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Make 6 Freezer Meals in 60 Minutes (or Less).



Warning: You may become obsessed with freezer meals after trying these recipes.

I know I'm not alone when I say that cooking every night can easily become a hassle. This is why I was attracted to the idea of freezer meals. It's so easy because you just take an hour one day to mix and prepare all your meals for the week (or longer) and then go on your merry way. 

The freezer meals I'm sharing today are all ones that I found on Pinterest and slightly adapted for my own tastes or reduced to feed just two people. They're also all recipes for slow cooking in a crock pot all day, but you can always just defrost them and cook them in the oven for a reduced amount of time as well. 

General Steps:
1. Gather all of your ingredients

2. Label your freezer bags with what the recipe is and how long to cook it in the crock pot

3. Mix ingredients in the freezer bag

4. Place freezer bag in the freezer

Recipes:
These five recipes will make six freezer meals. (Note that I made two of the pork chops freezer meal, but the ingredients listed are just for one meal). For your convenience, I've compiled the ingredients into a shopping list! I would recommend putting it in the refrigerator the night before to thaw so that it'll be ready in the morning to just throw into the crock pot.

GARLIC RANCH CHICKEN
- 3-4 pieces of chicken (thighs or breasts)
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 2 packets ranch mix
- 3 cloves minced garlic
Cook on high for 3 hours.
(Note: This recipe is a bit salty, but I like salt, so I love it. If you're not big on salt, reduce the amount of ranch mix seasoning or add some milk before cooking.)

TERIYAKI CHICKEN
- 3-4 pieces of chicken (thighs or breasts)
- 1 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1 cup water
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 cloves garlic
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

SWEET BBQ CHICKEN
- 4-6 pieces of chicken (thighs or breasts)
- 12 oz. BBQ sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

CREAMY RANCH PORK CHOPS
(I made two freezer meals out of all the pork chops I bought)
- 4-6 thick-sliced pork chops
- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 2 packets ranch mix
- 1 cup milk (don't put in freezer bag)
Cook on high 3-4 hours after adding 1 cup of milk to the mix.

LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN
- 4-6 pieces of chicken (thighs or breasts)
- Fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon (about 3 tbsp. - I just bought lemon juice, but it's up to you!)
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Cook on low for 3-6 hours.

I'm seriously obsessed with freezer meals now. They're convenient, and the meat is always so tender and juicy. Not to mention, when I come home from work, the first thing I smell is the delicious aroma of an amazing meal that I didn't even have to slave over.

Have you ever tried freezer meals? What are some of your favorite freezer meal recipes? 

49 comments :

  1. Those meals look yummy! I will definitely be trying them out!

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  2. Heather @ Divas Run for BlingOctober 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    I LOVE freezer meals. I also prepare bags of ingredients that I simply throw in a crockpot when I am ready to cook them. Then you can freeze any leftovers for a later time as well :)

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  3. As a vegetarian I am rarely jealous of the rest of y'all - until I see all the freezer meal recipes! That is so smart and convenient.

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  4. Finally some recipes that I actually want to use! I'm trying that garlic ranch chicken TONIGHT! (I'll report back how delicious it is.)

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  5. I am sooo glad you shared these- they seem like such a great idea but I'm never sure how well they'll actually turn out!

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  6. I really need to start doing these. They do seem easy. So you just take the mix out of the freezer bag and slow cook from frozen, or do you have to thaw first?

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  7. Looks like a great idea! I have never really been into meal planning but it looks like I should really think about doing it for time sake.

    Brittany

    http://creativityarise.com

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  8. My crockpot needs some love like this. Thanks for the reminder.

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  9. The hassle of cooking nightly is exactly why I love my slow cooker. I'm able to put something on and let is set all day versus needing to do any work.

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  10. They're so delicious! My favorite is the garlic ranch chicken.

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  11. That's an awesome idea! I've become obsessed with freezer meals now. They're really convenient.

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  12. They're definitely very convenient. Kudos to you for being a vegetarian though! I admire anyone with that much discipline! That's awesome.

