November 1, 2014

20 Gluten-Free Freezer Crock-Pot Meals from Costco for $150!

Sep 2, 2014

I made 20 crock-pot freezer meals in about 4 hours, for under $200! All ingredients come from Costco and are gluten-free! So excited to have a month of weeknight meals ready to go!


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!

I made 20 crock-pot freezer meals in about 4 hours, for under $200! All ingredients come from Costco and are gluten-free! So excited to have a month of weeknight meals ready to go!

There are 2 packages available for purchase with this plan and both are very affordable.

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 mont’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!

I made 20 crock-pot freezer meals in about 4 hours, for under $200! All ingredients come from Costco and are gluten-free! So excited to have a month of weeknight meals ready to go!

25 Gluten-Free Meals for Less Than $150 from Aldi

Aug 27, 2014

Make 25 gluten-free meals for less than $150 from ALDI! Includes a printable meal plan, recipes, and shopping list!


If you’re on a gluten-free diet, you know how expensive it can be! Thankfully, there are a lot of gluten-free options at Aldi with their new GFree gluten-free product line!

My friend Lauren from IAmThatLady.com has put together an awesome menu plan printable pack so that you can get 25 Gluten-Free Meals from Aldi for Less Than $150!

The meals sound pretty amazing too. Here are the recipes you’ll be making:

  • Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Thyme – Served with Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli
  • Black Beans & Rice – Served with Brown Rice
  • Caramel Apple Pork Chops- Served with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
  • Honey Garlic Chicken – Served with White Rice and Mixed Vegetables
  • Loaded Baked Potato Casserole – Served with Peas
  • Chicken Divan – Served with White Rice
  • Red Pepper Chicken with Mozzarella – Served with White Rice and Broccoli
  • Blackened Tilapia – Served with White Rice and Green Beans
  • Baked Potato Soup – Served with GF bread
  • Marinated Chicken Breast – Served with Brown Rice and Green Beans
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Spaghetti with Sauce – Served over GF Pasta and with a Salad
  • Rice Lasagna – Served with a side salad
  • Spinach Fritatta w/ Homemade Hashbrowns
  • Chicken Piccata – Served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

To make things easy for you, Lauren has put together a printable pack that includes all the detailed recipes, printable menu planner, and a shopping list. Best of all, you can get the entire printable pack for only $1.97!

Such a great deal and it will save you a ton of time and money!

Make 25 gluten-free meals for less than $150 from ALDI! Includes a printable meal plan, recipes, and shopping list!

New to ALDI? Be sure to read my ALDI Shopping Guide!

FREE Subscription to Food on the Table Meal Planning Service

Mar 8, 2012

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Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

FREE Subscription to Food on the Table Meal Planning Service

Feb 11, 2012

Food on the Table is a new meal planning service that is based on your local grocery store sales! You can find recipes, shopping lists, and more to help you save money on your meals.

You can choose your local grocery stores, select the types of foods you like, and even include dietary restrictions (low-carb, gluten-free, etc.). Then get started choosing your meals for the week! Easy!

BONUS: For the month of February, you can get the premium service for FREE with coupon code “FEBFREE” (reg. $5/month)!

Sign up here: FOOD ON THE TABLE MENU PLANNING SERVICE

Menu Plan 7/4 – 7/10

Jul 5, 2011

Here is our menu plan for the week!

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast with Homemade Jelly (we’ll eat this most mornings)
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fresh Fruit
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes (I made another big batch of these recently.)
Eggs in a Nest (my current favorite food!)

Lunches:

Leftovers
PB&J, Sliced Carrots, Yogurt, Fruit
Grilled Chicken Salad
Homemade Pizza
Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
“Snacky Lunch” – Yogurt, nuts, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.
Lunch Out

Dinners:

Hamburgers, Fries, Corn on the Cob, Watermelon
Chicken Taquitos (from the freezer), Cucumber Tomato Salad, Watermelon
Ravioli (from the freezer), Salad
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes (from the freezer), Steamed Broccoli
Steak, Corn on the Cob, Salad
Pasta Parmesan (tripling this for a meal swap), Salad, Garlic Bread
Leftovers

For more Menu Plans visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!

Menu Plan 6/27 – 7/3

Jun 27, 2011

I forgot to make a menu plan last week and it was a disaster! Menu planning really does save you a lot of time. Here is our menu plan for this week!

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast with Homemade Jelly (we’ll eat this most mornings)
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fresh Fruit
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes (I made another big batch of these last week. We love them!)
Eggs in a Nest (or “in a basket” – what do you call them?)

Lunches:

Leftovers
PB&J, Sliced Carrots, Yogurt
Grilled Chicken Salad
Pizza
Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
“Snacky Lunch” – Yogurt, nuts, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.
Lunch Out

Dinners:

Bean Burritos (from the freezer), Salad
Sausage Strata (from the freezer), Steamed Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes (from the freezer)
Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Toast
Hamburgers, Oven Fries
Italian Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Salad
Cook Out for 4th of July
Leftovers

For more Menu Plans visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!

