Crockpot meals make me so happy, y’all! Regardless if you are home during the day or away, it sure is nice to toss everything in the Crockpot hours before dinnertime! My Crockpot makes my entire day easier. Being a homeschool mom & online wellness coach, there are plenty of other things needing my attention. Spending too much time preparing our meals takes away teaching & work time. So, I use my Crockpot as often as possible! And, I can tell you, as long the food is delicious, everyone is happy! This Cheesy Tortellini with ground beef certainly did not disappoint my family one bit at the end of the day! So, if you’re like me and could really use a great meal with little effort, this is definitely one recipe you will want to add to your cookbook! Enjoy 🙂
Special Note: If you’re looking for a healthy Nutrition Program that doesn’t limit food groups and still allows you to enjoy the foods you LOVE, check out 2B Mindset! I personally follow this program and believe it to be a fantastic choice to healthy weight/ loss & management.
Super Simple: Here’s All You Need
1 pound lean ground beef (precooked*)
1-2 small yellow onions, chopped
2+ cloves garlic, minced
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
10 oz. can diced tomatoes & green chilis, undrained
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
19 oz. package frozen cheese tortellini
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
So Easy: Less Than 30 Minutes Prep Time
I make delicious, easy meals with my Crockpot slow cooker! ~Domestic Chick
Put all ingredients except tortellini and cheese into the Crockpot. Cook on high 4 hours, or on low for 6 hours. Add tortellini 20-30 minutes before it’s done cooking. Top with shredded cheese as you plate this dish & add a beautiful green salad or side of steamed broccoli for a sure crowd pleaser!
* Precooking the beef makes this an incredibly easy meal to prepare. Tip: Buy meat on sale, precook and freeze in 1-pound bags to easily pull out and prepare a quick and delicious meal.
Planning Ahead Makes Lunch Easier & Healthier too!
Regardless if it’s your lunch, your spouse’s or the kids’… having a well planned out lunch system makes life so much happier! I came across these little treasures preparing for the meals ahead and can’t help but share them. Literally any food that is on the Beachbody Nutrition plans will go inside! A wrap fits nicely in the top compartment, but as you can see in the photo, salad works great too. PLUS, the little circle in the middle holds just the right amount of salad dressing (my personal preference is balsamic vinegar & a touch of olive oil) 🤩… and you can wait until & add it when you’re ready to eat, so your salad doesn’t get soggy!
Having handy containers is the first step to planning ahead for a healthy meal and avoiding the emergency drive-thru mentality! None of us can afford that 99 cent heart attack, y’all! Using either one of Beachbody’s Nutrition programs: The Ultimate Portion Fix or 2B Mindset, along with having purposeful containers will keep you following the plan and your nutrition on point, which is vital to achieving your overall wellness goals! Remember no workout plan can make up for a bad diet!
Sistema is what I have & here’s why I like it!
They stay closed tightly with clips on each side!
They are dishwasher safe!
They have a variety of containers: soup, sandwich, breakfast…etc!
They come in fun colors!
They are great for anyone wanting to control portion sizes!
Some items come with utensils that clip right inside!
✅ 😅 Yay, praise the Lord in Heaven… it’s all purchased, packed and ready to go.
But WAIT . . . WHAT. ABOUT. BREAKFAST??
We all welcome extra ideas in this department, I think, SO I’m sharing one of my girls’ favorites here! These delicious burritos warm up super well AND they pack a good amount of protein to jump start their brains for the school day.
Make 2 dozen at a time & your future self will thank you!
Here’s all you need…
24 foil squares (about 1 foot square)
2 bags of flour tortillas (12 count each)
2 pounds of breakfast sausage
shredded cheese (we like cheddar jack, but feel free to be creative!)
18 eggs soft scrambled
1 pound bag of frozen potatoes
large foil pan or gallon zip bags for freezer storage
Directions: These are super simple!
I take a few tortillas, wrap in a towel and warm in the microwave 20 seconds to begin. (This helps them be more flexible for rolling with everything inside.)
Lay a warm tortilla on a square of foil and spoon in the ingredients. (If they crack or are a little stiff to roll, it’s ok! Just keep them together and wrap tightly in the foil.
Layer all burritos in a foil pan, like you see in the video.
Freeze & forget until you’re ready to grab & go in the morning!
TO WARM UP: They are easy to pull out one at a time! Remember to REMOVE FOIL, then wrap in a paper towel and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds to start. Some microwaves cook quicker than others. You will probably need 45 seconds to 1 min 30 seconds… start less and check before over cooking!
VARIATION: If you need to feed a crowd, you can also warm up the entire pan on a LOW setting in the oven for 40 minutes or so. It has worked for us at 250 degrees. Also a yummy idea for a Sunday morning – out the door for church – breakfast too! 😉👌🏽
In just a couple of minutes your kiddos, hubby, you… are all out the door with a DELICIOUS start to the day. Y’all enjoy! 😋💙