As many of us are all too aware the process of moving into a new house can certainly be a stressful, busy, and yet exciting one. One way to help the new, happy homeowner is to bring them dinner. Unfortunately sometimes this well meaning act can become a hindrance if they already have dinner plans, have ordered take out, or another person has brought them dinner. To fix this issue and help them out even more so in the long run why not make a delicious freezer meal that they can then heat up at their own convenience? This eliminates any food waste and will certainly come in handy for them later down the road. Here is one of my favorite freezer meals below!
- 2-3 chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
- 1 16 ounce jar of your favorite salsa
- 1 cup black beans
- Optional: 1 cup cooked, pureed squash or pumpkin (for added tasteless nutrition!)
- 1 cup of organic frozen corn kernels (canned and drained works too)
- 4 ounces of low fat cream cheese
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Topping ideas: shredded lettuce, diced avocado, sour cream, diced onion, minced jalepenos, chopped black olives
1) In a slow cooker, add chicken and top with salsa, black beans, and squash/pumpkin. Stir until combined.
2) Cover and cook on high heat for about 3 hours or low heat for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender and white throughout.
3) Remove chicken and cut into bite sized pieces or shred it. Add to slow cooker. Add corn and cubed cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese melts and blends into sauce and corn is warm.
4) Serve over brown rice with shredded cheese and your favorite toppers.
If you plan to freeze this for later (like these meals), go ahead and fully cook. Let it cool. Store in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours and warm on low over the stove or in the microwave. For a quick thaw, use the defrost setting on the microwave.