Salsa Chicken Freezer Meal

Back when I was pregnant with Kyla I told myself I would make a bunch of freezer meals so that we’d be prepared for when she came with a ton of dinners ready to go. As much as I wanted to do that it just never happened. Fast forward to being pregnant with Emilia and I said the same thing. 40 weeks pregnant and I still hadn’t made one freezer meal. Then a friend of mine set up a freezer meal swap. I was instructed to show up but not to make anything, so that’s what I did! I came home with A TON of frozen meals, made by great friends. Since then we’ve done a few more meals swaps and I’ve become obsessed. My favorite freezer meals are cost effective and delicious. Salsa Chicken is exactly that.

salsa chicken freezer meal

I did a total of 7 of these for my most recent meal swap and it took me less than 40 minutes to put together. It was that simple! It was so simple and delicious that even though we had just had salsa chicken I made an extra freezer meal of it for our family. When you’re ready to cook it take it out and let it defrost for 24 hours. Then place in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low. Serve over rice! If you have an InstantPot you can put it in frozen and have the meal ready in 20 minutes or less. I suggest labeling the bag with directions for re-heating in addition to the date and the name of the meal. Since we’ve made this a bunch of times before, I skipped the meal directions on my bag but included on` the bags for my meal swap buddies.

Easy Salsa Chicken Freezer Meal

This meal was a HUGE hit with my kids. They love anything served over rice. You can also serve in taco shells, or soft-shelled tacos! I also love to make burritos with it and add rice. Another option for leftovers is to make a salad and serve it with ranch dressing.

Salsa Chicken Freezer Meal

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Salsa Chicken Freezer Meal

Ingredients

1.5 lbs Chicken Breasts
16 oz Salsa
1 15oz can of Black Beans
1 tsp Adobo Seasoning

Directions

  1. Label your bag with date, meal and directions for reheating.
  2. Add your cleaned, trimmed chicken to a gallon size freezer bag.
  3. Dump in 16oz Salsa, 15oz black beans and 1 tsp of Adobo seasoning.
  4. Seal and freeze.
  5. When you're ready to use it, let defrost for 24 hours.
  6. Cook on low for 6-8 hours in your slow cooker.

Notes

Can also be cooked in your instant pot for 15 minutes on high pressure if defrosted. 20 minutes if frozen.

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Essential Oil Deals & Steals

We’re oil obsessed in the Little Us household. For 2 1/2 years we have used essential oils on a daily basis to support our health and wellness goals. You can learn more here. While the oils are pivotal to those goals so are the accessories that go along with it. Whether you’ve just gotten started with essential oils or you’re a seasoned pro you will find something on this list that you’ve got to have!

essential oil deals and steals

First up! Storage! You’re going to need to store your oils. I started off with this case and quickly realized I need much more room. I love that this one keeps the oils upright. I also love the natural wood box, it will go with any decor and can even be painted. Grab it here.

EO box holder

Now that you’ve got storage you’re going to need roller bottles so that you can create your own perfume or blends. I love the colorful lids of the Root + Petal roller bottles.

root and petal rollers

When you’re making blends you typically want to have a carrier oil to dilute your oils. The first carrier oil I ever got was fractionated coconut oil. I think it’s the most versatile.

organic fractionated coconut oil

 

When you’re making your roller bottles or re-purposing your essential oil bottles this little essential oil top opener will make life much easier!

EO lid opener

 

Where you go, your oils must go! I love this essential oil travel case. The patterns are gorgeous!

travel case

 

We switched over to Thieves Laundry detergent over a year ago but until recently we were still using dryer sheets! That all changed when we got wool dryer balls.

dryer balls

It turns out though that wool dryer balls, while reducing dryer time, do not get rid of static. So we purchased some muslin clothes and made our own dryer sheets!

muslin clothes

Another thing essential oil accessory I can’t live without is spray bottles. Specifically for room sprays and cleaning. The four ounce size is perfect for room sprays.

4oz glass bottles

 

What are you must have essential oil accessories?

 

 

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Get Your Kids Hooked on Veggies

We’re the type of family who always tries to make sure that we get our servings of fruits and vegetables in every day. We don’t always get it done but we sure do try. As adults, it can be much easier for us. I like to have a salad for lunch, which quite honestly probably gives me all my veggie servings for the day and then we always have a vegetable with dinner. The kids on the other hand can be a little bit more of a struggle especially when it comes to variety. See, they love a good salad just like their mama does but when it comes vegetables that aren’t carrots, broccoli and romaine lettuce it takes a little more convincing.

They think they hate all types of vegetables. Tomatoes? GROSS! Zucchini?! YUCK! Spinach?! HECK NO. But here’s the truth. They like all of those veggies and more. I often put those veggies into things they eat and love almost every single day. Still as many veggies as I can get in them, I do. Bonus points when the kids don’t complain even a little bit about what they may or may not be eating. That was exactly the case when they got to try Garden Lites Muffins.

Garden Lites

I found my Garden Lites Muffins at Giant! You can find yours in the freezer section of your nearest Publix, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite, HEB, Kroger or Costco. Four muffins come in each box and they’re individually wrapped for easy on-the-go snacking.

Emilia at Giant

Lately we’ve been paying a whole heck of a lot of attention to what we’re putting into our bodies. We’ve always done that but we’ve been even more cautious lately. Ignorance is no longer bliss in this household.

Emilia checking out Garden Lites

We were so excited to see that they very first and primary ingredients are vegetables, that the ingredients are simple and clean and best of all for our family they’re gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. Oh, I didn’t tell you? We’ve decided to limit gluten and dairy after seeing the difference it can make in our wellness! See those veggies? That’s what we need more of!

Kyla loves Garden Lites

Kyla gives it a thumbs up!

Thumbs up to garden Lites

As for the big kid? He’s a fan too.

Mason loves garden lites 2

And so is this mama.

Did I  mention that they’re individually wrapped making them great for packing lunches and on the go eating.

garden lite muffins indidvidually wrapped

Try them for yourself with this $1 off coupon!

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salsa chicken freezer meal

Salsa Chicken Freezer Meal

Back when I was pregnant with Kyla I told myself I would make a bunch of freezer meals so that we'd be prepared for when she came with a ton of dinners ready to go. As much as I wanted to do that it just never happened. Fast forward to being pregnant with Emilia and I said the same thing. 40 weeks ... read more