I just finished the most delicious plate of jalapeno popper stuffed chicken! But that will have to wait for tomorrow. Because first, I’m going to tell you about how I spent my morning making four meals for a family of four for $20. And, all I have to do is toss the contents of the bag into the crock pot for 8 hours and my meal is ready. Score one for being prepared!
A couple days ago I saw a pin for crock pot freezer meals. There are a lot of freezer meals floating around Pinterest, but so many of them are casserole-type dishes. These caught my eye because you can cook them in the crock pot and the recipes sounded really good. There was also a great variety-not four different ways to cook chicken breast. The original blogger has set it up as a great tutorial, so please go check it out. I’ll just cover the basics of what we did today. Jamie (my sister-in-law) and I decided to go in together to purchase the ingredients for these four meals. The recipes are designed to make two meals each, so it was perfect. We each went through our own pantry to see what we already had, and then made up a list of what we needed to buy together. (Neither of us like curry, so we didn’t make that meal at all) Our bill was only $24 for all the ingredients- $12 for each family. I used my WIC voucher for the produce, and I already had some of the meat, so when I added it all up, it would be closer to $20 total for someone purchasing all the ingredients. Still, that’s only $1.25 per person!
When we got home from the grocery store, we separated out the ingredients for each meal, prepped and cut the veggies and meat and tossed them into gallon sized zip-loc bags. I now have four meals ready to go in my freezer for those days that I know I will not have time to cook or it is too hot to turn on the oven!
To make it simpler, I’m going to list the recipes that I made that serve our family of four. If you want to make two meals, just double the recipe or click here to see her shopping lists.
I have not actually eaten any of these meals yet, so I don’t know what they taste like, nor how they will turn out. I’m going merely by what the ingredients are and faith. 🙂 I will come back and update after I’ve had each meal.