MAKE AHEAD FREEZER MEALS

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Find all the Best Freezer Meal Recipes Below.

Who has time to cook every night!! Not us, so for those nights we know there is NO way dinner is getting made we have FREEZER MEALS!! Everybody knows when their schedule is going to be CRAZY! We do, soccer nights or other extracurricular activity nights. Whatever your family has to do in the evenings, don't let it handcuff you at dinner time. Just a little planning and a free day to prepare everything can bring simple, but good, hearty food back to your dinner tables.

After spending a day preparing 13 recipes (26 meals) we found that spending a little time at the beginning slicing and chopping the vegetables and meat makes assembling them much easier.  Grab a recipe, place ingredients and bag and move on to next recipe.  Also, ALWAYS put potatoes in the bottom of the freezer bags so they do not turn black. We snuggle the meals nicely in our freezer ready to be put in the oven or slow cooker, and WOW dinner, not fast food is on the menu tonight. In addition, these meals are so much healthier than eating fast food :-) All you need are freezer bags, a permanent marker, a crockpot, and some freezer space!

Tips for Successful Freezer Meals:

  • Always mark your bags with the important information. Such as, which recipe it is, prep date, and cooking instructions.
  • Organize your freezer so you have room for your freezer meals to lay flat or stand together.
  • Make sure to take your meals out the night before to thaw so they are ready to be dumped in the crockpot the next morning. 



Once we realized how beneficial the freezer meals were, we decided to invest in a programmable crockpot.  You program it for the specific cook time and once completed, it will automatically switch to warm mode and be ready to serve when you walk in the door (and it also makes your house smell AMAZING). It is not over cooked or undercooked, but just right :-) 

The one pictured below is my favorite.  You can order this Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker by CLICKING HERE.&lt1=_new

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We also realized that having the Hands-Free Baggy Rack Clip Food Storage Bag Holder would help alleviate trying to hold the bags with one hand while putting the ingredients in the freezer bags. They are reasonably priced so it is a great addition for your freezer meals and really helps if you are preparing these meals alone :-) 

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Freezer to Crockpot Sausage and Peppers!

This may not be as kid friendly as some of the other meals unless of course, your kids love spicy (ours do!).  This is a super easy freezer meal and healthy. The most time consuming part is chopping all the peppers and onions, but when you are making several freezer meals, just chop all your vegetables at one.  Freezer meals are just so handy for busy families.  No more trying to figure out what to fix for dinner, because the meals are already prepared. Takes away all the fuss and hassle.  

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Freezer to Crockpot Sausage and Peppers 

This meal was super easy to make and so often the Eckrich Sausage is on sale for under $1 so this is a very inexpensive meal.  For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Makes 6 to 8 servings
 
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Ingredients
  • 1-16 oz. package Sausage, sliced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 Bell Peppers (one green, one yellow, and one red) sliced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, fire roasted and not drained
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (you can also use 2 cloves fresh garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Freezer meal directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a gallon-size freezer bag 
  2. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. 
  4. Dump in crockpot and allow to cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3 hours 
  5. Serve over rice 

We also like to fill tortillas with the sausage and peppers – it is YUMMY!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Sausage and Peppers
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-16 oz. package Sausage, sliced (Eckrich or Hillshire)
  2. 1 onion sliced
  3. 3 Bell Peppers (green, yellow, and red) sliced
  4. 2 - 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, not drained
  5. 1 chicken bouillon cube
  6. 2 tsp minced garlic (you can also use 2 cloves fresh garlic)
  7. 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a gallon-size freezer bag
  2. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Dump in crockpot and allow to cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3 hours
  5. Serve over rice
Notes
  1. We also love to fill tortillas with the sausage and peppers!
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Freezer to Crockpot Chicken and Noodles Recipe

I love how chicken comes out of a slow cooker, just so tender and melts in your mouth. This dinner is so easy to throw together, just a few simple ingredients and plenty of time in the crockpot is all you need. This recipe is one you can tweak by adding some chopped veggies:  like carrots, celery, and onions. We love the thick egg noodles, it reminds me of the Chicken Noodle Soup my Grandma Brown used to make. We like to serve this over biscuits or serve with oyster crackers.   

