Easy Crock-Pot Meals Straight From Your Freezer Will Solve Your Dinner Problem

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freezer mealsLike most people I'm feeling all full of resolutions at this time of year. The halls have been undecked, the house is pretty well organized, and the kids started back to school today. It's time for a fresh start, and at the top of my list is making dinnertime simpler and healthier.

I've resolved to do it before with great success ... for a while. Then all of the activities start up, and the homework hammers us, and the birthday party circuit heats up, and all of a sudden I find myself in a frantic flurry where takeout seems like the only option. But this year, I have a plan, and it involves my Crock-Pot.

Over the past couple of years, I've become quite a fan of mine, but it still doesn't help on those days when I truly can't find even 10 minutes to shower. You still have to take time to chop and dice UNLESS you just pull a bag straight out of your freezer, put it in the slow cooker, and turn the thing on.

Brilliant, right? And no, it doesn't involve some processed food you get in the freezer section.

I met Stephanie Brandt Cornais of Mama and Baby Love at Mom 2.0 last summer, and she sent me a copy of her book Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes right in the midst of my resolution-making process. And it's a perfect tool to help me keep my resolution this year.

It includes a whole host of fresh, healthy meal recipes that you can prepare ahead of time and freeze. Then on any given day, you just pop one in your Crock-Pot, and dinner is done. It does take a little preparation ahead of time, but if you set aside a couple of hours once or twice a month, you will save oodles of time, stress, and money spent on takeout meals later.

For example, here's her recipe for Orange Beef Stew. It's flavorful, delicious, and so much better than anything from a carton. She has everything in her book from soups and stews to fajitas and chicken dishes. She tells you how to prep and freeze everything, and with a little creativity, you can apply her method to your favorite slow cooker recipes too.

So I'm setting aside a least one night a month to stock my freezer like this. I'll crank up the music, maybe grab a glass of wine, and start chopping. I know I (and my family) will thank myself for it later.

Is this something that would help make your dinnertime simpler?

 

Image via Mama and Baby Love

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sukainah sukainah

I don't have a crock-pot but this cookbook sounds good and the Orange Beef Stew sounds fabulous!

corri... corrinacs

Sukainah, you are missing out :) :).  I promise.


I had a crockpot in my cabinet for 10 years, not efven kidding.  Unopened.  I took it out jsut before my second son was born and now I feel pretty rediculous :)


Thank you for posting this.  With a family full of allergies, etc.  Its hard to find recipes and cookbooks that work for us.  Right on the page she lists that these are gluten free, dairy free, etc.....95% of the recipes :).  I'm thinking about going for this one :).

the4m... the4mutts

I'm a pro with a crock pot! I love mine :) I've also been chopping & freezing once a month for years. Glad more people are starting to do it. It cuts down on waste of produce (so it doesn't go bad) and means you can eat healthier on maybe weeks when the budget is too tight for produce & whatnot.

Its been a lifesaver for us.

Blues... Blueshark77

Lol, I was just talking about doing this since baby #1 is soon to arrive. I want to have meals ready to go since I won't feel like cooking for a while. Love my crock pot!


 

count... countrygirlkat

I am going to check out that book right now!!!!

lalas... lalasmama2007

Yes, the crockpot can make dinner much simpler.

Kayla... KaylaMillar

I need to check that book out!

dusky... dusky_rose

I just read the orange stew recipe and must admit that it made my mouth water.

godde... goddess99

I love my crockpot. Use it at least weekly.

Chari... Charizma77

I think it would be a good idea on busy days/nights

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