Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Crockpot Freezer Cooking 4

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I will say in advance, there's not a lot of veggie prep work in this meal plan, but you will have to brown some meat this time around and grill some burgers.  It worked for me to grill the burgers on an electric skillet for about 4-5 minutes each side, brown the ground beef on the stove while I chopped my veggies.  I even had a little helper for a while!  He's so cute!



Okay, on to the menu!  I like to post this in the kitchen as I'm cooking.  But I hate taking up counter space.  So I just put it up in the cabinets!  You could also tape it up there.  I just couldn't find my tape and didn't feel like searching.




On the Menu

Poppyseed Chicken
8 Chicken breasts
2 cups of sour cream*
3 cups of crushed crackers
2 teaspoons of poppyseeds
1 cup of butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup
*EDIT 7/16/12*  You will need to add a can of cream of chicken soup or this dish will be watery, or your own homemade cream of chicken soup.  For an easy how to, click here
*Also, you may consider adding the sour cream the day of cooking.  Freezing can break down milk products.
Directions:  Divide all ingredients into two bags except the crushed crackers and butter.  Place crushed crackers in a separate baggie in your pantry, ready for use when you cook this meal.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Transfer crockpot bag/liner into a casserole dish about 10 minutes before serving.  Spread cracker crumbs over the top and drizzle ½ cup of melted butter on top.  Brown in the oven on broil.  Serve with your favorite veggies or salad.

Shredded Pork Tacos
3-4 pound pork roast cut into chunks
2 onions
6 tbsp canola oil
2-4 serrano chilies (be careful here!  Make sure you put just enough spice for your family!)
3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper
2 cups of water
taco shells or tortillas
taco toppings
Directions: Divide all ingredients into two bags, except tortillas/taco shells and the taco toppings.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Serve in taco shells or tortillas with toppings of your choice.


Ground Beef Stroganoff
2-3 lbs browned ground beef
2 garlic cloves
2 cans of sliced mushrooms (optional)
2 cups of beef stock
4 tbsp tomato paste
2 onions
3 cups of sour cream mixed with 8 tbsp of flour
salt and pepper
rice/noodles
Directions:  Divide all ingredients into two bags except rice/noodles.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Serve over rice/noodles with a veggie side or salad.

Chicken Delicious
8-10 chicken breasts
¼ cup lemon juice
salt/pepper
¼ tsp celery salt
¼ tsp paprika
10 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
10 oz can of cream of celery soup
1/3 cup of dry sherry or white wine
parmesean cheese
Directions:  Divide all ingredients except cheese into 2 bags.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Sprinkle cheese on top 30 minutes before serving.  Serve with veggie side or salad.


Barbecue Sauce and Hamburgers
3-4 lbs of ground beef to make enough hamburger patties to serve your family. (or pre-made patties)
2  14oz can of beef gravy
1 cup of ketchup
1 cup of chili sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp mustard
hamburger buns
Directions:  Grill hamburger patties on a griddle while prepping bags.  Divide all ingredients into two bags except hamburger buns.  Cook on low 5-6 hours.  Serve with sweet potato fries or salad.


Grocery List
Meats:
  • 18 chicken breasts
  • 3-4 lb pork roast
  • 5-7 lbs ground beef

 Condiments:
  • ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • cooking sherry
  • beef gravy
  • mustard
  • chili sauce

Canned:
  • tomato paste
  • 10 oz can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 oz can of cream of celery soup
  • 10 oz can of cream of chicken soup

Packaged
  • butter crackers
  • tortillas/taco shells
  • hamburger buns
Produce:
  • 4 onions
  • 4 serrano chilies
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • lemon juice
  • taco toppings
Spices:
  • poppy seeds
  • canola oil
  • beef bullion
  • celery salt
  • paprika

Frozen:
  • sweet potato fries
 Dairy:
  • 5 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • taco toppings
Staples:
  • milk
  • eggs
  • bread
  • rice
  • veggies for sides
  • fruit
  • salad supplies






 I hope you enjoy all the meals!  I know our family really benefits from this method of dinner preparation.  It gives me exactly what I want--more time with my family.  If you are interested in even more time with your family, check out Shaklee!  It's a great way to earn extra income so you can be a work at home mom!  Their organic cleaning products are also a wonderful way to improve your home.  Click on the picture below for more information.





49 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting your meal plans like this. I have a couple of cookbooks that cover freezer coking, but I find them difficult to follow because they are individual recipes vs weekly plans. And too frequently, they try to get too creative with their meals. My husband likes good, old fashioned food--nothing fancy! Boring, yes, but I gotta feed him what he likes! Enjoy your blog. I subscribe in a reader. Keep up the great posts!

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  2. Thanks Mary! That's why I did this. Everything out there was too extravagant for our family. We like the basic, comfort food type of meals. Glad this can help!

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  3. Your little helper is soooo cute! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes.

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  4. How fantastically organised you are!

    I found you via the Real Housewives of Riverton Recipe Round up. I linked in a post about spicy mince lettuce cups. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Carole! What's your web address?

