I, typically don't freezer meal prep on purpose. By this I mean - there are times when I make too much chili or soup and freeze it OR I may have vegetables in the fridge that have seen better days, so I'll throw them in a stew or make an egg bake that I'll throw in the freezer.
However, after seeing how easy it was this weekend - I might start doing it more regularly or at least before I know I'm about to travel like this week where I returned late in the evening in the middle of the week - throwing a major wrench in my meal prep routine. But I digress.
This weekend, I went to Saint Louis to see my family, and meet my new niece / goddaughter - Margaret. The cutest little girl with full head of hair at one week old!
As a gift to my sister and her husband, I wanted to do something special. Rather than buy her a new onesie (though I did buy her a monogrammed newborn hat - sorry not sorry about that one) I wanted to make her food. I know how busy and tired she gets, especially as she works full time and has little Simon running around like the little giggle monster he is.
I decided the best gift I could give her was a dinner to freeze and a hot meal she could chow down on throughout this week with her family.
To enjoy - I prepped her a tomato and basil meatloaf, with fresh asparagus roasted potatoes. Which BTW was a crowd pleaser -- and coincidentally GF -- thanks to my Ian's gluten free breadcrumbs!
To freeze - I prepped her a cilantro lime chicken bake with black beans and corn that she can throw in the crockpot whenever she wants.
Combined -- this whole adventure took about 1.5 hours TOPS. The longest thing was waiting for the meatloaf to bake. Throwing all of the ingredients together for the freezer bake only cook about 15-20 minutes, and I just did all of that while the meatloaf was in the oven.
Seriously people all you need is 15 minutes for this meal. There's no reason to not try this one. No one doesn't have a mere quarter of an hour. SO NO EXCUSES PEOPLE.
On to the main event -- the Cilantro Lime Chicken Bake, which took me a total of 15 minutes to prepare. And hardly costed a thing. I'm talking well under $20 bucks for 5-6 servings. It's seriously too easy to do and you can just throw it all in the crock pot whenever you want.
All you need is chicken, black beans, corn, red onion, cilantro, limes, red wine vinegar, cumin, garlic, and a little salt and pepper. And whenever you want to actually eat it you can buy some rice or tortillas to serve it with.
Piece of Cake. (gluten free carrot cake - because easter)
Cilantro Lime Chicken Freezer Meal
- 1.5 lb of chicken breast / tenderloins
- juice from 2-3 limes
- 1 big bunch of fresh cilantro (chopped)
- 1 16 oz bag of frozen corn
- 1 15 oz can of black beans
- 1/2 of a red onion (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 tbsp cumin
- Salt and Pepper (to your liking)
- 3 tbsp of red wine vinegar
Got that? Good. Now all you have to do is layer the ingredients one by one into a huge freezer bag like so . . .
Moral of the story - if you can buy ingredients from a store and put them all in a bag you can prep this recipe.
When you are ready to prepare it, all you need to do is defrost it the night before. Then the next day, dump the contents of the bag in your crockpot with a cup of chicken or vegetable broth. You can cook it on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 2 hours.
Think you can manage that?