29 Healthy Crockpot Recipes You Can Prep and Freeze Ahead of Time

Of all the ways to make preparing dinner for a hungry family easier, we find there is none better than a make-ahead, freezable, slow cooker recipe! As if setting a crock pot and going about your day wasn’t simple enough, with meals like these ones, you don’t even have to worry about getting up before work to slice and dice veggies or spice up the meat. No, you just grab a freezer bag, dump it in the crock pot, set it, and GO. That’s it, and that’s awesome. Whether you’re the type to plan a few weeks’ worth of menus and prep them all in a marathon cooking weekend, or you just want to have some on hand for days and nights that get away from you, you’ll appreciate lists like this one from New Leaf Wellness, which not only offers freezable crock pot recipes, it includes all healthy ones, too! It inspired us to search the Internet for our own inspiration for make-ahead meals. Here’s what we found.

  1. Slow Cooker Maple Chicken

  2. This sweet-and-savory recipe includes sweet potatoes for an extra dose of nutrients. PLUS, it’s gluten-free, and even Paleo!

  3. Lemon and Garlic Chicken
  4. For this recipe from The Chaos and the Clutter, all you need are chicken, garlic, olive oil, parsley, lemon juice and pepper. Simple and delicious!

  5. Shredded Tex-Mex Chicken

  6. This recipe from Good Life Eats doesn’t sound like it should be healthy, but don’t fear! All the flavor in these shredded boneless and skinless breasts comes from smart spice use, not fat. You can prep it, freeze it, and use it for everything from sandwiches to soup to enchiladas.

  7. White Chicken Chili
  8. Chili doesn’t have to be fattening, either! Pair the whole ingredients in this recipe with some skim-or-low-fat cheese – or skip it entirely! – and adapt the spices for your family’s tastes.

  9. Beef and Broccoli

  10. Throw away your menus! This “healthified” version of the Chinese-take-out standby has had a huge reduction in sugar and sodium to turn into a dish that has only 290 calories per serving.

  11. Italian Greens and Beans
  12. Need some vegetarian options? Try this simple and delicious dish that’s almost like a soup . . .

  13. Mushroom and Spinach Stroganoff

  14. . . . or this one, so good that you won’t miss the meat or the extra calories!

  15. Stuffed Peppers
  16. You know you can make stuffed peppers in the crock pot, but did you know you can freeze them ahead of time? It’s true! These ones are stuffed with ground turkey and topped with your favorite tomato sauce.

  17. Cranberry Pork Roast

  18. This one sounds like it should be labor-intensive, expensive, and fancy. Instead, it only takes four ingredients, almost zero prep, cooks in a crock pot and freezes!

  19. Philly Cheesesteak
  20. Cheesesteak? Healthy? In the crock pot? It’s totally possible! This recipe swaps in chicken instead of fattier meats, and fills in the rest with whole ingredients.

  21. Pot Roast and Green Beans

  22. The Sunday dinner classic transforms into an easy meal for busy weeknights. What stays the same? The satisfying, good-for-you taste!

  23. Mushroom Barley Stew
  24. While it’s always great to see how you can make classic recipes using the convenience of the freezer and the crock pot, don’t miss out on the opportunity to try something new! This stew combines mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes and barley for an easy vegetarian dish.

  25. Meatball Veggie Soup

  26. Italian wedding soup meets garden vegetable soup for a one-of-a-kind creation the whole family will love.

  27. Lentil Butternut Squash Curry
  28. Crock pot curry? Let’s do it— AND make it vegetarian!

  29. Turkey White Bean Kale Soup

  30. Turkey is obviously a fantastic meat choice for anybody looking to eat healthily, so incorporate it into your freezer crock pot recipes with this soup . . .

  31. Tomato Turkey Vegetable Soup
  32. . . . or this one . . .

  33. Turkey Black Bean Chili

  34. . . . or this chili, full of savory and spicy goodness!

  35. Meatloaf
  36. Who would have thought you could make meatloaf in a slow cooker AND have it be healthy? This one has a very general list of ingredients you can adapt for any dietary needs. It also has us thinking that any meatloaf recipe you love will work with this freezer prep and crock pot cook method!

  37. Chicken Cacciatore

  38. This recipe is so simple, using only five ingredients for super-easy prep. You can serve it over spaghetti if you want, or keep it gluten-free and eat it straight.

  39. Ginger Peach Chicken
  40. We’re looking forward to spring and peach season already with this creative recipe that also uses red onion, brown sugar, Tamari and coriander for a taste palette like nothing else.

  41. Spring Chicken Soup

  42. You know when you’ll really want these freezer meals on hand? When you’re sick. And we all know what we need when we’re sick: chicken soup! Try this more classic, vegetable-heavy version . . .

  43. Mexican Chicken Soup
  44. . . . or this one incorporating traditional Mexican seasonings.

  45. White Wine Chicken With Artichokes

  46. This recipe will be your go-to when you want to make something special and “fancy,” but have neither the time nor the energy.

  47. Red Pepper Chicken
  48. We know this list is full of chicken, but can you blame us when there are recipes like this one? It’s a great way to keep things healthy but also tasty— and full of protein!

  49. Chicken Curry

  50. Just ONE more chicken recipe, we promise! This one’s a little more adventurous.

  51. Chickpea, Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Stew
  52. No chicken here— and no meat of any other kind, either! Instead, this stew is totally VEGAN.

  53. Split Pea Soup

  54. This soup? It’s vegan too!

  55. Spinach and Artichoke Casserole
  56. Not vegan but still vegetarian? Try this recipe, which tastes super-indulgent.

  57. Spicy Banana Pepper Beef

  58. Missing the meat? Let’s close out with this recipe that makes every day taste like a barbecue, WITHOUT sweating it out over the grill.

Convenient, organized, easy and delicious. Does it get any better? Be sure to check out New Leaf Wellness’ original post where there are, believe it or not, even MORE recipes. Which one will you be trying first? Are you somebody who does a lot of prep for the week over the weekends?