My Favorite Crockpot Meals


It's fall and it's the perfect time to pull out those crockpots and cook your dinners either while you're at work or, like me, overnight. I make easy crockpot meals year round because it gets pretty hot in New Orleans and I'm just not the one to be cooking over a stove in this heat. Or, I'd rather be doing something else than cooking literally. I've learned that I pretty much use the same ingredients, I just switch up the meats. I mainly cook meals in the crockpot when I'm going for a rice and gravy kind of dish, soups or stews. FYI... this won't be a long post because I'm sure you want to know about the food and not about me lol. I'm not judging you!


Before I get into the crockpot meals and their recipes, let's start off with my basic ingredients:


  • water

  • olive oil

  • garlic powder

  • Tony's seasoning

  • salt

  • pepper

  • onions

  • bell peppers

  • potatoes

  • carrots

  • celery


Again, all I do is switch up my meat and cook rice to go with each meal and BOOM..... dinner is served!!!!! I take after my grandmother who just didn't measure what she put in her foods. If you asked her, she'd say, "Oh I don't know. I just put a little of this....and a pinch of that in it." So below are my favorite crockpot meals with measured ingredients for you thanks to people on Pinterest lol.




Beef Stew



Classic beef stew cooked in a crockpot for 10 hours.

Ingredients courtesy of Slow Cooker Kitchen

Serves 8-10

Meat:

1 1/2 lbs Beef bottom or chuck

2 tbsp Montreal steak seasoning

Produce:

2 cloves Garlic

2 tsp Garlic powder

1 Onion, medium to large

Canned Goods:

2 1/2 cups Beef stock or broth

Condiments:

3 tbsp Worchestershire sauce

Dairy:

2 tbsp Butter

Liquids:

1/4 cup Water plus

Other:

3 Medium carrots (peeled and diced into chunks)4 To 6 medium potatoes (washed and diced into chunks (peeled if desired))





Chicken Noodle Soup



Chicken noodle soup is for the soul on a cool day.

Ingredients courtesy of Spend with Pennies

1 - 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat

1 large yellow onion, diced

3 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins

2 stalks celery, sliced

3 - 4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 bay leaf (optional)

2 teaspoons chicken base (I use Better Than Bouillon brand) (optional but encouraged)

8 - 9 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

8 ounces egg noodles (wide or extra wide

fresh parsley, minced (for garnish)







Remember, these are just some basic ingredients but feel free to adjust them where needed that fits your diet or lifestyle. To me, it's all in the seasonings that makes these easy crockpot meals my favorites. If you want to get fancy and cook meals in the crockpot like lasagna, chili or chicken Alfredo...... head over to Pinterest and search for your favorite crockpot meals.



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