutely HATE to cook.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I sure hope that you do decide to try this! But a few words of advice. Don’t do 34 meals on your first go-around. When I first did this I think I did 6 meals. I too was like, “how is this all going to work?” but I just started chopping and bag stuffing and didn’t look back. I think that you wouldn’t have an issue feeding 5 adults with these, I edited them this morning/afternoon to put the approx people it would feed. I serve most of them over rice or noodles so that adds some bulk to the meal. Only the soups do we really eat without adding anything after it’s done. You could also just add a little more meat and/or veggies when you’re stuffing bags if it looks like it won’t be enough. The other thing you can think about doing is keep a few bags of baby carrots on hand and when you dump the recipes that call for carrots, dump some of the babies in the crock pot (that’s if your family isn’t opposed to carrots…).

      Overall I would say – start small, do like 4 meals that you think your family would like and start with that. 4 is better than none and you can get an idea of its something that you could maybe do more of later. Another thing you could try is invite a friend over and double whatever you decide on – chop and prep together (two are better than one!) and then you both get some meals to take home and freeze. Would totally do this with you if you lived near by! It’s been such a time saver for us that I know you’ll love it if you just give it a try! Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions or need more advice on getting started.

  15. Kristen says:

    hi, I just found you thanks to Pinterest. I am really thinking of doing this as I am a single mom and work till 6 I just wanted to say thanks and your recipes look really good. I am kind of picky with stews and all in one dishes as I grow up on hot dishes. Can’t wait to give this a try and I read your other comments about starting small. I am glad I saw that!

  16. Cherie says:

    Are the recipes as stated here already doubled/tripled or dow e do that on top of the recipe?

  17. Robyn Hummel says:

    My children are grown, but I really like the idea of having dinner ready when I get home from work. My question is do you HAVE to thaw the bags before putting them in the crock? Thanks for the reply. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

    • Jessica says:

      No, there was a comment thread about this earlier, you don’t have to thaw, but you might have trouble fitting it in the crock pot the way it freezes. If you can find a way to freeze it with it being able to fit, you can just put it in on low until it’s done!

  18. Diane Schmidt says:

    Hi Jessica! Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. I’d love to see pics of the each recipe if it’s not too much trouble. My husband and kids are kind of picky and it makes it easier to decide whether I think it’s something they’ll try. Just putting in my request. :) Thanks again for sharing your recipes and tips!

    • Jessica says:

      HI Diane!

      I will try to do that for the ones I have left to cook! I know some of them are already gone. I’m a total picture shopper for recipes too, so I totally understand where you are coming from! You may have to wait a few weeks for all of them but the next time we eat these I’ll post them!!

  19. Sheila says:

    I saw the watermelon in the picture, but not in any of the recipes, ???? maybe it was just making an appearance but no honorable mention…..

  20. Heidi says:

    Hi, this is an amazing idea! We are a vegetarian family, do you think these recipes would still be good without the meat? Thanks! – Heidi

  21. Anna says:

    If you were super organised you could get a bag out the night before(leave in fridge) so it defrosts a bit, making it easier to get the food out of the bag and fit in the crock pot in the morning. :-) Loving these recipes, thank you!

  22. Danielle says:

    These are great recipes! We’ll definitely be putting this concept into practice! Quick question {slightly silly}… When you call for beans, are they dry {rinsed} beans unless calling for cans? Thanks!!

    • Jessica says:

      Unless it says dry specifically it’s canned. BUT I do all dry beans. I just add a little more water in the bag with the dry (like 2 cups water to 1 cup beans) and let them cook in the crock pot with the other stuff. (Except kidney beans, there’s some toxin in kidney beans that’s not destroyed unless you boil them first, so only do it with non-kidney beans)

  23. Yanuri says:

    Wow! This is the best crock-pot recipe page I’ve seen so far!!! So simple and easy and just by reading it, sounds yummy!! Thank you so much for this!! Two questions… First time for me to do this so what type of crock-pot would you recommend? (hopefully not too expensive) and do u have a website that I can go to where you will be adding more recipes?! Thanks for this!! By the way I found this through pinterest! Definitely repinning!!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi! So glad you found me, welcome! First, check out the FAQ page (it’s linked on the main Freezer crock pot cooking day page). Honestly I have a super cheap crock pot from Target. It’s a 6 Quart, “Crock Pot” brand, oval. It just has the basic controls of off, low, high, and warm. I would check out these ones at amazon and see what fits your price range. For the recipes I have I wouldn’t do anything smaller than a 4 quart. If you have a large family I would opt for bigger (like a 6 quart). Hope that helps some! Thanks for pinning me and sharing me with your friends!

