Two things. I’m in an Asian kind of mood, and I have some chicken and beef broth to get rid of before it goes bad. Originally I was going to do a blog on 7 crockpot freezer meals. As I started to prep, I realized that the first 4 were Asian meals. Therefore, I’m going to stop with the 4 meals and feature just the Asian-inspired meals. I’ll do another 7 day one later when my taste buds allow me to showcase more variety.
Of course, these are all gluten free (as long as you choose the correct ingredients). They can also fit right into your Paleo/Primal lifestyle depending on how strict you are (I will occasionally use things such as brown sugar in a recipe, but only every once in a while). All of these meals are super delicious and easy, so even if you’re not following a gluten free diet, you will still enjoy them. You can cut costs down by doing regular soy sauce instead of the organic gluten free soy sauce, or also substitute regular soy sauce for the coconut amino’s.
General Tso’s Chicken
Paleo Honey Sesame Chicken
Paleo Sesame Beef
Pineapple Chicken (adapted from http://foodpinsnow.com/?p=1228)
4 large chicken breasts
1 medium chopped onion
1/2 cup organic chicken broth
3 TBSP coconut amino’s
1/2 fresh, cored pineapple in it’s natural juice
shredded unsweetened coconut to top (optional)
Add all ingredients to crock pot except shredded coconut. Cook on high for 4 hours. Once you have it on your plate, top with a little shredded coconut.
When you prepare, just put all of your ingredients in a ziplock freezer bag, label directly on the bag the name of the recipe, if there is anything else you need to add, and how long it takes to make.
Told ya I was in a “Chinese” food kind of mood! It’s funny because I haven’t had Chinese food in the longest time. I have a personal love for Shrimp Fried Rice and General Tso’s Chicken (the spicier, the better). But with each pregnancy (I swear, I feel like I’ve been pregnant for the past 3 years…but I pretty much have been!) I was always turned off by the thought of Chinese food. Looks like my taste buds are coming back… and I’m so happy to have found options that are not only much healthier, but also fit within the guidelines that I like to eat. Oh, and they’re quick and easy to prepare, and when it comes time to cook, your crock pot does all the work!
I usually end up making about 2 crock pot meals a week, so I don’t know which two I’ll have this week yet (I also have a good old fashioned roast in a freezer bag, too). But one thing’s for sure… I plan on pairing most of these up with lightly steamed broccoli. There’s something about Chinese food that makes firm, bright green broccoli a necessity. Oh, and hopefully I’ll find some time to whip up some delicious cauliflower fried “rice.” There are many other easier versions of cauliflower “rice” out there, but this one is worth all the time it takes to make. Absolutely delicious. I think I’ll make it with the General Tso’s Chicken.