I am excited to share with you my 20 Healthy Freezer Meals For Your Slow Cooker In 3 Hours Plan. This plan will allow you to have dinner planned for a month (Monday - Friday) or more depending on your family size and if they like to eat leftovers. As you know I have been on the Whole30 journey. As a result I decided to create 20 Healthy Freezer Meals that can all be cooked in the slow cooker. All of these recipes are Paleo and Whole30 compliant. They are all also naturally gluten free!
With that being said - they are all healthy and created from whole foods. If you are adjusting to a Whole30 or Paleo lifestyle understand that they are simplistic. You are welcome to add more spices if you desire after they are cooked and salt and pepper in my opinion is key to use after they have cooked. Salt brings out the natural flavors. My choice is Himalayan pink salt. I also enjoy using skinless boneless chicken thighs because we find them to be moist and tender. They also cost less 🙂
I love to freezer cook and use my slow cooker because it saves me time in the kitchen. This plan comes in so helpful during the summer. I love to spend time with Peyton on the go and by freezer cooking using this plan I am able to toss a meal into the slow cooker each morning and come home to a dinner that is prepared and ready.
By using this plan I was able to stay on track eating healthy, eliminate the questions "what is for time" and save time and money!
I spent 2 hours shopping for my ingredients and then I spent 3 hours total preparing all 20 meals! At the end of the three hours I had 20 different meals ready for my my freezer that I would cook in my slow cooker when I was ready. I simply froze all 20 meals and pull them out and thaw them in my refrigerator when I am ready to prepare. However don't worry, if you forget to thaw them just simply run the bag under some hot water to loosen the liquid and place into the slow cooker frozen. Trust me, I did that several times and there was no additional cooking time and they turned out great.
First of all invest in a good quality slow cooker. Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker. To start simply make a shopping list and then mark off any items that you already have in your pantry or refrigerator. Head to the grocery store and purchase the items on the list. I choose to do that on Day 1. On Day 2 you will prep all 20 meals and then immediately freeze them. I spent $176 total for all 20 meals (except spices which I already had in my pantry).
On Day 1 label all your ziploc bags with cooking times and if you need to add anything to the recipe when you place it in or out of the slow cooker. I did not cook ANY of my meat prior to prep day. All meat was placed into the freezer safe bags raw. On prep day chop, slice and dice all of your produce and place them in bowls to make it easy when you measure them. I also purchased all of my produce chopped when possible. All of my butternut squash and sweet potatoes were purchased pre-chopped.
As you can see I had very little clean up because all of these recipes are dump and freeze. You simply dump the ingredients into the bag, mix in the bag and then freeze. To save freezer room it is best to freeze your bags flat.
Here is the the shopping list to keep it easy for you! 20 Healthy Freezer Meals Shopping List
Check out this slow cooker conversion chart as it helps to figure out if you are adjusting the time.
20 Healthy Freezer Meals For Your Slow Cooker
Crockpot Italian Beef - my husbands favorite
Slow Cooker Garlic Drumsticks - my favorite
Easy Freeze Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce - family favorite
Slow Cooker Honey Dijon Pork Chops with Red Potatoes - family favorite
Slow Cooker Winter Squash and Apples - Vegetarian
We also have 8 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 2 hours plan too!
We have a 10 Crockpot Freezer Meals in 2 Hours Plan too!
We have our original 20 Freezer Meals in 4 Hours Plan (not all slow cooker meals).
New to Freezer Cooking? We have a Freezer Cooking 101 Series that you may enjoy!