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Freezer to Crockpot Chicken and Noodles 

This is one of the easiest meals to prepare. The best part is it is healthy and you can put in the crockpot, head out to work, and come home to your house smelling AMAZING ;-)  For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date. Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Serves: 8 to 10 
 
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Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds chicken, diced 
  • 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 chicken gravy packets 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 6-8 baby carrots sliced (optional)
  • 12-16 ounces frozen egg noodles (you can substitute uncooked egg noodles, but add them to crockpot for entire 4-6 hours) 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional of course)
Freezer Meal Directions:
  1. Combine all the ingredients (except the noodles) in a gallon-sized freezer bag
  2. Label directions, date, and freeze up to 3 months
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator and then cook according to the directions above.
  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
  5. Toss the noodles in 90 minutes before serving. 

We like to serve this meal over biscuits or oyster crackers. 

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
 
Freezer to Crockpot Chicken and Noodles
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds chicken, diced
  2. 4 cups chicken broth or stock
  3. 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  4. 2 chicken gravy packets
  5. 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  6. 6-8 baby carrots sliced (optional)
  7. 12 - 16 ounces frozen egg noodles (you can substitute uncooked egg noodles, but add them to crockpot for entire 4-6 hours)
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional of course)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients (except the noodles) in a gallon-sized freezer bag
  2. Label directions, date, and freeze up to 3 months
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator and then cook according to the directions above.
  4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
  5. Toss the noodles in 90 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Super easy meal and a great comfort food
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Freezer to Crockpot Salisbury Steak Recipe

Salisbury steak is such a hearty meal. Another family favorite, like little hamburgers full of flavor. We love to make it but with busy schedules we often don’t have the time to come home and prepare it. This recipe makes this dish so easy to put on the table.

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Freezer to Crockpot Salisbury Steak 

Putting this dish together takes some steps, but nothing to time consuming. Mix the dry ingredients, egg, and burger. Form patties and dredge through the flour. Brown and cool. Prepare the au jus and mix in the soups. Cool and bag it up. This recipe make a creamy sauce that you usually don’t associate with salisbury steak, but it is so good. We put it on everything. Whip up a batch of mashed potatoes, steam some broccoli, and this dinner is ready to go. 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 Pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 packet of onion soup 
  • 1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Flour (to dip your patties into)
  • 2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 Au Jus Mix Package 
Freezer meal directions
  • In a large bowl, mix together hamburger, onion  soup mix, bread crumbs, egg, and milk.
  • Form beef mixture into 8 to 10 patties
  • Dredge the patties in flour, just enough to coat

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  • Brown the patties on both sides (don’t fully cook as they will cook in the crockpot)
  • In a medium bowl, prepare the Au Juis mixture according to package instructions.
  • Mix in both cans of cream soup

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  • Place the patties in a gallon-size-freezer bag and then pour mixture over it. 
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the beef is cooked 

We love to serve this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable – DELICIOUS!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Salisbury Steak
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Pounds lean ground beef
  2. 1 packet of onion soup
  3. 1/2 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. Flour (to dip your patties into)
  7. 2 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  8. 1 Au Jus Mix Package
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together hamburger, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, egg, and milk.
  2. Form beef mixture into 8 to 10 patties
  3. Dredge the patties in flour, just enough to coat
  4. Brown the patties on both sides (don't fully cook as they will cook in the crockpot)
  5. In a medium bowl, prepare the Au Juis mixture according to package instructions.
  6. Mix in both cans of cream soup
  7. Place the patties in a gallon-size-freezer bag and then pour mixture over it.
  8. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  9. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  10. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until the beef is cooked
Notes
  1. We love to serve this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable - DELICIOUS!!
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Freezer Ultimate Breakfast Burrito Recipe

Honestly the name of this recipe speaks for itself!! These truly are the ULTIMATE BURRITOS!! When we were putting these together it took all we had not to eat them immediately!  Jamie was so excited when one of them split while rolling it. BAM!! He got to eat that one! The kids have enjoyed them every morning (and even at lunch and dinner) since, and after 3 minutes in the microwave, we are eating good in the morning. 

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Freezer Ultimate Breakfast Burrito

The great thing about these are you can add or subtract ingredients to your liking. Like it hot, add some jalapenos. Don’t like the potatoes, drop ‘em like they’re hot. Think about your favorite omelette or scramble then roll it in a flour tortilla. Other possible additions could be mushroom, onions, jalapenos, and/or green peppers.   

