Have you ever wished you could make enough crockpot dinners to last for weeks, so you can just let it cook, while you enjoy your time with your family each night? Let me introduce you to the…

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The kids are back to school and I thought what better way to help you survive and thrive the busyness than with a 20 Meals from Costco for $150 plan that is made up of all “Gluten Free Slow Cooker Freezer Packs” where you can assemble EVERYTHING in less than 2 hours!!! I actually videoed the entire assembly process for you…

  • To prove that it takes less than 2 hours to prepare 20 meals. The videos are 1 hour and 50 minutes long…and there is several minutes of me mumbling. And maybe doing a happy dance at the end :)
  • So that you can follow along as you assemble your bags! I didn’t want you to feel alone in your slow cooker freezer pack assembly efforts…I’ll be right there with you in the kitchen!
  • Exclusive access to the assembly video instructions is available in package #1, details below.

Before we move on, here is a link to the 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Plan’s FAQ & ‘Disclaimers’ page. If you’re new to these plans, you definitely want to check it out! I’m often asked about my slow cooker…I use the 6-quart E-lume from Crockpot! Here are the Wine Pairings for these meals! OH…and BTW…this plan is also GLUTEN FREE! :) Let’s get to it, shall we?!?

Slow Cooker Freezer Pack Costco Plan - 20 Meals for $150 in Less Than 2 Hours | 5DollarDinners.com

Recipe List

Each pack in this plan is DOUBLED. So these 10 meals make 20 packs total! Each pack serves a family of 4. Larger families or families with bottomless pits (also known as teenage boys!) can double or use 2 packs for 1 meal!

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Costco Ingredients & Price List

Meats 1 6 pack boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 6 lbs. – $20.99 1 6 pack boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 6 lbs. – $21.31 1 15 ct chicken apple sausage – $13.99 1 package stew beef, about 4 lbs. – $15.04 1 package pork chops, 8 count – $15.44 Produce 1 8 lb. bag white onions – $6.59 1 6 pack peppers, multi color – $6.49 1 5 lb. bag baby carrots – $5.49 1 8 lb. bags sweet potatoes – $5.99 1 15 lb. bag gold potatoes $7.99 1 5.5 lb. tray of apples – $7.59 1 24 oz. box of sliced mushrooms (optional) – $3.69 Freezer/Pantry Staples 1 5 lb. bag frozen corn – $5.99 1 12 pack of chicken broth, 16 oz. each – $9.99 8 pack diced tomatoes, 15 oz cans – $6.29 8 pack black beans, 15 oz cans – $6.79 2 pack BBQ sauce – $5.99

Total – $161.96

Leftovers

BBQ sauce, 1 + ½ bottle – $4 worth 4 cans black beans – $3.39 worth Frozen corn – $3 worth 6 boxes of broth – $5 worth about 4-5 lbs. potatoes – $2.67 worth 2 onions – $1.50 worth = $19.56

Estimated Cost After Leftovers $142.40

(with a few dollars left to get the coconut milk & rosemary from the grocery store!) You will also need 20 Gallon Size Freezer baggies, or other plastic containers or baggies. Subscribe to our free weekly recipes email newsletter so you don’t miss any exciting new plans and recipes! UDPATE: A kind reader pointed out that there is a need for 9 diced tomato cans and that Costco sells an 8-pack. My sincerest apologies in that discrepancy! I videoed &  assembled all of the bags with the intention of ensuring that this wouldn’t happen and somehow between my paper list and the computer list, 1 can was lost in translation! We have updated the printables. If you don’t have another on one hand, you could use half a can into each bag for one of the other recipes that calls for the tomatoes. Thanks for being gracious about this extra can of tomatoes!

Make it simple…with 1 of these 2 packages!

Let us make the experience of preparing these meals simpler and easier. There are 2 packages to choose from…

Package #1

One of the most challenging parts to pulling together a large number of meals like this at once is knowing what to do first, next, then and last. When you do things ‘out of order,’ it really can mess up the assembly process and cause you to waste a.lot of time in the kitchen. I’ve created several new printables and instructional videos that will actually make the assembly as smooth and quick as possible for you. Seriously, I might have done a celebratory dance when I finished the assembly…and you will want to as well! Costco Meal Plan Freezer Packs Printable Pack #1 | 5DollarDinners.com This package includes…

  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Exclusive Access to the 3 Instructional Assembly Videos
  • Recipe List & Grocery List included as well!

All of these goodies are available to you for just 5 bucks! (You don’t need to buy package #2 if you buy package #1, as it already includes the recipes and shopping list!)

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Package #2

Just want the recipe list & grocery shopping list?! We have that available as well! This printable that contains all the recipes with ingredient breakdown, as well as a complete grocery shopping list (with south TX Costco prices). This printable is available for $1.49! Printable Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco Pack 2 download the plan button

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Original Costco Gluten Free Plan (this is NOT the 20 slow cooker freezer pack plan!)

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Costco Regular Plan #2

Add to Cart ~ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Printables You can find the Sam’s Club plans and my e-cookbooks on my new store page. Once you’ve chosen all the ones you need, you can checkout!  NOTES: Please don’t try to download these to your phone or tablet, for a reason that I’m still trying to get an answer to, when you attempt to download straight to your phone, it causes the download link to expire automatically. I’m sorry about this and am still working on a workaround. Please download to your computer, then you can add to your ereader/phone/tablet. If you have issues with the download, PLEASE EMAIL ME! I’ll be able to help you out!

