Crockpot Freezer Meals – Week 8

 

Freezer to Slow Cooker Week 8 Image

It’s time! Finally!

Are you ready for a new week of recipes?

You’ve probably already seen these recipes, but it’s finally time to put them all together into a weekly plan for you.

 

In this week, you’ll be able to prepare the following recipes:

Salisbury Steak
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Chicken Ala King
Pizza Burgers
Crockpot Sausage and Peppers
Cheeseburger Soup

If you’re unfamiliar with Crockpot Freezer Meals.  Here’s the general idea.

  1. Shop for one week (or more if you wish) of dinner recipes (using the provided shopping list)
  2. Do all of your prep work for the week at once, including chopping of veggies, browning of meat, etc.
  3. Assemble your meals for the week in a freezer safe bag.
  4. Label your bag with what your item is and what instructions you need for cooking day on the bag.
  5. Get as much air out of the bag as possible and lay flat to freeze.
  6. If you know you’re going to be using the recipe within a day or two, you can just refrigerate it.
  7. On cooking day, throw the meal in your crockpot, following any “extra” instructions that you labeled for yourself.

Note:  The prep time should take about 1-1.5 hours.  These recipes feed our family of 8 (probably about 6 adults though as we have some little people who don’t eat much).

 

Crockpot Freezer Meals – Week 8

Each recipe is linked above.  Each recipe makes enough for about 6-8 people unless otherwise stated.  Our family has 8 in it, but 2 of them eat like birds, so I usually say that each recipe would feed 6 adults.

Below, I have included the shopping list and the assembly instructions.  If you would prefer to have a printable version that has all the recipes, shopping list, assembly instructions, pictures and labels included, you can purchase this downloadable copy for $2.99.

 

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If you prefer not to purchase the printable copy, here is the shopping list and assembly instructions below.  I do hope you enjoy!

 

 

Shopping List

Meat

7-8 Pounds lean ground beef
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts **(enough for your family for one meal)**
2 lbs sweet or hot Italian
1 pound bacon

Produce

5 medium onions
2 green peppers
3 red, yellow or green peppers
3 clove garlic
6-7 small to medium Potatoes, Cubed
(or can substitute shredded potatoes/hash browns if you want to freeze ahead)
Carrots

Boxed/Canned/Jarred

1 Envelope of Onion Soup Mix
1 Package Au Jus mix
1/2 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs
2 Cans cream of mushroom soup
26 oz can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup beef broth
64 oz Chicken Broth
5 15oz cans diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
3 8oz cans of tomato sauce
6 oz can of tomato paste
1 can corn (optional)
2 15 oz cans of peas
1 cup brown rice
Instant Mashed Potatoes (optional)

Baking Aisle

Flour
Brown sugar (need 2 Tbsp)

Freezer/Refrigerator Section

1 egg
2 1/4 Cup milk
8 oz pkg of cream cheese Cubed
4 cups Cheddar Cheese
hash browns/shredded potatoes (unless you went with fresh potatoes)

Spices

parsley
oregano
salt
pepper
paprika
Italian seasoning
Minced Garlic

Bread

2 packs of Hamburger buns

Other

Gallon Size Freezer Bags
Quart Size Freezer Bags

 

 Assembly Instructions

  1. Chop 3 Onions & 2 green peppers into pieces
  2. Chop 3 (red, green or yellow) peppers & 2 onions into long strips
  3. Dice 3 cloves of garlic (or use minced if you prefer)
  4. Chop  or Shred Carrots
  5. Brown 5-6 pounds of Ground Beef
  6. Brown Italian Sausage (cutting into pieces while cooking)
  7. Cook pound of bacon (I like to do this in the oven on cookie sheets)
  8. If you bought thawed chicken, chop your chicken into bite sized pizzas.  If frozen, you’ll wait until after you cook them.
  9. Chop Cream Cheese into cubes
  10. Assemble Salisbury Steak Patties (using Recipe 1), dredge them in flour and Brown
  11. In a medium bowl, prepare the Au Jus mixture according to package instructions and mix with 2 cans of Cream of mushroom soup.
  12. Place browned beef patties and soup mixture into gallon sized freezer safe bag.
  13. Label “Salisbury Steak” and lay flat to freeze.
  14. Place all ingredients for Stuffed Pepper Soup except rice in gallon size freezer safe bag.
  15. Label “Stuffed Pepper Soup” and attach a note to add the rice to the crockpot on the day of cooking.  Lay flat to freeze.
  16. Mix all ingredients for Pizza Burgers together in a gallon size freezer safe bag. (except hamburger buns and cheese)
  17. Label “Pizza Burgers” & lay flat to freeze.
  18. Mix 1/2 cup flour with 26 oz cream of chicken soup
  19. Place frozen chicken breasts and soup mixture into gallon size freezer safe bag.
  20. Label with “Chicken Ala King” and lay flat to freeze.
  21. Place onions strips and green peppers strips together into a quart sized freezer bag.
  22. Mix together 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, 6 oz can of tomato paste and 1/2 cup of beef broth and place in a 2nd freezer bag.
  23. Staple 2 bags together at the top
  24. Label with “Crockpot Sausage & Peppers”.  Lay flat to freeze.
  25. Break Bacon into little pieces, and place 1/2 of the pieces into a small freezer bag.
  26. Place ingredients to Cheeseburger soup, except Milk, Flour and Cheese into 1-2 gallon sized freezer bags.  (if you want to withhold canned goods, you can, saving space in your freezer bag, just be sure to add on cooking day)
  27. Place 3 cups of cheese into a quart size freezer safe bag.
  28. Staple 3-4 bags together.
  29. Label with “Cheeseburger Soup” and lay flat to freeze.

