Friday, April 20, 2012

Crockpot Freezer Meals

After getting such a bountiful bountiful basket I wanted to try something I had seen on Pinterest- Crockpot freezer meals!  Let me tell you these were super easy and lots of fun to make!  First I came up with a list of meal ideas.  I made quite a few of them and intend to make some more in the upcoming weeks.  I made Gallon size bags for my family, and quart size bags to give to my parents.  Here's the recipes and pictures of the ones I did make.

Apple, Pear & Pork Deliciousness-

3 apples- sliced
2 pears- sliced
3# pork- cubed
1 onion- sliced
Sauce:
1 ½ c. brown sugar
1 ½ c. apple juice
½ c. vinegar
3 T. mustard
Cut up meat, fruit & onions, divide into bags.  Mix sauce together then divide it among the bags.
Makes 1 large family size (gallon bag) and 2 small family size (quart bag)- or however you choose to divide it J
Instructions to write on the bag:
Add 2 ½ c. water (for gallon bag, 1 c. for quart bag)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Chinese Chicken:
1 ½ lbs chicken- I used individually frozen tenders
1 head bok choy
1 can sliced water chestnuts
3 cloves garlic
1 t. fresh ginger
2 yellow squash- sliced
2 zucchini- sliced
Sauce:
2 T oyster sauce
½ c. soy sauce
2 t. white wine vinegar
Cut up all veggies.  Divide veggies & chicken into desired bag sizes. (I did one gallon size for our large family and one quart size for my parents)  Mix sauce together, then divide it among the bags.
Instructions to write on the bags:
Add 2 c. water (for gallon size, for quart size I did 1 c.)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Sweet & sour Chicken
2# chicken (I used individually frozen tenders)
3 large cans of pineapple chunks (with juice)
3 green peppers-chopped
1 bag of baby carrots
2 onions-sliced
Sauce:
½ c cornstarch
3 ½ c water
1 ½ c sugar
1 c vinegar
Orange food coloring
Chop veggies then divide into bags with chicken. (I made 2 gallon family sizes and 2 quart sizes) Add all the juice with the pineapple into the bags.  Mix up sauce, then divide it between the bags.
Instructions to write on the bag:
Add 2 c. water (1 c for quart size bags)
Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours

Beef Stew
1# stew meat- cubed
7 potatoes- chopped
1 bag baby carrots
1 onion- sliced
4 celery stalks- chopped
Sauce:
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 T garlic-minced
1 t. seasoned salt
1 t. garlic & herb seasoning
1 T beef bullion
Chop veggies then divide veggies and meat into bags. (I made 1 gallon size and 1 quart size)
Mix sauce together then divide among the bags.
Instructions to write on the bag:
Add 2 c. water (1 c for quart bags)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Bacon Meatballs
2# ground beef
Bacon ( aprox 10 slices cut in half- will vary depending on the size of meatballs you make)
Sauce:
4 cans tomato sauce
1 T garlic
Mold ground beef into small meatballs, wrap with bacon and place into bags.  Mix sauce then divide among bags.
Instructions to write on bags:
Add 1 c water (1/2 c for quart size)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Chicken Teriyaki
2# chicken (I used individually frozen tenders)
1 ½ large cans pineapple tidbits (with juice)
½ bag of baby carrots
Sauce:
1 c. teriyaki sauce
¼ c. soy sauce
Divide ingredients into bags, then mix together sauce and divide it among the bags.
Instructions for bags:
Add 2 c. water (1 c for quart)
Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours
 Some of the other crockpot freezer meal ideas I have but have yet to make are:

Chicken Curry
Stroganoff (sp?)
Lemon Chicken
Italian Chicken
Zucchini & Squash hash
Breakfast Casserole (I'm not sure how scrambled eggs will freeze uncooked- I'll let you know!)

UPDATE: I also recently tried these containers for freezer meals and even for freezing leftovers and LOVE them!

Let me know if you try these or any other recipes! atozformomslikeme@gmail.com
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