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Crockpot Freezer Meals {Part 2}

 
Welcome to Part 2 of my crockpot freezer cooking series!!!
 
 
 

 
You can find Part 1, Part 3 & Part 4 here:
 
 

I love preparing crockpot freezer meals on the weekend.  I have plenty of time to prepare everything and get ready for the week.  Having meals prepared prevents us from eating out as much and we always have a healthy, homecooked meal ready every night!

This weeks menu includes:

Meatloaf with Rosemary Potatoes
Honey Sesame Chicken w/ Broccoli
White Chicken Chili
Beer & Beef Stew
Beef Stroganoff

Chop and prepare all vegetables and set aside.    Label all bags with recipe title, date, additional ingredients, cook times, etc. 


All meals will cook fine from frozen, but be sure not to add cold/frozen meals into a hot crockpot as it can crack. Many people have concerns about putting frozen food in the crockpot, but I have never had an issue. It is my understanding that once the food reaches a certain temperature, it is fully cooked and safe. If you have concerns, just thaw in the fridge the night before.
Cook times will vary depending on your crockpot. It may take you a few tries before you get used to how long things take. In general 6-8 hours on low will do the trick. If all ingredients are pre-cooked, 3-4 hours will work. There are a lot of different crockpots out there. Mine is from the middle ages, has no temperature gauge, only low and high. I have burnt things many times:) It’s a learning process, but you will perfect it with practice. Now get crockin!


Meatloaf & Rosemary Potatoes
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
1 package onion soup mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup ketchup
3 T. worcestershire sauce
2 T. steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
1/4 cup chopped onions

Potatoes
1 lb quartered red potatoes
3 T. olive oil
1 T. rosemary

Combine all ingredients for meatloaf and form into a loaf pan.  Pack it really well to ensure the meatloaf is firm and not mushy.  Place pan into a freezer bag and freeze.  Place potatoes, olive oil and rosemary in separate freezer bag, toss well to coat and freeze.  When ready, remove meatloaf from pan and place in bottom of crockpot.  Put potatoes around edge of meatloaf and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve meatloaf with warm potatoes & green beans!

Honey Sesame Chicken
1 lb chicken tenders
3 T olive oil
1 cup honey
2 T sesame seeds
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1 package frozen brocolli

Place all ingredients in freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze.  When ready, place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Remove chicken & shred, then return to sauce. Serve over hot cooked rice.

White Chicken Chili
2 T. olive oil
1 T corn starch
1 medium onion chopped
1 can chopped green chilis, drained
2 cans white beans (drained)
2 t. cumin
2 t. chili powder
1 lb chicken tenders
2 cups chicken stock
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
Place all ingredients except chicken stock in large freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze.  When ready, place ingredients in slow cooker, add chicken stock and cook on low for 4-5 hours.  Remove chicken, shred & return to crockpot.  Serve with warm cornbread.

Beer & Beef Slow-Cooker Stew
2 lbs. stew beef
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
2 celery stalks chopped
2 large carrots chopped
1 lb. potatoes chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 bay leaves
1 T parsley
1 cup dark beer
1 cup beef stock
1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
 2 t salt
1 t pepper

Season beef with salt & pepper.  Place all ingredients in large freezer bag except beer and beef stock.  When ready, place stew mixture in crockpot, add beer and beef stock and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

Beef Stroganoff
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup butter
1 lb. stew beef
1/8 t paprika
2 cups chopped mushrooms
3/4 cup sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper

Mix sour cream, cream cheese and mushroom soup in small bowl.  Add all ingredients to a large freezer bag, toss well to coat and freeze.  When ready place ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve over hot noodles or cooked white rice. 

Shopping List:

1 lb. ground beef
bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
1 package onion soup mix
2 eggs
ketchup
worcestershire sauce
steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
3 onions
1 lb quartered red potatoes
olive oil
rosemary
2 lb. chicken breast or tenders ( I use tenders)
honey
sesame seeds
soy sauce
sesame oil
1 package frozen brocolli
1 can chopped green chilis
2 cans white beans or cannelini beans
cumin
chili powder
chicken stock
3 lbs. stew beef
1 lb. butter
1 bag celery
1 bag carrots
1 lb. white potatoes
garlic cloves
bay leaves
parsley
1 can dark beer
beef stock
1 can tomatoes with green chilis (Like Rotel)
paprika
1 package mushrooms
sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom soup
corn starch
cream cheese

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