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Crockpot Easy Recipes: One Pot Family Cooking
Pinched for time and pinching pennies? Why not take out your crockpot and make one of these easy recipes for your family? We got a crockpot for a wedding gift many years ago. However, it wasn't until our kids were about 3 or 4 years old that we really started to use it. How easy is it to create crockpot easy recipes? So many meals require only that you pile the ingredients in, then walk away for 4-8 hours (depending on the recipe). Even if you have a longer time frame for cooking your meal, you may be able to lower the temperature on your crockpot to extend the time.
In this hub, I'll share my favorite crockpot easy recipes. These are tried and true with my four young children. Really, if my kids will eat it, you should rest assured that your efforts slaving over a crockpot will not be in vain.
Don't have a crockpot? I guarantee that you can find one cheap at either a yard sale or your local Goodwill store. If not, you can expect to shell out about $40-$50 on a new version, which is well worth the amount you'll save on dinner bills in about 2 months!
Its time to explore the easier and cheaper side of crockpot cooking! And if you want even more cheap and easy meals, you can feed your family a hearty dinner for less than $3 per serving.
Delicious Stew Recipe
This crockpot easy recipe for stew comes from my aunt in Burbank, California. I promise you, it is not only easy, but makes your entire house smell delicious!
- 1 pound stew meat, trimmed
- 1 can Campbell's Cream of Celery Soup
- 1 cup water
- 1 packet of onion soup mix
- 1 cup bourbon (it bakes off)
- 1 can (14 oz) green peas
- 1 t. chopped garlic
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. pepper
- 1 cup chopped green peppers (optional)
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms(optional)
- 12 oz. boiled and drained egg noodles
Take out stew meat and trim off excess fat
Place raw meat into crock pot
Add garlic (if desired)
Add soup mix, soup, water and bourbon
Turn crock pot onto medium heat and cook for 6-8 hours
One hour before serving, add canned peas, peppers and mushrooms, if desired
Boil egg noodles and drain. Serve Crock pot stew over egg noodles.
Beef Crockpot Meal
Hamburger Casserole in a Crock Pot
Another super crockpot easy recipe is found right here. When I was growing up, my Mom would make this in a fry pan (and it would take at least an hour). Now, you can put this all together in the morning in about 20 minutes and let it bake all day.
- 2 lg. potatoes, sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 can green beans
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 can water
- 2 lbs. ground beef, browned
- 1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
Layer vegetables in crock pot. Season with salt and pepper. Brown hamburger with onion. Place browned hamburger on top of veggies. Mix soup and water and pour over all. Cook on low 5 to 6 hours. Serve with boiled egg noodles or white or brown rice.
Frugal Meals for On-the-Go Families
Crock Pot Low Carb Chili Recipe
Low carb recipes need not be tasteless or expensive. Here is a great chili recipe that we love - it is truly a crockpot easy recipe that you will come back to time and again!
- 2 lbs of ground beef
- 1 quart of water
- 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 t. cumin
- 2 t. salt
- 2 mashed cloves of garlic
- 1 T. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. crushed red peppers
- 1 t. black pepper
- 2 T. chili powder
- 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 (4 oz) can of mushrooms (drained)
- 1/2 t. allspice
- 3/4 cup chopped green peppers
In a large skillet, brown the meat with the onions and drain the fat.
Add everything, plus the browned meat to the crock pot and simmer over medium heat for 4-6 hours.
Vegetarian Indian Curry
What if you are a vegetarian? Is crockpot cooking still for you? Absolutely! Just because my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy doesn't mean that there are not many delicious vegetarian crockpot recipes out there!
Vegetarian Indian Curry is especially tasty (it is also vegan). Check this out below - its hard to believe that anything could be simpler than this crockpot easy recipe!
- 3 potatoes, chopped
- 1 cauliflower, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups green peas
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 3/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp curry
- 1 cup water
Simply place all ingredients into the crockpot and cook on medium heat for 4-6 hours.
If you are counting carbohydrates, you can lower the glycemic index on many of these recipes simply by switching from white pasta or rice, to whole grain pasta or brown rice. You can also choose to enjoy the meals without any pasta or rice at all!
Cook at Home with Crockpot Easy Recipes
Two of the biggest reasons people don't eat at home more often are: (1) time and (2) inconvenience. Cooking in a crockpot takes care of both of these issues and also gives your home a nice, warm aroma that you can enjoy when you open the door.
Cooking in a crockpot also makes it easy to transport meals to buffets and tailgate parties. Then you can simply plug it back in and warm up the food in a matter of minutes.
It wouldn't be a complete crockpot easy recipe hub if I didn't save room for dessert! Check out the 1 minute video below for the simple steps to make apple pie in your crockpot. I hate trying to make decent pie dough anyway...