Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bringing you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together. As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as part of a Sunday Prep plan. My goal is to spend less time in the kitchen, not more, but I still want to be able to provide tasty meals that my family loves (and avoid eating out when we can!)


Printable meal plannerDon’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.


Over the 2 1/2  years we have shared 10 different 10 Meals in an Hour™ plans, which have each included 5 great freezer recipes that can be prepared together in about sixty minutes. (You can find the previous plans here: Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5  , Part 6, Part 7 , Part 8 ,Part 9  and Part 10. They have been a huge hit, not only with our own families, but with many of your families as well, and we’ve absolutely loved hearing how much you all are enjoying these tasty recipes!

Today I am s0 excited to share with you another NEW series of awesome freezer to crockpot recipes.

As usual, in order to make the cut, each recipe must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Deemed delicious by both our kids and our husbands!
  • No pre-cooking required
  • Freezer friendly
  • Easy to cook
  • Uses budget-friendly ingredients and pantry staples

In this one post you will find everything you need to prep 10 awesome freezer meals in about an hour of hands-on time (not including grocery shopping.)   Just think, in just one quick weekend session you could have almost two weeks worth of absolutely delicious, family-friendly meals all ready to go!

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. (Check out this post for more tips on freezer cooking like a pro!)


Living Well Spending Less Meal Prep Guide

Here are the five recipes we will be making:

Here are the supplies you will need:

10 gallon size zipper freezer bags
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

Living Well Spending Less meal planner

Here are the ingredients you will need:

2 small yellow onion
4 cups sweet onions or Vidalia if in season, sliced
1 bag of shredded slaw mix (cooking day only)
1 red bell pepper
6-10 cloves garlic
1 red chili pepper
1 bunch of green onions
1 bag carrots
1 large lemon
1 9oz. bags of fresh baby spinach (cooking day only)
Thyme (fresh or dried)
Pantry Staples
Ginger Paste
Garam Masala
Sriracha sauce
Red Pepper Flakes
Black pepper
Chili powder
Sesame oil
Sesame seeds, toasted (cooking day only)
Soy sauce
1 container homemade cream of chicken soup
Canned/Dry Goods
1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes or 2 15oz can diced tomatoes with chilies
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
9 32oz. cartons chicken stock
2 cartons Beef stock
1 cup plain yogurt (cooking day only)
Pecorino Romano
6-8 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
2 packages chicken Italian sausage, chopped
1 rotisserie  chicken
2 16oz. bags mixed vegetables
2  16 oz. bags of frozen  vegetables (Broccoli, Carrots & Water Chestnuts)
3 7 oz. packages of frozen sliced mushrooms
1 container refrigerated crescents (cooking day only)
1 box of rice noodles (cooking day only)
1  20 oz. package of cheese tortellini (cooking day only)
Italian bread, sliced (cooking day only)
Naan (optional, cooking day only)
 10 Meals in an Hour™ Part 11 | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Food Made Simple


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


Be sure to also print the following recipes:


  1. 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!
  2. Cut sausage into bit size pieces and set aside.
  3. Chop onions and set aside.
  4. Wash and chop green onions and set aside.
  5. Clean and chop peppers and set aside.
  6. Peel and mince garlic and set aside
  7. Open up all the cans needed for prep day and set aside.
  8. Prep raw chicken and chop into bit size pieces, then pull chicken from rotisserie for pot pie.

10 Meals in an Hour™ Part 11


  1. Prep Easy French Onion Soup using instructions found here. Divide onions and stock into 2 freezer bags, press out excess air, and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  2. Prep Easy Chicken Curry using instructions found here. Divide chicken into 2 freezer bags then divide sauce over chicken, press out excess air, and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  3. Prep Spinach & Sausage One Pot Pasta using instructions found here. Divide sausage mixture into 2 freezer bags, press out excess air, and seal well.Place bags in refrigerator.
  4. Prep Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Bowl using instructions found here. Divide chicken into 2 freezer bags then divide vegetables and stock mixture evenly over chicken, press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  5. Prep Easy Chicken Pot Pie using instructions found here. Place chicken into 2 freezer bags and cover with vegetable 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.


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.

Ruth Soukup

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