As I’m sure you’ve realized by now, I am in love with my slow cooker. I have a Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 slow cooker that lets me make three different sizes of meals. The one thing that I find challenging is slow cooker recipes that require a lot of prep – who wants to chop a pile of veggies at 8 a.m.? And I never think to do it the night before.
The solution? Freezer cooking! With this method, you spend a few hours chopping veggies, browning meat, and mixing sauces. Then, you place the proper ingredients in Ziploc bags and pop them in the freezer. The night before your meal, take a bag out and thaw it. Then it’s ready to go in the morning!
I’ve found two great sites so far that have lots of freezer meal recipes. Six Sisters Stuff has eight recipes on this page, and you can browse their index for even more ideas. Ring Around the Rosies has several pages of ideas that are all gluten-free! (Note that Pacific Natural soup isn’t available in Canada yet, so you’ll have to find another brand. Or, see this post for ways to make your own!)
We’ll keep you updated as we find more great dinner recipes. Enjoy!