Thursday, August 21, 2014

12 Easy Crock Pot Meals


A couple weeks before baby Cayson arrived my BFF Jaimee, who blogs here, and I decided to do another crock pot session....it has come in so handy already....we have enjoyed at least 3 of these over the last 3 weeks. I cannot recommend having a good set of crock pot meals in your freezer to easily pull out and throw in when you are cramped for time or just in need of a quick dinner meal. I can't say enough about how nice it is to come home from work to dinner ready and not have to stress about cooking:) I cannot take credit for any of this organization as Jaimee did all the leg work...I just helped narrow down our choices and enjoyed our time throwing these together while our hubbies entertained our sweet toddlers!! There is a #13 bonus Paleo meat loaf recipe at the end....I highly recommend it. It was the first meal we enjoyed and it was delish! It isn't a crock pot meal but it is a freezer to oven simple meal!! Hope you enjoy!


Thai Chicken Wings with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:
2 lbs. chicken drumsticks or wings 1/2 cup bottled salsa
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
3 T lime juice
3 T soy sauce
3 T water
2 T freshed chopped ginger
1/4 cup sugar
2 cloves garlic chopped


Directions: Place all ingredients in bag and freeze until ready to cook.

Write on bag:
1. Thaw slightly and place in slow cooker. 2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Crockpot Italian Sausage with Peppers & Onions

Ingredients:
1lb. Italian Sausage Links 1 large green pepper
1 medium onion
2 cups diced tomatoes 2t. onion powder
2t. garlic powder


Directions:
Mix all ingredients in freezer bag and freeze.


Write on bag:
1. When ready to cook, place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for

6 hours or high for 4 hours.
2. Can serve on warm hot dog buns!


Honey Sesame Chicken

Ingredients:
1 lb chicken tenders
3 T olive oil
1 cup honey
2 T sesame seeds
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 t. salt
1 t. pepper


Directions:
Place all ingredients in freezer bag, toss to coat and freeze.


Write on bag:
1. When ready, place in crockpot and cook on low for 4-5 hours. 2. Remove chicken & shred, and then return to sauce.
3. Can serve over hot cooked rice.


Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients:
1 lg bag of carrots
1 red onion cut in chunks
2 lg cans of pineapple (undrained) 4 garlic cloves
4 chicken breasts
1 cup teriyaki sauce


Directions:
Mix all items together. Split between 2 bags, lay flat and freeze


Write on bag: 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1. When ready to serve add 1⁄4 cup teriyaki sauce to crock pot. 2. Cook on low 8 hours-can serve over rice

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Ingredients:
1 large onion, diced
1
1⁄2 lb lean stew meat, cut in 1 inch chunks 2 cups water
2 tsp beef bouillon or 2 cups beef stock
1
1⁄2 cups V-8 juice
1⁄3 cup Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce 3 clove of garlic
1 lb carrots cut up
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional- bunch of celery


Directions:
Add onion, meat, water, beef bouillon, V-8 juice, Country Bob’s sauce, and garlic clove into your freezer bag.


Write on the bag: 4 medium potatoes (cut in 1 inch cubes-omit for Paleo)
1. Dump contents of the freezer bag into your crock pot.
2.Add 4 medium potatoes, cubed.
3.Cook on high 6-7 hours or low for 8-9 hours.


Low Fat Mexican Fiesta Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients:
4-5 Chicken Breasts
1 Package McCormick Mexican Fiesta 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar 1/4 cup Water
1 Can Diced Tomatoes no salt added 1 Cup Frozen Corn
1 Can Black Beans rinsed and drained


Directions:
Place chicken in freezer bag, mix the McCormick Packet in a bowl with oil, vinegar

and water, pour over chicken. Add in tomatoes, corn, and beans. 

Write on bag: 1 Cup Minute Rice or Barley
1. Cook on LOW for about 4-5 hours or until chicken can easily be cut in half or shredded.
2. Remove chicken and add rice or barley into slow cooker and stir, then add chicken and stir again, cook for an additional 20-45 minutes longer on LOW. The rice will need to cook about 45 minutes and the Barley only 20-30 minutes 
3. Add additional water if needed with the rice or barley. Serve with shredded 2% cheddar cheese on top. 

Spinach and Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
2 cups of salsa (we like to use the fresh kind that is more like a Pico de Gallo) Frozen bag of spinach (I usually use 1/2 the bag, but you could use more or less)
1 to 2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning


Directions: Place all items in freezer bag, you can add or wait for the spinach

Write on bag:
1. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4.
2. Shred the chicken and mix together with the spinach.
3. Serve on whole-wheat tortillas, over rice, or even over a salad for a healthy

meal!

