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From Your Freezer To Your Family: Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes For Every Season

From Your Freezer To Your Family. Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season. #fromyourfreezertoyourfamily #mamaandbabylove

The latest cookbook in the From Your Freezer To Your Family series is here: Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes For Every Season!

This cookbook has over 75 recipes!  Including the best of the best from my very first slow cooker freezer recipes cookbooks.

I have spent the last year and half creating this cookbook. All recipes have been created, tested and re-tested by me, M+BL staff, and an ARMY of moms!  These recipes are the cream of the crop, only the best of the best. This book blows my first book out of the water.

You’re not only getting more than 75 recipes, I also include information on other cooking techniques for these recipes if you have time and want to branch out from the slow cooker. Each recipe includes information on the original slow cooker freezer method, as well as instructions on browning first then slow cooker, or cooking it on the stove top or in the oven with a Dutch oven.

ALL the recipes are 100% Grain-free, Gluten-free and Dairy-Free.  They do not contain corn or legumes (both are not technically grains but extremly hard to digest and common allergens). My recipes are all Paleo, Whole 30, Weston A. Price, GAPS, and Real Food compatible meals. These recipes do use natural sweeteners in some of the recipes, but if you are eating completely sugar-free, omit the sugar and the recipe will still taste great.

This way of cooking has changed my life and enabled me to take care of myself and my family. I am so excited to share with you what was worked so well for me!

***This cookbook is no longer available in ebook format. It is only available to women in my healing summer program. You can still buy it in print format. Click here to buy it in print.***

From Your Freezer To Your Family. Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season. #fromyourfreezertoyourfamily #mamaandbabylove

I first started using my slow cooker about eight years ago. At the time, it was emotionally all I could handle. I didn’t know how to cook and I had no interest – being in the kitchen brought up painful memories of my childhood. It reminded me how much I longed to have a loving and caring mother who cooked meals for me. So, instead of really feeling and owning those emotions, I just stayed out of the kitchen and ate what was familiar and comforting—mostly junk food like potato chips, cereal, and sandwiches.

One day, I got the urge to buy a slow cooker. I figured I could stand being in the kitchen long enough to chop up some vegetables and then dump it in the slow cooker and run like hell. And lo and behold, it worked! With minimal effort, I could actually make a home-cooked meal!

But after awhile, even chopping and getting myself organized in the morning before running out the door to work became difficult. And even more difficult when my daughter Penelope arrived. When my daughter was about 4 months old, I got into bulk and freezer cooking and would do long days with a friend to make a month’s worth of food. After a couple of times of doing that, I figured there had to be a more efficient and healthier way to prepare large amounts of food.

Then I had my ah-ha moment. I decided to try chopping and assembling ingredients for several slow cooker recipes at once. Instead of cooking them and then freezing in portions, I decided to try freezing immediately after assembly and cook it later.

And again, lo and behold, it worked! I could pull out a meal from my freezer, totally frozen, dump it in my slow cooker, and have a tasty meal ready for my family by dinnertime. I felt like I had invented electricity! Both my husband and daughter ate it and loved it! I was so excited! There we were eating a perfectly healthy, grain-free, dairy-free, made from scratch meal that only took me a couple of minutes to prepare.

From Your Freezer To Your Family. Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season. #fromyourfreezertoyourfamily #mamaandbabylove

I shared about it on my blog, MamaAndBabyLove.com, and later it went viral on Pinterest. It was bananas! I couldn’t believe that other people were interested my idea to streamline freezer prep and slow cooking.

It’s been over three years since I started cooking this way and almost two years since my first cookbook came out. I have been floored by the massive amounts of rave reviews I have received about how this way of cooking has changed lives of moms. These are some of my favorites comments:

“I started using your recipes a few months ago when I went back to work after my son was born. I have saved so much time and energy! It is so nice to take one day every couple of weeks and freeze meals away and then the day of drop a bag in the crock pot. Instead of worrying about what I’m making when I get home at 5:30, I know that I just need to prep a side and then dinner is already done. Thank you so much!”

