Shop-Chop-n’Plop

No, I did not become a Prep-er! I had some friends stop by the house this day and they had looks of concern, LOL. When I explained what I was doing I think I even talked them into doing the same! I’m not going to lie it takes some planning and I did hurt in the end. (Um, food processor? Maybe THAT should have been on my Christmas list!  Your hands will be thank you.) I do my best to find healthier options that don’t include cream of mushroom or anything like that. I have read that the lycopene of tomatoes is actually more bio-available from cans, that’s the only the vegetable I will buy in cans. You could also use dry beans but for sanity’s sake I bought organic beans in cans.

TIPS

  •  Pick up gallon sized freezer zip lock baggies -date/label them BEFORE you put food in them.
  • May sure to note any additions you’ll add on the bag when its time to throw it in the crock-pot, I  marked them with *
  • Make a list and check it twice. I use a tally system when going through the recipes so I know how many veggies/cans of tomatoes or beans.
  • Costco is great for canned tomatoes and black beans but you have to go to a regular grocer for a variety of beans/tomatoes with chilies…
  • Chop everything up and put in bowls. This is the most time consuming part. But well worth it once you start plopping.
  • If you have extra veggies throw them in a bag! No need to get obsessed on amounts, go by your own tastes.
  • Add meat first to the baggies
  • Good luck with the onions- it was brutal for me, again FOOD PROCESSOR!
  • Freeze flat
  • simmer LOW 6-8 hours

Pineapple Chicken Burritos *toppings like avocado or plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream, tortillas

  • 3 chicken breast(shred once cooked)
  • can crushed pineapple or cut and smash your own
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can green enchilada sauce

Pork Carnitas*topping, tortillas

  • 2 lbs tenderloin
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 can tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin

Roast Beef & Carrots

  • 2 lbs bone less beef chuck
  • 2 lbs chopped carrots
  • 3 Tb EVOO
  • 3Tb Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3TB seasoning mix of choice

Italian Pork Roast* can serve over spaghetti

  • 2 lbs boneless pork roast
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 2TB EVOO
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1TB parsley
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano

Sausage & Beans* over brown rice(with homemade stock), could sprinkle some cheese if you wanted

  • 1 lbs sausage -sliced
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 can tomatoes with chili peppers
  • 1 can butter beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  •  can garbanzo beans
  • 1 TB Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.5 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey

Chicken Curry * over brown rice/quinoa

  • 1 lbs chicken thighs-cut
  • 1 1/2  TB flour
  • 2 TB curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cups chopped sweet potatoes
  • 1 cups carrots
  • 1 cup mango(use frozen)
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup zuchini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup stock(I make my own and freeze in 1-4 cup bags)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup peanuts

BBQ Chicken * over brown rice

  • 1 lbs chicken- cut
  • 1.5 cup sweet potato
  • 1 cup green pepper
  • 1 cup zucchini
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 Tb flour
  • 1 150z can tomato sauce
  • 2 TB brown sugar
  • 1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tb ground mustard
  • 1 clove garlic

Meat Stew

  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 1 cup onion
  • 5 carrots chopped
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 1 red bell peppers chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 Tbs flour at end (or GF flour alternative OR omit)

Chicken Taco* add one bottle beer and have taco toppings/tortillas (or brown rice for a bowl!)

  • 3 chicken breast(shred once cooked)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 cup corn(frozen not canned)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 package taco seasoning or a homemade mix

Having finished I feel  much more prepared for baby Seiter’s upcoming debut, I also did this before a major knee surgery. But it would be a great thing to have in your freezer for these cold winter nights. Nothing like a little piece of mind in the kitchen!

Steeping in Shop-Chop-N’Plopping,

Tori

 

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