Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Moroccan Beef - Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two

New Recipe Wednesday - Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two

Are you enjoying these recipes in this series? They may be a little different than what you typically put on your menus. I am always ready to try something new. This week...

Moroccan Beef "Healthified"

Yep, you see the label on my bag. This is for the gang to enjoy or make it for yourself and have plenty of leftovers. Just remember, portion control! But if you fear the overeating go ahead and cut the recipe in half. Less temptation.

1/2 cup sliced onion
2 lbs beef roast. (I have to laugh because in the original recipe it says to get grass fed beef) I'm originally from Iowa where we have corn fed beef. LOL
1 tsp Celtic sea salt

Add all ingredients to a gallon size freezer bag labeled appropriately. On cooking day, thaw and place in crock pot on low for 4-6 hours. (depending on your crock pot temp) Shred with a fork and serve over Rice, Cauliflower Rice or in a tortilla. This huge recipe feeds 8.

We thought it was delicious! If you're checking in for the first time in this series start here to get in the groove of what's going on.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New Recipe Wednesday - Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two

This is the third in my Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two series. If you're just check in go back to the first in the series to get caught up to speed. It was so handy to prep all ten meals in the Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two series. What's not to love about ready made meals when you've had a tough day. You'll like this one so we're going to head right to the recipe.

Bacon Wrapped  Chicken with Rosemary

2 Pieces of Chicken (I used boneless skinless breasts)
2 Slices of Bacon
Olive Oil
Minced Garlic
Black Pepper

Ok, you're saying two chicken breasts? Two strips bacon? Yup, remember these are healthy PORTION CONTROLLED meals.

Brush chicken with oil, season with pepper and a generous amount of rosemary and minced garlic. Wrap with bacon. Label your quart size freezer bag. Put into a zip lock bag and freeze. Thaw. Cook in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (or until done), or cook in crock pot on low for 4 hours. OR throw it on the grill.

Let me know how you like it? We sure did.

Next week...Easy Slow Cooker Moroccan Beef


Monday, September 21, 2015


This is Ellie. I've chosen her to represent my new endeavor. I've had friends tell me for a long time that I should sell the items I make. And now I am. You can find my creations on Etsy.

Come take a peek at the Retro, full, reversible aprons I've made. Soon I'll have cupcake shaped pot holders to match the aprons for sale also.

You might also like some of the Home Decor I selling as well.

These can be customized with a verse of your choice. Made from Reclaimed wood.

Thanks for dropping by.     Linda

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Jambalaya - Crock Pot Meal for Two

New Recipe Wednesday - Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two

The last two weeks have been ho hum. But not this week. This is so good you'll want to make ahead two batches. The recipe below will be split into two bags for two different meals. Let's jump right in.


1.5 cups chicken broth
2 bell peppers
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 large 16oz., can of diced tomatoes (leave in juice)
1 garlic clove, diced
1 bay leaves
11/2 lb large shrimp raw and deveined (optional - I don't add it to mine)
2 ounces chicken diced
1/2 pkg spicy Andouille sausage
1/2 head of cauliflower graded into a fine rice consistency
1 cup okra
1 tsp Cajun Seasoning

Split all ingredients except the chicken broth into 2 zip lock bags.  This recipe makes two meals worth. On the day of cooking add chicken broth and cook on low for 4 hours. Warning!! This is spicy. If you can't handle the heat I would buy a less spicy sausage and go lighter on the Cajun Seasoning.  We loved this one. I hope you do too. Let me know if you have questions.

Next up....Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Rosemary


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chicken Curry with Cabbage and Peppers

New Recipe Wednesday - Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two

Welcome back! I hope you checked in last week and tried my first in the series No Potato Beef Stew - Crock Pot Freezer Meals for two. If not click the link and read a little background on this series. I've taken it from Mixing With Michelle and put my only little spin on it. It is healthy, you may loose a few pounds, and it is geared toward the empty nester or newlyweds. Double the ingredients to make it for 5-6 people but I'm blogging about meals for two. So enjoy!

Chicken Curry with Cabbage and Peppers

1 to1.5 lb boneless chicken, cubed
2 cups milk - I used Almond.
2 tsp curry powder
1 small yellow onions
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/2  head of cabbage, chopped

Label you ziplock bag. Add all ingredients minus the milk. Freeze. Cook on low for about 4 hours until done. Add milk during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Serve over rice or noodles.

Ok, confession time. We did not like this one. We labeled it "not a do again". Really was very bland. Even with the curry powder. But I want you to make the call. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Check back with me and we'll make Jambalaya. Spoiler alert! This is a keeper!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

No Potato Beef Stew

New Recipe Wednesday - Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Two

I know some of you have been patiently waiting for this blog. Here it is finally. I'll take every Wednesday in September and October and share a crock pot freezer meal for two.

I really cannot take credit for any of these meals. I did some searching and came across Mixing With Michelle. If you click the link it will take you to her THM Crock Pot Cooking Menu Session 1. She gives you 10 recipes that you can prepare ahead of time and freeze to later make in the crock pot. Her recipes typically feed 5-6 people. The THM stands for Trim Healthy Mama. It is a whole eating plan. You must at some point click the link to read in more detail. But I digress, I typically only cook for two. Whether it be for my husband and I or maybe my youngest son, still living at home and I if hubby is out of town. Now if you couldn't resist and clicked the link you saw that Michelle creates a shopping list for all of these 10 meals. And I thought I'm game, I'll buy all this stuff cut the recipe in half and have 20 freezer meals. It took me that afternoon and the following afternoon with interruptions to prepare all 20 meals. Not bad considering the night before I wanted a meal all I had to do was thaw and the next day throw it in the crock pot. If you want to do it in this fashion, you got it, click the link. In hind site I would have tried some of the meals first to see if we liked them before diving in head first. So I am going to give you a recipe by recipe format. If later you loved what you ate and want to do the shop, prep and freeze for 20 meals go for it. We still have 3 meals in the freezer and I did this last winter. :)

Here we go...

No Potato Beef Stew for 2

1 lb Beef Cubed
1 cup chopped onion
2 large peeled and diced turnips (optional)
1/2 can tomato paste
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp dried thyme
2 medium carrots chopped
3 stalks celery chopped
2 bay leaves
2 tsp dried parsley
2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
3 cups green beans
1 cup beef broth
salt and pepper as desired

Place all ingredients into a gallon zip lock bag (EXCEPT the broth)  that you have labeled with a sharpie as to what it is. I also added cooking instructions to make life even easier on the day of cooking it.  Freeze bag. On cooking day add broth and cook for 4 hours on low.

I have to tell you, either my crock pots cook at a higher temp than most but I always cook for less time than what the directions suggests. If you can keep an eye on it so as not to overcook it. I rated each recipe after we had eaten it. This one was a little bland. It was just good. Not great. Not excellent. Just good.

This is what my kitchen looked like when I made all 10 recipes, thus 20 meals according to the THM plan. Day 1.

And day 2.

It was fun. But again, I suggest you take the recipes one at a time and taste test first. 

Check in next Wednesday. We'll make Chicken Curry with Cabbage and Peppers. 


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