  24. Stacey Rudolph says:

    I LOVE all the vegetables you have in your recipes. You’re right, it is a lot of work to do these in one day and I’m glad you say that upfront! This motivates me to do it again and use your recipes. Thank you for sharing!!

  25. Jessica says:

    Found this on pinterest! I absolutely cannot wait to try!!! :)

  26. Janell says:

    Hi! Such a great idea! Quick question, do I put the raw meat in the bag and add everything to the same bag? not sure if that’s ok to do that. Thanks for your help!

  27. Kristi says:

    What an amazing idea! With 3 children, after school activities, work, etc. this will be such a time saver! We love crock-pot meals, but making them in bulk had never crossed my mind. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  28. Bri says:

    I am in love with all of your recipes and are going to get started today :-) I do have one question. My hubby isn’t too keen on dark meat chicken….have you tried these recipes with just chicken breast?

  29. 3dotsforme says:

    Thanks for sharing! Now I just have to clean out my apt sized freezer … or buy a bigger one ;)

    • Jessica says:

      Haha! Yes, we do have a chest freezer in our garage. Someone else asked about freezer size – I think you could get 5-6 bags worth in a regular freezer, but it depends on what else you have in there too! Happy freezer shopping! :-)

  30. One of my absolute FAVORITE crockpot recipes that is so easy you don’t even need to do the freezer bag thing…

    French Dip Au Jus Sandwiches

    1 beef chuck roast
    2 packets Au Jus mix (found by the gravy mixes)
    1 cup of water, mix with the Au Jus mix
    Whatever seasoning you like (I have a nice bottle of stuff called “Steak Seasoning” that I like to use and then also a bit of onion powder

    I like to trim off the extra fat. Then slow cook 6-8 hours until really tender. Use your kitchen scissors to cut it to bits (I just do it while the meat is still in the crockpot). Put it on hard rolls and then dip the sandwiches in a little dish that has the extra liquid from the crockpot. SO YUMMY!

  31. Jody says:

    Just found this on Pinterest! Saved which ones I plan on making and looking forward to different meals in the crockpot! LOVE crockpot meals, makes everything so much easier in life :) Thanks a lot!!!

  32. amber says:

    I just came across this and i think im going to make some for my sister she just had her 2nd baby on the 23 and i know this will help her and her dh out a lot since she dose most of the cooking

  33. Samara says:

    For all of those wondering about not having to thaw the bags to get them out and fit them into a crock pot before cooking. Idea 1 – put into bags and then Smush into a Tupperware container(of corse that is smaller than the diameter of the crockpot). Idea 2 – after putting in baggies, wrap in freezer paper in whatever shape works best for you and tape so it freezes smaller. It will most likely be necessary to cut the Baggie open both of these ways, but oh well. Sometimes, as I am a complete and utter goofball, I will put the bags on the counter over a towel, ok the towel over on top of the Baggie, then use my meat tenderizer to real it apart a bit(lol). I use this ingenious method with frozen berries, vegetables, and other items. Also to crush ice(haha!) I hope this helps and thanks for sharing your meal ideas!

    • Jessica says:

      Love the idea of wrapping in freezer paper! I do so many at a time I don’t think I would have enough Tupperware, but the freezer paper (or any type of paper or plastic to help hold it’s shape) is a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

  34. Nicole C. says:

    This seems a bit silly, but if you rubber band the bags 4 or 5 times, that might make it the cylindrical shape for a crockpot, don’t you think?
    Also, I only have a 4 qt crockpot that I haven’t used much yet, do I need to downsize most of these recipes?

  35. Jenny says:

    Well, here’s my feedback of the recipes we’ve tried so far. The Bean Stew is awesome! LOVED it! However, the Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew was not good at all. I think it had something to do with the spices used. Just was not suitable to my family’s tastes. Today, I made the Creamy Farmhouse Chicken…and while it tastes good, it looks gross because the half & half curdled or something! I looked at the recipe again thinking maybe I was supposed to put the milk in just before serving, but that wasn’t the case. I’ll make the recipe again, but won’t add the half and half at the start. I have the Chicken tortilla, Chicken Taco, and the Sausage and Bean Supper in our freezer. I hope that these turn out good…

    I didn’t want to be negative about the recipes…I just want people to have another person’s opinion of the meals.

