The days when I use my crockpot to cook dinner are the days where I get the most done. It's so empowering to know that while I'm going about my business, running errands and working, that dinner is prepared, developing rich flavors in the safety of my crockpot. Knowing that I won't have to come home and devote an hour to dinner just makes it that much easier to do all of those extra things that I have been waiting to do. It's always handy to have extra crockpot recipes on hand, so I've gathered together some good ones.
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One of my favorite dishes from my hometown deli is lobster bisque, but since I only visit my parents twice a year, I don't really get the delicious soup as often as I'd like. So I was delighted to find this recipe for crockpot lobster bisque. I was even more excited that on the day I found this recipe, lobster went on sale at the local grocery store. Unfortunately, even when lobster goes on sale, it is still pretty expensive, so this bisque is a special occasion recipe. It was worth every penny when I made it, and it was way easier than I imagined it would be!
Beef Curry with Noodles
This crockpot recipe fills the house with an aromatic scent of beef curry. Delicious and distinct, be prepared for the enticing smell all day long. I made this last week, and after about an hour of cooking I wanted to devour it. It takes ten hours though, so plan accordingly. After getting a tip from a wise friend, I would pick up a more authentic curry paste from an Asian market, and add the optional homemade ground fresh chili paste. Despite those oversights, the beef was very tasty!
Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables
Roast chicken is pretty much the easiest impressive dinner a person can make. And it doesn't get any easier than roast chicken in the crockpot, slow cooked to perfection. Crispy skin and tender meat, all alongside savory chicken-flavored root vegetables. Succulent, affordable meal in the crockpot: can't beat that!
Chicken Noodle Soup
— From Scratch
Every time I make a roast chicken, in the crockpot or otherwise, I make chicken noodle soup the next day. Celery, carrots and onions are almost always some of the cheapest vegetables to be found in the store. Also, chicken noodle soup is some of the most comforting food known to mankind. Making chicken noodle soup from scratch is just that much more rewarding. Honestly, I've never made my own noodles, but someday I would like to!
Slow Cooker Sweet Glazed Pork Chops
These gorgeous pork chops have three ingredients: grape jelly, chili sauce and pork chops. As if that wasn't appealing enough, the pork chops can be placed in the crockpot while they are still frozen. Main dishes don't get any easier than that: it's as easy as a frozen pizza.
Fall Crockpot Recipes
Yeah, yeah, it's not fall any more, but this fall crockpot recipe round-up contains some of my all-time favorite recipes, like bacon-wrapped apple bbq chicken, baked potato soup, chicken tikka masala and pumpkin chili. It's definitely worth revisiting. In fact, I'm going to have to include some of those recipes the next time I'm meal-planning.
Check out the collection of Fall Crockpot Recipes here.
Crockpot Recipes for Kids
Another existing gem from the site: Crockpot Recipes for Kids. With classic recipes like sloppy joes, tacos and meatballs and slightly more exotic ones like peanut chicken or barbecue ribs, there's surely at least one recipe that would fit any family.
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