20 Gluten Free Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco for $150 {Watch Me Assemble Them in Less Than 2 Hours!}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 11, 2014

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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.

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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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NEW TO $5 DINNERS? GET ALL THE PREVIOUSLY RELEASED PLANS AT ONCE BY CLICKING EACH OF THE BUTTONS BEFORE YOU CHECKOUT!

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

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Costco Regular Plan #1

Add to Cart ~ 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Printables

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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Shelly S August 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I’m looking forward to making these, but just went shopping and am really frustrated! My Costco didn’t have white onions, sweet potatoes, sliced mushrooms, or chicken broth. The only BBQ sauce they had was one giant container (and the first ingredient was HFCS, no thanks), much of the meat was more expensive (and not just a difference that can be explained by a slight weight difference), and a couple of the items came in different quantities (6 cans of beans instead of 8, 10-12 pork chops instead of 8). For the items that weren’t there at all, I now have to add them to my supplemental shopping, and if I was going to do that much shopping elsewhere I really should have bought half these other ingredients elsewhere too, where they are cheaper. I thought this was going to be time-saving and easy but it’s turning out to be anything but. I’m not sure it’s worth calling this a Costco plan…

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Chris Anderson September 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Every Costco is a little different. I had some of the same issues on onions, sweet potatoes and one other thing I think. I used yellow onions instead and then got the rest at Safeway (or Albertons dont remember which).
So it cost me I think $141 at Costco and $30 more at the store. So just under $175… More then the $150 to be sure, but all in all still pretty inexpensive when you divide it all out.

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Shannon August 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I’ve put all of these together and had no problem with the quantities working out. It would be great if the instructions covered all the bulk ingredients at the beginning (like: dice 12 oinions, open 6 cans of beans), or maybe that is included with the “Premium” package?
We manage to make these meals work for our family of 6, which includes 2 adults and 4 children (one of which is a teenager).
Thanks for all of your hard work.

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Brooke September 3, 2014 at 7:28 am

For the meals that didn’t include any liquids (ie diced tomatoes or broth) do I not need to even add water for cooking 8 hrs?
Thanks for your help!

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Chris Anderson September 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm

No need to add additional liquid. Between everything in there, there is enough liquid. I have already cooked most of these without any additions.

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laura September 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

I want to make the meals in double batches, because we’re a family of six. What size crock pot do you recommend to fit both portions in and would the time of cooking be different?

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Cecelia September 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I saw this and it is wonderful! I am actually going to try this myself…my own version. We have 13 in our family so would a double pack feed 13? We also live in Hawaii and most of the time we have a rice cooker full of warm rice which may make things stretch. Please email me back your answer as well as on here!

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Jenn K September 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Each freezer pack feeds 4, so adjust as you need to in order to feed your family. :)

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Loretta September 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Be careful when you pick up BBQ sauce at Costco and Sam’s Clubs stories if you’re sticking to a strict gluten free diet. A lot of these stores stock Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce and while the company claims they use gluten free ingredients SBRs causes a reaction for many people who are sensitive to gluten (either with allergy or Celiac).

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Marlene September 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Wow, this looks awesome! We’re not a *have* to eat gluten free family, but these look great! And loving that potential price tag on the total cost!

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Nadine Law September 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm

This maybe a dumb question …Can I actually freeze all the ingredients listed for the recipe in one freezer bag. I thought vegetables would have to be cooked or blanched prior to freezing.

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Stacey Cheatwood September 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

Nadine, I’ve actually done some freezer crockpot meals before. You do not need to blanch or cook the vegetables. :)

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Nadine Law September 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Thanks Stacey! I’m going to give this a try tomorrow.

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Sandy September 4, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I went shopping today for all the ingredients. I found everything at Costco except for the sweet potatoes and white onions (I got yellow). I just pulled up your website to download the instructions, but I make the mistake of paying the $5 via paypal from my phone and I am unable to download the files from my phone. I want to get going on this, so I went ahead and payed the $5 again from my PC. Any chance I will only be charged once? Thanks! I am excited to give this a try!

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Jen September 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

How much BBQ sauce should I add

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Rachel September 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm

I paid the $5 and received the shopping list and instructions. NOW, how do I access the video??

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Jenn K September 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The videos are on the assembly instructions page at the bottom of the $5 printable package.

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Jessica September 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I love cost Co don’t get me wrong but every thing on this list I could buy for less then half the $150.00 and not bat an eye. And experienced shopper could armed with a coupon folder.

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Jenn K September 10, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Absolutely! Feel free to use our meal plan and shop at your preferred stores. We’ve created these meal plans as one-stop-shopping for those those who do not have the time and/or desire to shop around for the best deals. :)

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Joel September 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Is there a vegetarian version of the 20 meal plan?

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Jennifer September 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Would also love to have substitutions for the meat. Beans I suppose!

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Maegan September 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm

I just finished prepping and excited to use these meals when baby 2 arrives in Oct. Not much seasoning in some of the recipes so interested in the taste. Anyone have to add flavor? We are a Paleo family so it was easy to substitute – using cauliflower for the beans , zucchini for the corn, coconut sugar for brown sugar, and homemade BBQ sauce.

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AJ September 7, 2014 at 7:38 am

These are great but not suitable for our family as we are vegetarians. Are you considering to do a vegetarian/vegan version of these? Thanks!

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Amanda September 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I paid the $5… I tired to down load the info but it didn’t work.

