Monday, December 28, 2015

4 Chicken Crockpot Freezer Meals- Gluten Free



Crockpot White Chicken Chili
 Freezer Meal
**Gluten Free
O        2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Fat Trimmed, quartered.
O       2 cans-15.5oz cans of Great Northern  Or Canneli  beans, rinsed and drained
O       4 oz can of chopped mild green chilies (ALDI didn’t have these so I subbed half a can of 10oz can of diced tomatoes and green chilies)
O       ½ bag of 1 lb bag of frozen corn
O       1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
O       1 tbsp dried minced onion
O       2 garlic cloves, minced
O       2 teaspoons ground cumin
O       1 tsp dried ground oregano
O       1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
O       1/4 teaspoon pepper
O       1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Day of cooking
O       3 to 4 cups chicken broth ( Use more if you want more of a soup than stew)
O       Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Cornbread or tortilla chips (optional)

MATERIALS NEEDED
O       1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag
O       Sharpie

To Freeze
  1. Label your freezer bag.
  2. To your freezer bag, add all ingredients except broth.
  3. Remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer.
To serve
  1. The night before cooking, move frozen bag to your refrigerator to thaw.
  2. The morning of cooking, pour contents of freezer bag into your crockpot and add 4 cups of chicken broth.
  3. Cook on “low” setting for 6 to 8 hours or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Shred chicken with fork.
  5. serve with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese.  Cornbread or tortilla chips are good side.



 Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup 
Freezer Meal

**Gluten Free
o       2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (fat trimmed & cut in half)
o       1 Tbsp dried minced onion
o       (16 ounce) can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
o       1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
o       1 (15 ounce) bag of frozen corn
o       1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
o       1/2 to 1 package of GF taco seasoning depending on how spicy you like your soup - 
            (SUB 3 tsp cumin, 3 tsp chili powder, 3 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp paprika)
o       optional- cilantro/dry or fresh

Day of cooking
O       2 cups chicken broth

MATERIALS NEEDED
O       1 gallon-sized plastic freezer bag
O       Sharpie

To freeze:
  1. Label Bag with instructions.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a Ziploc bag and freeze flat.
To Serve:
1.      Thaw overnight in fridge.
2.      In Crockpot, add chicken broth, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3.     Shred chicken in crock pot once cooking is done.    Serve with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and/or tortilla chips.


Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken 
Freezer Meal
**Gluten Free
O       2 chicken breasts  (fat trimmed and cut in half)                              
O       4 Tablespoons of lime juice             
O       1 cups fresh cilantro, chopped   (2  cups if you really like cilantro)        
O       1 bag (16 oz) bag frozen corn           
O     3  minced garlic cloves                       
O       1 TBSP dried minced onion 
O       1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
O       tsp cumin                            
O       salt and pepper to taste

Day of Cooking
o       1 tbsp olive  oil (used day of cooking)   

To Freeze
1.      Label your bags with cooking the directions
2.      Trim all fat chicken breasts and cut in half to have a total of four pieces of chicken per bag
3.      Place ingredients in a resalable gallon-sized freezer bag. Mix together, get air out of bag, and zip bag closed. Lay flat to freeze

To Serve:
  1. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours.                                               
  2. Put contents of bag in Crockpot, and stir in 2 Tbsp of Olive oil.                                                          
  3. Cook on LOW for 8 hours (or HIGH for 4 hours).  Shred Chicken with Fork.                                     
  4. Serve with tortillas and toppings such as with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and cheese.
Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken
With stir fry vegetables 
Freezer Meal
**Gluten Free

O       2 chicken breasts  (fat trimmed & cut in half)                                       
O       1 1/2 cup chopped carrots (size of half a baby carrot)              
O       1 tbsp dried minced onion                           
O       minced garlic cloves                                 
O       1 (26 ounce) undrained cans pineapple tidbits (or 1 cup pineapple juice)        
O       1/2 cup Gluten Free teriyaki sauce   
   
Day of Cooking
O       Rice   
O       1 Package of Frozen  Stir Fry Vegetables (Steam in bag kind)

To freeze
  1. Label your bags with the cooking directions.
  2. Trim chicken breasts and cut in half to have a total of four pieces of chicken per bag. Add  to bag.
  3. Add rest of ingredients to bag.
  4. Let out air, seal bag, and lay flat in freezer.
To serve
  1. Thaw overnight in fridge.
  2. Cook High 3-4 hours. Remove Chicken and Shred
  3. Steam Stir Fry vegetables in Microwave, and mix into mixture.
  4. Serve over rice.






