Freeze Now, Eat Later – Healthy Freeze Ahead Recipes (includes grocery list)

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So now I am a mother of 2 (ah!) and although it has only been a month I am already finding that planning far far far in advance and having things as easy as possible is a necessary for survival. Literally. Dinners seem to be the hardest part for us so far because baby of course wants to nurse while I need to be cooking and feeding Jack. SO – I am creating the easiest way to have healthy amazing dinners ready to go anytime you want them. This involves spending a few hours on a Sunday peeping meals and then having them ready in the freezer ready to go when you need them. Here are a few, I will keep updating different recipes under this title as I find them. ūüôā

This is the Crockpot Entry¬†(meaning obviously you need a crockpot. If you are a mother and don’t have a slow cooker, go get one. Right this minute). Crockpots enable you to make extremely delicous meals by throwing a bunch of items into a pot and forgetting about it until the end of the day. Then eat! This post makes 16 nights worth of healthy and tasty dinners.¬†It will take between 3-4 hours to prep everything for the meals, but then they sit in the freezer and you literally have 16 nights free of any and all work. If someone happens to be helping with the prep then it will only take about 2 hours. Here we go ladies!!!

 

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* If you don’t have Arrowroot,Quick cooking Tapioca, Celery Seeds, or the seasonings Thyme, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Cumin and Paprika, add them to this list. Also, you will need 1 gallon zip lock bags to store you food in. I order¬†biodegradable¬†ones on amazon if you want the same.¬†

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  • 4-6 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large green peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
  • 2 15oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sause
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 6 garlics cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients into 2 separate ziploc bags and freeze. When ready to use, cook on low for 8 hours or medium for 4 hours.

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  • 6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 medium yukon potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 cans (15 0z) stewed tomatos
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprikz
  • 1 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup basil, whole leaves

Combine all ingredients except the broth evenly into 2 ziplock bags and freeze. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 hours.

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  • 6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 medium apples, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium onions, copped
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp quick cooking tapioca
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 cans cranberry sauce

Combine all ingredients into 2 ziplock bags. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours

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  • 4 lbs. organic stewing beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped
  • 2 whole fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 2 lbs. lentils
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 tsp thyme
  • 4 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients into 2 ziplock bags. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

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  • 6 boneless/ skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1 red onion, cut into large chunks
  • ¬†4 garlic cloves
  • 2 large cans pineapple
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce

Combine all ingredients into 2 ziplock bags. Add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to crockpot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Here is 1/2 of what you will have:

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Label and date each bag and you are good to go!!!! These recipes were found at Oh My Olivia. Enjoy!

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