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Crockpot Freezer Meals {Part 2}

Welcome to Part 2 of my crockpot freezer cooking series!!!
You can find Part 1, Part 3 & Part 4 here:

Crockpot Freezer Cooking Part 4

Crockpot Freezer Cooking Part 5

I love preparing crockpot freezer meals on the weekend.  I have plenty of time to prepare everything and get ready for the week.  Having meals prepared prevents us from eating out as much and we always have a healthy, homecooked meal ready every night!

This weeks menu includes:

Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Honey Sesame Chicken
White Chicken Chili
Beer & Beef Stew
Beef Stroganoff

Chop and prepare all vegetables and set aside.    Label all bags with recipe title, date, additional ingredients, cook times, etc.

All meals will cook fine from frozen, but be sure not to add cold/frozen meals into a hot crockpot as it can crack. Many people have concerns about putting frozen food in the crockpot, but I have never had an issue. It is my understanding that once the food reaches a certain temperature, it is fully cooked and safe. If you have concerns, just thaw in the fridge the night before.
Cook times will vary depending on your crockpot. It may take you a few tries before you get used to how long things take. In general 6-8 hours on low will do the trick. If all ingredients are pre-cooked, 3-4 hours will work. There are a lot of different crockpots out there. Mine is from the middle ages, has no temperature gauge, only low and high. I have burnt things many times:) It’s a learning process, but you will perfect it with practice. Now get crockin!

Meatloaf
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
1 package onion soup mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup ketchup
3 T. worcestershire sauce
2 T. steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
1/4 cup chopped onions

Combine all ingredients for meatloaf and form into a round loaf.  Pack it really well to ensure the meatloaf is firm and not mushy.  Place into a freezer bag and freeze.  When ready, place meatloaf in bottom of crockpot.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Honey Sesame Chicken
1 lb chicken tenders
3 T olive oil
1 cup honey
2 T sesame seeds
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Place all ingredients in freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze.  When ready, place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Remove chicken & shred, then return to sauce. Serve over hot cooked rice.

White Chicken Chili
2 T. olive oil
1 T corn starch
1 medium onion chopped
1 can chopped green chilis, drained
2 cans white beans (drained)
2 t. cumin
2 t. chili powder
1 lb chicken tenders
2 cups chicken stock
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
Place all ingredients except chicken stock in large freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze.  When ready, place ingredients in slow cooker, add chicken stock and cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Remove chicken, shred & return to crockpot.  Serve with warm cornbread.

Beer & Beef Slow-Cooker Stew
2 lbs. stew beef
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
2 celery stalks chopped
2 large carrots chopped
1 lb. potatoes chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 bay leaves
1 T parsley
1 cup dark beer
1 cup beef stock
1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
2 t salt
1 t pepper

Season beef with salt & pepper.  Place all ingredients in large freezer bag except beer and beef stock.  When ready, place stew mixture in crockpot, add beer and beef stock and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Beef Stroganoff
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup butter
1 lb. stew beef
1/8 t paprika
2 cups chopped mushrooms
3/4 cup sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Mix sour cream, cream cheese and mushroom soup in small bowl.  Add all ingredients to a large freezer bag, toss well to coat and freeze.  When ready place ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over hot noodles or cooked white rice.

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Crockpot Freezer Meals {Part 2}
 
Ingredients
  • Shopping List:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ketchup
  • worcestershire sauce
  • steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
  • 3 onions
  • 2 lb. chicken breast or tenders ( I use tenders)
  • honey
  • sesame seeds
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • 1 can chopped green chilis
  • 2 cans white beans or cannelini beans
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • chicken stock
  • 3 lbs. stew beef
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 bag celery
  • 1 bag carrots
  • 1 lb. white potatoes
  • garlic cloves
  • bay leaves
  • parsley
  • 1 can dark beer
  • beef stock
  • 1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
  • paprika
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • sour cream
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • corn starch
  • cream cheese
Instructions
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Comments

  1. Great recipes. Everything sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

  2. These all sound divine! Someday I hope to be so organized.

    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

  3. Anonymous says:

    should the meal be thawed first? Sspecifically the meatloaf and potatoes

  4. this might sound totally stupid, but you do take the meatloaf out of the tin before placing in the crock, right?

  5. Awe! No pictures?! I like your pictures. Im making a recipe powerpoint/book and now i have a bunch without pictures. :( lol

    • Melissa Johnston says:

      I agree, Danielle! I like pictures!!! It helps me have something to look forward to and to get an idea of what it is.

  6. I made the beef stew today (with all beef broth instead of beer and a little more of the veggies). My husband loved it! I don’t think he’s been this excited about a recipe in the 13 years we’ve been married. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Your recipes look great, can’t wait to TRY them. I have 3 adults in my family…will this feed that many or do I need to change amounts in your recipes for the CROCK POT freezer?

