We LOVE HEALTHY Freezer meals in our family. These can work both in the Instant Pot and the Crock Pot! If you are a beginner or you have been cooking for awhile, these Freezer meals are PERFECT literally for everyone!
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1. Chicken Cacciatore
2 lbs chicken tenders
1 tsp sea salt, divided
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried oregano
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup carrots, diced
2 cups baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 cups diced tomato with juice
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
Add all of the ingredients to a large bag. Freeze flat with cooking instructions.
Allow to fully thaw in the refrigerator before adding to a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
IP: Cook 15 minutes thawed
SC: 4-6 on Low
2. Indian Butter Chicken
2 lbs chicken breast, cubed
1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp garam masala
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1/2 cup coconut cream
Juice of one lime
2 tbsp fresh cilantro
Add all of the ingredients to a large bag (reserving the coconut cream, lime juice, and cilantro). Freeze flat with cooking instructions.
Allow to fully thaw in the refrigerator before adding to a Instant Pot or slow cooker.
IP: Cook for 8 minutes
SC: Cook for 4-6 hours on low
3. Sweet Potato Quinoa Stew
4 cups sweet potatoes cubed
1 can of corn
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes including juices
1 cup red onion diced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
4-5 chicken cups stock
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
2 tablespoons lime juice
Place all ingredients except the stock and quinoa in a gallon-sized heavy duty freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible, then freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw completely before placing in an Instant Pot or slow cooker with the stock and quinoa.
IP: Cook for 10 minutes
SC: cook for 6 hours on low
4. Asian Lettuce Wraps
1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon ginger (finely grated)
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 carrot (shredded)
romaine lettuce leaves
To cook frozen turkey or beef
Remove frozen ground meat from packaging (running under warm water can help loosen it).
Place 1 cup of water into a 6 quart Instant Pot (1 1/2 cups for 8 quart). Place trivet over water and frozen meat on the trivet.
Set the valve to ‘sealing’, and pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.
When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick pressure release and carefully remove the trivet + meat from the Instant Pot. *It will only be partly cooked through at this point*
Carefully dump the liquid from the Instant Pot, and add the ground meat to the Instant Pot with the garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
Select ‘saute’ and cook, breaking the meat up with a spatula, for 3-5 minutes, until meat is fully cooked through.
Stir in the carrots and serve.
To cook thawed turkey or beef:
Add the ground meat to an Instant Pot with the garlic, ginger, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
Put the lid on, set the valve to ‘sealing’, and pressure cook on high for 2 minutes. When the Instant Pot beeps, do a quick pressure release, and remove the lid.
Select ‘saute’ and simmer, breaking the meat up with a spatula, until the sauce has reduced and meat is cooked through (3-5 minutes). It should not be too liquidy, but this will depend on the type of ground meat you use.
Stir in the carrots and serve.
Spoon filling into romaine lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with green onions.
The filling may be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.
5. Cauliflower Curry
half of an onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups butternut squash, cubed
1/2 cup red lentils
3 tablespoons red curry paste
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 can coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
INSTANT POT: From frozen, add 1 cup water before cooking. High pressure for 6 mins + quick release.
SLOW COOKER: Add 1 cup water before cooking. High setting for 4 hours.
FINAL STEP: Serve with rice and cilantro.
Wow, these are absolutely wonderful! Most freezer meals look up are just full of cream or cheese. I do love cheese, but I am looking to make these meals for after I have a new baby and it will be nice to have some dairy free options for nursing.
Does anyone know how long these meals will keep in the freezer?
I'm wondering for the instant pot meals whether you do the quick release for all the recipes or do the natural release?
Ok now THIS is my kinda video. Two second intro, gets right into it instead of talking onnnnnn and onnnnnn before starting the actual video. I can't even tell you how tired I am of hearing "HI GUYS, WELCOME TO MY CHANNEL!" ? good content as well ??
Maybe this is a dumb question, but how did you store the remaining mushrooms that were left over from the chicken cacciatore (the ones you didn't use)? I've had situations where I got the mushrooms in that plastic tub package like yours and didn't use them all because there were just too many mushrooms in the package. I didn't really know what to do with the rest.
I LOVE baby bella mushrooms. For the longest time, I thought I didn't care for mushrooms. But I was basing this off of the white button mushrooms that have zero flavor (to me, anyway). Once I tried other types of mushrooms, I actually began to like them… and baby bella are my FAVORITE kind!
Please improve camera movement, a tripod would be preferred. Thumbs are in the shot, way too much movement! The movement following your every move makes it feel like my mom's home videos of us as a child from the 90s!
These 5 are in our constant rotation,,THANK YOU!
I appreciate the recipes in the description but is there a printable version somewhere that I’m missing?
No music! ??
Do you have a shopping list for all the ingredients?
Can I replaced the coconut milk with something else?
How do I adapt cooking time if I halve the recipes? Any advice greatly appreciated…
I love these! Maybe a dumb question but are these just gallon size bags or bigger?
What is the trick to dumping the freezer bag meals into the round instant pot? Mine never fit. TY!
You gals are the best
These recipes look great. I have a question. Why do you add the chicken broth to the instant pot when you cook it in some recipes and to the freezer bag in the others?
In Indian butter chicken, there's no butter….cute….lol. you made Indian chicken curry. Yes, there is butter in butter chicken. ?
LOVE the music — it gives me energy!???????????
I just discovered you and am watching all your videos! Could you please slow down when you list the spices…I can't write that fast 🙂 Thanks,
Can you please advise whether the freezer meals need to be defrosted before they go in the instant pot or do they just go from frozen?
I’m extra confused on why folks had a hard time hearing…I thought the music was tasteful and that the volume was just fine. All the recipes look yummy. I’m exited to try them ?
Would you make some instant pot freezer meal ideas without any tomatoes? Half of my family are allergic to tomatoes and it’s really hard time to avoid tomatoes. Music is too loud in this video. Otherwise love your videos.
I could not hear the spice ingredients (especially the last spice in the second video__ 2 tsps of …??? Sorry love your videos but the music is annoying
Do You guys sell youth sizes for your TEE's my 5 year old daught is obessed with watching and helping me cook and she saw me looking at your shirts and wants one but i don't see youth sizes?
I am so glad i found you !!! Thank you for all the recipes !!!
These recipes look amazing! And I love how you’re making some really nice flavor combinations and tasty recipes while still using the seasonings and ingredients most of us keep in our pantries. ?
I do have a concern, though, and that’s about adding sesame oil (and coconut oil) to the meals before they go in the freezer. I have always heard that things with oils in them never really froze, and that oils shouldn’t be placed in the freezer. Have you ever had any problems with the oils after you froze them with the other ingredients of certain recipes (for example, going rancid, or making the food bad in any way) or is this not something to be concerned with?
Thanks so much! I plan on bagging up some of these meal prep suppers this weekend!! ?
Thanks so much. It seems they are all gluten free! My daughter has an allergy to gluten and dairy. These are perfect! She’s also becoming intolerant to meats. Any seafood recipes ?
Hi, can you make a video on freezer meals using only costco ingredients? They have things there in bulk so itll be perfect for meal prepping for me. Also, i have the 10qtz ip, is the liquid proportion suppose to be different? Got it for Xmas but haven't touched it yet.