40 Freezer Slow Cooker Meals Part 2

That’s right…I did 40 Freezer Meals.  I still can’t believe it.  It was a LOT of food.  But I still am not having to cook dinner yet – and I love that part A LOT.  Have you done freezer meals before?  If not jump in and get on it.  It’s a life saver.  I hate to say I’m a soccer mom, but I am.  And a basketball mom, and a math club mom, and a working mom and…you get it right?  Just not a lot of dinner prep time.  Freezer Meals are where it’s at!

40 Meals Part 2

It’s intimidating and I get it.  Don’t be scared.  Don’t get overwhelmed.  You will yell at me as you’re putting them together (I yelled at myself), but think of the absolute bliss of having 40 meals seriously 40 dinners (and maybe 40 lunches) in the freezer.  40.  yes I said 40.  You will be so happy.  You will not stress about dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.  Your life will be amazing. 40 Meals Part 2 1 Unlike our other Freezer Meal Collections – I am not telling you that it will take 4 hours (or 3 or 2 or whatever).  It took me about 5 hours to make this.  Still worth it, but not the 4 hours I was hoping.  I did have to brown meat this time, and I am SLOW SLOW SLOW.  hahaha – I take my time when doing things or I get really cranky.  My husband did help me on the last few meals because well he loves me!  I recommend doing this when 1 – you’re alone so no distractions (I was not so lucky) or 2 – when you can beg your friend/mom/husband/wife to please hold open the freezer bag.  I’ve done Freezer Meals now with help and with none and both work.

Write Remaining Ingredients on Freezer Bag

Write Remaining Ingredients (not to be frozen) on Freezer Bag


Ok so tip time.

    • Use pre-minced garlic.  Yup fresh garlic is probably more tasty — but honestly you are freezing the garlic anyways. And garlic is in a lot of recipes so save some time!

 

 

  • Make the sauce in one bowl when doubling. Then use a measuring cup to put the same amount in each freezer bag

 

 

  • If the recipe calls for a can of this or that — just put that directly into the freezer bag — no need to mix until you’re cooking it.

 

 

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff! Seriously! Make sure you have a Sharpie and make any notes on the bag — i.e., label the bag with what it is. Run out of celery? Write it on the bag — needs celery. Want to serve it with rice? Write it on the bag so you know when you pull it out

 

 

  • Pull the bag you want to use the night before and let it semi-thaw in the refrigerator overnight. It will be thawed enough to get into the slow cooker and it will be great.

 

 

  • Going to be gone all day? Don’t want to buy an expensive slow cooker with a timer? Use a light timer that the slow cooker plugs into. It’s a great, cheaper alternative.

 

 

  • When making some of the soups?  I know on the instructions it says put all ingredients in the bag…I did not.  I always added the majority of the broth the Day of Cooking.  There wasn’t always enough room for all the broth – I put some in – not all

 

          Like I said – don’t stress.  It’s food.  I ran out of corn – yes I the lady who put all of this together thought I had more corn in my house than I did…so I ran out.  DUH.  I just wrote “NEEDS CORN” on the bag and threw it in the freezer.  We survived. To help make it easier I put together a list of groceries you’re going to need.  I will not put a price on it 1 – because I don’t know because of course I went to different stores (I’m weird) and of course I bought other things and 2 – because prices vary so much on region.  Just know that you’re saving money if you 1 – shop sales to stock up on meat 2 – you’re not ordering pizza (AGAIN).
Alright – here are the meals.  Everything is doubled so there are 20 meals x 2 to make 40.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tried to make a good blend of different types of meats.  I get bored if I have chicken EVERY SINGLE NIGHT (although my husband would be so happy).

This is important!  Here is the Link to the Grocery list (please let me know if there are any mistakes!)