Menu Plan 6/13 – 6/19

Jun 13, 2011

Thanks to my Freezer Cooking Week, I have quite a few meals in my freezer right now. I will be planning to eat one or two per week and will be continuing to swap one meal per week with friends. We also purchased a 40 lb case of chicken from Zaycon Foods so we’ll be processing all of that for the freezer this week. Any ideas for what to make with 40 pounds of chicken?

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast with Homemade Jelly (we’ll eat this most mornings)
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon or Sausage, Fresh Fruit
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Burritos
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes (I made about 50 of these for the freezer recently)

Lunches:

Leftovers
PB&J, Baby Carrots, Yogurt
Grilled Chicken Salad
Pizza
Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
“Snacky Lunch” – Yogurt, nuts, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Baby Carrots, Pickles

Dinners:

Saucy Little Meatballs (freezer), Mashed Potatoes (freezer), Steamed Veggies
Jambalaya, Red Beans, Steamed Veggies,
Hawaiian Chicken, Rice, Salad
Homemade Pizza, Salad
Grilled Italian Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Salad
Tamalie Pie (freezer), Salad
Dinner Out

For more Menu Plans visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!

Menu Plan 6/6 – 6/12

Jun 7, 2011

Last week’s freezer cooking plan went really well! I now have a freezer stocked with homemade dinners that I can pull out for nights when I need a quick meal. I’ll share a little more about my freezer meals later on this week.

Breakfasts

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Toast with Homemade Jelly (we’ll eat this most mornings)
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon or Sausage, Fresh Fruit
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Burritos
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes (I made about 50 of these for the freezer recently)

Lunches:

Leftovers
PB&J, Baby Carrots, Yogurt
Grilled Chicken Salad
Pizza
Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
“Snacky Lunch” – Yogurt, nuts, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.
Chick-fil-A

Dinners:

Bean Burritos*, Salad
Slow Cooker Round Steak, Potatoes, Carrots
Lasagna (from the Freezer Meal Swap), Salad, Garlic Bread
Chicken Hawaiian*, Salad, Homemade Dinner Rolls
Homemade Pizza
Little Saucy Meatballs* (making multiples for a freezer meal swap), Mashed Potatoes (I recently made about 20 lbs for the freezer), Peas from the Garden
Grilled Hamburgers, Oven Fries, Corn on the Cob

*Recipes are from Sue Gregg’s “Meals in Minutes” Cookbook.

For more Menu Plans visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!

Menu Plan 5/30 – 6/5

May 31, 2011

This week I’m making freezer meals! Am I the only one who hates cooking in the summer? The thought of heating up the kitchen by turning on the oven when it’s already over 100 degrees outside makes it really hard for me to motivate myself to cook. By making freezer meals now before it gets too hot here in Texas, I am able to serve my family healthy meals without spending a lot of time in the hot kitchen!

I will be making doubles of all of these meals and I will be making multiples of a couple of them for a meal exchange with friends! That is another way to stock your freezer without spending a lot of time and money. Making two or more of a meal you are already cooking only takes a few extra minutes.

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese (we eat this most mornings)
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon or Sausage, Fresh Fruit
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Burritos
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes (I made about 50 of these for the freezer recently)

Lunches:

Leftovers
PB&J, Baby Carrots, Yogurt
Grilled Chicken Salad
Pizza
Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
“Snacky Lunch” – Yogurt, nuts, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.

Dinners:

White Chicken Chili, Dinner Rolls
Slow Cooker Round Steak, Potatoes, Carrots
Chicken Curry*, Rice, Steamed Broccoli
Sausage Strata*, Salad, Rolls
Tamale Pie*, Salad
Bean Burritos*
Tuna Fettucine*, Steamed Broccoli, Salad

*Recipes are from Sue Gregg’s “Meals in Minutes” Cookbook.

For more Menu Plans visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!

Menu Plan 5/23 – 5/29

May 23, 2011

Here is our menu plan this week:

Breakfasts:

Scrambled Eggs with Cheese (we eat this most mornings)
Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fresh Fruit
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Burritos
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pancakes (I made about 50 of these for the freezer last week)

Lunches:

Leftovers
PB&J, Baby Carrots, Yogurt
Grilled Chicken Salad
Pizza
Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Fruit
“Snacky Lunch” – Yogurt, nuts, cheese, fruit, crackers, etc.
Out for Lunch

Dinners:

Chicken Fajitas
Beef Stew, Homemade Dinner Rolls
Lemon Herb Roasted Chicken, Creamy Potato Chunks, Salad
Grilled Chicken Salad, Baked Potatoes
Garlic-Rubbed Pork Chops, Oven Fries, Steamed Veggies
Pizza
Dinner at a Friend’s House

For more Menu Plans visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!

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