Trim Healthy Mama Freezer Meals for the Slow Cooker: My First Attempt!

– [Jamerrill] Okay, here we are. We have our kitchen table
loaded with lots of meat and some veggies and
freezer cooking supplies. And I am attempting to do 25 meals for the next, approximate, 5 weeks for my slow cooker. I’ve used the slow cooker a lot but I would love to be
able to open my freezer and have five weeks worth
of meals just ready to go. That would be wonderful! So, a few things to know. My husband is, he does
more of low-carb eating and I do Trim Healthy Mama which has some lower carb elements to it. Especially, for the S meals and I have more
information, on all of that, linked in the article of the
description of this video. So, I am doing five weeks of meals and I’ll be poppin in
and out with this video to show you how we’re coming along. Also, exactly what those meals are. Okay, Liam is a pepper
washing machine, right Liam? – Uh-huh, love you Mommy. – [Narrator] We have several
recipes, love you too baby, several recipes, go slow honey, we’re not getting water, several recipes for our slow cooker that have peppers in them, right Liam? – Uh-huh. – [Narrator] And it’s a snow day here, so Liam is just staying
in his jammies, woo-hoo. – Uh-huh. – [Narrator] And in the
slow cooker right now we have our meatball lasagna going. – Uh-huh. And Liam is washing these
peppers for some other recipes. Okay, so we are not
even quite to the middle of our first official slow
cooker freezer meal day. And right now I am labeling
bags like a wild woman. I just bought us a new 8 quart crock pot and the way that my math
is working in my head is for each meal that I do, I need two one gallon bags of that meal for one dinner in the crock pot and Liam is agreeing with me. What I did, since this is
the first time I’ve done this for the freezer first
and then the crockpot, is I went through my
mind and I found 10 meals that I felt I could easily
adapt for our family and even if they weren’t
promoted as slow cooker meals, I felt I could make them into
slow cooker meals easily. So I found us 10 meals and
then I’ve got enough supplies to make each of those 10 meals twice. So that’s 20 meals. And then when I was
looking at the calendar, I realized I needed meals
for the last week of January and also for the four weeks in February. Now hold on a minute for real life. Liam, I am so glad you’re agreeing with everything I’m saying, but listening to your noise makes it so I forget what I’m trying
to tell these mommies. – Well I’m trying to– – You are being a good encourager. Can you–
– Well I’m trying to say, I’m trying to say is when you’re talking, every time you’re doing that, I do mm-hmm. – I know, you’re agreeing
with me and I like that, but I need you to stop
that so I can remember or I’m going to forget and tell them to put something wrong in their food. ‘Cause these mommies are watching this because they either like
to watch Mommy make a mess or they might be learning how to put their food in the freezer, too. So, let’s see what was I saying. Looking at the calendar I realized I needed to make enough meals until my next once a month grocery shopping day, which we’ve been doing that for years. And there’s one full week left in January and then I have four
full weeks in February. So really I needed enough freezer meals for the slow cooker for five weeks. So my mad scientist plan is, I picked out my 10 meals
and I’m doubling those, so we’ll have those two
times throughout the month. That’s 20 meals. And then I had enough in my
freezers already poking around for two additional recipes
that I’m gonna double, so that’ll be 24 meals, and
then I’m hoping I can squeeze out a 25th meal with what I have left over after all of this, so I’ll let you know. By doing it that way, we
will have slow cooker meals for five nights a week,
five times out of seven, and then we will have one
breakfast for dinner night every week and we will
have one leftover night. We’re gonna do the
breakfast for dinner night on Wednesdays now because my husband, he can fry some eggs and make
some pancakes for the kids, and Wednesday is a day
that I’ve been working on extra projects for work lately, and then Saturday is my other day when I have a long work day and I thought that would be a great left over night. And heaven help us if we
don’t have a leftover, the kids can make some
sandwiches that night. It’ll be okay. So this is how far we’ve gotten. Let me tell you a little bit
about what is on this table. We have, oh I believe this
is 30 pounds of chicken, let me double check that. Yeah, we have 30 pounds of chicken, we have some sweet Italian sausage, I have about how many pounds? Show me the pounds! Probably about eight pounds of beef tips. I have a large pork
sirloin here to be cut up. We have a ham, we have a bag of meatballs, my other bag of meatballs
– We have bread. – I used, oh yes, the other
bag of meatballs I used. I had a recipe for meatball
lasagna that I’ve adapted, we’re having that tonight. And oh you’ll see all kinds
of other odds and ends. Pepperoni, cheese, lots of broccoli. We’re going probably, probably
eight of the meals or so are going to have broccoli
and that’s a family favorite. Zion has been my happy chopper, yay Zion. He’s been chopping peppers
for some various recipes. These are just bell peppers. – And I’m doing something. – Oh and Liam, now this,
