Saturday, November 23, 2013

20 Crockpot meals under $10!

Happy Saturday to you all! Hope your weekend is full of rest and relaxation because the holidays are now in full swing! We have the pleasure of hosting pretty much my husband's entire family tomorrow for an early Thanksgiving. That means 33 people will be running around here and there's so much to do! Luckily for me I have the world's best mother-in-law and she will be here all weekend to help...and the best part is I actually want her here! I truly feel bad for those who don't have as wonderful a relationship with their in-laws as I do. I am very blessed and I know it.

So since the holidays are breathing down my neck right around the corner, I decided to get some crock pot meals done and out of the way so this time of year isn't full of stress worrying what's for dinner and is full of where can I shop next! And I decided to share them with you so you can destress your holidays too (if that's really even possible :)

I 100% stand by each and every one of these recipes. I have successfully made and cooked and enjoyed all of these and the instructions that I give are exactly what I did. Each meal is made for 2 adults for dinner and always enough for at least one lunch the next day. If you have a small family use the recipes as is, if you have a larger family just try doubling the meat.

I know a lot of people say to thaw out the meals 24 hours ahead of time, I don't. They say to move the meal from the freezer to the fridge the night before...I don't. They say not to add chicken stock or shredded cheese, or things like that...I do. I take my bags out in the morning and run hot water over them if I need to in order to make sure everything fits in the pot. The hot water helps make the contents in the bag break into pieces and fit in the crock pot better. I never have a problem with cooking any of these this way and I want to share them with you because they are so.darn.easy. So go grab your crock pot, and let's get started!
For everything I needed I only spent $197 and got 20 meals out of it (not including leftovers). It was awesome. I shopped my local Meijer and used their mperks rewards to help save here and there. If  you shop at Meijer and don't use mperks you're cheating yourself. Here's everything I got!
I actually group together each meal's ingredients as I unpack so it's easy to grab and go when I get to the part where all I have to do is dump everything in. I know it doesn't look like a lot, but that's not including all the meat and all the veggies. You can find the full grocery list at the bottom of this post. The first step is labeling all of your freezer bags with the name of the meal, the cook time and any special instructions. I use gallon size bags.

Next you'll want to chop all the veggies. I portion things out as I go so I know how much I need in each bag.
I chopped, & chopped, & chopped, & kept chopping even when my hand felt like it was going to fall off. You'll notice I don't have any onions. I hate onions. Pretty much all of these recipes could have onion added, so feel free if you're an onion lover.

Once you have all your veggies chopped & your bags labeled, you'll want to divide up your meat. You'll need to cook the ground beef and let it cool. Meat goes in the bags first. Once that's done you go through each recipe & pour in whatever goes with it. Seal it up, lay it flat for easier storage & you're done. Buwahaha I make it sound so darn easy. It's not actually "hard" but it is time consuming. I definitely wear sweat pants, a ratty old t-shirt & comfy shoes when I do this.
Chicken Fajitas (makes 2):
2 large chicken breasts
2 green peppers
1 Cup chicken broth
2 taco seasoning packets
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt

Split all ingredients in half and place in bags. Lay flat and freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, pour all contents into crock pot and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours. 
We serve with tortillas, shredded cheese, sour cream and Fritos scoops. My hubby adds refried beans...I pass :)
Pot Roast (makes 2):
 3 T olive oil
2 lb beef roast (any kind, cut into large cubes)
3 Cups beef broth
5 potatoes, cubed
3-4 carrots, sliced
Sprinkle of rosemary, oregano, thyme (whatever seasoning you like...make this recipe your own)

Split all ingredients in half and place in bags. Freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, pour all contents into crock pot and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.

We serve this with green beans, a salad and dinner rolls

Honey Sesame Chicken (makes 2):
2 large chicken breasts
6 T olive oil
1 Cup honey
1/2 Cup soy sauce
2 T sesame oil
2 T sesame seeds
2 tsp salt and pepper
Split all ingredients in half & place in bags. Freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, pour in crock pot & cook on low 4-5 hrs. Remove chicken, shred & pour sauce from crock pot over it. We serve with rice.
Chili (makes 2):
So I can't disclose my Chili recipe entirely because it is a family secret, but I will give you most of it :) If you have a recipe you love, make it and freeze it.
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 Can hot chili beans (drained and rinsed)
2 Cans tomato sauce (small)
2 Cans tomato paste (optional if you like your chili thick)
1 green pepper cut into cubes
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T garlic powder/oregano
2 tsp cumin/hot sauce/basil/salt/pepper/cayenne/paprika/sugar

