Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup Meal-Prep Freezer Pack
Not only does this chicken noodle soup recipe utilize the crock pot for a set-it-and-forget-it easy dinner, you can also prep all the ingredients ahead of time and store them away in the freezer to pull out on a day where you forgot to plan dinner. That's a meal-prep win! Just make sure you thaw the food before adding it to the slow cooker--otherwise it will remain at an unsafe temperature for too long.
To make ahead: Freeze the prepared bags (Step 1) for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator for 1 day before cooking (Step 2).
Tip: Want a faster thaw? Place the frozen chicken mixture (in its sealed bag) in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes. You can also thaw the pasta this way, but be sure to use separate bowls to avoid cross contamination.
3 1/2 lean protein, 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable