Freezer Cooking in an Hour (Gluten Free & Real Food!)

by Merissa on November 1, 2012

in Featured, Meal Plans

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So if you are part of our Facebook page you know that we have a lot going on in our lives right now and you can guess that the last thing on my mind has been cooking supper! So this week, after listening to hubby complain over and over about me not feeding him anymore (lol!) I wrote up a menu of meals I could make and put in the freezer. This was an interesting challenge for me since I haven't done this yet since I've been gluten free. So today I made meals to be able to get us through the next week at least, and I made them all with real food, and all gluten free! Plus I focused on making crock-pot meals so when I do go to cook them I don't have to do anything besides open the bag and pour in my crock-pot.

I started by gathering all of my supplies. Most of the vegetables I needed I had put away in the freezer already cut up or canned. I put everything out on the counter. I had gotten all my meat out the night before so it could thaw to be able to bake or soak up the juices.

I started by making Cheesy Meatloaf. This one has to bake for 45 minutes so I could let it bake while I finished the rest of the meals.

Cheesy Meatloaf

What You Need:

  • 1 lb meat (I used beef)
  • 1 c. shredded cheese
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 3/4 c. oats
  • 2 T. minced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Shape in a loaf pan and bake at 350F for 45 minutes. Once it's done, let it cool and pop it in a freezer bag.

And while that was baking I threw together this Sausage and Peppers.

Sausage and Peppers

What You Need:

  • 4 sausages (I just used hot dogs since that's what I had on hand)
  • 2 c. chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 pint tomatoes (or 2 c. diced tomatoes if you aren't a canner!)
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
Throw together in a freezer bag. When you are ready to cook, cook in a slow cooker for 5 hours on low.

Then I made Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

What You Need:

  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. flour or starch (or less)
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 c. broccoli
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
Combine all ingredients (except cheese) on the stove top and simmer together until onions are cooked. Add in cheese and cook until melted. Cool and pour into freezer containers or freezer bags. (I separated this into 2 separate meals)

Then I threw this BBQ Chicken meal together.

BBQ Chicken

What You Need:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 c. chopped green peppers
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 3 potatoes, chopped
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 1 T turbinado (or brown) sugar
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
Throw together in a freezer bag. When you are ready to cook, place the contents of the bag in the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high.

And lastly I put together this Roast Beef and Beans meal.

Beef & Beans

What You Need:

  • 3lb beef roast
  • 1/4 c. rice flour (or regular flour if you aren't GF)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 quart tomatoes (or 3 cups tomatoes)
  • 1/2 t. minced garlic
  • 2 T. turbinado (or brown) sugar
  • 16 oz green beans
Throw together in a freezer bag. When you are ready to cook, pour contents of the bag into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Yes, all this with prep and clean up time included only took me one hour! And here we have all our meals for the next week. Pretty neat huh?

If you want more help with your meal planning you can check out all our make ahead meal ideas.


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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karyn November 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

The sausage and peppers and BBQ chicken look yummy! I think I am going to work on these this weekend.



2 Analisa November 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

Yum! I think I may try your meatloaf this weekend!


3 kendra @ A Proverbs 31 Wife November 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Meatloaf is one of my fave things to freeze. Growing up on a farm we would cook and freeze a ton of meals in the winter so when summer came I wouldn’t have to come in from whatever the guys had me doing outside and fix a meal from scratch, my mom or little sis could just pull out a frozen meal and pop it in the oven 🙂


4 Kendra Paulton November 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

I just used up the last of my “Freezer Food” yesterday ,so time for me to start actually cooking again! I love your crockpot freezer meal ideas!


5 Frannie November 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

Do you put the meals in the crockpot frozen or do you thaw them first?


6 Merissa November 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

I put them in frozen.


7 liz harmon November 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

they all look soooo good! but i think the broccoli cheese soup is my first try.. new to you site but i definitely do enjoy it… thanks for sharing..


8 Merissa November 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Welcome Liz!


9 Anne November 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I’ll definitely have to try some of these. I almost didn’t look because I’m on a low carb diet rather than gluten-free for health reasons (and no beef for personal reasons), but with very few modifications or omissions I could do these!


