Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Crock Pot Freezer Meals

I will be honest, I have been horrible at making meals recently. I am always game to make a yummy treat, but a meal? I am just lazy sometimes and always want something fast and easy. I have decided that instead of trying to fix my laziness with meal time I should try and compensate for it. That is when I decided that I needed to make these freezer crock pot meals. I have made freezer meals in the past (which I love) but I still need to take them out, put them in the oven, and wait for them to cook. Sometimes I don't have time for that. These freezer crock pot meals I can pull out of the freezer, put them directly into the crock pot, and take off for my crazy day. When I come home the food is ready for me to eat! This is my kind of meal! I'll be honest I haven't tried all of these, but these are some that I found and that looked good so I thought I would share them with all of you.


Brown Sugar Chicken

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, I did 4
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sprite (I will add this once I add everything to the crockpot)
2/3 cup Vinegar
3 cloves smashed and chopped garlic
2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Add all ingredients to Gallon Size Freezer Bag, except for the Sprite. When you are ready to cook this, put all ingredients into a crockpot, add the sprite and let cook for 3-4 hours on high.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, I used 4
3 Garlic Cloves, smashed and chopped
1 Teaspoon Dried Basil (I used Fresh)
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Honey
Add all ingredients to Gallon Size Freezer Bag. When you are ready to cook this, put all ingredients into a crockpot and let cook for 3-4 hours on high.


BBQ Chicken

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, I used 4
Chopped Green Pepper
Chopped White Onion
BBQ Sauce, I used Sweet Baby Rays (but use whatever you have in your stockpile)
Combine all ingredients in a Gallon Size Freezer Bag. When you are ready to cook this, put all ingredients into a crockpot and cook for 3-4 hours on high.

Beef Bourguignon

3 pounds beef roast, or beef stew meat (I used a chuck roast I had in the freezer)
6 slices bacon--no need to cook (I used turkey)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced in rings
1 cup carrots (chopped or baby, your choice)
4 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1 tablespoon herbs de provence (here's a recipe to make your own)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste (not pictured, oops!)
2 cups red wine (you can use non-alcoholic if you wish)

The Directions.
Use a 6 quart slow cooker. In the bottom of your stoneware, smear around the olive oil. Then lay down 3 slices of bacon. Add sliced onion and garlic. Put the meat into the pot on top of the onion and garlic, and sprinkle on dried spices and herbs. Toss the meat to distribute the spices to all sides. Add tomato paste. Lay the other 3 slices of bacon on top of the meat, and throw in the carrots. Pour wine over the whole thing.
Cover and let cook on low for 8-9 hours, high for 4-5, or until meat has reached desired tenderness. If you are using a roast, you may want to flip the meat about an hour before serving so more liquid is absorbed into the meat. You can also cut the meat into chunks and return to the pot, if you would like more moisture to absorb.
Serve with whipped mashed potatoes, and a ladle full of crock juices.

Applesauce Chicken

4 frozen chicken breast halves or thighs (I used 2 of each)
1 1/2 cups of applesauce
1 T dried onion flakes, or 1 yellow onion, chopped finely
1 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, I used them, and added more to the adult servings)

The Directions.
Mix all ingredients together in a gallon size freezer bag. Label and place in freezer until ready to use.

 On cooking day take out of freezer and place contents of bag in a 3 or 4 quart crockpot (this is the best size for this, but I did use a 6 quart). If your pot cooks fast, err on the lower end of cooking time.

Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours, or on high for 3-4.
Serve with rice or quinoa.

Recipe Source: Crazy Coupon Lady, CrockPot365

7 comments:

  1. I am a sucker for any type of freezer meal, I will let you know how these turn out!

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  2. You have a great collection of recipes here for those busy nights you don't feel like cooking. I get that way too. Especially when my evening is going to be too busy to cook. I hate eating out so I will be bookmarking this page! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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  3. That is an awesome plan! Sometimes I get home and just don't feel like cooking! Love it!

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  4. this is so great! i'm the worst at planning dinner, i usually like recipes that i can do in 30 min to an hour. i think i'll do some of these up tomorrow and when i have a day (like everyday) that i forget to plan dinner, i can have one ready for throwing in the crock pot!

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  5. I may have to try a couple of these. Have you found any more freezer crockpot recipes you like? I'm trying to grab a few more recipes for my arsenal!

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  6. Making freezer meals saves you money and using your crock pot saves time. Make meals that can go from freezer to crock pot for the biggest savings of all!

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  7. The bin is sealed in order to keep any liquids from falling on the items below. The upright freezer is where the frozen foods are all kept.best upright freezers

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