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New mom: Have Crock-Pot. Will cook.

Posted October 9, 2010

I heart my Crock-Pot. OK, Crock-Pots. As in plural. I have two big ones and a tiny dip one. And I love each of them. A lot.

I often share my crock pot favorites with people in passing. I'm all like, yeah, just throw in a roast and some soup mix and whatever 'cream of' you have in the pantry. It'll be awesome. To me, that makes perfect sense. To the rest of the world, those directions could probably stand for more details so that it turns out being edible and every bit as yummy as I intended.

I heart my pot more now as a working momma. It allows me to have the homecooked family meals I insist upon, without pulling me away from my family for long cooking fests.

So, here are my faves. What are yours?

Beef tips or roast - Favorite from my childhood

  • Place beef in the crock pot before work. On low. (I even put in frozen.) These could be tips, a roast of any sort, stew meat, etc. I go with what's on sale.
  • Sprinkle in a pack of Lipton's dry onion soup mix.
  • Add in cream of mushroom soup and enough water to cover the beef. (I've used other cream of soups and they work fine. It's just to thicken up the juice a bit to skip the making gravy part of the process.)
  • Serve over white rice or mashed taters.

Chicken dumplings

  • Throw frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot in the morning. On low.
  • Pour in two cans of chicken broth.
  • Add cream of chicken soup and can of water.
  • Sprinkle in some Lipton onion soup mix (1/3 of the bag).
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • The idea is to have lots of liquid at the end of the day in which to make the dumplings.
  • Come home after work, pull out the breasts. Chop them up.
  • Break frozen Annie's Dumplings (freezer section, old school box) into thirds and drop into hot liquid remaining in the crock pot. Turn up to high.
  • Add back in the chicken. Stir.
  • Wait for dumplings to plump up and cook through. About 20 minutes or so, depending on how you prefer your dumplings.
  • Enjoy.
  • You can also make the chicken like so, and instead of adding noodles, make some rice. Mix it all together for chicken and rice. Comfort foods rock.

Salsa chicken - New favorite from a friend (simplified, though)

  • Put frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot.
  • Pour in about a cup and a half of salsa.
  • Add can of chicken broth.
  • Sprinkle cumin seasoning. About a teaspoon.
  • Cook on low all day. Serve over rice.

OK. These are my current top three. You may notice a pattern: crazy simple. I have some awesome dip recipes for the pot, too. But, I'm currently off dairy for Asher reasons and it pains me to type those out. I love them that much. Later, I shall share. Don't let me forget!

And, I'm going to stop for now. I'm making myself hungry. Tonight we had the roast and I may have to hit up the leftovers now.

Kira is the Raleigh mom of baby Asher. Read more about her adventures on her blog Grits, Grins and Gripes.


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  • Kira Oct 10, 2010

    Oh, wow! Yum! These all sound so delicious. I think I'm going to give the chicken taco soup a try first. I love anything that includes a packet of taco seasoning. :)

  • akomashere Oct 10, 2010

    Chicken Taco Soup
    Lay 3 Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts flat on the bottom of the Crock Pot.
    Then sprinkle on top of the chicken, 1 packet of dry Taco seasoning and 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix.
    Next layer lots of different varieties of canned beans and whole kernel corn.
    Let it cook all day on low, then pull the chicken breasts out and shred them with a fork and mix it all back in. I normally then let it cook on low for another hour to absorbs more flavors. Serve and eat! (It's also low fat, from Weight Watchers)

  • amandagrey Oct 10, 2010

    I have two favorites: beef roast (use onion soup mix as a rub, cream of mushroom soup, and mccormick's pot roast packet). Comes out so tasty! Then my other is chicken soft tacos. 3 chicken breasts, 1 pack of chicken fajita seasoning, 1 can rotel, 1/3 cup water, 2 tbsp olive oil. Cook 4-6 hours and then shred the chicken. Serve with cheese and soft tortillas. Yummy!

  • RGMTRocks Oct 10, 2010

    Wow - thanks for all the new ideas ladies. When I make pot roast in my crock pot, I use 2 or 3 cans of Golden Mushroom soup and NO water. I put in my potatoes, carrots and a little onion and leave it all day. Makes perfect, yummy gravy right out of the pot. All you have to do is dip it up. :)

  • nmyers1229 Oct 10, 2010

    My all-time fav, and easiest of all, is to add a small bottle of Picante Sauce (I use mild, the spices intensify while cooking) over a chuck roast, cook on low for 6-8 hrs...yummy and smells wonderful!

  • NCMOMof3 Oct 9, 2010

    I LOVE my crockpot. I use it often because you can put in frozen cuts of meat and you don't have to wait for it to thaw.

    I put chicken in with salt, pepper, whatever other seasonings you may like,,let it cook on slow all day/half day, whatever works for you. Then take the chicken out, put in a baking dish, cover with BBQ sauce and brown in the oven. The chicken is already done so I leave mine in just til the sauce starts to brown in areas. I love bbq chicken that way

    also, brown both sides of a pork loin roast, it only takes a moment, (getting them on sale is when I buy them),,water, little bit of ground mustard, chicken broth, and whatever seasonings you prefer. Let it cook all day. Take some drippings, place in hot pan, add water mixed with a spoon full of cornstarch, and bring to a boil. makes an awesome gravy. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice,,,YUMMY

  • 10hummingbirds Oct 9, 2010

    Those sound great! You know, I never knew you could put a frozen piece of meat in the crock. I always thought it had to be thawed. One of my favorites is to get a chuck roast, put in Lipton Beefy onion soup mix, salt, pepper and water and cook on low all day long. It makes a great roast to then make gravy and mashed potatoes. Another way is to add your carrots, potatoes, and onion to the chuck roast and you have pot roast when you come home! All you do is serve. Yummy!!!

  • bjgupton Oct 9, 2010

    another easy one - boneless pork ribs with a little seasoning salt, honey barbecue sauce and a little water. Cooks all day - amazing smell and so good to eat.

  • Amomoftwo Oct 9, 2010

    I have a box of the Annie's dumplings but never knew how to use them! Thanks for the idea...I think it sounds super yummy!