From Freezer to Crock Pot!

With the business of back to school, thinking about dinner is sometimes the last thing on your mind!  These freezer to crock pot meals from Liz, with our iFamily Mom Squad, will help make dinners easy and delicious!

Crock Pot Meals

FROM FREEZER TO CROCK POT!

This whole straight from the freezer to crockpot situation is A-MAZING.
Moms- this is a game-changer. As a mom of a small family of 4 who doesn’t care much for cooking, freezer meals make me feel like a super hero. Why spend more time in the kitchen when you can throw food in the crock pot and it smells like you have been slaving in the kitchen all day?

1- All you do is prep your food.
2- Throw contents in a 1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag. Label your bag with the name of meal, cooking instructions and “use by date”. Standard is 3 months from prep date. Remove as much air from bag as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer.
3- Freeze.
4-The night before cooking, move it to the refrigerator to thaw.
5- Dump it into your crock pot and wait.

These meals taste amazing and work great for leftovers! I finally gave into trying this when I was 38 weeks pregnant earlier this year and now freezer meals are my life. And so far they have all been toddler approved.

Here are some of my favorites! Enjoy!

Cheesy Tortellini with Ground Beef (serve with steamed broccoli)

Yields: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small yellow onion, diced (one cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (19-ounce) package frozen cheese tortellini *not needed until day of cooking
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded (one cup) *not needed until day of cooking
2 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded (1/2 cup) *not needed until day of cooking

PREP:
1. Add all ingredients to freezer bag except tortellini and cheeses.

COOK:
1.On “low” setting for 8 hours or until beef is cooked through.
2. Break apart beef and stir.
3. Add tortellini and top with cheeses. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 15 minutes, or until pasta is tender.

Serve with steamed broccoli.

Note: You can also freeze shredded cheese in a separate freezer bag. Thaw it overnight and store in the refrigerator until it’s time to add it to the crockpot.

Honey Dijon Pork Chops with Green Beans (serve with brown rice)

Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 pound boneless pork chops
1 pound frozen green beans
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1/2 cup water* not needed until day of cooking

PREP
1. Add all ingredients to your freezer bag (except water).

COOK
1. Add contents and water.
2. Cook on “low” setting for 4-6 hours or until pork is cooked through.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken (serve with brown rice and green beans)

Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 small onion, diced
14oz can whole cranberry sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

PREP:
1. Add chicken to the freezer bag last so it’s the first ingredient poured into your crockpot.

COOK:
1. Cook on “low” setting for 4-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked through.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 lb. carrots, peeled and diced (4 large)
1 cup celery, diced (2 large ribs or 4 small ribs)
1 small yellow onion, diced (one cup)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 oz. wide egg noodles *not needed until day of cooking
8 cups fat-free low sodium chicken broth *not needed until day of cooking

PREP:
1. Add all ingredients except noodles and broth.

COOK:
1. Add contents to crockpot with 8 cups of chicken broth.
2. Cook for 6-8 hours on “low” setting or until carrots are soft.
3. Add pasta and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
4. Remove bay leaf.

Enjoy!

From iFamily to Yours,