Moms if you want to know about keeping your little ones busy while you’re having
your freezer cooker day, Liam, we have cut the tops
off of all the peppers and given him the seeds. So while Zion has been chopping, Liam has been helping
picking all the seeds out of all the peppers, right Liam? – Yeah!
– Yeah, okay. Another thing we did is we kind of slowly prepared this morning. I’ve dragged the meat out,
we’ve gotten other supplies out, I’ve gone over my recipes. You go this way, honey, so
you don’t trip over the wire. I’ve gone over my recipes
and we did a lot of that while Amelia was up. Amelia is our child who’s about to be two in a week and a half,
I believe, two weeks. So I put her down for her nap and once she went down for her nap, which we were really busy and we all, no, not in this room honey. I want you to go to the
bathroom and wash your hands. Not in here.
– Ow, ow, ow. – Did you put that on your toe? – Yes. – We put her down for her nap, because Liam is four,
he’s the other wild card. But I can handle him pretty much, but I thought okay, the two year old, she can go down for her nap and that way we can really work on
getting these bags filled. So my goal is before she
gets up with her nap today that we will have 25 meals
bagged and ready to go. And again, my plan is I’m gonna take two of these out, set
the in the refrigerator the night before from the freezer, and then in the morning
I’m going to dump them in the crock pot for the day and then we’ll have dinner that night. My husband, I’ve mentioned, he’s doing more of a low carb thing and I’ve been doing Trim
Healthy Mama for about a year, lost 30 lbs so far, and had a baby, and so all of the meals are low carb and trim Healthy Mama inspired, even if they’re not from the
Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. But they should all count as S meals. Now some of them, the kids
of course need more carbs, so several of the meals I have planned that they’re gonna have it over brown rice or brown rice on the side, we also have large baked
potatoes they can have. When I do things like
the meat ball lasagna, I’m just gonna do some whole wheat noodles and they can have that
on top of the noodles. What else? I have some quinoa that
I can have as a side with my meals if they’re not, some of the meals like the
sausage and the peppers, I can have that with quinoa on the side and that would be an E meal for those who are doing Trim Healthy Mama. So that’s it. We will continue to video
throughout our mess. Okay, what you see in
front of us here is my, makes total sense to me dry
erase board for February. This is for our family calendar. You’ll see Wednesdays
and Saturdays in blue. I have my work day written on there. That’s just to remind me at a
glance what I have going on. But this is just our family calendar, and honestly we really don’t
have that much happening. Most of what you’re
looking at is our meal, our dinner meal plan for the month. In green you will see, those are things when
we have to actually go, we have a family visitor. My husband and I teach
Financial Peace University on Tuesday nights, we
have our home school group and a hunting show. Of course, once a month
grocery shopping day, those kind of things,
but really not too much. Which for the middle of the winter, that’s just fine with me. And don’t be scared, you see
the last week of the month it has, it ends at the 28th and it starts again on Sunday on the 25th. That’s the last week of January that I’ve left up on the
calendar just for the meal plan because January’s almost over, and then starting at the
top we go through February. So I just wanted to show you at a glance how I plan our slow cooker
freezer meal dinners. So far I have just put for Wednesdays, that’s our breakfast for dinner night because that’s when I’m working all day, and then Saturdays since I work all day, that also is just a leftover night. That makes it really easy for mu husband who is in charge those two days also. We have Amelia’s birthday
on February ninth, so of course for that day
we have birthday pizza, and then on the 23rd
of February when I hope for us to do our shopping again, that’s an eat-out day. We will probably be the large family eating for less than $30 at Costco. Let me look here and see
if there’s anything else you could possibly want to
know about my silly menu. What I am working with is 24 recipes over the next five weeks. I went through the math of that because I actually have 25
meals planned for five weeks and I just kind of scrambled
them up through the calendar. Going over the next week,
the last week in January when I’m planning this, we have
beef and broccoli on Sunday, Mexican chicken on Monday,
sausage and peppers on Tuesday, breakfast for dinner on Wednesday, chicken fajitas on Thursday, broccoli, ham, and cheese on Friday, and Saturday is leftovers. And then going to the
first week in February, we have honey mustard pork on Sunday, we have pepperoni and chicken for Monday, chicken cordon bleu for Tuesday, breakfast for dinner on Wednesday, sausage and peppers Thursday, broccoli, ham, and cheese on Friday, and leftovers. And I didn’t mean to schedule those two broccoli, ham, and cheeses so close, but that’s just how it worked out. And then we start again
the following week, so.

