18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals {Plus Tips and Tricks!}

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Stocking up the freezer is one of the things I do to save me time in the kitchen. And if there’s any season where I want to minimize my time in the kitchen, it’s summer time. There are lots of things I can think of that I’d much rather be doing than spending hours prepping food, or working over a stove. So slow cooker meals that I can pull right out of the freezer are a double win in my book!

Since summer’s just around the corner and I have all kinds of plans and activities coming up, I’m glad to take a little bit of time to stock up the freezer with slow cooker meals. If I do it right, I can get 7 meals knocked out of the way in just about an hour’s time. That’s what I call being a smart cook!

If you’ve never really done freezer cooking, I’ve written a couple of posts with my best tips and tricks for everything from streamlining the process to maximize what you get out of your time to what supplies to have on hand before you start. I also have done several videos to walk you through a couple of my freezer cooking sessions.  If you are more of a visual learner, these may help you get started too. I’ve linked those at the bottom of the list, in case you’d like to take a peek.

With the freezer all stocked and our slow cookers ready to go, bring on the heat, summertime!

18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals

  1. French dip sandwiches
  2. Zesty crockpot chicken 
  3. Pork carnitas
  4. Chicken cacciatore
  5. Maple apple chicken
  6. Easy shredded taco beef (For Tacos, Salads, Nachos and more! Super versatile.)
  7. Chicken fajitas
  8. Beef fajitas
  9. Chicken fiesta
  10. BBQ chicken fajitas
  11. Sweet and sour meatballs
  12. African pulled beef 
  13. Hawaiian luau meatballs
  14. Chicken broccoli stir-fry 
  15. Ravioli
  16. Cube steaks and gravy
  17. Beef teriyaki 
  18. Pulled Pork (For Sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, and more!)

plus bulk cooking meats for the freezer in your slow cooker!

Other Freezer Cooking Resources & Videos (Slow Cooker and Non-Slow Cooker)

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May Weekly Meal Plans are here!

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It’s a new month and that means we’ve got a whole new set of Weekly Meal Plans ready!  Members can login here to download the meal plans and grocery lists.

If you’re not a member yet, why not give it a try?

Here are a couple of quotes from two of our members:

“Thanks for creating something like this!! I can already tell that the money we are going to save from NOT eating out all the time is going to be PRICELESS!!” – Darcee

“I absolutely love Eat at Home. I recommend it to everyone. For little more than $1 a week you have a pre-planned grocery list and meal for each night of the week. The meals are very good. The meals are quick and easy to prepare and I love the 15 minute meal and the slow cooker meal in the traditional plans. Love love love your service!!!” – Anonymous for Weekly Meal Plan Member feedback survey

And below is a word cloud of common words mentioned in that same Member feedback survey:

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You can find out more about becoming a member here.

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Big News! Revealing our latest project

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Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans now has a new member site that is easier than ever to use.  We had outgrown the old site and it was stretched beyond its limits.  I am so happy that we now have a much easier place for members to download their plans.

Here’s what it looks like for members when you first login:

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See that are on the left that the orange arrow is pointing to?  Now members will be able to have access to past months plans.  If someone was a member in March, those plans will always be there.  We can’t go back further than March, but as new months are added while you’re a member, you will have access to those.  No more rushing to download everything before the month ends.

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Above is another screen shot.  We’ve had things organized like this for a while, but it all looks cleaner in the new member area.  You can choose a type of plan (Slow Cooker is in there too, but it wouldn’t fit on my screen with the others.)  Choose to download everything for one plan type or download by the week.

Downloading the menus gives you color-coded grocery lists, like the one below and all the recipes for each week.  This is what it looks like on my phone screen.  I usually print them out if I’m going to the store, because I prefer paper to juggling the phone with the list while trying to shop.

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Now is a great time to become a member, if you aren’t already!

Things get so busy in the spring of the year, with sports and end-of-school-year activities.  It can be hard to fit in dinner, but using Weekly Meal Plans is a huge help!  We have 15 minutes meals and slow cooker meals each week, so you can fit dinner into your day.

Even if this helps you avoid eating out just once a month, the plans more than pay for themselves.

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Game Day Recipes

Every where you turn, there’s talk about the big game coming up. Everyone is gearing up for what seems sure to be quite the match. And me? Well, I’m not really a football fan. But I am most certainly a fan of anything that gives me a chance to make some fun food and for everyone to get together to enjoy it. And game nights, especially big game day nights, are perfect for fun food.

I thought, in honor of the game, I’d share some of our favorites with you. There’s lots of easy loaded nachos, some great dips and a couple of football themed recipes to add some flair to the party.

One of the common denominators between all of these recipes is they are finger friendly and snacky, making them perfect for snacking and watching at the same time. Those are two big requirements in our house for game day food!

