Go-to Crock Pot Meals

In my house, weekday dinners are insane.  If I don’t have something cooking by 5:30pm, my sanity starts to disappear on account of my son’s “witching hour.”    It’s handy to have a list of easy crock pot meals I can use for the crazy days.  My definition of easy is:

  • minimal chopping
  • throw everything in the pot and turn it on

Here are my list of go-to meals, followed by some Whimsicle readers’ favorites.

Easy Carnitas

easy-carnitasFor this you make a quick spice rub and slather it over the meat.  Let it cook all day over a sliced onion and you have the most tender, juicy meat ever.  This makes a ton of leftovers.

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

ChickenSoup1A little chopping needed here, but nothing taking more than five minutes.  This soup tastes even better as leftovers!


Chicken Pot Pie in a Crock Pot

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.00.48 AMIf you have not checked out SkinnyMom.com, I highly recommend it!  This chicken pot pie recipe consists of no chopping whatsoever!

Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowls

Chicken Taco Bowl closeI drool every time I plan this for dinner.  It is seriously amazing.  The most time-consuming part is cooking the rice at the end.

Crock Pot Beef Curry with Noodles

Crockpot-Beef-Curry-8-682x1024I am a big fan of Ramen, but have a hard time justifying eating it because of all the sodium.  This recipe uses the ramen noodles but you make your own sauce.  Delicious!  To add some veggies to this, I cut up 4 red potatoes and about a cup of fresh green beans.  I add these to the crock pot when there is an hour left of cooking.

 Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 11.10.59 AMAnother great one from the Skinny Mom site.

The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

chicken-500x332I love 100 Days of Real Food.  This is another easy meat recipe where you simply rub the chicken with spices and throw it in the crock pot.

From our Whimsicle Facebook Community:

Lentil Vegetable Barley Soup

tea-veggie-lentil-barley-soup-091Rena says, “This is my current obsession!”

Pomegranate Chipotle Pork Loin


Sarah M. says, “Tastefully Simple has some delicious crock pot recipes. I love my crockpot.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

586964Jessica H. says, “The only change I make is to add a chopped onion and you can use a can of anything. Even beer!

What is your favorite Crock-Pot recipe?  Leave a link in the comments!

JoAnn Crohn

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