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
I was so excited to find From Your Freezer To Your Family: Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes digital cookbook by Stephanie from MamaandBabyLove.com. 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!