Ever since Katie did the original 40 Meals in 4 hours I have been determined to try slow cooker/freezer meals for my family. I have to be honest – it took some planning for me (I’m usually a fly by the seat of my pants dinner scheduler!). But, once I sat down and made my lists – this was so easy and it has been so helpful! Between soccer practice, work, kids homework – these meals have been a life saver! I highly recommend them. Hope you like them as much as I do!
I chose to do 20 meals in 2 hours versus the 40 in 4. The 20 meals was the perfect amount for my family to have dinner for about a month (between left overs and the occasional pizza night!).
I found it easiest to make 2 of each meal. 10 different meals = 20 meals. When I had to mix ingredients together I did it in one bowl. If it was something that really needed to be measured and equal I used a measuring cup to fill the bags. I also specifically chose meals that didn’t require cutting meat 🙂 I bought meat already cut.
The second thing I did was start my stock pile of meats early. I refuse to buy any meat that is not on sale. So I had some of the meat already in bags in my freezer – all I had to do was add the rest of the ingredients right into the bag, label and pop it bag into the freezer. Easy!
I pre-chopped a 3 pound bag of onions and a bunch of garlic. Those were really the only veggies that I was freezing (besides carrots but I did those on demand). This saved me some time as I could just go to the chopped and throw into the bag. Other than that I made them 1 meal (well really 2) at a time!
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- Lemon and Garlic Chicken x 2
- Chicken & Gravy x 2
- Fiesta Chicken Soup x2
- Pepper Steak x 2
- Cubed Steak & Carrots x2
- Balsamic Steak x 2 (did NOT freeze the pasta part of this recipe!)
- Chicken & Dumplings x 2
- Marinated London Broil x 2
- Honey Romano Pork Chops x 2
- Green Chili Pork Tacos x 2
I always have microwave steamed veggies or rice on hand to make these meals truly easy! Dinner can be that easy!
Here’s a link to the shopping list that I have come up with!