Brown ground beef, drain & cool. Split all ingredients in half & place in bags. Freeze. Day of cook on high 3-4 hrs or low 6-8 hrs. We eat with cornbread, sour cream & cheese.
Macaroni and Cheese (makes 2) adapted from my sister:
3/4 lb (12oz) elbow macaroni
4 Cups shredded cheese
1 can evaporated milk
1 1/2 Cups milk
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 T worchestershire sauce
1 package smoked sausage cut into small cubes (not cooked)


Split all ingredients in half and place in bags. Freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, spray down crock pot with PAM really well, pour all contents into crock pot and cook on low 4-5 hrs, checking at 4 hours. Don't stir until ready to serve. We serve with broccoli and sub shredded chicken sometimes.

Cheesy Garlic Chicken (makes 2):
2 large chicken breasts
2 Cans cream of chicken soup
1 Can cheddar cheese soup
1-2 tsp garlic powder
2 T butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Split all ingredients in half and place in bags. Freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, pour all contents into crock pot and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours. We serve with angel hair pasta or mashed potatoes.



Sloppy Joes (makes 8-10 sandwiches):
2 lbs ground beef
1 (8oz) Can tomato sauce
1/2 Cup ketchup
1/2 Cup water
1/4 Cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 Cup flour
1 T chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 T cider vinegar
2 T yellow mustard
1 T worchestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Brown ground beef, drain & cool. Split all ingredients in half & place in bags. Freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, pour all contents into crock pot & cook low 4-6 hours. We serve with rolls and macaroni and cheese.

Buffalo Chicken (makes 2):
2 large chicken breasts
1 bottle hot sauce
1 package dinner rolls (for buns on day of serving)
Split ingredients listed above in half (except for rolls) and place in bags. Freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, pour all contents into crock pot and cook on low 4-6 hrs.

Remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to pot and mix ingredients listed below in a small bowl.
1/3 Cup blue cheese or ranch (hub likes b.c., I like ranch)
4 stalks of celery sliced thin

Mix together the chicken and dressing mix. Split rolls and add chicken mixture.

Pulled Pork (makes 2);
2 lbs pork shoulder, butt or tenderloin
1 Can (12 oz) root beer
1 bottle of your favorite barbeque sauce (used on day of cooking)

Split ingredients in half (except barbeque) and place in bags. Freeze. Day of cooking grab from freezer, pour contents into crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours.

Remove and shred. Throw out sauce in pot and return meat. Add your favorite bottle of barbecue sauce to pot and stir. Serve. We serve on sesame seed buns with macaroni and cheese.


There they are! All 18 shoved into one shelf in my freezer. My last meal was my Broccoli and Cheddar soup that makes enough for two meals. That recipe is so darn good it deserves it's own post. Come back soon to see the last recipe. It's definitely worth coming back for!! I'm working on a master shopping list, too, so if I get enough requests I'll make sure to post it with the soup...here is the shopping list :)

What are your favorite crock pot recipes? I'm always looking for new meals to try. Hope you love these recipes as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping by!

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100 comments:

  1. wow this is impressive. Im just starting out trying to make more sensible meals for me and my boyfriend. I plan to try a few of these recipes and maybe after I have mastered them on a smaller scale I could attempt to prep like a master the way you have done. LOL

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  2. Excellent idea and amazing execution! I've seen this done on blogs before but this my favorite and has inspired me to try it! Would love the shopping list :-) also looking forward to broccili and cheddar recipe!

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    1. Look for it this Friday :) Happy Thanksgiving!

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    2. Anxious to see the soup recipe and shopping list. :-)

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  3. I am both amazed and exhausted after reading this post. I wish I could get organized like this. I just might, but it'll have to wait till after the holidays...Hey! That can be my New Year's resolution lol! Anyway, I'm very impressed and inspired, pinning for sure :)

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    1. Thanks for the pin! Happy Holidays! Let me know how that resolution goes :)

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  4. Very well done, need more of this

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  5. Hi! I'm just popping over from the DIY Sunday Showcase Link Party. Making a month's freezable meals which ends up giving lots of time later is a fabulous idea! I love it! Thanks for posting it. I have pinned, liked and tweeted, and g+-ed. I would love it if you would drop by my site at http://www.kneadedcreations.com for a short visit! I will look forward to seeing you there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

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  6. I love crock out meals!! These all look so good! I would love if you would come linkup with me today!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite! Linked up! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. Quick question. How much does each make. I'm a family of 6, how much more of the recipes would you add to? Double, triple? Love the idea of it.

