slow cooker freezer meal day.

i am hoping that freezer meal day becomes much more of a habit than it has in the past.  it is one of those things, like working out, i drag my feet to do it but once done, i am so glad i did.  with just three hours spent in the kitchen, the husband and i have approximately 44 meals slow cooker ready.

click here for round 2 of slow cooker meals.

my time breakdown.  i spent monday night planning.  it took about an hour to find exactly what i was looking for.  the last couple of freezer meal days have been successful but left me wishing i had made healthier choices.  plus i liked the idea of finding slow cooker freezer meals because it meant less kitchen time upfront.  then on meal day, i just throw my raw, frozen food into the slow cooker to do all the work.  my previous freezer meal cook days involved me actually cooking everything and then freezing it.  being on my feet for that long of a time was just not an option at this point.  so i had two criteria, (1) whole food, healthy food. food that included meat because i have a tendency to be on the low-iron/borderline deficient and need to keep iron levels up during my final pregnancy months and post baby.  (2) foods that required little prep (i.e. used the slow cooker).

i found and bought this ebook.  Click here to visit Mama And Baby Love.  it is on sale ($4.99) and was super helpful.  she met both criteria’s and the recipes didn’t sound like soup this, stew that, or chili.  don’t get me wrong, all delicious at times, but not every night of the week.  i wanted to find unique slow cooker recipes. the paella, cumin-cinnamon beef stew, and ginger-cranberry pork roast all came from this ebook. Click here to visit Mama And Baby Love. seriously, these aren’t the only recipes i will trying.  head on over and get these delicious recipes today!

tuesday afternoon i went to three grocery stores.  this took by far the most time, but with my food allergy and my pickiness of meats, it is what had to be done.  i went to trader joe’s first to find as much organic, natural meat there.  they have a pretty good selection and is hands down cheaper than whole foods.  there were a couple of meat items i couldn’t find there, so i went to whole foods.  whole foods has everything and i was able to mark my allergy items and meats off my list.  then to walmart for odds and ins.  chicken stock, organic vegs, etc.

wednesday morning was kitchen time.  i timed myself from start to finish.  three hours and four minutes.  from labeling the freezer bags to cleaning up, that was it.

on the menu:

paella, cilantro lime chicken, cumin-cinnamon beef stew, pear-raisin oatmeal, and ginger-cranberry pork roast.

each bag has 6-8 servings.  each recipe made two freezer gallon bags. the oatmeal made 5, half-pint glass jars.

paella.

 cliantro lime chicken.

6-8 chicken breasts
4 Tbs olive oil
2+ limes, juiced
2 (16oz) bags of frozen corn
4 minced garlic cloves
1 finely chopped onion
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp cumin or chipotle powder
salt and pepper to taste

directions:

take ingredients and split everything into two freezer safe containers. mix bag by shaking, seal, label and put in the freezer.

the day of cooking: cook in slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

cumin-cinnamon beef stew.

raisin-pear oatmeal.


i started this first since i actually cooked it in the slow cooker before freezing.  i don’t know why i have never made oatmeal in large batches in the slow cooker before but i am now a fan.  not only does it make the kitchen smell amazing, one batch and breakfast is done for the next week.  i see many overnight oats in the slow cooker in my future.

2 cups milk

1/4 cup brown sugar {i used rapadura sugar}

1 Tbsp. melted butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup regular oats (not quick cooking or instant) – i used gluten-free.

2 cup pear, pealed & diced

1/2 cup raisins, diced {i left them whole. who has time to dice raisins?}

1/2 cup walnuts, diced

directions:

spray the inside of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and mix well. cover and turn on LOW for 5-7 hours until oatmeal is tender. stir well before serving.

freezing directions:  portion into 8 oz containers or pint freezer bags and freeze. to serve: warm in microwave for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.

ginger-cranberry pork roast.

 

my biggest tip of the day: place freezer bags into a bowl so that you can easily {and quickly} dump all the ingredients.

voila! a freezer full of yummy, whole food goodness.  i am hoping to do a freezer meal day each of my remaining four months to help prepare for life after baby.  i can’t believe it is only 119 more days until our due date.  i absolutely can’t wait to meet my little man.  with the amount of kicks and movements, i feel like we are already getting to know each other pretty darn well.  i am so in love.

please feel free to ask questions or leave your favorite freezer meals in the comments section.  my goal to show how easy it is {with a good bit of planning} and to remind myself to keep at it.  i gain to much pleasure and sense of accomplishment when i have a plan of the daily “whats for dinner” struggle.

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owensaunt1
owensaunt1

I see the pic for the cumin cinnamon beef stew but no recipe?