Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Meals

As we approach fall I begin thinking about food.  Just kidding.  I think about food all the time.  But as fall approaches I start thinking about the crock pot.  Just kidding.  I think about crock pot meals most months of the year.

However, with my due date quickly approaching (we’re two weeks away people, two weeks!) I’ve been thinking a lot about food.  Let’s just say that as much as I love food, I love sleep even more.  That means that I’ve been known to come home from a long day and if there isn’t food put in my hands I’ll just go to bed without eating.  Maybe not the greatest thing, but I gotta do what I gotta do.  However, that skipping dinner plan seems like a very bad plan for a lady who has just given birth and is breastfeeding.  I mean, I’m going to need my calories.  So I’ve been trying to figure out what to so there are little/low effort and yet still healthy meals available.

Now freezer meals are always trendy for new moms.  But usually prepping them takes a lot of work (not something I was particularly interested in).  Or they’re expensive, prepackaged meals from the store (also not something I’m interested in…we’ve got a new baby…that means we need to watch where our pennies go  and a frozen lasagna isn’t where I want to spend my extra money).

So I went to Pinterest.  And found some freezer friendly crock pot meals.  I thought that sounded like something I could do.  Healthy, relatively inexpensive, some prep work up front, but almost no work on the day of.  Perfect.

So I came up with 14 different meals.  Made a shopping list.  Went shopping.  And for a mere $150 (which ended up making 16 frozen crock pot meals PLUS bought us groceries for the next few days) I was ready to prep my crock pot meals.

After a few hours (read: 6) of washing, chopping, measuring, combining, and cleaning I had 16 crock pot meals in the freezer!  That means 16 dinners plus left overs.  And all I have to do is throw it in a crock pot and make rice or cornbread and a salad and I’ll have dinner prepped.

Produce needed for all my crock pot meals.

Produce needed for all my crock pot meals.

Veggies (and fruits) all chopped up and ready to be frozen.

Veggies (and fruits) all chopped up and ready to be frozen.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Aren’t you married?  Can’t your husband cook dinner?  And yes, he can.  He’s a really good cook and he likes cooking.  And he frequently makes meals for us.  However, he’s coaching soccer this fall, which means that he doesn’t get home from the fields until sometime between 6:30 and and 8:30…and I just don’t want to wait that long for him to cook dinner.  So it’s good to have something that I can do even when I’m exhausted and my arms are full of baby and a toddler has her arms wrapped around my legs.

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Meals

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Meals

As I get some of these recipes on my blog I’ll put links to them here.

Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Filling

Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Taco Filling

Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Taco Filling

Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Bean Stew

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Bean Stew

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Bean Stew

Crock Pot Tamale Pie

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Tamale Pie

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Tamale Pie

Enjoy all the good eats!

Simple Games

It’s summer.  And it’s hot.  And that means we’ve got a couple fans out and about in our place.  So naturally we came up with a very easy and very entertaining game to play with the fans.

All it takes is a fan and a ball and a toddler (or fun loving adult…or both).

Turn the fan on and prepare your self for giggles.

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Running!

Running!

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Playing with Dad

Playing with Dad

Laughing!

Laughing!

Morning Walk

We decided to go for a quick morning walk.  It was beautiful out and not too hot.  It just seemed the perfect way to start the day.

And not to brag or anything, but there’s a pretty nice state park mere miles (less than 5) from where we live.  And while the trails aren’t particularly strenuous or long, they are perfect for one very pregnant mama and one two-year-old SweetPea.  So off we headed.

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea's voice, it would really make the caption).

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea’s voice, it would really make the caption).

Getting some snacks in.  Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Getting some snacks in. Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Rock climbing!  Don't worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

Rock climbing! Don’t worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

Hanging with Dad

Hanging with Dad

Checking out the view...not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

Checking out the view…not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

Hanging out on the bridge.

Hanging out on the bridge.

Nesting

Apparently I just needed to verbally admit that I had some work to do before the baby arrives for full-fledged nesting to sink it.  It was mere hours after my last post that I was tearing through the house, doing laundry, unpacking boxes, repacking boxes, folding baby clothes, washing walls (seriously, the bathroom wall needed a good scrubbing), and just in general nesting.

