• Wed, Apr 30 - 11:00 am ET

Busy Mom’s Cooking Hacks: 5 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

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THIS BITCH loves freezer meals.

I seriously thought I was the laziest cook alive, but my Internet #bestie and loyal Mommyish reader Valerie turned me on to something even easier. BOOM: Freezer meals. This falls into the “why didn’t I think of that?” category, which is all fine and good because other experienced crock pot masters have gone before me to do all the hard work. You won’t hear me complaining.

Cooking in a crock pot is really easy. Preparing a freezer meal for a crock pot is even easier because you take care of the prep work in advance. Picture this: Your kids are screaming and fighting over the iPad on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Your glass of Chardonnay has grown hot to leave an unpleasant, room temperature taste in your mouth. Your mousy mom hair is plastered to your forehead as you furiously chop veggies, meat, and spices to store and label in freezer bags for your weekly meals.

Maybe this scene doesn’t sound familiar to you, but it is my #momlife in the truest essence of the word. Freezer meals are awesome because you can slap them together over the weekend, and you don’t have to worry about preparing food for the crock pot while dashing out the door on Monday morning. Dump the freezer bag in the slow cooker and hit the road.

If you’re new to the world of freezer-meal-crock-pot-cookery, I’m here for you. Start with these five freezer recipes and take your slow cooker for a spin:

1. Crock Pot Chicken Curry: This recipe uses minimal ingredients per my lazy cooking style, and it is incredibly easy to prep and store in freezer bags.

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2. Teriyaki Chicken: Why, oh why, is this chicken so easy? Slap chicken, teriyaki sauce, and a few other ingredients into freezer bags, and your hard work is done.

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3. Chicken Tortilla Soup: This soup is a sure hit in the South. I still can’t get over the fact that you throw all the ingredients into a Ziploc to cook later.

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4. Ginger Cranberry Pork Roast: Would you believe that this simple recipe falls under the category of #cleaneating? Get prepping so you can feel virtuous about your health.

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5. Lemon Chicken: This last pick is my top choice since I’ve put my toddler on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet for his eczema. Throw chicken breasts, lemon pepper, dairy-free butter, lemon, and parsley into a gallon freezer bag, and your healthy family meal awaits.

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  • NYBondLady

    Why, WHY the food post at 11:00am?? I am so hungry now.

  • Butt Trophy Recipient

    You mention Val… but never me in any of your articles :(

    At least my favorite stock photo chick is back!

    • Bethany Ramos

      I will make sure everyone knows she’s yours next week!

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      Woohoo!!1!

    • Valerie

      Butt + Veggie Fetish Chick = love4eva

    • Lackadaisical

      Probably a good idea. Future Mrs Butt Trophy seems to be getting more and more obvious in her stock photos in an attempt to gain Mr Butt’s attention. Is it just me that thinks that the pout and the pose of the hand in this one looks a little … interesting? It is? I’ll get my coat.

    • Bethany Ramos

      LOL!

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      Congrats, you’ve just been promoted to Tier 311!!!

    • Lackadaisical

      Yay! I levelled! Do I get points to spend on my annoying poster stats? I choose to put a point in bloody minded refusal to read what the other person has really written before arguing what I want to say.

    • Valerie

      It’s to comfort me…since I am not a 1st tier mom.
      ::humpf::

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      It’s not MY fault you don’t get every single one of my jokes!!!!!!

      >:(

    • Valerie

      I do tooo! If I have been around for that article’s comment thread I would have known. You are meannnn.

      But Bethy and I Skype now. So we will never be apart. In yo face, Butt!

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      FINE! You’re 1st Tier Mom Troll now. But it’s probationary. If you don’t figure out a single joke, even if you weren’t around for it, back to 2nd Tier >:(

      You two Skype? Well, there goes your sexting ring

    • Valerie

      Oh we do. I’ve been sending her little emoticons and laughing myself silly. I looove it.

    • Bethany Ramos

      #skypelove !!!

    • Valerie

      #forever

    • Valerie

      And yeahhhh! I could totally troll. I have an evil side.

    • Lackadaisical

      We have tiers to our mumliness now? Congratulations on become a probationary 1st tier troll mum, Valerie. I’m waving from tier 312 but I don’t think you can see me from up there.

    • Valerie

      You are way high up! You make me laugh all the time. You’re tier 1 to me. :-)

    • Lackadaisical
  • Linzon

    I see all of these lovely freezer bag meals and wonder what I’m doing wrong! It seems no matter how I try to freeze stuff it always ends up freezer burned and weird. Maybe I finally need to exchange my youth for a food saver.

    • Lindsey

      Make sure that it is a freezer bag that you are using. Also, most things can only be frozen for like 6 months. Double bagging also works great and you can reuse the outside bag(without worrying about contamination or anything).

  • Kirsten Larson

    Wonder how these meals would fare being the crock pot for 10+ hours? Between the time I leave and husband comes home with kids, it far exceeds 8 hours :-(

    • NYBondLady

      That hasn’t been an issue for me, especially if you keep it on low. I’d add a little more liquid if you’re worried.

    • SA

      We purchased a new crockpot recently at Target that was bad ($$ wise) and comes with a timer so it switches to just warm after a certain time. Highly recommend.

    • Rachel Sea

      I’d add an extra cup of liquid, and just give it a try. Worst case scenario, the experiment fails and you have pb&j for dinner.

  • Valerie

    Yeahhh I love getting a shout out! You do the best food articles! <3

    • Bethany Ramos

      Thanks – and thanks for your great idea!! ;)

    • Valerie

      Any time!!!

  • Valerie

    And I love Stock Photo Veggie Fetish Chick. She’s all “the hole is THIS big!”

    • Butt Trophy Recipient

      OK… wow, that one outdid anything I could have thought of

      0_o

    • Valerie

      I told Beth I haven’t really changed since I had kids. I meant it. Lol.

  • Hibbie

    Does anyone use those crockpot insert bags for easy cleanup? Do they really work? I don’t love the idea of my food slow cooking with nylon, but I really hate cleaning my crockpot.

    • Guets

      We tried them before and the food tasted a little plastic-y so my husband said never again. When we’re done we soak it overnight then quick rinse and pop it in the dishwasher. Just don’t let it harden cause that is the real pain in the ass.

    • Hibbie

      Thanks for the heads up. I don’t want to waste precious money and time on a dish only for it to have a plastic aftertaste!

  • A

    My lazy third trimester butt is going to buy all the foods and never use my oven again for the next like, five months. Cuz my last newborn equaled take out. Often.

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