Category Archives: Freezer to Slow Cooker Meals

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 whole dried Mexican chilies seeds and stem removed
  • 1 quart low sodium store-bought or homemade chicken stock,
  • knorr bovril beef stock
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 10 medium cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 chipotle chilis packed in adobo, roughly chopped,
  • 5 limes juiced
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 whole chuck-eye roast (about 4 pounds), or 4 pounds boneless shortribs cut in large cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • Kosher salt
    1. Place dried chilies on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high power in 15-second increments until pliable and toasted-smelling, about 30 seconds total. Transfer to a 2-quart microwave-safe liquid measuring cup or bowl. Add 2 cups chicken broth, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high power until gently simmering, about 5 minutes. Remove from microwave. Add soaked chilies and their liquid to the blender along with fish sauce. Start blender on low and slowly increase speed to high. Puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Set aside.

      Place beef chuck in slow cooker.  Add all remaining ingredients. Ad enough beef broth or water to cover.  Cook High for 8 hours

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I’ve used tenderloins too)
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
sesame seeds (for garnish)
scallions, thinly sliced (for garnish)

Season the chicken with black pepper than add to your slow cooker in a single layer. Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, tomato paste, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, water, sesame oil, onion powder, and the chili sauce in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker. Set to low and cook until the chicken is cooked through and very tender (in my slow cooker it only needs 2 hours).

Chicken Club Casserole

Chicken Club Casserole

 

Ingredients

1 lb spiral pasta, cooked
4 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1 cup milk
1 cup mayonnaise
4 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients EXCEPT the shredded cheese.

 

Step 2

Pour contents of bowl into the baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

 

Step 3

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Pot Roast (FREEZER MEAL)

To assemble: Put a whole raw pot roast (4lb or so) in a Ziploc bag. On top of the roast, layer 1 cup of chopped onion, half a bag of baby carrots (or 3 large carrots, chopped), 3 stalks of chopped celery, and half a container of mushrooms. On top of the veggies, sprinkle a pack of Onion Soup Mix and add a can of Cream of Mushroom soup. Seal and freeze.

To cook: Take out the bag the night before and let thaw overnight. The next morning, pour the roast/veggies in the slow-cooker (it’s okay if it’s partially frozen). Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Season with salt to taste and serve over rice.