                    

                         

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Entertaining, or Holiday Hospitality?


I was binge watching HGTV while I folded laundry (Fixer Upper in case you were wondering), and the same word/phrase popped up in almost every episode, 
 "I want to entertain in this house." 
At first I didn't even notice, but the word entertain started to strike me as strange after 5 full laundry baskets of clothes and hearing it in EVERY episode.   

Entertainment is great, I am a big fan. There is nothing wrong with the word, but the motivation underlying this word was hitting me a new way, especially in contrast with the word hospitality.


The focus of entertainment is on the entertainer. 


The focus of hospitality is on the audience. 


Am I turning hospitality into a "Look at me!" situation? The gifting of  hospitality is a beautiful thing, but we can warp it easily when our pride gets in the way.  Do I want my guests to leave saying  "Robyn is such a great hostess!" or "I feel really cared for by her and her family."?  


Hospitality is NOT about perfection.
  Hospitality is not necessarily about having the perfect pinterest-inspired center piece or perfectly clean house.  Can a pinterest-inspired favor or being welcomed into a clean house make some feel cared for, yes it can!  Many people feel cared for when you make aesthetic preparation for them, but  I really have to check my motivation before endeavoring on this path; am I seeking to build my ego? 

Or on the other hand of perfection-seeking, is this avenue to entertaining robbing YOU of joy?  In my experience, true hospitality will being us joy, not weariness.  If I am slipping into 'Martha Grumbling Mode', instead of seeking what fills others, maybe then I have lost the point of hospitality.  There are dozens of opportunities to show hospitality through service, but make sure the people do not get lost in the food, preparations, and "entertainment".  


Hospitality is NOT about your comfort, but about comfort of others

Biblical Hospitality is not about my comfort, because it is just not about me. Meeting others needs is the first priority, and sometimes that will make me feel uncomfortable. I really want to be the person who doesn't pause to invite a lonely friend to my house because my house is too small or in it's "natural" state.  Some people feel more comfortable in a house that does not look like it belongs in a magazine. 

On the flip side, my dirty laundry in the living room  WILL make some uncomfortable, and feel like I didn't care enough to pick up  for them. When wonderful husband comes homes from a chaotic work day, it makes him uncomfortable to walk into more chaos. This is another one of those lines of balance to pray about; how do you prepare your house to make others comfortable, without building your ego or wearing out your spirit?  


I am guilty as many others when it comes to wanting a bigger house to "entertain".   In my 900 square foot bungalow , I can not 'entertain' dozens of people comfortably (trust me, I have tried).  A house big enough to have parties is NOT a bad thing,  in many cases it is a huge blessing to friends to have a place to meet.  In this wish for a bigger house, I am praying that if God moves us to a bigger house, we use that house for His glory, not just our comfort. 

Hospitality IS about food (sometimes)

Hospitality very often does include food (Thank you Lord for that), but not always.  When it does include food, the motivation for a shared meal is for the other person to feel loved and cared for.  

People in need of love/care/kindness will feel cared for when you prepare and share a meal with them, no matter the gourmet level of cooking. A busy mom does not care what you make, but she will care you are allowing her to eat a meal that she doesn't have to cook or clean up afterward.

I love to cook for others, but that isn't true of everyone.  Does insecurity in your cooking abilities  (a.k.a. or pride) keep you from trying to bless others?  Hosting friends for delivery pizza or Chinese take out at your house can just as (if not more) fun for that tired mom who needs a break or lonely single who needs a friend, because it is not about you, it is about them.

Hospitality IS about People
While hospitality sometimes involves food, it ALWAYs involves people. Sometimes hospitality involves laughter and game night with a another set of parents in desperate need of adult interaction.  Sometimes it involves dinner with a grieving widow, or single in your church who would be alone without your invitation.  

Jesus is our best example of hospitality over and over again. I LOVE that Jesus showed us over and over how much he loved quality time with others.  He enjoyed food and wine, but he loved people.  He loved his devoted disciples, he loved sinners, he loved people.