Friday, January 4, 2013

Make This! Four Easy Crock Pot Meals

I am one of the laziest cooks that you'll ever meet. Which is why I swear by my crock pot or slow cooker when the weather gets cold. I prep everything the night before, refrigerate overnight and then pop it into the crock pot to cook all day. It's the working girl's solution to delicious home-cooked food that lasts a couple days and makes your house smell awesome. 

Grocery shopping this weekend? Buy everything on Sunday, do your prep and you have dinner ready for Monday night. Mondays are a weakness for me. I'm always so exhausted from the weekend that I end up ordering pizza or eating out. Here's a round-up of my favourite slow cooker recipes that I've tried before and use over and over again:

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches - Serve this sweet shredded pork on a sesame egg bun, a handful of chips and a pickle spear. Comfort food perfection. I love this recipe and add a bottle of my favourite beer to the mix to soak in. Top with coleslaw.
Cuban Braised Beef & Peppers with Rice - I love anything with avocados and this pairing with crunchy peppers, tender beef and smooth avocado makes me do my happy dance. Serve over white or brown rice and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.

Chianti Braised Short Ribs with Polenta - There's nothing like letting wine doing all the tenderizing for you and the two cups of Chianti wine should do it. Buy a tube of precooked organic polenta, slice and fry in some olive oil to get it crispy or roast it off in the oven. I like to serve this dish with crisp steamed green beans or steamed broccoli.

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Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya with Crispy Onions - I put my little twist on this Cajun classic by adding a can or crispy fried onions and fresh cilantro over the rice. The hearty combination of chicken, shrimp and sausage is incredibly filling too.

What are your favourite slow cooker recipes? Do you have a link to share with us?





9 comments:

  1. This is one of my favourite and my husbands in fact I think I will make tonight! Butter Chicken to die for!

    http://www.canadianliving.com/food/slow_cooker_butter_chicken.php

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    1. Trying this one ASAP. My husband is a big butter chicken fan too. I'll buy some naan at the grocery store & serve with a cucumber salad.

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  2. So not fair to post this right before lunch time!

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  3. Not fair to publish this before lunch Lisa!

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  4. Asian hot bot!
    just put anything/everything almost u can find in the fridge.

    diced veggies, shrimp, fish balls, instant noodles, chicken/beef broth.

    or

    lobster, butter, cheese, baby carrots, rice/spaghetti.

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    1. I love hot pot! I never thought about making it in my slow cooker either. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. Hey Lisa,

    Could i have the recipe for all of the dishes you had listed for Slow cooker. Really need to make use of ours.

    Thanks

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  6. Hey Kateri! Just click through on the links above in each paragraph and it should take you to the recipe page - enjoy :)

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