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20 MAKE-AHEAD SLOW COOKER FREEZER MEALS THAT WILL SAVE YOUR SANITY THIS FALL

បានប្រកាសនៅ Beauty & Health នៅSeptember 11 2019 at 01:28 PM

My slow cooker is my BFF. I use it several times a week, every week. Whoever came up with the idea of make-ahead slow cooker freezer meals is a genius! It’s a total time saver. In just a few hours (including shopping time) you can put together enough meals for a few weeks. That’s a healthy, delicious dinner every night with enough for leftovers too!

20 EASY SLOW COOKER MEALS TO MAKE AHEAD AND FREEZE

20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello GlowChoose recipes your family already enjoys and that adapt well to being frozen first. For example, we don’t like to freeze slow cooker meals made with potatoes because they end up losing their appeal after being frozen. Other veggies and fruit (I’ve got two below!) work great.

I plan out the meals/bags I want to make and head to the store with my list. Buying some items that are already frozen and/or chopped is a great time saver. For example, frozen chicken works well because it’s easy to pull out the number I need and not have to worry about them freezing in a big lump.

20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello GlowThen when I get home, I chop all the onions (and cook them if my recipe calls for that), carrots, celery, etc. I measure out any dry seasonings I need. Then I work in a semi-assembly line until all the bags are filled.

Labeling is so, so important. It’s nice to include cooking time as well as if there are any special instructions like adding water to the slow cooker or if I need to add an ingredient, like sour cream, at the end of cooking time.

13 MEAT-BASED SLOW COOKER FREEZER MEALS

Meathballs + Tomato Sauce | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow1. Meatballs + Tomato Sauce

  • One (16-24 ounce) bag frozen meatballs (homemade are great too!)
  • one 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

Place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag.

 
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Cook 3-4 hours on high. Serve with cooked pasta, green salad, garlic bread

Ginger Peach Chicken | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow2. Ginger Peach Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 12-ounce bag of frozen peach slices
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

Place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Cook 4-5 hours on high. Serve with cooked white or brown rice, steamed veggies.

Vegetable Beef Stew | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow3. Vegetable Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds stew meat
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 sliced carrots
  • 1 sliced parsnip
  • 1 large rutabaga (peeled and cut into cubes)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons beef stock base or 3 bouillon cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Place all ingredients except the water into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Add bag contents to slow cooker and add 1 1/2 cups of water. Cook 8-10 hours on low. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

Teriyaki Chicken | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow4. Teriyaki Chicken

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • one 20-ounce can pineapple chunks (drained)

Place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Cook 8 hours on low. Serve with cooked white or brown rice, green veggies.

BBQ Country Ribs | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow5. Pork Country Ribs + BBQ Sauce

  • 2 pounds boneless country ribs
  • one 16-ounce bottle BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)

Place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Cook 8-10 hours on low. Serve with mashed potatoes, veggies, and salad

Salsa Chicken | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow6. Salsa Chicken

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (breast or thighs)
  • 16-ounce jar of your favorite salsa

Place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Cook 6-7 hours on low. Serving suggestions include rice bowls, tacos, enchilada filling, nachos, burritos. Serves 4-8, maybe more depending on how it’s used after cooking

Sausage Lentil Soup | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow7. Sausage Lentil Soup

  • 12 to 14 ounces sliced kielbasa sausage
  • 2 cups brown lentils
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 celery rib (diced)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 quarts of water or stock

For best flavor, brown the kielbasa and diced onion and let them cool completely before adding to the freezer bag (optional, but results in a better flavor and texture). Then place all ingredients except 2 quarts of water or stock into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Add 2 quarts of water or stock to the slow cooker before cooking. Cook 4-5 hours on high. Serve with fresh bread and/or rice.

Sloppy Joes | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow8. Sloppy Joes

  • One pound ground meat (pork, turkey, chicken, or beef)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced green bell pepper
  • 15-ounce can tomato sauce (or 1 6-ounce can tomato paste mixed with 1 cup water)
  • 1 Sloppy Joes seasoning mix packet

Place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Cook 3-4 hours on high. Serve with buns, veggie fries.

Cranberry Mustard Pork | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow9. Cranberry-Mustard Pork

  • One (3-4 pound) pork roast (loin, shoulder, butt)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown or Dijon mustard
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • zest and juice of 1 orange

Place all ingredients into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Cook 8-10 hours on low. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice, steamed broccoli.

Beef Stroganoff | 20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow10. Beef Stroganoff

  • 2 pounds stew meat
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon beef stock paste (or 2 bouillon cubes)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Place all ingredients except water and sour cream into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Add 1 cup of water to the slow cooker before cooking. Cook 8 hours on low. Stir in 1/2 cup sour cream before serving (do not freeze with other ingredients or add at the beginning of the cooking time or it will curdle). Serve with rice or noodles.

20 Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Hello Glow11. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • One 20 oz package of frozen meatballs
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced peppers
  • 10 oz sweet and sour sauce
  • 12 oz grape jelly
  • 1 cup of water or stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients except for water or stock into a gallon-size freezer bag.

Cook 3-4 hours on high or 4-6 on low. Add 1 cup of water or stock at the beginning of the cook time. Enjoy with rice noodles or grain of choice.

 

 

Source: https://helloglow.co

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