“We have now gotten to try all of your recipes at least once and we are huge fans! I made them all one day when I was 34 weeks pregnant and then had my daughter at 36 weeks. We (five of us) have been living on them and I still have 4 more bags to go! Looking forward to the new recipes and my next big cooking day!”

“I just ordered your cookbook and I must say, your recipes have changed my life!! I have a 6 month old son and a very busy work schedule, I love that I can come home and have a wonderful dinner (and lunches for the next day) ready for my husband and I with so little clean up. I deal with a lot of guilt about not spending as much time with my son as I would like to because of work, but now I’m able to spend so much more QUALITY time with him in the evenings. Thank you for writing this cookbook, but also thank you for giving me more time with my family!”

“Hi Stephanie! I bought your freezer/slow cooker recipe in anticipation of a huge kitchen renovation. I wanted to have lots of meals for my family ready to go into the crockpot, which is basically the only appliance we have for 4 weeks (and a microwave). I prepped a freezer-full of your recipes in the month before the start of the renovation. I’m midway through the renovation and have made at least 5 of the recipes already – they are great! So thank you!!!!”

“I just have to tell you, we purchased your cookbook and have loved everything in it. My husband is thrilled that they are not only healthy, but seasoned perfectly. All I did was follow your instructions! Thanks!”

But every so often, I would get an email or comment from a mom who was distraught because the recipes didn’t work for her and didn’t turn out flavorful enough. While those comments have been rare, they haunt me and break my heart. I have always been clear that I am not chef, I am simply sharing an idea that works for me and my family. I am so passionate about this way of cooking because it gives me and other moms more time to themselves—time they can spend taking care of themselves and working on their personal growth and healing journeys— the real mission of Mama and Baby Love. So, for over a year, I poured myself into testing and tweaking recipes, and had an army of moms re-test my recipes to make sure my explanations were clear so that all moms have the same success I do with these recipes.

This book explains in more depth, and much more clearly, exactly how I have success with this way of cooking. How to get a flavorful, perfect slow cooker meal EVERY TIME. How to make it work for your family. When you get the cookbook, be sure to read the entire assembly section before starting – vital information is in there. I hope that, as they have for me and thousands of other moms, these recipes fill your home with warmth, love, nutrition, and, best of all, delicious food. I am excited for you to begin feeding yourself and your family healthy meals with ease!

From Your Freezer To Your Family. Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season. #fromyourfreezertoyourfamily #mamaandbabylove

Thank you so much for buying my first cookbook and now my second, bigger and better cookbook. My family and I have received so many blessings from your support and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support. I look forward to continuing to serve you and other moms around the world!

***This cookbook is no longer available in ebook format. It is only available to women in my healing summer program. You can still buy it in print format. Click here to buy it in print.***

From Your Freezer To Your Family. Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season. #fromyourfreezertoyourfamily #mamaandbabylove

 

A complete listing of recipes:

Lamb (6 recipes)

Lamb and Beet Stew

Lamb and Fig Stew

Lamb Curry

Moroccan Lamb Stew

Brandy and Prunes Lamb Shanks

Neapolitan Lamb Stew

Beef (25 recipes)

Beef Curry

Peppered Beef Stew

Peach Pot Roast

Leek Beef Stew

French Dip Beef Stew

Orange Beef Stew

Clementine & Pomegranate Beef Chili

Herbs de Provence Beef Stew

St. Patty’s Day Stew

Beef Stroganoff

Hot & Sweet Flank Steak

Pomegranate Beef Stew

Pumpkin Chili

Italian Beef

Nut Beef Stew

Stephanie’s Goulash

Spicy Ground Beef Taco Filling

Argentine Beef Stew

Cumin-Cinnamon Beef Stew

Beef Veggie Soup

Ginger Beef

Flank Steak Fajitas

Spiced Sweet Potato Beef Stew

Dijon Beef Roast

Sweet & Sour Brisket

Beef Burgundy

Chicken (31 recipes)

