We have a winner!
This one is going to cover us for two nights. I went ahead and emptied both bags into the crockpot this time. I even remembered the liner, which ended up being a blessing because it allowed me to simply pick it up out of the crockpot after we ate, and then transfer it very quickly and easily to a Tupperware container for tomorrow night.
Helpful hint: When the bag is not quite thawed .. (what I really mean is you forgot to take it out of the freezer in time, and it's virtually frozen solid) .. you can use scissors to slice along the bottom of the bag and break it into the crockpot. I really must get better at the preplanning portion of this. It's not that difficult, take it out the night before. Duh.
Everything you want is in this one, veggies, meat and cheese! How could this help but be an excellent meal. This one is our favorite so far!
When making a double batch, I found I needed to turn it to high and let it get some more heat to get it heated up. All you are really doing for this recipe is reheating it, so even if you wanted to stick it in the microwave and heat up a bowl, that would work.
Daughter #3 absolutely HATES hamburger, she won't eat it, so we called it Western Beef Casserole and she cleaned up her bowl. I served this with a large serving of fresh watermelon and strawberries. It was filling and satisfying for everyone.
Thank you to the folks at Crock-Pot Ladies for this wonderful recipe. We have volleyball games tonite, so we will be reheating the leftovers in the microwave and enjoying round two!
Our ranking system is Yummy, Good, Ok and Yuck.
From the peanut gallery:
Number 1 son: Good
Number 1 husband: Good
Number 2 daughter: Excellent
Number 3 daughter: Excellent
My personal opinion is: Excellent