CLICK HERE FOR LIST

40 Freezer Meals Part 2 - a BRAND new set of Freezer meals. It will save you time and money - it's a must do for a busy family!!!! Grocery list INCLUDED The moral of this whole post – is DO IT!  You can do it!  You should make these meals and you should make them today!  Whether it’s the holidays, being a sports mom, working overtime, working 2 jobs, school, or just you want to – these meals will save you time.  They will save you money.  And they are delicious!  I promise!!!!  Give me your feedback in the comments! 40 Freezer Meals Part 2 - a BRAND new set of Freezer meals. It will save you time and money - it's a must do for a busy family!!!! Grocery List INCLUDED

Before I go…If you’re not up for 40 meals (I get it I do) check out our other collections!

 

7 Freezer Meals 7 Meals in 1 Hour Crockpot Freezer Cooking Collage | Who Needs A Cape? 20 Meals 20 Meals in 2 Hours Slow Cooker Freezer Meals | Who Needs A Cape? 30 Meals 30 Summer Freezer Meals in 3 Hours

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Comments

  1. Mary Beth Patnaude says:

    I love your idea of using a light timer for the crockpot! have one I bought at Walmart’s black Friday sale last year… for $7.99. It doesn’t have a timer. I will try this idea!

  2. Here is another good tip: crock pot liners!!!!! Make clean up a breeze! Especially if you need the pot again for the next day!

    • TRUE! These things are a LIFESAVER! Even if it doesn’t keep all of the mess contained, it will still make clean-up a million times easier!

  3. Awesome! My two besties and I did the original 40 meals in 4 hours (though even with three of us it took longer than 4 hours!) before the birth of my daughter, and those meals lasted the hubby and I a LOOOOONG time!

    With #2 on the way, I’m happy to see some new recipes have appeared, and I just finished sorting through which ones I liked best last time and the ones from this list that sound like they’ll hit the spot to make my own 44 Meals (in however dang long it will take) recipe list and shopping list to fill the freezer before #2 arrives 😉 Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • I love love love that you are making your own set. Congrats on Baby number 2 and let us know what you like and what you make!!!!

  4. I clicked 6 links and STILL could not get the recipes. What did I do wrong?

  5. Hello , is there a list of all the meals you created since you started doing this with a master list ?

  6. How many servings does each bag contain?

  7. Andrea Hareid says:

    I did 20 meals today – one version of each recipe. It took a long time but probably because I didn’t do all the chopping at once; I did use a jar of garlic though. I actually assembled each recipe individually, too. I also substituted all the ground beef for stew meat. If the recipe was soup, I just cut the stew meat up more. I used my trusty food saver instead of Ziploc bags; that may have added time too! I hope they are as delicious as they sound!

  8. Hi,
    I haven’t done a lot of Crockpot cooking myself, but my daughter could really use some help (busy mom of 2 littles). I selected several of the freezer meals to put together for her to cook in her 6 qt. Crockpot, and have completed 4 so far, but I’m wondering if some of them are really large enough. They don’t look like they will fill even half of the Crockpot, and I have read that it should be at least half full to cook properly. (For example, the Lemon Garlic Chicken).
    Would appreciate any help! Thanks for putting these recipes together.
    Diane

    • Yeah – some of them don’t fill my slow cooker either – you can adjust your cooking time (it takes less time if the slow cooker isn’t full) or you could add some broth 🙂 I cook exclusively dinners in my 6 qt – only thing is sometimes they are done faster! Good luck!

  9. Norma Neeson says:

    80 meals and every single one is meat……..not good for a vegan..or anyone really

  10. Mother of three says:

    I always buy frozen chopped onions when I make my freezer meals. It makes the process so much faster and less tears.

  11. Hello, I think I found a mistake in the list. Seems like its missing the 4 C of dry pasta needed to make the Taco Soup. Just thought I’d let you know!

  12. Brad Fisher says:

    I am confused with what you consider a piece of chicken. How many ounces is that? I’m looking at the master grocery list for how much chicken to get. Thanks

  13. Claire Smith says:

    To fill freezer bags without help, fold the open edge down to the outside (keeps the zipper cleaner too) and place in a narrow/tall bowl or large measuring cup to hold it upright. If it will fit, use a large mason jar. And you can clip one side to the bowl if necessary.

