10 Meals in an Hour™: Part 7


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10 Meals in an Hour™ Part 7 | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Food Made Simple | Freezer Cooking

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!)


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.


Over the past year and a half we have shared six 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  and Part 6)  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 super excited to share with you a new series of “fresh flavor” recipes.

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

  • Deemed delicious by both my kids and husband
  • No pre-cooking required (aside from browning veggie crumbles)
  • 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!)

10 Meals in An Hour Series - 5 delicious entrees prepped and ready for cooking in one hour

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

Gather all your ingredients for the meal prep

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 sweet onions
2 bunches green onions
2 lemons
2 packages chopped romaine lettuce (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
1 bunch fresh basil
1 bunch fresh parsley
16-20 cloves garlic
Ginger(freeze dried or fresh)
2 containers cherry or grape tomatoes ( optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
1 package Arugula (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
2 heads iceberg lettuce (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
3 carrots
Pantry Staples
Olive oil
Worcestershire sauce
Ketchup (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
Mayonnaise (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
Rice (optional; only needed for cooking day, not for prep)
Black pepper
McCormick Grill Mates Montreal steak seasoning
 Pre-packaged chili powder
Brown sugar
Ground cumin
Garlic powder
onion powder
Chili powder
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
Hoisin sauce
Sesame seeds
Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Rice wine vinegar
Canned/Dry Goods
1 13.5oz can coconut milk
3 15oz. cans white beans
2 4oz. cans diced green chilies
1 16oz. jar salsa verde
1 8oz. jar/can water chestnuts
1 5oz. package croutons
1 32oz. carton vegetable stock
2  16oz. jar creamy peanutbutter
Kaiser rolls (cooking day only)
1 container blue cheese dressing (optional,cooking day only)
1 9oz. blue cheese crumbles (optional,cooking day only)
1 stick butter
9-12 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
2 3-4 pounds skirt steak 
2 packages Vegetarian crumbles
1 10oz. bag corn niblets
 Meal Prep Printable Instructions for 10 Meals in an Hour Series 7


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. Rinse and drain white beans
  3. Chop onion and set aside
  4. Chop green onion and set aside
  5. Dice water chestnuts if necessary
  6. Juice lemons and set aside.
  7. Chop parsley and set aside.
  8. Peel and mince garlic and set aside
  9. Open up all the cans needed for prep day and set aside.
  10. Prep raw chicken

These freezer meals are all prepped and ready to go for cooking day - just keep them in the freezer until needed


  1. Prep Easy White Bean Chili using instructions found here. Divide chili into 2 freezer bags, press out excess air, and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  2. Prep Easy Chicken Satay using instructions found here. Place chicken into 2 freezer bags, press out excess air, and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  3. Prep Easy Crockpot Lettuce Wraps using instructions found here. Place chicken or crumbles into 2 freezer bags and cover with marinade, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  4. Prep Spice Rubbed Steak Salad using instructions found here. Place meat into 2 freezer bags, then press out excess air and seal well. Place bags in refrigerator.
  5. Prep Simple Summer Chicken Sandwich 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.
  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 7 | Easy Freezer Cooking Meal Plan | Food Made Simple | Freezer Cooking

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. July 22 at 11:20PM

    the grilled chicken sandwich looks really good. Yum!

  2. July 26 at 10:54AM

    These freezer meal recipes look awesome! I’m wondering how long they will last in the freezer without getting freezer burn… My family will really enjoy them, thanks!

  3. Amy
    November 6 at 08:15AM

    I’m really curious to try something like this, but I don’t have a crockpot (and some other kitchen appliances that might come up for some recipes). It would be super-helpful if you included things like “crockpot” on the list of needed supplies, so I can see at a glance whether a particular set of meals/recipes will work for me based on what I have access to. Thanks!!

  4. November 9 at 04:36PM

    Hi Ruth, great blog and great tips and ideas. I write a cooking blog but I really am enjoying your non-cooking posts on the home, grocery buying, and life in general – it all kinda goes hand in hand! Thanks!


  5. Anonymous
    November 12 at 08:45AM

    I have printed out all the freezer recipes. As a single grad student who wants to learn how to cook (efficiently) and also save money to pay back undergrad loans, I have been curious about freezer meals. I have calculated that each set of ten meals will last me roughly a month (each family sized meal typically makes three meals for me which is good storage time for leftovers). I am planning to do the first set this weekend — hopefully I can make enough space in my freezer! I am excited to try all this tasty food!

  6. Jen
    January 14 at 12:30PM

    I don’t often leave comments. But I had to say thank you for your lists of freezer meals. After my fourth child was born recently, I have struggled to keep up with feeding my (sort of large) family. Your freezer meals have been a blessing to me. My pickiest eater requests your Sloppy Joes on a regular basis. This has allowed me to enjoy meal prep again, knowing I can feed them all something healthy from home in a hurry. Thank you so much for all y’all do!

  7. Cassie
    August 31 at 05:38PM

    I just did this and it took about 2 hours but I’m super excited to have a stocked fridge:)
    If you are doing this, fire roasted tomatoes for the chili are missing from the shopping list and if you want the lettuce wraps to be chicken then you only need one package of the Boca crumbles.
    Thanks Ruth!

    • Ruth Soukup
      August 31 at 09:06PM

      Thanks for the letting us know about the missing ingredients. Hope these meals are popular with your family! Enjoy 🙂

  8. Joyce
    August 9 at 08:58PM

    Hi Ruth, can you fix the link to the printables? They are not active (labels, shopping list, instructions)

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