Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crockpot Freezer Cooking

 With summer winding to an end, a new job teaching a new subject and grade level, and in the middle of a bathroom remodel.  I realized I need to stock up now on healthy dinners before I'm totally worn out.
I went to the store to just buy these ingredients for my freezer crockpot meals.  (Okay, yes, I also bought frozen pizza for dinner that night.)

I spent quite a bit of time planning.  So, if you want, you may use my plans and save yourself a lot of time, please do.  Then, I went to the store to buy just the ingredients for my meals, and then came home and put them all in zipper bags.  Now, I have 6 healthy chicken dinners waiting for my crockpot.

I wrote the name of the meal, any needed ingredients to add, and the directions on the bags before filling.
I found stole most of my recipes on the internet, tweaked them a tad and here they are.  Also, instead of using cans of cream of chicken soup, I use Cream of Something Soup that I have already made up and write on the bag to add water.  My recipe is at the end.
My bags are ready for the freezer to pull out on a busy day in the crockpot.

Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
 3 chicken breasts, chicken broth, pkg chicken gravy. Cook on low 6-8 hrs. Serve over potatoes or rice.-nice n easy meal.  
*I put all ingredients including cut up potatoes in a zipper bag.

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
3 chicken breasts, still frozen 1 can Rotel tomatoes 1 can corn kernels, 2 cans black beans (drained), 1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix, 1 T cumin, 1 t chili powder, 1 t onion powde, 1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese: Put the chicken in the crock pot. Top with the corn, drained and rinsed beans, ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders, stir to combine then top with the cream cheese. Cook on low for 6-8... 
 *I put everything in my zipper bag.  This is really good over some cornbread.

Crockpot Italian Chicken:
4 chicken breasts, 1 packet Italian dressing seasoning, 1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened), 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1 t crushed red peppers.  Cook on low for 4 hours. If sauce is too thick, add a little milk. Serve over pasta.
*I put all ingredients into my zipper bag.  I will have to make the pasta that night.

Chicken-N-Dumplings
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 onion, finely diced
carrots, peas, or mixed veggies
2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces (Or bisquick dough)
Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover. Cover, and cook for 5 to 6 hours on High. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center. 
*I put all ingredients in the zipper bag except the biscuits.

Crockpot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
3 Chicken Breasts (boneless and skinless), 2 - 8 oz. Packages of Cream Cheese, 1
Pouch of Italian Dressing Mix, 2 - 10 oz Cans Cream of Chicken Soup, 1 1/2 cans water
(2 Packages of Fettuccine Noodles, Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Put ingredients in crockpot, cook, shred chicken, serve over fettuccine noodles. 
*I put all in zipper bag except soup, water, and cream cheese.  I can add that in the morning.  You will need to boil the fettuccine that night.


Crockpot Baked Potato Soup
5 pounds russet potatoes, washed but NOT peeled. Diced into 1/2 inch(ish) cubes, 1 medium/large diced yellow onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 64 ounces (8 cups) chicken stock or broth, package of crumbled bacon, (16 oz cream cheese, softened (I use low fat), 1 tablespoon seasoned salt)  optional garnishes: crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, green onions
    1.    Add potatoes, onion, garlic, seasoning, bacon and chicken stock to slow cooker.
    2.    Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.
    3.    Add the softened cream cheese and puree soup with an immersion blender until the cheese is incorporated and about half the soup is blended.
    4.    Stir well, top with your choice of garnishes & enjoy!
*I put all but the water and cream cheese in my zipper bag. 

Shopping List for all above:
  •  Pkg of gallon size zipper bags
  •  Bag of frozen chicken (17 breasts)
  •  Bag of potatoes
  •  pkg. of bacon bits
  •  garlic
  •  1 can chicken broth
  •  pkg chicken gravy
  •  1 can rotel tomatoes
  •  1 can corn
  •  2 can black beans
  •  1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
  •  4 pkg. cream cheese
  •  1 pkg. zesty Italian seasoning
  •  1 pkg. Italian seasoning
  •  6 cans cream of chicken soup
  •  butter
  •  diced onion
  •  mixed veggies
  •  2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough
  •  potatoes
  •  pasta
  •  fettuccine noodles
  •  Seasonings

Cream of "something" soup recipe
1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon (if you have cubes you have to smash them up)
  You can use whatever kind you like (ie, beef, veggie)
4 Tablespoons freeze dried minced onions (I used the minced onions from Sam's Club)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn't find the thyme so I used dried parsley instead)
1 teaspoon pepper
(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)