31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

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Do you need an easy dinner idea for busy weeknights? Stock your freezer with crockpot freezer meals! Here are 31 delicious crockpot recipes that I’ve tried myself (grocery list included!).31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

I have three young children (and a fourth on the way) so I don’t have a lot of time to cook. Instead of scrambling in the kitchen every night, I spend an hour prepping crockpot freezer meals over the weekend and that’s all the cooking that I need to do for the week.

Here’s why crockpot freezer meals are a game-changer:

  • They don’t require any cooking ahead of time, so they’re very quick and easy to prep.
  • They cook for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all. Yay!
  • You can save a lot of money by prepping a bunch of meals at once.

When I’m prepping freezer meals, I combine the ingredients in plastic baggies, remove as much air as possible, and freeze for up to three months. I’ve made hundreds of crockpot freezer meals this way and they’re all healthy, delicious, and easy to make. Since this is such a hectic time of year, I decided to compile of list of my 31 favorites that are perfect for busy weeknights.

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

If you’re nervous about mixing raw meat and vegetables, don’t be. I did a lot of research when I was writing my No Cook Freezer Meals cookbook and, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, freezing to 0 °F inactivates any microbes present in food (such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds). That means freezing raw meat with vegetables, sauces, and spices is perfectly safe.

If you’re hesitant to freeze so many new recipes at once, I recommend trying a couple for dinner this week. Once you see how delicious they are you’ll want to stock your freezer ASAP. Enjoy!

31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights

  1. Cheesy Tortellini with Ground Beef
  2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops with Green Beans
  3. Cranberry Chicken
  4. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  5. Chicken Noodle Soup
  6. Chicken Soup with Mexican Seasonings
  7. Mexican Chicken Chili
  8. Garden Veggie Soup with Ground Beef
  9. Mexican Chili with Cornbread Topping
  10. Beef Fajitas
  11. Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks
  12. Italian Chicken
  13. Balsamic Beef Roast and Carrots
  14. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff
  15. Party Pork Roast (only four ingredients!)
  16. Chicken Teriyaki
  17. Sausage Spinach Tomato Soup (one of our favorites!)
  18. Pot Roast with Green Beans
  19. Lasagna Soup with meatballs
  20. Garlic-Mint Pork Tenderloin
  21. Italian Sausage Subs
  22. Stuffed Pepper Soup from Once a Month Meals
  23. Banana Pepper Shredded Beef (perfect for sandwiches)
  24. White Wine Chicken with Artichokes
  25. Ginger-Peach Chicken
  26. Honey Sesame Chicken from Damn Delicious
  27. Ham and Potato Soup
  28. Italian Sausage-Stuffed Mini Peppers
  29. White Chicken Chili
  30. Beef Enchilada Casserole
  31. Sweet and Sour BBQ Meatballs

A lot of these recipes are from freezer prep sessions that I’ve done this year so I typed up exactly how I prep and freeze each meal in this printable pdf: 31 CROCKPOT FREEZER MEALS – RECIPES & GROCERY LIST. I also included a super detailed grocery list in case you want to prep all of them at once.

If you’re new to crockpot freezer meals, you can also find tons of freezer recipes, tips, and nutritional info in my best-selling freezer eCookbooks.

Thoughts or questions? Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.

Comments

  1. Sophie T says

    You made me buy a slow cooker! But when I read the instructions, they say you should never put something frozen in the pot (mine is a Kitchenaid Architect)… How do you deal with frosen stuff in your slow cooker? I really want to make those time-saving meals!

    • Jessica says

      I wondered that, too. When reading the instructions for the recipes it states to move the frozen bag to the refrigerator the night before to thaw, then place in the slow cooker in the morning. Hope that helps!

      • Sophie T says

        You are right and I should have read a little more! Moving the bag to the refrigerator the night before seems like the way to go! Thanks!

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  3. Jennifer says

    Hi Kelly! Where do get 16 oz. bags of frozen veggies? All I can find are 12 oz, 24 oz, and 32 oz. Thanks!

  4. Lou says

    These are wonderful! Thank you; I just started working nights and was looking for slow cooker meals. Prepping ahead of time is a great idea.

    • Kelly @ New Leaf Wellness says

      They are salsa verde chicken, garden veggie soup, and fajitas…before adding the meat. Raw meat isn’t nearly as pretty as veggies. :)

  5. Ann Marie Carter says

    I’m very limited on the selection of food I can get due to difficult financial restraints, can I substitute things like hamburger and chicken for pork chops and roast?

    • Kelly @ New Leaf Wellness says

      Yes, definitely. Just watch the cooking time because chicken is easy to over-cook and dry out.

  6. Christine Z says

    I bought your cook books earlier this year and they are a life saver! My husband does not like vegetables, but I just made the Chicken Chile and he used just the chicken and loved the flavor and I got my vegetables! Win/Win.

    Thanks for these additional recipes!

    Christine

  7. Pattie says

    I’ve made similar/identical recipes as some of these but there were quite a few new ones I look forward to trying out. :) I noticed on some of them, it seems that the ground beef should be browned ahead but wasn’t mentioned on the PDF instructions. With #1, I actually followed the link to the original post and found those instructions include browning the meat. I’ve also made the Enchilada stack before from “a year of slow cooking” which is essentially the same recipe and it has you brown the meat ahead which I imagine helps it keep the stack shape and avoid the tortillas from getting too soggy.

    • Kelly @ New Leaf Wellness says

      No, at this time I only have pdf eBooks. They are formatted to print on regular 8.5×11″ paper though.

  8. says

    I love these ideas and will most likely try this my next grocery trip. I know you said you have 3 small kids. So I’m guessing it feeds everyone. my family is 2 small kids, myself, husband, and another adult. do you usually have leftovers?

  9. karen says

    hello.
    Can’t wait to try these! Do you have labels to go with these I can print out? Thank you.

  10. Susan Williams says

    I want to make honey Dijon pork and green beans. I am on a low carb diet. Could I use honey mustard salad dressing instead of honey?

  11. Amy says

    Have you tried freezing with uncooked, dried beans rather than cooked or canned?

    Thanks for the great ideas!

    • says

      If you want to use dry beans, I would soak them ahead of time and add a bit of extra liquid to the recipe. I typically use canned so I don’t have to spend time soaking. Sometimes I soak and cook dried beans and freeze them though. Then they’re ready to add to my crockpot recipes or freezer meals whenever I need them.

  12. Brandy says

    I am definitely going to try a lot of these! There are a couple of recipes that say to cook on low for about 4-6 hours. I work 8 hour days and by the time I get home some nights it is more like 9. How would I adapt those so I don’t have a bunch of mushy food when we get home?

    • Kelly @ New Leaf Wellness says

      Chicken recipes are tricky because they’re so easy to dry out. If you have to be out of the house for 9 hours and want to make one of those recipes I would either use a smaller slow cooker (4 quarts max) or consider buying one with a timer. I bought one earlier this year and it’s a life-saver!

    • mary says

      That’s a great question and one that’s crossed my mind. Will be watching for a response.