Freezer Meals into Gourmet Meals in Minutes #MakeItYourMichelinas

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Lunch is one of those meals that I prefer to just go out to eat.   I never seem to have what I want to eat in the house.  Of course, being pregnant, doesn’t help anything.  I get a sudden craving for something bazaar and have to decide it’s worth the time and expense to drive into town to get it.  Usually, it’s not.  Especially since I’m a stay at home, homeschooling mom.  My schedule is just too busy to drop what I’m doing to fulfill a restaurant craving.

When I ran across the Make It Your Michelina’s lunch time ideas, I was excited.  I can actually keep better meals on hand, by having a few frozen Michelina’s dinners in my freezer.  The general idea is to take a frozen dinner and turn it into something you’d be more excited to eat, by adding just a few of your own ingredients.  The best part?  It only takes a few minutes!  Now that’s my kind of lunch!

Here’s a list of my top 5 ideas I’ve seen so far.  Of course, I think I’d like to do some experimenting on my own to see what I can come up with, too.

1.  Roasted Tomato & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo

Tomato & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo #MakeitYourMichelinas

2.  Gyro

Michelina's Gyro

3.  Easy Chipotle Chicken & Rice Burrito

Easy Chipotle Chicken & Rice Burrito

4.  Taco Bowl

Taco Bowl

5.  Chipotle Chicken & Rice Tacos

Chipotle Chicken & Rice Taco

 

Don’t these look amazing?  How would you dress up your own Michelina’s Frozen Entree?  

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Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

I’ve always enjoyed the thought of making Broccoli Cheese Soup, but I have never taken the time to make it.  Perhaps it’s because I thought that it was harder than it was?  Well, let me tell you, when you prep it for the slow cooker, it’s super easy!  As long as you like broccoli, it’s really yummy, too!

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup - Yum!

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Serves 8

Ingredients:

42 oz frozen chopped broccoli florets (I bought 3 14 oz size bags)
3 10.75 oz cans of cheddar cheese soup
3 cans evaporated milk 
1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1.5 teaspoons of black pepper
1.5 cups of Chopped Onions
Cheddar Cheese (to top with)

Directions:

Place all ingredients except cheddar cheese into slow cooker.  Cook on low 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.  Top with cheddar cheese.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Directions

  1. Chop 1.5 cups of onion (about 2 medium)
  2. Place all ingredients except cheddar cheese and frozen broccoli into gallon size freezer safe bag.
  3. Get bag out of freezer the night before you plan to cook it.
  4. The next morning, add contents of bag and the frozen broccoli to the slow cooker.
  5. Stir.  Follow cooking directions above.

 

 

 

 

 


Smothered Steak – {Crockpot Freezer Meal}

I know I’ve said it before, but how in the world did I ever live my life without utilizing my crockpot on a regular basis?  I mean…. did we ever eat?  :)  This fall schedule has been kicking my tail.  Yesterday, I spent driving from here to there starting at 1:00 in the afternoon.  I finally got home and stayed there at 9:00 p.m.!  And guess what?  I forgot to get anything into the crockpot this morning so we ended up grabbing dinner out.  Not a cheap thing for a family of 8!

Every day that I utilize this freezer to slow cooker plan, I feel more at ease.  I feel better able to attend to the children’s needs and schedules.  I usually dread winter, but there’s one thing about winter to look forward to.  The slowing down!

Until then (and no, I’m not rushing it), here’s another slow cooker recipe to keep you going!

Crockpot Freezer Meal

Smothered Steaks

Serving Size:  6

Ingredients:

2-3 lbs cubed steak (or enough pieces for your family)
2 cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup
2 6 oz cans of tomato paste
2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
salt & pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
3/4 cup water

Directions:

Place all ingredients together in slow cooker.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

(You can serve this over rice or pasta or all by itself.  We chose to do it all by itself, so because we’ve been eating lots of pasta this week)

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions

Place all ingredients into freezer safe gallon size bag.  Squish around so that the ingredients are distributed evenly.  Lay flat.  Label.  Freeze.