Alright friends. I wasn’t going to post about this because I wanted to just do it for a friend, but I ended up wanting to remember everything I did so that I can do it for my own family!
My cutest Texas friend that lives below me just had her baby recently and I decided that I wanted to make her a months worth of dinners. Mostly because when I had my baby we had just moved and so I didn’t know my neighbors (Luckily I had my family close) but I remember thinking, “I want to be a good friend and neighbor to anyone that has a brand new baby!”
Well, 30 meals is a little over kill. But I was able to figure out a system where I could make 2 weeks worth of crock pot meals and accomplish it all within the time my baby slept! (I didn’t look at the clock but I’m thinking it was around 2 to 2.5 hours). I went grocery shopping that morning, put him down for a nap, and went to work! My goal was to finish before he woke up and I totally did. Very doable if you buckle down!
Here’s how I did it:
I researched meals. I found some recipes that looked good on Pinterest. (I didn’t keep track of who made up what recipe so if you happen to know the amazing people that came up with this before anyone else please let me know so I can give credit!) I altered them slightly to fit what I wanted.
I wrote down the recipes and grocery list. I doubled one recipe and tripled 4 other recipes. (To make 14)
Here’s my grocery list:
BBQ Sauce – 3 bottles
Cream Cheese – 3 (8oz each)
Italian Seasoning – 3 packets
Cream of Chicken – 3 cans
Frozen broccoli – 3 packs
Green Pepper – 3 large
Alfredo Sauce – 6 jars (16oz each)
Limes – 6
Cilantro – 3 bunches
Red Onions – 3
Black Beans – 3 cans
Pineapple – 2 (20oz) can
Teriyaki Sauce – 1 bottle
2 big bags of chicken breasts
Bag of corn
Sour Dough bread (to use as a side – get the 3 packs that are sealed and last awhile)
The total was about $108 and it makes about 4 servings per meal which averages about $1.90 per person each meal! Um… YES please!
A lot of stuff you might already have at home too!
I made sure to write on all my ziplock bags before starting. I wrote the ingredients and instructions on the first one (of every meal) and then just instructions on the other ones to save time.
Here are the recipes I used:
Cilantro Lime Chicken: (Do 3 bags with these in each)
3 Chicken Breasts
Juice from 2 Limes
1 bunch of Cilantro chopped
1 (16oz) bag of Corn
2 garlic cloves minced
1/2 Red Onion chopped
1 can of Black Beans drained/rinsed
1 tsp. Cumin
Salt and Pepper
Instructions: Cook low for 8 hours, Shred meat and serve on tortillas
I chopped all my veggies up first and then put the chicken in last so that when you dump it in your crock pot, the meat will go in first.
Chicken Alfredo: (Do 3 bags with these in each)
3 Chicken Breasts
1 (16oz) frozen Broccoli
1 Large Green Pepper
2 (16oz) jars Alfredo Sauce
Instructions: Cook low 4-6 hours, serve over noodles.
Creamy Italian Chicken: (Do 3 bags with these in each)
2-3 Chicken breasts
1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 can Cream of Chicken
1 dry packet Italian Seasoning
Instructions: Cook low 4-6 hours, serve over rice
BBQ Chicken: (Do 3 bags with these in each)
3-4 Chicken Breasts
1 Bottle BBQ Sauce
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Vinegar
1/8 t. Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
Instructions: Cook low 4-6 hrs. Shred and serve on sandwiches or w/ a side.
Teriyaki Chicken: (Do 2 bags with these in each)
Baby carrots (1/2 bag)
1/2 Red Onion
1 (20oz) can Pineapple undrained
1 Garlic clove
3-4 Chicken Breasts
1/2 bottle Teriyaki Sauce
Instructions:Thaw overnight, cook on high for 4 hrs or low for 8 hrs. Serve with rice and/or veggies.
I don’t have a ton of counter space in my home so this is where I ended up lining them up. I put in all the ingredients for each bag except for the meat. I felt like the chicken breasts I bought from Costco were huge so I evenly distributed them where I thought it would be best for each meal. So some got 2-3 whereas others got 3-4. These meals will feed 4 people so if it’s a brand new mama she will have dinner for her husband, herself, and then lunch the next day! Super convenient when you’re trying to take care of a tiny baby for the very first time.
I will be doing this for my own little family because the food is really yummy, helps save time, and moolah! Let me know if you try it! Would love to hear your favorite crock pot meal!