My New Love - The Crock Pot

Feb 22, 2010

As my Facebook friends will attest to, I have become obsessed with the crock pot this past week. I discovered a Fan Page called “The Crock Pot Recipe Exchange.” The group has about 40,000 members and thousands of recipes have been posted. And, the best thing? Most of them are SHORT! Just a couple ingredients. In fact, many can fit into a status line, which has a limited amount of allowed words.

I got a crock pot for my wedding shower and so, I have owned it for about 14 years now. And, I have used it since then. But, I can’t say I have used it regularly.

I would, on occasion through those years, open a crock pot cookbook – with the intentions of using my unit more often – and then, see all the ingredients needed for a particular recipe and promptly close the book.

I don’t know about you, but if a recipe has more than 5 or 6 ingredients, I lose interest in making it very rapidly.

That, however, is about to change. I am busy. I am exhausted. I am a run-down working and stay-at-home mom. The last thing I have the energy to do every evening is make dinner.

Thus, my goal from now on, is to use my crock pot more often and save myself a great deal of time and a lot of dirty dishes.

I’m sure there are many of you out there who feel the same way. If the number of my Facebook friends who joined that Crockpot fan page after I suggested it is any indication, then there are a whole lot of us who need to make the dinner process a lot easier.

So, I thought I’d help you out – while I help myself out, too. From now on (until this seems like a bad idea), I’m going to post a weekly crock pot menu. These are the recipes I’m going to make this week. I may not have tried them, so I can’t vouch for how good they are, but they are guaranteed to only have a few ingredients – and none of them which are too hard to pronounce.

I figure I’ll post about four a week – and a dessert. (That’s another thing I learned this week! People make DESSERT in their crock pots! Who knew???) Granted, there are 7 days in a week, but as for me, we probably don’t need 7 new meals each week. After all, there is such a thing as pizza and going out to eat and leftovers. And, of course, we eat dinner every Wednesday night at our church, so I’m off the hook on that night!

So, after this, you’ll see a post of what I plan to make this week. Hope these recipes help you out when it comes to planning your meals (and your grocery list!)


V. Geck said...

I too am a huge crock pot fan. One of my favorites is BBQ Pulled Pork. McCormick has great spice packets which require very few ingredients to make the whole meal. For instance, the BBQ Pulled Pork spice packet calls for 3lbs boneless pork shoulder roast, 1/2 c ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup cider vinegar. Cooks 8 hrs LOW or 4 hrs HIGH. We serve on buns with pickles and onions. I highly recommend.

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