I tend to avoid crock pot recipes in general because 1) most crock pot meals are meat-based and two out of the five of us don't like meat and 2) I don't want to spend time in the morning (or evening, for that matter) putting things into the crock pot because it's often hard for me to get going in the morning- I don't need one more thing to do.
But freezer crock pot meals...that would mean thawing them the night before and just dumping them in the crock pot in the morning. They would provide occasional meat meals for those of us to like meat. They would provide me with a sense of control over meal planning which makes our busy fall seem less daunting.
Sadie and I printed out about seven of the recipes, made a grocery list and we headed out to the store. We got home around noon. I told the kids they were on their own for lunch (they loved the idea of multiple snacks instead of lunch) and I set up shop.
Side note: Sometimes, I feel like I am incredibly lazy (and I am) but then other times, I have these crazy notions and launch into adrenaline-driven activity. There's no rhyme or reason to it. I just have to ride the wave.
I set up a raw meat station, a veggie chopping station, a cheese station, and a bagging station. I got out my sharpie for labeling, lined up my recipes, elicited some kid-chopping help, and jumped in. Six weary hours later (the adrenaline wore off after the one and a half), I left the kitchen with 15 dinners prepped and in the freezer.
Then, for fear that I would forget what I froze and had available, I made a list for the side of the fridge with a few side ideas and what, if anything, I needed to have available to go with particular meals. Yes, most are chicken-based. Yes, using gallon freezer bags to freeze meals takes up very little freezer space (much less than 8x8 or 9x13 pans which is usually how I do it). No, I have no idea how anything will taste since I haven't tried any of these before. I basically followed her recipes except that for the Chicken Curry, instead of adding peas to the freezer bags, I'm going to add our frozen chopped spinach at the end of the cooking time. Also, I'm going to add some frozen broccoli to the end of the Chicken Curry cooking time.
Some of the meals are contained in that box with some rolls and tortillas (to go with the meals) on top.
Part of this has to do with the nesting phase I'm currently in. Moving from summer life to homeschooling life is a pretty drastic change for me. Instead of birthing a baby soon, I'm going to be birthing a school that needs to run semi-smoothly for all our sakes.
And so, I've been squirreling away food, purging and donating unwanted items, repainting rooms (notice the kitchen color change?), rearranging bedroom furniture, vaccuuming curtains (yes, it's a thing) and pulling our books together.
My prayer is that when it comes time to switch gears next week, I can quiet my mind and body and focus on the glorious task at hand- learning with my children.
Does anyone else nest when there isn't a baby involved?Pin It