A friend of mine shared with me recently the concept of slow cooker freezer meals- something I'd never heard of but instantly wanted to try! It's 2 of my favorite dinner ideas combined- so definitely a winner!
Here are the 5 meals I put together the other day:
1. Mom's Chili
2. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
3. Beef and Mushrooms
4. Chicken Cacciatore
5. Cilantro Lime Chicken
I got all these recipes (plus tons more) from HERE
(A very cool blog called "Six Sisters Stuff")
(Although I did prepare a chili recipe); one thing I love about the variety of slow cooker recipes offered on this blog, is that it's not all soups, stews and chili. I think we're all tired of making those things in our crock pot. Especially since the days are getting warmer.
These recipes are the core of your dinner- what you serve with them can be as simple or as complicated as you like. -I am, of course, going for simple after the new baby gets here.
For example: For my Beef and Mushrooms dish, I've already put back boil-in-the-bag rice and some microwave veggie steamers. The Chicken Cacciatore will be complete with boiled pasta and my (already in the freezer) garlic bread. For the Cilantro Lime Chicken I've frozen the tortillas and toppings to make it into tacos.
Even if you don't have a baby coming, stocking your freezer with some of these meal every couple of weeks could save lots of time and $$$. :)