    Thanks! Jenny

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Jenny! Thanks for your feedback! I agree that the chicken and sweet potato dish is not one of my favorites, but my hubby likes it. I think it just depends on the person. In regards to the half and half, adding it while it’s cooking is obviously fine, I was just trying to lump it all in one bag to have the fewest ingredients to add at the end. I think you’ll really love the chicken taco soup and the tortilla soup, those two are by far my favorite! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how it went!

  36. heartsy says:

    I just commented on the main post about these freezer meals and after reading through the recipes, I can see that they can all be easily modified to meatless meals! Yay! I’m stoked to try this now! Thanks again for sharing not only your method, but for all of your steps, including the shopping lists. <3

  37. Leslie says:

    I have done similar preparation, though never quite so many at once. I really love your approach but my freezer is not quite so large. I usually just do the meat prep and season it and label like you do. I prepare stir-fry meals, crock pot, soups etc. For the stir fry, I defrost the seasoned meat in the morning and cook it with 2 bags of frozen stir fry veggies and toss in whatever fresh veggies were on sale that week. Throw on a pot of rice and you have dinner. Another dish I do is chicken soup. 2 bags of frozen soup veggies and the usual sale veggies and in 20 minutes you have homemade soup.

    Our family favorite is the prepped spaghetti and meatballs with sausage. It only takes 20 minutes to cook the night you eat it! I make the large packs of ground beef into meatballs. Then put them on the broil rack in the stove (or a pan with a cooling rack on top). Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Once they cool, just freeze. I do the same for Italian sausage (those you need to bake for 30 minutes on each side). I slice them and then freeze. Now when you want to throw a dinner together, they pre-cooked and you just add them to the sauce.

    • Jessica says:

      That is awesome! I want to do other freeze ahead stuff like that too, I can’t eat crock pot meals every night! I’ll have to try some of these ideas out! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Charlene says:

    Hey I love this idea! I am doing the chicken taco soup and I was wondering about the whole chicken breasts. Do you leave them whole in the crock pot? It just isn’t making sense in my head for soup with whole breasts. Do I cut them up or shred them after the 6 hours in the crock pot? Or do they fall apart on their own in the process? Or what?
    Thanks!
    Charlene

    • Jessica says:

      Hi! Good question! They actually pretty much fall apart if you cook them on low. I go in with two large forks a little before we eat and shred it in the crock pot. I love that recipe! I hope you enjoy it too!

  39. Vicki says:

    Hi there, worchestire sauce is NOT gluten free because of the malt vinegar is made from barley. That should be changed if you are going to claim GF.

    • Jessica says:

      True, thanks for pointing that out! They do make gluten free worcestershire sauce – and that is what we use. I’ll make sure to note that for any gluten free folk using these. Thanks!

  40. Roxanne James says:

    This was a LOT of work ! But I’m thinking it will be all worth it when I come home and dinner is DONE ! I just have to remember to take it out of the freezer the night before !

    • Jessica says:

      It is a lot of work, especially if it’s your first time (which is why I suggest starting small for those who might be hesitant by the large amount of work). But like you said. It is SO worth it to not have to worry about dinner! And you really don’t have to take it out of the freezer the night before. I just throw it all in frozen (as long as it will fit in the crock pot in it’s frozen chunk).

  41. Shannon P says:

    This is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to get some of these in my freezer!

  42. Trish says:

    I love that these are gluten free! My daughter can eat it all!

  43. Danielle says:

    These look great! I’m a OAM GF freezer cooker as well, and crock pot recipes are my favorites! I had one question… Do you put your dried beans dried in the freezer, and then straight into the slow cooker? Do they soften without being soaked overnight? TIA!

    • Jessica says:

      I sure do! They do fine. You can cook beans without soaking them – it just takes longer, but being in a slow cooker they have plenty of time to cook up. Just don’t do it with Kidney beans. They have to be boiled first to get rid of something that can make you sick.

