Suddenly, Fall is upon us. Kids are back at school. The dorm sales have finally seeped their way out of the stores. The Christmas Tree Shops are lined with orange-y things for the upcoming Halloween season, and —
we’re all busy again.
But it’s the pleasant busy. It’s the routine busy. It’s the busy that’s not too busy where you can’t stop for a minute and take in the changing leaves or inhale the fresh, non-muggy air, or sit down for 20 minutes and enjoy a warm cup of fresh coffee. It’s the busy that makes you want to be busy — to get up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday and take an early morning walk. To tackle a new craft project. To finally organize your cluttered closet.
And that kind of busy tends to suck you away from dinner-type foods. Instead. You want to bake apple pie. You want to bake pumpkin breads and all sorts of buttery muffins. Maybe you’ll throw together a beef stew if a Sunday allows it. But on the busy Fall nights where all your energy is diverted into diving into your old or new routine, you don’t want to think about dinner.
Enter another crockpot freezer meal. This time, Chicken Cacciatore.
I put this together weeks ago and pulled it out when I didn’t dare want to think about dinner when I got home.
These are also perfect for the nights that I come home from the new spinning class I’ve signed up for. I’ll be ravenous. And because I’ll have just worked out, I won’t want to reach for the unhealthy. This is perfect for that.
Crockpot Freezer meal: Chicken Cacciatore
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 1 (26 oz) jar of chunky vegetable-style spaghetti sauce
- 1 large zucchini, chopped
- 1 large green pepper, diced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- Place all ingredients into a gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together.
- Lay flat and seal, pressing out as much air as possible. Then double bag it to prevent freezer burn. Then freeze!
- When ready to eat: Remove from freezer the night before you plan on eating it and place it in the fridge to let it thaw. Or simply run it under cold water enough to break it apart to put in the crockpot.
- Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Serve over spaghetti with your favorite cheese.
My Two Cents
Your lives will change once you have these freezer meals on hand. You spend less than the grocery store frozen pizzas and/or chicken nuggets, and these are much healthier.