I’ve been dancing around the idea for awhile now to do an entire day of prepping crock pot freezer meals. It’s a big task and I was having a hard time committing to an entire day in the kitchen. But working full time, and not being organized for dinners has caused more stress than I like, and so I finally decided to bite the bullet and just go for it!
I found a great post that took care of the planning for me, with a shopping list and everything.
Most of these recipes came from http://whoneedsacape.com/ , but there are a few that I added in that I like. The shopping list is modified from her site as well.
Here’s the shopping list:
I wish that I had gone shopping one day and done all the meal prep the next day. But I didn’t. I definitely will next time, and HIGHLY recommend you do. It’s pretty fun right at first, but gets exhausting towards the end, and I wish I had started earlier in the day. As it was, I didn’t quite get through the whole list. But that’s ok. I still made a ton of food and I will definitely be doing this again-like once a month, I hope.
Print out your shopping list and cross-check your pantry and fridge for what ingredients you will need to buy.
Go shopping! I spent a lot, but I feel ok, since this is easily a month’s worth of dinners and most likely some leftovers too.
Look for sales, and if you can, DEFINITELY shop at Costco. Or ask your local grocery store butcher if they have case prices on meat. Ours had a 40# case of chicken for significantly cheaper than buying it in regular small packages. There are a few recipes that call for chicken thighs or drumsticks, but I didn’t use those, I just bought 40# of boneless, skinless chicken breast and used that in all the chicken recipes.
Supplies you will need:
- Knife and cutting board for raw meat
- Knife and cutting board for veggies
- Gallon freezer bags
- Measuring cups & measuring spoons
- A killer playlist (you’ll need this, trust me)
- A pot of coffee or bottle of wine (your choice)
Print out all your recipes. Yes, I know…..we all love our digital devices and it’s convenient to have it all in one place, but honestly, your hands are going to be messy and the last thing you want to have to do is mess around with your iPad to look up your recipes.
Here are all the recipes I printed. I got about ¾ of the way through this list (which I still felt awesome about ;)
I got out my Gallon Freezer ziplocks and sharpie, and just labeled the bags for each recipe as I went along. You could label them ALL ahead of time though if you prefer. Write the name of the recipe, cooking directions, and any other instructions (like what to serve it with or whatever)
Crock Pot Maple Dijon Chicken (I didn’t do thighs- just used breast)
Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken
When it comes time to tackle, I just started at the top and went through one recipe at a time, worked my way through the stack. If you wanted to, I’m sure you could pre-cut all your veggies. I was totally fine just doing one at a time.
So there you have it! Easily a month's worth of healthy dinners, ready to throw in your crockpot every morning. My life just got a whole lot simpler and I am one happy mama! :)