10 Meals in an Hour™: Part 2


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10 Meals in an Hour™ Part 2 | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Food Made Simple | Freezer Cooking

A few months ago I shared my first 10 Freezer Meals in an Hour plan, which included 5 great recipes that could be prepared together in about sixty minutes to make TEN separate meals. It was a huge hit, not only with my own family, but with many of your families as well!

At this point I am pretty much hooked on easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together, and that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights. 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!


Download 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.


I am excited to share this no-bake version of 10 Meals in an Hour™, which includes five awesome warm weather recipes that are cooked either on the grill or in the crockpot—no oven required! (Of course, if you would rather use the oven than the grill, that is always an option—you can generally just bake your chicken covered at 400 degrees for 25 minutes to get the same results!)

10 Freezer Meals in an Hour

In order to make the cut this time, each recipe had to meet ALL of the following criteria: 

  • Deemed delicious by both my kids and husband
  • No pre-cooking required
  • Freezer friendly
  • Easy to cook
  • Uses budget-friendly ingredients and pantry staples
  • No oven required on cooking day

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.)

Once again, in just one quick Saturday morning 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!)

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
12 inch frying pan
stand or hand mixer

  Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan

Here are the ingredients you will need:

12 cloves garlic
4 limes
Fresh parsley (optional)
2 sweet onions
Fresh pineapple (optional)
Hamburger Buns or Rolls (not needed until time to serve)
Pantry Staples
Olive oil
Seasoned salt
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper
Ground ginger
Worcestershire sauce
Cider vinegar
Garlic powder
Ground mustard
Barbecue sauce
Teriyaki sauce
Soy sauce
Brown sugar
Pineapple Rings (optional)
Canned/Dry Goods
Dijon mustard
1 can coconut milk
Liquid smoke (optional)
2 cans root beer
1 cup pineapple juice
10-12 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
4 pounds pork ribs
2-2-3lb pork shoulders (butts)

Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan 


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. Chop onion and set aside
  3. Peel garlic and set aside, (or mince if not using garlic press, then set aside.)
  4. Prep chicken if necessary

Healthy Crockpot Freezer Meals


  1. Prep Easy Crockpot Pulled Pork using instructions found here. (Use 1 cup of chopped onion.)  Place pork into 2 freezer bags and cover with sauce, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  2. Prep Easy Crockpot Ribs using instructions found here. Place meat into 2 freezer bags and cover with sauce, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  3. Prep Honey Dijon Grilled Chicken using instructions found here. (Use only 1 cup of the already chopped onion.) Divide meat into 2 freezer bags, cover with marinade, press out excess air, and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  4. Prep Hawaiian 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 Coconut Lime Chicken using instructions found here. (Add any leftover onion to marinade, if desired.) Place chicken into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.

10 Meals in an Hour™ Part 2 | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Food Made Simple | Freezer Cooking

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Have you tried making 10 meals in an hour yet? What tricks or tips can you share?

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.


  1. August 15 at 09:09AM

    i love this!!! i can’t wait to try it! thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Beverly Gisonna
      October 23 at 10:41AM

      Adding this here because I can’t figure out how to add comment , duh.. Anyway how do you think this would do cooking and then splitting into freezer bags to serve on a boat? I have an oven.

  2. August 15 at 09:20AM

    wow, this is such a great idea. I can’t wait to try it!!

  3. August 15 at 09:34AM

    Do each of these serve a family of 4?


    • Ruth Soukup
      August 15 at 10:34AM

      The servings are indicated on each of the recipes but generally they can each feed a family of four a pretty healthy serving. I hope that helps! 🙂

  4. Cass
    August 15 at 12:10PM

    Great post!
    I just noticed under the Prepare section for #1 (pulled pork) it says: “Place chicken into 2 freezer bags and cover with barbecue sauce”.
    Thanks for the inspirational recipes!

  5. August 15 at 12:21PM

    I have never done a mass meal prep like this but every night we are faced with the decision making process of what we are going to eat for dinner. This would seriously make everything so much easier!! Maybe I will go to the grocery store in the morning and do the meal prep on Sunday and see how all of this goes!! The recipes sound delicious and I know my husband would have a smile on his face every night if he came home to a meal already cooked for him!!! Thanks for sharing in so much detail!!!!

  6. August 16 at 11:16AM

    Love your site! Any reason I couldn’t make the grill recipes in the crockpot? We live in Az where it is hot until November, the grill isn’t so fun, nor the oven! I appreciate your thoughts!

  7. Katie
    August 23 at 07:53PM

    This is wonderful, thank you! Where is part 1?

  8. Anonymous
    October 25 at 01:13PM

    We’ve had 3 of these recipes so far and each was a hit. The coconut lime chicken is definitely a keeper.

  9. November 4 at 10:23PM

    Love these recipes and you give great steps to make it easier to follow along.
    Freezer meals have become a staple in my household and love finding new recipes.

  10. Rachel
    March 10 at 08:24PM

    Would you mind letting me know what you serve with each of these dishes? Thanks!

  11. Angi
    October 27 at 12:37PM

    I have looked through these and love them. have tried a few but my major ? is these are just meat dishes. Nothing i have seen is mentioned about the whole meal? I love following your blog and there is always something that helps me but for me in my busy family scheduled these don’t really help cause its only meat dishes. Is there another part that goes with these. My other ? is do you cook all these and freeze them? or you just prep them all put in Refrigerator and then each night pull out a bag of meat and cook it and then come up with ideas for the sides? I am a huge fan of Freezer meals and yes most of them are for crock-pot but still so easy i pull out a whole bag and it has my veggies and meat and sauce all in dump in the pot and when i come home its done. on thinking an prepping and i usually spend one weekend really only half prepping and freezing a months worth of food. Sorry this went on a bit. I was trying to show I am not just complaining. I do love and do Freezer meals. Just not getting these.

    • Ruth Soukup
      October 29 at 05:54AM

      Hi Angi,
      Most all of the recipes require no cooking ahead of time. You prep the recipe and then freeze it and take it out when you need it. I usually come up with sides depending on the time of year and what vegetables are in season. I hope that helps. 🙂

  12. Jessica
    May 21 at 05:10PM

    This is my second week of trying these, and I just finished the prep work on this batch! I haven’t quite figured out how you rock this out in an hour, but maybe it just takes practice. Hubby helped and we were able to get it done in a little over an hour. We actually made 12 meals b/c our pork butt was huge, so we made 4 of the BBQ bags! I love these…they have really been a great way to save money and time on weeknights. I’m making them pretty much verbatim right now but am making notes to adjust to our tastes and lighten up where we can. Can this be your next book? Preferably with laminated pages? 🙂

  13. Lynn
    April 5 at 03:35PM

    So, I have a question…. What do you serve all of this with?


  14. Stephanie
    May 8 at 11:44AM

    Thanks so much for these awesome freezer plans, but before I shop, am I missing something? Are there ingredients on the shopping list that aren’t used in any of these recipes? yogurt, romano, gruyere, and the frozen vegetables?

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