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5 Dinners – 1 Mess Meal Plan (Week 1)

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I am going to starts something new this year. I have really got to start meal planning. It helps me save money and it’s a lot healthier than buying fast food! If I don’t have a plan, I am usually cranky and un-motivated when it is dinner time.

So my plan is to do a meal plan each week that will include 5 crock pot dinners from my 30 Crock Pot Freezer meals. I love this because I can prep all the meals on a Sunday and each day of the week, dinner is already done. I only need to dump it all in the crock pot.

I will include a printable shopping list and a printable recipe sheet so it is easier for you to shop and prep your food. I do need your opinion, the crock pot meals are great because you can prep them once a week – but would you like me to add meals that are not cooked in the crock pot? I can mix it up a little. 

I know if I have a shopping list and a recipe sheet – it makes my life so much easier. So I hope we can start off the New Year making a plan so dinner time is easier!  I also have about 5 new recipes that I need to publish – so we will have a little more variety!

Click here for the printable shopping list with recipes. It may look like a long shopping list but I think you probably have most of the ingredients  in your pantry.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Garlic Honey Chicken
(4-5 servings)

Rotisserie Crock Pot Chicken

Rotisserie Crock Pot Chicken And Potatoes

 

chickenranchtacos

Crock Pot Chicken Ranch Tacos

 

casserole-spaghetti

Casserole Spaghetti
Serves 6-8

 

pulledpork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Additional notes:

  • My slow cooker cooks at a high temperature, so please check your food to make sure you have the proper cooking time.
  • The fuller the crock pot, the longer it will take to cook your food.
  • According to the official Crock Pot website, you can safely cook frozen meat in your crock pot. If you still don’t like the idea, you can put the bag in the fridge the night before and it should be defrosted by the morning.
  • I use chicken breast from the large bag of frozen chicken. This type of chicken has a layer of ice which melts and can dilute the flavor of your meal. You will not have this problem with fresh chicken.
  • Never put the plastic bag in the crock pot. Always dump out the contents to prepare your meal.
  • When you freeze the bag, make sure the frozen lump (for lack of a better work) will easily fit into your crock pot.
  • One reader suggested putting the dinners into crock pot liners and then into the freezer bag.

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8 Responses to “5 Dinners – 1 Mess Meal Plan (Week 1)”

  1. Sharon December 30, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I would love to see some make-ahead freezer recipes that are not intended for the crockpot. Thanks!

  2. Janell December 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Great idea – I have some I will try and share them!

  3. Mary Sherman January 2, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    I love the grocery list.I am taking this to the senior buildings. They live on a fixed income and most live alone or with a partner.
    One meal could last them a week. Could you recommend anything easy they could put with it to stretch it out and make it kind of different?
    So many don’t see or read very well.
    Thank you for your help,
    Mary

  4. Janell January 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    They could use the meats in a casserole and change it up a bit. Mix it with some rice or diced potatoes? Or use the meat in a taco. Its a great idea for them. We don’t often have leftovers – so I am sorry I don’t have better ideas :) If you come up with any great ideas please let me know!

  5. Bobbi January 3, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I just discovered your site and love it!! Thanks so much for sharing these delicious dinners. I click on the link to get the recipes and grocery list and it didn’t work. I have signed up for the newsletter so I am hoping I will get some of these through email. I look forward to trying these yummy recipes.

    Thanks so much!
    Bobbi

  6. Janell January 3, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Hi Bobbi – Thanks so much for your comment. Im sorry the link didn’t work for you. Here is the shopping list and recipes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1y76CIK-AdW_gy4yV4D0v3x8v8dOPwt9VSCLtRQIBUVA/edit

    Enjoy!

  7. Shelly January 16, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    This is a great idea! Thanks so much! Did you do a second week? If so, can you give me the link?

  8. Janell January 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks – no I didn’t do a second week. I am really bad about that. I will try to work on one for next week. Thanks for your comment :)

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