Recipes

Freezer-to-Crockpot Meals for Back-to-School

Just after the boys were born, so many thoughtful people brought us meals. We didn’t have to eat out or grocery shop the entire first month, which is great considering we didn’t have time or energy to do either.

During that time, a family member brought us crockpot meals to freeze. I had never done those before, and now that I’m feeling a little more independent, I decided to try them this week as school starts back. I looked for some recipes on Pinterest and chose the three easiest ones I could find.

What I Bought to Get Started
Family Size Containers  (I wanted something I could throw in the dishwasher and not throw away, but most people use a freezer gallon ziplock bag)
Crock-Pot Liners (Unnecessary but worth not cleaning the crock-pot)

Grocery List (although I had most of this in my freezer/pantry already)
Frozen chicken in bulk (6 lbs of chicken at Sam’s Club for $10? Yes.)
Salsa (I went with Mango/Peach from Aldi for a sweet twist)
1 can diced pineapple
1 bag frozen broccoli
1 bag frozen diced peppers
1 large container of plain Greek Yogurt
Italian spices (I used oregano, garlic, basil, red pepper, salt, and black pepper)
Fettucini Noodles
Tortilla Shells
Sour Cream
Shredded cheese
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
8 cloves minced garlic (I bought this in a jar to store for later recipes.)
Beer of choice
Rice (I plan to try a crock-pot-to-freezer recipe for minute rice soon.)

RECIPES
Pineapple Salsa Chicken
Frozen
2 lb. chicken
20 oz. can diced pineapple (drained)
16 oz. salsa

Instructions
Crockpot on low for 6 – 8 hours

Afterwards
Tortilla shells
Cheese
Sour cream

Orange Beer Chicken
Frozen
2 lb. chicken
1 bottle beer
12 oz. orange concentrate
8 cloves minced garlic
1 ½ tsp. basil

Instructions
Crockpot on low for 6 – 8 hours
Afterwards
Rice

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Frozen
2 lb. chicken
1 bag frozen broccoli
½ bag frozen peppers
2 jars alfredo sauce or 1 large container greek yogurt
Italian spices

Instructions
Crockpot on low for 6 – 8 hours

Afterwards
Fettucini

It only took me and G. B. about 15 minutes to throw everything into the containers and put them in the freezer. Today, we’re trying the salsa one for dinner. I set it in the fridge overnight to thaw just enough to transfer it from container to crock-pot. It’s got the whole house smelling great!

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