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    1. Hey Christian! Each meal feeds my husband and I plenty with enough left over for at least one lunch. I'd say if most of your family is kiddos try doubling just the meat. If most of your family is teenagers that eat everything in sight, double the whole recipe. Let me know how it works out!

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  8. I am impressed. I could start off being this organized and some time during the process i would get distracted. But you really must give some of these awesome recipes a try with onions. :-)

    Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Linda

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    1. Oh Linda my hubby is trying his darndest to get me to like onions. One day I hope I will. There's so many times I won't even try something if I know it has onions in it. Must get over that! Maybe that'll be my new years resolution :)

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  9. I am not sure what I love more about this post - love crockpot meals and I love that your freezer is so organized! Thank you for sharing this at the Home for the Holidays link Party. I hope you continue to bring more of your wonderful recipes, the party continues for a month!

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  10. How many servings does each meal make? Sounds like a pretty great deal! Thanks for sharing at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!

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    1. Each meal fills my husband and I's bellies for dinner and leaves enough leftover for at least one of us to have lunch the next day. Hope this helps!

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    2. I should have read this before shopping. Either way LOVE the motivation. I purchased your list minus what we already had. Thing is we have 4 kiddos. 2 12 year old boys, one 14 year old girl and a 6 year old girl. They are demanding and I am pretty sure going to eat us out of house and home.

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  11. WOW! Thanks for the crockpot ideas! I dont know if I can be as organized as you in planning though! ;)

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  12. Uh yea....this post ROCKS MY SOCKS!! Thanks for sharing, I WILL be doing this!!!

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  13. Do you cook any of the chicken before freezing?

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    1. Nope! The only thing I cook ahead of time is any recipe that has ground beef. So like the chili and the sloppy joes. Hope this helps!

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  14. This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing on Wake Up Wednesdays! Happy TGD & HUGS!

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing! This is great!
    Darcy
    www.theruffledstitch.etsy.com

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  16. Would love a master shopping list. I love that these are for 2 people. That helps me since it is just me and the husband.

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    1. Hey Consie! Planning on having the master list up with the broccoli cheddar soup on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. I found your post through Pinterest of course! This is actually a freezer meal post that I can do. It's great to find another Midwest blogger that knows what Meijer and even MPerks are! Lol! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~ Jamie

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    1. Thanks Jamie! Happy Thanksgiving to you are yours too!

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  18. Already pinned! I've been looking for freezer crockpot recipes that my picky eater boyfriend would eat and these definitely fit that bill. And saving money is a gimme. If it's in your area, you may want to try purchasing bulk meats with Zaycon Foods https://zayconfoods.com/refer/zf43636. Thanks for sharing.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

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    1. Thanks for the tip Michelle! I'll have to check that out.

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  19. This looks like something I might be able to manage. I'm always looking at blogs with organized people & freezer meals that are just too much, this seems manageable the way you explain it. I'd love the soup & shopping list. I have a couple questions. My husband retired early a couple years ago & his dream was winters in Florida & being able to play golf in winter. He worked very hard to for many years to be able to do this. This year for the first time it's just the 2 of us down here ( my youngest son, who has developmental disabilities was with us the first 2 winters) this yr. he's home in Maine in a day program, volunteering etc. he has his oldest brother & case worker helping out. I want to try this because there are many nights I really don't feel like cooking. I have fibromyalgia & my energy level varies a lot. This could help. My husband convinced me not to bring my crockpot. I need to get one down here, until then do you have suggestions for time & temp if I try heating in Dutch oven in a low temp. oven? I may just need to experiment. Also I'd love to subscribe to your site, I found it through the link party. Is it possible to subscribe by email? Thanks for a great blog post.

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    1. Hmm...I'm not too sure about the dutch oven. I've only ever cooked soup in mine. I'd say the pot roast, chili, sloppy joes and pulled pork would be great in a dutch oven. Give each one at least a few hours on low and then use your best judgment after that. I'm not too familiar with how fast chicken cooks, but I don't see why it wouldn't work :) The macaroni and cheese could be cooked in the oven and frozen in a disposable pan. Then all you'd have to do is bake it and toss the dishes. I'd say it'll be a trial and error with timing on most of them until you get your crock pot back. Hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out.

