Slow Cooker Freezer Meals – 20 Meals for under $120

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Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

Yesterday I spent the day preparing approximately 20 slow cooker meals. Well, it really wasn’t the whole day as it took me about 4 1/2 hours from start to finish.  I first placed my order at ShopRite Shop at Home and purchased everything I needed for around $100.  I used no coupons but used a coupon code for $30 off $100.  You can see a list of the current coupon codes in the ShopRite Match Ups.

Below are all the recipes that I prepared.  I adapted family recipes and recipes I found to be able to freeze them and cook them in a slow cooker.  I’m testing these recipes to see how they turn out so if you plan on doing them, please keep that in mind.

Also, I tried to stay away from processed ingredients as much as possible so you won’t find any type of creamy soups included these recipes.

There are 10 recipes below which I doubled making 20 recipes.  The recipe does not show them as doubled but the list of ingredients I provided  are for doubling all 10 recipes.  These recipes should feed a family of 4 however, when I made them yesterday, I noticed that I would probably need to cook both bags for a couple of them, Chicken Cacciatore and the Lemony Garlic Chicken.  That would really determine how much your family eats.

I hope you enjoy these recipes.  Not only is it such a time saver, it saves so much money on last minute take out. How nice is it to wake up in the morning and dump it into the crockpot, arrive home at night and dinner is done.

Tips:

  • Make sure to use good quality freezer bags
  • Use a sharpie to label bags
  • Add any additional cooking instructions to the bag so you don’t have to refer back to the recipe
  • If you are interested in the storage bag holders you can check them out here
  • Label all your bags before you begin
  • Cut like items together and fill them into the recipe bags

Note prices below are from ShopRite based on sales the week of 10/25/15.  These items can be purchased anywhere at any time.

You can watch me make them here:

Ingredient list (all 10 recipes doubled)

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20 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals for Under $120

  • Jillian Rachael Collison

    Thanks! Cant wait to try these! Please note that soy sauce is not gluten free though.

    • Becky Wood-Brown

      La Choy soy sauce is.

  • Sue

    I’ve been couponi g with you for 2 1/2 years and thus is the best post ever! Thanks!!!!!

    • Aww thanks. I’m planning on doing them monthly! 🙂

  • Rocky

    Well, if that doesn’t look like a typical ‘Cindy haul’, I don’t know what does! Thanks for the ideas!

    • I think I just needed a vacation to get my juices going again! 😉

  • MicheleAna

    I so wish my hubby ate these things. They all sounded so good. Men?! I mean MAN!

  • lizzy

    This is great and very convenient. Lord knows I don’t have lots of time for preparing food each day every week. But this, makes it so much more easier. I love this idea and will be trying it out soon. Thanks Cindy!!!

  • Jennifer Arthur Cirone

    I would love to do more freezer cooking but my kids are so picky. Can’t even make lasagna anymore

    • Jennifer Arthur Cirone

      Used to do it all the time

  • Chelsea Cook

    When you prepare the bags, is the meat cooked or raw?

  • Kate

    I just got my first slow cooker yesterday! (JCP had it for $15 after rebate, I think it’s a good deal for a programmable one). This post is just in time for me to try it out! (happy dance)

  • Linda Hughes

    Wondering how some of these tasted?? It’s just my husband and I now so I’m thinking of doing the recipes but half? Thoughts??

  • Fleur DeLis Leon

    How many servings would you say each bag offers? There are 7 of us in my family so I wondering if I would need to double up.

    • I would double up on them for that many. We have 4 adults with one that eats like 3 people and I doubled up on a few of them like Pepper Steak, Lemony Garlic Chicken and Chicken Cacciatore. I did have leftovers after making both bags but definitely needed to make 2 as 1 won’t have been enough for us. Hope that helps.

      • Fleur DeLis Leon

        Thank you!

  • Mary

    Spent last night making these with my teen son. We had the Black Bean Fajitas tonight and BOY! it was Yummy! We served on tortillas with shredded sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream. Next time, I will serve with rice too. I also think I will add another half can of black beans to the recipe. But it was a definite, we will have this again! 🙂 I will let you know about the others as we go through this month. 🙂

    • Yay so happy to hear that. Our favorite has been the Pepper Steak but we liked most. I think if I had to take off one it would be the chicken paprika. Not that it was bad, just would like to add something else.

      • WendyHurts

        How do the grape tomatoes freeze? It is notoriously difficult to freeze fresh tomatoes, so I’m curious. That pepper steak recipe is one of the only ones I have found that uses fresh tomatoes, and I like that. My husband can’t tolerate processed tomatoes well, so this is ideal! Thanks!

  • John

    I have not yet made chili this year , what is wrong with me ? Maybe this will provide the motivation.

  • Jackelyn Wiser

    Anyone know which recipes use 2 gallon bags and which use 1 gallon bags?

  • Cameron Morgan

    The lemon garlic chicken was so dry as to be almost inedible. we also found it too lemony for our taste (perhaps because so dry?!).
    I think 1 lb of chicken cannot slow cook successfully for 8 hours in lemon juice — perhaps use a smaller slow cooker, double the recipe, add onion?

  • Christina

    every time I freeze potatoes they get mushy and have a grainy taste do you put in raw or par cook??

  • Kim Keeton

    Not a fan of ground turkey at all. Could I sub ground beef? Would cook times change at all?

  • Amanda Marie

    Hi, I’m sorry to say this but.. I’m in the Army and have been for 6 years and the Chicken Cacciatore tastes exactly like an MRE, I’m optimistic about the rest of the meals. That one though is a no go for me from now on.

    • Veecee

      Please explain to a newcomer to this site….what is MRE? Thank you

      • Michelle T.

        MRE is a military term: Meals Ready to Eat. IE: not good 🙁

      • Amanda Marie

        Yeah its not something one wants to eat when they aren’t in a field environment.

  • Briana

    Would you need to add water to the crockpot for each recipe?

    • Emma Canning

      Good question

  • Maryann Hearn Bowman

    Now that is something I can sink my teeth into. Thanks.

  • Loraine

    The taco soup has no taco seasoning? No seasoning at all?

  • Janie

    I’m going to try this. I’ll let you know what my family thinks. I’ll probably add a few extra spices because I like spicy food. I’m really excited about this. I will start prepping tomorrow.