Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jumping on the freezer to slow cooker bandwagon

One of the latest popular pins on Pinterest is make ahead slow cooker meals that can be frozen.  The Mama and  Baby Love blog is getting a lot of buzz.

I really love the concept - you do one prep with one clean up.  In the end, you have two meals that can easily be cooked while you are at work and you have a dinner waiting for you when you come home.

My first attempt is Teriyaki Chicken.

The "cast of characters" shot made famous by The Pioneer Woman shows off how few ingredients you need for this great recipe.  Note that the bag of carrots is not quite full - my husband didn't know these were for the recipe.

Teriyaki Chicken (2 bags)

1 large bag of baby carrots
1 red onion
2 20 oz cans crushed pineapple
4 cloves garlic
4 chicken breasts
1 cup teriyaki sauce
2 gallon freezer bags

Write the following instructions on the gallon freezer bags with a Sharpie.  Add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to the mixture.  Cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.  Serve over rice.

Pour half of the bag of baby carrots into each freezer bag.
Cut the red onion into large chunks and split between the two bags.
Pour one can of pineapple into each bag (undrained).
Chop the cloves of garlic and put half in each bag.
Place half of the chicken breasts in each bag.
Pour 1/2 cup of teriyaki sauce into each bag.

Seal the bags and push out any excess air so that the bags lay flat.  Place in the freezer.  The night before you plan to make the meal, place the bag in the refrigerator and put the ingredients into the slow cooker the next day.

I can't wait to make this dish and see how it works!

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