68 comments on “Trim Healthy Mama Freezer Meals for the Slow Cooker: My First Attempt!”

  1. TheVixthemom says:

    Ive done OAMCM before and they came out awful! LOL. I hope yours do better. I did the $5 dinner ones from Costco and it had a lot of potatos and they did NOT come out well at all. You will have to share how these come out for you. Im very curious!

  2. Creative Minds Homeschool says:

    Wow, you are sooo blessed with the planner gift!!! I sadly don't have it. This just seems like such a huge undertaking! Good for you and your family! 🙂 how do you handle picky or finicky eaters??

  3. FitKit says:

    Jamerrill, Where do you do your shopping for the month?  I heard you mention Costco, so I assume that's the answer, but I also think I'm seeing a sharp shopper parmesan cheese container? lol!  I'm also in Central/Western Va so chances are I'll have the same store near me 🙂

  4. FitKit says:

    I'm just outside of Waynesboro. & just started THM the first of this month 🙂 Small world!

  5. Michelle Wimp says:

    I would luv the recipes and how do to it. we're trying to get where we eat at home a lot more. any chance you'll do a post with that info?

  6. Tracy Zdelar says:

    Jamerrill, you mentioned a microphone you bought on amazon in one of your older videos. Can you put a link to that in the comments? I'm interested in getting something for videos also but I don't know what I need. What do you plug it into (does it come w/ everything you need to use it with your videos?). Thanks so much!

  7. homesteader downunder Australia. says:

    looks like you have lots of help there and is that a baby poor woman you have to work with all you children,but they are so cute,

  8. homesteader downunder Australia. says:

    i,m sorry

  9. Bonnie Rodriguez says:

    I am so doing this now!

  10. organizedMOM says:

    How did your crock pot freezer meals turn out? Just curious since I have never tried to freeze slow cooker meals:)

  11. emmy snowwhite says:

    Hahahaha i thought you were pregnant and i sow the little head it's amazing he's so cute, how can you manage all this? I have two children 7 and 8 and iam always busy, i don't have time at all, was it your choice to have 7 children?? Iam impressed, bravo

  12. Sher says:

    do you re-use the ziplock bags?

  13. vashti says:

    jamerrill, where did you get those stained glass panels hanging over your windows in the dinning room? they are beautiful and id love to get some.

  14. luv2craftcards says:

    What I don't understand about freezer meals is the process of defrosting it. Do I defrost the food first and then put it in the oven or do I just place the frozen food in the oven? Is there certain foods that have to be defrost first before cooking it? What's the rule for this?

  15. Jennifer Facha says:

    Meatball lasagna

  16. xXxkrmiaxXx says:

    I thought u were actually going to show how to put them together…

  17. Jane Snow says:

    You are the sweetest Mommy, I like how gently you corrected your 4-year old when he was chattering on in the background while you were videoing.

