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If you follow this blog regularly, you know I’m a pretty big fan of simple, easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  I’m also a huge fan of recipes that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights.  Because let’s face it:  Life is busy and none of us need MORE things to do (or to feel guilty about.)

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Don’t stress about what you are going to serve your family for dinner tonight. With just a bit of planning, you can create 10 meals for your family in just 1 hour.

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on developing some great go-to “cheater” recipes that I could use to create a comprehensive quick & easy freezer cooking meal plan.  My goal was to develop five foolproof recipes that I could then use to create ten freezer meals in one hour or less.  In order to make the cut, each of these recipes would have to meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Deemed delicious by both my kids and husband
  • No pre-cooking required (aside from browning ground beef)
  • Freezer friendly
  • Easy to cook
  • Uses everyday, budget-friendly ingredients and pantry staples

Well friends, I am happy to tell you that all these months of trial and error have finally come together, and today I am sharing my very first LWSL Quick & Easy 10 Meals in an Hour™ plan!  In this one post you will find everything you need to prep ten awesome freezer meals in about an hour of hands-on time (not including grocery shopping.) Just think, in just one quick Saturday morning session you could have two weeks worth of absolutely delicious, family-friendly weeknight meals all ready to go! Sound good? Let’s do it! Before you begin, you will need to gather your tools & supplies and also make sure that you have all your groceries on hand. I find it is easiest to go grocery shopping the day before I do my cooking.  To save time unloading, only put away the items that need to be refrigerated.  Finally, make sure your kitchen counters are cleared of clutter and sanitized and empty your dishwasher and sink of any dishes.  If this is your first time doing any freezer cooking, be sure to check out this post for more tips on freezer cooking like a pro!)

10 Meals in an Hour | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals | 1 Hour 10 Meals | Easy Cooking | Time Saving Cooking Guide | Quick & Easy Taco Soup | Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken | Meal Plan

Here are the five recipes we will be making:

Here are the supplies you will need:

10 gallon size zipper freezer bags
Avery 8163 shipping labels or permanent marker
large mixing bowl
cutting board
sharp knife
garlic press
can opener
dry measuring cups
liquid measuring cups
dry measuring spoons
liquid measuring spoons
12 inch frying pan
stand or hand mixer

 

10 Meals in an Hour | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals | 1 Hour 10 Meals | Easy Cooking | Time Saving Cooking Guide | Quick & Easy Taco Soup | Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken | Meal Plan

Here are the ingredients you will need:

Produce
18 cloves garlic
2 lemons
Fresh parsley (optional)
1 large sweet onion
 
Pantry Staples
Honey
Olive oil
Soy sauce
Dried minced onion
Seasoned salt
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper
Red wine
Ketchup
Worcestershire sauce
Dried thyme
Brown Sugar
 
Canned/Dry Goods
Dijon mustard
1 8oz jar orange marmalade
1 15oz. can pinto beans
1 15oz can black beans
1 15oz can kidney beans
2 15oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 8oz can tomato sauce
2 packets taco seasoning
1 16oz bottle Italian salad dressing
1 package Italian salad dressing mix
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
 
Dairy
Sour cream (optional)
2-8oz packages cream cheese
Shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
 
Meat
8 pork chops (approximately 6-8 ounces each)
7-8 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
2 pounds London Broil beef
1 pound ground beef
 
Frozen
1 16oz bag frozen corn

10 Meals in an Hour | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals | 1 Hour 10 Meals | Easy Cooking | Time Saving Cooking Guide | Quick & Easy Taco Soup | Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken | Meal Plan

PRINT

Be sure to print the following pages before getting started. You can get them HERE:

  • Printable labels (designed to work with Avery 8163 shipping labels)
  • Printable Shopping List and Printable Prep & Prepare Instructions (all one document)

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Be sure to also print the following recipes:

PREP

  1. Set out cream cheese to soften
  2. Prep your bags—either print labels using these ready-made printable labels or use a permanent marker to label each bag with the name of the recipe, date prepared, and cooking instructions.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!  While you might think that you’ll remember what is in every bag, I promise you will forget!
  3. Brown ground beef and set aside
  4. Drain & rinse kidney, pinto, and black beans; set aside.
  5. Chop onion and set aside
  6. Peel garlic and set aside, (or mince if not using garlic press, then set aside.)
  7. Prep chicken if necessary

 

10 Meals in an Hour | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals | 1 Hour 10 Meals | Easy Cooking | Time Saving Cooking Guide | Quick & Easy Taco Soup | Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken | Meal PlanPREPARE

  1. Prep Quick & Easy Taco Soup using instructions found here.  (Use only 1 cup or about half of the already chopped onion.) Divide mixture into 2 freezer bags, press out excess air, and seal well.  Place bags in refrigerator.
  2. Prep Oh-So-Easy London Broil using instructions found here. (Use remaining chopped onion.)  Place meat into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well.  Place bags in refrigerator.
  3. Prep Orange Glazed Pork Chops using instructions found here. Place meat into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well.  Place bags in refrigerator.
  4. Prep Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken using instructions found here. Place chicken into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well.  Place bags in refrigerator.
  5. Prep Creamy Italian Chicken using instructions found here.  Place chicken into 2 freezer bags and cover with cream cheese mixture, then press out excess air and seal well.  Place bags in refrigerator.
  6. Once all prep is complete, place all bags in freezer until needed.  After you’ve made your meal plan for the coming week, consider setting an alert on your phone to remind you to take your bag out to thaw the day before you plan to make it!