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    2. Aimee, so glad you found me at Carole's Chatter - and thank you very much for following the blog. I will add you to my blog list as well.

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  5. This is awesome! I can't wait to try my first week of crock pot cooking! This will help my boyfriend and I eat out way less!!

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    1. So glad I can help families save money!

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  6. Wow! I am so glad I visited you today. I love Poppy Seed Chicken. Bookmarking YOU!

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  7. Glad I came over from Chic & Crafty. I'd love to do these and hope I can get my guys to eat them + vegs of some kind, they are awful about that! Thanks for the ease.
    Janet

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  8. This is a great idea! As a working mom of two little girls, I can use all the extra 'time and money' I can get! One catch: we are all vegetarian (Not vegan, although Vegan recipes/ dishes are great)- would you consider throwing in a veggie recipe now and then?? Thanks! Teresa

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    1. Several of the recipes can be easily adapted to be vegetarian! I'll keep that in mind for next time though!

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  9. Just curious...where do you get your recipes from? How do you know if a recipe will work for this type of application?

    Jackie

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    1. I started with Ring Around the Rosie's blog. The truth is, it's all an experiment and I have been quite lucky. I have chosen my own favorite recipes that are in a family cookbook. Where those came from I am unsure. Sometimes I'll see a recipe I like and I'll change it to make it my own. I must say the Poppyseed Chicken needs some revision. It was watery, but some cream of chicken easily fixes that. I really am learning as I go and I don't claim that all these recipes are fail-proof.

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  10. I love how you have everything labeled!! With directions too so you don't have to go looking for your recipe later! :) Everything looks yummy! Thanks so much for partying with me last week at my Unveil Your Genius link party! I hope to see you again soon! :)

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  11. Oh My! Looks so good. I'm pinning this. Barb

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  12. I love making freezer meals, especially if they involve the crock pot! Thanks for the great recipes, can't wait to try them out.

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  13. Visiting from Organize Your Stuff Now... like the ideas of planning way ahead. I have a few family favs that could easily be baked and frozen for future easiness. Thanks for the idea!

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  14. Great new recipes. I can't wait to try them. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/surf-spray-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  15. I just LOVE your crockpot recipes!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  16. Loving these recipes! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday Whatsits. You are being featured!

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  17. Is one meal ONE bag, or two bags? I was thinking both, at first, but really, it seems like one would be plenty for my husband and I and our 2 year old. Would you have to adjust cooking time?

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  18. I can't wait until we get our new chest freezer so I have more space to make up meals like this. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  19. Hi,
    You are a featured blogger tomorrow at Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. Take a look.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  20. You've been featured at Wednesday Whatsits! Thanks for sharing. Stop by and grab a button.
    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/07/wednesday-whatsits-19.html

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  21. Those look like a great time-saver!
    You said to grill the beef in the two recipes, but do you keep the chicken raw?

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  22. How long does it take you to prep all of these? Also, what size family are you cooking for?

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  23. I only dream of doing all this, but it makes so much sense!!

    Thank you for linking it up at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com

    Hope to see you again later today with something else fabulous!!

    Rose

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  24. For the Ground Beef Stroganoff, do you cook the ground beef first or throw it in the freezer bag raw?

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    1. Always cook ground beef first for a better texture! :)

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  25. Do I put the ingredients in the crock pot frozen or thawed? Thanks! Alice

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  26. I would like the shopping list but it's covered by an advertisement:(

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  27. You edited the poppyseed chicken recipe. So, are 2 cans of soup needed now, or are 3?

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  28. For a recipe hanger just use a hanger that has the clips on the ends (like a slacks hanger??) and hang it off the cabinet handles. :)

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  29. Thank you for this blog. We are in the middle of a PCS (military move) and this is helping us not have to eat out so much while our pots and pans get packed,During time in TLF (Temporary housing) and life is crazy busy preparing for the move. I thank you for one less thing I have to worry about. We tried several of your recipes this week and they were all hits, with only minor adjustments for my family's tastes!

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  30. For the Pork Tacos, do you cook the pork before the crockpot?

    Thanks,
    Heather

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  31. Hi Aimee, Thanks so much for your recipes! I bought your e-book and am working on Set 2 for my first shot at filling my freezer. You mentioned having labels included in the e-book but I did not see them. Do I need to look somewhere else or could you email them separately? Thanks, Resa

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  32. Going to try these. LOVE that you used pre-printed labels!
    Betty

    http://www.TShirtQuiltsTX.com

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  33. Read an interesting idea for hanging your lists and recipes up on your cabinets so as not to take up counter space....use a skirt hanger with the two clips at either end of the hanger, and hang from the cabinet knob or handle.
    Thought it was a pretty cool idea instead of tape (which we usually can't find)!
    ~Cindy

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  34. xcellent post! Thanks for taking the time to post this.

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  35. I am curious also by the look of the photos the chicken looks raw no precooking correct ? And the beef looks cooked ?

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