  44. Lindsey Lee says:

    This is amazing! I’m so excited to try this. I’ve been searching several blogs with similar concepts, but I definitely think yours is the most organized with the best recipes – – and healthy!! Awesome job :-) Thank you for doing this.

  45. Amanda says:

    Love this idea. I went big after reading this and made all the meals. It has worked out GREAT!!! It took me about 5 hours 2 weeks ago and we still have 5 meals left. They will definitely last us another 2 weeks. 5 hours of prep one Sunday to have delicious, effortless meals for the whole month has been totally worth it! I spent $90 at the store on all of this food, as well! Very pleased and thank you again!!! =)

  46. natalia says:

    I typed a long message and lost it with an error after hitting post. :( so my new message will be short and not as enthusiastic.
    1. why cant the broth be frozen.
    2. How do the veggies not get over cooked?
    3. how can I do this if I’m not home for 10.5 hours? any tips?
    thanks much!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi! Sorry you lost your message! I hate when that happens!

      1. The broth could totally be frozen, and mine is. I just make my own stock whenever I cook a turkey or chicken and freeze my broth. So I just add the food to the crock pot plus a bag of already frozen broth. If you buy broth just add it to the bag and freeze it all!

      2. The veggies do get soft and mushy. It’s the nature of crock pot cooking. Really the only way around it is to add them at the end (like the last hour or so – depending on the type of veggie). Most of the veggies do ok being mushy, the sweet potatoes and zucchini are the only things that kind of disintegrate. This actually works out great for us though, because my youngest (1 year old) will eat the veggies this way.

      3. What we did when we were both working was put our crock pot on a timer. I dumped the frozen chunk of a meal (cut the plastic bag away from the food) and set it to turn on at whatever time would work out to be 6 hours from when we would be home. Some crock pots come with a timer built in, but we just used a wall plug timer. You can probably find them with all the Christmas stuff – I know lots of people use these to turn their lights on and off.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • Kelly says:

        If you purchase a crockpot with an automatic warmer, this solves the problem. My 6 qt one has a button for 4,6,8,10. Then, when the time is up it switches to warm. Works like a charm. I’m not to keen on leaving foods out for too long before cooking ( has something to do with my sister and her microbiology classes ). However, I’ve seen my mother and mother in law defrost meat on the counter all day and no one has been sick …yet.

        • Jessica says:

          That’s a great idea. I’ve always thawed my meat that way and never had any issues yet – I know I’ve had a lot of people say that it’s not safe… It’s also how my mom did it (and I turned out fine!)

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  48. Emily says:

    When you say dried beans in the Bean Stew, what kind of dried beans do you use? Can you use just any type of dried beans besides kidney?

  49. Peggy says:

    Thank you for all of your information. I just took it a step forward and this is how. I have the program Big Oven (website – bigoven.com) that I use to keep track of recipes. With this I am able to plan my meals and create a shopping list for all the recipes I want to use. This website also downloads to smart phones so you can take your list with you on your phone and check off the ingredents as you go. The program has a small cost but save so much time its worth it. I think I pay 15 a year. it has over 250,000 recipes but you can add all of your own recipes.

    Hope this help other to save even more time.

  50. Stephanie says:

    The meat stew was way too spicy. Next time I will put in half the onion and a quarter of the pepper it calls for. It was impossible to eat it. Gross.

    • Suzanne says:

      I think a lot of these recipes are just a starting point and you have to tailor it to your family’s taste. What might be too spicy to one person might seem bland to someone else!

      For what it’s worth, we loved the beef stew! Yum!

    • Jessica says:

      I think what Suzanne said is great! They are all starting points; take a look at the recipe to see if it’s something that your family would enjoy as everyone’s tastes are different. I didn’t find the stew to be too spicy (are you sure you used bell pepper and not a spicy pepper?)

  51. Jenny says:

    Hey! I was wondering, in ur recipes that call for canned beans, are they drained and rinsed?? I do that to all my beans but if I’m not supposed to let me know! Thanks!!!!!

  52. Tiffany says:

    So just to clarify, all the meat even the hamburger goes on raw? Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      The hamburger I brown first, but the other meats go in raw. I brown the meat with the onions and other veggies for the spaghetti sauce so all I have to do is pop it in the microwave and I’m good to go!

  53. Shaun says:

    I was just wondering: If I half the recipe’s above should I also half the cooking time because the smaller amount in the crock pot?

