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Slow and Easy Crockpot Cooking

You DO Have Time for Home Cooked Meals


1/26/2010 2:02:17 PM

FOOHILDA's SparkPage
I love my crockpot!! It makes it easy for me to get dinner on the table after a long work day - or enables dh to get the kids fed if I'm going to be super late. I have a favorite blog that is full of crockpot recipes - some healthy - some not - all gluten free. I love the feedback she provides after she makes her recipes - really helps me make adjustments. I've made a bunch of her recipes - salmon with lemon and spinch - super healthy and easy (but you only cook it two hours - so it's good to throw it in - take the kids to the park or fold clothes and come back to DINNER! Her baked potato soup is great - the salsa chicken soup.... oh wow - the makhani chicken is simply heavenly...mmm...taco soup (I make it with turkey and skip the sourcream). ANYWAY - I'll have to add these recipes to the nutrition tracker and see how they work out calorie-wise now that I'm "working on my fitness".

Many of your family favorites can convert to the crock pot. The blog mentioned above gives you some hints on how to do that too.
1/6/2010 3:49:52 PM

SEWNSEW16's SparkPage
My favorite thing for my crockpot I learned from a blind lady. I never liked pot roast the way the cookbook tells you but this way I love it. I put the roast in the crockpot without browning it. Add a sliced onion and about 2 to 3 tablespoons of beef base. B\Found with bouillion but this has more flavor and lower in salt, there is even a reduced salt version. Don't add water, it makes pleanty of juice. Cook on low or high the recomended time. You can thicken the juice for gravy or have it like Au Ju. Wonderful.
12/3/2009 2:02:54 PM

My family's favorite crock pot dish is pulled pork. I confess I cut up large chunks of frozen pork from costco and just add a jar of my favorite salsa. 8 hours later, it's delish! I do set the crock pot on high for about an hour (while I'm getting ready for work) and then turn to low.
11/30/2009 7:57:33 AM

I too put in frozen veggies. Never had a problem.
11/18/2009 3:24:20 PM

Hmmm... I've put frozen veggies in the crockpot many, many times with no problem. Wonder why I'm not supposed to?
11/12/2009 9:02:35 AM

wish you had included a link to recipes
8/31/2009 10:40:14 AM

TUATHA's SparkPage
I use my crockpot for all kinds of things and find it a wonderful and worry free time saver.

But one thing I didnt like about this article was the suggestion of substituting canned soups for the liquid. Who needs all that sodium?
8/21/2009 9:29:10 AM

fantastic! thanks for the infomation! New owner here iam a slow cooker!!

Anyone with some recipes please send them!!

:) family in need of some fresh ideas for the taste buds :)
7/28/2009 1:38:28 PM

((AUDREY))'s SparkPage
if you've never used a crockpot, borrow one from a friend or family member and try it out. you might find that you don't want to give it back, haha.
7/28/2009 12:52:56 PM

AWYEAGLE's SparkPage
I LOVE my crockpot and use it all the time. Thanks for reminding people what a great tool they are. There are a lot of crockpot cookbooks out there and once you learn to use one most things can be made in them - I even make lasagna in mine.
7/28/2009 8:38:15 AM

I, too, would appreciate a link to healthy crock-pot recipes... it's a wonderful tool, but I'm not very imaginative! Great info, thanks.
4/4/2009 12:45:50 PM

LAINYE's SparkPage
I found this interesting. I use my crockpot to make oatmeal. I make a weeks worth on Sunday night and Monday have it ready to go for breakfast. I divide the rest into the correct portion size and then just put them in the microwave the rest of the week.
2/28/2009 10:36:07 PM

BEBE1964's SparkPage
I also recommend the Fix-it and Forget-it Lightly coobook. The recipes are easy of course and the food is tasty. I LOVE the Crock Pot. Such an easy way to eat healthy and have it ready when you get home!
2/19/2009 6:03:09 AM

SMIT050865's SparkPage
I've always used one for some things, but I am sure I could use it for a lot more.
2/18/2009 6:18:51 PM

I use my crockpot all the time. I recommend the Fix-it and Forget-it Lightly Phyllis Pellman Good. Portion control - serving sizes are quite modest and each recipe lists nutritional values. The recipes are easy to make, the ingredients are easy to find and the food tastes great! This is one of my favorite cookbooks and I hope you enjoy it too.

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