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

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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!

Lina ( loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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Comments 252

  1. Janis Schweers

    Just curious about amount of liquid in Creamy Italian Chicken. Other meals have a lot more. Plan to cook it tonight and thinking of adding some chicken broth. Your opinion please.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      As written it comes out like a creamy Alfredo pasta dish texture. 😀

      • Janis Schweers

        Thanks! My daughter and I split the meals. How long would you recommend cooking half the portion? My crock pot is the 6 qt. size. Thanks again for the quick response.

  2. Lorieann

    How many servings are these meals?

  3. Lisa

    The cilantro lime chicken tacos were wonderful, we really enjoyed that. I will be making that for years. However, the beef broccoli was way too sweet for us.

  4. Ally

    I just made all of these! Can’t wait to try them throughout the week and not have to worry about dinner! And all under 80 bucks! Win!

  5. Flourish and Knot

    Just realized that I bought uncooked sausages for the sausage and peppers recipe. Should I pre-cook them?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’m not exactly sure. I read a couple of articles online that said yes you can but the fat rendered may make everything too greasy so it may depend on how fatty they are. also they may not look as appetizing. Maybe precook to be on the safe side?
      Also if any readers have more experience with this please feel free to comment. Thanks for the question!

  6. Vanessa Ulmer

    These look AMAZING! Thank you! But for some reason I can only get the shopping lists, not the info under “fill a freezer bag with” or the To Cook: info. Please help?

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hmm, are you by chance on a mobile device? I am still finding the info on those listed in the post. If not, maybe try in a different browser. Hope this helps!

  7. Michelle

    Thank you. How many servings per recipe please

  8. jkp

    The sausage shown is a smoked sausage. It is already cooked and only needs to be heated up. I hope this helps.

  9. Starr Woodall

    Love the Creamy Italian Chicken recipe! We served it over spaghetti squash and it was delish! We’ve also tried the broccoli beef….it was a hit! We have frozen all the meals above and the only one I’ve been disappointed with has been the cilantro chicken meal. Too bland. Since the other 3 meals we’ve tried have been a hit with my husband and 1 1/2 year young son, I can only assume I missed something in the recipe.
    Great Job! Many many many thanks!

  10. Carol Keller

    I’m only one person. can i make into 2 meals or would that not be enough for the crockpot? thanks!

    • Linda M

      My thinking would be to use a smaller Crock pot. I use my 6 quart for most of our meals, which serve 4-6, especially if veggies are added to the crockpot. If I am just cooking a smaller amount (enough for 2-3) for just me for a couple of lunches, (like Chicken and Dumplings which Hubby doesn’t care for but I love), I use my smaller one,which is 2 quarts. It is tall and round not more shallow and oval, like my 6 qt. Both have the ceramic removable inserts. I also have an 8 quart, with two nserts, one for the 8 qts, and another that is divided and each side is 4 qts. I can cook two dishes for the same meal at the same time, or cook two different meals, one in each side!! I use the large one for soups to freeze after cooking or chili or spaghetti sauce. I find it pays for me to have varied sizes.

      • Linda M

        Oops! forgot to say that many meals can be cooked and then frozen. I tend to experiment with left overs to see what freezes well after is is cooked. That might work for you too Carol Keller

  11. Linda M

    I am still wondering about serving size. I see where a couple of people asked how many servings and I can’t find a response. I even went way back into 2014 posts. It’s just me and Hubby and I need to know whether I can make 2 meals of each of these or is 3 is possible. 4 or 6 servings?? I’m leaning toward 4!! LOL

    I am so excited to find these and other things on this site! I love freezer meals and crockpot meals. We had a frozen Crockpot Herbed chicken meal tonight but I am looking forward to the Cilantro Lime Chicken on flour Tortillas, and the Creamy Italian Chicken!! Shopping tomorrow!!! Thanks for this site.

  12. Linda M

    WELL!!!!! It pays to read the post! There is a section after the Chinese Beef and Broccoli recipe that is clearly labeled Notes/Tips and the serving size of 4-6 is clearly right there in the middle. I must have scrolled over that section several times, and of course, when I post asking for serving size, I immediately found it!!! Go Figure!! Anyway, there are several very good tips in that section and a couple I had not thought of! Be sure to read the Notes/Tips!! I am glad I finally found it right there with the recipes!! LOL

  13. Diane

    Regarding the sausage/peppers meal, I suppose the canned tomatoes are the smaller cans? Please confirm. Thanks.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      14.5 oz
      Hope that helps!

  14. doctorziegel

    When you say defrosted, what is the best method? Fridge overnight or on the counter for a couple hours?

  15. Sammy

    Can you use fresh ginger instead?

  16. Pat

    Can’t wait to try some of these at my dad’s this week. His wife only knows how to cook hamburger helper and that gets old after a while otherwise we go out to eat and with my dad’s upcoming surgery he doesn’t need the added expense so I guess I will be cooking. I have to cook easy ones cause I have to buy everything. The last time I was there I secretly threw away tons of food because my grandparents bought it and they have been gone 10 years now. LOL

  17. Grace

    How long can I keep these recipes in the freezer?

  18. Jami Eaton

    Do the veggies come out mushy when you cook them all day? Looking forward to trying these but I hate mushy vegetables.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I thought the peppers and onions were fine. You may want to hold back or separate the broccoli as that one was a little over-cooked. Feel free to separate in another baggie, and cook that at the last minute.

  19. Francesca

    I would like to make all of these for the week. Do you have a shopping list that combines all the ingredients needed instead of what you need for each meal? It would make this easier for me lol

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh darn we don’t but that is great feedback for the future! Thanks so much.


    Hello, I am looking for a a vegan substitution for the cram cheese for my daughter. I thought of tofu, but, I am not sure tofu will give the dish the flavor or richness of cream cheese. Thank you for any ideas you have!!!

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