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Five Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals (Make 5 Meals in Just One Hour)

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Five Slow Cooker Freezer Bag Meals Hip2Save

Are you super busy during the week with little time to make a wholesome dinner every night? Well, what if I told you that you could prep ahead five freezer bag meals for the week in about one hour?!

Yes, it’s true! Try these five simple and delicious make-ahead meals that can be stored in the freezer and then placed in the slow cooker when you’re in a hurry and need an easy family meal. You’ll want to use a gallon sized freezer bag for each meal and store each bag flat in the freezer to take up less space. I recommend removing each meal from the freezer the night before you are planning to serve it so it can defrost overnight in the refrigerator.

** Print Master Grocery List HERE (includes ingredients for all 5 meals below) **

Teriyaki Chicken Freezer Bag Meal

Teriyaki Chicken

* Print Teriyaki Chicken Grocery Shopping List HERE *

Fill a freezer bag with:

1 and 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, sliced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 carrots sliced
1 green bell pepper sliced
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, minced

To Cook: Place thawed contents in a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Optional: To thicken sauce at the end, whisk together 1/2 cup of the cooked sauce with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and pour back in the slow cooker. Turn cooker on high for an extra 10-15 minutes so sauce can thicken. Serve on top of rice and garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

Sausage with Peppers and Onions freezer bag meal Hip2Save

Sausage with Onions & Peppers

* Print Sausage with Onions & Peppers Grocery Shopping List HERE *

Fill Freezer Bag with:
1-16 oz. package Sausage, sliced
1 onion sliced
3 Bell Peppers (one green, one yellow, and one red) sliced
2 cans diced tomatoes, fire roasted and not drained
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

To Cook: Place thawed contents in the slow cooker for about 5-6 hours on low or 3 hours on high. Serve on top of rice.

Creamy Italian Chciken Freezer Bag Meal Hip2Save

Creamy Italian Chicken

* Print Creamy Italian Chicken Grocery Shopping List HERE *

Fill freezer bag with:

1 and 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, cut up in one inch pieces
1 bar of cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 packet zesty Italian salad dressing mix
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cup green beans, frozen or fresh

To Cook: Place thawed contents in the slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Serve chicken on top of noodles and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Cilantro Lime Chicken Freezer Bag Meal

Cilantro Lime Chicken

* Print Cilantro Lime Chicken Grocery Shopping List HERE *

Fill Freezer Bag with:

1 and 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup black beans, drained
1 cup frozen corn, drained
4 oz. can green chilies
1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
juice of two limes
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin

To Cook: Place thawed contents in slow cooker and cook on low 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Serve on top of tortillas for tacos or serve on top of rice. Garnish with extra lime or cilantro if desired.

Chinese Beef & Broccoli Freezer Meal Hip2Save

Chinese Beef & Broccoli

* Print Chinese Beef & Broccoli Grocery Shopping List HERE *

Fill Freezer Bag with:

2 pounds beef, sliced (sirloin works well)
1 can beef consume (found in the soup aisle)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli (separate in a smaller bag)

To Cook: Place defrosted contents in slow cooker on low 7-8 hours or high 4 hours. Consider bagging the broccoli separate and adding it in about 30 minutes before meat is done cooking (otherwise, the broccoli tends to over cook!). Optional: To thicken sauce at the end, whisk together 1/2 cup of the cooked sauce with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and pour back in the slow cooker. Turn cooker on high for an extra 10-15 minutes so sauce can thicken. Serve beef and broccoli on top of rice and garnish with chopped green onion if desired.
Freezer Meal Cooking with Hip2Save

  • I thought it was faster to label all the bags first, cut up all the meat and add to bags, and then focus on the vegetables and sauces etc.
  • Cooking times may vary a bit depending on the size and shape of your slow cooker. For instance, meals cook faster when I cook with my larger oval shaped 6 quart slow cooker as opposed to my medium sized tall shaped 4 quart slow cooker.
  • Servings sizes for these meals are about 4-6. We have four people in my family and we had left overs for all of these meals.
  • You can cook rice ahead of time and freeze it as well. Consider storing cooked rice in freezer bags according to the amount you would use in one dinner.  To reheat, just place on a skillet with a little butter or olive oil and sprinkle with some water and stir fry.
  • Use a Sharpie to label freezer bags with the name of the meal and the date the meal was prepared (you may even want to note the cooking instructions).
  • My kids LOVED the Creamy Italian Chicken the most. It really is a must make if you don’t already make a similar version :)
  • These meals would make a fantastic and thoughtful gift for a new mom or maybe someone who is ill or just had surgery.

