I need you...

Seriously...ladies...and gents for what it's worth. I need your best, most favorite, yummy, most easy to prepare and live in the freezer casserole type recipes. :) I really want to fill this freezer up before this baby comes...I want to fill it with tasty meals that I can just put in the oven and serve with some bread. :) You got any?

It can't be anything spicy or too crazy...my darling husband is not a fan of foofy foods...he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I would prefer things with chicken, hamburger and maybe sausage...plus all the good filler ingredients. :)

Also...while we are at it...I would love to hear your favorite crock pot recipes too...easy ones...like dump it in and walk away kind of recipes. :) Got any of those?

Please share...don't let me down, now. :)

Looking forward very much to hearing all of your tasty suggestions. :)

Thanks for being fabulous...all you lovely folks who take the time to read this...I treasure each and every one of you! :)

Have a great Tuesday!! :)


Mummy McTavish said...

Apricot Chicken is my most Fave crock recipe.

Chicken legs(I do 6 medium sized usually), big can of apricot nectar, packet of french onion soup mix. Dump in crock pot, leave cook till 20 mins before dinner, dump in a few handfulls of soup pasta, rissoni or whatever you have and it's finished doing it's thing by the time hubs has set the table and got the munchkin settled.

All the recipes that need you to brown stuff or add stuff at 4 different times through the day, that is just not why I got a crock pot! I can chop veg to go in, that sort of prep I dont mind, but I love pot roasts, lamb shanks and other simple crock recipes. Dump it in and walk away!

Karen said...

OMG - your freezer looks JUST LIKE MINE!
Let me see what I can dig up here. There is some site where a girl made nothing but crock pot meals for a year straight. Let me see if I can find it. But you need frozen freezable stuff too....hmmmmmm

Lisa said...

I have this lady on my reader, she cooked in the c-pot for a year.
You should check her out.
I am going to keep coming back to steal some of those casserole recipes so I hope you get a bunch! :)Lisa

D'Rae said...

I would be most interested in this as well!

poohza said...

I have a great book that I use all the time called Fix, Freeze, Feast. I have tried a lot of other freezer books but this one is by far my favorite. we have really liked everything we have made from it. I even gave a few copies out as christmas gifts...

Sara said...

I have some of those! They taste good too!

This one you can divide in to 2 8x8 pans and freeze them. I love to make this lasagna. If you lived closer to me I would make you some!!

Shortcut Lasagna
1 lg or 2 reg. packages spagetti sauce mix (envelopes)
1 8 oz tomato sauce
1 lg can tomatos (cut up)
24 oz v8
1 1/2 lb ground beef
12 oz carton cottage cheese
12 oz mozzarella - grated
1 box uncooked lasagna noodles

brown ground beef and drain off fat. add spagetti mix, tomato sauce, tomatos, v8, and simmer 10 mins. layer sauce, noodles, cottage cheese and mozzarella. i do three layers and end with a layer of sauce. cover with foil, place on cookie sheet (it will drip) and bake in 350 oven for 1 hour.

You can also do a roast in a crock pot, it just sits all day. All you have to do is pop it in there with a few ingredients. Super easy. I put 2 cups beef broth, kosher salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, minced onion, garlic, and jamaica me crazy (it's a jar you get in the spice isle). Put it on low and when you're ready take it out. The kiddos love it

Kristi said...

I have a couple, but I'm not at home now, so I'll have to send them later. One is Gringo Taco casserole. We LOVE it and so does everyone we make it for. The other is Peakaboo Chicken. Lots of smothered chicken goodness. But not for me right now...diet diet diet, don't think about it Kristi! ha ha. I'll get them to you later.

ccp said...

here's what my mom made before she left..

-brown hamburger meat (1 lb or so)
-boil macaroni noodles separately( 1/2 box or more if you want)
-mix in tomato sauce (1 or 2 cans) and some water
-add paprika, chili powder, and cumin
-let simmer for awhile
-mix with noodes into a casserole dish.
-Freeze. When you get it out to cook, let it defrost and cook on 350 until it's warm. Add cheddar cheese on top for last 5 minutes of baking.

Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Casserole
-Boil Chicken breats (2 or 3) and shred or chop
-Make White Rice -1 cup dry
-stir fry celery, onion, green pepper for a minute, mix with rice and cooked chicken
-Separately melt 1 or 2 cans of cream of mushroom mixed with 8 oz or so of velveta
-mix all together and freeze
-cook on 350 until warm!

easy crock pot recipe --
- put in frozen chicken breasts and cover with italian dressing and a small amount if water!

or white chicken chili!
-mix 3 cans of great northen beans, 1 cup frozen chopped bell peppers,1 small chopped onion (frozen is fine), 1 can of chicken (i know you don't do canned meats, but hey!), 2 cans of chicken stock, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and you can put in 1 can of green chiles if you feel like it!

Kelley said...

Crockpot. Chicken Stroganauff. 4 frozen chicken breasts. 1 pack of french onion soup mix. 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup. 8-16 of sour cream. cook on low all day and serve over egg noodles. pretty good and chicken comes out super moist.

koryshar said...

Creamy Baked Chicken:


it's prepared in 5 minutes, reheats well, and came from my grandmother. For the wine, I use the one Goya makes and is on the hispanic food isle and costs like 2 bucks for a good size bottle. I've had it with expensive wine and it doesn't taste the same. The alcohol cooks out as it bakes so you don't have to worry about your son.

Trish said...

Chicken Broccoli Casserole:

-pound of chicken cooked and cut into cubes or bite sizes.
-package of broccoli cooked lightly (i use fresh)
-1/2 cup of mayo or miracle whip
-1/2 cup of sour cream
-1 can cream of chicken soup
(mix the last three ingredients together.)

Place cooked chicken in a 9x9" baking dish or you could double it for a 9x13" pour broccoli over chicken
Pour soup mixture over broccoli and then add a layer of cheese, i like a lot.
then add croutons on top.
bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
If you are going to freeze it I suggest taking it out of the freezer a day ahead and then the day you are going to cook it take it out of the fridge for a bit just so it's not so cold otherwise it might be a bit cold when you go to eat it.

Also a great thing is to seperate chicken into freezer zip lock bags with marinade in it that way when you take it out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge it will be thawing and marinating at the same time. Then you just have to bake and add bread and a veggie.

i will also go through my crockpot book! i have a really yummy chilli recipe and a Maui chicken recipe all very delish!

Naptime Crafts said...

there is a blog called What's for dinner mom http://whatsforsuppermom.blogspot.com/

where people only post recipes. It just started with the new year so there isn't a whole lot yet, but there are always new recipes added several times a day.

Michelle said...

ummm if you get anything good I wouldn't mind you passing it along :)

Diane said...

Easiest crockpot recipe ever.

Jar of mild salsa, pour some out in the bottom, place some chicken breasts in it, cover rest of chicken with salsa. Cook on low for about 5 hours. Take chicken out, mix some sourcream in with the salsa, place c.breasts in for a couple more min. serve over egg noodles or rice. I usually serve with a tortilla on the side.

artemis9976 said...

my favorite crockpot recipe is taco soup

1 can black beans
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can mild chili beans
2 cans corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes w/ chilis (Rotel)
1 pack taco seasoning
1 pack ranch salad dressing mix

dump it all in the crock pot (juices and all), give it a quick stir, turn it to low and walk away!

I've cooked it as little as 4 hours and as much as 10 and its perfect every time. Also quite good if you throw in a pound of browned hamburger, and it's yummy topped with shredded cheese & sour cream if you really want to be naughty ;)

Jennifer said...

Mexican Casserole

can of enchilada sauce
can of cream soup (I like cream of chicken or potato best)
flour tortillas
can of refried beans
I usually do cooked chopped chicken or leave it as-is for veggie. I'm sure you could also add hamburger.

This makes one 9x13 pan or two 8x8 pans.
Mix together ench sauce and soup and then I usually layer from the bottom up:

ench sauce combo
sauce combo
ench sauce combo
top w/ cheese, black olives....whatever you want.

Sometimes I add chopped onions in with the meat. Mild green chilis are good too.

Bake at 350 for 30-45 min.