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  20. I love all of these! I am always searching for more and more crockpot recipes, and you just gave out a bunch! Followed and pinned, and wanted to stop by to let you know I am featuring this post later tonight on What'd You Do This Weekend. Thanks for sharing, and have a great night!

    --Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

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  21. Just wanted to stop by to let you know that I chose to feature your recipe (that you linked up last week) for Tasty Tuesday this week! Thanks for stopping by Tasty Tuesday and hope to see you there again soon!!

    http://www.weststreetstory.com/tasty-tuesday-39/

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  22. Great post! I popped over from Pioneer Momma. You are so organized! I just cooked a crockpot meal tonight and I loved how easy it was! You should check out my blog....we chose the same template. It must mean we have great taste! lol http://feetgroundedontheearth.blogspot.com

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    1. Love your blog Rhonda! Great minds think alike :)

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  23. I leave for work early in the morning and don't come back until 10 hours later. Do you think these recipes could be cooked in a crock pot on low for 10 hours and be okay? Thanks for posting these, they're amazing!

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    1. So I had to think about this for a minute. I'm not sure what would happen with a ten hour window. Most of my meals are ready to go at about 7, but all crock pots are different. An idea I had was to use a plug in timer...like the ones you use for Christmas trees or outdoor lights. You could set the timer to start a couple hours after you leave and that way your crock pot wouldn't turn on until after you've left. Does that make sense? Let me know if you try it and it works. Hope this helps!

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  24. Could you also please post your grocery list?

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    1. Hey Carole! I have it up on my Broccoli and Cheddar soup post. I'll copy and paste it here:
      http://organizerbyday.blogspot.com/2013/12/broccoli-cheddar-soup.html
      It's at the bottom. Hope you enjoy!

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  25. The amount of meat that you put for two bags, does that mean 2 chicken breast per bag or one each?

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    1. So when it says two chicken breasts that means one breast per bag. I usually cut the breast in half and put two halves in each bag. 2 halves=1 chicken breast...one breast=one bag :) Hope I didn't just completely confuse you!

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  26. I have started doing this freezer meal thing and I love it! Thank you so much for posting all these recipes. I am now following you on Pinterest! I am definitely making the broccoli soup for dinner tonight!

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  27. wow thank you! I cannot wait to hear more. I really am impressed and excited to get started. I have a few really good recipes to share for the CROCK POT:

    Broccoli Cheddar Soup (EASY!!!!) = makes a lot need big crock or split recipe in half

    4 cans cream of celery soup
    32oz of half and half
    8oz velveeta cheese
    10oz package of frozen broccoli

    Just cook in crock on high until at the right consistency - i think 3-4 hours is sufficient

    CROCK POT MAC N CHEESE - Super Easy

    1 box medium shells
    1 stick butter
    6 cups shredded cheddar (sharp)
    2 cans evaporated milk

    cook noodles - put in crock with all other ingredients and cook on high for and hour then cook on low for another 1 hour.

    Enjoy!

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  28. in your Cheesy Garlic Chicken it looks like you have 2 chicken breasts. do you make this recipe with 2 or just 1? thanks!

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    1. There's still only one in there. I cut the breast in half to help make it easier to cook and shred. Let me know if you have any more questions! Hope you enjoy!

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  29. Can not wait to try some of these. I was so excited to see you don't put onion in any of them! My hubby can't eat onions (strangely enough he can have onion powder though) and it's hard to find recipes that don't call for onion. Thanks so much for sharing these.

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  30. I am also an onion hater, so I was thrilled to find your recipes! It's so hard to find these kinds of recipes that don't feature the onion. I will be trying all of these soon!

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  31. These look great! How big is your crock pot? I got a new 5 quart pot For Christmas that says it should be at least half full for best results. It doesn't look like some of these smaller recipes will fill it up that much with just the 2 to 3 servings, which I would prefer. My boyfriend doesn't like chicken leftovers, so I don't want to double the recipe if I don't have to. I just worry that I'll come home after 8 hours to burnt food if its not full enough. Any suggestions??

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    1. Hey Brandy! I suggest first "getting to know" your slow cooker. Pour 2 qts water in the cooker, cover and set on low for 8 hrs. Lift the lid and immediately check the water temp. If it's 185, you're good. If it's higher, your cooker works faster and cook times should be shortened. My crock is a 4 qt. I've made all of these several times, without it being a majority full. If it's 6-8hrs my foods usually done at 7. For 4-5 hrs, it's done at 4 1/2. Remember, I don't thaw mine out the night before, I just throw it all in frozen. If you don't want to overcook I suggest not packing away your automatic timer you used during the holidays (or go getting one) and using that to make your crock start an hour or so after you leave. Let me know if you have any more questions. Hope this helps!

