A hearty, vegetarian lasagna made easy in your crock pot! This Slow Cooker Spinach Ricotta Lasagna is a healthier take on your favorite comfort food!
Don't you love it when you can do a little bit of dinner prep early in the day, and then come dinner time there's nothing to do except set the table? That's why slow cooker recipes are some of my favorites. With this lasagna, you can spend about 20 minutes putting it together in the early afternoon, and then it will be ready at dinner time. The lasagna only takes 4 hours to cook (that includes 30 minutes of rest time), so this isn't one of those recipes that you can leave cooking all day while you're at work. But it is perfect for days when ... [Continue Reading]
This Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole is made in the crock pot, saving you valuable oven space. A secret ingredient and a little honey sweeten this side dish, making it much healthier than the traditional version!
November is officially here which means... Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! I love Thanksgiving. This time of year brings so many of my favorite things: time with family, crisp afternoon walks, colorful leaves, hot spiced tea, and, of course, comforting favorite foods.
When it comes to our Thanksgiving meal, my family has our traditional favorites that we make every year. We'll sometimes try a variation on our favorite recipes or add in a new side dish or ... [Continue Reading]
This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp is cooked entirely in the crock pot! This easy dessert is bursting with juicy apples, brown sugar, and a buttery oat crumble topping.
My slow cooker has been working overtime lately. On Tuesday, I used it to make my third batch (in two weeks!) of this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp. As soon as that was done, I washed out my slow cooker insert and immediately got started on a batch of slow cooker turkey chili. Tuesday was a day full of delicious food, with lots of leftovers to get us through the rest of the week! I'm embracing fall flavors in my kitchen, even though the fall weather I've requested hasn't arrived quite yet. :)
I'm always amazed at the variety of ... [Continue Reading]
An easy three bean chili that can be made on the stovetop or in the crock pot, both with just minutes of prep time.
Okay guys. I know there are a million and one chili recipes out there. And possibly even that many vegetarian chili recipes. But I've got a couple of reasons why you should make this one. Give it a try, and I'm certain you will fall in love with this Vegetarian Chili.
Here's why. As is my way these days, this recipe is so super duper easy. You can even choose whether you'd like to make this Vegetarian Chili on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Either way involves very little prep, it just depends on when you have time in your day to get dinner started. If you're at home ... [Continue Reading]
Looking for the easiest chicken taco recipe? This easiest ever 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken is it! Three ingredients, your crock pot, and 10 minutes are all you need. Now grab those tortillas and enjoy!
Any day now I will be mom to a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a newborn. Which is completely exciting and also somewhat terrifying at the same time. I'm telling myself that planning ahead and simplifying things at home will make all the difference between feeling overwhelmed versus relaxed in parenting my three little ones.
I know I'll be anxious to get back into the kitchen soon after baby girl arrives, but I also know that cooking dinner while taking care of two kids and a ... [Continue Reading]
A healthy vegetarian chili soup made entirely in the crock pot. This Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup is an easy meal for lazy, chilly days.
We are in full on slow cooker season around here. Last week I shared this Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna, today we have Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Quinoa Chili Soup, and next week I have another super easy crock pot recipe to share. And those are just the new recipes that I've been working on for the blog. I've also been making my tried and true favorite slow cooker recipes during the past few weeks. I'm putting that kitchen appliance to work!
Judging by all of the slow cooker meals that I've seen popping up on my favorite blogs, ... [Continue Reading]
This crock pot lasagna is possibly the easiest lasagna you will ever make. A few minutes of stovetop cooking for the meat and onions, and then into your slow cooker everything goes. Dinner will be ready when you are!
Not to state the obvious or anything, but it's January. Which for many of us means we are in full-on winter. No, I don't live where it snows or gets below zero or anything, but temperatures still drop and we have our share of rainy, windy weather here.
What's more comforting on a cold winter day than knowing your dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker, and making your house smell amazing at the same time? Not much, except maybe the fact that when dinnertime does ... [Continue Reading]
BBQ Pulled Pork is unbelievably easy to make in your slow cooker.
I tend to use my slow cooker most in the cooler months of fall and winter. It really lends itself to cooking chilis, stews, and other hearty, tummy-warming dishes. But now that it's spring and summer is just around the corner, I'm not ready to put my slow cooker away. Why reserve its use for only half of the year when it makes meal preparation so easy? I have a couple of slow-cooker recipes that are great served year-round, including asian-inspired dishes, my family's favorite shredded chipotle beef, pulled chicken, and now this BBQ pulled pork. ... [Continue Reading]
Post updated 10/30/15 with new photos and an updated recipe and description.
This Honey Sesame Chicken is incredibly quick and easy to prep, and then your slow cooker does the rest!
The busy holiday season is beginning, and it's sure to bring plenty of fun activities as well as extra long to do lists. At this time of year, I want to spend my kitchen time baking holiday cookies, rather than cooking involved dinners. Using my slow cooker helps me to do just that. I can spend a few minutes prepping dinner earlier in the day, and then my evening cooking is so much easier.
I've made this honey sesame chicken more times than I can count, and I've adapted the recipe over the years to ... [Continue Reading]
I'm always on the lookout for great slow cooker recipes, especially lately. Things have been busy around here, which you might have guessed if you pay attention to the frequency of my blog posts. Slow cooker recipes are so convenient because I can get dinner started in the morning, and then have less to do during the early evening hour when things always get busy and kids tend to want more attention.
We enjoyed this beef and broccoli dish, and will be making it again soon. I liked the Asian-inspired flavors and the combo of beef, broccoli, and cashews. Plus, when you serve this over brown rice you have a complete meal. If you have time you can add in a green salad, but if you don't, you're ... [Continue Reading]
This recipe was the first meal I cooked after William was born. It was an experience getting it into the crock pot in the morning while taking care of both kids, but luckily the recipe is pretty easy (although it did take me about three times as long as it usually would to finish it). I love that this recipe uses the slow cooker, allowing you to get it going in the morning when your schedule allows and then dinner can be on the table with minimal effort in the evening.
The first night I made tacos using the shredded chipotle beef. The next night, we used it in taco salads. We even ate it a third night, served on burger buns and topped with some cheese. It would also be delicious on ... [Continue Reading]
My slow cooker is one of the items in my kitchen that tends to just sit on the shelf until I remember it's there and wonder to myself why I don't use it more often. It's so easy to throw a few ingredients in and let the slow cooker do the rest.
For these pulled chicken sandwiches, you mix up a delicious homemade barbecue sauce. The sweet, spicy sauce is combined with the shredded chicken during the last hour of cooking. (If you're really short on time, you can use store-bought barbecue sauce, although I do have to say that the homemade version is much, much better.) I served my pulled chicken on toasted homemade burger buns, and it was a delicious meal that I can't wait to make again. I ... [Continue Reading]