40 Slow Cooker & Freezer Meals

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UPDATED 11/26/13

With the release of my new cookbook, Comforting Eats, I wanted to add to this list, 14 more Slow Cooker and Freezer Meals! The eBook is now available and the spiral bound is available for pre-order and will be ready before Christmas!  Also, check out this GREAT Deal on a Programable and Portable Crock Pot now on Amazon (Not sure how long this deal will last)!

So between my blog and 2 cookbooks, there are over 40 Slow Cooker & Freezer Meals that I know you will love!

NEW Slow Cooker recipes in Comforting Eats:

  1. Tomatoes & Okra
  2. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  3. Brunswick Stew
  4. Slow Cooker Curry Chicken
  5. Delicious Tomato Basil Soup
  6. Tasty Bolognese Sauce
  7. Instant Marinara & Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash
  8. Garden Veggie Marinara
  9. 40-Minute Pot Roast
  10. Beer Braised Smokey Pulled Pork
  11. Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Tomato Gravy
  12. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
  13. Melissa’s Meatloaf with Spicy Tomato Sauce
  14. Asian Pork Ribs

Satisfying Eats Crock Pot Meals:

  1. 10-Minute Chili
  2. Crock Pot Turnip/Collard Greens
  3. Amazing Pot Roast with Mushroom Gravy
  4. Cauliflower Cheese Soup
  5. Cauliflower-Potato Bisque
  6. Cranberry Preserves
  7. Cream of Garlic Mushroom Soup
  8. Crock Pot Apple Butter
  9. Crock Pot Chicken & “Rice” Soup
  10. Crock Pot Pork Loin
  11. Crock Pot Pulled Pork
  12. Crock Pot Chicken Chili
  13. Crock Pot Stroganoff
  14. Green Summer Chili
  15. Sweet, Tangy & Spicy BBQ Sauce
  16. Ultimate Cheeseburger Soup
  17. Zesty Italian Chicken Stew

SLOW COOKER 1 CollageFall is ALMOST here!  Slow cookers are great to use in the summer so you don’t have to turn on your hot oven, but they are really nice when the weather starts getting cooler! It’s still HOT & HUMID here in Louisiana so right now I am using it to keep the house cool and for convenience. Now that I have 2 little ones, slow cooker meals are just the way to go!  I now actually have 3 cookers!

The newest addition to my slow cooker family is this one from Hamilton Beach.

Here is what I LOVE about the Hamilton Beach 33265 6-Quart Programmable Insulated Slow Cooker:

  1. It was around $70.
  2. It is 6 quarts. Not too big or too small.
  3. It only weighs around 5 lbs so it is very light weight.
  4. It’s programmable. You can program it to cook for up to 10 hours. It will then switch to WARM and stay warm for an additional 10 hours unless shut off.
  5. You can sear your meat on top of the stove in the pot. I LOVE this! You can cook anything in a slow cooker, but for it to taste good, roasts and stew meats really need to be browned to bring out the flavors. Being able to use the same pot and not have to transfer it is WONDERFUL! One less pot to wash!
  6. The base is not hot so I don’t have to worry about my 2-year-old touching the outside of it and burning his little fingers.
  7. The handles are insulated as well so I can just lift the pot out of the cooker without using pot holders.
  8. EASY clean up! The insert is a non-stick aluminum. NO more stuck on food or having to soak the crock for 2 days!
  9. It uses less energy and doesn’t heat up the house like other cooking methods!

What I wish was a little better:

  1. The lid doesn’t fit snug. That hasn’t been a problem, I just didn’t expect this.
  2. I wish there was a delayed start. I have read mixed reviews that this may not be a good feature anyway due to fact that uncooked food shouldn’t be kept at room temperature for long amounts of time.
  3. Because the cooker itself is non-stick, you must use wooden or plastic utensils to insure you don’t scratch it.
  4. Non-Stick. I normally don’t use non-stick cookware, but since a slow cooker never gets to high temperatures, I personally don’t worry about it in this case.
  5. The warm setting like most I have read about do more than just keep the food warm. It didn’t boil water, but it did continue to cook the food. I don’t know if this could be avoided unless you turned it off after the specific cooking time has been reached. This is probably a safety issue. Food should be maintained at a certain temperature to insure nothing harmful starts growing on it.
  6. It is not portable like others are. Check out this Crock Pot if you really need portability. However, you lose other features which is why I didn’t choose it.
  7. The size is a little different from the other 2 I have. This one is deeper and not as wide.

If you are looking for the Deluxe Slow Cooker, check out these Ninjas!  Portability, searing meat in it’s own pot and on its own burner!  It was double the price but from all the reviews I have read, it seems like the best of all worlds!

How to store meals in the freezer

When storing food in the freezer, be sure to LABEL your food! I couldn’t tell you how many containers of food that are in my freezer that I have NO clue what is in them! I call them my Mystery Meals!  Check out these labels to make it less of a mystery! You will also need SAFE storage containers. Glass Mason jars work great. Here are some other glass storage containers PERFECT for your freezer meals (and come in bigger sizes)!

So now there is NO excuse not to be able to prepare a healthy meal!  I hope you enjoy these yummy grain-free slow cooker meals,  and that you add them to your upcoming menu! Why not have a different Slow Cooker meal every night!

10 Slow Cooker & Freezer Ready Meals

1. Tomato Basil Soup

Easy and delicious!  Who needs La Madeline’s??


Tomato Basil Soup

2. Taco Soup

One of my favorites.

3. Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Don’t worry, there is no roux in this Gumbo but it will please even a Cajun’s pallet.

4. Sweet Potato Lasagna

What a treat!  You won’t miss the lasagna noodles, I promise!

5. Three Meat Chili

Nice and hearty, just like a chili should be!

6. Shrimp & Sausage Creole

This is so good!

7. Coconut Chipotle Chicken Thighs

This one seems to be everyone’s favorite!

8. Spaghetti & Meatballs

Who says you can’t have spaghetti?!

9. Spaghetti Squash

This method is so much easier and SAFER!

10. Chicken & Bone Broth

Yummy chicken and healthy broth to make you feel better!

11. Pumpkin ChiliPUMPKIN CHILI1

**Apple Crumble recipe!

Yep, dessert cooked in a slow cooker! Check out Comforting Eats for this Easy recipe! 

Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

Want MORE?? Check out these recipes slow cooker recipes, found in my new cookbook, Comforting Eats as well as my Satisfying Eats Cookbook!

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  1. Michelle Neill says

    Yummy!! I don’t think I realized all of those crockpot recipes were in the cookbook. There are so many in there I find new gems all the time!!! Can’t wait for the new one!!! So excited!!

  2. Laurina Flikweert says

    It’s coming up summer on this side of the world, but I will certainly cook them next winter. It’s just the two of us and freezer meals are ideal. For now I will stick to the lighter meals and love your recipe’s. You’re doing all the thinking for me, it’s great !! Thank you !!

  3. Adele Hebert says

    Hi, I have both your books (and LOVE LOVE LOVE them, because of the pictures mostly) and now I noticed that you have additional recipes for both. Is it possible to email me the additional recipes? Thank you, Adele

    • satisfyingeats says

      I am glad you are enjoying my recipes. Any other additional recipes that I have can be found on the blog, if that is what you mean. I hope this helps!

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