Monday, September 22, 2014

Make It Monday: 10 Paleo Freezer Slow Cooker Meals & Review of Savvy Livings Professional Knife



This time around when I did freezer meals (read my post Making 12 Clean Eating Slow Cooker Meals to see my last time and for more recipes) I decided that I really wanted to incorporate a lot of my favorites that I have shared on here because I do have a lot of really great slow cooker recipes on Save Green Being Green that are paleo and clean eating and can easily be frozen. This time I also wanted a variety of meats including chicken, beef, turkey, pork and shrimp (the other post was pretty much just chicken and beef.) Not all the recipes are mine and I have given credit to where the original recipe is from, but you don't have to go to it because I have included all of the ingredients needed to toss in your 1 gallon bags. The shopping list is below as well to make things easier for you. And then at the bottom of the post I have a review to share with you of the Savvy Living 6" Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife, which is great for all the chopping you are going to be doing to make these meals.

NOTE: ALL OF THESE SLOW COOKER MEALS SHOULD BE COOKED ON LOW FOR 8 HOURS.

10 Paleo Slow Cooker Freezer Meals
  1. Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff
  2. Cilantro Lime Chicken
  3. Shrimp Creole
  4. Southwestern Chicken Stew
  5. Shrimp Arrabiata
  6. Meat Spaghetti Sauce
  7. Sloppy Joes
  8. Ginger Beef
  9. Pineapple Pulled Pork
  10. Pork Carnitas

Shopping List

Meat
7 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 lb shrimp
1 lb ground turkey or beef
2 lbs ground beef
2 pounds, beef roast
2 pounds pork shoulder
2.5 pounds pork (chops, tenderloin or roast)

Fresh Vegetables
3 head garlic (22 cloves)
2 pkgs - 8 oz fresh mushrooms
8 med yellow onion
2 med red onion
fresh cilantro
1 lime
1 jalepeno
2 stalks celery
1 green pepper
2 red pepper
3 carrots
1 bunch green onions
3 T ginger root
1 bunch kale or swiss chard

Canned Items
1.5 C chicken stock/broth
1.5 C beef stock/broth
5 C salsa
1 - 15-oz can black beans
1 - 15-oz can corn
2 C tomato juice
1 - 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 - 28 oz can of whole tomatoes
1 - 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 - 6 oz cans of tomato paste
1 can pineapple chunks
1 10oz can mushrooms

Seasonings and Oils
basil
thyme
cumin
red pepper flakes
garlic powder
cayenne powder
paprika
lemon juice
parsley flakes
oregano
cloves
chili powder
red wine vinegar
apple cider vinegar
Worcestershire sauce
tamari (soy) sauce
taco sauce
ketchup
mustard
stevia
salt
pepper



1. Chicken & Mushroom Stroganoff 
  • 2 ½ pounds, chicken (in strips)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced or quartered
  • 1 med onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 C chicken broth
Add Later
    6 oz plain Greek yogurt
2 T corn starch
1/4 cold water   

2.  Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken
  • 2 C salsa
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/3 C fresh cilantro, minced
  • juice of 1 lime

3.  Shrimp Creole
  • 1 cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • ½ cups Chopped Celery
  • 1 whole Medium Green Pepper, Chopped
  • 14 ounces, weight Petite Diced Tomatoes, With Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 10 ounces, weight Canned Sliced Mushrooms, Drained
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoons Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley Flakes
  • 1 pound Cooked Fresh & Shelled Shrimp



4. Southwestern Chicken Stew
  • 2.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, 1" cubed
  • 1/2 C cilantro, minced
  • 1 med red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz can pinto or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can corn, drained
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 C tomato juice
  • 24 oz salsa

5. Shrimp Arrabiata
  • 1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes in thick puree
  • 1 lg onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

6. Meat Spaghetti Sauce (over zucchini noodles)
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can (28 oz) of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 med. onion chopped
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil

