Meal Planning Mondays: Recipes to Try the Week of 2/25 – 3/3/13

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Meal Planning Mondays are an experiment to see what works for my family. I like trying new recipes. I have too many pins on Pinterest that are not being utilized. This week I committ to making these recipes…Ranch Chicken Sandwiches and Pot Roast & Veggies. These recipes will continue to be made ahead time and frozen.

Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

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4 Whole Chicken Breasts
1 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix (The dry kind)
1 C of Water or Chicken broth
Ciabatta bread or another kind of great roll
Romaine lettuce – optional
Mayo – optional

Preparation Day:Dust the chicken with the ranch dressing – try to get the whole packet to stick. I found this worked a bit better if I didn’t try to do it in the bag, so I did it on a plate and put whatever didnt stick in the bag. Label and freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw and place in your slow cooker with about 1 C of Water or Chicken broth for 3-4 hours on High, or 4-5 Hours on Low. Serve whole or chop up for sandwiches.

Pot Roast & Veggies

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1 3-4 lb Pot Roast, Chuck is best
1 Pkg Brown Gravy Mix
1 Pkg Ranch Dressing
1 Pkg Italian Dressing Mix
3/4 C Chicken or Beef Stock
1 lb very small red potatoes, or larger ones cut in half
1 lb baby carrots or carrots peeled & cut in sections
2 medium onions, quartered

Preparation Day: In a large zip bag add the mixes and the Stock, zip shut and combine well. Add back in the roast and smoosh around to coat, label and freeze. Add the veggies to a second zip bag, label and freeze

Serve Day: Thaw and dump into crock pot with veggies on the bottom. You might need to add 1/2 to 3/4 more liquid to get things going. Cook 7-9 hours on low.

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