Jul 262013

Balsamic Glazed Drumsticks

I’ve tried and tried over the years to cook ahead. Until recently, it was a bust. But before we had our little guy, Dan and I spent a Saturday morning assembling and freezing meals for the weeks ahead. We just now finished eating our last one and it was definitely a lifesaver after our parents went home and we still had to eat. :)

The idea behind crock pot freezer cooking is putting all your ingredients for the crock pot meal in a ziploc bag, freezing it, thawing the meal overnight in the fridge, throwing it in a crock pot the next morning and dinner is served. I really like how we didn’t need to actually cook anything beforehand.

All of these recipes were made in a small crock pot and of course, everything we made was gluten free. We tried quite a few new recipes, but here’s what we made that we like enough to make again:

Applesauce BBQ Chicken

Maple Dijon Chicken Thighs (I used honey instead of maple syrup with great success).

Green Chile Pork Stew (I omitted the flour to make it GF and the jalapenos because we don’t like spicy food).

Beyond Easy Pulled Pork

Balsamic Glazed Drumsticks (I omitted the tamari/soy sauce altogether with no problem).

We also cooked up six pounds each of ground beef and chicken breasts in the crock pot and froze the beef and shredded chicken in one pound portions. This made it easy to throw together spaghetti or a chicken salad at a moment’s notice.

That same morning, we made up a whole bunch of hamburger patties so they were ready for the grill on nights we wanted to cook out. I’m hoping to do another assembly session soon with some added recipes. After we’ve eaten them, I’ll update with another post.

Do you have a favorite make ahead meal or tip? Comment or post a link to your recipe.

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  2 Responses to “Crock Pot Freezer Cooking (Gluten Free)”

  1. Steph, I have yet to buy a crock pot although I’m sure once I do I’ll wonder how I ever got along without one. Just haven’t gotten around to buying one. Last night though I made a chicken with marinade that was pretty easy. It’s somewhat make ahead since most of the work comes in making the marinade and letting the chicken sit there overnight. Then the following day, you just pop it in the oven for an hour or so. Totally saves time especially when I want to spend more of it playing with my kids than cooking (although my son likes cooking too).

  2. […] I enjoy convenience as much as the next person. But convenience comes with a cost. Usually a financial or health cost. Therefore, our family usually ditches convenience for cloth diapers and healthy(ish), inexpensive meals. […]

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