 10 Meals in an Hour™ Part 1 | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Food Made Simple | Freezer Cooking

And that’s it!   Pretty darn easy right?  Ten delicious freezer meals in about an hour–does it get any better than that? You can check out the rest of our 10 Meals in an Hour posts here.

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Have you ever tried freezer cooking?  What are your family’s favorite freezer friendly recipes?

P.S.  The new Living Well Planner™ has a  SIMPLIFIED MEAL PLANNING section. It gives you the option to plan just one meal a day, or all three. Check it out HERE.

76 Comments

  1. Anna
    May 12 at 10:02AM

    OMG, this is SO AWESOME! I’ve tried freezer cooking in the past but all the recipes seemed to require a lot of cooking. It literally took me all day! I can’t wait to try this! Thank you so much!!!!

  2. Amanda arrington
    May 12 at 11:32AM

    It wont let me open the links to print.

    • Ruth Soukup
      May 12 at 11:36AM

      In order to access the links you must “like” LWSL on Facebook. Once you like the page you will be able to access the files. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • Amanda S
        November 11 at 07:51PM

        What if I don’t have fb because someone harasses me on there? Am I totaly out of luck?

        • Anonymous
          January 17 at 09:45AM

          My sister had the same thing she opened a new facebook with a cartoon name for things like this

  3. Linda
    May 12 at 07:19PM

    Thanks for the great recipes! I was able to print them out but not the grocery or ” how to put together” lists. Not sure why? I have ” liked” this site on FB.

    • Ruth Soukup
      May 12 at 09:07PM

      Did you click on the photo? It should open up a page with the documents. I emailed you just in case! 🙂

      • July 14 at 12:58PM

        The how to put it together list doesn’t come up for me either. Could you email me the document as well?

  4. Cherish
    May 22 at 03:36PM

    Hey, Ruth! I really want to partake in this, but I am having the same issue.. I can’t open the supplies or instructions either. I don’t have facebook, maybe that is the culprit? I would certainly appreciate if you could email the documents to me too!! 🙂

  5. Maneesha
    May 31 at 12:57PM

    FYI – I went grocery shopping using the handy list from FB. The sweet onion isn’t listed on there at all (only the dried, minced onion)!!! Bummed that I have to figure out when to trek back to the store to pick up that one ingredient. Hopefully you can fix it quick before someone else runs into the same issue.

    • Ruth Soukup
      June 2 at 02:02PM

      Maneesha, thank you so much for letting me know, and I am so, SO sorry for the inconvenience! We fixed the printable so hopefully no one else will have that problem!

  6. Wow this is so helpful! I was just thinking about how I was going to plan out this month’s freezer meals and you have solved all of my problems so a big thank you to you! 🙂

  7. Melissa
    June 17 at 08:30PM

    I can’t believe how easy that was!! Taco Soup warming in the crock pot, can’t wait to try all 5 recipes!

  8. Maren
    July 21 at 05:14PM

    Hi Ruth – have you thought of doing a vegetarian version? I always love your vegetarian recipes and would love to do a freezer cooking session, veggie style. 🙂

    • Leila A
      August 5 at 01:35PM

      I would LOVE a vegetarian one too! Thanks!

    • Marlys Johnson
      December 3 at 10:02AM

      Yes! Please!!! I’m a vegetarian too. I make a lot of freezer chili. I also make mudajara and daal for the freezer. But I would love some fresh new ideas. Although there are so many different ways to prepare chili, and believe me I have tried so many different ones, I am getting a little tired of that being my go-to meal.

  9. July 22 at 07:56AM

    Just came across your blog today and love the 10 freezer meals in an hour. Really practical and helpful on those busy days we all have. I do not belong to facebook either and would appreciate you emailing me the necessary pages for fixing the meals. I see there are several others in the same situation. Maybe putting on the blog so it can be downloaded from there might be a help to you. Thank you in advance for these great recipes. Going to be busy in the next week or so.

  10. Anonymous
    July 22 at 08:51AM

    Can you suggest any easy vegetarian meals?

  11. Crystal
    July 22 at 03:41PM

    Thank you so much for the step by step instructions and labels and shopping/prep list. I need things spelled out for me!! I am so excited to try these meals!!!

  12. Katie Wallace
    July 25 at 02:40PM

    I can’t get the shopping list or prep to print either, and I did like the fb page. Please email to me. Thanks bunches.