  18. glitterchi glam says:

    I am very impressed with your organization and managing all your children. Just curious – you mentioned in a previous video you have a business? What is it? Must be challenging homeschooling, raising kids and running a business? Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Eye on art says:

    how is that baby breathing?

  20. Mom of 12 says:

    do you ever use a pressure cooker ? i have 12 kids and i use my electric pressure cookers all the time

  21. Rebecca Spence says:

    Liam washing those peppers was so adorable 😍

  22. melissa Arrington says:

    I so enjoy watching you….you encourage so many moms…. I could have used someone like you 40 years ago….God bless you and your family!!!

  23. Sparkle says:

    You should try the new casserole crock pot if you haven't already. They have a digital one online & at SAMs club.

  24. celine mcgrane says:

    My lord , you look so good for all these children's…Good for you….

  25. AlwaysMommy says:

    I just watched ur video on ur 65 peanut butter n jellies and u asked what we do for quick freezer snacks or meals.. have u ever thought of doing fruit smoothie bags… my very young son and I LOVE smoothies and have one just about everyday.. he's to young to help me make them so I prepare everything when.i do my monthly grocrery shopping trip .. I take ziploc freezer bags and fill them.with everything I put into a smoothie except the milk and yogurt.. so strawberries, blueberries, bannanas, spinach, ground flax seeds and whatever eles maybe some apples or.oranges, pineapple.. then I just put the freezer and whenever we want a smoothie I just dump one bag into my blender add milk and or vanilla Greek yogurt and sometimes if I'm making it just for myself I like to add 1 scoop of the French Vanilla slim fast powder.. it gives it great flavor and also fills u up more … it allows u to buy fresh fruit in bulk when.its in season and it will still be good all through the month in the smoothie bags

  26. Dana M. says:

    Do the meals still taste good after being in the freezer ?

  27. Tiffany Jones says:

    do you have a recipe for your meatball lasagna?

  28. jessica ramsey says:

    OK now I'm inspired to try this even thoe I'm a sahm

  29. Angie & DeeDee says:

    Who else watches this who is a child?

  30. Roasting Thyme says:

    My daughter loves to sing and talk while I'm talking. I never know what in the world I'm saying sometimes. Lol. Made me smile when you had to stop him. Happy to know I'm not the only one. ❤️

  31. Crystal C says:

    My family is about half your size but I am still enjoying and learning from you. Thank you for this channel!

  32. mountaingal homemaker says:

    o offense I was tryig to figure out if you were pregnant in this video or were wearing a baby sling

  33. Macie Vernon says:

    I have been watching your
    Videos for awhile now and thought I would
    Share the best pot
    Idea I got from Pinterest the Mississippi pot roast,
    Aju gravy mix ranch powder mix and any liquid stock water even juice and a few peperochinis and some juice or a little to not make it spicy! Thicken up that liquid once it's cooked and shredded with a slurry so easy and it's the slow cooker whoever made that recipe up is proly a busy momma as well!

  34. angstarr2002 says:

    I just found you! New to homeschooling!! What encouragement!!

  35. Brenda F. says:

    I don't even have kids but I enjoy watching your videos 😆😆. You're like super mom!

  36. FarmGirl Goo says:

    Did you end up not liking Any of these 10 meals?

  37. Jeannette Elizabeth says:

    Love this! Interested in the recipes and the actual prep process too though. Is that in another video? Doing this myself prepping for a new baby. 😉

  38. theresa lynes says:

    Have a look at Shes in her apron YouTube channel. Kimmo has lots of recipes on there for the slow cooker.

  39. Amy McGrath says:

    It was funny how fast Liam was washing the peppers.

  40. Iris Ruiz says:

    So y'all never eat out? Just wondering.

