Four Awesome Crockpot Meals

…in 1 hour, for less than $25!

In my case, these meals didn’t cost anything because I was in the process of clearing out my pantry and freezer. I whipped up these four meals, each good for at least 1-2 days between two people, in about 1 hour this morning.

For quicker cooking, you’ll want to dice and slice up all your produce prior to putting together any meals. At this time, label your gallon-sized freezer bags like so:


Let’s begin with recipe #1: Italian Chicken

Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, 1 packet dry Italian dressing, 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, 1 can of cream of chicken soup (I used a reduced fat version), approximately 3 cups of frozen or fresh green beans – optional

Directions: Umm… there really aren’t any. Simply put all the above mentioned ingredients together and seal! When it’s time to cook, leave in the Crockpot for 8 hours on low.


Recipe #2: Spicy Beef Chili

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef (thawed), 2 cans beans (I used two cans of black beans, because that’s what I had, but you can use kidney beans as well… or one of each!), 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, 1 8 oz can tomato sauce, 1 chopped bell pepper, 2 tb minced garlic, 2tb chili powder, 1 tb cayenne pepper, salt and pepper


1. Cook the ground beef by stove top and mix in with chili powder, cayenne pepper, regular salt and pepper


2. Cool beef. Place in gallon-sized zip lock bag with remaining ingredients.

3. On Crockpot day, cook for 8 hours on low.

Recipe #3: Portobello Chicken Stroganoff

Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, about 3 cups of chopped portobello mushrooms, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, salt and pepper, veggie of choice (I used frozen organic green beans again)

Directions: Just like the Italian chicken, this one is pretty straight forward. Place the ingredients in the bag and that’s about it. After cooking in the crockpot, top with egg noodles or some other pasta. Cook for 8 hours on low.

Recipe #4: Healthy Meat Loaf

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef (thawed), 1/2 cup almond milk (regular milk is fine too), 2 cups panko bread crumbs, 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper, 1 teaspoon sage, ketchup and/or BBQ sauce. 1 chopped onion is optional… I didn’t have onions on hand.


1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl


2. Form into 1-2 loafs with your hands, and place in ziplock bag


3. I had extra mushrooms left over from the Portobello Chicken, so I topped these loaves with the leftover mushroom. When it’s time to cook these babies, I will top the entire dish with about 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup ketchup.

4. Cook in Crockpot for 8 hours on low.

And ta-da, that’s it!

4 Crockpot Meals

Each of these meals will last 2 days in our household. That’s 8 days of dinner I don’t have to worry about. By putting these meals together simultaneously,  I’m also saving myself at least 3-4 hours I would otherwise spend making these dinners on the day of. I’m also saving at least $75-100 this week since we won’t be eating out!

Even if you’re not a health enthusiast like I am, every one can benefit from the time and money-saving rewards of Crockpot meals. There will be more recipes to come!

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  1. I appreciate the organization and efficiency in your preparation.

    Re health and nutrition,and “living healthy” my humble opinion is that using anything canned reduces the positive health impact. For example if you use fresh tomatoes, freshly cooked beans etc the health benefits would increase. I do realise and understand time constraints, but just my “2 cents worth” 🙂 of course when we eat out we have not much clue about the ingredients, but at home one of the pros is, we can control the process 🙂

    1. Hi Peta, you are definitely right. As a busy teacher in graduate school with additional duties outside of school, using 100% fresh ingredients is often difficult and unrealistic with how much time I have to work with. I try to do my best by buying organic, and low-sodium canned items– still healthy, in my opinion.

  2. Just reading crockpot makes me stop immediately. I’m a huge fan of crockpot recipes, loooove using my crockpot. Thanks for your great ideas!

  3. I love this! These crock pot meals are so versatile and so simple to use what you have. Thank you for posting these!