Hey busy friends ;-)
I always like including extremely practical advice on this blog. Usually it is home decor related but you guys know I throw in quite a bit of recipes, crafts and other fess up stuff!
So for those super busy people, who *might* choose to go out instead of having a healthy, home cooked meal, I wanted to share my TOP 5 Easy and Simple Crockpot FAVORITES.
(Now there are no excuses, a hot, home cooked meal is awaiting you when you get home LOL)
#1) FIESTA CHICKEN
This is my family's FAVORITE!
You can see the full recipe by clicking the link above BUT all this consists of is a block of cream cheese, chicken breast and SALSA. Honestly folks, YOU CAN DO IT! :-)
#2) PULLED PORK SANDWICHES
I will buy the set of 4 pork loins at Costco and keep 2 in the refrigerator and freeze the other 2.
This is SUCH a yummy meal! Just set 1 or 2 pork loins in the crockpot and pour BBQ sauce on top. Set on low all day (8+hrs) and when you come home just shred up the pork! You can put the shredded pork on hamburger buns or just over a green salad.
If you want to get "fancy" you can pour a can of root beer over the meat in the beginning and then about half way through cooking add 1/2 the jar of BBQ sauce. Once it's completely cooked and shredded you can decide to add the rest of the BBQ sauce or just squeeze extra sauce individually on the roll. (I usually put mine over a green salad)
I love this one in the fall as it smells like cinnamon and apples (with a kick of sausage - ha) :-) The only thing you need to do ahead of time is have 3 cups of brown rice cooked.
Once the rice is cooked, you just dump it in the crockpot, cut up sausage, apples, and veggies of choice! Mix it all up with 1/3 cup water or chicken broth and set on low for 5-7 hours. (You can also add raisins and cinnamon for a real autumn taste, see link for more details)
These are SO GOOD! Just dump 2 cups dried pinto beans with 6 cups chicken broth and set on HIGH for 6-8 hours. (You can see full directions by clicking top link)
Spoon the beans and some cheese on a tortilla and lightly sear the sides to melt cheese.
(P.S. They also work well as leftovers in kids lunches.)
#5 Chicken Tenders over Rice
This is HANDS DOWN the easiest cheater meal I have ever made (and I make it often - ha!) ANYONE has time to make this so NO excuses to not have a home cooked meal ready ;-) Simply buy a big bag of frozen chicken breast tenders or thighs (I buy mine at Costco) and dump enough tenders that will feed your family. Next pick ANY pre-made bottled sauce that you are in the mood for:
Sweet and Sour
Osaka Ginger.....you get the picture :-)
Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
DONE! Just spoon it over rice.
I use my rice maker BUT you could always buy pre-made microwavable rice at the store too.
And as a little extra.......
the BEST veggies for your crockpot are potatoes, sweet potatoes and any type of squash. Just stick them in the crockpot and turn it on low all day. They come out PERFECT! See the squash link for another AMAZING recipe!!! (My husband's favorite)
For those that are looking to buy a crock pot - this is the #1 bestseller on Amazon. I like the programmable ones - they even keep it warm after it's done cooking! (affiliate link)
Crock-Pot Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker
What do you think? Was it convincing enough to pull out your crockpot and give these a try??? Share this with anyone who might need some easy ideas! :-)
It will save you quite a bit of money AND be a lot healthier than going out!
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