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The Next 31 Days Series ~ Freezer Cooking Recipes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 30, 2014

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Well, it’s the last day of a month with 30 days, so that means that tomorrow we begin another ’31 Days of…’ series! For October, we have chosen to focus on freezer cooking recipes for a few reasons.

The first…

It’s fall, the leaves are beginning to turn in the northern-most parts of the country. Warm cozy comfort food abounds this time of year and much of that comfort food happens to be very freezer friendly.

Next…

We are all in the THROWS of chauffeuring children here there and everywhere after school and we need quick options for dinner! (If you can remember to take it out to thaw!) Freezer meals are a fantastic solution for busy weeknights, and for lunch boxes too!

And finally…

The next meal plan in the ’20 Meals from Costco for $150′ will be available next week…and it’s another complete Freezer Cooking Plan! {You can see a sneak peek of it here!}

I hope you enjoy all the recipes and ideas that will come from this series! And at the end of the month, I’m going to package it all up into the most amazing and comprehensive Freezer Cooking Guide…EVER!

We’ll start with the first recipe/cooking strategy/freezer food tomorrow…one that I think just might be the most important of them all…

31 Days Series of Old

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Journey Bars – New Savory Nutrition Bars

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 30, 2014

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Hey hey friend – wanted to let you know about the new savory (not sweet!) nutrition bars that have just hit the market. I had a few to sample and really enjoyed the Rosemary and Coconut Curry flavors. These aren’t your typical nutrition bar and they won’t satisfy your sweet tooth. (I often times wish I could find a non-sweet snack…especially when I’m traveling…that’s going to get me to the next meal!)

Free shipping offer right now, snag a box and see what you think! {Click the banner to learn more!}

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Shredded Beef Tacos with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 29, 2014

Shredded Beef Tacos with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa

I’m often asked why I share so many taco recipes…and there are 3 reasons.

One, my boys love them.

Two, I live in the land of ridiculously cheap corn and flour tortillas…where the grocery stores have in-store tortilla making presses.

And three, because I’m trying to pretend that my kitchen is like a taco truck, specifically Torchey’s Tacos. (Last ate at one in Austin. I might start a petition to bring them to San Antonio!)

Here’s a delicious spin off of the shredded beef tacos with mango-avocado salsa. If you find a great deal on a large chuck roast (3+ lbs.) – you can cook it and use the beef for each of these meals. Just mix up the Mango-Avocado salsa for one night, and then the pineapple-pepper salsa below another night. (Cooked, shredded beef freezes really well!)

I adore the sweetness from the pineapple, plus the crunch from the bell peppers in these tacos…MMMMMMMmmmmmmm. Buen provecho!

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Shredded Beef Tacos with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa

Adapted from Shredded Beef Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 1+ pound beef roast, chuck roast or sirloin roast (whatever is on sale!)
  • 1 lime, squeezed or 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper, each
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 15 oz. can pineapple in 100% juice
  • 2 small green bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 lime, squeezed or 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tortillas – flour or corn (if GF)
  • Side dish ideas ~ corn on the cob, tex-mex style rice, refried beans

Directions

  • Place the beef roast in the slow cooker. Squeeze the lime juice over the top, then sprinkle with cumin, salt and pepper on top as well. Carefully pour the water around the beef roast. (I like to add water so that the environment inside the slow cooker stays nice and moist…I think it makes for more tender beef!) Set on low and cook for 8 hours. Once cooked, shred it with 2 forks.
  • Before dinner, mix up the pineapple pieces, chopped peppers, lime juice, cilantro and salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Add the slow cooked beef into the tortillas and top with the pineapple-pepper salsa.
  • Prepare side dishes.
  • Serve Shredded Beef Tacos with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa & preferred side dishes.

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National Coffee Day: FREE Coffee Deals

September 29, 2014

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It’s nearly October, so be sure to print any coupons still available before they reset or disappear for the new coupon cycle.  I’m noticing a few candy coupons that will help you save for the end of October, so I included those below: Here are some of the latest and hottest printable coupons: Food Household […]

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Updated! Grocery Coupon Match-Ups – Week of September 28

September 28, 2014

{Pin by clicking the Pinterest Button below!} This is your weekly (and friendly) reminder to check out the latest coupon matchups for the following grocery stores, drugstores, and big box & warehouse stores like Target and Costco…click on each link to find the current deals, coupon matchups and extra savings offers! Grocery Stores Aldi Dollar […]

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Drugstore Coupon Matchups & Best Deals – Week of September 28

September 27, 2014
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Which drugstore has the best deals this week on food?! Find out…

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BLT Frittata

September 26, 2014

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Sunday Coupon Preview – 9/28

September 26, 2014
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Find out what coupons will be in this Sunday’s coupon insert…if there are some hot coupons, you might want to pick up a few extra newspapers!

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White Bean Tomato Cobbler with Rosemary Olive Oil Crust ~ Vegetarian Recipe

September 25, 2014

Do you consider cornbread and chili a comfort food? As we move into the chillier months of autumn and feel better about turning on our ovens, do you get almost giddy about anything resembling a savory pie with a crusty top and steamy filling? Here’s a perfect compilation for bridging end-of-season tomatoes into a one-dish meal […]

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