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Amanda September 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

What do I need to do to get the directions?

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Stephenie September 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm

This is a great idea but would love to see it replicated as 100% Organic. Every ingredient listed, with the exception of the BBQ sauce is something our family will not eat unless it is organic. Our Costco carries Stubbs BBQ sauce and it doesn’t have HFCS.

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kimberlee herman September 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

You could easily just buy organic versions, couldn’t you?

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kimberlee herman September 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

This was wonderful! Cost Co did not have everything, but it was easy to get at Frys. I am pleasantly surprised that all the meals are really, really good! Thank you and PLEASE make more of these meal plans!

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Jenn K September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Feel free to substitute organic products as you desire. :)

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Jennifer September 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Our Costco is just starting to carry more organic items, but it’s mostly meat and packaged goods, not produce unfortunately.

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Jenny justis. September 7, 2014 at 11:58 pm

I love the idea behind this but would love it even more if it was stored in reusable containers rather than the environmentally hazardous ziplock bags.

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John September 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Jenny, you can use whatever container you wish, no?

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glenda September 8, 2014 at 12:22 am

Hi, so I tried this plan and purchased all the groceries from Costco and prepared the freezer bags. I have a question though – was I sopossed to blanch the potatoes or any of the veggies first?
My daughter pulled one of the prepared freezer meals from the freezer and the potatoes were black in the freezer bag.
the meal smelled delicious though.

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Wendy Ferrell September 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

This was an AWESOME find!!! Thank you so much for all your hard work putting this together. Shopping was a breeze. The lists and labels made assembling very easy. We watched your video while assembling. So amazed to have all those meals in the freezer now with truly minimal work and very little money. Thank you so much!!

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eve September 10, 2014 at 10:19 am

Hi,

I just purchased the recipes and shopping list and the link the popped up for me to download said the link had expired. Help?!

Eve

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Leah September 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Thanks so much for this meal plan! We are dairy-free so it is awesome to have all these dairy-free meals in the freezer. Many meal plans rely on cheese so this one was a breath of fresh air. My husband and I assembled these in one evening. The only problems we found were no sweet potatoes and the 6 pack of beans instead of an 8 pack. A 5 minute stop at Aldi on the way home fixed that. With 4 young kids, cooking time and money are at a premium. Thanks for providing a frugal, time saving, sanity saver!

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Danielle September 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

THANK YOU!!! this was amazingly simple and my family has loved all of the meals so far. Can you please do a vegetarian version???

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April September 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Awesome! I see a few things I would substitute to ensure they are real food worthy – homemade bone broth instead of packaged chicken broth and BBQ sauce over the packaged deal, but good basic recipes. Thanks!

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Ariel Y. September 13, 2014 at 6:09 am

I loved these recipes but I did run into a few problems that I thought I’d let other moms know.
1) My costco also didn’t carry some ingredients, mainly white onions. Also since the grocery list didn’t specify SPICY sausage I got Adeles Chicken and Apple Sausage which now that everything is all assembled I’m not so sure is going to taste as good as spicy sausage would have. Bummer.
2) I also ran out of ingredients. I only put 1 chicken breast and 2 thighs in every bag but I was out of both before I got to the last two recipes- so the husband ran out and got a few more chicken breasts from our local grocery.
3) I diced, sliced and chopped everything before I started but then as I assembled the recipes then said to add “1/2 diced onion” so I would look at a pile of diced onions thinking….”how much was that again?” I almost would’ve preferred the assembly instructions to go in order of ingredient rather than recipes “divide up your diced onions evenly amungst these recipes….” Be aware if you have recipes coming up that still require onions or potatoes before you use the last bit up.
4) I started chopping at 3pm- finished assemblying by 7pm. Took me closer to 3.5-4 hours.
5) Lastly- in looking at the at the picture above I had NO IDEA how much room all these bags would take up. Didn’t even begin to fit in our freezer (and we have a normal sized freezer). Thankfully my husband then ran back out to Costco at 8 o’clock at night and bought a stand alone freezer for the basement….so after the $200 freezer to hold the $170 worth of food we about broke even on my typical grocery bill. Oh well. Lots of time and hassle saved with having so many dinners already prepared- and that’s worth something.

Thanks Chris for doing this!

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Emily Cole September 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

I’m pretty excited to make these, a) because they sound delicious and b) because Boyfriend has been pestering me to download these lists so we can lose weight. I printed it out for him and he was reading it over the weekend, then turned to me and said, “Uh oh, she accidentally put quinoa on this list. She must not know it’s disgusting.” Lol, it’s a learning process at our house!

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Amanda September 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Sorry I’m a little confused…is THIS plan GF and then you have ANOTHER “original” GF plan with 20 additional meal plans? So if I order Plan #1 and the “original GF plan” will I get 40 meals? Thanks!!

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Jenn K September 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

That is correct. :)

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Brianna September 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I am interested in doing these freezer meals, but have two questions I can’t seem to find in the FAQ…
1.) what size crock pot is recommended?
2.) roughly how much freezer space will this take up?

Thanks in advance, and I apologize if this info is already listed somewhere!

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amy September 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I would LOVE a vegetarian version of this!

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Jess September 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I bought the Costco freezer meal plan #4 and it seems to have enough chicken on the grocery list for 1 of each recipe instead of 2. Am I reading this wrong? It says to buy a 6 pack of chicken breasts, and that only covers a single of each recipe and not a double.

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