One of the biggest challenges I tend to face is making sure that I have a healthy meal on the dinner table each night. I do not know what it is about dinner time that seems to throw me for a loop.
Maybe it’s the fact that dinnertime, just seems to be the busiest part of the day. And not to mention, it is the time of day when I feel drained.
Since dinner is something that needs to be provided everyday I’ve tried to come up with ways to make preparing it as easy as possible.
I have been bulk cooking for the freezer for several years now and by cooking a little extra each time I cook I now have several close to cooked meals in the freezer.
I recently began incorporating my crock pot to prepare freezer meals which saves both time and energy. Cooking meals ahead with a crock pot doesn’t require a lot of attention which is why it works great for busy families.
Here is how to use a crock pot to fill your freezer with healthy precooked meals.
I cook when I have the most energy instead of at dinnertime when I’m exhausted.
Mornings for me is when I am most energized which is why I defrost meat over night and throw it in the crock pot in the morning right after breakfast.
I fill the crock pot with as much meat as it can hold, season and add liquid. Once it’s done I divide it into Ziploc bags for later use. One of the easiest and most versatile meats for the crock pot is chicken breast. Cooked chicken can be used for chicken salad, stewed chicken, barbecued chicken sandwiches and tacos.
I always cook more than I need for each days meal.
The same technique can be used with roasts and whole chickens. Instead of just adding one meat to the crock pot, try adding two or three. When they are done, use one for dinner and freeze the extra pieces for future meals.
There are many ways to use a crock pot to relieve the burden of cooking meals, many of which I haven’t mentioned. I’d love to hear how you use your crock pot to make meal time easier.
Saidah blogs at AProverbsWife.com where she shares inspiration, frugal tips and great conversation for living life as today’s Proverbs 31 wives & women! You can find her on Twitter or chatting with friends at her frugal community on Facebook.