Do you have any favorite freezer bag to slow cooker meal ideas? Please share!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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  • Anh says:

    These are all brilliant ideas and I love it for new moms who have just given birth, single dads, or anyone who needs to save time and still eat well.

  • kay says:

    My church has a freezer cooking group-you make up 10 bags (or some amount, it’s set up ahead of time) of the same meal, then trade bags with people who did the same and get a bunch of different meals all ready to go in the crockpot

  • Sophie says:

    Love my slow cooker and doing freezer meals. Please keep the recipes coming!! Super excited to see what delicious recipes you will cook up for summer!

  • toni says:

    wow, super excited to try these!!! love the master list that is provided. thank you.

  • Wild Orchid says:

    Thank you SO much! This is super helpful, and I plan on making these recipes this week.

  • Maria says:

    Thanks so much Lina! I love doing freezer meals ahead of time, especially since the halal meat store is farther away from me, so I always know I have a meal ready and waiting. Thanks again! :)

  • Tan says:

    Love the idea. Do you have vegetarian slow cooker recipes?

  • Happymama says:

    And bookmark! My niece will be having her first child soon. My fav present after my son was born was ready made home cooked food! Thanks!

  • Svitlana says:

    Thanks! Can you make a link where I can print all recepies at once (not only ingredients)?

  • Peggy Innamorato says:

    Awesome meals Collin, thanks for sharing will be making these soon!!!! :)

  • Tina says:

    A few weeks ago I bought chicken, shrimp, beef, pork, and put it all in the freezer. Is it safe to defrost meat, chop, add ingredients and put it in a freezer bag to refreeze again?

    • lj says:

      Yes, as long as it never becomes room temp. As long as you defrost in the refrigerator, you should be fine. Not sure I would do the shrimp though. Shrimp become mushy when thawed and not cooked.

    • Erin says:

      Just add the other ingredients in a bag labeled “just add ____” along with the cooking instructions.

  • lj says:

    Ok, so I made the creamy italian chicken tonight for dinner… It was SO good! I’m planning to make several batches of that one to put in the freezer. My #3 is due in about 2 weeks and this is going to be so nice to have the next couple of months! Lina, PLEASE post more like this SOON! I am so uninspired these days to come up with new recipes, but if you post quickly, I’ll have a freezer full before this lil one comes lol

  • Jody says:

    I am making the Cilantro Lime Chicken TODAY!!!!! I will let you know what I think ;)

  • missy says:

    I made the creamy chicken today. It was OK, but it needed something!I hope whatever I make next is a huge hit.

    • Jody says:

      by the way….it’s just my husband and I eating, when you say it needed something…should I add lots of pepper? lol

      • missy says:

        I don’t think pepper was it :). Now that Chinese beef and broccoli was awesome. I’m doing the sausage and peppers tonight. I did the cilantro lime chicken and wasn’t crazy about it either.

    • Jody says:

      Missy I felt the same about the cilantro lime chicken lol. Maybe too many black beans/not enough chicken. I’m not sure but it was also pretty bland. we needed to top it with sour cream, hot sauce, and lots of extra lime for it to taste decent. I was not impressed with that recipe :( I am going to try the Creamy chicken in the next couple days! going to replace the green beans for spinach. :)

  • Sarah says:

    Okay so I’m coming back to update on 2 of the meals. We made the sausage & peppers & the creamy Italian chicken.

    I give the sausage & peppers 3.5 stars. I will be making it again but next time around I plan on adding at least another half a package of sausage, if not the whole package.

    I give the creamy Italian chicken 5 stars! I followed the directions exactly & it came out perfect, I just had to adjust the cooking time. This is probably one of my most favorite new meals we’ve had in a long time! It was AWESOME & my 2 year old agreed!

    I loved this post! These were so easy to prep & throw in!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha) says:

      Great news! I know that’s a super yummy meal :-)

    • Jody says:

      So funny you just replied to this old post yesterday bc I got on just now to see if anyone replied to my last post, and they did ;) But I agree…the creamy chicken was AWESOME!!! Made garlic bread with it, had a lot of leftovers, and it was soooo good!!!! :) I didn’t try the sausage one but definitely did not care for the cilantro chicken one I did. Thanks for your review!!

  • Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts says:

    Great meal options, I’d just love to see more lower sodium sauces used, like soy sauce; heart disease is still the number one killer of women in this country, and we need to keep all of the amazing moms around for as long as we can! Thanks, Lina!

