Slow Cooker Meals in a Crock Pot

Crock Pot Meals

We bought our Crock Pot on a whim at Walmart one weekend afternoon. It cost less than my groceries. It is one of the best kitchen investments I have made.

After a day's work, when I come in tired and hungry, one of the last things I feel like doing is cooking. I usually cook something very simple and very fast so I can eat quickly and still have some time to do other things I want to finish before the day ends. I always pay attention to nutrition, but find that the range of foods I cook is limited--lots of pasta, salad, boneless chicken breast, fish, and steamed vegetables. These foods cook quickly and taste good.



Crock Pot Soup's done!
Crock Pot Soup's done! | Source

Slow Cooker Meals Are Easy

One of the best things about the slow cooker is that I can chop food in the morning, when I am not tired, and put it to cook while I am away at work. Then when I walk in the door, I smell dinner ready, and I just need to wash my hands and eat. My life has become a lot simpler.

There are a variety of sizes to choose from. I got a 2 1/2 quart size, which is great for two or three people. It is large enough to cook a small pot roast, spare ribs, or a batch of soup that will last three days. It is small enough to fit on the carousel in the cabinet under my counter, and is light enough to lift easily.

The stoneware cooking dish is smooth so food does not stick while cooking. There is no need to stir. In fact, the directions advise not lifting the lid to stir at all during cooking, for the loss of heat will delay cooking times. After the meal, it is easy to wash the cooking dish and return it to the heater for storage.

There are two levels of heat--the lowest setting is the one we use most often. Setting the temperature to 1 means the food will take about eight hours to cook. This is great for a work day evening meal that I start in the morning and leave cooking all day. Using the 2 setting means the food will cook in about four hours. i use this sometimes on the weekend, when I can plan on being home then.


A slow cooker is easy to clean, and easy to serve from.

The non-stick stoneware cooking dish is easy to clean and can go right to the table for serving.
The non-stick stoneware cooking dish is easy to clean and can go right to the table for serving. | Source

Slow Cooker Soup Recipes


Soups made in the slow cooker are simple. They don't spill over onto the stove top and they don't stick to the pot. Most of your favourite soup recipes can be made this way. Milk-based soup recipes need to be adjusted to cook with broth or water, then add the milk just before serving. Directions for several delicious soups come with the Crock Pot, and no doubt you will soon be experimenting with your own favourites.



Home Made Green Pea Soup with Ham in the Slow Cooker

Here is a simple, nutritious recipe for green pea soup with ham made in the Crock Pot slow cooker.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 8 hours 30 min
Ready in: 8 hours 45 min
Yields: 12 cups of soup.
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Add the ingredients and spices.
Add the ingredients and spices. | Source
Add water to cover the food.
Add water to cover the food. | Source

Instructions

  1. Rinse about two cups of split green peas and add them to the Crock Pot.
  2. Chop half an onion, two peeled carrots, and three thick slices of ham diced or cubed, and add them to the Crock Pot.
  3. Add about a teaspoon of salt and three bay leaves, and any other seasonings you prefer.
  4. Add water to cover, about 12 cups.
  5. Place the lid on the Crock Pot, plug it in, set the temperature to the desired setting, and leave it to cook. Come back in 8 hours and eat.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 cups split green peas
  • 1/2 large onion, white cooks transparent, but red looks attractive with green peas
  • 2-3 diced carrots
  • 2-3 thick slices, about 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper to taste
The Crock Pot cooks dinner while you are out.  Come home and eat!
The Crock Pot cooks dinner while you are out. Come home and eat! | Source

A slow cooker is a great gift for a student leaving home, a young couple furnishing their kitchen, or a seasoned cook who is starting work outside the home. In almost any kitchen it will quickly become a tool that proves its worth.

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RichieMogwai 4 years ago from Vancouver

Thanks for your crock pot article. Yeah, crock pots are so convenient, mostly you leave them alone to do the job. For example, I would throw in eggs to boil or soup straight from the can in there, take a nap or even sleep for an hour or two and it's done. Mine is very small and cost only $10 and yet very, very useful.


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Janis Goad 4 years ago Author

I use mine almost every day. I would have bought one years ago if I had known how easy it is to get dinner! Thank you for your comment. Enjoy those boiled eggs...


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

My mother bought me a crockpot a couple of years ago, and I have to admit that I have only used it twice. I also come home at night only to have the frenzied, what can I cook quickly dinner. I will have to put some thought into recipes that I can cook in the crockpot and try it out a bit more often. Thanks! Voted up and sharing.


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Janis Goad 4 years ago Author

Hi, Donnah75!! You can put just about anything in it in the morning, and come home at night to great food. The flavours blend. Try any kind of meat or beans, with whatever vegetables you have, add some salt, maybe some wine or barbecue sauce, some water, and set it to cook.

Your slow cooker will help you and simplify your life a lot.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, this ingredient gave me a start1 "1/2 large onion, white coks transparent, but red looks attractive with green peas".

But this looks like a great recipe and I love my crock pot. It really blends all the flavors when you cook them together slowly.

Whoa! I didn't know you could boil eggs in a crock pot! Gotta try that one.


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Janis Goad 4 years ago Author

Austinstar, oops!! I corrected it.

I went back to cooking eggs in water on the stove after i exploded on in the microwave one day. Don't cook and egg in the microwave!! After that I didn't want to experiment with eggs too much, but covering them with water in the slow cooker is like covering them with water in a pot on the stove.


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

Sounds great! I will making this soon as the weather is cooling off. I tweeted, pinned and voted up.


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Janis Goad 4 years ago Author

Thank you for commenting, voting, and sharing, mvillecat!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

YumMY YumYYY. I would like to go to Walmart for one of these super crock pots. Really super recipe too. I do like lentils and I do love a ham (I prefer a ham hock if I can find one!). Voting etc.


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Janis Goad 4 years ago Author

Is Walmart in Italy close to you? They are having such an impact on local economies here as small businesses close because they can't compete with Walmart. In Vancouver a few years ago, the town refused to licence a store that wanted to open there, but the business just moved to the next suburb over.

Hope you enjoy the soup. There are some comforting things about winter!


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Joan Calvin 4 years ago

This is very useful and informative. Even though I haven't used a crock pot in years, this idea may promt me to start using it again.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I got my first crock pot when I was 18 and although it still works it didn't have the removable bowl. I was at a garage sale this summer and the woman had a brand new crock pot and I picked it up for eight dollars. They sure come in handy and make delicious meals.


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Janis Goad 4 years ago Author

Today I am cooking cubed beef, barley, cherry tomatoes from the garden, and onions with garlic and oregano. throw it in the slow cooker, and dinner is already is smelling good as I settle in beside the fire to read 50 Shades of Grey.


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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

Hello miss janis Goad. I like your hub on the slow cook. It is a wonderful thing to have. While we do other jobs. We cook something good to eat. Thank you for the good recepy.

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