20 Allergy Free Crock Pot Freezer Meals
I am positive that you are wondering how a blog post filled with crock pot recipes can possibly have anything to do with saving money on groceries. I can assure you that it really does help save on groceries, and it has an added savings bonus as well! If you have a food allergy, you most likely know just how expensive food can be. Having a plan, and having meals prepared in your freezer makes saving money a true reality.
Using your freezer to your advantage will undoubtedly save you money on your overall grocery bill. Our local grocery store has a sale on meat four times per year. I could simply purchase the meat at a low cost and put it all in the freezer and forget it. The trouble is, I will probably forget it until its freezer burned, turning my great deal into a great deal of trash.
I find that I use the meat much faster if I turn it into something yummy before freezing it. This is where crock pot freezer recipes come in handy. When the sales happen, I can bring out my recipes and plan my purchases around them. As I assemble the meals, I make a list of each recipe used. Then each time I grab a freezer bag, I cross it off the list. This way I always know what meals are waiting to be used.
Say No to Eating Out…
The added bonus is that these meals also help lower my out-to-eat budget. Having good meals that I can throw in the crock pot in the morning before life gets busy, ensures that I don’t throw in the towel and order take out. Coming home to a house that smells of pulled pork or beef stew is such a stress reliever, and knowing that dinner is just a few minutes away is even better.
Once every four months, I spend a Saturday afternoon putting together twenty meals. There are quite a lot of crock pot meal plans on Pinterest, but there are not a lot of options for those dealing with food allergies. A few years ago my oldest son was diagnosed with food allergies, and my eyes were opened to see just how difficult it can be to make good tasting meals. It is this reason that I have worked to develop an allergy free crock pot freezer meal plan.
My freezer meal plan includes 20 meals using 10 recipes. Simply make each recipe twice and you have 20 tasty meals waiting to make your weeknights easier.
We have a larger family, so this plan is made with that in mind. The meals comfortably serve a family of six, so if you have a smaller family, you can make each recipe last for two meals instead of making the recipe twice. Each recipe is kid tested and free of tree nuts, soy, yeast, gluten, dairy, and wheat.
Please note: the recipes that call for beef broth will need to be adjusted for those with a yeast allergy. In this case, substitute chicken broth for the beef broth. The recipe will be very similar to the original.
Pulled Chicken and Pulled Pork
Both of these meals have a tangy barbecue taste that will have everyone running to the table. Even though most crock pots come out in the winter, these meals are also great for the summer when you don’t want to heat the house.
Orange Glazed or Maple Chicken
These chicken meals not only taste great, they are healthy too! The Maple Chicken Legs also taste great done on the grill, which makes them a great outdoor picnic idea.
Chicken Cacciatore and Beef Stew
These recipes make weeknight mealtime something to look forward to. Imagine coming home to the aroma of a good comfort meal like beef stew!
Beef and Peppers and Beef Burgundy
These meals are great just as they are, but can also be made using pork for a little bit healthier meal. They are also versatile depending on allergy needs or mood.
Heavenly Pork Chops and Poor Boys
These kid favorites just might get your kids around the dinner table! The pork chops are also great on the grill and the Poor Boys are a nice addition to a summer picnic too!
Though it may take some planning and a little bit of work a few times a year, having meals in the freezer will save lots of money in the long run. Coming home to a great tasting meal that is ready to eat will also make life a lot less stressful. And, for those with food allergies, eating out can truly be a nightmare, which makes having meals on hand that are easy to make and taste good even more important.
If you have an allergy free recipe that would be good for the crock pot, post it in the comments so we can all share!