Crock Pot Night, Crock Pot Prep.

So As I said in my previous Post I started planning the meals for the month. We needed a way to have a wholesome, Healthy meal quickly on a Monday night, as Alexander has Beaver Scouts. I read lots of other blogs and lots of Savvy mums seem to do these slow cook meals. You prepare all the meals in one sitting, Freeze them and slow cook them when you need them. Five meals, one prep, one mess. Perfect! Here are some of the awesome inspiration blogs.   

Mama & Baby Love

Kojo Designs
Ring Around The Rosie

These lovely ladies inspired me to turn Mondays into Crock Pot night. And here's how I started out. I picked some yummy recipes for the month. It wasn't hard finding slow cooker recipes and quickly I found some I liked. Then I added all the ingredients to the Master Shopping list. Ordered my shopping for Saturday delivery as normal and sharpened the knifes waiting for its arrival. I got my freezer bags out, put on my favourite album and set to work. Set a timer and only spent one hour chopping and preparing. Super quick I think. Laid all my bags out and then bunged them in the freezer! Cleaned up and put the kettle on. Felt very rewarding to know that there is five lovely, healthy meals ready to go! 

Here are the recipes I used for September:

Coconut Chicken Curry by Martha Stewart

IN THE BAG- 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, 2 lbs. of chopped butternut squash, 2 medium onions,chopped, 8 minced garlic cloves, 1 oz fresh ginger, 2 T curry powder,1 t ground coriander, 1 t ground cumin, coarse salt

TO COOK- Add the contents of the bag and a can of coconut milk to a slow cooker and cook on low all day. 25 minutes before serving, add another can of coconut milk and a bag of frozen peas.

TO SERVE- Garnish with chopped cashews and cilantro.

Orange Chicken

IN THE BAG- 2 cups carrots, 2 cups bell peppers, 1 lb cubed boneless skinless chicken breasts, 3 cloves garlic, 1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper, 8 oz. orange juice concentrate (orange pineapple will work as well)

TO COOK- Cook on low in crock pot, 4 to 6 hours

TO SERVE- Garnish with clementine slices (use 4 clementines) or mandarin oranges (two cans) and green onions (two, chopped). Serve on rice. Stir fried veggies make a great side.

BBQ Chicken adapted from this recipe by Mama and Baby Love

IN THE BAG- 2 cups sweet potatoes, 2 cups red and green bell pepper, 1 cup carrots, 2 cups onion, 3 cups zucchini, 2 T flour, 1.5 lbs chicken, 2 cloves garlic, 1 t salt

TO COOK- Dump bag plus one bottle BBQ sauce into crock pot, cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Sausage and Peppers


6 Italian Sausage (or chicken sausage),
2 green peppers
1 red pepper
1 large red onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans Italian diced tomatoes
2 Tbs Italian seasoning
Split between 2 bags, seal, mix, lay flat, freeze
Directions for Bags:

Add drizzle of olive oil, cook on low 6 hours, serve over hot noodles or fresh french bread with 
mozzarella cheese.

Hope you enjoy, 

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