Crock Pot SW Flank Steak

Ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs. flank steak
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. jar chunky salsa
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
3 cups hot cooked rice


Directions: 
Trim excess fat from steak. Place onions and garlic in bottom of freezer bag and top with steak. Mix salsa, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper in small bowl and pour over meat. Top with drained black beans.

Write on bag:
1. Cook on low for 7-9 hours until meat is tender
2. Remove meat from slow cooker and slice into thin strips against the grain. 3. Turn heat to high and return beef to slow cooker until ready to serve
4. Can serve over rice


Apple Cherry Pork Loin

Ingredients:
2 pounds boneless pork loin 
1 cup fresh cherries, pitted 
1 cup apples, diced 
0.75 cup apple juice 
0.5 cup water 
0.5 cup onion, diced 
0.5 cup celery, diced 
salt and pepper, to taste 

Directions: 
Add remaining ingredients and mix all ingredients in gallon size freezer bags. 

Write on bag:

1. Cook on high for 4 hours or until pork is cooked through.

Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Chicken

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Ingredients:
2 lbs chicken breasts
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1 (16 oz) can whole cranberry sauce 1 cup barbecue sauce


Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag and zip
closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. 


Write on bag:
Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours.

Ranch Pork Chops

Ingredients


2 Cans Cream of Chicken soup 
4-6 Pork Chops 
1 packet Ranch

Directions
Combine all of the ingredients in freezer bag

Write on bag:
Place in the crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
Enjoy! 
Chinese Beef and Broccoli 

Ingredients
2 lb beef, thinly sliced (flank steak is ideal, but any cut will work) 
1 can beef broth or consomme 
1/2 cup soy sauce 
1/3 cup brown sugar 
1 tablespoon minced garlic 
1 tablespoon sesame oil 
2 tablespoons cornstarch 
1 bag frozen broccoli florets (store seperately)
2 cups white or brown rice 

Directions:
Put the sliced beef in the bottom of freezer bag.  Mix together the broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and sesame oil. Pour over the beef. Keep frozen broccoli seperate.

Write on bag:
Place bag and bag of broccoli into crock pot. Cook on low 5-6 hours. 

BONUS RECIPE:

Paleo Meatloaf 

Ingredients

1 onion
1tsp kosher salt
1tsp pepper
1tsp thyme
1tsp garlic powder
1Tbs tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken stock
1Tbs Worcestershire
2 large eggs
2lbs ground turkey(I used regular ground beef) 1 cup ketchup


Directions:
Stir together paste, Stock, Worc sauce, onion and all spices.
In large bowl crack eggs over meat and then fold in onion mix. Place into foil pan. No greasing pan required. Top with ketchup. Cover with foil

Write on foil:
Bake 325 for 90 minutes. (You can place this frozen in oven-takes approx 90 minutes when frozen)

Grocery List

Meat

3 lbs Chicken tenders
16 Chicken breasts
2 lbs ground turkey
1 lb. Itallian sausage links
1 1⁄2 lb stew meat
1 1⁄2 lb flank steak + 2 lb flank steak 2 lbs. boneless pork loin
4-6 pork chops


Canned
Tomato paste
1⁄2 c. chicken stock
3 diced tomatoes
2 lg. cans of pinapple
3 c. beef stock
1 corn (or 1 cup frozen) 2 black bean
1 whole cranberry sauce 2 cream of chicken

Dairy 
2 eggs

Produce 
4 1⁄2 Onion Lime juice Ginger
12 garlic cloves 
Ground pepper
red pepper
yellow pepper

1 bag carrots
1 lb. carrots
2 red onion
bunch of celery (optional for stew, but will need for pork loin)

1 c. pitted fresh cherries
1 c. apples
2 c. broccoli (or 1 bag frozen)


Frozen
1 bag spinach
1 bag corn (or one can)
1 bag broccoli (or 2 c. fresh)


Spice/Pantry Items
Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning salt
pepper
thyme
garlic powder
onion powder
Sesame seed
1 pkg McCormick Mexican Fiesta
1 pkg ranch
oregano leaves
chili powder
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 c. brown sugar
1⁄4 c. sugar
1 foil pan (for meatloaf) 
Worcestershire sauce
Ketchup
4 1⁄2 c. salsa
1⁄4 peanut butter
1 c + 3 Tbsp soy sauce
olive oil
1 c. honey
sesame oil
1 c. teriyaki
1 1⁄2 c V-8
1/3 c. Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce Apple Cider Vinegar
3⁄4 c. apple juice
1 c. BBQ sauce


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cayson 2 weeks

Oh sweet buddy, bubba, Cayson...I cannot believe you have already been in our lives for 2 weeks....in part it feels like you've been here forever and in other moments like you just arrived...we are quite slowly adjusting to a being a new family of 4...I can just hear McDonald's party of 4....you are such a gift, such a blessing...you have such a laid back personality...you have adjusted so well to big sissy who loves to pat you, wipe you, try to pick you up and share just about anything with you....you absolutely love to be held...I don't blame you...I think you will be one that loves to be worn for a long time...you are SO cuddly, even more cuddly than I remember your sister being....you are also a victim of reflux...we are praying and hoping you out grow it...you are a happy spitter thank goodness but it also results in lots of extra showers and outfit changes for the 2 of us...your sister was the miserable, silent refluxer and you are the happy spitter!

