TEN EASY CROCK POT MEALS

This post was republished with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory.

Get your lists and crock pots ready!

crock-pot-meals-picWhenever I write a meal plan post you guys seem to go bonkers and really, really love it {you can find others HERE and HERE}. This one is ALL about the beloved slow cooker.

I have had my share of crock pot flops over the years, but at the same time I’ve had some fabulous keepers. Ones that we fall back on often and everyone seems to love. These are generally easy {because if you know me, I’m all about easy} and can be dumped in and forgotten until dinner time.

I was able to prep, label and take these pretty photos of mine all in about an hour.

Yes, I said an hour!

I picked my five faves and doubled them. I’m sure many of you are asking why double them? Why not pick 10 different meals and have more of a variety?

Here’s the thing. I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’ve done this in the past where I scour the internet and find ones that people recommend, prep them, freeze them, make them and then instantly HATE them.

I decided to pick five of our favorites, double them and then have peace of mind knowing we wouldn’t be disappointed. It’s not like we’ll be eating these 10 in a row. There will be nights I make a homemade pizza in between, or we have leftovers, or I boil some spaghetti noodles, dump on some sauce and call it good.

I like to give my crock pot a break now and then, you know?

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When prepping my meals I have a few items on hand and it makes everything go SO much smoother.

  • Large cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Garbage bowl {throw everything in it, therefore eliminating millions of walks over to the garbage}
  • Big, clean bowl
  • Large Ziploc bags
  • Sharpie marker

I like to prep my meals one at a time. I know some people like to cut all meat, all veggies, etc. at the same time, but that isn’t for me. It feels a bit overwhelming and I always feel like I’m jumping from recipe to recipe with the fear that I’ll screw one up. Like put mushrooms in my tacos, or something odd like that.

Therefore I do one at a time and then move on.

I also like to freeze mine sitting up {as shown in the photo}. I do lay some freezer items flat for better storage, but for ones that I know will most likely go straight into the crock pot frozen {because who remembers to thaw it the night before?} I find this way works a bit better. It fits nicely in the crock pot and I’m not trying to break it in half in order for it to fit.

I put my clean Ziploc bag into the big, clean bowl and simply drop items in. This way the bowl holds up the bag and spills are kept to a minimum. And don’t forget to label the bags PRIOR to filling them. They are much easier to write on when empty and flat.
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You’re probably wondering what I made. Here are our favorites in no particular order.

Italian Beef Sandwiches
Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops
Teriyaki Chicken
Sweet Thai Chili Meatballs
Shredded Chicken Tacos

The Italian Beef and Shredded Chicken Tacos are linked above for the recipe. Please visit! Here are the following three – one of which will be featured soon on the blog!

Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops – 6 pork chops, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 c. chicken broth, 2 c. sliced mushrooms, salt, pepper. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

Teriyaki Chicken – 4 chicken breasts, 1/2 can. pineapple chunks, 1/2 c. soy sauce, 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar, 1/4 c. brown sugar. Serve over rice and veggies.

Sweet Thai Chili Meatballs – 2 lbs. ground beef mixed with 2 eggs, 1/2 c. breadcrumbs, 1 envelope dry onion soup mix, 2 T. Stubb’s Beef Rub {or any other beef seasoning}, 1/4 c. thai chili sauce. Combine ingredients and form into 2 inch meatballs {should make 24}. Lay on a greased baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours. When frozen drop in the Ziploc bag and pour in an additional 1 c. thai chili sauce and 1 c. barbecue sauce. Serve as is, or over rice with a potato or veggie side.

I assembled two of each of these meals, equaling 10 meals prepped and ready to go. They are all ones I know we love, so there will NOT be any surprises.

All of these meals can be cooked on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 4-6 hours. Each crock pot is different, so if you know yours runs a bit hotter, adjust your times and settings accordingly.

Who is ready to do this?! What questions do you have? I’d love to hear your feedback!

If you like this, you’ll also love Ally’s other Back-to-School Crock Pot Meals:

http://www.sweetandsavoryfood.com/2015/12/crock-pot-mac-n-cheese.html

http://www.sweetandsavoryfood.com/2015/09/crock-pot-chicken-noodles.html

http://www.sweetandsavoryfood.com/2016/02/sweet-heat-roast-beef-sandwiches.html

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