The Crock-Pot® (or slow cooker) often gets a bad rap. Many people associate Crock-Pots with recipes their grandmother made that usually involved lots and lots of cream of mushroom soup. We’re here to tell you that the slow cooker is useful for much more than beef stroganoff. You can make delicious crock-pot recipes including main entrees, side dishes, even drinks and desserts.
According to CNET.com the Crock-Pot all started with beans. Well, actually a bean-based stew recipe from Lithuania called cholent. An inventor named Irving Naxon was inspired by how his grandmother’s unique preparation of cholent when she was growing up: cooking it overnight in the fading heat of a local bakery’s oven.
In order to provide a portable solution to the problematic slow cookers already on the market that cooked food unevenly, Naxon developed an appliance that integrated the crock inside of the heating unit so it would distribute heat more evenly. In 1936 he applied for a patent for the Naxon Beanery and in 1972 it was rebranded as the Crock-Pot. People, particularly those balancing home and work, have been enjoying the benefits of cooking “low and slow” ever since.
With a little planning and preparation, you can have a delicious meal waiting for you when you get home. Get the family involved in the meal planning process. Spend Sunday afternoon preparing the meal plan for the week and shopping for ingredients. Let the kids tell you their favorite recipes and see if you can turn them into a slow cooker meal. In addition to teaching cooking skills, you just might create a new family favorite recipe.
Here are a few delicious Crock-Pot® recipes to get you started.
Crock Pot Cheesy Broccoli Rice is a great example of an entire meal that can be made at once in the Crock-Pot. Put everything in the Crock-Pot before you leave for work and come home to this bubbly cheesy rice and broccoli with sausage meal. No muss, no fuss. Just a warm and comforting dinner.
Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Pulled Pork An easy recipe for juicy, spicy slow cooker pulled pork that’s perfect to serve with rice or use as a filling for tacos. With only 15 minutes of prep time, this recipe is sure to become a weeknight favorite.
Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken This Bourbon Chicken is not only delicious, it is also inexpensive to make since it utilizes a lot of pantry staples! Serve over rice and broccoli for a filling dinner the whole family will love.
Did you know you can also make drinks and desserts in the Crock-Pot?
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Cider This can simmer during the day while you’re at work or out running errands, but the sweet smell of cinnamon will make you want to stay home while it cooks! Apple Pie Cider has all of the flavors of your favorite apple pie.
S’more Crock Pot Brownies This warm, chocolatey brownie is topped with graham crackers and toasted marshmallows…no camp fire needed!
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What do you like to serve for dinner when you aren’t able to devote many hours to cooking?