6.19.2014

8 freezer to slow cooker meals




There's a saying that "something's gotta give..."  If you're a Mom you know this very well.  It doesn't take long in motherhood to resign to the fact that something has got to give.  I've written before about not letting myself go, and this isn't about that, but this is about how cooking has had to change a bit for me these days.

With Tucker taking two naps now and Anderson still taking his solid afternoon nap the time before dinner is play time and now 5:00 dinner time.  Both boys are hungry as Tucker wants food now (and lots of it) and then it turns quickly into 6:00 when it's bath time and soon bedtime for Tucker.  Benjamin is then home or on some nights in class so dinner needs to be done or have very little steps if we're going to eat anytime before 8:00.  This nursing momma can't really stand to wait that long as I find myself much like a cranky toddler when I'm hungry and so I've turned once again to freezer meals but this time freezer meals that are thawed and dumped into the slow cooker in the morning.

We all know I like spending hours in the kitchen and would love to make my own pasta if I could but that's not my reality right now.  Right now I'm working with what I've got and found these few recipes to offer some good vegetables, health, and sustenance for our family.  I've even made them a few times now.

I got these recipes after seeing this blog post.  Here you go- hope some are keepers for you as well!

Because I usually don't have hours on end to assemble these all I get the ingredients and know I will be able to get them all in their bags and into the freezer (we just got another fridge/freezer for fee!) within a few days before items go bad.

The day before you're going to make the meal take it out of the freezer so it can start to thaw- or if you're in a pinch just put it in warm water for a bit so you can them pour it into your slow cooker.

Also, sometimes the bags seem too full.  If this is the case omit adding the broth and just write on the bag that you need to add the broth on the day you cook it.


Tortilla Chicken Stew
·      1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts (or about 3-4 depending on size)
·      1 (12 oz) jar of salsa
·      1 lb frozen corn
·      1 lb mixed bell peppers
·      6 corn tortillas, ripped or shredded by hand
Cook in slow cooker for low for 8-10 hours.
Recipe adapted from The Gracious Pantry

Chicken Taco Chili
·      1 onion, chopped
·      1 16 oz. can black beans
·      1 16 oz. can kidney beans
·      1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
·      10 oz. frozen corn
·      2 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
·      1 packet taco seasoning
·      1 tbsp. cumin
·      1 tbsp. chili powder
·      3 chicken breasts
·      Chopped cilantro
·      Chili peppers (optional)
Cook in slow cooker on low for 10 hours or high for 6 hours.
Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste

BBQ Chicken and Veggies
·      2 green peppers, chopped
·      1 red pepper, chopped
·      1 zucchini, chopped
·      3 onions chopped
·      6-10 red potatoes, chopped (depending on size and how many will fit in 2 bags)
·      4 garlic cloves, chopped
·      4 chicken breasts
·      1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
·      1 tbsp. brown sugar
·      1 bottle of BBQ sauce
Split ingredients into two bags.
Cook in slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours
Recipe adapted from Mama And Baby Love

Minestrone Soup
·      1 red onion
·      4 cloves of garlic
·      1 small bunch of chives
·      1 medium bunch of basil
·      3 15 oz. cans of tomato sauce
·      1 28 oz. can stewed tomatoes
·      2 32 oz. cartons of vegetable broth
·      6 large carrots
·      1 lb. zucchini
·      1 small eggplant
·      2 15 oz. cans of kidney beans
·      1 lb. frozen peas
·      1 lb. frozen corn
·      ½ lbs. mushrooms
·      5 stocks of celery
·      2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
Chop vegetables and herbs. Divide among 3 bags for 3 meals!  Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add dry pasta noodles during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Recipe adapted from The Gracious Pantry

Southwestern 2 Bean Chicken
·      4 chicken breasts
·      1 15 oz. can pinto beans
·      1 15 oz. can black beans
·      1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
·      1 lb. frozen corn
·      1 12 oz. jar of salsa
Cook on low for 5-7 hours.
Recipe from The Gracious Pantry

Turkey Chili
·      1 lb. ground turkey
·      10 oz. frozen corn
·      1 yellow onion
·      28 oz. diced tomatoes
·      16 oz. tomato sauce
·      4.5 oz. chopped green chilies
·      15 oz. red kidney beans
·      2 tbs. cilantro
·      2 tbs. chili powder
·      1.5 tsp. red pepper flakes
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Recipe from Once A Month Meals

Teriyaki Chicken
·      6-8 boneless chicken breasts
·      1 cup teriyaki sauce
·      1 cup water
·      2/3 cup brown sugar
·      3 cloves of garlic
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Recipe adapted from Ashley Noel Barnes

Sweet BBQ Chicken
·      4-6 chicken breasts
·      12 oz. bottle of BBQ sauce
·      ½ cup brown sugar
·      ¼ cup vinegar
·      1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
·      1 tsp. garlic powder
Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Recipe adapted from Ashley Noel Barnes

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