Freezer Crock Pot Meal Prep Day- TAKE TWO

My first try at Freezer Crock Pot Meals was such a hit,
with hundreds of pin and repins..
I thought I would share again my second try at it!
Seems like a lot of us are wanting to make
grocery shopping/cooking/meal planning easier!
By shopping at both Aldi’s and Giant Eagle this week
I was able to get the price per meal to under $4!
My most recent batch of
Freezer Crock Pot Meals is HERE!


Here’s the list of recipes I made up this past week:
Click to be taken to original recipe I used (my documents with the recipes are changed a little)
Guinness Beef Stew
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Zuppa Toscana
Creamy Beef Stroganoff 
Meatball Minestrone Soup
Pulled Pork (based off this recipe…
my version is in the file to download below)
Chicken and Dumplings


You can download the RECIPES HERE featuring what to write on each Freezer Bag!
(use sharpie and write on bag BEFORE you fill them up.
knowing what to put on them ahead of time makes it so much quicker!)
and my categorized GROCERY LIST can be downloaded HERE
Not sure yet how these all cook up..some are new ones.. let me know what you think!
And thanks for trying it out with me :)
(PS. My favorite is the chicken and dumplings…
I cook it for 2 hours on high and then 30 or so minutes with the biscuits dropped in!)

You can also check out my First Try at this money and time saving project HERE for
more info and other recipes! (downloadable grocery and recipe list)

MY NOTES ON MY FIRST TRY AT FREEZER CROCK POT MEALS.
** LOVE the Chicken and Dumplings..always have. that’s why I’m doubling it this time.
**not a fan of the chicken and rice.
**red potatoes turned brown only in ONE of the recipes.. wierd. So this time I put the potatoes in a seperate freezer bag to do a little trial..and see if they turn brown or not. if they do..I’ll just throw in some fresh when it’s time.
**Pulled Pork last time was yummy to use for tacos.. but we really like it with barbecue the most. So I went ahead and poured in the Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce right away this time. :) LOVEEE eating the barbecue pulled pork on tacos with cheese. it’s delicious. trust me.

The Busy Budgeting Mama

15 Comments on Freezer Crock Pot Meal Prep Day- TAKE TWO

  1. Kimberly @ DibbleDabbles
    February 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Do you leave your crock pot on when you’re out of the house? I want to try some of these but worry about leaving the crockpot on when I’m gone for 8 hours to work.

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  2. Janna Bavar
    February 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I loved the beef barley stew last time! The guinness stew looks delicious. I’ll have to give it a try later this month.

    Reply
  3. Linda56
    February 20, 2013 at 11:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Great Idea, Thank you…

    Reply
  4. Caiti Garter
    February 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Did your family like the Chicken Tortilla Soup? I really want to make it but Im nervous by 2 year old will just spit it out haha.

    Reply
  5. benthecrockpotking
    February 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Natalie,
    You have a beautiful family!!!! Other then that thank you sooo much for the freezer tips. The Hillbilly House Wife had a book at the time called: Freezer Cooking made Simple, with that said freezer cooking is the way to go!!!! Hands Down! Thanks again, and I’ll definitely spread the word!If your interested in more crock pot recipe please have you & your friends stop by http://www.crockpotking.com, and feel free to roam around I have a ton of recipes!

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  6. Chrystal Chambers
    March 27, 2013 at 11:50 pm (1 year ago)

    I didn’t like that the potatoes turn brown either. I started wrapping them in aluminum foil super tight so the other ingredients can’t get in. I season them first based on the dish and add a tablespoon of water. The best is to put whole potatoes wrapped individually on top of a roast 6-8 hrs you have baked potatoes with you meal! I have even done carrots as well to add a veggie.

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  7. Chrystal Chambers
    March 27, 2013 at 11:51 pm (1 year ago)

    I didn’t like that the potatoes turn brown either. I started wrapping them in aluminum foil super tight so the other ingredients can’t get in. I season them first based on the dish and add a tablespoon of water. The best is to put whole potatoes wrapped individually on top of a roast 6-8 hrs you have baked potatoes with you meal! I have even done carrots as well to add a veggie.

    Reply
  8. The McClellans
    August 17, 2013 at 10:42 am (1 year ago)

    You’re an angel! To type out the recipes AND grocery list for easy download and printing is phenomenal! Thank you!

    Reply
  9. SteelLuv
    August 30, 2013 at 5:59 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you so much!!!
    I found you via pinterest and I love your blog!! We are about to have our first baby and your blog has helped with so much!! I cannot wait to try these out this week!!

    Reply
  10. Keep It Up Keri
    October 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm (10 months ago)

    I made the CK and dumplings and the meatball minestrone soup so far. Kids LOVED both. My 3 year old asked for the “meatball soup” for breakfast this morning. I am excited to try the rest.

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  11. HHRose
    January 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm (8 months ago)

    Kimberly, you can keep your crockpot on while you’re out of the house. I read somewhere that the amount of energy it emits is equivalent to a lightbulb.

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  12. Katie Owens
    January 25, 2014 at 2:01 am (7 months ago)

    Question… How long are the meals good for in the freezer? Is there an expiration date on how long I can freeze them for?

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  13. Tiffany
    January 30, 2014 at 11:28 am (7 months ago)

    This is an awesome idea I just haven’t made the time for before. Love your site!

    Reply
  14. Anonymous
    March 18, 2014 at 9:09 pm (6 months ago)

    This website is amazing. Ive been needing an excuse to use my crockpot, i just havent had the time to prep meals, my co-worker told me about your website, so ive taken a look, and its a win for me. Being Dual military with a child of our own makes cooking dinner very difficult bc we work out after work. By the time we are home its almost 630 p.m. Im going to try out your first set of recipes and check off what i already have at home and get the rest of groceries tomorrow. I shop at Aldi’s all the time now that we have one in our town. Ive been trying to get other people to go shop there bc you save tons of money with excelllent quality food. Do you have any anit-meat recipes? My husband is catholic and always complains when i cook meat on fridays during lent. I look forward to new recipes that get put out. Thank you for making my life as a military mom easier.

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  15. almased diet plan
    May 7, 2014 at 10:41 am (4 months ago)

    Hey there! I’ve been following your website for a long time now and finally got the bravery
    to go ahead and give you a shout out from New Caney
    Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the good work!

    Reply

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