My #80lbJourney – Prep and Freezer Meals

My #80lbJourney- Prep and Freezer Meals

This week was all about getting back on track and getting organized. Between my birthday early last week (2 cakes and cupcakes as well) and getting back on track after being away for a few days, it was a slow start. I did stick to some of my goals, as you will read below, but I used this week to plan ahead and prep.

Make your Own – Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

I hate cooking, and strive to make meal preparation as quick and easy as possible. When shopping for my groceries, I plan to have about 1 hour when I return home to do some prep. This is something I do regularly. If you have taken my "Saving Time & Money in the Kitchen" class, you know
I like to have things ready and simple.
Below you will find the recipes for some make ahead Chicken Slow Cooker Freezer Meals. Preparing these is just one of the things I do to save time during the week/month.
Prep the bags, freeze, then pop into the slow cooker in the morning...et voila, supper ready 4-8 hrs later and no standing around the stove!
 
Before you start:
 
  1. Place your ingredients on counter with a mixing bowl for each recipe.
  2. Label freezer bags with Recipe name, date and any additional instructions.
  3. Leave meat in the refrigerator until you are assembling the packs.
 
With all of these recipes I have included measurements for 2 freezer packs to serve 2 adults. If you require enough for 2 adults and 1 child, you can use the same sauce measurements, and simply add another chicken breast or thigh. If you are looking for meals for 4 or more, simply adjust measurements to accommodate.
 

Quick Chick

Label Freezer Bag: Quick Chick, Date, 6 hours in slow cooker on low.

 
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 3 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 pkg Onion Soup Mix
  • 4 Chicken Breast or Thighs

Mix the first 4 ingredients together in bowl.

Divide chicken into two freezer bags, and pour 1/2 sauce over each.

Remove air from bag, seal and freeze flat in freezer.

 

Orange Chicken
 
Honey Garlic Chicken
 
 
Sesame Chicken
Label Freezer Bag: Sesame Chicken, Date, 6 hours in slow cooker on low.
Serve with rice and steamed veggies.
 
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 3/4 tsp ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 Chicken Breast or Thighs

Mix sauce ingredients together in bowl.

Add chicken to the two freezer bags, and pour 1/2 sauce over each.

Remove air from bag, seal and freeze flat in freezer.

 

Taco Chicken
Label Freezer Bag: Taco Chicken, Date, 6 hours in slow cooker on low. Shred chicken to serve.
Serve in taco shells with sour cream, grated cheese and any other topping you would like.
 
  • 1 medium jar Salsa (choose Mild, Medium or Hot to your taste)
  • 1 pkg Taco Seasoning
  • 4 -6 Chicken Breast or Thighs

Mix sauce ingredients together in bowl.

Add chicken to the two freezer bags, and pour 1/2 sauce over each.

Remove air from bag, seal and freeze flat in freezer.

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Here are a few additional time saving tips I share in my seminar:

Ground meats are easy to fry up with seasoning or onions and freeze in portion sizes. Then when you want to make tacos, Chili, Shepard's pie, etc...the cooked meat is ready and it's one less pan you need to clean!

 
~ Cook your Chicken for salads, fajita's or casseroles ahead of time. I buy chicken in bulk packs, and cook it up in the oven in 2-3 dishes with different seasonings. Once cooled, I slice it up and freeze in freezer bags for future meals. Salads are made into a meal by simply taking a pack of cooked chicken out and thawing in the microwave!
 
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Freezer/ Slow Cooker Meals: Orange Chicken

 
Here is another of my favourite Chicken Freezer recipes. I have adapted it to freeze ahead and cook in the slow cooker.
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Prep the bags, freeze, then pop into the slow cooker to have an easy and yummy supper. I LOVE the convenience of stocking my freezer with these made ahead meals.
Before you start: 
  1. Place your ingredients on counter with a mixing bowl for each recipe.
  2. Label freezer bags with Recipe name, date and any additional instructions.
  3. Leave meat in the refrigerator until you are assembling the packs.
I have included measurements for 2 freezer packs to serve 2 adults. If you require enough for 2 adults and 1 child, you can use the same sauce measurements, and simply add another chicken breast or thigh. If you are looking for meals for 4 or more, simply adjust measurements to accommodate.
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Orange Chicken
Label Freezer Bag: Orange Chicken, Date, 6 hours in slow cooker on low.
Top with 1 tin Mandarin Oranges and 2 chopped green onions. Serve over Rice.
 
2 large Carrots, chopped
1/2  Red Onion, chopped
1 Pepper, chopped (I used 1/2 red & 1/2 orange, you can use green or any you like)
 
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 tsp ground Ginger
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 can Frozen Orange juice
4 Chicken Breast or Thighs
To Add after cooked:
2 tins Mandarin Oranges
1 Green Onions
 
Chop veggies and divide into two freezer bags.
Mix sauce ingredients together in bowl.
Add chicken to the two freezer bags, and pour 1/2 sauce over each.
Remove air from bag, seal and freeze flat in freezer.
 
*** You can also cook rice ahead of time and freeze. Simply freeze serving portions in zippered freezer bags and freeze. To use, place in a bowl or sink of hot water. Pour in a bowl and fluff to serve with your meals. ***
 
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© 2013 Everything Unscripted
Family, Food, Frugal Living & Fun!

Freezer/ Slow Cooker Meals: Honey Garlic Chicken

As many of you know, I hate cooking and want to make meals as simple, easy and healthy as possible. Here is one of my favourite Chicken recipes. I have adapted it to freeze ahead and cook in the slow cooker.Prep the bags, freeze, then pop into the slow cooker to have an easy and yummy supper. I LOVE the convenience of stocking my freezer with these made ahead meals.
Before you start:
  1. Place your ingredients on counter with a mixing bowl for each recipe.
  2. Label freezer bags with Recipe name, date and any additional instructions.
  3. Leave meat in the refrigerator until you are assembling the packs.
I have included measurements for 2 freezer packs to serve 2 adults. If you require enough for 2 adults and 1 child, you can use the same sauce measurements, and simply add another chicken breast or thigh. If you are looking for meals for 4 or more, simply adjust measurements to accommodate.
Honey Garlic Chicken
Label Freezer Bag: Honey Garlic Chicken, Date, 5-6 hours in slow cooker on low.
 Serve with rice and steamed veggies.
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 4 Chicken Breast or Thighs
Mix sauce ingredients together in bowl.
Add chicken to the two freezer bags, and pour 1/2 sauce over each.
Remove air from bag, seal and freeze flat in freezer.
*** You can also cook rice ahead of time and freeze. Simply freeze serving portions in zippered freezer bags and freeze. To use, place in a bowl or sink of hot water. Pour in a bowl and fluff to serve with your meals. ***
 
 
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$25 Meal Plan: Frugal Family Meals- January 25th

Here is this week's $25 weekly meal plan. The plan includes Creamy Crockpot Mexican Chicken, Naan Bread Pizzas, Greek Pasta and Spaghetti. Family friendly frugal meals on a budget each week based on sales in Atlantic Canada.

The whole idea in sharing these plans is to inspire you to find lower cost options and plan ahead to save time and money. If you have specific dietary needs, you can alter some recipes or create your own plans. This is for inspiration, to prove it is possible to feed a family of 4 for supper meals on $25/week...customize as you wish. You can do it!