Once a Month Slow Cooker Freezer Cooking from the Stockpile: Part I
So, I've been wanting to do some freezer cooking for a while, to free up some time during the week and generally make life easier. Then I thought, wouldn't it be great if I was able to use what's in my pantry stockpile currently to do the freezer cooking? I could save even more money! I liked the sound of that idea so much, I thought, what if I was able to use my slow cooker for much (if not all) of this cooking extravaganza? This project will be a piece of cake! And, I thought, I'll make enough meals for an entire month. Then I can sit back, save money, and enjoy a little R & R.
That's the plan, anyway.
My first step is to get organized. I need to survey what's in my stockpile, and plan meals around that. Here's what it looks like:
Here's what I have a lot of:
- Eden Organics Garbanzo beans (bought on special at Amazon)
- Cream of Chicken Soup ( $.50/can at Target a few months ago)
- Barbecue Sauce (FREE at Target)
- Salad Dressing/Marinade ($.39 each at Target and FREE at Tops)
- Chicken Breast (in Freezer - bought at Palmer's for $1.49/lb)
- Ground Beef (about 5 lbs in freezer -- Wegmans' Club Pack $1.99/lb)
- Shredded Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese (bought in bulk at Wegmans)
- 10 lbs of Frozen Spinach from BJ's Warehouse.
- About 10 boxes of pasta from various stores
- 10 lbs of White Rice from PriceRite
- Several Boxes of Swanson Chicken Broth (No MSG!)
Next, I need to make my menu plan. I have a few ideas, but I'd love to get some input first. What would you make with these ingredients??