- Food and Cooking
Crock Pot Cooking for One or Two
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.
Basic slow cooking recipes and techniques in smaller quantities for one or two.
Updated crock pot meals for today's cooking.
Small, but not too small, programmable Slow Cooker.
A look at what's available in mini slow cookers.