10 Easy to Make Freezer Meals

10 Freezer Meals

I love having a good meal for my family. But the work that goes into that, it can drain me each and every day. I have so much going on, being a wife, a mom, a teacher, a housekeeper and blogger, that being a chef is tough. Lately I have found a trick to making this happen. A way to be a chef without all the extra work each day that goes into that. I have found freezer meals!

10 Freezer Meals

Freezer cooking, the art of planning a week or two worth of suppers, shopping for those meals all at once, prepping and freezing all those meals in one day. This thing sounds crazy! But you know what? It is something that actually saves time and money, as well as my sanity!

So, where do I find these recipes? Why on Pinterest of course! I even have a board just for my freezer meal ideas. I go through, see what is on sale, and plan my meals. I am lucky though, I get together with my mom, we each pick 5 meals, make double and split them. I walk away with at least 10 different meals!

This last weekend we went and did this adventure again. What a wonderful way for me to get out of the house, and the kids to have some alone time with daddy!

The five meals that were picked by my mom over at GaGa BeBe’s were:

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak found over at The Realistic Organizer.

Crock-Pot BBQ Pork Ribs from the Crock-Pot Ladies.

Sweet Cashew Chicken from One Crazy House.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast from New Leaf Wellness.

Fiesta Chicken from Crock-pot.com.

I played around with a few different recipes this time and came up with

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy from  Who Needs A Cape?

Chili Mac Casserole (which I added a pound of hamburger to) from Graceful Little Honey Bee

Slow Cooker Taco Casserole (I put this in a casserole pan and baked it instead) from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

3-Envelope Crockpot Roast also from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Spinach Artichoke Chicken (doubled this since we loved it last time) from I Am That Lady

We learned a few things the first time we did this freezer cooking expedition. This time we had more counter space cleaned off and ready to use. We also realized that we would need to plan these trips around garbage day…you get a lot of garbage when you are prepping 10+ meals in one sitting!!

Have you ever done any freezer cooking? What are your favorite recipes? I would love to hear from you!

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Try it Tuesday ~ 4-ingredient Chicken Bake

Chicken Bake

Have you seen the recipe that is going around Facebook? The one for the 4-ingredient Chicken Bake? Well, we decided to test that recipe out!

This recipe calls for just four simple ingredients. That is something that caught my eye right away. It looks good and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to make!

 

Ingredients

Chicken breasts

Basil Pesto

Roma tomatoes (or whatever you have sitting on the counter)

Mozzarella shredded cheese (we added some provolone also)

That is it! That is all you need to make this meal!

 

First you want to preheat the oven to 400 degrees

 

Lay your chicken breast into a 9×13 greased pan.

Chicken Bake

Put a spoonful of basil pesto on each chicken breast and spread it around.

Chicken Bake

Cover with sliced tomatoes. We had a bunch of different kinds sitting on the counter from the garden so we used what we had.

Chicken Bake

Next we layered the chicken with a slice of provolone and shredded mozzarella. We needed to use up our provolone before it went bad, and I am sure glad we tried this because it was wonderful!

Chicken Bake

Put the pan in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees. I think we ended up with 45-50 minutes, but the oven was shut off at 40 minutes.

Chicken Bake

Plate this beauty up and enjoy!

This recipe actually turned out! It was just like the video showed and that never happens to me! Everyone in the house ate it and we had no leftovers!

 

Have you tried a recipe that you have seen on Facebook? Did it turn out or was it a Facebook Fail?

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

I have fallen in love. This is not a person I am in love with, rather I have fallen in love with my crockpot! Do you know how easy it is to throw the food in the crockpot in the morning and not worry about it all day long, go about your day and then sit down and eat at supper time? It is as easy as finding the right recipe.

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Now, everyone loves a good meal on a cold winter day, but what about during the summer? Do you put your crockpots away for those warm months? Forget all about them? You need to change that!!! I have found that there are A LOT of yummy summer types of recipes that you can make, and keep your house cool from not using your oven or stove.

I have decided that I NEEDED to share some of these yummy, delicious recipes with you so that you could try them out for yourself.

First of all, I wanted to say, Pinterest is wonderful for finding recipes! I have a CrockPot recipe board over there that I keep adding to. But I also love The Frugal Girls! They have some of the best recipe collections I have seen! Have you checked them out yet?

Ok, my favorite summertime crockpot recipes!

1. Crockpot BBQ Ranch Chicken Drumsticks

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Oh, how yummy!! One thing I like to do, is just before serving our drumsticks, after they have cooked all the way, is to throw them on the grill for 2-3 minutes per side. It gives them that grilled taste, without the dried out meat!

2. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sweet Pork

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

The first thing you think of when you read Hawaiian? Not cold, not snowy. Nice and warm beaches and sun. So this is a given for a summer meal!

3. CrockPot Kansas City BBQ Bacon Chicken Sandwich

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Bacon makes all things good!! BBQ sandwiches are a wonderful summer dish with coleslaw and potato salad!

4. Slow Cooked Pulled Pork with Mexican Coleslaw

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Another one of those summer meals that you love, but this time with a little twist! This is a yummy way to change up the good ole’ sandwich!

5. Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Sometimes even during the summer, you need that comfort food! This is one of those go to comfort foods that I love!

6. Mississippi Roast

 

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Ok, this is that one meal that is good no matter what season it is! My mom made it first and we fell in love. It is now one of those meals that happens at least once a month, sometimes more!

7. Easy Blueberry Crumble Cake

7 Days of Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Yes, I am sharing a dessert recipe that can be done in the crock pot! Have you ever tried these? If you have plans to grill, why not make a yummy dessert in the crock pot to go with the meal?!

It is so easy to use your crockpot all year long! I hope you don’t hide that wonderful appliance just because it is summertime!

What is your favorite summer time crockpot recipe? You have to have at least one, right? And if you don’t, which one of these will you be trying this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Tasteful Tuesday ~ Chow Mein Hotdish

Tastefully Tuesday

We may be that “crazy homeschool family” in the neighborhood, but we do love a good meal! I wanted to share some of our favorite meals with you each week! Yes, we have our fall back foods, it’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Little Miss, hard boiled eggs for Ray Ray and ramen noodles for Moe Man, but when it comes to supper, we sit down for a family meal and mommy only cooks one!

Ray Ray and Daddy are not big fans of rice…as in, they will not eat it period! However, when I make Chow Mein Hotdish…they can’t get enough of it! This has been one of those recipes that I grew up with and I am happy to share it with my family now!

Chow Mein Hotdish

Ingredients:

2 lbs hamburger

1 onion

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can chicken with rice soup

1 can mushrooms (you don’t need this, but the boys love them!)

1 can water chestnuts

1 T. soy sauce

2 c. uncooked rice (we use whole wheat Minute Rice)

Instructions:

Brown hamburger, celery and onion. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Add 3 cans of water (1 for each can of soup). Mix all ingredients together and put in a 9×13 casserole dish. Bake at 350° for 1 hour, or until rice is tender.

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Serve over Chow Mein noodles with extra soy sauce as wanted. You could add in a side salad and breadsticks if you wanted, but this seems to fill us full (all five of us) all by itself, with leftovers for the next day’s lunch!

Have you made this before? What do you do different? I would love to know!