Tag Archives: #mealprep

Crockpot Green Bean Casserole

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Save your oven for other things, and save some day-of panic: Here’s the classic green bean casserole that everyone wants for Thanksgiving, tweaked to work in a crock pot / slow-cooker, and with optional make-ahead instructions.

Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Slow-Cooker Size: 4- to 6-quart       Makes 16 to 20 servings

30 oz. fresh or frozen green beans, cooked and well-drained
2 (10 3/4-oz.) cans cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
or make your own
1/4 to 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella
2 (4.5-ounce) jars sliced mushrooms, drained  (optional)
1 T. dried minced onion (omit if using garlic-flavored soup)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 – 1.5 t. kosher salt (taste before adding)
1 (6-ounce) can French-fried onion rings (omit for gluten-free, or sub onion strings pan-fried in just oil)

Combine first six ingredients in a large bowl. (Beans thru pepper.)

Optional: Store covered in your fridge until ready to cook. Add an extra hour of bake time because it will be cold when it goes in the crockpot.

Spoon casserole mixture into a lightly greased slow cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW 2 hours. (3 hours if all ingredients are refrigerated.)

Taste and add salt as necessary. Sprinkle onion rings on top of casserole. Cover and cook on LOW 30 more minutes.

(I’ve lost the source for this recipe. If you recognize it, please comment.)

image: campbellskitchen.com

3 hours on the weekend, 10 meals for the week

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Don’t be impressed by me: this isn’t my meal planning! This is a Columbia University student who has this concept completely nailed.

So impressed by this guy. He’s pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering, which has got to keep his schedule busy. But every weekend, he takes a few hours to prep and package five lunches and five dinners for the upcoming week.

meals for the week, ready to go

And this is no tuna casserole or hamburger surprise! His meals feature things like lemon tilapia, roasted carrots, mashed sweet potatoes with honey and cinnamon, Cajun rice.

I have got in the habit of keeping my freezer stashed with healthy homemade burritos. I love how easy and thought-less it is to just grab one and pop it in the microwave. And it’s been part of the bigger effort that’s enabled me to lose more than 20 pounds in the last few months!

But for now, check out Sean’s plan. Get the whole story (and a couple recipes) here.

P.S. If this kind of meal planning makes your head hurt, you might prefer my “Meal plan for people who hate to meal plan.”