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  32. I bet you are so happy to have so many meals done! So handy on the busy or lazy days!

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  33. My hand hurts from writing down all these recipes (and sorry for spamming you with comments)! I think I have a lot of the items in your recipes though, so I could probably make all these meals for very cheap! I'll explore other meals eventually, but both your posts are a great start for me!

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  34. Great post! I had a question about the Macaroni and Cheese- do you add the noodles with all the other ingredients? If yes, are they cooked or uncooked? Thanks and have a great day!

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    1. Great question! I know it doesn't sound like it would work, but I put the pasta in uncooked and freeze it no problem. It still cooks up perfect and isn't affected by freezing it. Hope this helps!

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  35. Question: So many of us don't get home between the 6-8 hours after the crock pot is started. I get home 10 hours after I could start one. Any solutions to this, or am I out of luck doing crock pot ideas like this? They sound great, but I don't intend to put effort in for it to be burned when I get home. Thanks!

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    1. I've been asked this question a lot. My advice is to use an outlet timer, like the ones used for Christmas lights. Plug your crock pot into the timer and set it to start a few hours after you leave. That way it won't sit and cook too long and can still be ready when you get home. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask me any other questions you have!

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    2. Good idea! I will check into that! Thanks! And yes they do, love my running and food! I think the two go hand in hand :)

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  36. Ok, so we are a family of 6, theres 2 adults and 4 little ones under the age of 9....do just double the meat or the entire recipe? And if it is just the meat will there be enough seasoning and what not to accomodate the extra meat? Thanks, love the ideas!

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    1. Ya know it's really a personal preference. I suggest to double the meat, only because we always have a ton of the "extras" (potatoes, pasta, peppers) left over but not a ton of meat. Feel free to double everything if your family likes a lot of flavor. If your little ones don't necessarily like things too spicy, don't double those seasonings. But say for the pot roast and pulled pork you could easily double everything without making the flavor overwhelming. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  37. I can't wait to try these! What size crock pot do you use?

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    1. I have a 4 1/2 quart pot. Most of these recipes barely fill it half way and still cook up great.

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  38. Mmm... dinner was so good! We made buffalo chicken but I thought it would be great on tortillas w/ sour cream, extra hot sauce (if desired) and lettuce! Mmm what a great combination!

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  39. My favorite crock pot recipe.

    Country Style Steak

    4 pieces of cube steak
    1 can of cream of mushroom soup
    1 pack dry onion soup mix
    1/2 can of water

    Mix soups and water together, layer in cube steak and soup in crock pot salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs.

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  40. This. is. amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  41. I've always wanted to do make ahead crockpot meals. How do you get the frozen meal out of the bag and in the crockpot? Most of the time, everything sticks to the bag and it's a nightmare! Am I missing an important step? Thanks for the help and great ideas.

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    1. Great question! I usually run my bags under super hot water for a minute or so and by then it's easy to bend. It breaks apart easily when I bend the bag and fits easier. Sometimes I have to shove the lid on, but it always works out :) If you notice a ton of seasonings left in the bag try throwing in a few Tbsp of water and swooshing it around and pouring that into the pot. If the meat is sticking, it might be the kind of bag? I'm not sure why that would happen. If it's the sauces, try putting the bag on a cutting board over the pot and running a rolling pin down the bag. All the stuff dumps into the pot. That's what I do. Hope this helps!

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  42. On the Mac n Cheese recipe, do you cook the noodles before freezing? or do you add them dry and let them cook in the crock pot?

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    1. I add my noodles dry and don't cook them ahead of time. It makes putting the pasta meals together so much faster. Hope this helps!

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  43. I featured your recipes in my blog!

    http://twoofakindfullhouse.blogspot.com/2014/02/freezer-meal-day-2.html

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    1. Thank you so much Melanie! Stopping by and following in as many ways as I can :)

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  44. Hi- these are great! I'm putting some of them together right now. I was wondering if you cook both bags for each recipe or just one at a time??

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    1. We just cook one bag at a time. If you happen to have a larger group you might want to cook two. Usually one bag is enough for my Hub and myself with just enough left for lunch the next day. Hope this helps!

