2 Easy Crock Pot Freezer Meals
The crockpot is an amazing thing. I wouldn’t want to do without mine. And do you know what is even better? The fact that we can make fast and easy crockpot freezer meals just as easily as we can set up the crockpot. Then dinner is as simple as opening a baggie, dump, and go. Dump and go recipes are just what they sound like. You dump it all in at once then go about your merry way.
For each of the two recipes today I will also tell you how to make these flavorful dishes into freezer meals. I have a rule, if I have enough ingredients to make it twice, then I should make at least two at a time. Just set up the baggies and as you put your ingredients in the crockpot, also put them in the baggie. Simple.
Just a Few Tips
When you know you are going to be super busy the next day and think, “Hey, I can just pop one of my dump-and-go’s in the crockpot tomorrow!” you do not want to go in the freezer and find a bunch of unlabeled baggies of Mystery Meals. Take the time to label your baggies with not only what meal it is, but also the cook times and date you prepped it. Also, baggies are notorious for not taking the ink when it has something already in them. Label them before you put the ingredients in. You will thank yourself later.
To keep foods and liquids out of the seals as you add ingredients, fold the edges of the baggies outward. Even Zip-Lock’s have their limits and you may think its sealed but when the freezing process expands those little drops that get into the zipper part, you will not only have freezer burn but when it thaws, the contents will leak out everywhere.
Be sure to thaw the freezer meal overnight in the fridge for easy dumping the next morning.
Benefits of Crock Pot Cooking
I love my crockpot. And to be totally honest, I love cooking. I can be in the kitchen all day long and not worry, but I do enjoy spending the evening with my husband. If I can dish him a plate of comfort food and still get our relaxing in, then I am one happy mama.
You have a busy day every day. We always say we don’t have enough hours in the day to get it all done, and the crockpot bails us out of at least that evening meal prep. But busy families aren’t the only ones that benefit from the crockpot.
Students have finals and other exams, essays, and papers all due right before the holidays. This time of year is crucial for many of them and having that bit of comfort from a hot meal instead of some fast food or instant Ramen can make all the difference in the world to their thought processes and confidence. Perhaps adding a Crock-Pot to a college student’s Christmas or birthday gift list is in order.
I mentioned in my last post, NaNoWriMo Snack Attack, that I am participating in the writing challenge called NaNoWriMo. During this 30-day challenge, the crockpot will be my best friend. I do not want to neglect myself or my family just because I want to get those 50,000 words in. For all of you joining me in the challenge, I would love for you to share with us all your favorite crockpot meals. Share the love! Also in the comments below, share with us what kind of story/novel you will be writing this year. We can’t wait to read it!
Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken
- 4-6 chicken breasts boneless
- 1 16 oz jar salsa verde
- 2 tsp minced garlic or 4 cloves
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 can diced green chilis
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- Line your crockpot with a liner for easy cleanup.
- Place the chicken in the lined crockpot.
- Mix the remainder of the ingredients together until smooth. If you desire a creamier style of salsa verde, add a tablespoon of corn starch for thickening.
- Pour mixture over chicken and toss around a bit to coat the chicken.
- Cook for 6 hours on low. Shred chicken right there in the pot. Serve on tortillas or over rice. It's oh my gravy good!
Crock Pot Pork Chops & Gravy
- 4 pork chops boneless
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup broth any kind
- 1 package onion soup mix
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- Line crockpot with your liner for easy cleanup.
- Mix together both cans of cream soups with onion soup mix and broth. Whisk until smooth.
- Lay chops along the bottom and pour soup mixture over the top. Move the chops around at this point so that the sauce goes underneath.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.