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date. Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Makes 20-24
 
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Ingredients:
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 1 lb bacon (at least – we love bacon) 
  • 2 cups ham, diced very small 
  • 2 pound of red potatoes, cubed into bite size pieces
  • 16 oz cheese (any kind)
  • 24 soft flour tortillas (we used the bigger ones as they roll up easier, because we like ours full, lol)
  • 12 eggs, extra large (18 if you like eggs)
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced (optional)
  • Mushrooms (optional)
  • Jalapenos (optional)
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Freezer Meal Directions:
  • Cook bacon, brown sausage, and fry up the ham.
  • Preheat oven at 450. Toss the potatoes with 1/3 c olive oil, salt, and pepper. Use additional seasoning if desired. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

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  • Whisk eggs and 1/2 c milk in a bowl until well combined and then scramble. 
  • Heat tortillas up for 15-30 seconds 
  • Set up an assembly line with all the ingredients.
  • Build your burritos – cheese, eggs, potatoes, meat, and more cheese (if you like cheese as much as we do)
  • Fold in the sides of the tortilla, roll burrito up, pat firmly on top of the burrito to make sure the seam is on the bottom, and make sure burrito is tightly rolled. 
  • Place burritos on a baking sheet and flash freeze the burritos for one hour.
  • Remove from freezer and wrap burritos individually in sandwich freezer bags and then place in a gallon-sized freezer bag. 
  • Remove burritos from wrapper, place in a wet paper towel, and cook for 2-3 minutes. 

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Here is how we assembled ours. . .cheese on the bottom and again on the top :-)

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These are amazing.  Five of them didn’t even make it in the freezer because everyone loved them so much :-)  Flash freeze them for an hour, then put them in individual storage bags and then into a gallon-sized freezer bag.  The next time we make this, we will double it, because we know this is a hit.  

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer Ultimate Breakfast Burrito Recipe
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
48 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
3 min
Total Time
48 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb breakfast sausage
  2. 1 lb bacon (at least - we love bacon)
  3. 2 cups ham, diced very small
  4. 2 pound of red potatoes, cubed into bite size pieces
  5. 16 oz cheese (any kind )
  6. 24 soft flour tortillas
  7. 12 eggs, extra large (18 if you like eggs)
  8. 1/2 c milk
  9. 1/3 c olive oil
  10. salt and pepper
  11. 1 medium onion, diced (optional)
  12. Mushrooms (optional)
  13. Jalepenos (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon, brown sausage, and fry up the ham.
  2. Preheat oven at 450. Toss the potatoes with 1/3 c olive oil, salt, and pepper. Use additional seasoning if desired. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Whisk eggs and 1/2 c milk in a bowl until well combined and then scramble.
  4. Heat tortillas up for 15-30 seconds
  5. Set up an assembly line with all the ingredients.
  6. Build your burritos – cheese, eggs, potatoes, meat, and more cheese (if you like cheese as much as we do)
  7. Fold in the sides of the tortilla, roll burrito up, pat firmly on top of the burrito to make sure the seam is on the bottom, and make sure burrito is tightly rolled.
  8. Place burritos on a baking sheet and flash freeze the burritos for one hour.
  9. Remove from freezer and wrap burritos individually in sandwich freezer bags and then place in a gallon-sized freezer bag.
  10. Remove burritos from wrapper, place in a wet paper towel, and cook for 3 minutes.
Notes
  1. These are absolutely amazing.
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Freezer to Crockpot Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Recipe

This Mongolian Beef is an amazing dish. After hours in the slow cooker the flank steak just falls apart and melts in your mouth. It’s so delicious you’ll be going back for seconds, make plenty of rice!!

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Freezer to Crockpot Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Recipe 

This dish takes little prep to put it together. You want to slice the flank steak about 1/2″ slices across the grain. Then cut the long strips in half, so they are 1 to 2 inch chunks and coat them in the cornstarch before adding to the bag. In a separate bowl whisk all the other ingredients and pour into the bag, seal and freeze. 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

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Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds Flank Steak, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch 
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
  • ½ teaspoons mince Garlic or 1 garlic clove 
  • ½ teaspoons ginger powder or fresh ginger 
  • 3/4 cups Soy Sauce 
  • ¾ cups Water
  • ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups grated carrots 
  • ⅓ cups slice Green Onion 
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli 
Freezer meal directions
  • In a large bowl, coat flank steak in cornstarch.