    • They’re the perfect amount for a family your size! We are a family of 4 (2 teenagers) and some of the meals I have to add a little extra side dish to stretch, and some meals leave me with a good sized leftover for lunch for 1 the next day… go for it! You won’t regret it!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Do you have any suggestions for 10 plus hours of cooking? I have a programmable crockpot that goes to warm when done, but everything is always over cooked, sitting in loads of juice/sauce but dry as a bone.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never seen diced bagged potatoes in the deli section in my grocery store. Could you just buy a bag of raw potatoes in the produce section and dice them? Are the deli potatoes already cooked a little or is there any difference? Thanks.

  10. These look great! Thanks for sharing! I’m definitely going to have to give this a try! :) (Found this via Pinterest)

  11. Love the shopping list!

  12. Do you find that the meatloaf makes the potatoes really greasy? I’d like to try this one, but I wonder if everything will end up in a pool of grease. Can anyone comment that has made it?

    Also, I thought it was not food safe to put frozen meat in the slow cooker since it does not come to the required temperature quick enough. Would it be safer to defrost in the fridge overnight?

    Thanks for any comments, I look forward to trying these meals!

    • I’m a cook for a living and I thought the same thing at first, but as long as the meat reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F (165 for chicken) it will kill any bacteria that might grow during the cooking process.

  13. May I just suggest that you start wearing a cape? Seriously, you are a life saver, hero of a woman!! These recipes/weekly planners have been such a God-send for my family! Just knowing at the end of the day when my family of 4 comes home from work and school to a yummy smelling house and the question of “what’s for dinner” is already in the pot (literally!) has made life so much less chaotic, and makes coming home even more rewarding! Today I am printing out our 3rd shopping list and can’t wait to see what tasty treats you have in store for my family this week! Not only are the recipes easy and quick to prepare, they are soooo yummy and have added much needed variety to our table. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world. I am one grateful mamma!!

  14. This is terrific…thank you so much for sharing these recipes!

    Ruth

  15. omg this is the best just wish it was printer friendly @ lynnmom143@aol.com

  16. These sound great! Weather is starting to cool off (a tiny little bit) down here in OZ, so I’ll be pulling the slow cooker out soon. 1 Question though, I just want to confirm… a “T” in the recipe is for tablespoon and “t” is for teaspoon, correct? We use different abbreviations here so I want to be sure!

  17. That is correct.

  18. I just made the sesame honey chicken and the broccoli was really mushy after all that time in the slower cooker (4-5 hours) – am i missing something? also, is the consensus to thaw in the fridge overnight, or can we put them straight in the slow cooker frozen? i am trying three more of these this week!

  19. I have made make-ahead freezer bag meals several times before, and I agree with above replies to comments–if the meat is done, it’s DONE. If the interior of the meat is sufficiently cooked, that means the bacteria cooked off as well. Has anybody out there touched food fresh from the CrockPot, or accidentally wrist-grazed the pot during cooking? It’s HOT. Don’t be fooled by the “slow” in “slow cooker”–these machines pack power. Thanks for these recipes–I haven’t tried any yet, but they look way more my style than the first recipes I came across for this style of slow cooking. My plan for this week is to make a round of bags to have on hand. So excited!

    My one suggestion to readers is to add the raw meats to the bags as the LAST step. This avoids cross-contamination when working hands might graze parts of the bags that were touched by raw meat. I’m a total germaphobe, so I prefer to feel free to touch everything until that last, careful round of cutting and bagging.

  20. Anonymous says:

    if a 6 quart crock pot is used will the meals burn? is a smaller crock pot better?

  21. The only suggestion I have is to freeze the bags sitting somewhat upright. I couldn’t fit the frozen meal (which I froze like you pictures- flat )into my crock pot until I thawed it out in the micro. for a few minutes. OR… should I have let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight?? Not sure on that one…

  22. Anonymous says:

    Can u use already frozen meat and combine in freezer bag ? I usually buy frozen chicken

  23. Anonymous says:

    How many does one bag feed? I have a family of 4 so should I double it?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering why you use chicken tenders? And could this be replaced for regular breast?

    Thank you! Excited about this one.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Just wondering, can you freeze potatoes, and sour cream, and cream soups? I always thought thoses were no-no’s when it came to freezing? If it works, I’m loving it!!!

  26. Are there any beans in the chicken chili? I didn’t see them in the ingredient list.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Just finished making these! I am so excited and I loved that I had most of this stuff on hand. Thanks so much for sharing these.

  28. Is crockpot the same as claypot?
    I have something like this : http://depositphotos.com/6245209/stock-photo-Clay-pot.html

  29. Anonymous says:

    I just made black bean chili and it was good, my question is. I took it out of the bag and it was a solid frozen block and wouldn’t fit into my crockpot until I microwaved and chipped at it to make it into smaller pieces? I would rather be able to pull them out frozen the morning of instead of the night before..any suggestions?

    • I would suggest trying to freeze it in a better shape. I stood the bags on end rather than flat so that they go in kind of kittywhampus but I can close the lid with it totally frozen

  30. Anonymous says:

    I am wondering if your have any ideas for diluting the sweetness of the honey sesame chicken? I made two batches of this. My husband wasn’t crazy about how sweet it was when we ate the first one and I hate to waste the second meal!!! If you can suggest a way to dilute the sweet taste I would appreciate it. Thanks for posting this blog. Freezer cooking has been great for our family!

