STOP Slaving Away In The Kitchen And Cook This BETTER Way Instead!
I wouldn’t give up my trusty slow cooker for the world, but it took me a few years before I realized its full potential. I used to only make soups and stews in it. Of course they turned out really delicious, but when I got my first crock pot cookbook, my mind was blown. I hadn’t realized there were so many different kinds of easy crockpot meals out there!
Since then I have been experimenting with all kinds of recipes – appetizers, entrees and desserts. I can honestly say the slow cooker has made my life so much easier! It saves me so much time to just throw the ingredients in there, and let it work its magic. No slaving away in the kitchen, and the cleanup is a breeze!
I’ve even taught my grandkids to use the slow cooker and they are always so proud to say they made dinner for the whole family. Although, I think they prefer making the desserts, haha! I’ve included a couple of those in this list of our favorites, too. I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as we have!
6 Easy Crockpot Meals, #6
Chicken wings are such a crowd favorite around my house. My family gobbles these up! They are super sticky and delicious and make a good recipe for a whole meal! Don’t hesitate to make these delicious wings for your next get together!
If you’d like that nice, crispy skin, you could throw the chicken wings on the grill or under the broiler for five minutes before serving. You’ll get a wonderful combination of crispy and juicy – I guarantee you’re going to want to lick your fingers clean!
2 lbs chicken wings
salt & pepper, to taste
1-1 1/2 cups favorite bbq sauce
celery, carrots, blue cheese or ranch dressing for serving
Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper. Put them in the crock pot and toss with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, until well coated. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until thoroughly cooked through.
Remove chicken wings from the slow cooker and baste generously with remaining barbecue sauce. Broil wings for a few minutes to crisp up the skin. Serve.
6 Easy Crockpot Meals, #5
Seriously AMAZING! I am a major lover of meatloaf and so is my family. I’ve made it many ways including Mexican and Italian. However, until recently, I had never even contemplated making meatloaf in the Crock Pot. I always assumed that this method would render a greasy block of meat.
Well, what I’ve found is that it isn’t any more greasy than baking it in a pan in the oven. Just drain the grease as you normally would and there you have it.
I’m super glad that I gave it a go because the loaf of meatiness turned out GREAT! I made all the fixins’ for this meatloaf like mashed potatoes, green beans, and fresh dinner rolls. I’d say the meal was a total success. Judging by my family’s empty plates, it was!
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
1/2 cup yellow onions, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon Morton salt
2 Eggland’s eggs
1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cup Heinz ketchup, divided
1 teaspoon French’s yellow mustard
1/4 cup Domino brown sugar
Combine ground beef, green pepper, onion, eggs, salt, cracker crumbs, and 3/4 cups of the ketchup in a large bowl. Use a spoon or your hands to incorporate the mixture.
Line your slow cooker with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place in slow cooker.
Cook on the LOW setting for 6-8 hours or the HIGH setting for 3-4, until the meat is no longer pink. In the last 15 minutes, mix together remaining ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and spread on top meatloaf. Let cook for remaining 15 minutes.
Let cool, slice and serve.
6 Easy Crockpot Meals, #4
It has never been this easy to cook a whole chicken! I will definitely be making this again. And the carrots that sat under it were delicious too! I turned the stock/broth/cooking juices into the simplest gravy by heating in a saucepan and adding some corn flour.
I am thinking of using this same recipe for turkey, next time. I bet it’s going to turn out just as wonderful! And you can always tweak the rub ingredients to your taste; I added a little bit of dried oregano since my family loves the flavor.
RUB INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHICKEN
4 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
FOR THE CROCKPOT
1 cup chopped onion
4 to 5 carrots, scrubbed and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
4 celery stalks, cut in thirds
1 whole lemon quartered
3 1/2 to 4 1/2 lbs roasting or fryer chicken
Mix together the rub ingredients. Place the chopped vegetables inside the slow cooker.
Remove chicken neck and pouch with organs. Rinse chicken with water and pat dry with paper towels.
Rub garlic all over outside of the chicken. Put garlic inside the chicken. Put the rub mixture all over the outside and inside the chicken. Add quartered lemon to the inside of the chicken.
Place chicken into the crock pot, on top of the chopped veggies. Cover and cook on low for 4-8 hours, depending on the size of the chicken. Cook until the internal temperature of the leg is at 160 F.
Remove chicken and place in a 9×13 glass or ceramic baking dish. Place baking dish in the oven under the broiler for about 4-5 minutes. Allow chicken to rest after removing it from the broiler for 5-10 minutes.