Jen Charron: Control Freak


Fill Your Freezer

Stock Up For Those Hectic Days

It is January, there’s snow everywhere and we have landed in our new house with a completely empty freezer. Time to make some hearty meals for wintry nights and stock up again.

If you make a few meals this week that can easily be double batched and that freeze well, you can tuck away some extra dinners for those crazy days when you just don’t have time to cook.

For me, one of the easiest ways to do this is to use my slow cooker. I love throwing in some ingredients in the morning and having dinner cook all day while I am working. It is the ultimate in multi-tasking!

Today I made a double batch of my family’s favourite chili. It is based upon a great recipe from former Mummy Eats blogger Theresa Albert for Turkey, Sweet Potato and Bean Chili. But rather than cooking it on the stovetop, I use the slow cooker. We enjoyed it for dinner and now I have a container for the freezer and lunches for my husband and for me sitting in the fridge for tomorrow.

On deck for later this week:

•  Pulled Pork Sandwiches
We love this recipe and the Pulled Pork freezes really well.

•  Nachos
I make a ground beef mixture to top the nachos and can freeze this topping. (And another tip: I buy large bags of shredded cheese and freeze them, too. Then we just use it directly from the freezer as we need it.)

•  Vegetable Soup
I don’t have a recipe in mind for this one yet but the Kid has requested it. So I’ll be on the hunt for something tasty that I can make a huge batch of in the slow cooker this weekend.