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Let’s chat the beloved Crock Pot (aka slower cooker) today, mmmkay?
This thing, right alongside my coffee pot, is by far my most favorite kitchen appliance. I’m not quite sure how I’d manage without it. Nope, not being dramatic – I mean it!
I call the Crock Pot the “magic worker”. You simply throw a bunch of stuff in there, and (most of the time) it comes out full of flavor and tastes delicious. We won’t talk about that one time that I came home to charred nuggets. In all seriousness though, very rarely do I have a bad experience with it. I use it at least 1-2 times per week, and the meals that come from it are some of my favorites.
About 6-8 hours before I want dinner on the table, I get everything all prepped, throw it in the Crock Pot, make sure there’s plenty of liquid in it (see above re: charred chicken nuggets as to why you need to make sure you have enough liquid in it), and let it cook.
Some of my top favorite Crock Pot recipes:
- Italian Beef Sandwiches
- Zuppa Toscana Soup
- Salsa Chicken
- Garlic & Brown Sugar Chicken
- Chipotle Chicken Tacos
- Lasagna Soup
- Stuffed Pepper Soup
- Split Pea Soup
Check out some other great Crock Pot recipes HERE.
I also love to do buffalo or barbecue chicken sandwiches. I cover the chicken breasts with water in the Crock Pot, and let it cook for about 7-8 hours. I drain the water, shred the chicken, and add the buffalo or barbecue sauce. Serve it on a bun, add some cheese, and eat! Super simple.
The Crock Pot is a brilliant thing. I’ve become even more of a fan since being a mom. I don’t have the time or desire to spend in the kitchen like I used to, so the Crock Pot helps me out in a huge way. We’re pretty much BFFs at this point.
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