Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Crockpot Extravaganza!!

The past few weeks I've been seeing a lot about freezer-to-crockpot meals. The basic premise is that you pre-prep several different crockpot meals at one time, freeze them in Ziploc baggies, then pop a frozen or thawed bag into the crockpot when you are ready to cook it. Here is my Paleo take on a "crockpot extravaganza". 

The Recipes:
Honey Rosemary Chicken (x2)Lime Salsa Chicken
Bag ingredients:
Cook on low for 6 hours
Bag ingredients:
Cook on low for 6-8 hours
2 lbs thighsJuice from one lime
1/3 c balsamic vinegar1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 c honey1.25-oz. package taco seasoning
1/3 c olive oil2 jalapeno peppers, diced
3 T chopped fresh rosemary3 lbs. chicken thighs
1 t salt1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
To the Pot:
1 cup waterTo the pot:
1 24 oz jar of salsa
10 min before serving:
cornstarch for thickening
Coconut Curry ChickenSanta Fe Chicken (x2)
Bag ingredients:Cook on low for 8 hours.Bag ingredients:Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3 pounds chicken thighs2 lbs. chicken thighs
2 lbs. butternut squash, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped½ onion, chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 t cumin
1 oz fresh ginger2 T cilantro
2 T curry powder
1 t ground corianderTo the pot:
1 t ground cumin1 can black beans
coarse salt1 can corn
1 16 oz jar of salsa
To the pot:
1 can coconut milk
25 min before serving:
1 can coconut milk
1 bag frozen peas

The Groceries:
MeatProducePantry ItemsCanned GoodsFrozen
14 lbs chicken thighsgingerNutmegCanned Coconut Milk (2)Peas
bell peppers (3)OreganoBlack Beans (2)Corn
onion (3)Cumin16 oz salsa (2)
garlicBalsamic vinegar24 oz salsa
butternut squashOlive oil
cilantroCurry Powder
jalapenos (2)Taco Seasoning

A few tips: Make sure you add liquid if you will be cooking longer than the suggested time. Also, season to taste prior to serving. It was my experience that a few of these recipes were slightly lacking in the seasoning department. 

Let me know your experiences and what recipes you've tried. Happy Crockpot-ing!

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