Sunday, March 1, 2015

Freezer Meals Round #4

Here's the latest freezer meals we tried in our house! This time hubby got in the kitchen with me and took care of bagging all of the meat & it went so much faster as a team! Love that man ;) 

We made 2 of each of these to total 12 meals! 12-15 meals is usually perfect for the month for our family of 3 because we usually end up eating out/take out once a week and then eat with friends or our community group a few nights a month as well! We also try to do leftovers once a week if possible! 

We haven't tried all of these, but I will post my review under the ones we have tried & update it once we've tried them all :) 

Green Chile Pork Tacos

My review: These were delicious! So much better than I was expecting! We served them with whole grain tortillas with some homemade salsa, cheese, and a bit of sour cream! 

Baked Ziti (not a crockpot meal!)

My review: This was yummy! It's very similar to another recipe I make by the Pioneer Woman. It's def NOT a clean eating meal! More of a comfort food splurge meal. It came out great! 

Lemon parsley garlic chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken

Greek Chicken Pitas

My review: We did NOT like these. The cinnamon in this recipe is VERY overpowering. I was able to "warn" a friend who did the meals with me and when she made them she added some balsamic vinegar to it and said it really helped! We did make some homemade feta dip that was a delicious sauce that we will make again! 

BBQ Chicken (Sandwiches or on the grilled) 
4-6 chicken thighs (or 2-3 breasts) 
Favorite bottle of BBQ sauce
Soy or worcestershire sauce

My review: This is a regular for us and it's so simple! My husband is not a huge BBQ fan but I can't get enough of it! If you choose a healthy BBQ sauce, it's a pretty healthy meal for something fast/light! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Freezer Meals for the New Year (Round #3)

It's that time of year again in our house, time for some freezer meals! In the last year, we have tried to change a lot about what we eat in our home. Our goal has been to cut out as much processed food as possible and focus on eating whole fresh foods. Do we do this all the time? Nope. Do we eat 100% clean? Nope. I read a blog not too long ago that talked about eating clean 85% of the time and I loved that, because it's unrealistic for our family to think we are going to eat 100% fresh/not processed food for a few reasons… finances, access to fresh foods, and being social (community group, potlucks, church, etc). 

Here's a few recipes that we are trying this time! The only ones we've tried before are the Taco Chicken Bowls, Zucchini Chicken Alfredo (our fav), and Chili. The other recipes are newbies, so don't kill me if they're not your favorite! We can try them together ;) I'll post reviews on this blogpost once we've gotten through all the new recipes! 
**Updates, reviews are up at the bottom of each recipe! 

The thing I try to remember is that you can substitute things to make almost anything with whole/fresh foods! I substituted all the canned foods (tomatoes, etc) for fresh and diced it myself! Anything you can't buy fresh or frozen that you have to buy canned (like beans), buy organic! I also made a batch of homemade salsa for any recipes that needed that! 

I doubled most of these (except the curry because I wanted to make sure we like it first) and we have 13 freezer meals now! It took me an hour and 35 minutes to finish prepping 13 meals. Totally worth it y'all! :) Enjoy! 

Citrus Chicken (for the grill)

My review: This was delicious!! Trevor doesn't normally love "citrus" flavored things but even he loved this! :) 

Thai Chicken Massaman Curry 

My review: This was also great! I only made one because I wasn't sure how it would come out. We liked it! It's probably not a meal we would make regularly but it was nice to try something new! I didn't make the slaw part because hubby is not into slaw, so I bet it would be even better with that added! 

Fiesta Chicken Soup

My review: I thought this was decent but Trevor LOVED it! He constantly asks for me to make this one now! It has a nice little kick too (which is probably why I don't LOVE it like he does, because I'm a wimp ;)) 

Zucchini Alfredo Sauce (with chicken)

My review: This is a staple in our house now! We never make regular alfredo anymore and Trevor & Landon both love it! :) It's a super healthy meal with great taste! 

Taco Chicken Bowls

My review: Another staple in our house! We love this meal too! 


My review: This is a great chile! Hubs is pretty picky about chile and he likes this one!

Beef Fajitas

1 lb round steak (sliced into strips)
Bell peppers

Add any veggies you like in your fajitas and season it once in the skillet! I just thaw it out the night before and dump it in the skillet a few minutes before dinner :) 

My review: Fajitas are fajitas! You either like them or you don't! I love them, Trevor not so much…so I make them every once in a while. He did enjoy the beef more than the chicken though since we eat chicken ALL THE TIME. ;) 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Crockpot Recipes

So y'all know how much I LOVEEEE my crockpot and honestly, I've been missing it this summer, but seriously… who makes recipes full of creamed soups in the summer? Not people in Mississippi ;) 

This week I found several summer crockpot recipes to try and I wanted to share the ones we tried and LIKED, I never share the "flops". As a lot of you know, Trevor gives all of my new recipes a rating…1 through 10, 1 being AWFUL...10 being amazing :) So…if hubby gives it a rating of below 7, you'll never see it ;) Sometimes they just need a few changes, but otherwise, they don't make it in the recipe box! 