    • Jessica says:

      Probably not half, but you might want to shorten it some – I might try half to start off with and see how it does – you can always cook it longer if needed!

  54. Carrie says:

    What a wonderful collection of recipes! I am going to be giving these a try.

  55. Angela says:

    Thank you for these GREAT ideas! I am also a mother of children with food allergies and feel so blessed when I come across sites like this. Homemade is the only way we can eat and it gets challenging to come up with new “safe” meal ideas. Not to mention, getting them on the table every night :)

  56. Stargazer says:

    This site is okay if all you want are stews and soups for a month, and sometimes eating the same dish two or three times. It’s basically just meat and vegetables in different forms.

  57. Amanda says:

    Howdy!! love your ideas, and thanx for sharing them! :) i have a question tho. in the SAUSAGE AND BEAN SUPPER, are you suspost to drain the 3 cans of beans and the rotel, or no? it is not specified. thanx

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  60. Brandi says:

    Do you have problems with the potatoes not tasting good or having a weird consistency from being frozen?

  61. Michelle says:

    Not to play the devil’s advocate here but the page I used to follow the link here stated 34 meals, and I only see 9 recipes?

  62. Elizabeth says:

    What size zip block bags do you use? one recipe says a gallon size bag, and the rest say a large zip block bag? what size do you use?

    • Jessica says:

      I use gallon, but use whatever size the food will fit in. I usually freeze my spaghetti sauce in quarts though – everything else is usually too large and needs a gallon sized.

  63. Kristine says:

    In your chicken taco soup what do you do with the chicken?

  64. Angie says:

    I fixed the Chicken Farmhouse soup and the milk dont look right in the crock pot. Can you tell me if you put it in the crockpot when you started cooking it or later on?

    • Jessica says:

      I do put it in when I start cooking. If you freeze the milk it will separate – it will taste fine and should go back together some if you give it a good stirring.

  65. Emily says:

    There is a comment above about the milk looking funny… She said you could add it later to the crock pot, but she adds it from the start to have it all in one bag for convenience.

    I read that searching for the answer to my question….

    In the chicken recipes you put the chicken in raw except the chicken tortilla soup. Why is the chicken cooked in this recipe but not others? I’m wondering if I’m just misunderstanding it.

    Any help, please! First timer here trying to eat fresh and clean!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Emily,

      You can do it either way – if you freeze milk it will separate. It won’t taste any different, but it just looks odd. You can add it on cooking day and it will look “normal” :-)

      About the chicken – I actually put it in raw too – the recipe I used calls for it to be cooked and shredded (missed that when I copied it here!), but I just add the raw breasts and shred it in the crock pot when it’s done cooking.

      Hope that helps some! If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

  66. Erin says:

    I have tried a couple and they turned out very good–everyone liked them. I was going to try the creamy farmhouse chicken soup, but had a question. Do you really add half and half to the freezer bag? Or should you add it with the chicken broth on cooking day? Thanks.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Erin,

      I actually do add it on cooking day. If you put half in half or milk in the freezer it will separate – it’s totally harmless and doesn’t affect the taste, but it will look odd.

  67. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing! This may be a dumb question, but do you use the spaghetti sauce recipe with noodles like ordinary spaghetti? Or is it a dish of its own? Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi! No dumb question :-) I use the sauce with noodles like regular spaghetti, I just find it easier to have the sauce already ready to go!

      • Jennifer says:

        Okay…the reason I asked is mine turned out very chunky, maybe I didn’t use enough sauce. It was delicious though, and nice being able to get all of those veggies into that meal! Thanks again.

  68. Becky says:

    I made a few of these up yesterday, and we ate the beef stew today. The one thing I found was that as written, the stew has too many ingredients to actually fit in my crock pot. So, I split it into two bags & we’ll have another sometime this week. It was SO good :) Thanks for putting all this together!

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  71. Sandy says:

    I Love your cooking ideas. Im not a good cook, i like easy stuff. I boil alot of chicken but dont know what else to make with it. I also use ground beef & run out of ideas what to make with that also. Would like some good ideas. Thanks.

  72. Courtney says:

    I was just wondering about the veggies…you’re not blanching them prior to freezing them…do you have loss of flavor / texture problems?