 

 


How to Make Green Eggs and Ham: a Dye Free Quiche Recipe

Who has never eaten green eggs and ham?  You’ve surely read the Dr. Seuss book though, right?  I was reading about how Read Across America Day is March 1st and Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd, so why not make green eggs and ham in honor of that?  Right?  Of course, if you need another reason to eat green eggs, you could always say, it’s almost Saint Patrick’s Day, so why not do it for that reason?  Or of course for the sheer entertainment of your family, that’ll work, too.

Regardless, your kids (and your hubby) will likely think that you’re either off your rocker OR that this is a fun adventure.  My kids had mixed reactions.  The one that hates vegetables was sure that I had turned these eggs into vegetables and WAS NOT impressed.  The others….lets just say they scarfed them down pretty quickly!

Do you know how to make green eggs and ham?  What makes these green eggs so green if you’re not using food coloring, you ask.  Spinach.  I blended eggs with fresh (but frozen) spinach.  We like spinach quiche, so I figured if I wanted these to look a little more green, I’d have to get the blender out and start blending it all together.  It worked pretty well.  In fact, the longer it cooked, the greener it got.  [If you happen to dislike spinach, let me encourage you, that you cannot taste the spinach.  Even less so after it is all blended, than if you had've left it in larger pieces]

How To Make Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs & Ham Closeup

 

This quiche recipe is incredibly versatile.  You can use pretty much any meat and any vegetable that you want in it.  I will share with you exactly what we used, and then I will share other ideas you could put in, instead. Ingredients

2 cups grated cheese
2/3 cup of flour
1 Large Onion, diced
3 handfulls of fresh spinach
8 Eggs
2 cups of Milk
1.5 pounds of chopped ham
1 teaspoon garlic powder 
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Place eggs and spinach into the blender.
  3. Blend well until mixture is nice and green.  If you feel you need it a darker color, feel free to add more spinach.
  4. Dice onion and sauté in oil or butter on stove top.
  5. Dice Ham (We also cook up some of ours, so that it’s browned)
  6. Pour milk and flour into blender, along with spices.
  7. Blend until mix is nice and smooth.
  8. Grease (or spray) 9×13 pan.
  9. Mix together egg mixture, meat, onions & cheese.
  10. Pour into 9×13 pan.
  11. Bake at 450 for 30 to 35 minutes

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Pizza Burgers – An Easy Crockpot Recipe

Today, I was trying to figure out what in the world I could quickly throw into my crockpot using ground beef.  After our chili cook off on Sunday that my husband had entered, we had 2 pounds of ground beef sitting in my fridge, already browned and ready to go.  I would normally choose spaghetti, but my husband has vocalized that I may do that too much in a time pinch.  It was till early enough in the day to use my slow cooker, so I figured I could find a quick and easy recipe that he’d be happy with.

I have another “problem” though.  I always want to use new recipes when I’m cooking in the crock pot so I can test them out and potentially share them with you!  Crockpot Freezer Meals are super popular on this website and I want to keep growing my menus, which leads me to always thinking I need to try new recipes, rather than grabbing for the old ones.  It’s a fun problem to have.

Today, I finally decided on Pizza Burgers.  They were easy and didn’t require many ingredients.  You know how much I like those easy recipes, right?  The less time I spend in the kitchen, the more time I can spend doing the things that I love!  The Pizza Burgers are similar to sloppy joes, but with pizza sauce instead.  I think your family will enjoy them as much as mine did.

Pizza Burgers

Pizza Burgers - a Super Easy Crockpot Freezer Meal!

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Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef or turkey (browned)
1 small onion, chopped
24 oz of tomato sauce (I used 3 8oz cans, because that’s what I had on hand)
2 tablespoon dried oregano
Dash of Salt (optional)
¼ tsp. pepper

Cheese to top with
Hamburger Buns

Instructions

Cook ground beef in skillet until brown.
Drain
Place meat in slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Cover crockpot and cook on low for 2-3 hours until onions are tender.
Serve on hamburger buns.

Optional idea:  Add green peppers and/or other pizza toppings to the mixture.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

Mix all ingredients except hamburger buns and cheese together in a freezer safe bag.  Label & lay flat to freeze.

Thaw (if possible) before cooking.  Cook for 2-3 hours on low.