Moms The Word

March 6, 2007

Busy Mom Meals *Works For Me Wednesdays*

Filed under: Family, Good Ideas, House and Home, WFMW — mrslady @ 9:43 pm

Every mom knows there are those days when you just don’t have time to put a meal together.  When kid #1 has ballet, kids #2 and 3 have Bible study, and the Hubby has work to do, you need something fast and easy that you don’t have to put a lot of work into.  My suggestion?  Crock pot meals.  I was recently gifted with a LOVELY slow cooker, courtesy of my F/MIL and it has been a quick, easy, and delicious meal helper for those uber-busy nights. [Not to mention, you can do them VERY inexpensively!  For more information on grocery shopping on a budget, see my Frugal Friday post about grocery shopping on a budget]

The main misconception about crock pot meals is that they are boring, and not very tasty or fancy.  Well, let me tell you there are THOUSANDS of different, interesting, even “fancy” meals you can make with your crock pot.  Take these for example:

CROCK POT CHICKEN CACCIATORE  

3-4 lbs boneless/skinless thighs and breasts
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 large red or green bell peppers, sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon each basil and oregano
1 (6oz) can tomato paste
fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 8 oz can stewed tomatoes with chiles
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups burgundy wine
Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling before serving

Place sliced onions on bottom of crock pot. Add chicken.Stir together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken.

Cook on low 7-9 hours or high 3-4 hours. Serve over pasta, with a salad on the side.

SWEET & SOUR CROCK POT PORK  

1 pound pork chops (diced into bite size pieces)
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 can water
2-3 cups frozen broccoli

Cook pork in frying pan until browned on all sides. Add all ingredients to crock pot, including pork. Cook on low for 7-8 hrs or on high for 3-4 hours.Serve on a bed of rice.

Of course, there is always the “old faithful”-Crock Pot Roast:

CROCK POT ROAST  

3-5 lb. roast (beef)
1 onion
5 or 6 large carrots, peeled
4 or 5 potatoes
1/2 lb. fresh green beans (optional)
1 pkg. McCormick pot roast or beef stew seasoning
1 pkg. sazon
1/2 cup catchup
1 cup water
adobo, to taste
small can of diced tomatoes (optional)

Chop onion and place in bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle some flour on the onion. Add some butter (1-2 tablespoons) and sauté until soft. Then place roast on top of onion.Mix McCormick seasoning with water and pour over roast. Add catchup and Sazon. Stir.

Cover and leave on high. Cut up potatoes and carrots and add to pot.

Sprinkle adobo on to taste. Turn on low and cook for 6 or more hours.

The longer the better. This recipe is very tasty, you will be surprised.

Editors Note: If you don’t have seasoning packets on hand, use 1 beef bouillon or 1 1/2 teaspoons Minor’s beef base, 1/2 tsp each garlic and onion powder or 3-4 cloves minced garlic and one chopped onion. A bay leaf can also be added and removed before serving.

You can find more quick and yummy recipes for crock pot meals at these websites:

http://www.tastycrockpotrecipes.net/

http://crockpot.cdkitchen.com/recipes/

Also, for moms on a budget (like myself) the great thing about crock pot meals is that you can put pretty much anything in your cupboard in the pot and it will taste good.  Pretty much this equation:

Meat+Vegitables+Seasoning=YUMMY CROCK POT MEALS

Have fun, and enjoy your night off!!

(P.S. For more tips from WFMW, go to Rocks In My Dryer!)

(P.P.S. For more fun stuff from my blog, go to my latest update by clicking this link,  side bar topic thingy that captures your interest, or go to the main page where you can access everything!)

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9 Comments »

  1. I love my crockpot! I’ve been trying to tell my younger sister about it for years. But alas, she shuns the idea. It’s been such a budgetsaver for our family.

    Comment by Nikki — March 6, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

  2. Oooo, all of those yummy sounding recipes made in a crockpot? I definitely need to break mine out of the cupboard it’s been hibernating in. Thanks so much for sharing the recipes! =)

    Comment by Larae — March 6, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

  3. I just printed these out. I’m always looking for some good crockpot recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Jen — March 7, 2007 @ 8:56 am

  4. I’m glad this post has helped you guys out! Thanks for visiting! Come back anytime 😀

    Comment by mrslady — March 7, 2007 @ 10:46 am

  5. man, I have GOT to break out my crock pot! Thanks for the recipes! I am glad to find some that don’t involve Cream of Mushroom soup! (they all seem to include cream of somethingorother…..)

    Comment by daisycake — March 7, 2007 @ 11:52 am

  6. Yum! Thanks for the websites. I love using my crockpot for a quick, easy meal.

    Comment by Heather — March 7, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

  7. Thanks for the recipe links!

    Comment by Alexandra — March 7, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

  8. I love my crockpot too ! Thanks for the recipe links you shared.

    Comment by Lisa — March 8, 2007 @ 5:18 am

  9. Great recipes!
    Thanks

    Comment by Linda — March 9, 2007 @ 2:24 pm


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