    • cindy says:

      Agree w/ you Misty. Lower sodium, lighter meats, etc is always good. But just a thought. You can adjust to your diet. I do it all the time. ff chicken stock is another example or make my own if i can. Lower fat items are also a plus.

  • HORST says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t cook with the crock pot very often – do you take the food out of the bag before you cook it, or cook it in the bag??

  • wednesday says:

    How long should I cook if I’m not freezing the beef and broccoli

    • cindy says:

      Unsure but just a thought. Maybe start w/ 4 hrs. Even monitor just in case. Adjust time on recipe to your liking. I cook everything on low. So it seems to take about 1/2 a day. That is good in my case.

  • kay says:

    I am new at this! Do I cook these meals first before freezing or does it all go uncooked in freezer bag?

  • Tanya says:

    Why is my cream cheese kind of chunky in the creamy Italian chicken looks a little like bad milk?

  • Shianne says:

    How long can they be kept frozen before cooking?

    • cindy says:

      I suspect they could last quite some time, but don’t know for sure. I personally use 1 meal a wk. So this entire listing only lasted me about 1 month.

  • Stephanie says:

    ok, so we tried out the italian chicken today, and first of all, 6 hours on low for 2 whole chicken breasts was WAY too long! Chicken was dry despite being cooked in the liquid. And the recipe says to cook it for 7-8 hours! i would say maybe 4 hours tops! And the green beans cooking for the whole 6 hours had the consistency of canned green beans! yuck! so i would change that next time to adding them in the last hour or so. Flavor wise.. it was delicious!! Will definitely do this again with those mods!

    • cindy says:

      I made this recipe yesturday. Turned out fine for us. The breast fell apart. Also used thighs & legs. They also feel apart. Son & hubby loved it. Agree about the green beans. Will have to work on that part.

  • Kim in AZ says:

    These recipes all look great. Just wanted to say – thank you for sharing! :)

  • Susie says:

    I want to try this. We only have a family of 3 and my 4 year old barley eats. Do you think we can split everything into two bags and make 10?

  • Jill says:

    I have to just say I keep coming back to these recipes and making them. They are now family favorites. Thank you!

  • Stephanie Ross says:

    As far as the Creamy Italian Chicken is concerned, some were saying that it was missing something. I agree. I made it the second time and added diced onion, sliced carrots, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley and pepper and served it over homemade mashed potatoes. Much better.

  • missy says:

    Do you cook the chicken first in these recipes?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha) says:

      No. These are recipes to prepare meals ahead of time, freeze, then just throw in the crockpot when you want to.

  • bflohockeymom says:

    This is the first set of freezer meals that I think my family would like! Will be making them up this week as we gear up for school starting. Thanks so much!

  • Jenna says:

    One thing I do with some of my freezer meals is to omit the liquids until i am ready to cook. I chop the meat (if needed) and wrap in tin foil to prevent freezer burn, chop all the veggies, put everything into the ziploc, then I write the rest of the ingredients on the outside of the bag so I can get them ready the night before.
    One of my favorite recipes is an easy Primavera meat sauce:
    1lb ground beef and/or turkey,1 chopped bell pepper, 1 chopped onion, 1/2 chopped both summer squash and zucchini, 15oz can tomato sauce, 2Tbl Wildtree spaghetti blend (though I believe Italian seasoning would work as well). Blend all together on high for 4 hours, occasionally breaking up chunks of meat. At the end, add in 6oz of tomato puree and salt to taste.

  • Holly says:

    Can I cook these from frozen? Without thawing first?

  • Kim says:

    For the Beef and Broccoli I had put them in separate bags. I defrosted them in the sink overnight. Not a good idea. the beef was ok, but the broccoli smelt sour. I used it anyway in the last 30 minutes, but it was smelling up the house and I thought all that gas from the broccoli was not good. So I took it out of the crock pot and cooked some fresh broccoli in the microwave. I guess I should have defrosted it in the fridge. But now I am wondering if I should eat the beef, or toss it all in the garbage. I added some red wine and thickened the sauce and it tastes ok. …

  • Lydia Talkington says:

    what is the time frame in the freezer for these prepared meals?

    • cindy says:

      I use 1 every week. I am disabled. But i volunteer @ a food pantry & am gone from about 8 am – roughly 2 pm. I turn it on just before i leave & is done when i get home. But my time frame is about 1 month. I suspect they could go longer.

  • Knitnikk says:

    Just wondering for the sausage recipe: is this uncooked farmer sausage type sausage, or cooked sausage.

  • LW says:

    I tried the beef and broccoli the other night- I used sirlion steak (which was the cheapest) and it turned out SO good! I will make this again, but cook the broccoli less than I did.

