I’m excited to be talking about crock-pot meals this week. As moms trying to manage the dinner prep hour, having a good repertoire of crock-pot meals is essential.
But I don’t have a good repertoire. I have a few tried and true recipes that I reuse constantly. One of the reasons I’m excited about this week’s theme is that I was hoping to hear back from you all about your favorite crock-pot recipes! We are definitely in a rut around here.
So what do I do in the crock-pot? A lot of mexican. Like, a LOT of mexican. My favorite is chicken tacos, which my sister-in-law showed me last year. It’s super easy: you put boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot. Add a jar of salsa. Add water, just to cover. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, then shred with a fork. It makes such yummy taco fillings. To finish out dinner, warm up corn tortillas on a griddle, and assemble all your favorite toppings, including this yummy salsa recipe. I take this same idea and use if for a variety of meats: pork butt, chuck roast. These types of roasts need a lot more time on low, but all that means for me is putting in the crock-pot after breakfast, instead of after lunch with the chicken. I also use a variation on this for our family’s rice-and-beans night, but you’ll have to wait till another post for that one.
However, a theme week on crock-pot meals would not be complete without a nod to my amazing rice cooker. This was a gift from my mother a couple years ago, and it is worth its weight in gold. It is programmable, with different settings for different foods. In our house, it should actually be called an oatmeal cooker, because I fill it with steel-cut oats almost every night, program it for 7, and wake up to hot cooked oatmeal. It’s amazing. Amazing. And, I even use it for rice occasionally. Oatmeal and rice can get boring, so my mother also gave me this book, which has tons and tons of different suggestions for using your rice cooker. While I haven’t tried that many, my favorite was adding cooked rice to my morning oatmeal, making more of a porridge. While is sounds pretty gross, it wasn’t. It was yummy.
So, now you’ve heard a couple of my cook-ahead secrets. I’d love to hear yours!
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