  41. Iris Ruiz says:

    I'm so crazy.. during this video I thought you were wearing some sort of weird top; then you said "& I had a baby.". No wonder your chest areas are different sizes.. there's a baby head there!! I tell you Im so crazy. lol

  42. Wind Wind says:

    I love your channel. ^^

  43. Mech Uno says:

    A cheap way to vacuum seal a bag.
    To get the air out of the plastic bag after you fill it.
    I get a deep pot and fill it with water, then I close the zip lock part leaving just the corner open a little bit. Then I submerge the plastic bag in the water, the water will force the air out of the bag and then I close it.

  44. Stefanie Medina says:

    Is your baby nursing while you wear him? I am pregnant with no 2 and looking for a good baby wearer to use while breast feeding.

  45. Marisa Stone O'Brien says:

    Do you kids participate in sports?

  46. That Convention Girl says:

    My slow cooker is my life!! I use it at least three or four days a week. In fact just used it last night to cook up 6 chicken thighs and also made a bunch of chicken stock, so it looks like we'll be making chicken meals today and tomorrow.

  47. Marcia Boyd says:

    I love your vids. I wish I'd done this years ago when my kids were smaller. Its funny in the kitchen with teenagers though, but they can get the place messy 🙂

  48. elizabeth munoz says:

    hahaha "wild woman " love her

  49. Kauser Khan says:

    what is this baby carrier called ? could you do a review on it? thanks

  50. Camille Coopersmith says:

    Your meals look really yummy 😋

  51. Hannah Kayee says:

    Seen honey mustard pork roast on your menu board. Do you have a recipe for that?

  52. Josefine Johansson says:

    i love her tips for moms

  53. Patricia Phillips says:

    I learned a lot about large family meals throughout the husband is the oldest of 19 children.and it was loud and wonderful

  54. AlwaysMommy says:

    oh man i thought there were going to be some recipes in this video.. i wanted to watch u make 25 meals lol

  55. Lydia M says:

    Oh my word you are a super mom. Speechless!

  56. Joyful Family says:

    I LOVE watching you make a mess!!! HAHA I watch you every morning! and while I am making meals for my family. 🙂

  57. Kari L says:

    it is so cute how liam is always agreeing with you HAHAHHA his little "mmhmm mmmhmm" sooo sweet.

  58. Sweet Peas says:

    I saw this and looked at the date but couldn't think who you Bere pregnant with. Then I saw a little ear abd realised it was a baby's little head not your bosom lol x watching late night to relax me before I try sleeping, but now I'm laughing at my mistake like an idiot!

  59. Ellie Goldie says:

    Slow cookers great when you have family,xxx😋😋

  60. Douglasville Darling says:

    Liam is so cute. Bless his heart. He is so happy to be helping mommy. Love it!

  61. Amy De Paulis says:

    It’s so crazy to see these old videos I watched forever ago! And I remember Amelia this little and it’s so crazy that now baby Daniel is her age helping you cook!

  62. Sonya M. Boyer-Watson says:

    U r such a good Mama!! I really enjoy watching ur videos. Ur so good with ur kiddos and household in general. Thank u for sharing with us I hope u keep it gn–

  63. Carmen Hernandez says:

    Ms. Jamerrill, Your videos are not about freezer meals, but about the fruits of a heart full of love spilling out into the world. That's what you do, Mam. I am a 49-year old woman with no family of my own. Watching your videos allow me to see the boys and toils of family life. The generosity with which you bestow your love and attention to every one of your children is admirable. You are the best mom I have ever met. Your children's faces are the best testament to that–although not the only one. I"ll keep on watching, so please do keep those videos coming. Blessings to you and Mr. Travis, who is also dear to us. What a good and handsome guy! Love to Ms. Emilia, pleeerase👗.

  64. Alyssa Miller says:

    i am a big fan of your channel and I know you are a follower of Christ….. Im just wandering if you are aware of the clean and unclean food laws in the bible

  65. Barbara Rivoire says:

    Picking out the seeds….GENIUS! That’s an awesome tip for little “helpers”

  66. Simply Raising Arrows says:

    Love real life with kiddos !!!!

  67. Patricia Dollin says:

    you need a 18 qt roaster, you'll love it

  68. Diane Orrvar Stone says:

    I would have started out with a smaller amount..!! Too much work for me!!

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