It took me only 2 hours from starting the process to cleaning up my whole kitchen. I love to make freezer meals to help save me time in prepping and preparing dinners for my family.
My three boys are constantly on the go with school and after school activities. My oldest son has now started Weight Lifting and Conditioning after school three days a week for football. I have to pick him up at the local high school at 5pm and that is when I am usually getting started in the kitchen to make dinner. So I decided to to some research and find freezer meals that sounded good for my family. I ended up picking out the following freezer meals listed below.
8 Freezer Meals in 2 Hours:
- Crockpot Chicken Fajitas (I made 2 of these)
- Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Crockpot Honey Rosemary Chicken
- Crockpot Pear, Apple and Pork Dinner
- Crockpot Cranberry Orange Chicken
- Easy Crockpot Meatloaf
- Crockpot Bean Stew – Vegetarian
First of all invest in a good quality slow cooker. Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker. By choosing these meals I did not have to cook any of the meat or poultry in these freezer meal recipes. That is a huge time saver when prepping freezer meals! I made a list of what I needed for each recipe. Next I went to my kitchen and pulled out what I already had for each recipe. Then I made a shopping list of what I needed to get at the store. I had most of the spices and meat in my kitchen. So when I went to the store I mostly had to buy fruit, vegetables and freezer ziploc bags.
A great way to save money is to purchase your meat in bulk from ZayconFresh. I LOVE their chicken! When I got home I arranged on the ingredients on my table. Got out my cutting boards and knifes. Put my apron on and started with labeling the ziploc bags first. I had each recipe pulled up on laptop and would write the instructions on the bag along with the date.
Next I started with a recipe and followed step by step the directions from the recipe and filled the bag. I would then move on to the next one. I just followed each recipe and then I laid the crockpot freezer meals flat in the freezer with the exception of the Crockpot Pear, Apple and Pork Dinner I stood the bag up. That week when I wanted to make them I would pull them out the night before and let thaw in the fridge overnight except for the Easy Crockpot Meatloaf. I put it in the slow cooker still frozen and cooked it, but you can do it either way.
By preparing these 8 Freezer Meals saved me so much time for the week and we had wonderful family dinner meals every night. No fuss in trying to get homework done and dinner on the table. This is perfect for expecting mothers or if you are preparing for surgery. It really helps busy working Moms stay ahead of the game by prepping in advance and using your slow cooker you menu planning woes are over! Another great plan is this 20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours Plan (with printable shopping list).
Check out this slow cooker conversion chart as it helps to figure out if you are adjusting the time.
Print the Grocery List for this freezer meal plan HERE!