I know with school starting that many parents are looking for an easier way to get dinner on the table on busy school nights. On those nights your crock-pot is going to be your best friend!
To save even more time, you can assemble the crock-pot meals ahead of time and freeze. Then just pour the ingredients into your crock-pot in the morning – dinner is ready with only 1-2 minutes of hands-on time!
My friend Erin from 5dollardinners.com has created an awesome time-saving meal plan where you can make 20 Gluten-Free Freezer Crock-Pot Meals from Costco for only $150!
Here are the meals you’ll be making:
- Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
- Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
- Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
- Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, Onions
- Slow Cooker Italian Stew Roast
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew
Each meal in this plan is DOUBLED, so these 10 recipes make 20 meal packs total! Each pack serves a family of 4. Larger families can double or use 2 packs for 1 meal!
There are 2 packages available for purchase with this plan and both are very affordable.
- Recipes & Shopping List Printable – $2.49
- Recipes & Shopping List, plus Assembly Instructions, access to Exclusive Instructional Videos plus Printable Recipe Cards for when assembling & Printable Stickers for your freezer baggies – $5.00
I opted to purchase the plan that included the assembly videos and I am SO glad I did! It was incredibly helpful to be able to see how Erin assembled everything. She had several great time-saving tips in the videos too.
My cost ended up being a little bit higher (still under $200) because my Costco did not carry the sweet potatoes, so I purchased organic sweet potatoes from Kroger. I also opted to purchase the organic chicken from Costco, which increased my cost quite a bit, but I also used my own homemade chicken broth (essentially free) which helped to offset some of my additional cost.
Also, Erin must be super-human because it took me closer to 4.5 hours to make the meals. That time does include clean-up though. That works out to only 13.5 minutes per meal – still a HUGE time-saver!
I’m so excited to have an entire month’s worth of weeknight dinners in my freezer, ready to go! Now I can have dinner prepared in just 2 minutes on those crazy busy days!