  31. How much is “1 pkg frozen broccoli” ??

  32. Anonymous says:

    Yum! I am trying to figure out the amounts for a family of 8 or more :). I might just double and use two crockpots…

  33. Anonymous says:

    I made the meatloaf and potatoes today. The meatloaf came out great, and was actually less greasy than oven-baked meatloaf! But the potatoes?? I did just as instructed, left the potatoes in kind of big chunks, coated with olive oil and rosemary and froze in a separate bag. When I got home today, most of the potatoes were BLACK! They were spongy and really gross. There were a few down lower in the pot that we ate and they were okay…but most of the potatoes were totally ruined. Now I wish I had not pre-frozen the potatoes.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I made the chicken chilli yesterday and bagged up the rest up them. Today we are having the meatloaf. The ingredients were very cheap to buy and it was super easy putting everything together. The chili was great! Thanks for putting this together. Can’t wait to look at the other recipes

  35. Anonymous says:

    I just found your site on pintrest- love the recipes and shopping list. Thanks!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Question- if I have the meat for these recipes frozen already, do I thaw them, make the recipes and then re-freeze? I was always told not to refreeze meat of any kind once it’s been thawed, so I just thought I would check. Thanks.

  37. Wendie C. says:

    Yay! Always looking for more freezer/crock pot meals. These are going to come in handy after my baby is born! Thank You!

  38. I am going to make ahead the white chicken chili for a beach trip. I will need to feed 6 adults….anyone who has made this, shoud I double the recipe?

  39. ok so my stress level just went way down. I have a 1 year old and 3 year old who just want mommy and food when they come home from daycare. I mean, who has time to chop vegetables every night? Thank you for adding years to my life as I’m sure the “eating out” and fast 20 minute meals were not healthy. Not to mention dealing with the crying while i made them! I’m so happy to have delicious meals that make everyone happy, including my husband! (its really shocking to have recipes work as I do not have a great track record with cooking tasty food) thank you thank you thank you

  40. Thank you! We have such a busy schedule with dance and sports, I love this! This is my “Easy” button! Woohoo!

  41. How long can I keep these meals frozen for? Is there a frozen shelf life? Thanks!

  42. I Found you via Pinterest. I just bagged up several of your recipes. I can’t wait to try them. Thank you so much for the great post!!

    • I “crocked” up several of the recipes throughout last week. The White Chicken Chili is by far my most fave!!! Thanks again!

  43. Thank you. I made your Crockpot Freezer recipes part 2 and they were great. Thumbs up from the whole famly. So this time I decided to make part 1 and part 2 at the same time. Takes a little longer to prep but it will save me a ton of time later.

  44. mommathatcantreallycook says:

    Dude, i think u just saved my life

  45. I have prepared these freezer meals for the crockpot to help save time on dinner, however, I have a hard time getting the frozen flat square of food into my crockpot. Any suggestions besides thawing it the night before?

  46. All three of the kids LOVED the chili. I’m sharing your page to several friends who must have the recipe if three kids loved something. I did the honey sesame earlier this week and it was horrible, but my sister made it and it was great. I must have done something horribly horribly wrong. Any hints on what I might have done wrong?

  47. Thank you for these recipes! I am making the beef stew and it seems really watery with the beer and beef stock. Will it thicken up or should I add something?

  48. I put a few chicken meals in the freezer last night and checked them today and realized the ones on bottom hadn’t freezed all the way. :/ Is that safe?

  49. Nanna Sue says:

    Thank you…I have been looking for something like this for months. I am Nanny to my 2 grandsons and try to have dinner ready when mom and dad get home from work.
    I want to use the crock pot as much as possible and these recipes will really stramline the whole process. Thanks again.

  50. What is stew beef? And where do I find it in the grocery store?

  51. THANK YOU!!!! We just printed out Part 2 & 4 then doubled the amount of everything and headed to the store. I plan on making double of each recipe with one going directly in the crock pot and the other going in the freezer. That will give us dinner for the next couple weeks and 10 stocked in the freezer in preparation for baby #3 due next month. My goal is 30 but this is a good start to make things easier after baby is born. I can’t wait to try them out and hopefully keep this up after baby comes.

  52. YOU ROCK!

    Quick Q? For the beef stroganoff do you cook the stew meat beforehand or just put it in the bag raw?

    Thank you for your wonderful recipies!!!!

  53. I love the meatloaf recipe! I linked it to my blog where I list a few freezer meals. The meatloaf is one of our favorites!

  54. Thanks for sharing! Your tips and recipes are great!

  55. Your website and freezer meals are amazing! I can’t wait to stock my freezer before my next baby arrives. So thankful to have found your site!

  56. my fussy daughter loved the chicken chili!! i did too!

  57. Hi! I love your website! I also need to thank you because your article on freezer meals for the Crockpot, it inspired me to prepare for an entire month of dinners. I hope you don’t mind, but I print your meals plans out with your website on it, and give it to my friends so that they can start enjoying stress free dinners! I only print them your part two and send them to your website to read part 1, 3 & 4.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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