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  45. You are awesome! :) did you post the grocery list somewhere? I haven't seen it. Thank you for taking the time to do this! :)

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    1. Hey thanks for your sweet comment! :) Yes I did finally get that long list together. You can find it if you scroll to the bottom of this post: http://organizerbyday.blogspot.com/2013/12/broccoli-cheddar-soup.html

      Hope you have a great day!

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  46. I love your recipes and I use my crockpot all the time! I just had one small problem, I don't know if it's ever happened to you or some of your readers. I made the crockpot chili last night (after it being frozen for about 1 week) and it came out so mushy! It had my boyfriend put it in for 8 hours and I could check it when I got home at about the 6 hour point. I had to take it immediately out when I got home because it was literally just about baby food! Any suggestions on what to do for the next try would be great! Thanks.

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    1. Hey Brianna! That's horrible to hear about the chili. I'm not sure what went wrong. I've probably made this as a freezer meal about a half dozen times and that's never happened to me. Hmm...maybe there was a slight hole in the bag, or maybe your crock pot cooks faster than mine, maybe the beans weren't drained enough? I don't know if any of those were the case, just trying to think what might have caused that texture. If anyone else reads Brianna's comment and knows why this might've happened, please let us know! :)

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    2. I bought a newer crockpot and everything cooks so fast on low now...it is as hot as high on my old one... :(

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  47. How long will these meals last in the freezer?

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    1. Not too sure how long, but I've had some of mine for two months and they still taste great!

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  48. Hi! I was wondering if you cook and then freeze the elbows for the mac n cheese ordo they just cook in the crockpot?

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    1. Nope, just toss the uncooked noodles into the freezer bags and they still cook up great!

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  49. Tried the cheesey garlic chicken tonight. It smelled AMAZING when I came home from work. I loved it! Such a simple recipe but a wonderful flavor. The chicken just fell apart, no knife needed! Even my wife, afraid to try new food,picky eater, loved it! It was so good I saved the extra sauce and angel hair for a work lunch. Delicious! Thank you!

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  50. I have a question....how many servings is each meal? What I make for dinner my husband takes to work for lunch the next day so I am wnderin if there is leftovers.

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    1. I split each recipe in half since it's just the hub and I right now. There's always plenty for both of us with enough extra for lunch the next day.

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  51. Do you thaw meals out in fridge the night before cooking them???

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    1. No, I just run some hot water over the bags right before they go in to make them fit in the crock pot better. It doesn't hurt to thaw them out in the fridge the night before, I just choose not to :)

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  52. Love crockpot meals and am always looking for new ones (especially ones I can freeze!) Thanks! Saw you on Wonderful Wednesdays

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  53. I only see 9 it says 20 meals I found the shopping list. Can you please help me with this. Thanks!

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    1. Hey! Each recipe makes two meals and the final two meals are the Broccoli Cheddar Soup I link up to with the grocery list. Hope this helps!

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  54. Hi, What size hot sauce should we use for the buffalo chicken?

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  55. Is there an actual site with ALL 20 recipes?? You have amazing ideas that im looking forward to doing, but only see about 1/2 of them on here. :( thank you

    -Dotty2181@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Dotty! They're all here. If you read the directions, it says to split each recipe into two bags. So 10 recipes multiplied by 2 makes 20 :) However, you can go to this post and see several other amazing crock pot meals. http://organizerbyday.blogspot.com/2014/01/20-crockpot-meals-each-under-7_8.html Each serving makes enough for me and my husband with enough left over for lunch the next day. I've heard from numerous readers that each recipe split up still feeds families of four. Hope this helps!

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  56. Can you put them in the crock pot right out of the freezer? Or do you thaw them the day before? Thanks for all the idea!!!

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    1. You can do either really! Sometimes I thaw them out the night before, but usually just put the whole bag in frozen. If it won't fit, I keep the bag closed and run it under hot water to break up the ingredients inside, open it and put the broken pieces in the crock pot. Hope that helps!

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  57. Hi, I've had a quick look through the comments but theres so many I havent checked them all, so apologies if you have already answered this. The cheesy garlic chicken sound yum, but here in the UK I have never seen cheddar cheese soup (or any other cheese soup) could I use actual cheese some how? Or is there another alternative way? Thanks x

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    1. Great question! What you could try to do is melt shredded cheese, milk and flour together to get a thick cheese sauce. Use that and see how it works. Hope that helps!

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  58. Can I put the meals into the crock pot fresh or do theyneed have to be frozen first?

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