Three simple and delicious crock pot recipes.
Crock pots tend to be the most underrated cooking tool in the kitchen. I'm hoping that you are not one of the few in the population who fear crock pots because they truly are a cooks best friend! The purpose of a crock pot is to have a meal cooking all day long while you are at work or away. When you walk through the door at the end of the day, the house smells wonderful, dinner is already done and all you have to do is sit down and enjoy.
When I know that I have a busy day running around, I start my crock pot before leaving the house. When I arrive at the end of my hectic day my dinner is done and ready for me to eat. The crock Pot is my best friend and helper in the kitchen and I do this all the time.
Whether you’re a Bachelor guy who does not know his way around the kitchen, a busy mom who finds it hard to find time to cook at the end of a busy day or just someone who wants to take a day off from cooking without having to resort to fast food, Crock Pots are your answer.
Appliances sold in the U.S. are UL approved and let’s face it, if crock-pots and slow cookers posed a significant electrical safety risk, we would all have heard of it by now and they wouldn't be around. Even if the risk was small, the public would stop buying them. With that being said, crock pots are safe as long as a little common sense rules are followed.
1. Place crock pot on top of a heat-resistant material, and try to plug into a GFCI outlet whenever possible.
2. Never use a crock pot when a child is going to be getting home before you.
3. Use the Low temperature setting. If you plan on cooking at the higher temperatures do it while you’re going to be home. The high temperature setting will absorb liquid quickly and can burn your food.
NOTE: If you have never used a crock pot before buy a simple one with only a "high & Low" setting. You can't go wrong! Spraying the inside of your crock pot with Pam cooking spray makes for easy clean up!
Below are three of my absolute favorite simple Crock pot meals to make.
1. TASTY RANCH CHICKEN
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 Hidden Valley Ranch Mix Packet
1 can Cream of Chicken
1 can water
Combine all three ingredients in the crock pot and mix well. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
2. AWESOME BBQ RIBS
3lb bone in or out Pork or beef ribs
1 large onion, sliced
1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (homemade or store bought)
1 tsp. pepper
Place ribs, onion and pepper in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Once this time is up make sure to remove and drain the excess liquid from crock pot using a spoon or ladle.
Add BBQ sauce and cook for 2 more hours on low or 1 more hour on high.
Note: Make sure to remove the excess liquid or your ribs will be too soupy and the BBQ flavor will be too watered down.
3. Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
4-6 Boneless Chicken Breasts
1 Bottle Barbecue Sauce
1 20 oz. can Pineapple Chunks, drained
1 large chopped onion
Place chicken breasts in the crock pot and cover with sauce. Empty can of drained pineapple chunks on top. Cook on High for 2-3 hours or Low for 4-6 hours. Serve over rice.