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Help out a reader: easy slow cooker recipes

Posted May 6, 2013


One of our readers, Jaymi, has just moved into a "fixer-upper" and she doesn't have a full kitchen right now. She is looking for slow cooker recipes that don't require a bunch of preparation. Can you help her out?

Here is her request:

"We just moved into a major "fixer-upper" and currently don't have a kitchen. It will still be awhile until we do, so I'm looking for crock pot recipes that don't require a lot of prep (i.e. no cooking noodles or browing beef, etc. as I don't have the means to do so). I have a hungry husband who is working on the house all day and a toddler who eats more than me, so I have some serious mouths to feed. Thank you!"

Thanks for any ideas you can offer. Congratulations on your new home, Jaymi! I hope it becomes your dream home!

Here's my favorite easy slow cooker recipe for BBQ Chicken:

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts cooked in the slow cooker with 1/2 bottle of honey bbq sauce, garlic powder, pepper, 1/2 chopped onion for about 5 hours on low until cooked completely. Pull it apart, put it on buns and there you go - BBQ sandwiches!


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  • mommifried May 8, 2013

    I frequently post crock pot recipes on my blog. Here's the latest, which is simple to make:

    Easy Crock Pot Pork and Wild Rice Casserole

    1 pound boneless pork cutlets or chops (cut into 3/4 inch pieces)
    8 slices cooked bacon (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
    1 15.25 ounce can whole kernel sweet corn
    1/2 cup onion (chopped)
    1 32 ounce carton chicken broth
    2 10.75 ounce cans condensed cream of chicken soup
    1/4 teaspoon dried majoram leaves 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 cups uncooked wild rice (rinsed and drained)

    Step 1: In 4-6 quart crock pot, beat both cans of soup and two cups of broth with wire whisk until smooth. Step 2: Stir in remaining broth, the marjoram and pepper. Stir in pork, bacon, corn and wild rice. Step 3: Cover and cook on high heat setting 30 minutes. Step 4: Reduce heat to low setting. Cook 5 to 6 hours or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

    Also consider joining The Crock Pot Crowd on Google Plus.

  • kmm8256 May 7, 2013

    Cheesy Potato Soup
    This is very good & easy!! Tastes like the Loaded Potato Soup at O'Charley's!
    Ingredients: 1 package cubed frozen hashbrowns, 2 cans cream of chicken, 1 can cream of celery, 1 pint Half & Half, 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup butter & salt and pepper to taste.

    Instructions: Melt butter in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese, salt and pepper). Cook in crockpot on high for 3-4 hours. Add 1 cup cheese, salt and pepper before serving. Use reserve cheese to sprinkle on top.

  • jabbo22 May 7, 2013

    This makes yummy meatball subs! We love the turkey meatballs from Trader Joe's--very low in fat and very tasty! Dump the meatballs in the crockpot and add a jar or 2 of spaghetti sauce, depending on how many meatballs you use. Cook on low about 5-6 hours. Serve on rolls and top with mozzarella cheese.
    Or put in a whole chicken and sprinkle a packet of onion soup mix on top. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. So tender and so tasty!

  • JLAllen May 7, 2013

    Wow! You guys are amazing! Thank you for all the comments and recipes. My husband is doing most of the restoration of our 1900s farm house himself. We currently have a makeshift kitchen with a crockpot, toaster oven, microwave (borrowed), and Cuisinart Griddler. We now have a useable fridge and a grill too. Again, thank you all!!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 7, 2013

    Such great ideas! Thanks for sharing everyone!

  • teecee May 7, 2013

    Italian sausages done in slow cooker are another choice if your family likes them .Put veggies of choice (potatoes , onions , peppers are most popular) and liquid ( water,tomato juice, V8, chicken broth) or BBQ sauce, jarred pasta sauce into slow cooker - add sausgages and cook til meat is correct temp. andveggies are as done as you like them .

    A cold rotisserie chicken ( reduce ) layed on rack of slow cooker - add a little liquid under the rack , "warm" on low setting ( 1 or 2 on my cooker) and it will be better than the hot & "fresh" ones & cheaper .
    You can wrap things ( rolls,corn on the cob, potatoes ,large onions,veggie mix of your choice (squash, carrots,broccoli are some of my family favorites) in foil and place in cooker - cook on medium or high till done .
    I second the toaster oven suggestion - best appliance in my house hands down .

  • msgooch2000 May 7, 2013

    I am so printing out this comment page for all of these recipes!

    Crockpot Mexican Lasagna: cook on low for 6-8 hours 2-3 large boneless skinless chix breasts w/1 packet of taco seasoning & 3 cups of water. Once they are basically shredding themselves when you stir, drain out the chix from the liquid, discard liquid (unless you can think of something to do with it), wipe down the pot, spray with non-stick, & start layering as such until you are almost to the top: tortillas, refried beans, mexican cheese, tortillas, chix, cheese, etc. On the very top, spread out some cheese and salsa and/or taco sauce, cover, and cook on high for 1-2 hours. This is one of my favorite recipes & I have discovered that it starts to get better once you take that first scoop out & recover it while keeping it on warm!

    Good luck with your kitchen!

  • ladybug68 May 7, 2013

    We call it Salsa Chicken

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 jar of salsa--I use mild
    1 can of Black beans rinsed-optional

    Cover and cook on low 6 hours.
    Shred the meat about an hour before serving for better flavor.

    can serve in tortilla or taco shells. We like it over rice with tomatoes, lettuce, cheese etc

  • bcde May 7, 2013

    If you want noodles in a crockpot dish then just add them the last 30-45 minutes and depending on how much liquid is in the pot you may have to add more water (broth) to the dish. It is better to turn the temp on high when you do this. You can add raw potatoes as well, but they probably need to cook for around 1 hour using this method.

  • Supie May 6, 2013

    chopped cabbage, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup honey (or any similar sweet and sour like sautern and sugar), couple/three cups of water and top w/chorizo.