    • Ruth Soukup
      July 25 at 05:29PM

      I just e-mailed it to you. 🙂

  13. BLH
    August 17 at 08:01PM

    I’ve noticed printing the labels is off by about a 1/4 of an inch. Am I the only one? Any tips or tricks? This happens on part 2 also. Thanks for making this so easy for the rest of us!

  14. September 10 at 03:02PM

    This is the first freezer meal plan that included ALL meals that my family will actually eat. No seafood! My husband thanks you – my whole family thanks you!

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 11 at 08:55AM

      Yay! I’m so glad you all liked it Caryn!

  15. Cheryl
    October 6 at 09:18AM

    Just wondering… what recipe is the Cayenne pepper used in? I had it on hand, so didn’t buy it, but I never ended up using it either… think I followed all the directions…

  16. October 15 at 04:37PM

    Thank you so much for this! I found this on Pinterest yesterday and did this today… Everything appears to have come out correctly (& looking scrumptious!)… I made a few substitutes, since I have a milk allergy, and the recipes still came out great! After making the orange glazed pork chops, I kept one chop out and let it marinate, baked it & had it for lunch… DELISH! Loved it. 🙂

    Thanks again for putting this together! I think it was very well done. 🙂

  17. Lindsey
    October 29 at 10:48AM

    Hi!
    I cant get the instructions to come up. 🙁 the PDF just has the shopping list and prep/prepare. Can you email it to me? Thanks in advance for a great easy meal prep!
    ~Lindsey

  18. Laci
    November 5 at 11:30AM

    Ruth. I have never tried freezer meals before but these recipes look great. I have everything printed to do your Sunday prep. I probably will do on a Monday that is my day off. I thought you might like to try this recipe. It has become one of our favorites. I tweak it a little bit I like fire roasted tomatoes and a few small changes but I was thinking it might make a great freezer meal tossed together and dumped in the pan. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Salsa-Chicken-Burrito-Filling/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Thumb&e11=salsa%20chicken%20burrito%20filling&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i1

  19. Anonymous
    January 18 at 08:20PM

    I can’t even read this blog all the way through — so so so excited! I am going to go to the grocery store tonight and cook this stuff tonight! Thank you so very much! This will make tax season so so much better. I almost want to cry from relief. Once again – thanks!

  20. January 18 at 08:43PM

    Ruth I have been following your Facebook page for some time now and I have to say you are an inspiration. So happy to randomly have come across these tonight while doing a search…how did i miss this! I will be making part one and part two this week. I have a family of nine. Thanks for all you do.

  21. August 18 at 06:51PM

    Thank you SO much! I made two of your freezer meal pages today for a total of 20 meals! taco soup for dinner tonight! I forwarded your page on to a military spouse facebook page because we are ALWAYS looking for easy meals and freezer meals! I tasted the sauces as I went and they were so good. This will be dinners and lunches for the next 20 days! THANK YOU AGAIN!

    Victoria

  22. Anonymous
    August 31 at 05:12PM

    This is great! However don’t you have fish and/or other seafood dishes?

  23. Anonymous
    October 7 at 02:36PM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for making the labels & prep & prepare sheet! I have done freezer meal cooking before -without these helps- and having it done already was not only a huge time saver but motivation to try again! Thank u~

  24. April
    January 29 at 08:19AM

    I like all of these recipes, but am not the cooking type so forgive my ignorance: Do each of these recipes get put into a crockpot when you’re ready to eat them? And for how long?
    Thank you.

  25. Kirsten
    February 10 at 09:37AM

    Thank you so much for sharing, I have never done a freezer meal before. How long do they stay good for? Deciding when I need to start these!

    • Ruth Soukup
      February 10 at 10:18PM

      You can keep most meals in your freezer for a couple of months. I usually date my freezer meals and take an inventory of what I have every week. 🙂

  26. Angie Read
    February 18 at 12:18PM

    These look great! I just had a quick question…When I look at each of the 5 recipes do I need to double the amounts of each one to make it a total of 10 meals? Or is it already doubled to make a total of 10 meals?
    Thanks! Can’t wait to try these!

  27. Linda Richards
    April 22 at 03:49PM

    Just prepped all 5 recipes , cooking one for dinner tonight. Thought these were going to be whole meals, so a bit disappointed. However I have 4 lots of marinated meat and pots of taco soup in my freezer.
    The website was a bit slow but eventually I printed everything off. Loved having one shopping list done for me. Couldn’t get some things here in England (any ideas for when I need Hambeens?) but seem to have worked out well. Taco soup was good, just needed a bit more marinading. Next one should be delicious.
    Can’t wait to try some of the other recipe plans.

  28. Joe Scrima
    August 19 at 10:41AM

    I like all the info…but have a hard time printing it. can you make a print application easier?

  29. hokiegrad
    September 30 at 12:53PM

    Do you have any suggestions for a red wine substitute? We don’t purchase alcohol–at all. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Ruth Soukup
      September 30 at 09:02PM

      You can use beef stock in place of the red wine. 🙂

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