Chicken Tarragon & Leeks

Citrus Chicken

Lemon Chicken

Chicken and Rhubarb

Spicy Carrot and Chicken

Strawberry Chicken Stew

Chicken Masalas

Mango Salsa Chicken

Chicken Pesto

Peach Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

Tex-Mex Shredded Chicken

Rosemary Chicken Apple Stew

Honey Apple Chicken

Thai Chicken Curry

Healing Chicken Soup

Chicken n Cherries

Cranberry Chicken

Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken

Chicken Curry

Chicken Chili

Chicken-Cauliflower Masala

Asian Ginger Chicken

Polynesian Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Fennel, Artichoke Chicken Stew

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Apricot Chicken

Tarragon Chicken

Jerk Chicken

Shredded Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken

Pork (14 recipes)

Pork and Grapes Stew

Apple Pie Pork Chops

Cranberry Orange Pork Roast

Blueberry Balsamic Ribs

Sausage and Kale Soup

Plum Sauce Pork Chops

Mango + Pork

Sausage and Tomato Ragu

Jerk Pork and Sweet Potatoes

Yummy Shredded Pork

Honey Mustard Pork Roast

Ginger Cranberry Pork Roast

Pork and Prunes Stew

Harvest Pork Roast

I know this way of cooking will change your life, because it has changed mine and now countless other women as well. You will save time, eat healthy and you might even lose weight!

***This cookbook is no longer available in ebook format. It is only available to women in my healing summer program. You can still buy it in print format. Click here to buy it in print.***

Pomgranate Beef Stew. From Your Freezer To Your Family. Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season. #fromyourfreezertoyourfamily #mamaandbabylove

 

 

From Your Freezer To Your Family. Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes for Every Season. #fromyourfreezertoyourfamily #mamaandbabylove

Thanks so much for buying your copy and supporting my family and Mama and Baby Love! And if you are in the market for a slow cooker take a look at the All Clad 7qt Slow Cooker (the kind I have used for 8 years and love!) 

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  • Cindy
    January 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Stephanie,

    The Pinterest thing in the Rafflecopter isn’t working. It won’t load a valid image. I pinned two other images about the same subject from this page, instead. I hope that is OK.

    • Stephanie
      January 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      That works. Thanks!

    • Alaya
      January 26, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      I did the same thing!

  • Karen D
    January 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    The pin to open rafflecopter doesn’t come up with a valid image, so it won’t let you pin. Thought you’d want to know.

    • Stephanie
      January 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      Thank you. I will fix it now.

  • Kimberly
    January 24, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    The pin image is still not valid.

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Yeah, I am not sure what the deal is, but if you pin any image and then put in that pin url you can enter.

      • Elaine
        January 29, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        I was having the same issue! I just pinned an image of the frozen meals, that was all I could get to pin!

  • Kathryn
    January 25, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Which 3 books are included in the bundle mentioned in this post? I saw another bundle on your site which was 4 books, so I wanted to be clear!

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      The new bundle is three cookbooks and the audio lesson. All the recipes and info that was in the back to school ebook and the tips and tricks ebook are now all included in the new For Every Season cookbook. 🙂

  • Chelsea
    January 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Is the bundle or new cookbook available as an actual book ? Or just e books ? Thanks so much!

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Just ebooks right now, but soon I will have a print option that includes all three books in one book.

  • Brandi S.
    January 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Will this cook be available to purchase in print?

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Yes maam, coming soon. 🙂

  • Lisa
    January 26, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    The image was not valid for me to pin either so I found another image of the slowcooker on your freezer cooking board (I follow you on pinterest) and pinned that to my recipes board. Hopefully that counts. 🙂

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Yup, that works just fine. Sorry rafflecopter made it a little difficult and added a step for you. Good luck!

  • Korrie
    January 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Does each recipe make one freezer bag or two freezer bags?

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      It depends on the size of the recipe. Some can be fit into one bag, some need two. If it’s a big recipe, you just split the ingredients down the middle into two bags.

  • Laura F
    January 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Hi Stephanie, is each recipe made to feed four people? More? Less?

