After a long day in the office, commute time and the kids’ activities, it would be very tempting to rely on takeout every night for dinner. My energy is zapped when we get home, but my stomach is growling, and my kids are definitely NOT patient when it comes to waiting to eat.
Enter my saving grace – the crock pot. It feels so retro, but retro is cool, right?
I love entering my home in the evenings to smells of a hot meal, ready to be served.
We don’t use it every night, but I definitely use it once a week – and my go-to recipes usually net enough grub for two weeknight meals.
There are some crock pot recipes that require prep in the morning – browning onions, mashing bread and beyond – but those aren’t always ideal when I’m leaving really early in the morning.
So the two recipes below can be prepped the night before – all you need to do is dump in the ingredients in the morning and flip the switch. Super easy!
Oh, and you need to invest in a crock pot that shifts to warm, so when you have a long workday, you don’t need to worry about the meat drying out. 🙂
Enjoy – and feel free to share your own simple crock pot recipes.
Place several frozen, boneless chicken breasts in your crock pot.
Dump your favorite salsa on top. I usually use the entire jar.
Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
Serve in taco shells or soft tortillas with all the fixings your family enjoys – lettuce, shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream. Delish!
Combine ¼ cup packed brown sugar, ¼ cup sweet paprika, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
Using fork, prick 5-pound boneless pork butt roast (trimmed and quartered) and then rub sugar mixture over pork. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
Unwrap pork in the morning and place in slow cooker. Spread 1 cup BBQ sauce (or more) over pork, cover and cook until pork is tender, 9 to 11 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high.
Shred meat and serve on buns with additional BBQ sauce. Season with salt, pepper and vinegar to taste.
I often use the leftovers the next day and then make some quick rice to mix things up.
I have a crock pot board on Pinterest, so feel free to check out more recipes for inspiration.