Part 6 – 1 Hour + 1 Mess = 5 Slow Cooker Dinners

by Janell on July 31, 2013

 

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I know you have waited a long time for a new set of recipes. I am really trying to make sure that I don’t create recipes that are too close to previous recipes. This set has Philly Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken over Yellow Rice, Sweet & Sour Chicken, BBQ Chicken, and Dr Pepper Pot Roast.

I love all these recipes but I think my favorites are the Spicy Chicken over yellow rice and the Philly Chicken sandwiches.

This has helped save me so much time and money in the kitchen. I can also make sure that our family is eating a good dinner and we are not wasting money eating out every time I don’t want to cook. I don’t have much of an excuse when I have these freezer bags with dinner already done!

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In case you missed there are now 40 Crock Pot freezer meals! Check out Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4,  Part 5Part 7 , and Part 8 of my 1 Hour + 1 Mess = Crock Pot recipes.

 

Grocery List

(Printable list)

Meat

  • 7 pounds of boneless,skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 chuck roast (2-3 lbs)

Produce

  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Carrots (I buy baby cut carrots)
  • Potatoes 3-4

Grocery

  • butter
  • Montreal Marinade seasoning
  • Mozzarella cheese (1 cup)
  • Nice Hoagie Rolls
  • Favorite salsa (12 oz)
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (pancake syrup works too)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • Soy sauce
  • 20 oz can pineapple (chunks or crushed)
  • brown sugar
  • ground ginger
  • Cider vinegar
  • Barbeque sauce (your favorite)
  • Yellow mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Onion flakes
  • Garlic powder
  • 16 oz bottle of Dr. Pepper (you can use diet or regular)

 

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Philly Chicken Sandwich

  • 2-3 boneless,skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 green bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoons Montreal Marinade seasoning
  • grated Mozzarella cheese
  • Good Hoagie Rolls

Write on the bag

  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours. Shred the meat and serve on a roll. Add cheese and broil until cheese is bubbly.

Instructions

  • Add butter, green peppers, onions, chicken, and seasoning into a large freezer bag.

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Spicy Chicken over Yellow Rice

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 ½ cup of your favorite s salsa
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese (do not add to the bag)

Write on the bag

  • Cook 5-6 hours on high or 6-7 on low. Shred chicken and add cream cheese. Heat for about 20 minutes longer.

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients, except for the cream cheese, in a freezer bag.

sweet & sour chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 20 oz can pineapple (chunks or crushed)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup water

Write on the bag

  • Add all the ingredients in your slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low. (I like to cook on low so the chicken doesn’t dry out.)

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to the freezer bag. Enjoy over rice!

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BBQ Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce (your favorite)
  • ⅓ cup vinegar
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Write on bag

  • Add all the ingredient to the slow cooker. Cook 7-8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.

This meal can be eaten as sandwiches by shredding the chicken before serving. Or just eat the chicken and enjoy it with some delicious side items!

dr pepper pot roast

Dr Pepper Pot Roast

  • 1 chuck roast (2-3 lbs)
  • 16 oz bottle of Dr. Pepper (you can use diet or regular)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Carrots (Add later)
  • Potatoes (Add later)

Write on the bag

  • Add to the crock pot with diced carrots and potatoes (you can chop these the night before).
  • Cook 7-8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.

Add all the ingredients to the bag (except the carrots and potatoes – I don’t like to freeze these items). This is not your typical pot roast but it’s has a great, unique flavor. Try substituting the Dr Pepper for Coke.

I have made all these dinner and I can’t believe how easy it has made my life. I have a seven year old, five year old and 2 year old – so it’s hard to find time to make a good dinner. I put the stuff in my slow cooker when my  2 year old naps and when it’s dinner time I just have to think about side items. This really reduce the mess in the kitchen.

Here is the printable version of the recipes.

Additional notes:

  • My slow cooker cooks at a high temperature, so please check your food to make sure you have the proper cooking time.
  • The fuller the crock pot, the longer it will take to cook your food.
  • According to the official Crock Pot website, you can safely cook frozen meat in your crock pot. If you still don’t like the idea, you can put the bag in the fridge the night before and it should be defrosted by the morning.
  • I use chicken breast from the large bag of frozen chicken. This type of chicken has a layer of ice which melts and can dilute the flavor of your meal. You will not have this problem with fresh chicken.
  • Never put the plastic bag in the crock pot. Always dump out the contents to prepare your meal.
  • When you freeze the bag, make sure the frozen lump (for lack of a better work) will easily fit into your crock pot.
  • One reader suggested putting the dinners into crock pot liners and then into the freezer bag.

