Crockpot Meals

Our time in Winnipeg is winding down, and my parental guilt is on the rise. I am so proud of Kaitlyn’s commitment to her practicum at the hospitals, but I worry about how she will “survive” when I am not around. She leaves at 7 am and doesn’t get home until 5 pm. Which is a normal workday, but she has assignments and pre-reading to do in the evenings.
How can I enjoy our time down South, wondering about what my baby is eating? She won’t be able to effectively function without proper nutrition.
So I bought her a crock-pot and made up some freezer meals.
I have listed the recipes below – I divided them up so that each bag would be enough for her to have for supper and left-overs for lunch.
I used ziplock freezer bags, so the meals would lay flat in the freezer. (Double bag to avoid leaks).

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops & Potatoes
6 pork chops (I used loin chops without bones)
4 medium potatoes (I used a small bag of baby potatoes)
2 large cans of ready-to-serve mushroom soup
2 packages dry Ranch salad dressing mix
Mix everything together in bag. Ensure potatoes and chops are covered. Cook 6-8 hours on low.

Chicken Cacciatore
3 chicken breasts
1 jar chunky vegetable spaghetti sauce
1 green pepper – chopped in 1 inch pieces
1/4 onion – chopped in 1 inch pieces
1 small zucchini sliced in rounds
Mix everything together in bag. Cook 6-8 hours on low.

Cilantro Lime Chicken
6-8 chicken breasts
juice from 2 limes
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 red onion chopped
1 large can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans kernel corn, drained
2 tbsp. cumin
Mix everything together in bag(s). Cook 6-8 hours on low.

Mongolian Beef
1 lb stew meat
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
3-4 stalks of celery chopped
2 green peppers, chopped or sliced
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup soya sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup hoison sauce
1 tsp minced ginger
Mix everything together in bag(s). Cook 6-8 hours on low.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
6 chicken breasts
1 bag frozen broccoli florets
2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce
1 large green pepper chopped
2 cans sliced mushrooms, drained
Mix everything together in bag(s). Cook 6-8 hours on low.

If you chop all the vegetables before starting, it is easy to set up an assembly line. I put all the meat into the bags and then proceeded with the individual recipes from there. Label all bags as to recipe inside. It is recommended that you take the bag out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge.

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These meals are great to have on hand for harvest, or for nights when your family is busy but you don’t want to sacrifice a home cooked supper. All of them can be served with rice or pasta.

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One comment on “Crockpot Meals

  1. Amy says:

    Haha I will take some of these!

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