Fortunately for me, I had a helper.

Nesting with the best helper!

t – 20 days

Well, we’re less than 3 weeks from the due date.  And oh boy, am I excited to be this close to the finish line!  All I think about are the things I can’t wait to experience post delivery.

Things like sitting at a 90 degree angle without feeling all my internal organs getting squished into horribly, uncomfortably, tight positions.

Things like fitting into clothes…any clothes really…because at this point my maternity clothes aren’t really fitting anymore.

Things like having a lap for SweetPea to sit in, I know, I know, her baby brother will probably be in that space an awful lot…but still.

Things like walking up one flight of stairs without getting out of breath…or even better actually working out (in a few weeks).

Things like smelling that new baby’s head…best smell in the world? Yes.

Now I know there are some not so fun things that go along with post delivery…like delivery for instance.  And little to no sleep.  And lots of diapers.  But there are also things like ridiculously weak margaritas and spinach (for some reason spinach makes me so nauseous this pregnancy).

So for now, I’ll continue to get excited about every contraction and hope that maybe I’m just going into labor.  Maybe I should pack a hospital bag.  Or wash some newborn clothing (all of this new baby’s stuff is still in boxes).  Or buy some newborn diapers.  Then again, maybe my husband can take care of all of that while I’m in the hospital 🙂

Biscuits! (not homemade, not healthy…but oh so delicious!)

Well, they’re homemade in that I made them at home.  But they’re definitely not from scratch.  They are however, easy and sinfully delicious and buttery.  But really, that’s the only way biscuits should be…YUM!

Biscuits!  They may have gotten overshadowed by the chicken fried steak (at least in the photo :) )

Biscuits! They may have gotten overshadowed by the chicken fried steak (at least in the photo 🙂 )

I found this recipe on Pinterest (have you noticed a theme to my recipe finds?).  Normally I try to avoid recipes with store bought mixes and I definitely try to avoid recipes with soda in them.  But the recipe had rave reviews…so I gave it a whirl.  And boy was I (and my family) glad I did.  Tonight was actually the second time I’ve made this recipe, granted the first time was about 2 years ago (I do try to eat healthy most of the time), so I knew it was going to be a winner at meal time.

And the reason I made chicken fried steak AND buttery, oh-so-buttery biscuits?  My husband’s job.  He’s a high school soccer coach, and in Montana the season is just starting.  In fact, today was the last day of tryouts, and cuts can be stressful for coaches.  So I asked him what special meal he would want to celebrate tryouts being done.  He said “chicken fried steak,” and I said, “with biscuits!”  Which brings us to today.

7up Biscuits:

Ingredients:

2 cups bisquick (I just used a generic pancake mix) mix
extra pancake mix…for sprinkling purposes
1/2 cup sour cream (I used 1/4 sour cream and 1/4 cup greek yogurt.  Why?  Because I’m all about being healthy, obviously…that and I ran out of sour cream at 1/4 cup…)
1/2 cup 7up
1/4 cup butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Put butter in 9×9 inch pan, put in oven, and melt.

In mixing bowl, fold sour cream (and greek yogurt) into pancake mix.  Add 7up, mix.  It will be a sticky mess, suck it up and imagine the deliciousness that will come from the mess.

Sprinkle counter top with some pancake mix.  Dump dough onto counter.  Shape and cut/tear/pull biscuits apart.  Place them in the pan on top of the melted pool of butter.

Bake 12-15 minutes or until biscuits are a delicious golden brown.

Try to wait until they are no longer 450 degrees before devouring (this is the hardest step).

Serve with something else that is just as unhealthy and just as delicious.  Like battered meat that has then been fried (aka chicken fried steak).  Yum!

Raw dough...you can't tell (nor could you in person) but I did separate the dough into the individual biscuits and they did pull apart nicely once baked.  Notice that pool of delicious butter in the bottom of the pan.

Raw dough…you can’t tell (nor could you in person) but I did separate the dough into the individual biscuits and they did pull apart nicely once baked. Notice that pool of delicious butter in the bottom of the pan.

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!