I know that seems redundant. But I see a lot of yummy recipes that require far more prep than I am prepared to do. When I use my pot, I usually chuck everything in in the morning before heading out for the day. When I come in for dinner, it's done. I don't want to cook anything on the stove, to an excessive amount of slicing and dicing, or anything like that. Chuck things in, turn on, eat.
Who has THOSE kinds of recipes (or knows sources for them)?
My FAVORITE recipe goes something like this:
Moroccan Chicken and Lentils
Throw in pot, in order:
8oz of baby carrots (or a few more, if you're a carrot fiend like me)
Bag of uncooked lentils
1lb-1.5lb of chicken breast tenders (I go light on the chicken as I'm only one person and way more into the carrots)
2Tbsp of garlic (or a bit more....)
salt to taste
2 tsp Moroccan rub or (this is what I do) 3/4tsp turmeric, 1/2tsp red pepper, 1/2tsp cinnamon
30ishoz of chicken broth
Cook (I usually cook on high until I leave the house, then low until I'm home, which is usually at least 8 hours).
Baby Back Ribs
2-3 lbs pork baby back ribs
2.5 cups BBQ sauce
1 small jar (10-12 oz) of cherry jam (you can use grape jelly if you can't find cherry)
1 T Dijon mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cut ribs into 2-3 pieces, put in crock pot. Mix all ingredients, pour over ribs. Cook on low 6-8 hrs.
Crockpot Boston Butt
1 Boston Butt
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 T. Celery Salt
1 T. Garlic Powder
1 T. Dried Mustard
1 T. Ground Ginger
1 T. Black Pepper
1 T. Rosemary
1 1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke
1/4 cup Worcestershire
3/4 cup Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
Mix all ingredients, put butt and marinade in a gallon ziplock overnight. In morning, put butt and marinade in crock pot. Cook on low 6-8 hrs.
There's a great thread in Favorites that has a lot of recipes like this. My go-tos include:
Peanut Butter Pork
Oil crock. Put into pot: pork chops (I prefer bone-in as they take longer to cook, since my crock pot doesn't have a timer to switch it to warm); as much peanut butter as looks good; as much soy sauce as looks good. Flip the chops around a few times until they get peanut butter and soy sauce on both sides. Cook on low until you get home. Serve with rice.
Put into pot: chicken parts of your choice; broth or stock; a little bit of 'cream of' (if I am doing a pound of chicken I put in a third of a can); artichoke hearts; olives; fresh mushrooms; and anything else I have on hand that appeals. Add in basil, a little salt, a little good pepper. Cook on low until you get home. You can eat this alone, or shred the chicken over pasta. I generally sprinkle some parmesan on top.
You can see that I'm not much for recipes and my cooking usually involves "whatever is in my freezer + whatever is on the pantry shelves." I generally put things in the crock pot in the morning before I've had coffee and I'm not competent to do any measuring in that state, so the method is "put in whatever looks good" and if it comes out particularly well I do it more than once. One other thing I like to use the crock for is to defrost meats from the freezer; if I am coming home during lunch I'll stick a frozen something in it in the morning with some broth, then at lunchtime stir in seasonings.
"I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep."
- Harry Dresden
Hummus: I love hummus! In all flavors. The local market sells their own brand that is coarse (which I refer to as rustic); I like the smoother brands, Sabra and tribe being favorites of mine! A cashier asked me, "What do you eat this with?"
"A spoon," I replied. Such a great snack!
Voila!! Thanks to pinterest I have 300 easy slow cooker recipes on this one website!
Mind blown! Nice!!! I got really excited when I saw the crockpot pho...but then looked at the recipe and realized it did NOT at ALL fall into my criteria...pho will have to be enjoyed in its customary way, I guess.
As for hummus, I like the Sabra roasted garlic, but have found, remarkably, that I like the Safeway brand roasted garlic BETTER (the only good thing about Safeway). I'll have to investigate Wegman's....
However much chicken you want-cut up or not. Best to have at least one piece with a bit of skin for a bit of fat. Add water/broth to cover. Add one or two celery stalks, rough chopped. a handful of baby carrots. Salt and pepper. When you get home, remove chicken. let it cool a bit, and add noodles. Pick chicken or shred whatever. Add chicken back in, and it is done! For more heavenly bliss make a few Bisquick dumpings.