Making Dinner Fast in the Slow Cooker


A meal in a crock pot.My slow cooker is an underused kitchen appliance. It works very well but does not get quite enough attention as it deserves. My mom always referred to “the slow cooker” as a “crock pot” for her cooking needs. I remember she bought me mine as a gift for our first home. I have owned mine for over ten years; probably the longest-lasting appliance I have owned. It has survived many moves and is one of the easiest dinner cleanups.

Recently, I became a mom of three, and now my crock pot is used weekly. My meals are nowhere near extravagant, but they always serve the purpose. But my time has become more divided in the evenings, and taking the time to cook is challenging. I put the food in it by 10 a.m., and then it is done and ready to eat by 5 p.m. My daughter and I have been exploring recipes and found many delicious ones my family loves.

Here are some great recipe ideas for you to explore.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast by Cooking Classy (This is one of my go-to dinners)

Slow Cooker Chili by Cooking Classy (This chili goes great with a side of rice or potatoes)

Slow Cooker Butternut Pear Soup by Skinnytaste (This is a new find for me, but so delicious) 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork by Skinnytaste 

Crock Pot Meatballs by Spend with Pennies

Slow Cooker Taco Meat by The Magical Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli by Taste of Home (A favorite of my entire family)

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast by Taste of Home (A great way to make your next holiday dinner)

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup by Damn Delicious (Perfect for the cooler temperatures outside) 

I hope you get to enjoy some of these yummy recipes! There are so many options and something for everyone when it comes to finding an easy crock pot recipe. Another tip I suggest is using crock pot liners. If you want an effortless cleanup at the end of your meal, they will help. 

I may not have appreciated my mom’s crock pot meals as a child, but I now have a newfound appreciation for mine. My dinners have become less time-consuming and are always hot whenever my family members are ready to eat. 

What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes?



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