Here is my conclusion to the crock pot meals I made a couple weeks ago. I attempted to make 9 crock pot meals in an hour. I fell short, but considered two hours (includes chopping and other prep) to be a reasonable compromise. I also loved that my kitchen was not a disaster afterwards.
(For list of the recipes see: https://journeywithjewels.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/does-it-work-10-freezer-meals-prepared-in-an-hour/ )
For this one, I forgot to set out the ziplock and microwaved it for two minutes, flipped and added one more minute. I wanted it to be bendable (like above) but still mostly frozen.
It cooked on low for the full 6 hours suggested. I stirred it once, but I do not feel that was necessary and would cook fine unsupervised.
Now, it is time for the ultimate test: Did it taste good? Yes! I thought it tasted very good and my family really enjoyed it. I cooked egg noodles separately and added them to the pot a few minutes before serving.
(If you happen to notice the celery has disappeared, it is because my family doesn’t like it. I used to not include it at all, but it never tasted right and so I have learned to keep it large and cook with it, and then remove it before serving so the flavor is there)
1-lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 lb carrots, peeled and diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 oz wide egg noodles
8 cups chicken broth