10 Laura Cyra-Korsgaard November 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

You are so efficient, I love it!


11 Meg November 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Oh my goodness, this came at a great time. I’ve been wanting to try some freezer to crockpot meals- made form real food- for some time. Thanks for ideas, yum!


12 jane December 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Another awesome post, I feel a freezer cooking day coming up!


13 Catherine Carrier January 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

My daughter is not yet able to eat oats (she also has Celiac disease). Do you have any suggestions for substitutions for the gf meatloaf that would work as well? These recipes look wonderful! Thanks for posting!


14 Merissa January 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

You can either add GF breadcrumbs instead or just leave them out altogether.


15 Molly January 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Crushed GF cereals can work in a pinch as well.


16 Becki @Running with Team Hogan October 18, 2014 at 9:20 am

We use crushed gf tortilla chips in meatloaf. (those crushed up chip no one wants to eat) We also regularly eat gf oats in our celiac household.


17 Tiffany March 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

How do you recommend reheating the meatloaf once it has been frozen? Thank you


18 Merissa March 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I would thaw it in your fridge until you are ready to eat, then heat in a toaster oven, regular oven, or microwave.


19 Tiffany March 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Any suggestions on temp and timing ?


20 Merissa March 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

SInce it’s already cooked you’ll just need to heat it until it’s warm. I’m not sure how long it would take, I normally heat mine in the microwave just until it’s hot.


21 kristie June 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

In the beef and beans-do you use fresh green beans? New to your website but already love it


22 Merissa June 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Either fresh or frozen works well in that recipe:)


23 val July 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Love your recipes! Making the meatloaf tonight (triple batch, but putting into muffin tins for easy, individual size portions when ready to use the rest later). You said you already had cut up veggies that you’d frozen. Do you need to prep them any special way to freeze? How long are they good for if you freeze them? Any veggies you can’t or shouldn’t freeze cut up ahead of time? Thanks!


24 Merissa July 14, 2013 at 6:04 pm

It depends on the veggie. Some of them I cook first and then freeze, others can just be put straight into the freezer. I’m not sure of any that you should freeze (at least as far as veggies goes).


25 Candace October 17, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I tried your meatloaf this week using ground turkey. It was delicious! I am eating sugar, flour, and wheat-free these days and having a hard time finding suitable recipes. This was perfect! Thanks for sharing. I linked your recipe in a post I did on make ahead meals today. I hope you don’t mind!


26 Darci November 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Another meatloaf recipe I made, I did not bake the meatloaf first before freezing, I just put the unbaked loaf pan in a freezer bag until we were ready to make it. Would you recommend baking this one first or would this be fine just freezing unbaked? Thanks!


27 Merissa November 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I baked this one first just to have the ease of not baking it later. Otherwise you’d have to thaw, then bake and it might take a while.


28 Darci November 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

That makes sense, thank you 🙂 I’m anxious to try it, it sounds delicious!!


29 Kayla November 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

This is amazing! I have been searching the web looking for easy gluten free freezer meals. I am also dairy free so I will just substitute where needed. Thank you!!


30 Michelle February 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Thank you so much for this great idea! I would never have thought of putting together all the ingredients into a meal like that, ready to go! Will be so handy for cooking meals on the afternoons we are at the girls dance lessons


31 Judy February 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Thanks for this. I love that most recipes are simple and yet seem very yummy. Giving me some new ideas.


32 Loretta March 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Thanks for posting! I just made a bunch of freezer meals for my GF family!


33 Brenda Roberts April 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

You are just all kinds of wonderful, Lady. I love all your posts! 🙂


34 Jennifer April 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm

These are great recipes. I have struggling lately with getting healthy, gluten free meals on the table with life being so crazy. Thank you!


35 Jennifer August 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm

What are the serving sizes per meal?


36 Merissa August 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

These recipes will serve about 4.


37 Kathleen October 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

This will be a big help….always looking for something healthy and tasty to put in the crockpot


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