    I also made the creamy italian chicken and HOLY MOLY that might be my favorite crock pot meal of all time. YUM!!! I did, however, add about a cup of zesty italian (already made) dressing in the bag before I froze it. I think that added a lot of flavor.

  • cindy says:

    My family inhailed the cilantro lime chicken. It smelled so awsome. My hubby called it intoxicating. My son agreed. & he is the picky one.

  • cindy says:

    A great suggestion for those of us who hate not all the ingredients coming out of the crock (burning to the sides) use a Reynolds wrap crock pot linner. They run about $5 for a pkg of 4 (sometimes 6). They are SO SO MUCH worth it. Can find in most Targets, Walmarts, & many grocery stores. They are located w/ the aluminum foil, ziplock bags, ciran wrap isle. Even found generic liners @ my local Dollar Tree. a 2 pk for $1?? Can’t beat that price. Am anxious to try them. Makes life so much easier.

    • Linda says:

      I use those every time I use my crockpot and love them. Sometimes a little leak developes but almost no clean up. They are cheaper at my Walmart.

  • Wendy says:

    Have you tried cooking from frozen? Just wondering how it worked because I would like to plop the frozen meal into the crock pot if possible. Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha) says:

      I have and yes it works, just takes a little longer. Thanks! I also have placed frozen bag under running water to loosen up contents a bit so it’s easier to place in slow cooker.

  • Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for the recipes! I just made all 5 meals today. It only took about an hour. So awesome! Now I don’t have to cook ALL WEEK! They look delicious too!

  • Joy says:

    I was wondering if we could freeze the meal in a slow cooker liner? I have finally broken down and bought a bunch of them and use them every time I use the slow cooker. They are sooooo worth the money (and I am a cheapskate)!!! If I freeze the meal in the liner, could I just put it in the slow cooker frozen for 8 hours on low? Do you think it would get done? I love using frozen chicken in the slow cooker. It comes out so tender. Thanks so much for these recipes! I am trying to eat better and make easier meals for my family.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha) says:

      Hi Joy- I haven’t used those yet. Do they seal up like a freezer bag and as thick? I think the main thing is to avoid bag breaking and letting air inside. Maybe someone who has used them can help?

  • Colleen says:

    I made these over the weekend and I’m very excited! I ended up with 10 meals since we only have 2 adults and 2 very small kiddos. My only question is, I purchased fresh sausage from the butcher and the store and used that in the sausage/peppers/onion recipe. Is that going to be an issue when placing in the crockpot? I assume it is going to fall apart since it’s in casings, but will it be too weird not to eat? The main thing is that it cooks through, correct? I just don’t want to end up with two wasted meals!

  • Nicole P says:

    I cannot find ginger paste! Where should I look? Is it in a specialty store?

  • saje14S says:

    I am looking to go the other way round. Cook first, freeze cooked meal, defrost and cook when camping using skillet on camp stove (too dry to use campfire).

  • Cecilia says:

    Hey! I was just wondering what sized crockpot you put these meals in? I’m trying to get into this freezer cooker thing, but I’m concerned about the size of crockpot that I will need. It would at MAX be used for two people.

  • Kelley says:

    These recipes look good, I’ve never thought to freeze the rice Your print features are awesome.

  • Chantel says:

    I am going to put these together today as I have too many things going and pizza has been on the rotation too much lately. I can vouch for the broccoli beef as I have been doing that in the crockpot for years, but I steam the broccoli while I am making the rice then just mix it with the meat/sauce. That way the broccoli still has some ‘bite’ to it and is nice and green instead of grey.

  • Lupe says:

    Hi there was wondering for the tacos if you add cooked or uncooked black beans? Thanks in advance! Everything sounds yummy!

  • Lisa says:

    I made the creamy Italian chicken last night. My PICKY family of 6 ALL loved it! I was out of green beans and used peas. They asked me to double up on the sauce next time they loved it so much they wanted to drown it on the pasta. Thanks Collin!!!

  • marg says:

    How many people do these meals serve and portion size please

  • Xica says:

    My husband is not a huge chicken fan (he says it’s not a “real meat” — he’s a hunter)…can you please advise on how to substitute beef in some of the recipes? Particularly the teriyaki.

    I never really learned or was taught how to cook so my apologies if this is a silly question.
    Thank you!

  • Crystal says:

    I made the sausage and peppers recipe per the directions. I have to say that there was way too much liquid for this recipe. Just my opinion, but I think the two undrained cans of fire roasted tomatoes is TOO much.

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