Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Freezer Meals- Part 1: Crockpot Meals

I've been reading for years about freezer meals. I always had it in the back of my brain that I was going to do it sometime. Finally a couple of months ago, I decided to take an afternoon while my parents were here to try it out. I found several recipes I thought would be good, made my list and headed to the store. I decided to make batches of 4 different crock pot meals, a lasagna, 4 things of pizza dough, and a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough to freeze.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much this has changed our lives. I am not exaggerating! I do NOT like to cook. I find it stressful for some reason and of course the kids are always getting fussy right when it's time to start cooking dinner. We ate out way too much before because we were always tired by the time we needed to figure out what to eat. Now I simply pop something in the crock pot or oven with little to no prep work. We rarely eat out now so we are saving a ton of money and eating so much healthier. I wish I would have started doing this years ago.

For this post, I'm going to cover the crock pot meals. I will do another post soon about the rest!

Here are the recipes that I made:

Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

BBQ Chicken: Add frozen chicken and 1 bottle of BBQ sauce into a ziploc freezer bag. This is not the time to buy cheap BBQ sauce. I live in Kansas City so I have a huge selection but make sure to get a good one!

I started by getting all of my ingredients out so that I had easy access to everything.

Next, I cut up all of my veggies.
 Grace "helped."

I then put all of the corresponding ingredients into gallon size ziploc bags and labeled them. 

I made two of each crock pot meal. 

To prepare:
In the morning stick the Ziploc bag in the fridge. Then about 4 hours before dinner dump everything from the bag into the crock pot and voila, you have dinner! I always use a crock pot liner which makes clean up incredibly easy.

These 8 freezer bags gave us about 12 meals total as we had leftovers from several of them. It took me probably about an hour total for all of this. I didn't keep track of the cost of everything, but I plan to next time.

I am going to be doing another round of crock pot freezer meals soon and I'm going to be adding some new recipes. I always do it when my parents are in town because they help keep the kids distracted!

Do you have a favorite freezer meal recipe?

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