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Crockpot Freezer Meals to Make Before Baby

crock pot freezer meals to make before baby is born

One thing that I LOVED as a new mom was having already prepared dinners ready and on hand. I found that when I was tired, sleep deprived, and had a newborn attached to me 24/7, the last thing I wanted to do was go to the grocery store and then spend hours at the in the kitchen to make a healthy meal.

To make things easier, I stocked up on crockpot freezer meals in the last few weeks of my pregnancies. Now that my kids are older, I still like to have a few frozen meals on hand for extra busy days, or to bring as a quick meal to another mom who needs a break.

Having easy freezer meals on hand is a lifesaver!

The following meals are designed to be prepared (but not cooked) and frozen, and then transferred to a crockpot for effortless cooking the day you need your dinner.



Crockpot Freezer Meal Tips

  • Use “freezer” bags, not “storage” bags for storing food in the freezer. Freezer bags are thicker than storage bags and will keep the food fresh longer.
  • Speed freezing and hasten thawing by freezing foods in a thin, flattened shape in freezer bags. A rounded shape takes longer to thaw through to the middle. Flatter packages will also stack better in your freezer.
  • To avoid mystery meats and other foods of unknown age and possibly origin, label foods using a permanent marker. Be sure to include the name of the meal as well as the date it was made. If you’re bringing this to a new mom, add any additional helpful information on cook time, serving instructions, etc.

 

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8 Meals to Make Before Baby Comes

Crockpot Spicy Chicken Soup

Crockpot Spicy Chicken Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium yellow onion, diced
  2. 2 Large cloves of garlic, minced
  3. 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  4. 1 C. Tomato juice
  5. 1 t. Cumin
  6. 1 t. Coriander
  7. 1 t. Chili powder
  8. 1 t. Salt
  9. Juice from 1/2 lime (about 2 T.)
  10. 1 lb. Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  11. 4 C. Fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth (not needed until day of cooking)
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add all ingredients to your freezer bag except chicken broth.
  3. Remove as much air from your freezer bag as possible.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move the bag from your freezer to your fridge the night before you would like to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and add chicken broth.
  3. Cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
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Crockpot Pineapple Chicken

Crockpot Pineapple Chicken
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  2. 1 Fresh pineapple, stalk, skin and core removed, fruit cut into bite-sized pieces
  3. 2 T. Light brown sugar
  4. 2 T. Low sodium soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Remove as much air from the bag as possible.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move bag from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag into your slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low setting 3-6 hours or until chicken is cooked through and tender.
  4. Serve with brown rice and broccoli.
  5. Enjoy!
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Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breast, fat trimmed
  2. 1 Red pepper, sliced
  3. 1 Yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  4. 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  5. 1 T. Sugar free honey substitute
  6. 1 T. Apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 T. Chili powder
  8. 2 t. Cumin
  9. 1 t. Paprika
  10. 1/4 t. Crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with the recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the bag.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move the bag from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and cook on a low setting for 6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  3. Shred chicken.
  4. Serve on tortillas with cooked onions and peppers, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.
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Crockpot Chicken Cheesesteak

Crockpot Chicken Cheesesteak
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T. Corn starch
  2. 1 C. Chicken broth
  3. 1 lb. Chicken breasts, cut into strips
  4. 1 Small onion, peeled and sliced
  5. 3 Medium bell peppers, cut into strips (I use two green and one red)
  6. 1/2 t. Black pepper
  7. 1 Clove of garlic, minced
  8. 6 Slices of Provolone cheese (not needed until day of cooking)
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with the recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the bag.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move the bag from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and cook on a low setting for 3-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  3. Add sliced cheese and cook an additional 10 minutes or until melted.
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Crockpot Lemon Chicken

Crockpot Lemon Chicken
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fat trimmed
  2. 1/4 C. Extra virgin olive oil
  3. Juice from 1 lemon (about 3 T.)
  4. 1/2 t. Freshly cracked black pepper
  5. 1/4 t. Salt
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with the recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the bag.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move the bag from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and cook on a low setting for 3-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  3. Serve with brown rice and broccoli.
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Crockpot Easy Beef

Crockpot Easy Beef
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Boneless beef chuck roast, fat trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  2. 2 Celery ribs, chopped
  3. 1 Onion, chopped
  4. 2 T. and 1 t. Beef bouillon granules
  5. 2 t. Dried thyme
  6. 2 t. Dried rosemary
  7. 1 Bay leaf
  8. 1/2 t. Salt
  9. 1/4 t. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with the recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the bag.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move the bag from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and cook on a low setting for 8 hours.
  3. Remove the bay leaf and enjoy!
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Crockpot Shredded Pork

Crockpot Shredded Pork
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 2.5 lb. Bone-in pork shoulder roast
  2. Juice from 2 limes
  3. 1 T. Sugar free honey substitute
  4. 1/2 t. Ground cayenne pepper
  5. 1/4 t. Salt
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with the recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add lime juice, honey substitute, cayenne pepper, salt and pork shoulder. Add the pork last so it is the first thing poured into your crockpot.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the bag.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move the bag from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and cook on a low setting for 8-12 hours or until the pork is cooked through and falls off the bone.
  3. Remove pork meat from the bone.
  4. Shred and serve with tortillas or brown rice.
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Crockpot Easy Pork

Crockpot Easy Pork
Serves 3
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Pork sirloins
  2. 1/4 C. Sugar free honey substitute
  3. 2 T. Dijon (or whole grain) mustard
  4. 2 t. Black pepper
  5. 1/2 t. Salt
  6. 1/2 t. Ground thyme
  7. 1/2 C. Water (not needed until day of cooking)
Instructions
  1. Label your freezer bag with the recipe name, cooking instructions and use-by date.
  2. Add all ingredients except water.
  3. Remove as much air as possible from the bag.
  4. Seal.
  5. Lay flat in your freezer for up to 3 months.
Cooking instructions
  1. Move the bag from freezer to fridge the night before you plan to cook it.
  2. Pour contents of freezer bag plus water into your crockpot and cook on a low setting for 6-8 hours or until pork is tender.
  3. Serve with brown rice.
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Need more freezer meals to make before baby? 

Reheat + Eat: 10 Soup & Chili Recipes

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Hearty Winter Minestrone Soup
Mexican Chicken Soup
Santa Fe Chicken Soup
Green Soup
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Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Buffalo Chicken Chili
Metabolic Effects Quick Chili

How to Freeze Your Soup/Chili:

  1. Before you can freeze your chili or soup, you need to chill the soup or chili. Never put hot food directly into the freezer; you’ll raise the temperature of the freezer and endanger the safety of the food in it. 
  2. When the soup or chili has reached room temperature, it’s ready to be packed. Be sure to leave at least half an inch of extra space in the container to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes. If you use bags, squeeze out as much air as possible, but don’t overfill the bags. Remember to leave a bit of expansion space.
  3. To prevent freezer burn, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the soup or chili before you put the cover on the container.
  4. Once the soup or chili is chilled and packed, label it with a marker or a paper label. Note the type of soup/chili and the date. Try to use your chili or soups within 3 months (though many non-cream soups will keep as long as 6 months).
  5. Reheat and eat! The best, and safest way to defrost a soup or chili, is to let the container sit in the refrigerator overnight. After that, you can transfer the soup to a pot and heat gently on the stovetop.

 

More Crockpot Ideas:

Italian Chicken Pasta
Fat Loss Friendly Stuffed Peppers
Tex Mex Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl
BBQ Pulled Pork
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Buffalo Chicken