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  • Combine remaining ingredients and place into gallon-sized freezer bag 

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  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until the beef is cooked 
  • Add broccoli 30 minutes before meal is done. 

We love to serve this over rice – DELICIOUS!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Mongolian Beef
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ pounds Flank Steak, sliced
  2. 1/4 cup cornstarch
  3. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  4. ½ teaspoons mince Garlic or 1 garlic clove
  5. ½ teaspoons ginger powder or fresh ginger
  6. 3/4 cups Soy Sauce
  7. ¾ cups Water
  8. ¾ cups Brown Sugar
  9. ½ cups grated carrots
  10. ⅓ cups slice Green Onion
  11. 1 bag steamfresh broccoli
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, coat flank steak in cornstarch.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and place into gallon-sized freezer bag
  3. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  4. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until the beef is cooked
  6. Add broccoli 30 minutes before meal is ready to serve
Notes
  1. We love to serve this over rice - DELICIOUS!!
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Freezer to Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

Our family loves Chinese food so we were super excited about the Teriyaki Chicken freezer meal.  We can throw it in the crockpot for 7-8 hours and make up the rice and BAM it is ready to eat.  The best part is we ALL love Chinese and this meal is a hit.  

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Freezer to Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken 

This meal requires is a little bit prep work by slicing chicken, green peppers, and carrots. We found that cutting the chicken into thin slices works best. Mix everything up in a bowl and spoon or pour into the freezer bag and seal. When it’s time to eat just make your favorite white rice and serve.

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Makes 2 meals – 8 servings each
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil 
  • 3-4 carrots sliced or 12-14 baby carrots sliced 
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic or 3 cloves garlic, minced
Freezer meal directions:
  1. Mix ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag. 
  2. Label meal, directions, date, and freeze up to 3 months. 
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator. 
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours 
  5. Optional: To thicken sauce at end, whisk together 1/2 cup cooked sauce with 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and pour back in the slow cooker.
  6. Turn crockpot on high for an extra 10-15 minutes so sauce can thicken. 

Serve this over rice and you can also add sesame seeds. 

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, sliced
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  6. 3-4 carrots sliced or 12-14 baby carrots sliced
  7. 1 green bell pepper sliced
  8. 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  9. 1 cup chicken broth
  10. 2 teaspoons minced garlic or 3 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients in a gallon-sized freezer bag.
  2. Label meal, directions, date, and freeze up to 3 months.
  3. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours
  5. Optional: To thicken sauce at end, whisk together 1/2 cup cooked sauce with 2 Tablespoons cornstarch and pour back in the slow cooker.
  6. Turn crockpot on high for an extra 10-15 minutes so sauce can thicken.
Notes
  1. Serve this over rice and sesame seeds - DELICIOUS
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Freezer Stuffed Shells Recipe

Large Stuffed Shells are an amazing and simple dish. These are made with a Ricotta and Parmesan cheese filling and of course our homemade sauce topped with shredded Mozzarella. It’s a cheese lovers dream. 

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Freezer Stuffed Shells 

A couple of tips for this meal:

  1. You want to make sure the noodles aren’t over cooked. You want to get the noodles just softened as they will finish cooking when you bake the dish. Over done pasta is never a good thing.
  2. Make sure the pan is completely cooled and you double wrap with tin foil before you freeze to combat freezer burn.

For all freezer meals make sure to label your foil top with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 box of jumbo shell pasta - cook for 9 minutes (slightly undercooked)
  • Homemade sauce or 25 oz jar marinara sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • egg
  • teaspoons basil 
  • teaspoons parsley 
  • oz shredded mozzarella cheese
Freezer meal directions
 
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  • Spray a 9 x 13 pan or aluminum half sheet tin and spray lightly with non-stick spray
  • Add about half the jar of sauce and 2 tablespoons of water to bottom of pan. 
  • Cook the pasta about 9 minutes (slightly undercooked) 

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  • Combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan Cheese, egg, basil, and parsley.  
  • Mix well. 
  • Drain the pasta and run under cool water

