Post # 1
All right ladies; so my other half is several provinces away for at least ten day (sad face!) and I have a big list of cleaning to do but I’m also going to do some cooking!
I recently got a new job that keeps me super busy, often during peak dinner cooking hours. I’m a bit of a food snob (read: a lot of a food snob) and not having time to cook for myself and my man is killing me!!
So I have like.. Four days off this week, which is sort of unfortunate because my lover is away but oh well.. I am going to make the best of my situation by prepping and freezing some freezer/crockpot meals so I can pull them out in the morning, turn it on and voila! I can still feel like I’m cooking sometimes!! (I manage/supervise a kitchen, confession and lounge so some days I get home and don’t even want to LOOK at my kitchen, let alone cook in it!)
So my question is: what are your favourite crock pot meals? Tell me what you love to make in that beautiful appliance!
In return for your creativity and inspiration, once I have a list together and a plan, I’m going to type it all up and share the: shopping list, recipes, instructions and maybe some pictures 😉
Ready… Set… Go!
Post # 2
I make lots of versions of tacos, tequitos, and fajitas in my crock.
Obviously roast, stews and soups.
I also recently made a shrimp boil in mine, it was REALLY good. I could do without the shrimp and substitute sausage, though.
Post # 3
Roast dinner. Pot roast, large-chunk potatoes, whole carrots, whole parsnips, onion, garlic, spices that you like (if I’m in a hurry I’ll use my homemade version of the onion soup mix packets)
Spritz the sides of the crock pot with a bit of olive oil so the potatoes won’t stick if they rest against the side. Cut the onion in half, lay them in the bottom of the pot. Then start building up the walls of the crock pot with your carrots, parsnips, and potatoes. I’m talking big chunks. Like, cut a potato in half once and be done with it chunks. Lay the roast in. No browning necessary if you’re in a rush. Sprinkle on your seasonings (delicate, fresh herbs should be saved for last), and set it to low. About ten or twenty minutes before you want to eat, add any fresh herbs.
Post # 4
jenilynevette: how do you make taquitos in the crock pot??? Colour me curious! Sounds delicious 😀
Trilly: I love me a good crock pot roast!! They’re a little harder to do as freezer meals though, just cuz of the size. I suppose I could cut it Up a bit!
Post # 5
I also roast chicken in mine. Just stuff a chicken with a lemon and season the outside well. Toss it in on low for about 4 hours, depending on the weight. Falls right off the bone and is SO good. The crockpot insert is oven safe if you want to stick the chicken under the broiler to crisp up the skin, but I’m not a fan of eating the skin so I don’t bother.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
Frozen chicken breasts, a can/bottle of beer, and a jar of salsa. Let cook all day and use for tacos! It’s delish!
I also just tried a roast recipe from Pinterest that was off the hook. Use a pork or beef boneless roast, sprinkle a package of dry ranch dressing on top along with a package of dry au jus mix, stick a cube of butter on the top of it (may require balancing! lol!), and place about 4-5 peppercini’s on it. Cook on low all day. Sounds bizarre but it was excellent!
Post # 7
Trilly: ah yes!! Sooooo yummy 😀 crockpot whole chicken is the only way we make whole chickens anymore! So moist and delicious 😀 my mom has a Turkey roaster, which is basically just an oversized crockpot and oh my goodness.. Makes the best turkey EVER! So moist. I love the crockpot cuz it keeps all the juicy delicious IN!
Post # 8
Chuck steak (about 3lbs or a little less) add 1 packed of dried ranch, 1 packet of dried italian dressing and 1 packet of brown gravy. Add two cups of water and cook on high for 4 hours.
sooo good and easy to make!
Post # 9
I’m really not too sure on freezer meals. I tend to make everything fresh from scratch that day or prep the night before and stick it in the fridge, because I hate the texture of frozen vegetables.
Post # 10
Chicken tacos or carnitas. Literally just 4 chicken breasts (or 2-3 lb of pork roast), a can of salsa and a packet of taco seasoning. cook on low for 8 hours.
italian beef (something I usually stick in the crock pot the night before. Put it in the fridge in the morning, then reheat it for dinner. Tastes way better this way). It’s 4lb bottom round roast or chuck roast, a can of pepperonchini’s (juice and all) and a packet of dry Italian dressing. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
i also have a recipe for jambalaya, but it’s complicated and I don’t have the recipe with me, so I’ll get back to you on this one.
Post # 11
And you could definitely put all of the stuff together in a freezer bag so all you have to do is let it thaw the night before and then just plop it in there the morning of or night before.
Post # 12
Nay1976: that last recipe sounds delish. I’m following this discussion for the recipes!
Post # 13
- Wedding: December 2014 - Loft
lalalyanne: My ultimate crock pot staple ….
Thai Coconut Curry
2 cans coconut milk<br />1 bag stirfry veggies ( from the salad section, not the frozen ones)<br />3 oz. green curry paste<br />2 chicken breasts cubed (optional)
Takes 3-4 hours without chicken. I personally eat it vegetarian but Fiance prefers it with protein.
Post # 14
Top it with some jalapeno pickle coleslaw – its to die for!
Post # 15
missjz: I love me a good coconut curry!! I actually have a super similar vegetable curry on my list!! It might even be practically identical 😛
Fiance likes chicken as well but I think a plain veetable curry is the bomb. There are so many ways to make chicken and making curry vegetarian is a good alternative!!