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In my humble opinion the slow cooker is one of the most under-used appliances in households. People don’t feel like cooking after they get home from work but they don’t utilize the thing in their house that could have dinner ready to go!
Slow cooker recipes don’t have to be complicated and many items you can easily get with coupons (marinades, frozen vegetables etc) are very commonly used. Meals can be as simple as throwing in boneless skinless chicken breasts and bbq sauce. You may even have all the ingredients in your house now!
Plus crock pot meals are often large so they will provide you with leftovers for lunch the next day!
So your assignment this week (should you choose to accept it) is to schedule atleast one meal using your crock pot. Just imagine a world where you come home and dinner is practically on the table!
If you don’t have a recipe may I suggest my favorite Chicken Chili?
There are also some crockpot recipe books you can check out:
Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes
Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly: 600 Healthy Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker
Betty Crocker The Big Book of Slow Cooker, Casseroles & More (Betty Crocker Big Book)
The $7 a Meal Slow Cooker Cookbook: 301 Delicious, Nutritious Recipes the Whole Family Will Love!
Or check the stock at your local library. You can also borrow cook books from friends!
I made slow cooker beef tacos yesterday. Got the recipe from http://www.myrecipes.com. It was spicy and yummy. All of us loved it.
Margary Thrasher says
I’d be lost without my slow cooker! I made chili yesterday and will be making moroccan turkey stew tomorrow. Have you looked into freezer to crock pot meals? You spend one day prepping, bagging, and freezing a bunch of meals. When it’s time to cook just sit one on the counter for about 30 minutes and then dump it in the slow cooker. Genius!
James Greiner says
Split Pea Soup tonight. Onion Soup mid-week. Overdue for some of my chili.
Zandra Abatsis says
Actually yesterday I tried the recipe you listed a few days ago http://www.afrugalchick.com/slow-cooker-recipe-bbq-beer-chicken/ and it was wonderful! Best BBQ and the chicken is much healthier (plus I used my Zaycon chicken). Very, very good. Thanks for both the Zaycon link and the recipe.
I use my slow cooker all the time..with three kids who play three sports, an active husband and a full time job it keeps us from spending money eating out and we eat healthier. Since I use weight watchers eating guidelines it also makes it easier to make meals we can all eat..keeps me in my points allotment and everyone is eating better…
I have found tons of new recipes online so we don’t get tired of eating the same thing day after day.