Whatever team you are routing for, I hope you enjoy a good time with your family and friends…and some good eats too! May the best team win.
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Easy Game Day Recipes

  1. 7 Layer End Zone Dip
  2. Roasted Garlic Hummus
  3. Sweet Heat Chex Mix
  4. 15 Minute Italian Nachos
  5. 15 Minute BBQ Chicken Nachos
  6. 7 Layer Hot Italian Dip
  7. Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos
  8. Easy Homemade Salsa
  9. Homemade Beer Cheese
  10. Easy SNackadium for Superbowl
  11. Pesto Bruschetta Spread
  12. Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip
  13. Guacamole
  14. Baked Potato Dip
  15. Basil Tomato Dip
  16. Sausage and Corn Quesadillas
  17. 15 Minute Gluten Free Pizza

P.S And if you are one of those who believes that game day is just for pizza, there’s a lot of pizza recipes on the blog you could try. I love the Chicken Alfredo Pizza! 

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Healthy Soup & Salad Combo for Winter

Sometimes in the middle of winter, I feel like we hit the doldrums. It’s cold outside, everyone seems to be catching a bug–and I really just want spring and fresh, garden produce to be here already!
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That’s when I like to pull out one of my favorite mid-winter combos from my blog:

Virus Killing Soup and Detox Salad.

The soup is a wonderful way to warm up on a cold, blustery day. And the broth is full of vitamins and nutrients to help us get well if we’re feeling down, or keep us well by fighting off the bad bugs going around. Detox Salad is chock full of vegetables. The dark, green leafy ingredients are also filled with great vitamins, and really give a great boost after the holidays. Plus, even if the names aren’t the most exciting, the soup and salad both taste amazing! We always enjoy dinnertime when this is on the menu.

This combo is one of the many soup + salad recipe parings in the FREE eBook, Soup & Salad of the Week. If you want a copy, just click the image below and enter your email address and we’ll get one off to you

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8 Ways to Serve Cornbread (plus one!)

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I love cornbread. It is absolutely delicious fresh from the oven with a slather of butter and honey on top, and it also is the match made in heaven for some of my favorite meals, like with a good bowl of chili! I love it so much that I keep finding more ways to eat it.

The great thing about corn bread is there are so many different ways to serve it up. While one of my favorite things ever is pulling a skillet of crusty corn bread out of the oven, my life would not be complete with out corn casserole or cheddar muffins being a part of it. Not to mention all the delicious things like cornbread pizza, tamale sandwiches or that delicious plate of chipped beef gravy over cornbread. To me, cornbread is just the perfect fall bread, so I decided to share all of my favorites in one place. I know I said that I was going to share eight cornbread recipes and meals in this post, but I sneaked in a ninth one as a bonus!

Nine of my Favorite Cornbread Recipes

  1. Cornbread Muffins
  2. Yeast Cornbread
  3. Cornbread in a Skillet
  4. Corn Casserole 
  5. Cheddar Muffins
  6. Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread
  7. Mexican Vegetables on Cornbread
  8. Tamale Sandwiches on Cornbread
  9. Cornbread Pizza

Don’t miss the chili recipes!  Chili and cornbread are a perfect combo.

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And because I really have to know: what’s your favorite way to eat cornbread?

9 Mouth Watering Chili Recipes

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There is nothing like a bowl of Chili to warm a person up on a cold day. It’s just the right amount of hearty and just the right amount of spice to be so satisfying! The great thing about Chili is there are lots of different ways you can add flare to ordinary meat and beans that really kick it up to a new level. Whether you are craving the classic diner chili or something that tastes like fall in a bowl, there’s always something to please. One of my favorite chilis is a nice bowl of White Chicken Chili. But I’m always up for pumpkin black bean chili and corn bread. I love using chili to add to another meal too.  Some of my favorites are chili hot dogs and chili topped mac and cheese.

Now that it feels like every day it gets a little bit cooler, I’m looking forward to making some of my favorite chili recipes again. And that inspired me to pull them all together in one place so that you can try them out too!

  1. White Chicken Chili
  2. Pineapple Chili
  3. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
  4. Cheater Chili
  5. Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  6. Pumpkin Black Bean Chili
  7. Velma’s Chili
  8. Mel’s Diner Chili
  9. Chili Topped Mac and Cheese

Since cornbread is the perfect companion to chili, I’ve got a round up of cornbread recipes coming next week!

100 + Recipes for Fall

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I love fall. The crisp air. The gorgeous colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. And this collection of recipes is proof of my love for cooking with these things.

From Breakfast to Dinner, to Dessert, you’ll find over 40 recipes that are inspired by fall and the delicious ingredients available during this time of year. Plus, you’ll find a link at the end to 75 more fall recipes to add to your menus in the months ahead. Enjoy the season!