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  • Fill each shell with cheese mixture 

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  • Place each shell seem side down in pan 

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  • Pour remaining sauce over the shells 

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  • Top with mozzarella cheese 
  • Cover with foil.
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • When ready to reheat, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes 

We love to serve this with garlic bread and a side salad 

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)

Freezer Stuffed Shells
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 box of jumbo shell pasta - cook for 9 minutes (slightly undercooked)
  2. Homemade sauce or 25 oz jar marinara sauce
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. 15 oz ricotta cheese
  5. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 teaspoons basil
  8. 2 teaspoons parsley
  9. 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9 x 13 pan or aluminum half sheet tin and spray lightly with non-stick spray
  2. Add about half the jar of sauce and 2 tablespoons of water to bottom of pan.
  3. Cook the pasta about 9 minutes (slightly undercooked)
  4. Combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan Cheese, egg, basil, and parsley.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Drain the pasta and run under cool water
  7. Fill each shell with cheese mixture
  8. Place each shell seem side down in pan
  9. Pour remaining sauce over the shells
  10. Top with mozzarella cheese
  11. Cover with foil.
  12. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  13. When ready to reheat, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes
Notes
  1. We love to serve this with garlic bread and a side salad
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Freezer to Crockpot Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe

The Pizza Pasta Bake is one we just love and another one we make our own sauce for. Again you can save time by picking up a large jar of your favorite sauce if you like, but homemade always makes the difference.

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Freezer to Crockpot Pizza Pasta Bake Recipe 

One tip we found in making these freezer meals is to boil your pasta when you are ready to serve. It’s hard to judge when and how much pasta to add to the slow-cooker. Put in too much and it absorbs all of your sauce, too early and the pasta just gets mushy and not what you want. So boil and add about 15 minutes before you are going to serve. 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pkg pepperoni
  • 4 oz (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Rigatoni noodles, cooked
  • 15 oz pizza sauce
  • 26 oz Spaghetti sauce or Homemade Sauce (we have a family favorite recipe that we use) 
Freezer meal directions

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  • Finely chop onion and green pepper 

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  • Cook the onions, green peppers, and ground beef in a pan over med-high heat.

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  • Brown thoroughly and drain grease.
  • Let the hamburger mixture cool before putting in a gallon-size freezer bag. 
  • Once cool, mix all ingredients in a gallon-size freezer bag, except the Rigatoni Noodles. 
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours 
  • Add cooked Rigatoni Noodles 15 minutes before you are going to serve

We love to serve this with a side salad and garlic bread – AWESOME!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Freezer to Crockpot Pizza Pasta Bake
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 medium onion, diced
  3. 1 green bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 pkg pepperoni
  5. 4 oz (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. 8 oz (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  7. Rigatoni noodles, cooked
  8. 15 oz pizza sauce
  9. 26 oz Spaghetti sauce or Homemade Sauce (we have a family favorite recipe that we use)
Instructions
  1. Finely chop onion and green pepper
  2. Cook the onions, green peppers, and ground beef in a pan over med-high heat.
  3. Brown thoroughly and drain grease.
  4. Let the hamburger mixture cool before putting in a gallon-size freezer bag.
  5. Once cool, mix all ingredients in a gallon-size freezer bag, except the Rigatoni Noodles.
  6. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  7. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  8. Dump in the crockpot and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours
  9. Add cooked Rigatoni Noodles 15 minutes before you are going to serve
Notes
  1. We LOVE to serve with a side salad and garlic bread - Delicious :)
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Homemade Freezer Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Can’t go wrong with stir-fry. This recipe is no exception. Quick, easy, and so delicious. The great thing about stir-fry is that you can use any veggies you like, the more the merrier I always say. 

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Homemade Freezer Chicken Stir Fry Recipe 

The #1 tip for any meal where you are going to freeze veggies, is to blanch them first. Click HERE to see our step by step instructions for blanching vegetables. 

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Here is an AWESOME basket for blanching your vegetables – Click HERE to order yours. 

You can also make homemade marinade/stir fry sauce or you can just purchase a bottle and save time.   Either way, it is the perfect meal. 

For all freezer meals make sure to label your freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date.  Freezer meals can be frozen for up to 3 months.  

