Life have you running in circles? How to prepare 12 crockpot freezer meals in 75 minutes for under $100!

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By: Quinn Nystrom

Is your laundry list of to-do’s too much some days? For me, I’m a working woman and a graduate school student, I sit on multiple community board of directors, manage my diabetes and in my free time I like to see my family and friends. Most days, I just don’t have the time to prepare and cook a healthy, balanced meal for myself, let alone a family.

I have always had a hard time with preparing healthy, affordable meals that taste good. It’s always easier to go through the drive-thru and pick-up something fast because it is more convenient and I have nothing prepared in my refrigerator.

I arranged all of the items on my kitchen table right after I got home from the grocery store.

I arranged all of the items on my kitchen table right after I got home from the grocery store.

One day while we were talking, one of my friends suggested looking on Pinterest for crockpot recipe ideas. I hadn’t spent that much time on that seemingly trendy site so this was going to be a new experience for me. It was easy. All I did was type in “healthy freezer crockpot meals” in the search box and hundreds of recipes popped up for me.

I decided to give it a try. I devoted one Sunday afternoon to grocery shopping and then prepping all of the meals. Although the woman who wrote about it on her “New Leaf Wellness” blog site said it took only 75 minutes to prep the 12 crockpot freezer meals…it took me about two hours. I have to admit, I’m a beginner when it comes to cooking!

Another thing to note is she titled her post “Crockpot freezer meals from Costco (12 meals in 75 minutes!)”. I made the assumption I could get all my ingredients at Costco and that wasn’t true. I still had to go to the regular grocery store to get a handful of ingredients. My suggestion would be forget her title and just pick up the ingredients at your favorite grocery store. Her total grocery bill was $87 (excluding the seasonings) very similar to the cost of all my groceries.

My meals all packed up! I didn't use the labels that she blogs about, but instead used a permanent marker to label my bags.

My meals all packed up! I didn’t use the labels that she blogs about, but instead used a permanent marker to label my bags.

I enjoyed her blog. She did a great job of explaining everything and giving great meal prepping tips. Because of the suggestion from a friend, my openness to exploring Pinterest and my willingness to commit a Sunday afternoon to these meals, I now have a freezer full of healthy meals. I have loved putting them in my crockpot in the morning and coming home at the end of a workday to a home-cooked, HOT meal ready to eat. Most of the recipes make between four to six servings each and have made for great leftovers at work, saving me money and time not eating out all the time. Check it out, give it a try and let me know what you think of the recipes.

Don’t forget to check out our Tri-County Health Care Pinterest page for other recipes that I love! My criteria is that the meals are…

1. Easy to prep
2. Taste great
3. Make a healthy, balanced meal
4. And, last but certainly not least … Affordable

Quinn speaking at the Mall of America this past November for World Diabetes Day.

Quinn speaking at the Mall of America this past November for World Diabetes Day.

About the Author: Quinn is the Social Media Specialist in the Marketing Department at Tri-County Health Care. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family and serving on the Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association. Since her diagnosis of type-1 diabetes at the age of 13 she has worked on the local, state and national level speaking about life with diabetes.