Looking for easy to make casserole/crockpot and freezer meals!

posted 2 years ago in Cooking
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

I really like cheesy chicken spaghetti. You can find some healthy alternatives or sub the pasta for a gluten free one. Also chili is always super easy and cheap. I love making whole chickens in a crock pot too. Literally throw one in with seasons you like on low for 6 hours or high for 4. 

 

I will probably be a broken record but, try pinterest! There are thousands. :]

 

Hoping for a fast recovery for you!

Post # 3
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Busy bee

LittleDove :  i haven’t tried most of these, but I hope the ideas help 🙂 

http://newleafwellness.biz/2015/10/19/31-gluten-free-dairy-free-crockpot-freezer-meals/

https://onceamonthmeals.com/blog/recipe-roundups/101-gluten-free-dairy-free-freezer-meals/

http://followinginmyshoes.com/healthy-living/meal-planning/31-gluten-free-freezer-meals-a-meal-plan-for-a-busy-life/

One thing I will say is that if you’re making freezer meals, you really want to label them well so you know what’s inside, and put the instructions on how to make them on the bag in a permanent way. That makes things a lot easier.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Shredded Chicken tacos is my favorite crock pot meal, and it makes plenty of meat and actually freezes pretty well, too! It’s definitely my favorite chicken taco recipe. SUPER easy. 

4-6 chicken breasts (I normally do 4 big ones or 5/6 smaller)
1 jar of your favorite salsa (I use generic picante salsa as I dont like chunky tomatoes)
1 packet of taco seasoning (I use the low sodium one)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4 hours. (I prefer high for 4 hours, it gets super tender on low, almost too tender for my taste)

This isn’t a freezer or crock pot recipe, but it’s something Darling Husband and I do a lot on nights we don’t feel like cooking after the gym.. We get the frozen parmesaea tilapia from Sam’s, and the steam broccoli bags from Sams as well and make a little rice with it. Sometimes we switch it up and get salmon or cod instead. This depends on if yall like fish though.

Another easy meal I make is baked tortellini. I get the frozen tortellini (or ravioli) and always keep one on hand. You boil the tortellini for like 8 mins, throw it in a 8×8 baking dish, add a jar of marinara (or alfredo, or half and half in the same dish is surprisingly yummy!), and bake for a few mins at 350, add mozzerella and bake a few more mins and you’re done. 

Brats, steaks or burgers on the grill are also our easy go to’s, especially if I’m busy and Darling Husband is left to the cooking. 

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

LittleDove :  I’m doing the same thing in prep for birth.  I think the two easiest ones I’ve done are shredded balsalmic beef (for sandwiches) and lasagna rollups (which was slower but still simple enough – I added artichoke too).  Both from this website http://thrivinghomeblog.com/healthy-recipes-index/healthy-freezer-meals-recipes/

I also bought a crap ton of chicken that I sliced into half breasts and pieces – ready to toss in the oven for salad tops, pasta mix-ins or whatever.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

A good rule of thumb if you’re in a pinch to mix it up is you can pour a bottle of almost any sauce/salad dressing/etc on some chicken breasts and it makes something good wink

My absolute go to is BBQ chicken (put your breasts in the crock pot, cover with bbq sauce, let it cook for 4-6 hours until shreddable) its really yummy on its own but super versatile, you can repurpose in salads, on rolls with cheeese for sandwiches, put it on pizza.

Same for chicken taco meat, just use whatever taco seasonings you like and then you have fillings for tacos, for enchiladas, for some kind of bake. I love this one by EmilyBites (they have a lot of god recipes) http://www.emilybites.com/2012/01/chicken-tamale-bake.html because it turns into a hearty casserole but takes minimal measuring and one bowl! (basically you just have to measure out milk then everything else you dump in 1 can, 1 box etc and top with premade chicken, its super easy) I always like to repurpose it for chilaquiles too if hubs has the energy some night and wants something different, just cook up some scrambled eggs, then throw in chicken tortilla chips and a can of enchilada sauce to the skillet and toss until soft.

Not sure if you have it in budget with all the surgeries, but it might be worth investing in a smaller second crockpot like this one http://www.crock-pot.com/deals/memorial-day-sale/crock-pot-hook-up-connectable-entertaining-system-2-quart-metallic-blue/SCCPMD2-BL.html#start=3 so that its easier to clean out on days that are busier or more stressful

If you’re trying to keep freezer space free, you could do a fondue night by putting the cheese in the crock and having hubs get a deli platter on the way home (also could do the same for nachos)

I LOVE making oatmeal in my crockpot. More of a weekend recipe because it takes some watching, I like to put a few apples in the crock pot (core them and pack with butter and brown sugar) pour some apple juice or cider in the bottom and let them get alllll delicious and baked. Then take all but one out (now you have baked apples for later!) cut it up, pour in a cup or two of oats and some water or more juice and let it get to how soft you like your oatmeal.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

One of my favorite easy crockpot meals is chicken thighs or breasts + jar of salsa verde + bottle of beer (something light like a lager or an IPA, not an amber or stout) + seasonings. I like to do lots of cumin, garlic, chili powder, adobo seasoning, cayenne, a pinch of cinnamon (trust me), cilantro, and lime. Set it on low for 6-8 hours and shred it up. It makes an amazing filling for tacos or enchiladas, or in burritos, or over rice. All of my favorite crock pot recipes involve beer, though, haha. I also make a pot roast cooked in Guinness and BBQ chicken cooked in beer and a blend of seasonings.

https://hungryhugheys.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/chicken-spaghetti-with-rotel-tomatoes/

http://www.southyourmouth.com/2014/02/broccoli-cheddar-chicken-and-rice.html?m=1

These are my favorite casseroles. Neither are very healthy, but both are delicious 🙂 Someone also mentioned doing baked frozen ravioli with storebought marinara sauce, and I do that very frequently as well. I’ve done different versions with ground beef, ground turkey, eggplant, zucchini, and spinach before, and all turn out great. 

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