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  13. Yay! I hope you like! The garlic chicken recipe is my favorite, and I usually keep all of those ingredients in the house anyway, so it worked out quite nicely.

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  14. I was hesitant at first, but now I can't get enough. I'm always on the hunt for more recipes, and it makes it so much easier to have a good meal every day of the week.

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  15. I put them in the fridge to that out the night night before, and if they're not thaw by the morning, I'll put them in some water while I'm getting ready.

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  16. I used to be really good at meal planning in college, but then I just started failing. I'm excited to get back into it again. I forgot how convenient it is!

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  17. Our crock pot was just collecting dust in the cabinet, so I'm excited to have a reason to pull it out.

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  18. Slow cookers are seriously the best things ever created. They're so convenient, and the meat is always so tender and full of flavor. I love it!

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  19. This would save me soooooooo much time! I love slow cooker recipes. I'm going to try freezer meals in the upcoming weeks!

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  20. I love freezer meals. It's so nice to just toss it in the crockpot on my way to work. Seriously, the crockpot is my best friend! I make everything in that thing.

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  21. That's why I picked it! No need to stop at the grocery store. Did you have a problem with the chicken drying out? Last time I cooked chicken breasts in the crockpot, they got super dry.

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  22. I have never made freezer meal before. Sadly here in Germany. My freeze is super small that nothing fits in it. I have froze fruit in there and that all that fits.

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  23. I LOVE THE CROCKPOT! I have chili in it as I type and my son has already dipped into it. We don't eat pork, but I'll be bookmarking this page to try the other recipes soon!

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  24. Great tutorials! Very useful and I might even try in my kitchen - busy week ahead!

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  25. Labeling is key! Nothing is worse than freezing a bunch of something and forgetting what it is, haha!

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  26. Coffee Beans High HeelsOctober 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    love how organized this is!
    thanks for sharing
    xo
    Orly
    coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com

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  27. You should! It's been amazing. I can't go back to regular cooking now!

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  28. The crock pot has definitely become my new best friend. I don't know how I survived without it!

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  29. Aw! That's so depressing. I had a small freezer in college, and it was very inconvenient.

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  30. Mmmm! Chili made in a crock pot sounds so good! I'll have to give that a try, for sure.

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  31. These are definitely convenient for when you know you won't have time to cook later. I start the crock pot before I go to work, and when I get home, and it's ready to go!

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  32. Exactly! Every meal would be a surprise.

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  33. You're welcome! I love being organized!

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  34. Thanks, Kimberly! I'm so obsessed with freezer meals now.

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  35. Definitely book-marking this one! As a student, it will be so convenient to have a week's worth of meals already planned and put together to feed me and my hungry fiance!


    xoxo, SS


    www.TheSouthernStylista.blogspot.com

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  36. I wish I would have thought to do freezer meals in college. It would have made a huge difference!

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  37. This is a good collection of freezer meals! I have only done freezer meals a couple of times but I found them to be a huge time saver! Great for those busy weekends too!

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  38. ooo Pinning for sure! I have really been trying to get a hold of making freezer meals! Thanks for this!

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  39. They do save so much time! I love them!

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  40. Yay! You're very welcome! They're all very yummy recipes.

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  41. It sure is. Are fridge is small to. We had to go buy a mini fridge just to hold are water and other drinks in.

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  42. For the next post, you should veggie freezer meals!

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  43. I would, except I don't like veggies! Jon does though, so maybe I should try a few recipes for him and get back to you!

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  44. Yum! Such a seriously brilliant idea. I'm about to go from year of unemployed travel to working 50 hours a week PLUS planning a wedding, so this is exactly what I need!

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  45. Yes! Freezer meals are perfect for busy lifestyles. You can find tons of other recipes on Pinterest too.

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  46. I'm not really busy, but Quinn (who's three) leaves me unmotivated to spend too much time on dinner sometimes. I'm trying out three of these in the next week or so, I'll let you know if I like them :D

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  47. Yay! That's awesome. I'm like you - sometimes I have the time, but I just don't have the energy, and these really help. I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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