Freeze Ahead Meals-Chicken 4 Ways: Recipe of the Week

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Recipe of the Week: Freeze-Ahead Meals – Chicken 4 Ways

It’s officially Fall! The leaves are changing, the cooler weather is on its way, and we are all in the thick of our daily school year routines with the kiddos. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to keep your head above water while simultaneously trying to get the household chores done, pay the bills, help our littles with their homework, and remember where to be on what day for which activity. So, if you can simplify just one thing --- why not let it be dinner? The time when all of you {hopefully} can come together as a family and share a warm, home-cooked meal with minimal stress. 

Have you ever heard of “Meal Prep Monday”? It’s the idea that you plan ahead, shop for, and actually prep all of your meals for the entire week in just one day. Seems impossible and overwhelming, right? I’ve had a few years of practice and as with anything you practice, I’ve gotten better at it. My first word of advice – get on Pinterest. There are tons of ideas to inspire you and meet your family’s dietary needs. My next word of advice – repeat ingredients. If you plan it right, you can make a batch of your main ingredient for one night's dinner and then use the rest for the next day’s lunch in a new way to keep it interesting. This makes planning and prepping so much faster! I’ve chosen to show you how to prepare four different freeze-ahead chicken Crockpot dinners that will be perfect for Fall. It’s fairly affordable, especially when you score a bulk sale on boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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I purchased the necessary ingredients from Kroger {no additional coupons; simply used my Kroger Savings Card} and the total was just under $50, including the boneless, skinless chicken breasts {not pictured}. The time spent chopping and prepping was approximately two hours to make five healthy meals {I doubled one of the recipes}. #fitfuel #payfitforwardwithBigD

I labeled individual one-gallon Ziploc bags with the recipe name and cooking time. Next, I chopped all of the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces for the applicable recipes, placed the appropriate amount into each bag, and put them into the refrigerator while I chopped the remaining ingredients. Once all the chopping was finished upfront, it was super easy to fill up the bags of chicken breasts with the remaining components. 


*Tips:

• Add the liquids LAST.

• Get as much air out of the Ziploc as possible.

• Once everything is in the bag, squish it around with your hands to evenly distribute the ingredients.

• Allow ample time for thawing before placing contents of the bag into your crockpot.

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Cilantro Lime Chicken:

In the freezer Ziploc bag –

3 chicken breasts

Juice from 2 limes

1 bunch of cilantro, chopped

1 (16 oz.) bag of frozen corn

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ red onion, chopped

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 teaspoon cumin

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Cook on LOW for eight hours. Shred meat and serve on tortillas, lettuce, or rice.

 

Teriyaki Chicken:

In the freezer Ziploc bag –

3 chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces 

1 cup teriyaki sauce 

1 cup water

⅔ cup brown sugar

3 cloves garlic, minced

A few sprinkles of ginger

 

Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Serve with jasmine rice.

 

Honey Rosemary Chicken:

In the freezer Ziploc bag –

4 chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces

⅓ cup balsamic vinegar

⅓ cup honey 

⅓ cup olive oil 

3 Tablespoons rosemary, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

 

Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Serve with couscous.

 

BBQ Chicken:

In the freezer Ziploc bag –

4 – 6 chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces

1 (12 oz.) bottle of BBQ sauce 

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup vinegar 

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

 

Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Serve with cornbread.

 

I hope these simple ideas help you on your way to meal prepping #likeaboss, so you have more time to do the things you love with the people you love most!

 


Meet The Author

Contributing Writer

Dorothy is a #fitover40 mom who loves spending time with her hubs and Mini-me as much as possible! She also loves all things Tony Horton, weightlifting, and most recently, boxing! She has successfully completed 10 Beachbody programs and believes in the success of the products so strongly, she became a health and fitness life coach in February 2015 to help others on their journey. Dorothy is an exceptional #MOMpreneur, in that she owns a second business as well! Dorothy Buchanan Photography

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