Today I thought it would be a nice thing to exchange some ideas for carefree dinners, and I'll share my easiest crock-pot recipes. Buy the slow-cookers liners and you don't have a mess to clean up either. My kids will eat all of these recipes, but I must admit I had to serve some of them several times before my picky eater learned to like them. Funny what familiarity teamed with hunger will do.
Southwest Chicken (Recipe given to me by my friend Janice)
4 boneless, skinless, frozen chicken breasts (no need to thaw)
2 cans whole kernel corn, drained (I've used frozen too)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small jar of salsa or picante
Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Place chicken in the bottom of the crock-pot. Cover with corn, beans and salsa and cook on medium all day. Once the chicken is cooked through, I turn down to low. Right before serving, I shred the chicken a little with a fork, and then sprinkle with the seasoning salt and cheese. Replace cover until cheese melts then serve. I usually serve it with some type of bread and fresh fruit. Grapes are a favorite in our house.
Roast Beef with Carrots and Potatoes
2 pound roast (can be bigger if you have a bigger family)
1 can diced tomatoes, no added seasonings (makes the meat tender)
1 package Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Garlic and Herb (use both for a bigger roast)
1 Tablespoon minced garlic (I'll use the stuff in the jar if I'm in a hurry. Adjust to your tastes.)
2-4 beef bouillon cubes
small red potatoes
onion, quarted (optional)
1-2 teaspoons olive oil
Lawry's Seasoning Salt
Place roast in the crock-pot first then dump everything on top. Seriously, this is a very simple meal. I choose baby carrots and small red potatoes so I don't have to chop, and I usually omit the onion. Drizzle the veggies with the olive oil then cook all day on medium. Season before serving. My hubby loves Lawry's so this is what I use, but you can use whatever your family likes best. I guessed at the amounts of garlic and olive oil, because I don't cook from recipes often.
1 whole hen, thawed and rinsed
McCormick Rotiserri Chicken seasoning
Place hen in crock-pot, sprinkle with seasoning to your taste and cook all day on medium. That's it! If you want potatoes, toss some in to cook with it. Serve with a bag of salad. Antoher option for sides: This week I wrapped whole sweet potatoes in paper towels, microwaved until they were squishy, scraped out the insides then mixed in margarine and a little bit of brown sugar. And I served frozen green beans drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with Kosher salt and baked until tender.
What quick meals do you make? We'd love to hear your recipes.