Here's a few we liked this week: 

Mexican Tortilla Pie
(I forgot to take pics this week and while I DID get it out of the
 crockpot intact, it did NOT look quite this lovely)


1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 cup picante sauce or salsa, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tomato, diced
7 medium whole wheat tortillas
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Salsa, sour cream and extra cilantro for toppings


1) Combine the refried beans, 3/4 cup of salsa and garlic in a small bowl
2) In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup of salsa, cilantro, black beans and tomato.
3) Take 2 long sheets of aluminum foil and make a foil sling.  Place in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.  Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
4 Take one tortilla and spread 1/4 of the refried bean mixture over the tortilla (leave about 1/2 inch of space around the perimeter).  
5) Place it in the slow cooker.  
6) Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese over beans.  Top it with another tortilla.  Spoon 1/3 of the black bean mixture over the tortilla.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup of cheese over the black beans.  Top it with another tortilla.  Repeat layers.  You'll end with refried beans on top.  Sprinkle with  remaining cheese. 
7) Cover and cook on LOW for about 4-5 hours (depending on how hot your slow cooker cooks) or about 2-3 hours on HIGH. 
8)Use the overhanging edges to gently pull out the dish intact.  Transfer to a serving platter.  Slice and
serve with sour cream, salsa and cilantro.

Recipe from:

My reviewThis recipe was delicious! I think I would add a little more tomato next time to give it a bit more flavor. I used a homemade salsa in it which I liked for a bit of a kick! 

Skinny Crockpot Alfredo Sauce


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
4 small zucchini, peeled and cut into quarters (3 large zucchini would be perfect) 
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp chicken bouillon (I used 1/2 a cube) 
3/4 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste
1 Tbsp cornstarch


1) Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker 
2) Place zucchini on top of the chicken and then sprinkle in the garlic, olive oil and bouillon.
3) Pour water over the top of everything and cover.  Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or on LOW for about 6 hours. (I cooked on HIGH for 3 hours)
4) Remove chicken and place on a cutting board and cut into bite size pieces or shred.  
5) Pour the remaining contents of the slow cooker into a large blender.  Blend until creamy and smooth.  Pour back into the slow cooker.  Salt and pepper to taste
6) In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and 1 tbsp of cold water.  Stir until smooth and creamy.  Add the cornstarch mixture into the slow cooker and stir in.  Add the chicken back in.  Turn to high and cook for about 10 minutes with the lid off until the sauce thickens up.  
7) Serve sauce and chicken over fettuccine noodles or over whole wheat spaghetti. 

**Recipe from

My review: I was SO skeptical about this recipe guys! I had NO idea how a zucchini could turn into a creamy alfredo sauce, but it DID! And it was delicious. My "meat and potatoes" hubby liked it and I was nervous if it was going to pass his test! ;) I used 2 large zucchini and next time I will use THREE instead to make sure there is plenty of sauce! 

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches 


1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (I did not use this, I just used the 1lb breasts)
2 cups water (I used 1 cup water) 
1 tsp Shirley J chicken bouillon or 2 tsp regular chicken bouillon granules
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tsp dried parsley
Salt and pepper
1/2 to 1 cup Caesar dressing
Buns, rolls, or some type of bread to serve the sandwiches on (I used whole wheat tortillas for a wrap) 


1) Place chicken in slow cooker and top with water and bouillon.  Cover and cook on LOW for about 4-6 hours.
2) Remove chicken and place on a cutting board.  Shred the chicken or cut into small chunks.  
3) Drain the liquid from the slow cooker and discard.
4) Place chicken back in the slow cooker and top with dressing, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until combined.
5) Serve chicken over bread and top with lettuce.

**Recipe from

My review: This was one of my hubby's favorites! I didn't have time to cook on low for 4-6 hours, so I cooked the chicken on HIGH for 3 hours. I also made it in the evening and then refrigerated it overnight and served it as a cold chicken salad the next day :) Hubby toasted bread and ate it on a sandwich and I used a whole wheat tortilla and made a wrap! It was delicious! I only used the 1 lb of chicken breasts because there are only three of us and we don't need that large of portions! I kept the caesar dressing as 1 cup even with less chicken to make sure it wasn't too dry! 

Sour Cream Chicken Tacos


1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp tomato paste

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 (13.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 Tbsp quick cooking tapioca (I substituted corn starch for this)

1 (4 oz) can diced green chile peppers
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper


1) Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
2) Combine onion, peppers, cumin, chili powder, oil and tomato paste in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 4-5 minutes, stirring every minute until onions are soft. Add in the soup, tapioca (or corn starch) , green chile peppers. Pour over the chicken.
3) Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Chicken should be to the point where you can easily shred it. Take 2 forks and shred the chicken and then return to the slow cooker or use your standing mixer.

4) Stir in sour cream and then salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve shredded chicken wrapped up in tortillas as tacos (or however you want to serve it).

**Recipe from

My review: This recipe was great too! It is definitely a "mushy" type taco filling, but it was delicious and Landon LOVED it. He ate it for 3 days because he loved it so much! So that's a WIN when you're 14 month old loves it too <3