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Easy Meals to Make Ahead

Easy Meals to Make Ahead

With the cold weather engulfing much of the country and hitting Kansas with some sizable snowfalls I decided to make some family favorites to keep us warm, like Clam Chowder in Homemade Bread Bowls. This also seemed like the perfect time to pull out some of my easy meals to make ahead. Let me share some of my family’s favorite freezer to slow cooker meals.

White Chicken Chili is a great winter dish, with just enough spiciness to warm a person up from the inside out! We love it with either cornbread or tortilla chips.…te-chicken-chili/

Another family favorite are these slow cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches. I like to serve them with fries or chips.

I also made meatballs and put in the freezer to pull out and reheat for spaghetti and meatballs, as well as marinating some beef roast for upcoming Ramen Bowls.

Knowing that I can come home to dinner already made or easy to heat and serve is wonderful. Prepping meals for the slow cooker doesn’t take much time, but saves a great deal of time and frustration. These two are easy meals to make ahead.

Are you a fan of meal prepping?

I hope these family favorites will become some of your family’s favorites, too.

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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Slow Cooker


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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken on Buns – Freezer to Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken on Buns – Freezer to Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken on Buns – Freezer to Slow Cooker

As the summer has moved closer to its end I have continued cleaning up after the flood and working on being the best me I can be. As work is a little busier than it had been during June and July I am finding myself relying on make ahead meals and freezer to slow cooker meals yet again. This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken on Buns – Freezer to Slow Cooker recipe came from Daughter Number One who has been pre-planning and prepping, too.

It always surprises me just how much time and hassle pre-planning and prepping saves me. It may take a chunk of time one day a week (Sunday for me), but it makes weeknights so much better for everyone in my house.

Last night was the first time I had made this recipe and knew from the faces around the table that it will make it into the rotation. Daughter Number Four actually had seconds.

Serving recommendations are to serve the chicken on a bun with coleslaw on the side. For my own, to make it lower carb, I skipped the bun and served my chicken over my slaw. It was delicious.

If you have not tried making dishes ahead, especially freezer to slow cooker meals, I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an easy weeknight make ahead meal! You will not be disappointed.

Shredded BBQ Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce (your choice)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Italian dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • Hamburger buns

Mix all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag. Freeze. Remove from freezer the night before. In the morning pour the contents of the freezer bag into the slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred chicken while still in crockpot and let sit in BBQ mixture for about 30 minutes on warm. Serve on hamburger buns.


Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Recipe


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