Prepare Post: Just how messy can I make my kitchen..?

Dinners, Recipes

Last week I posted my shopping list for my crockpot challenge, you can view it as well as the list of meals I’m making. So I went to Giant and bought all those ingredients, brought them home set to work… I put everything out on my table and added all the stuff I already had in my kitchen.

Crockpot 1

That’s a lot of food..

I started with the veggies first.. I cut up all the veggies and set them aside on plates.. the onions, peppers, potatoes and celery.

Although I wanted to make recipes that had as little cooking as possible I did precook the ground meat. You don’t have to, but you will have to add some time to the recipe if you don’t. So that’s what I did next, I browned all the ground meat, except for the meat I used for the meatball stew; that I set aside to make meatballs with.

Next I labeled all the bags, I wrote the meal name on it and also wrote the amount of broth that needed to be added. Some of these recipes call for 2-4 cups of chicken/beef broth, it didn’t make sense to me to add that to the bag that I froze because there was hardly room in the bag for it. I figured it would be just easier to add the broth into the crockpot when I cooked the meal.

One thing to note, however; is that broth only keeps in the fridge for about 7 days after you open it. What you can do though, is freeze it; and the easiest way I’ve found to freeze broth is in ice cube trays. Use the trays and then collect them all in a baggie that stays in the freezer. Measure each cube and you can figure out how many cubes equal a cup, etc, then label the bag with it so you don’t forget.

I took each recipe one at a time. I added the meats to the bags first, then the veggies, the starches (quinoa, rice, potatoes..) and the sauce and seasonings.

One thing you should not do… is assume that the bags will sit up on their own.. It’s not very easy to add all those ingredients to the bags with one hand.. So at one point I noticed with enough ingredients in the bag it kind of sat up itself.. so naturally I walked across the kitchen to check the recipe or something… and when I looked back, I had tomato sauce dripping down my dishwasher.. very close to loosing the entire contents of the bag to the floor.. uhh whoops..

I bagged all the recipes, except for one which I actually just made that day but can easily be frozen as well, and stuck them in the freezer. I probably should have checked my freezer ahead of time because all 5 bags, just about fit in my freezer. I had to do a lot of reorganizing to make everything fit.. good thing I didn’t add that broth…

Stayed tuned for my next posts about how each recipe turned out.


Buffalo Turkey Chili

Dinners, Recipes

To warm you up during this cold, cold, snowy winter, there’s nothing better then some chili..

Buffalo Turkey Chili via Design with Influence

What you need

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • I large carrot peeling and chopped
  • I medium onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • S&P
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 hot sauce
  • 7 oz can tomato sauce
  • 7 oz zesty chili style can diced tomatoes (Del Monte)
  • Shredded cheese and scallions for garnish
  • (add beansĀ  if you’d like but I’m not a bean person..)

What to do

  1. Start by adding a little bit of olive oil to a medium pot, over medium to high heat. Add the ground turkey and a little bit of S&P and brown.
  2. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, chili powder and paprika. Cook until the veggies are a little softer, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken broth, hot sauce, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes. The longer it simmers the thicker it will get, so simmer until desired (up to an hour.)
  5. Add more seasonings if desired.
  6. Serve with cheese and scallions or however you’d like. Enjoy!