We all love slow cooker recipes to help get dinner on the table in short order, but do you have time to do all the prep work in the morning? These are our favorite recipes that can be prepped ahead and frozen. With one afternoon of work you can prep a week’s worth of dinners to stash in the freezer–or get ambitious and go for a full month!
Slow Cooker Pizza
No need to call for delivery when you can get a pizza casserole on the table in less time than it takes to dial the phone.
Crock-Pot Lemonade Chicken
This super-tangy chicken dish uses another freezer favorite – lemonade. Serve with rice and green peas for a full meal.
Paleo Teriyaki Meatballs
A lot of paleo recipes involve complicated ingredients or equipment, but we promise that you probably already have a lot of these ingredients in your pantry. Flash-freezing these meatballs means they’ll be ready whenever you want to pull them from the freezer.
Slow Cooker Winter Minestrone
Comfort food doesn’t have to add to your waistline. Pull this soup out of your freezer for a hearty vegetarian dinner.
Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Chicken
The sweet and savory flavors in this dish are so complex that your family won’t believe there are only four ingredients in this dish.
Slow Cooker Spicy Sausage and Peppers
This recipe that costs $5 and only takes five minutes to prep has another bonus – it’s gluten free.
Orange Beef Stew
This recipe calls for some ingredients that might not be common in your pantry, but it includes plenty of alternatives to make it work for anyone.