Crockpot meals have always been an easy go-to solution for me. I am not in love with the idea of cooking, so anything that means I get to spend less time in the kitchen is a win for me. In the past, I have posted a how to on freezer to crockpot monthly cooking where it took me 4 1/2 hours to put up 25 meals. I have also posted a month of Paleo friendly freezer to crockpot meals. Well, I must be getting better at this, because this month it only took me 3 hours to put away 28 meals for the month. These meals make it easy to just pop them in the slow cooker in the morning or afternoon and have dinner ready in the evening.
A few notes first:
1. If your meat is coming out dry and chewy, try these tips on how to keep meat moist.
2. I am including the links to the recipes I used, but I adapted some to fit out needs, and some were not specifically freezer meals, but I did turn them into them, so you may need to make changes too.
3. These recipes create main dishes for your meal, you may still need to spend five minutes making veggies, rice or noodles to go with your meal. Five minutes beats an hour in the kitchen any day.
4. You can freezer cook for a month if you have a small freezer. I do it all the time!
5. Freezer to crockpot meals can be really yummy, and aren't all about cream of this or that soups.
6. I like to see how crockpot meals look before I make them, so I will be uploading photo of our finished meals as I make them, so you can check back for those.
7. I use boneless skinless thighs instead of breasts where possible because they don't dry out as easily.
Okay, now that all that is out of the way you have to prep! I like to copy all the ingredients and instructions for each recipe into a Word document along with the link to the recipe and a link to any side dishes I want to make for each meal. I print that out and then make my grocery list from there, and keep it handy when filling and labeling bags.
Get all your ingredients out including meat and leave them on the counter for easy access. Open cans and chop veggies first, then you can start filling bags.
After that, it is just a matter of labeling bags and filling them up. I make two of each recipe, some people like to make four of each, and then you only need 7 recipes, but we like a more varied menu. I also like to fill the bags for one recipe at a time, but some people like to line up all the bags and do them all at once. It all comes down to personal preference.
Spinach Stuffed Cubed Steaks I did not use the toothpicks in these, just rolled them up good.
Mongolian Beef This is one that was not made as a freezer meal. I rolled the meat in cornstarch first, then placed it in the bag with the other ingredients.
Bacon Meatloaf I made my usual meatloaf with this and just added in cheese and bacon.
Chicken Taco Soup
Balsamic Glazed Drumsticks
Beef Tips with Gravy
Root Beer Pulled Pork Yes, you can freeze the root beer.
Asian Pot Roast
If you try any of these recipes or have one of your own to share, please leave it in the comment section below, I would love to hear it!