Sweet Breakfast Dishes

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  1. Spiced Chai Tea Muffin
  2. Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls
  3. Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
  4. Cranberry Strudel 
  5. Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal
  6. Gingerbread Oatmeal
  7. Gingerbread Muffins
  8. Cinnamon Chip Scones

Savory Dinner Dishes

  1. savory dinnerApple BBQ Pork Chops
  2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples
  3. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
  4. Keilbasa with Potato Apple Slaw
  5. Pork Chops & Apples (a Sheet Pan Dinner)

Soups & Stews

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  1. 15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. Chicken Cock Leekie Soup
  3. Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili
  4. Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  5. Chicken Vegetable Soup
  6. Smoked Sausage Sauerkraut Soup
  7. Split Pea Soup with Ham
  8. Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  9. Chicken and Dumplings with Gnocchi
  10. Potato Soup

Flavorful Sides

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  1. Carrots Parsnips and Potatoes
  2. Easy Butternut Squash Skillet
  3. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  5. Corn Casserole
  6. Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash
  7. Roasted Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes
  8. Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker
  9. Pecan, Cranberry  & Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Trio

Delicious Desserts

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  1. Pumpkin Ice Cream 
  2. No Bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Dessert
  3. Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Caramel and Gingersnaps
  4. Pumpkin Spice Eclair Cake
  5. Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake
  6. Spiced Chai Latte Cookies
  7. 1 Min Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples
  8. Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze
  9. Butter Pecan Pumpkin Cake
  10. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
  11. Cranberry Fudge Pie
  12. Apple Crumb Cake
  13. Apple Crumb Pie
  14. Gingerbread Bars 

Plus 75 more fall recipes!

Freezer Friendly Breakfasts

When summer vacation is over, mornings always get a little more hectic. There’s no sleeping in or lazy breakfasts! Keeping a stash of quick breakfast options in the freezer can be a real time saver.
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So just in case you need some inspiration and ideas for breakfasts you can grab-and-eat for your freezer, I’ve compiled some freezer friendly recipes here.

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Waffles are the perfect freezer-friendly breakfast. Pop into the oven or toaster to defrost and it’s almost as good as fresh from the waffle maker! Especially if you top it like this. 

Gingerbread Waffles

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This is a recipe that can be made in the oven or slow cooker, but it can be frozen before or after baking.  If you freeze it in individual servings after baking, it can be heated in the microwave for a quick breakfast. It’s great for busy mornings…and holidays too!

Breakfast Burritos

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All muffins

You can pretty much freeze any and all muffins, not just the few I spotlighted here. And there’s lots and lots of great ones to choose from, both sweet and savory! I love muffins, and think they make a great breakfast on the go, too.

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Pretty much any pancake will freeze well. They’re toaster friendly, and the kids always love them.

 

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Whether you make a quick egg sandwich with it, or top it with peanut butter and applesauce, having this quick bread in the freezer is really handy on busy mornings!

What are your favorite breakfast foods for busy mornings?

 

 

Backyard BBQ Sides – Salads, Hot Sides and More

Backyard BarbequeIt’s the season for backyard barbecues!

I think one of my favorite things about backyard barbecues is the way it brings the family together for not just an hour at dinnertime, but an afternoon of fun and memories cooking and eating out under the big blue sky. There’s something about eating outside, off of the grill that just gives an extra special element to dinnertime. Not to mention an extra-good kick of flavors!

While grilling up meat and veggies is obviously the main part of a Backyard BBQ, the sides are equally as important!  A good side can really bring your meal to a new level and depending on what you serve, you can take your BBQ in all kinds of fun directions. I like getting creative with my sides, and there are so many delicious things you can choose from. Some of them are super simple. Some of them you can make in advance. All of them are really good and things we come back to time and time again.

Now, get out there and enjoy your summer evenings with some good BBQ and some of these sides!

 

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Almost Homemade Pickles

Balsamic Strawberries

Balsamic Strawberries

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad

 

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad

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Green Bean and Tomato Salad

 

Green Bean and Tomato Salad

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Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad

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Parmesan Fettuccine

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

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Parmesan Zucchini & Summer Squash

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Pasta Salad

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Hashbrown Casserole

Orange and Red Onion Salad - simple!

Orange and Red Onion Salad

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Mac and Cheese

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Microwave Corn on Cob

AuGratin Potatoes in the slow cooker

Au Gratin Potatoes

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Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad

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Oven Fried Potatoes

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Asian Broccoli Salad

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Layered Cole Slaw

 

Layered Cole Slaw

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Homemade Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

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Potato Salad

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Pressure Cooker Mac n Cheese

One Pot Stove-Top Mac & Cheese

 

One-Pot Stove Top Mac n Cheese

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Ranch Veggie Salad

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Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Simple Lettuce Wedge Salad

 

Simple Wedge Salad

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Slaw with Tomato and Jalapeno

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Corn Casserole

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Summer Corn Salad

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Sweet Potato Fries

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Tomato Artichoke Salad

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Tropical Salad

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Watermelon with a Kick

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Wild Rice Salad

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Winter Fruit Salad

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