Whether you are busy with the kids or have a demanding full-time job, cooking dinner after a long day is probably the last thing you want to do. This leads many of us to stop for fast food or throw something quick and unhealthy into the microwave.
However, cooking with a Crock-Pot makes it easy to enjoy healthy meals with minimal effort on your part. Simply throw ingredients into the slow cooker before you head out the door in the morning and a delicious meal is ready for you when you get home. There are many slow cooker recipes out there on the internet for main dishes, side dishes and desserts, which are tasty and easy to make. Here are some of the best that we have found.
I am a firm believer that everything tastes better with ranch dressing, so this recipe for ranch potatoes piqued my interest. The recipe calls for one package of ranch dressing mix, but you can add more if want the potatoes to be really flavorful. Besides ranch dressing, the recipe only calls for three other ingredients, simplifying the meal even more. Keep in mind that the potatoes need to cook for a minimum of four hours to tenderize, so plan accordingly.
This recipe quickly caught my attention because of the unique blend of ingredients used to flavor the chicken—honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic and pepper flakes. There are quite a few ingredients to purchase, but sounds quite tasty and you can use them all with other meals. The blog this came from, SixSisterStuff.com, was written by six grown sisters wanting to stay in touch and share recipes across the blogosphere. They have many easy recipes that help ease your cooking time.
I consider myself a French onion soup expert. I make it at home at least once a month, order it at restaurants whenever possible, and occasionally search the internet for new recipes. I was excited when I came across this recipe for Crock-Pot French Onion Soup because it looks simple to make and uses a lot of fresh ingredients. I also like how Jessica at www.howsweeteats.com added pictures of every step in the cooking process. This simplifies the preparation process and helps you know where your recipe should be at visually.
Crock-Pot recipes are notorious for being packed with calories, but this recipe, posted on SkinnyTaste.com, gives a healthy twist to traditional Crock-Pot recipes. It calls for lean boneless pork sirloin roast, fat-free chicken broth, and low-sodium soy sauce—all of which help to keep the salt and calories in check. Once cooked, the recipe has only 224 calories and four Weight Watchers Points per serving.
I am not a big fan of chicken parmesan, but I have to admit that this recipe posted by Nikki at chef-in-training.com recipe looks yummy. Keep in mind that the chicken does take a bit of preparation before you can leave it in the Crock-Pot, so make sure to leave yourself enough time. You can even make the recipe low-cal by using reduced-fat parmesan cheese, low-sodium marina sauce, and lean skinless chicken breast.
This recipe, also posted by Nikki at chef-in-training.com, looks nutritious, tasty, and simple to make. Once cooked, the chicken has only 190 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and four Weight Watcher points per serving. With such a low fat content, you can eat as much as you want without the guilt.
Don’t be frightened by the long list of ingredients in this recipe for slow cooker chicken enchilada soup. All of the ingredients are simple to find at your local grocery store (you won’t have to go to a specialty shop to find them) and none of them require any prep work. The soup cooks in six hours and the recipe can be adjusted to feed any number of people.
I love chicken tacos, but don’t like the work it takes to make them. Luckily, this recipe for Crock-Pot chicken tacos requires minimal effort, but is still big on flavor. The chicken has to cook on high for a minimum of six hours, so make sure to plan ahead. This might seem like a long time just to cook chicken, but it will save in the refrigerator for up to a week. That way, you can use the leftovers to make chicken enchiladas, nachos or tostadas.
If you love pork as much as I do, you will love this recipe for slow cooker ribs posted by Mel at thelarsonlinog.blogspot.com. I love the ingredients in this recipe. It calls for two to three pounds of pork baby back ribs, 2.5 cups barbecue sauce, one jar of cherry jam, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Mel even added pictures of every step of the cooking process to make it as simple as possible.
This apple butterscotch crisp recipe posted by Elizabeth at crockpotninja.com is the perfect finish to any meal. It is a good alternative to making time-consuming apple pie and calls for ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. Simple to make and no additional trip to the grocery store required? Count me in.
Which recipe are you going to try first?