Freezer to Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Making a freezer meal for your crock pot of stuffed peppers is a great way to use some of your garden's bounty!








Ingredients:
1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, or vegan substitute)
1 cup instant brown rice (or use left over rice from another meal)
1 (15 oz) can black beans drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can corn drained
1 medium onion diced
1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
6  green peppers
1 1/2 -2 cups shredded cheese

Directions: 
Cook and crumble ground meat. Set aside.
Cook rice and set aside.

 Make sure all green peppers can sit upright, if not cut bottoms even so they sit flat. cut the tops off the pepper.









Pull the center seed pod out of the pepper:










Set the empty pepper shell aside. Repeat process with remaining peppers. Dice the pepper tops you trimmed off and set aside.

In large mixing bowl, combine meat, rice, beans, corn, onion, sauce, and cheese.










Stuff  green pepper shells and set in side a baking pan.









To Freeze for cooking later:
Flash freeze individual peppers by placing stuffed peppers on a baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour till individually frozen. Then store peppers in a ziplock storage bag in the freezer.
To Bake:  CROCK POT: Thaw in the fridge overnight. Follow crock pot directions above.
                OVEN BAKE: Pull peppers out of freezer in the morning, and thaw in the fridge during the day.                                        Follow the baking directions above to bake in oven.

To Bake in Crock pot right away:
Nestle as many peppers as will fit in your crock pot into bottom of pot. Pour in 1 cup spaghetti sauce into bottom of pot around the peppers.  Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. Optional: top with more shredded cheese during the last 10 minutes of cooking remove lid from crock pot to melt cheese.

To Bake in oven :
surround peppers in a baking dish with about 1 cup of spaghetti sauce. Bake in 350 degree oven for one hour till peppers are tender.


5 comments:

  1. What a great detailed tutorial and recipe! I'm the only one in my house of 4 that loves stuffed peppers! I never get to cook them because I'm not going to make just 1 for me...but with this recipe I could make a batch, freeze them in individual servings and enjoy them later! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Lizbeth! This would be perfect for freezing in individual portions! I am trying to learn how to cook for an empty nest, and smaller batches is something I need to figure out. This recipe though is perfect for that!
      Hugs!
      Jan

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  2. About how long have you found they take to bake in the oven? I will probably go the crock pot route, but I'm curious. Thanks!

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    1. Mine are about an hour. I generally check them about 45 min. in. I use the crock pot more often than the oven, too.
      Thanks for asking!
      Jan

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    2. Thanks! I put them in the crock pot this morning. ~Kim

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