Freezer Meal Attempt #2

We had quite the chilly day here in Dallas! I bundled Jack up in his super cute cable-knit red sweater with leather elbow patches (that he NEVER gets to wear) and took him to Mother’s Day Out. He looked like a little classics professor.

The goal was to take a long nap while he was at school, but- as always seems to happen- I start these “quick” little projects, and the next thing I know it’s 1:45 and I need to go pick Jack up. Like, “Oh, I’ll just vacuum real quick and then nap.”

And then I notice a blueberry dried onto the floor, so I pull out the steam mop.

But then there’s the dust all over the dresser, and the painting I’ve been meaning to hang, the giant stack of magazines over there that needs to be recycled… it’s like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. And those of you without toddlers have no idea what I’m talking about.

But at least my house is clean. And dinner was no-stress because I just tossed one of my freezer meals in the crock pot: Healthy Mama Barbecue Chicken. Click here for the recipe.

Here’s what I like about this recipe: Simple, healthy ingredients and TONS of veggies (sweet potatoes, red peppers, green peppers, onions, garlic, zucchini).

Here’s what I didn’t like: The mixture seemed dry and the sauce was too bland.

After pulling the bag out of the freezer and letting it thaw on the counter for about 45 minutes, I just dumped the whole mixture into the slow cooker. I was worried that it looked dry so I added some Stubb’s BBQ sauce (LOVE) on top. Set the slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

The chicken was really tender- you can just shred it in the crock pot with a fork. All of the veggies soften and kind of meld together, so you definitely could serve this on a bun like a traditional BBQ sandwich. I ended up serving ours on top of brown rice. Jack seemed to like it.

As I said before, when I tasted the final product it seemed pretty bland, so I added a ton of seasoned salt and even more Stubb’s.

Despite the fact that I didn’t adore these 2 recipes (this and the goulash from Tuesday), I still think freezer crock pot meals are an amazing idea. It doesn’t seem like you lose any quality from freezing the ingredients, and it just makes life SO easy. I just need to find more recipes to try…

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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