Hey strangers! Sorry for the long pause. It is back to school for me and my babies, which means that things here are nonstop and this mama is in bed by 8:30 with the kiddos!

As part of my back to school prep, I always try to make some freezer meals that I can just pop in the crock pot on a morning I know we will be running late or needing food ready when we get home. Freezer meals are a perfect fit for me. I can make a bunch at once, then put them in the freezer and have them as needed. This week, I bought an extra big pack of chicken breasts and used them to make 3 easy meals. Sometimes I do the meal prep beforehand, but this year I am at a new school and have more prep to do there. With that in mind, I prepped these while I cooked a simple oven sheet pan dinner for me and the kids (more of those to come later ;).

Today, I am doing 3 meals in 1. You will see one combined shopping list, because many of the ingredients are overlapping and I can usually get things cheaper in bigger packs. The 3 meals are:

  1. Creamy salsa chicken
  2. Chicken Alfredo
  3. Chicken fajitas

I will walk you through what goes in each bag, but first, the shopping list:

Meat department:

  • 1 large pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (aim for 6-7)

Produce department

  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow onion

Frozen foods

  • 1 bag broccoli
  • 1 bag corn

Canned goods

  • 1 container of your favorite salsa
  • 1 can black beans, low salt
  • 1 can gluten free cream of chicken soup
  • 2 jars garlic Alfredo sauce
  • 4 oz can diced tomatoes

Seasoning

  • Taco seasoning (2 baggies or 6 oz)
  • 2 bay leaves

When I make the meals, I get each bag ready and labeled with the meal description and the date. Most freezer meals with chicken last 4-6 months. I prep all my veggies first, then put in my meat, and finally add the seasonings and sauces on top. Here is each bag:

  1. Creamy salsa chicken

1/2 onion, diced

1 bag corn

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 container of salsa

1 pack taco seasoning (about 3-4 oz)

1 can cream of chicken soup (GF version)

2-3 chicken breasts

2. Chicken Alfredo

1/2 green bell pepper, diced

1 bag frozen broccoli

1 can diced tomatoes with juice

2 jars Alfredo sauce

2-3 chicken breasts

3. Chicken fajitas

1/2 green bell pepper, sliced

1/2 onion sliced

1 red pepper sliced

1 pack taco seasoning (3-4 oz)

2-3 chicken breasts

When you put your meals in the freezer, make sure that there is no air in the bag and that you lay each meal flat. Squish them around a bit to make sure the chicken is covered in liquid (it acts like a marinade once it is cooking). I put one frozen meal in the crock pot on low for 8-10 hours. When ready to eat, shred the chicken in the crock pot and serve. I usually pair the Alfredo with gluten free noodles, and the fajitas and the salsa chicken over rice.

A little prep beforehand (20 minutes for all 3 meals) gets 3 ready to go meals later! Perfect for a busy time like back to school! Wish me luck on a new school year with new students!

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