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Crock Pot Cooking for One or Two

Updated on January 9, 2014

I've always loved Crock Pot meals. Growing up, my mother designated Wednesday nights as Crock Pot nights because it was the busiest day of the week. She put the ingredients into the pot in the morning, and when we all arrived back home at dinnertime, a complete meal was ready. Since then I designated my own Crock Pot nights while raising my own family. But now my kids are grown, and I still love those easy home cooked meals. For the first year or two I made the same recipes and amounts, and then froze the leftovers. The problem is, it's still too much food to cook on a regular basis, and I get tired of the "leftover build-up." I'm as busy as I ever was while raising a family, I'm just doing different things now. I have the same slow cooker I've used for 25 years, and I'll keep it for family occasions. But now I'm exploring smaller recipes and methods for cooking one or two portions, or for those days I only want to deal with one meal at a time. It's also a good way to try new recipes without having a huge amount of leftovers of something you're not that fond of.

The Internet has recently exploded with inspiring recipes for Crock Pot cooking - from the traditional, familiar comfort foods we grew up with, to new and updated recipes for healthier, but just as delicious, alternatives. Just about anything can be cooked in a slow cooker, from appetizers to desserts. Once you try a few recipes and techniques, you'll enjoy adding your own touches to existing recipes, as well as experimenting to create your own unique and new dishes.

The best part of it is that Crock Pots and slow cookers are very affordable, no matter what size you choose. Investigate all the features, options, and sizes, then choose what will work best for you. I suggest checking out the customer reviews and choose one with a good rating. For instance, someone might report that a low setting gets too hot on some models, etc. Narrow it down to about three choices and pick from those. I chose the one above based on my needs, the reviews, and the price. It's almost impossible to choose a bad slow cooker. Enjoy your new freedom of making easy and nutritious meals!

NOTE: What is the difference between a Crock Pot and a slow cooker? A Crock Pot is a trademark/brand name for a certain brand of slow cooker and is known as "The Original Slow Cooker." Otherwise they are basically the same.

Some mini slow cookers are only meant to be food warmers. Make sure you choose one that actually cooks the meal.

Slow Cooking for Two: Basic Techniques Recipes
Slow Cooking for Two: Basic Techniques Recipes

Basic slow cooking recipes and techniques in smaller quantities for one or two.

Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two
Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two

Updated crock pot meals for today's cooking.

Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker
Cuisinart PSC-350 3-1/2-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

Small, but not too small, programmable Slow Cooker.


A look at what's available in mini slow cookers.


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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      I have a Hamilton Beach model with three interchangeable crocks in different sizes. It has been handy -- I bring it to the cabin to keep things a little less stressful there, too.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love my crockpot. I am in the process of moving, and it's still in storage and not here in my new place yet. I'm sort of going through withdrawal!

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      TerriCarr 4 years ago

      I've also experiment with Crock pot cooking....both full size and mini's. I haven't really found my happy spot just yet. But if nothing else, the full size ones are great for cooking dried beans without having to check on it very much.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've had to solve the same problem. Love my small slow cooker! I even bought one for my daughter-in-law since, at least for now, they just cook for two, too.

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      kwj 4 years ago

      Ideal for when I work away from home and get back late

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I love using a crock pot too. I've been on a search for healthier recipes to fix. The small one is a good idea. Enjoyed your review very much.

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      Nancy Oram 4 years ago

      I'd love to hear your own recommendations. Do you have a particular slow cooker or Crock Pot you absolutely love?