As the weather gets colder, the Crock-Pot gets warmer. Slow-cooker meals always get more popular this time of year, as families welcome the chance to come home from work to a homemade meal that just needs to scooped onto a plate or into a bowl.
Most recipes require several ingredients but are often all mixed together in the Crock-Pot itself, making for easy clean-up.
Not sure where to start? Below, I offer three easy recipes: two for dinner and one for dessert.
Crock-Pot Chicken, Stuffing and Green Beans
Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 5-6 hours on low
8 thawed skinless and boneless chicken thighs
2 6-oz. boxes of stuffing mix for chicken
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
2 12-oz. bags of frozen green beans
Place chicken thighs in bottom of Crock-Pot and pour the uncooked stuffing mix over the top. In a large bowl, combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and water and mix well. Pour the mixture over the stuffing mix. Pour the frozen green beans on top of the soup mixture and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Before serving, mix the stuffing, soup mixture and beans together.
Crock-Pot Beef Stew
Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 7 hours on low
1 2-lb package of stew meat or round steak cut into bite-sized cubes
1 1.5-oz. package McCormick Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew seasoning mix
1 13-oz. package Campbell’s Slow Cooker Tavern Style Pot Roast Sauce mix
2 1-lb, 8-oz packages of frozen vegetables for stew
1 12-oz package frozen peas
Place stew meat in Crock-Pot and sprinkle the package of McCormick Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Stew seasoning mix (do not add the water) and mix until all the beef is coated. Add the frozen stew vegetables and mix with meat. Pour the Campbell’s Slow Cooker sauce over the meat and vegetables and mix until all is coated with the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
About 15 minutes before serving, pour in the frozen peas and mix well. Service with biscuits or crusty bread.
Crock-Pot Apple Dump Cake
Prep: 10 min | Cook: 2 hrs on high or 4 hrs on low
2 21-oz. cans of apple pie filling
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick melted butter
Pour apple pie filling into Crock-Pot. Combine dry cake mix and melted butter until crumbly and sprinkle over apple pie filling.
Cook on low for 4 hours or 2 hours on high. Serve hot with cinnamon ice cream.
- Choose the right recipes for a Crock-Pot. Dishes with high moisture such as stews are best for slow-cooking success.
- Cut meat and poultry into chunks or small pieces to ensure thorough cooking. Pay attention to how much food is in crock pot. Aim to fill it no less than half-full and no more than two-thirds full.
- Avoid lifting the lid during cooking time because it can cause a heat loss and affect cooking time. Only open during end of cooking to check if done.
- If you’re planning on leaving a Crock-Pot on all day make sure it is away from edges and corners to avoid pets pushing it off the edge. Also, avoid placing it under cupboards to allow space for steam.
These recipes were featured in the Winter 2015 issue of inMagazine.