    • Jessica says:

      I don’t blanch them, I don’t have any flavor or texture issues that aren’t normal for crock pot cooking – meaning that any veggie cooked the full time as the meat in a crock pot is going to be mushy. It’s just the nature of it.

  73. Kelly says:

    Thanks so much for sharing such great recipes! I have done a lot of freezer cooking in the past but got out of the habit when our food budget went way down, and I couldn’t afford to get all the groceries for the whole month at once. (Should have done fewer meals at a time, but I just quit altogether – grrr!) Can’t wait to try a few of your recipes and do what I can with the week’s budget & what’s already in my pantry – you’ve inspired me anew!!! :) Thanks again!

    • Jessica says:

      Aww, I’m glad you’re going to get back “in” it! Right now, my freezer is empty from all my freezer meals and I have plans to go shopping and prepping again this weekend, I hate how I don’t have the option to have a quick, healthy easy dinner! Hope you are able to get to it soon!

  74. Meg says:

    Thank you SO SO SO much for posting your recipes and grocery shopping list. I just used the list to shop, and prepared all ten meals with my husband. It is just the two of us, so we expect to eat these meals for at least two weeks. I’m very grateful for the work you put into posting this info!

  75. Andrea A. says:

    These recipes look great! Thank you so much! Quick question: are the cans of beans in the Chicken Taco Soup drained and rinsed? Cans of beans are drained and rinsed in your other recipes, so I wasn’t sure if there were for this one. Thanks.

  76. Casey says:

    We tried most of the recipes you listed and love them all! What a great time saver, besides coming home to the wonderful smell of food cooking is just relaxing after a long day at work.

    Thank you!

  77. Chelby says:

    I just have to commend you on putting veggies is everything you cook. I use bell pepper and onion, but I never thought of adding carrots and zucchini to spaghetti sauce! I love your blog and all your ideas! Brilliant!

  78. Nanasknoll says:

    Would be great to see more of these types of recipes without any tomato products. I am allergic to tomato products.
    Nana

  79. Lovetocook says:

    Came across your recipes thanks to Pinterest! Cannot wait to try.
    I would like to add a comment……you are taking your time to spread some goodness for others to enjoy and not loving that some people chose to make negative comments(not meaning some who comment about tweaking the recipe a bit) if you think you could do it better….go for it…..no need to knock you down while helping others out! End Rant…
    Cant thank you enough for taking time out of your days to help us save some time.

  80. Bob says:

    Hi, I was wondering what size crock pot would be good to fit any of these recipes. (as is recipes I mean)
    Also, did you freeze the liquids in the same bags? Or did you just add them when it came time to cook them?

  81. Adriana says:

    I’m excited at the prospect of having my evenings with my kids instead of with the kitchen! This will be a big help as I am a single mom of 3 and have to work 6 days a weeks just to make ends meet. If we can really pull this off, I may be able to work less, just from the amt of money saved in food!

    Mil Gracias!

    Question: do you cook the whole bag? Are you concerned about the heated plastics causing BPH residues in the food?

    • Jessica says:

      I do cook all that’s IN the bag, but not in the bag itself. I cut the bag off of the frozen food and dump it into my crock pot and let it cook!

  82. Abby says:

    Hi, I’m new to freezer cooking and thought this might be a good place to start (maybe a few meals at a time to start out). When I read all of the different freezer meal recipes out there they all say “thaw, bake @ x…”. I’m a little confused about the thaw part – often putting it in the refrigerator the night before isn’t long enough to thaw and any earlier prep time than a day kind of makes the point of the quick/easy meal obsolete for me. Your recipe said “thaw” but you mentioned on a comment that yours are “mostly frozen” so they can fit in the crock pot. Is that just set out a couple hours before you cook or put in the fridge the night before? And how does that affect the cook times? If it’s mostly frozen do you need to add several hours or are the times already set for mostly frozen? Sorry for all of the questions. I’m an awful awful cook and don’t have a lot of cooking common sense :(

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Abby!