7. Sloppy Joes - Serve on Coconut Flour Drop Biscuits
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 med onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 6oz cans of tomato paste
  • 2 T water
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 4-6 packets of stevia
  • salt and pepper, to taste

8. Ginger Beef
  • 2 pounds beef roast (either leave bone-in or cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 c. green onions
  • 1 c. chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-4 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 – 1 1/2 c. beef stock
  • 1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbs. tapioca or arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • chopped kale or swiss chard, to preference
Add later
  • 1 c. sugar snap peas

9. Pineapple Pulled Pork
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds pork shoulder
  • 1/2 cup fresh-made organic pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup filter water
  • 1 small organic onion, roughly diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon organic mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup organic pineapple, diced into bite-sized chunks

10. Pork Carnitas
  • 2 1/2 lbs. boneless pork chops, pork roast or tenderloin
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce






My Thoughts:

With all the chopping you are doing to make these paleo freezer slow cooker meals, you will want to have a high quality knife like the Savvy Living 6" Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife. This knife has been working really well for me and I have been using it for about 3 weeks now and have not had any knicks or dulling to the blade. I really like the 6" length. I think this size is great for chopping up vegetables as well as cutting meats in to chunks. The package says to store it in the sheeth it comes in or in a knife block and I happened to have the perfect space open in my knife block, so I keep it in there. I also like the curved handle. It fits nicely in the there as I am chopping and feels very natural.

When you are making these freezer meals, you will be standing at your counter chopping quite a bit and it will be much more pleasant and efficient if you have a quality knife that you are using.

Product Description of the Savvy Living 6" Professional Ceramic Chef's Knife:


Savvy Living NanoRazor 6" Professional Black Ceramic Chef's Knife is an all-around performance ceramic chef knife that is sharp, durable and delivers effortless & high precision. It is particular great for the healthy eating conscious consumers who love to enjoy the authentic taste of their fruit and vegetables.

Main Features and Benefits

* Ultra-sharp, ultra-durable 6-inch ceramic chef's knife with a gorgeous black blade for effortless, high-precision chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing.

* High-tech ceramic blade forged under more than 100 tons of pressure, and over 1500ยบ C to make it stronger and less porous than other ceramic blades, so food particles, bacteria, and viruses don't stick to it.

* Triple polished with diamond wheels for a smooth finish and razor sharp edge. Matching Sheath that extends blade life time.

* Rust and corrosion free, and doesn't react chemically with acids, oils, salts, or juices and change the flavor of your food like steel knives do.

* Lightweight and balanced, with a curved, ergonomic, easy-to-grip handle to reduce wrist fatigue. Risk Free, 90-Day, no-questions-asked, 100% money back guarantee for any reason.

Ceramic knives are sharper, more lightweight, and much easier to clean than steel ones. However, many people complain that ceramic knives are too fragile, chipping or shattering at the slightest bump. The Savvy Living NanoRazor is made using a special 4-step process which makes our blades sharper, denser, and more durable than those on regular ceramic knives.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

9 comments:

Dave, Amy and Jace said...

Thanks for the all the great recipes! I can't wait to try some.

Kung Phoo said...

Nice recipes and tips.. my wife and i are talking about getting into the meal planning mode.. its so much easier then scrambling..

theoryofben said...

That is so cool. We love to use our slow cooker. Thanks so much for the recipes and the shopping list...you just helped us plan dinner for the next two weeks. :)

Jessica DiGiannurio said...

love freezer meals! definitely using some of these recipes, especially the pineapple pulled pork yummm! xo, Jess @ dreamingofleaving.com

theguycornernyc.com said...

These are some great freezer meals. Thanks so much. Always looking for time savers.

Anonymous said...

Southwestern Chicken stew is not Paleo if it includes both beans and corn, right? Still looks delicious though.

WNursaiedah Dot Dot said...
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WNursaiedah Dot Dot said...

tq for the basic paleo idea for slow cooker! im just started :)
me at dinosaurpanggangblog.wordpress.com

Kristen Sagar said...

I had the same thought. Not paleo :(