Super easy, you really can't screw it up. You can throw in whatever you want and if you accidentally leave something out, it's still great! My kids (5 & 3) have loved it forever.

I'm enjoying your blog. Congrats on baby #2!

koryshar said...

My recipezaar newsletter came to my inbox this morning and the topic of choice was make ahead freezer meals! Here is the link:


you can sort the recipes by rating to view the ones most enjoyed by other cooks.

-- PurpleFres said...

I'm not sure if I would say this is a bonafide meal, but it sure does work for a house full of guys (especially during football season!)

Ultimate Crockpot Meatballs

1 16 oz. can Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 12 oz. bottle Chili Sauce (I like Heinz)
2 lb. bag of frozen and pre-cooked cocktail meatballs

Throw all ingredients in a crockpot for 4 hours on High and Wal-la! Meatballs for the masses! :)

My crazy crazy life said...

I have so many great ideas and I even have a cooking blog. Check it out. Lasagnas are awesome. Chicken pot pies are yummy too. I even had super quick meals that aren't necessarily frozen but can be made in a flash and by men too! :)


Margaret said...

I use my crockpot all the time. I am a student with two kids and this keeps us from eating out so much.
If you like little smokies you can put those in with your favorite BBQ sauce and some pork n beans. We also add some splenda brown sugar and steak seasoning to ours. It is really quick and easy and the kids love it.
I have meatballs in my crockpot right now.

It is a great idea to stock up now on easy things to fix. People from our church brought us meals for a week after our youngest was born and it was great not to have to cook.

Amy said...

Oh, I have the BEST recipe! It's a copycat of the Pasta E Fagioli soup from the Olive Garden. It's hearty and yummy, and PERFECT for the crock pot!

Pasta E Fagioli Soup for Crock Pot

4 hours on high, 8 hours on low; prep time 15 minutes
SERVES 12-14

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) white kidney beans OR white navy beans, drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (we use Prego Organic Tomato & Basil)
8 ounces pasta (we use Barilla Ditalini)

1. Brown beef in a skillet.
2. Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta.
3. Cook on high for 4 hours OR on low for 7-8 hours.
4. During last 30 minutes on high OR 1 hour on low, add pasta.

This makes A LOT of soup! It totally fills up our crock pot. We take the leftovers and put individual servings into ziploc bags and freeze them. But if you wanted to put it all in the freezer straight away, you could do that, too.

It's so easy, and so, soo good!

Gabbi said...

Meat and potato pie

2 pillsbury pie crusts
1 lb hamburger
1 chopped onion
garlic, to taste
frozen veggies (whatever you like)
1 can of sliced potatoes
swiss cheese

layer a 9 inch pie pan with one crust, hamb. onion,garlic, veggies, potatoes, swiss cheese and lay the other pie crust on top, seal the edges, cat a few slits to vent and bake at 350
for 1 hour.


I have a friend who uses cream of mushroom soup in it too....

Good luck!


b3designs said...

This is an easy one for the crockpot. You can get a lot of meat and eat it like pot roast style one night and then the next night have burritos or beef tacos with it.


I always check out allrecipes.com. You can search crockpot or slow cooker, or you can search by a few ingredients you have on hand and want to use.

Kristi said...

Gringo Tacos

1 lb ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 (10 oz) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cup Milnot
12 corn tortillas
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup margarine

Brown onion and beef in 1/2 cup margarin. Add green pepper. Add sauces, chili powder, salt and pepper; simmer 5 minutes.

In greased 13x9 inch pan layer 1 cup meat sauce and 6 tortillas. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Then layer 6 more tortillas, remaining sauce and cheese. Pour Milnot over all. Allow to stand at least 1 hour. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Serves 6.

Kristi said...

Peek-a-Boo Chicken
1 cup uncooked rice
4 TBS melted butter
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
3/4 of the soup can of milk
10 pieces of chicken
1 pkg. Onion soup mix

Mix rice, butter, soup and milk together and place in a buttered 9x13 casserole. Place rinsed adn dried chicken on top of rice mixture. Sprinkle with onion soup mix. Top tightly with foil. Place in 325 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours without peeking under foil.

My mother-in-law says to double the first 4 ingredients.

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