The recipes that I got and followed were all from Freebies 2 Deals. I just copied the recipes into a word document, printed the two pages and wrote out my grocery list. I opted to buy the flash frozen chicken that comes in the big bags at Kroger but you can use fresh chicken if you want then it'll just be frozen once you're done assembling your bags and put them in the freezer.
So here's a run-down of how I assembled my freezer bags. You may find an easier way to do these but this is what I tried and it seemed to work pretty well. I was done with assembling the bags in an hour and ten minutes.
First I wrote the name of the recipe and the date, then on the bottom left side I wrote the ingredients. On the top left of the bag I wrote how long it needs to cook and if anything else needs to be added later.
Then I laid out all the ingredients that went into each bag MINUS the frozen chicken. I just assembled one bag at a time and this seemed to work pretty well. I waited until ALL the bags were assembled before I added the frozen chicken, thus keeping it frozen and not having to worry about cross-contamination.
8 freezer crock-pot meals in 70 minutes!! yay!! Most of these are just the main dish and may need a little prep of a side dish on the day of but I'm so excited to have these in my freezer and to not always have to think at 5pm...what's for dinner?!
Mama and Baby Love is another great website with lots of great recipes and ideas about freezer crock-pot meals. She has an ecookbook that I'll probably buy after I try out some of the other free recipes first.
I found another GREAT meal website. It has meal plans for a week at a time that include the recipes, and a shopping list...making my life a LOT easier! It is Eat At Home Cooks and there are THREE years worth of weekly meal plans...for FREE!! There are low cost meal plans, stock your freezer meal plans and other options as well. Each meal plan includes 6 meals and 1 dessert. So far, we've tried the tilapia with veggies baked in a foil packet. I haven't willingly eaten fish pretty much ever...but I figured it was time to try something new and my family likes fish so I made it. I have to admit it was pretty good! I'm looking forward to the other things on the menu as well, and having a meal plan at the beginning of the week is SO nice! Takes the pressure off. And these meals are ones that we'll actually EAT!!
So my freezer is stocked and my meals are planned for the week. If only I can keep this up! Here's hoping!