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Oh gosh, they serve an average of 6 to 8, sometimes more for families like mine-my husband and I both like to eat small portions of meals.

      • Laura F
        January 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Good to know. Thanks so much!

  • Allison T.
    January 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Just wanted to let you know that the Pinterest Rafflecopter entries still don’t work. There is no image for either one. Thanks.

    • Stephanie
      January 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Yeah, not sure what the heck is up with rafflecopter. Just pin any image and come back with the pin url and put that in and it will work. Sorry for the extra step.

  • Lorrie
    February 6, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Hi. I have enjoyed your “From Freezer to Crockpot” cookbook so far.

    My handy tip is that I write, with a sharpie, on the outside of the freezer bag the name of the recipe, the page number, and what liquid ingredients (including measurements) need to be added on the day of cooking.

    This has been very handy for me because I can glance in the freezer at my Ziploc bags and see what else needs to be added. Depending on what “wet” ingredients I have on hand will determine what bag gets pulled from the freezer.

    • Stephanie
      February 7, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      Great tip!!

  • Rebecca
    February 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Where did you buy the 3-tier fruit holder in the video you posted above? I’ve been looking for something like that for quite awhile now. Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      February 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      This is actually in my friends kitchen! We live in a dinky little rental with a kitchen straight from 1982. I think you can find them at bed bath and beyond. 😉

  • Courtney
    February 7, 2014 at 4:46 AM

    I’m curious…what kind of freezer bags are in the bottom picture? Are they reusable?

    • Stephanie
      February 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      They are called Neat-os and yes they are reusable!

  • Heidi
    February 7, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    I purchased the cookbook from the link above through Paypal. I could not get it to download on my iPad so I figured I would get an email with the link to download it; however, I never recieved an email or anything to link me to a place to download it. Alll I have is my reciept from Paypal. How do I get it? Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      February 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Sorry about that Heidi, that is really odd, it usually works just fine. Sometimes the email ends up in a spam folder, or is delayed from Paypal until the payment is cleared. If either of those are not the case, just email me at [email protected] and I will get a copy to you or figure it out!

  • Lindie
    February 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Hi Stephanie! I’m currently transcribing your interview with Desi for the Mom Summit. When I heard you talk about this slow cooker freezer plan, I just had to check it out on your blog. Needless to say, I bought your book and I’m SO excited to give it a try this week. I’m a huge planner, so this is right up my alley. Also, my family and I have been paleo for a couple years now, so the fact that these are all paleo makes my heart happy, too! Thanks so much for this. I better get back to my transcription now…

    • Stephanie
      February 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      How funny! Welcome! Look forward to connecting with you more. 🙂

  • Holly Dodd
    March 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Hi Stephanie! I got your most recent e-cookbook and I’m doing 7 recipes tomorrow! Are these recipes meant to be split in half so that each one yields 2 zip-locks/meals? I’m just cooking for me and my husband. Thank you for all these freezer recipes! My husband and I eat out way too much and this just has to change. Looking forward to easy home-cooked meals!

    Thanks!

    Holly

    • Holly Dodd
      March 15, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Never mind! I just noticed that someone already asked this question. I think I’m going to split the recipes in half and make 2 bags to get more meals out of it.

      Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      March 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      The newest cookbook is just listed as whatever you want to do as far as bags go. Some of the recipes are bigger and you can’t get it all in one bag, and some of them, you can choose to do one or two bags if you want, depending on the size of your family. Some people will even do four bags, and cook them in a smaller crock pot. Hope that helps!

  • Tight budget
    April 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I guess u don’t put your recipes on here for free maybe someday I be able to afford to buy a cookbook. The recipes looks delicious in the pics.

    • Stephanie
      April 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      I got plenty on the site for free! Just click on Real Food tab at the top and then the Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes tab.

  • Christine
    May 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Finally a HEALTHY freezer cooking resource!!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to buy this. I’m so sick and tired of searching the web for healthy and freezer compatible recipes. This is going to be a life saver for me.

    • Stephanie
      May 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      You are so welcome Christine! Enjoy!

