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Old 09-06-2018, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default Freezer to Crockpot Meals

What are your favorite freezer meals that can be cooked in the crockpot? I need some yummy ideas for ballet lesson nights, so full meals would be really helpful. I have three crockpots so I can even make three separate things at one time (main dish and sides)! We are gluten free and egg free.
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I am the queen of GF freezer meals! Self-proclaimed, of course

Coconut Chickpea Curry
Italian Beef
Plantain beef stew
Pork Carnitas
Red Lentil Soup with Lemon
Shredded Mexican Beef
Southwestern Pulled Chicken with Slaw
Spicy shredded pork
Taco soup
Thai Basil Chicken

Tomatillo beef
Vegetarian Chili
White bean chili

Many of these require rice or GF noodles with them or throw it in tacos. The soups and chili stand alone.

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I should have said many of these do not appear to be crockpot/freezer meals, but they all can be. Dump and go, truly. Those with beans, I pre-soak and then freeze. No need to pre-soak lentils.
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Love the recipes! I have a ton of questions. I hope you don't mind, dear queen of GF freezer meals.

So how do you freeze the larger cuts of meat? Do you season the meat and then add the rest of the ingredients to the bag and then freeze? Do you cook any of it before putting it in to the freezer bags? Do you take it out of the freezer the day before to thaw in the fridge?
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No cooking ahead. I generally don't remember to pre-thaw, but that's a good skill to have You don't have to "season the meat" per se - just throw it all in the bag and freeze! For SW chicken and Thai Basil, I freeze as whole breasts (or actually I think both recipes originally call for thighs, but breast work fine), and then shred once cooked. I use pork mini roasts usually and not pork butt/shoulder because I prefer it leaner. I freeze them and beef roasts whole.

The way I do the recipes, I use 2 lbs of meat. So I cut spices/chopped stuff accordingly.
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Ive been focusing more on the crockpot this summer.

My 3 favorites

bbq chicken
(Frozen chicken breasts and bbq sauce), serve w gf toast or rice and a veg . I recently got the idea of adding it to salad for bbq chicken salad

Chx tacos
(Frozen chicken breasts w taco seasoning and salsa (just toss in however much you would like) serve as tacos or on rice

Company chx
(2.5 # Frozen chicken breasts, a stick of butter, 2 packages cream cheese, two
Boxes GF cr of mush soup, Italian seasonings), serve w noodles or rice or quinoa

I’ve done them with or without freezing .
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Now that I'm not at work -- Here are ones on the top my list to try (let me know if you try them )

Sesame chicken https://showmetheyummy.com/crockpot-...hicken-recipe/
Beef Stroganoff https://www.recipegirl.com/lightened...ef-stroganoff/
Hearty Western Casserole https://www.sidetrackedsarah.com/hea...-freezer-meal/
Slow Cooker Asian Beef https://momtomomnutrition.com/food-a...ker-asian-beef
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Default Re: Freezer to Crockpot Meals

I just made a pulled pork recipe that I am sure could be prepped, thrown in a bag and frozen to be made later in the crockpot. I use trimmed pork tenderloin, season with garlic, pepper and whatever other dry seasonings are appealing, a few glugs or Worcestershire sauce, and not quite a full bottle of BBQ sauce (maybe 300 mls or so), lots of onion cut up....at least one large onion for 2 pork tenderloins. I think it would freeze well in a large bag but I usually just throw it all directly into a crockpot as it takes only 5 minutes to do. I just eyeball the amounts.

This can be served on buns with cheese and coleslaw OR others that I know (that are avoiding breads) prefer it served over mashed potatoes. Both are equally delicious.

I made this a couple of days after my surgery last week(it is that easy) and doubled the amount to give to a friend who had cancer surgery the day after me. It served my family for 2 nights and also hers for at least 2 meals....AND it was relatively inexpensive.
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I'm trying the chicken tacos tonight. That was really easy to throw into the slow cooker.

SonshineMama, several of those recipe links mention having to do something the last 30 minutes of the cook time. Do you do it that way? Or do you think I can just dump it all at the beginning? I don't have time to wait 30 minutes since we are getting home at 7 pm and everyone is already so hungry.
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I'm trying the chicken tacos tonight. That was really easy to throw into the slow cooker.

SonshineMama, several of those recipe links mention having to do something the last 30 minutes of the cook time. Do you do it that way? Or do you think I can just dump it all at the beginning? I don't have time to wait 30 minutes since we are getting home at 7 pm and everyone is already so hungry.
Usually I have *someone* home to do it cuz we have 5 different schedules and the house is rarely empty but if I did not Id toss it in before I left but after it had cooked a few hours. I think Id also throw a bit extra water in to keep it from getting too thick.. . But I think my crockpot cooks fast
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I'm trying the chicken tacos tonight. That was really easy to throw into the slow cooker.

SonshineMama, several of those recipe links mention having to do something the last 30 minutes of the cook time. Do you do it that way? Or do you think I can just dump it all at the beginning? I don't have time to wait 30 minutes since we are getting home at 7 pm and everyone is already so hungry.
How did it go? My family adores the chicken tacos and we have very picky people. We have tried tons and tons of crockpot meals and few get repeated
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It was so easy and so good. We are eating leftovers for lunch today.



We don't repeat very many crockpot meals either. They either don't have enough flavor or the texture is off.
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I use my crock pot at least once a week. I stink at making freezer meals, but I've found keeping components on hand that can just be tossed into the crock pot works for me - things like frozen peppers and onions, ro-tel tomatoes, Thai curry paste, and canned coconut milk plus an abundance of herbs and spices in the pantry. I like cream cheese for creamy sauces over canned cream of . . . soups.

This morning I tossed a roast in the crock pot with a can of ro-tel tomatoes, a bag of pepper and onion stir-fry blend, some chili powder, and a mix of other tex-mex spices. The last time I did that, it was devoured, but we'll see.

ETA: I also soak beans in large batches (when I remember!) and keep them in the freezer. They can then just be tossed into the crock pot frozen for chili and similar dishes.
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GF ravioli was on sale today. My kids are newly on dairy (a few months now) and have never had ravioli, so I'm making Italian beef to go with it
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