As a busy mom, I love using my crock pot. There’s nothing better than tossing a few ingredients in a cooker in the morning and having dinner ready in the evening. Here are some of my favorite recipes, plus recommendations from foodies, elegant-living experts, and busy parents. Easy lunch recipes without bread I loved about this recipe from Kris Schoels of Young Married Chic is that it satisfies the teens who love hot stuff and the grown-ups who love gourmet.
Chicken Chili Kris also recommended this recipe for chili made with chicken. It calls for 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts, plus traditional chili ingredients and some extra items, like chopped red onion, frozen corn, and taco seasoning. French cooking in a crock pot was a surprise to me, but a good one. I found this Coq Au Vin recipe on the Whole Foods website. Indian Spiced Chickpea Quinoa Stew Kathy Hester, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook, pointed me to this gluten-free vegetable-laden stew. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Pork should be tender and easy to slice thin for an excellent entree.
It’s simple — take a 5-6 pound pork loin, cut in half, and place in a crock pot. Pour the contents of two bottles of barbecue sauce over the pork. You can tell it’s ready when the meat is tender, falling apart, and saturated by the sauce. Lime Pork with Red Onion Escabeche.
For many years, I have grilled chicken using Italian dressing as a marinade but never thought to toss these together for dinner in the crock pot. So, I was glad to discover a recipe using flank steak, which is usually an economical cut of beef. There is some prep work that involves cutting up and browning the meat before placing in the crock pot, but blogging chef Barb Freda says that the steps are worth the effort. Make the sauce using 1 cup of BBQ sauce, 1 cup of ginger ale, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. To prepare, line the bottom of the crock pot with sliced onions, place brisket on top of the onions, surround the brisket with potato wedges and carrots, and pour the sauce over all.
Cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 6-7 hours. Pot Roast On the recommendation of a cooking instructor, I buy eye-of-round roasts when they are on sale for this dish. Set on low and cook for 6-7 hours or until done. You’ll have a great roast plus gravy. 11 before turning on the crock pot.