We’ve all been there—we like to cook, but then work, homework, and life take over. Who has the time? Well, if you put together these Crock-Pot meals ahead of time and freeze them, all you have to do is pop one into the pot before you go to work.
That way, there’s a home-cooked meal waiting for your family when you get home. It’ll be so good, it’ll seem like you slaved for hours, when the truth is, the Crock-Pot did most of the work.
Here are some of my favorite Crock-Pot recipes that are not only easy, but super delicious. Just mix all the ingredients together in a freezer bag, get all the air out, and affix a label (specifying what it is, the date and/or use by date, the ingredients, and directions), and you’re all set!
So start planning that dinner party now! Or just treat your family! You can even join (or begin!) a Freezer Club, a group of you and your friends that make freezer meals together each month.
1. Short Ribs
Yes, let’s start out with some good old-fashioned tender beef. Who doesn’t like a good stew, especially as winter gets here? Yum! You can find the recipe here.
2. Pot Roast (With Green Beans)
Not in a short ribs mood? Well, nothing’s wrong with making a simpler version of an old favorite with just four key ingredients: beef chuck shoulder roast, green beans, onion soup mix, and water. Who knew a tasty dinner could be so easy, right? Check it out for yourself!
3. Vegetable Stew
Yes, I know not everyone eats red meat (though it seems to be gaining in popularity again), so here’s a great veggie option.
4. Grandma’s Vegetarian Chili
Another vegetarian crowd-pleaser is this chili (sans meat, of course). Combine all the ingredients here into gallon-sized freezer bags and then take out when you’re ready for some chili! (Of course, don’t forget to factor in the chili-cooking time.)
5. Chicken Teriyaki
Who doesn’t like chicken teriyaki?! Well, even if you didn’t before, you will now!
6. Salsa Chicken Tacos
Yes, it takes just like it sounds! Once thawed, you can make tacos, nachos, add the spiced-up chicken as a side dish to a veggie dish, you name it.
7. Pulled Pork
Like the salsa chicken tacos, pulled pork is great as a main course or in addition to another course, so get to the butcher shop and then make this recipe!
8. Cranberry Pork Chops
As we all get in the Fall and Thanksgiving spirit, these cranberry pork chops will do the trick… and they’re so easy to make!
9. Maple Salmon
This is so so so simple to make! Here’s how!
10. Orange Honey Tilapia
Now you can make fish without the entire house smelling like a tilapia air freshener! Just freeze these ingredients, then pop them into your Crock-Pot when ready. Yum!
11. Tex-Mex Chicken
12. Ginger Peach Chicken
Hello Glow has a fun and easy to make recipe: Ginger Peach Chicken. It takes about 4-5 hours on high, and the results are worth the wait.