Serves 6-8 
 
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Ingredients
  • cups fresh vegetables – we used broccoli, carrots, green peppers, red peppers, and squash
  • large chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle of Stir Fry Sauce 
Freezer meal directions
 

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  • Chop up chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
  • Place chicken along with 4 tablespoons of stir fry sauce in a sandwich bag. 
  • Set aside 

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  • Wash and prepare Vegetables by chopping into bite sized pieces.  
  • Blanche vegetables in a pot of generously salted boiling water.  
  • Remove blanched vegetables from water. 

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  • Spread out vegetables on parchment lined cookie sheet and let cool completely.
  • Place in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen solid
  • Remove from freezer and break up frozen vegetables by hand.
  • Place in a gallon-size freezer bag.  
  • Place sandwich-sized bag of chicken in gallon-size bag with frozen vegetables
  • Let the hamburger mixture cool before putting in a gallon-size freezer bag. 
  • Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  • Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Stirfry the meat with a little oil in a woke or large skillet for a few minutes until cooked through
  • Add frozen vegetablets and 5-6 tablespoons of stirfry sauce and cook on high, stirrig frequently for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.

We love to serve this over rice – AWESOME!!

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Here are some other awesome things about freezer-to-crockpot meals:

  • Most of these meals require no cooking ahead of time, so that means the recipes are very easy to prep.
  • The meals cook for the first time out of the freezer so they don’t taste like leftovers (BUT leftovers are okay right?!)
  • For us that coupon, we can take advantage of all the sales and freeze a couple at a time. (Most freezer meals will last for at least 3 months.)
Homemade Freezer Chicken Stir Fry
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups fresh vegetables - we used broccoli, carrots, green peppers, red peppers, and squash
  2. 2 large chicken breasts
  3. 1 bottle of Stir Fry Sauce
Instructions
  1. Chop up chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
  2. Place chicken along with 4 tablespoons of stir fry sauce in a sandwich bag.
  3. Set aside
  4. Wash and prepare Vegetables by chopping into bite sized pieces.
  5. Blanche vegetables in a pot of generously salted boiling water.
  6. Remove blanched vegetables from water.
  7. Spread out vegetables on parchment lined cookie sheet and let cool completely.
  8. Place in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen solid
  9. Remove from freezer and break up frozen vegetables by hand.
  10. Place in a gallon-size freezer bag.
  11. Place sandwich-sized bag of chicken in gallon-size bag with frozen vegetables
  12. Let the hamburger mixture cool before putting in a gallon-size freezer bag.
  13. Label with name of recipe, cooking instructions, and prep date (Can freeze up to 3 months)
  14. Allow to defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
  15. Stirfry the meat with a little oil in a woke or large skillet for a few minutes until cooked through
  16. Add frozen vegetablets and 5-6 tablespoons of stirfry sauce or the remaining bottle and cook on high, stirrig frequently for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
Notes
  1. Serve over rice - AWESOME
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Freezer Meal Shopping List

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FREEZER MEAL SHOPPING LIST

Here is the shopping list for each individual meal or you can print the complete shopping list for the 7 meals broken down by categories, if you are planning on making all of them.  You will also want to make sure to purchase gallon-sized freezer bags and a black permanent marker.  

It will take you approximately 2 hours to complete prepare these meals.  Most of these meals require very little prepping.  I highly recommend cutting all your vegetables and meat at once.  

Also, please note any recipes that call for potatoes, make sure to place them in the bottom of the bags so they do not brown/blacken.  If you want, you can cut the potatoes the day you cook the meal, but I personally like to have all the prep work completed.  

If for some reason, I missed anything, please kindly comment below and I will make sure to add or delete. Please note, this is a work in process and something I hope we will all benefit from.   

How to Print Your Custom Shopping List:

  • Click on the box next to the meal you want.  
  • If you want all meals, click on the one that says  shopping list for all 13 meals (12 dinners/1 breakfast)
  • The list will be placed in your shopping list on the right-hand bottom of this site  
  • Once you are done making your list, click print and you are ready to go shopping – BAM – that’s all there is to it 

Shopping List for all 7 meals
Homemade Freezer Chicken Stir Fry
Freezer to Crockpot Pizza Pasta Bake
Freezer to Crockpot Chili
Freezer to Crockpot Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Freezer Chicken Fried Rice
Freezer Stuffed Shells




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