  14. I retired so I make the meals. Love to cook. Looking for crock pot ideas to cook. But most of these are Jalepeno, buffalo,taco, hotly.All spices and hot! Any other ideas for kids to eat?

  15. Hey use onion flakes (spices) instead of onions. Works great no chopping, fast easy and great if someone doesn’t like onions they won’t know they are there and you get the great flavor.

  16. Barbara McNutt says:

    Love the precooking idea! BUT…..I look at recipes and 15 of 20 recipes here are spicy or hot. Of the 5 people living in my house, not one would eat over half of the recipes. (though they sound incredibly delicious!) I know this is the trend now, well this or meals with Quinoa or Kale everywhere.
    Are there recipe sites for more um, gentle food? We the chronic users of Prilosec and the under 4 crowd We Thank You for the Kitchen Goddess you are.

    Barb

    • Check out our 66 slow cooker meals post – I’m sure you’ll find a bunch in there 😉 also 20 meals has some milder dishes!

  17. I’m new to freezing stuff. What are some do’s and don’ts to freezing?

  18. Omisha martin says:

    A big fan of all of your collections. Just did 40 part 2 today with my meal buddy and there were several items left off the shopping list. Yes I should have gone over the recipes but I had never experienced an issue with the other collection so I just went with the list and no recipes. Peach jelly being one of the items, I started writing them down but when I hit around 6 or 7 I thought maybe I left off a page. I hope an updated version is released soon thanks so much for saving my family’s dinner sanity!

  19. I LOVE this idea and I really want to try it. We currently live in an apartment so no deep freezer or extra freezer in the garage, etc. Is it possible to do all these recipes and store them in a basic, standard sized freezer?

    • No I really don’t think so unless you have NOTHING in your freezer and do space saving things like adding broth the day it’s cooked instead of in the bag. I would really check out our 7 freezer meals and our 20 freezer meals. See how much you can get in your freezer with those and then go from there. 😉 Good luck!

  20. Not spicy receipes

    • We have plenty of non-spicy recipes 😉 although a lot of us do like the heat! Check out our 20 Freezer Meals they have a lot tamer ingredients 😉

  21. Hi Heather,
    I just completed your original 40 meals in 4 hours. For those who ask, it took about 5 1/2 hours without the shopping piece. I am confused about one part – I have 2 5 lb pork roasts that I cannot seem to find the recipes for. I bought the boneless pork loins that went in most of the recipes but this one is a mystery to me. Can you share which one they are used for? I thought it was a big chunk of meat but figured it had to go somewhere. thanks Lisa

  22. Nina Thibodeau says:

    Hi, Looking at the chicken enchilada soup, how do you prep it for freezer ? It doesn’t say how to and im not sure what to leave out of the bag..

    • Hi Nina, Those instructions were missing, they are added now. If freezing prior to slow cooking, omit tortilla chips from freezer bag. Place in refrigerator night before to thaw, dump into slow cooker and follow directions as noted above. Hope you enjoy!

  23. Seriously, every single time! Freaking visa daily wins

    • Hi Amy, I’ve been onto the post in the past few minutes via desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile with no invasive ads blocking my way to any of the attached recipes. Perhaps try clearing your cache or history as this is most likely not an ad from our site. I do hope this helps.

  24. Hi there! Is there a link to a page where I can print all the recipes out at once instead of searching through each of the links? Thanks!

  25. Is there a master shopping list like the previous one you made?

  26. This link.. isn’t a link. Would love to see it. 🙂

  27. You guys have made us so popular the last couple of days – we are having a few site issues 😉 keep trying!

  28. Hi Kristin! Our “40 Meals” post has received a lot of traffic the past few days, so maybe the link to Part 2 isn’t loading properly. Here is the link:
    http://whoneedsacape.com/2015/11/40-freezer-meals-part-2/

    Thank you for stopping by!!!

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