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Easy Crock-Pot Meals Straight From Your Freezer - Is this something that would help make your dinnertime simpler?

Posted by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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Easy Crock-Pot Meals Straight From Your Freezer Will Solve Your Dinner Problem

Posted by Julie Ryan Evans on January 7, 2013 

freezer mealsLike most people I'm feeling all full of resolutions at this time of year. The halls have been undecked, the house is pretty well organized, and the kids started back to school today. It's time for a fresh start, and at the top of my list is making dinnertime simpler and healthier.

I've resolved to do it before with great success ... for a while. Then all of the activities start up, and the homework hammers us, and the birthday party circuit heats up, and all of a sudden I find myself in a frantic flurry where takeout seems like the only option. But this year, I have a plan, and it involves my Crock-Pot.

Over the past couple of years, I've become quite a fan of mine, but it still doesn't help on those days when I truly can't find even 10 minutes to shower. You still have to take time to chop and dice UNLESS you just pull a bag straight out of your freezer, put it in the slow cooker, and turn the thing on.

Brilliant, right? And no, it doesn't involve some processed food you get in the freezer section.

I met Stephanie Brandt Cornais of Mama and Baby Love at Mom 2.0 last summer, and she sent me a copy of her book Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes right in the midst of my resolution-making process. And it's a perfect tool to help me keep my resolution this year.

It includes a whole host of fresh, healthy meal recipes that you can prepare ahead of time and freeze. Then on any given day, you just pop one in your Crock-Pot, and dinner is done. It does take a little preparation ahead of time, but if you set aside a couple of hours once or twice a month, you will save oodles of time, stress, and money spent on takeout meals later.

For example, here's her recipe for Orange Beef Stew. It's flavorful, delicious, and so much better than anything from a carton. She has everything in her book from soups and stews to fajitas and chicken dishes. She tells you how to prep and freeze everything, and with a little creativity, you can apply her method to your favorite slow cooker recipes too.

So I'm setting aside a least one night a month to stock my freezer like this. I'll crank up the music, maybe grab a glass of wine, and start chopping. I know I (and my family) will thank myself for it later.

Is this something that would help make your dinnertime simpler?

by on Jan. 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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EmmasMommy2011
by Bronze Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Yes. I am just now getting into using the crock pot and it makes things so much easier. 


michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jan. 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM
I checked out the link and this does look like something I'd definitely be interested in doing! Real foods and recipes in the WAPF style...thanks for bringing it to our attention!
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Silver Member on Jan. 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

 Most definitely!  That is where I always fall down with meal planning is on those days when things didn't go the way I had planned and I just need something quick.

nmaxwell816
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:41 AM

 Thank you for sharing these great ideas

Godsgirl_2911
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM
I completely need to get organized in this area! The only problem we run into is a small freezer space.
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM
I'm using my crockpot today!
matreshka
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

It would definitely make my evenings easier.  its such a rush when DH comes home from work.

specialwingz
by Corey on Jan. 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

I do this all the time.  I always cook more than needed for 1 meal, with the intention of freezing the rest for a future meal.  I do the same with casseroles as well.

taniamorse85
by Bronze Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 3:28 AM

I use my crock pot regularly.   I have a rather large one, and I almost always use it to make several days worth of meals, then freeze the extras.  Pretty much the only times I don't have extras to freeze are when I use it to make pulled pork.

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