      Sorry for the confusion in the thawing/frozen department. You can thaw or put it in frozen – it’s up to you, but I find that it doesn’t really change the cooking time all too much. I usually just put it in frozen and cook for for the longer “range” (or until it’s done depending on your crock pot), if you thaw it, you’ll probably go with the shorter end of the range. You’re right that if you put it in the fridge the night before it won’t be fully thawed, but it will be a bit thawed, making it easier to fit in the crock pot sometimes (depending on the shape of the frozen chunk of food and the shape/size of your crock pot). Also you can microwave the bag for a few minutes which will make the corners and sides thawed enough to fit it in as well. Hope that helps – feel free to ask more questions if you have them!!! :-)

  83. Kari says:

    In all the food safety classes I have had they always say do not put frozen food into the crockpot, esp if its raw meat. The temp does not get hot enough, fast enough and you could get really sick. I always fully thaw my foods overnight in the fridge. However I know a lot of people do this and do not get sick.

  84. Kristy says:

    Hi,
    I love this idea although it was a little overwhelming before I got started. I work full time, just bought a house (so saving $ is very important), we are preparing for a wedding, and I getting my master in special education. I am currently on school vacation and took the last three day to double all these recipes. I broke the process up shopped day one, washed and cut day 2, and assembled day three. I just wanted to thank you for this idea. I am currently cooking the first recipe for dinner tonight. I do have one question, where do you get your recipes from, are they your creation and where can I get more? Thank you again, Kristy

  85. Sydney says:

    Hi! I am a college student looking to make the most out of my crock pot. I made the chicken with sweet potatoes and while it was still delicious, the chicken seemed to be overcooked. any suggestions?

  86. Katie says:

    I was wondering about the (Meat) Stew recipe. I’ve finished making a batch for the freezer, but after looking at the bag and checking the cooking directions, I wonder if I’m supposed to add more liquid when I cook it? If so, how much?

    Thanks!

  87. kelly says:

    Have ya’ll tried this website/app.
    http://www.bigoven.com/
    I have been loving it! I downloaded it on my android phone & my computer & added some of your recipes. although you already have the shopping list, I didn’t want everything, so this helped me edit it & stayed organized. (nerdy, I know but it’s very helpful). Thanks for your tips!

  88. Megan says:

    Love the recipes! Any tips on how to freeze these using the food saver? I thought about freezing in gallon bags laying down and then putting them in the food saver but that would :1 – take too much time since I’d be handling the meals twice and 2 – be more expensive since I’d be using 2 bags instead of just 1. I love my food saver for fresh veggies/fruits and would love to use it with my freezer meals. Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      I don’t :-( I have a food saver too, but some of these just have a lot of juice in them and I foresee a huge mess trying to use it. I will post the question up on my facebook page and see if anyone else has some good ideas!

  89. Heather says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time out to share your wonderful ideas with us! We will definitely give them a try; I am going back to University in September to train to be a teacher and I have a feeling these recipes will be a life saver!

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  91. Shasta says:

    I was wondering it says you put dried beans in the recipe. You don’t cook them first just put them in and let them cook in the crock pot. How do they turn out in the end?

  92. Sue says:

    Thank you so much for taking time to educate us! I have only just found out about the crockpot freezer meals idea and most of the recipes I have found until now were full of bottles of sauces etc that I don’t want to feed my family. Thank you for wonderful, natural recipes!

  93. Jennifer says:

    As a busy student and manager these are wonderful…. Thank you… I am in the process of breaking the servings in each bag down to one serving, I would love to send it to you if needed. After all what single person wants to fix 6 servings of a recipe??? :) I will be doing this for all three of your plans… Keep the great work up for us… I know it makes my life a LOT simpler

  94. Stargazer says:

    Nothing but stews and soups here. What a boring week of meals.

    • Jessica says:

      Well, sure, if you ate them every day of the week, but that would be silly… Spread it out to days that you don’t have time to cook and fill with other types of meals!

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  96. Heather says:

    Is there anywhere I can find calorie info for these recipes?

    • Jessica says:

      I don’t have any of that information, but I think there are sites online that you can enter the recipe into and it will give you that information!

  97. Daphne says:

    OK.. Hope these are good because I just spent $150 on ingredients and all afternoon putting them together….

  98. Trisha says:

    Yay!! I can’t wait to try this!! :) We’ve got a 2 month old and 21 month old and are trying to grocery shop smarter and healthier! Thank you so much for making this easy.

  99. Nikki says:

    Hi!