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Jan July 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm

From the Philly Chicken sandwich receipe
“Cook on high for 5-6 hours or low 3-4 hours. Shred the meat and serve on a roll. Add cheese and broil until cheese is bubbly.”
Shouldn’t it be low for 5-6 hours high for 3-4 hours?

All of these sound great and will try soon. Due to lack of freezer, don’t think I will try to make all 5 at one time.

Janell July 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thanks – I have updated it!

Genie July 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

These sound really good. I have a small turkey in my freezer that I can thaw and cut up. I think it would make a good substitute for the chicken in these recipes.

I work full time with a daily 2 hr commute, I don’t mind doing extra on the weekend to have it pay off during the week.

Thanks for all your recipes!

Vanessa July 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Can you please post the printable list for your delicious recipes? I am an avid follower of your blog and your whole concept has saved me so much time…when I return to work soon (school counselor)I plan on using the crockpot at least twice a week! Thank you!!!!!

Janell July 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I am so glad they have been useful. They have really helped our family too! Here’s a link to the printable recipes – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tCvCKmaJRTawABQW1wWHZ0VnWTn3-H2-vyGS7dmi-_w/edit?usp=sharing
Enjoy!

Janell July 31, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Yes – I am sure that you can use turkey. Im so glad you like the recipes! Thanks for your comment.

Janell July 31, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I am so glad the recipes are helpful! They really do save so much time & money. Here’s a link to the printable recipes –
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tCvCKmaJRTawABQW1wWHZ0VnWTn3-H2-vyGS7dmi-_w/edit?usp=sharing
Enjoy 🙂

Kimberlee August 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Thanks for sharing these – all of them look good. I use my crock pot at least 1 or 2 times per week and will give some of these a try.

June @ Coffee Under The Umbrella August 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Love this – am pinning.

Diana Rambles August 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Excellent recipes! Thanks for linking to my Pin Me Linky Party.

Selena August 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Thanks so much for these great ideas! I know I will get good use of them! You’re tastes seem similar to my families, so I can use all of your recipes! Very helpful not to have to pick & choose!

Janell August 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I am so glad you like them. We don’t like “fancy dinners”. I like to use normal ingredients that we usually have in our house. I have 3 of the next 5 recipes already done!

Rebecca October 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Will you please post a recipe for the yellow rice that is listed in the spicy chicken and yellow rice crock pot recipe? I have tried a lot of your crock pot recipes and enjoyed them.
Thanks!

Janell October 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

I Rebecca – I just use a box of yellow rice. Here is a link. We love it! http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Rice-Mixes-and-Side-Dishes/Yellow-Rice.aspx

Emma January 26, 2014 at 11:31 am

Question on the Sweet and Sour chicken, my moms group and I have made two meals now with pineapple and for some reason both have turned out lacking in the flavor department (one was not your meal). Any thoughts? I have not personally made the Sweet and Sour chicken yet (intend to this week) but received the feedback from a couple moms. I am looking online for suggestions to pump up the flavor. We all work long days so we wondered if its just too long for the pineapple to keep its flavor? Doesn’t even taste that strongly in the sauce.

Otherwise I love you meals and often use them!

Janell January 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Im so glad you have been able to make my meals to make dinner time much easier! You could be right about the long cook times, maybe add the pineapple during the last 45 minutes? I usually don’t cook them that long so that could be why it doesn’t have a lot of flavor.

Mary February 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I have made 5 out of the 6 parts and everyone of them turned out great. With 3 kids a career and a husband who has is own business this has been the greatest tip ever. Not only is it saving money but my family is eating better but the greatest benefit is having time to enjoy my family in the evenings. It has brought a lot of peace of mind not having to think about what I’m going to make for dinner or being tempted to just grab fast food on the way home. All the meals make enough for all five of us for dinner and most make enough for mine and my husbands lunch the next day. I tell everyone about this site and this idea. I hope you post some more soon.

Janell February 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Thanks so much for your comment!! I am so glad that it has helped your family. I am super close to having 5 new recipes so share. And actually these are some of my favorite recipes that I have tried so far. I will try really hard to get a new set publish soon! Thanks so much for sharing my recipes with others!

Cheryl May 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

These are wonderful! How many servings are in each meal? Thanks!

Janell May 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Thanks so much! You can change up the servings by adding an extra piece of chicken – but all the these recipes feed our family of 5 and we usually have leftovers.

Susan July 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Just wondering if you can use bone in chicken (whole cut up) in place of the chicken breast in the BBQ recipe? Does it effect the cooking time at all?

Janell July 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

Im so sorry for the delay in answering your question. Yes you can use bone in chicken. Maybe cook it for about 30 minutes longer. Enjoy!

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