  • Fiona
    June 11, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    If someone could get back to me I bought the book and have received nothing. Thankyou

    • Stephanie
      June 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      Hey Fiona. Did you email me at [email protected]? It might have gone to spam, because I am really good at responding to every email within 48 hours. Can you email me again and I will make sure you get it!

  • Kristi
    June 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Hello, I am currently breastfeeding my 4month old baby and wondering about the freezer recipes. She does not do well with anything from the cabbage family, broccoli, onions, all the gassy foods. Do you think these recipes woul be suitable for our life right now with these restrictions?

    • Stephanie
      June 29, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      Hey Kristi! Congrats on your new baby! My recipes do not have much brocolli, it doesn’t hold up very well in the slow cooker, but it does have plenty of onion/garlic in the recipes.
      Have you cut out dairy and gluten yet? You might find that it’s those food items that are giving your baby digestive upset and not the vegetables. Powdered probiotics would help too, I have a post on that if you search for it. 🙂

  • krishel
    July 7, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Hi Stephanie, I just bought your cookbook. Me and my husband are college students and I thought freezer meals would be the best idea ever. I’m a little new to it though and I needed some clarification: How long am I supposed to cook the meals for? It says refer to the assembly section. I understand that the times are supposed to be approximate, but thats what i need! approximate times! where can i find those? thanks!

    • Stephanie
      July 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      There is a whole section about it in the book, if you want the meals to come out successful every time, you gotta read through the whole thing. 🙂 But typically it’s 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low.

  • Kelly
    August 20, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    I noticed a lot of your chicken recipes call for 3 pounds of chicken; can you halve these recipes with good results?

    • Stephanie
      August 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      You could if you really needed/wanted to.

  • Megan
    August 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Hi, does your book include a master shopping list?

    • Stephanie
      September 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      It doesn’t. Older versions did, and I grouped the recipes by three and did a master shopping list. But everyone said they liked to picked what recipes they grouped together on their own.

  • monica
    February 15, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Maybe I’m misunderstanding, but even when a recipe calla for pasta, can I throw uncooked pasta noodles in the freezer with raw meat? Then thaw before using in crockpot?

    • Stephanie
      February 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      Hey Monica. The USDA has official rules about it, but in my personal experience I have just always thrown everything together in the bag and then dumped it all in the slow cooker together. As long as you are starting in a clean kitchen with quality food products, and freezing immediatly after assembly, and then going straight from freezer to slow cooker and using a slow cooker that gets to a high enough temp (really old slow cookers would be questionable and temperatures should be checked first before use) you should be fine. 🙂

  • melissa
    June 20, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Hi!
    Unfortunately I am very late to the game. Can I just buy the slow cooker print version without the other two books? I need more dairy free slow cooker recipes in my life! (casein=migraines). I was going to pass when I saw the list for the lamb and beef recipes, but then I spied the chicken and pork. Mmmm!

    • Stephanie
      June 20, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Sorry the print book includes all three of my cookbooks.

  • Natasha
    October 21, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Hi, is the book in UK or US measurements?

  • Gwyn
    January 17, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Hi,
    I’m wondering what type of bags those are in the second picture of your freezer above. Also what do you do about fitting the block of frozen ingredients into the slow cooker when you put them in directly out of the freezer? Frozen flat like that (the way I prefer as well) they don’t fit in the crock pot with the lid on while still frozen. Thanks for all of your hard work and information. Love the encouragement to branch out in the way one thinks about slow cooker meal varieties.

    • Stephanie
      January 18, 2016 at 2:39 PM

      They are Neat-Os bags. You let the bag thaw for a few minutes and then beat it with a wooden spoon and it will break up into chunks and you can get the lid on that way. 🙂

  • nicole
    March 29, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    will the book ever be available in print or online again? I only just heard about it today and would love to check it out. thanks.

    • Stephanie
      April 1, 2016 at 6:16 AM

      Oh yes! It’s available in print on Amazon! Just search by title and it will come up. 🙂