    So I messed up on the creamy farmhouse chicken and I froze the half and half in the bag. Do you think this will be a problem? Should I toss this bag out and start over? I’m new to this crock pot cooking and don’t want to give anyone food poisoning or anything. Thanks for your help!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Nikki,

      It’s not ruined at all. The half and half will separate when it cooks though – so if you can get past the LOOK of it being curdled you’re fine. The freezing process separates the half and half and so when it thaws it appears to be curdled, but it’s not gone bad or anything like that. No worries of food poisoning :-)

  100. Kelli says:

    A few friends & I are going to try this next week! You say your son helped you snap the green beans but I don’t see green beans on the grocery list or any recipes. I did see them in the top of one of the bags pictured though. Am I missing them or did you just add them in one of the recipes? Excited!

  101. Mrssweetpeamadsen says:

    You are truly amazing. Not only did you do this incredible amount of work, you posted it up (free!) to all those who may be inspired by this, AND you continue to respond to the repeat questions with a smile on your face! That, my dear, is truly inspirational! Some of these comments… Good golly! Just be kind folks! It warms my heart to see those who are new to (or aren’t a big fan of) cooking encouraged by you and your great plan, cooking ideas and recipes! Thanks again for this!!!keep up the GREAT work!!!!

  102. marissa says:

    Is there a genius way to print the recipes out? I can’t seem to copy & paste the info, and when I just try to print, the screen is black.

  103. Maria D says:

    Can’t wait to do this!! I just got a big freezer and I am so excited to fill it. Thanks so much for this!!

  104. Rachelle Hunter says:

    Ahhh! the for the BBQ meal isnt working and i need the info from it! anyone have it??

  105. KackyK says:

    I tend to defrost my bags for just a weebit by running them under hot water and/or filling a roasting pan with hot water and leave the bag in there for about 1/2 hour. Gets that initial “iciness” gone and you can simply slip it out of the bag then.

  106. Nanci says:

    Do you put the liquids in the bag as well before freezing ?
    This does not change the taste of the beans or meat ?
    Thank you …

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Nanci,

      It depends. If the liquids will fit easily then I do just for the time sake on the day I put it all in the crock pot, but I also have chicken stock frozen in two cup chucks already – so often I’ll omit the liquid from the big bag and just pull out my already frozen stock when it comes to the cooking day. (Does that make sense?)

  107. I love how this combines freezer cooking and the crockpot! It gives me the courage to actually attempt it.

  108. Lelsie says:

    Thanks for all of the great recipes and especially for the shopping list. My 16 year old daughter and I just spent 3 hours making ALL 10 recipes and we are now set for 2 weeks. We love having healthy, home cooked meals and I love how quick and easy it is. I thought I’d share our very favorite recipe, which happens to only use 3 ingredients and it’s SO delicious. Nacho Chicken: 4-6 chicken breasts, 1 can Rotel (diced tomato with chilis) and a packet of taco seasoning. That’s it! Cook on low for 5-6 hours and the chicken comes out so tender, moist and flavorful. Add to tortilla chips for nachos, taco shells or burritos. Happy Crockpot Cooking! :-)

  109. Colette says:

    I notice that most of your recipes have tomatoes in them. I love tomatoes, as do my 2 kids but my husband hates them! I find most crock pot recipes seem to have tomatoes in them and it would be nice to find a few more that don’t. That being said, I love this and recently did do several freezer crock pot recipes (from another site). What I love about this is the shopping list that is already all thought out! Thank you very much!

  110. Andria says:

    Hi Jennifer! I have my ingredients out on the counter, and I’m ready to assemble my first five freezer crock pot meals, and I have a question. In the Bean Stew, you have 3 T white rice. Is that a typo? Is there supposed to be more rice than that? Could you tell me how much? Thanks so much!!

  111. Candace says:

    Jessica,

    I am a new mom and quite busy. I searched for several hours for a post that provided recipes and shopping list for several healthy and easy corckpot meals. This post is a prayer answered.

    Your recipes are YUM-AZING! This was so helpful. Do you have other posts list this one? I love that you provide, instructions, a shopping list and each recipe is quite tasty and healthy. My favorite thing is that all the info I need is on one page. Do you know of other bloggers who have posts like this?

    Thank you for helping my family.

    Candace

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  113. Linda P. says:

    I ran across this a month or so ago, and just remembered, so glad to have found it again, I have printed off my list, and will be heading to the commissary shortly! SO very excited! :) nothing beats a home cooked meal.
    thank you so much for sharing such wonderful ideas, and making it so simple by providing the shopping list as well!

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