You lost weight like all newborns but have had no problem gaining it back even despite your reflux..you have already exceeded your birth weight coming in at 8 lbs 12 oz already...it took your sister over a month to gain all hers back...you are already proving to be all boy...you LOVE to eat...you would eat all the time if allowed...your poops are stinky and your hands and feet are huge...and I know its hot but you are always sweaty...I think your are going to take after your daddy and be big and tall...you are in the 70th percentile for height and weight better than the (LGA large for gestational age) >90% ile you were at birth haha....never thought I would have a LGA baby!! I guess thats what happens when your daddy is over a foot taller than momma!

You are quite the eater still eating every 1.5-3 hours...hoping we space our night feedings past 2 hours soon...but for now I am enjoying our middle of the night times together...praying over you...I know I have said it before but I think there is a lot of pressure raising a Godly man...I pray every day that your daddy and I speak life into you while the Lord woos you to Him...

I hope you and your sissy are so close...that you love to play together and get along well..
Big Sister cuddles



















Weight: 8 lbs 12oz (70%ile)
Length: 21 in (76 %ile)
Head:  14 in (47%ile)

Diapers: Nbn
Clothes: Nbn, 0-3 months

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Wrap-up

We had a fun, rather uneventful weekend around here....lots of pool time, cuddles, fun with sweet friends, and birthday party.

Friday....we had lots of friends in and out...it was so nice to catch up, let Cayson get some cuddles and Isabella to get some playtime in....we got enough delicious food from the sweet Granberry's to last us the weekend:) It was way too much but so delish!!

Sporting his cute shorts I found on our Friendcation

Quick snack date for sissy...he was a champ

Our toddler life saver set up...this entertains her for hours...

Quick treat for this sweet girl...we went to pick up daddy's car and she kept saying "pay, eat" in the back seat so I knew she was in needed of a special treat...


Sweet Cayson getting cuddles from Auntie Jaimee

Kisses bye bye for Brynley

saturday...we went for a family walk, enjoyed a delish French toast breakfast, Isabella and daddy went to Collin's bday party while I reluctantly stayed home but loved the extra quiet and cuddles for those 2 hours
Our incredible french toast breakfast thanks to the Granberrys

Splash time and snack time our usual

And he's out

Helping mom scoop watermelon

Pat, pats for brother

Sunday...was more of the usual..cuddles, walks, outside playtime and catch up and dinner from the Sneeds...we have felt so blessed and lucky by all our sweet friends bringing us meals and providing adult convo and sometimes a short/quick playtime for our lil Isabella....

This girl adores her baby...she wants to hold him all the time


These two of utterly stolen my heart

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Foto Friday

We made it....2 weeks down...every day gets a little easier and feels a little more normal...we are slowly developing a good routine and our sweet Isabella is doing great as a big sister....
Our first family walk...this has become our morning routine...gets us all some fresh air before the heat...we walk to the pool, dip our toes in and Isabella has a "nack and ano" aka snack and milk

Another day, another walk

All cocooned and ready for bed

Homemade popsicles have been a hit!

I think she was calling Grey to tell her she was in love with her new fashion sense....bathing suit over clothes...just wait it will be all the rave soon!

Sibling photo shoot...Isabella was too precious...


Her face...amazing...she was worried he was falling!
Brother kisses


That pose, that lip

I joined this club this week after our mail man woke Isabella up 1 hour into her nap!!

Obsessed with these pants from Auntie Haha and tank from Julie

Getting Auntie Nana cuddles

Morning entertainment

Missing our sweet Papaw...went to spend some time with Mamaw and let Gigi meet Cayson this week....it was a great little outing for the fam..much needed for all of us
Gigi and Cayson

Too excited to wait to put her swimsuit on

They were both out before we even left Mamaw's neighborhood

Cayson getting sweet cuddles with Baby Kendrick..can't wait to see what this lil one is!!



Kissing Brynley bye bye

Outdoor lunchtime

Photo overload sorry...I hate to admit but the over posting, over-gramming, over photoing probably will never stop;)




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