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


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


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


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.

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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

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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 #1

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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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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 15, 2014

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry Recipe | 5DollarDinners.com

This right there y’all…is what you call a delicious, hearty, filling vegetarian dish that even meat lovers will love!

I prepped this in the slow cooker because I wanted the chickpeas and the sweet potatoes to soak for a long time in the curried broth. And boy, oh boy…my tastebuds are grateful that I slow cooked this one.

The chickpeas and sweet potatoes take on the curry and ginger flavors and it’s downright delicious!

Another thing that I love about this is that the base of it is dried chickpeas…which are ridiculously inexpensive!

Please don’t pass up the fresh ginger on this one. If you’ve never worked with fresh ginger before, here’s what you need to know.

  1. You won’t need a large piece for this dish, so grab a really small piece.
  2. Peel it like you would a carrot. Get into the nooks and crannies as best you can…if a little skin is still on there, that’s ok.
  3. Cut it into 1/8″ slices and drop about 8-10 slices into the curry.
  4. Once it is finished cooking, remove the slices before serving. (Unless you are a huge fan of ginger, in which case, go ahead and bite into them!)

Boom…now you are an expert on fresh ginger and don’t need to be afraid about tossing a small one into your grocery cart!

So this will come out sorta soup-like, from the broth that isn’t soaked up by the chickpeas. Feel free to serve it like a soup, or strain it off and eat the chunks without the liquid. (That’s what we did.)

Also, don’t spare the fresh cilantro either. It’s the perfect fresh complement to the curry and ginger flavors! MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm……

Alright, one more tip…before we get to the recipe!

Freezer Friendly: Let the cooked curry cool completely before adding it to a freezer baggie or container. Freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in deep freezer. To thaw, add to bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. Then reheat in saucepan on the stovetop.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours


  • 1 lb. dried chickpeas
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth (if not vegetarian!)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • about 3 Tbsp fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 heaping Tbsp curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Fresh veggies, as side dish


  • *Soak the chickpeas overnight or in a bowl of hot water for at least an hour. Drain and rinse.
  • Add all the ingredients except the fresh veggie side to the slow cooker and add 4 cups of water. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Serve Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry with a side of fresh veggies.


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Berry Cherry Jubilee ~ Green Smoothie Recipe

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 14, 2014


This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting the duo behind the very popular Simple Green Smoothies. I drool over their Instagram feed every day. And often end up making something similar to what they posted for my morning smoothie. (Or my lunch smoothie, when I have ‘those’ mornings and I can’t get to blending my morning smoothie!)

Their hearts are so big and they are passionate about helping people be smarting about their health by encouraging everyone to drink their fruits and veggies at least once a day. Jen graciously offered to share their popular Berry Cherry Jubilee smoothie recipe with us this week! It’s one of the many, many real-raw food recipes included in this year’s Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle!


If you’re wanting to add more green smoothies into your diet, their recipes AND tricks are key for making a delicious and SMOOTH green smoothie are waiting for you! Their book, along with my 31 Days of Gluten-Free Recipes e-cookbook, plus many other healthy living resources are yours for the taking!

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Berry Cherry Jubilee Green Smoothie

Adapted from Simple Green Smoothies

Yield – 2 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1 banana


  • Blend spinach and water until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.
  • *Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold.
  • TIP: Make sure to remove cherry pits before blending. Sprinkle chia seeds on top for a light crunchy texture.


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{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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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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Erin Cooks with Kathie Lee & Hoda – Watch Now!

September 11, 2014

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Vegetable Pizza Burritos ~ Vegetarian Recipe

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Checkout 51: Save on Fresh Blueberries, Bananas, and Yogurt

September 11, 2014

New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items: Bananas, any fresh = Cash back: 25¢ Blueberries, any fresh = Cash back: 25¢ Yogurt, any = Cash back: 25¢ Check out the free grocery app, Favado, to see where Blueberries, Bananas, and Yogurt are on sale […]

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Erin Scheduled to Appear on The Today Show’s Kathie Lee & Hoda THURSDAY Morning…

September 10, 2014

Barring no major breaking news, I’m scheduled to appear live on Today Show’s Kathie Lee & Hoda hour on Thursday morning!!! Here is my to-do list from last night…..had to get this all finished before an early bedtime and ridiculously early flight to NYC…in time to arrive on set for rehearsals, recipe run through and […]

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