Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes Cookbook Review

Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes- for easy and budget friendly meals without the effort

As we get closer to the birth of our little one (still a few months…) and with life being crazy already, I’ve been turning more and more to slow-cooker meals, especially as the weather gets cooler! I love being able to put food in a slow cooker in the morning and not have to worry about dinner for the rest of the day.

I had always been intrigued by moms who are able to pre-prepare a month of food (or even a couple of weeks) at one time and not have to do any other food prep during that time. Unfortunately, all the programs I’d seen for this involved grain based foods or pre-packaged foods like onion soup mix or pre-made sauces so they weren’t a good fit for me.

Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes Cookbook

From Your Freezer to Your Family- Slow Cooker Freezer RecipesI was so excited to find From Your Freezer To Your Family: Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes digital cookbook by Stephanie from Stephanie is a fellow real food eater, attachment parenting mom, and doula (plus, she is a licensed massage therapist… I wish we lived closer!).

Stephanie did all the hard work on this one and compiled a great cookbook of meals that can be prepped ahead of time, stored in the freezer and then literally just dumped in a slow-cooker to cook during the day. Since I literally just jump back into daily life the day after having a baby and don’t usually get meals brought to our house by friends, this is going to be a tremendous help for me!

What I Like:

I’ve started experimenting with her recipes already, and I really like the Ginger Cranberry Pork Roast! I haven’t had time to try them all yet, but here are some of the recipes that are included:

  • Pork and Butternut Squash
  • Sesame Honey Chicken
  • Parmesan Chicken
  • Chicken Chili
  • Polynesian Chicken
  • Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • Beef Veggie Soup
  • Cajun Shrimp
  • Ginger Beef
  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp
  • Cumin-Cinnamon Beef Stew
  • Ginger Cranberry Pork Roast
  • Opa’s Empanadas
  • Summer Veggie Soup
  • Thai Chicken Curry
  • Penelope’s Carrot-Ginger Soup
  • Healing Chicken Soup
  • Chicken n’ Cherries
  • French Dip Beef Stew
  • Orange Beef Stew
  • Cranberry Chicken
  • Moroccan Lamb Stew
  • Italian Beef
  • Flank Steak Fajitas
  • Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken
  • Stephanie’s Goulash
  • Chicken Curry

I also like that the recipes are budget friendly, and easy to add extra veggies to stretch the meat if needed. The spice combinations are great, yet easy, so there is no long list of ingredients to buy.

Note: There are a lot of beans and legumes included in this cookbook. I personally don’t eat these, and just replace them with more veggies, but wanted to mention this. There are a couple of recipes that are mainly bean based, and I just avoid these, but haven’t had any trouble making substitutes in the others.

How It Works:

Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes is formatted so that each recipe makes two meals (for a family of 4-6) and there are shopping lists that correspond to each recipe so shopping is easy too.

For those with special dietary concerns, the dietary information is included for each recipe, and there are even printable labels for each recipe. The recipes are 95% grain and dairy free, and the grain and dairy ingredients can be easily substituted if needed.

I’m planning on making double batches of about ten of her recipes (so 40 meals total) for around the time the baby is born. I’ve also thought that these would be perfect gifts to bring to friends or doula clients who have just had babies (or friends who are sick) since they can be made whenever needed and can store easily if the person already has other meals planned or delivered. These will also be great for days that I am out with the kids and need to have dinner ready when we get home.

How to Get It:

I have the digital version of Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes and it has been great. I just print the shopping lists and recipes as I need them, and can write notes or changes on them as I go.

Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes is also available in print form if you prefer the hard copy, though personally, I liked just being able to print the recipes and not worry if I spilled something on a page while cooking.

Click here to read more about From Your Freezer to Your Family over at Stephanie’s site.

Do you use a slow-cooker? Have you ever bulk prepared meals before? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. I will definitely be checking this out! It is such a struggle to find slow cooker meals that don’t have a ton of processed junk in them and are grain and dairy free.

  2. I went out and bought the cookbook on your recommendation. I’m upset to see that the majority of recipes in this cookbook contain legumes. I do not eat legumes, and you condemn them on your website and have stated that you rarely eat them. There was no mention in your review of the heavy reliance on legumes. I feel this is irresponsible of you to be promoting this cookbook when you take such a stand against legumes.

    • I’m sorry for not mentioning that in more detail in the review. I just omit the legumes and replace with more veggies, but I can see why you are upset. I will make sure to go back and add that to the review for clarity. I’m sure she’d probably refund the book if you aren’t satisfied, and if not, I’d be happy to refund it myself via paypal…

      • Thank you for the response I really appreciate it. If I can sub veggies in for the legumes I’d like to keep the cookbook as the recipes do look very tasty. What veggies and how much do you sub in?

        • Since we are also on GAPS, I keep things like butternut and other winter squashes pre-chopped in the freezer, so I just add those in place of the beans. Cabbage also works great but has to just be added in the last hour or so.

          • Perfect thanks!

    • What is bad about legumes? I was thinking they are a great alternative for grain free! :-/

  3. Hi. Looks interesting thanks. But I have been seeing things here and there about lead being leached from slow cookers. It is kind of killing my enthusiasm for broths. I don’t know where to go for the truth. Thought you might know. Thanks!

  4. Please forgive my ignorance, but is a slow cooker and a crockpot the same thing? Also you mentioned on another post about one without lead leaching. Are there others that are safe? I’m not sure I can spend 50 right now. thank you!!

    • Yep… same thing and there is a lot of controversy about if there is lead in other brands or not, but I wouldn’t worry too much if that isn’t in the budget…

  5. Question. I am not sure if the book says this, but are there certain types of freezer bags that you would recommend to store the meals in the freezer?

  6. So disappointed the cookbook is no longer available!

    • yes I just realized that as well, disappointed!

  7. This is so great!! We have been searching for freezer meals and have had the same issue. It’s so hard to find recipes that aren’t full of condensed soups, grains and beyond.
    I notice that it says the cookbook is no longer available in e format, I clicked the print format and it wasn’t available there either.
    Do you have any other crock pot freezer meal cookbooks you’d suggest that’d be great for those first months at home with new little ones?
    Thanks so much!