Monday – Enchilada Casserole
Rice krispie treats
Tuesday – Sausage or hamburger gravy + mashed potatoes
Celery & pb &j
Wednesday – Spaghetti & salad
Thursday – Sloppy joes, baked beans, peas
Friday- Tacos, corn
Saturday – Waffles, bacon, blueberries
This week we are trying something new for breakfast: refrigerator oatmeal. I will be posting about this later.
Monday – flat bread pizza, baked potatoes, & spinach
Tuesday – Homemade mac & cheese, salad, peas
Wednesday – Meatloaf, sweet potatoes, & salad
Thursday – Taco bar, corn, salad
Friday – Beef roast in slow cooker, potatoes & carrots
Saturday – Chicken alfredo with a twist, cucumbers & peppers
Yesterday I made the first of five slow cooker freezer meals I prepped last weekend. Thanks to Kelly from New Leaf Wellness for the recipes & grocery list! My kids and I are big soup lovers, so I started with the Vegetable beef soup. Although I make a good Chicken Noodle soup & Golden Potato soup, I have never made beef soup. EVER! I have been wanting to try is since we always have beef & venison in the freezer. The recipe, instructions and grocery list were all laid out in Kelly’s post, so I thought this would be a great place to start.
There were several things that surprised me about this recipe. First was the addition of chicken broth when adding ingredients to the slow cooker. Chicken broth in beef soup? The second was adding the beef to the slow cooker raw. Well, I made the recipe exactly as written and I must say, we were all VERY pleased. The soup was GOOD! Hurray! This one is definitely going in the recipe binder!
Next time I will only change two things: I will probably add two more cups of chicken broth and I will make it on a day when I can be home to make bread bowls! Yum!
Thanks again, New Leaf Wellness!
Here is how I spent an hour of my Saturday afternoon. It is my first attempt at freezer meals. I spent about $33 on the ingredients that I didn’t have in the pantry. I have 5 meals ready to go into my slow cookef (I only have to add some broth to the soup). It was really pretty easy to put together. I can’t wait to try them!
Monday – Meatloaf in crock, Mashed Potatoes & carrots
Tuesday – Burgers, Fries & Salad
Wednesday – Fettuccine Alfredo, green beans
Thursday – Pork chops, applesauce, corn, & Crescent rolls
Friday – Bubble Pizza & salad
Saturday – Kids cook (spaghetti & meatballs)
Monday – Chicken Noodle Soup (in slow cooker) & homemade bread
Tuesday – burritos & squash
Wednesday – Sloppy Joes & fries
Thursday – fettuccine Alfredo & corn
Friday – Pizza after bb game
Saturday – Kids cook
The other day I heard a recipe for Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese on Listen to the Mrs. It’s not one of the healthier recipes I’ve posted, but it is a comfort food. If you like Cream of Mushroom Soup and cheese you will probably like this recipe. Two of my kids and I loved it. One disliked it and my DH said it was okay. It’s called 3-3-2-1 Mac & Cheese.
3-3-2-1 Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese
3 Cups milk
3 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 Bricks (8 oz each) Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 box uncooked pasta (16 oz)
Place all ingredients in slow cooker (I use a slow cooker liner for easy clean up). Cook for 4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.
We tried this for the first time yesterday. I used whole grain Penne pasta which worked great. It took 2 hours on high. You can definitely taste the cream of mushroom soup, but it was very creamy. I will probably make it again. It was very easy to put together for an easy meal. I added a side of fresh asparagus & we had a great meal. There was enough left over to send with two of the kids for lunch today. Definitely a winner at our house!