Tips for Prepping Easy Crockpot Recipes + Recipe List

Stock your freezer with a month of family meals. Check out our tips to help you stay on budget and stock your freezer full of make ahead meals. You never have to wonder what to make for dinner, just reach into your freezer and thaw out a meal.

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Tips for Prepping a Month of Freezer Meals:

  1. Shop sales & stock up on meat.
  2. Search & print out recipes.
  3. Check your pantry and fridge – make a grocery shopping list of the ingredients needed.
  4. Take gallon zip lock bags and write the names of each meal, date and directions on each one in permanent marker.
  5. Lay everything out on the counter
    • Wash/cut/slice up all the veggies.
    • Cut the fat off the chicken breasts & thighs.
    • Cook any meat that needs to be precooked – (ground beef ect)
  6. Start filling the bags with ingredients. I usually do one at a time, but you can start with putting veggies in all the bags, then the meats, then the spices & sauces.
    • A second set of hands always makes the process go smoother, if not these handy bag holders help to free up your hands and hold the bag open.
  7. Zip close. Place in freezer.
    • I try to freeze the bags as flat as I can to make the storing neater. I usually put a small cutting boards or a piece of a cardboard box in between until they start to freeze and then remove the boards. This is not necessary but will make storage neater.
  8. When ready to use, thaw in the fridge over night. Empty contents out of the Ziploc bag and into the crockpot.
    • If I remember, I use a slow crockpot pot liner, which makes cleanup a breeze.

What kind of crockpot do I use?

I have this crockpot that I purchased on Amazon a couple years go.


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Chicken Recipes:

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, salt & pepper, Alfredo sauce, diced tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, baby spinach

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, black beans, corn, taco seasoning, salsa, water

Hawaiian Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, crushed pineapple, BBQ sauce

Creamy Italian Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, cream cheese, cream of chicken, packet of Italian seasoning

Asian Chicken Wraps

  • ground chicken, garlic cloves, red bell pepper, yellow onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, salt, pepper, sliced water chestnuts, brown rice, green onions, rice vinegar, sesame oil, romaine lettuce

Garlic Lime Chicken

  • skinless chicken thighs, lime juice, chicken broth, garlic cloves, thyme, unsalted butter

Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

  • boneless skinless chicken thighs, salt, cayenne pepper, paprika, curry powder, ground ginger, sweet potatoes, onion, peach (or apricot) preserves, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, chicken broth, cornstarch

Honey Sesame Chicken

  • chicken thighs, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, olive oil, minced garlic, minced onion, crushed red pepper, cornstarch, water, sesame seeds, green onions

Cashew Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, flour, pepper, canola oil, honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic clove, ginger, red pepper flakes, cashews

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

  • boneless chicken breasts, frozen broccoli florets, Alfredo sauce, green pepper, sliced mushrooms

Tex-Mex Chicken

  • boneless chicken breast, corn, black beans, Rotel, taco seasoning

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

  • cooked chicken breasts, spaghetti, Velveeta, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, petite diced tomatoes, mild green chilies, mushrooms, water, onion

Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, red wine vinegar

Cheesy Chicken Potato & Broccoli

  • boneless chicken breasts, green pepper, broccoli, red potatoes, paprika, condense cream of chicken soup, Velveeta, Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley

BBQ Cranberry Chicken

  • boneless chicken breast, dried minced onion, whole cranberry sauce, BBQ sauce

Chicken Teriyaki

  • boneless chicken breasts, baby carrots, red onion, crushed pineapple, garlic cloves, teriyaki sauce

Honey Garlic Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, garlic cloves, basil, soy sauce, ketchup, honey, carrots

Honey Bourbon Chicken

  • boneless chicken thighs, salt & pepper, onion, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, canola oil, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, cornstarch, sesame seeds, Bourbon (optional)

Orange Chicken

  • boneless chicken breasts, carrots, bell pepper, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, orange juice concentrate

Thai Peanut Chicken

  • boneless chicken breast, red pepper, onion, peanut butter, lime, vegetable broth, soy sauce, cumin, crushed peanuts, scallions, cilantro

Nacho Chicken

  • boneless chicken breast, Rotel, taco seasoning

Pineapple Chicken Burritos

  • boneless chicken breast, crushed pineapple, black beans, salsa, flour tortillas, green enchilada sauce, shredded cheddar, rice

Looking for more meals that you can freeze? Check out our list of 45 Slow Cooker Chicken Meals.

easy crock pot recipesPork:

Pulled Pork

  • pork butt/shoulder, pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, oregano, paprika, salt, sugar, onion, BBQ sauce

Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

  • pork loin, green chilies, chicken broth, sweet potatoes, red onion, diced tomatoes -fire roasted, cumin, salt, pepper, lime juice

Pork Carnitas

  • pork tenderloin roast, onion, cumin, salsa, Ro-Tel, tortillas

Teriyaki Pork Chops

  • pork chops, garlic cloves, brown sugar, soy sauce, chicken broth

BBQ Spareribs

  • pork ribs, ketchup, seasoned salt, brown sugar, white vinegar

Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin

  • pork tenderloin, chunky applesauce, BBQ sauce, minced dried onion

Sausage & Peppers

  • sausage, green pepper, red pepper, onion, garlic cloves, Italian diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning

BBQ Ribs

  • baby back ribs, BBQ sauce, paprika, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper,

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Beef:

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

  • red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, sweet & sour sauce, pineapple tidbits, frozen fully cooked meatballs

Chili

  • ground beef (or ground turkey), onion, diced tomatoes, ketchup, water, dark red kidney beans, chili seasoning, celery, Worcestershire sauce, sugar.

Savory Pepper Steak

  • round steak, flour, salt, pepper, onion, garlic cloves, green pepper, red pepper, Italian style tomatoes, beef bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, steak seasoning, steak sauce

Mongolian Beef

  • flank steak (or skirt steak), cornstarch, olive oil, mince garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, carrots, red pepper,

Beef Stroganoff

  • cubed beef stew meat or ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, onion, Worcestershire sauce, water, sour cream, garlic cloves, onion soup mix packet, chopped mushrooms, egg noodles

Beef Stew

  • beef stew meat, salt, pepper, onion, celery, baby carrots, red potatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic clove, dried parsley, oregano, flour, water, peas, corn

Vegetarian Recipes:

Sweet Potato Basil Soup

  • sweet potatoes, yellow onion, coconut milk, vegetable broth, garlic cloves, dried basil

 

 

Comments

  1. Helen says:

    This looks so easy and convenient. I am going to have to try some of these.

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