I am armed with a large crock-pot, a small crock-pot, a meal plan, a grocery list, and a stash of crock-pot liners! I’m ready to go!
Seven Meals. Day of the week to be decided as I go. Chicken recipe every OTHER day. I am a shame-filled user of the cheap, chipper, chicken. Actualy, I am NOT a fan of cheap chicken, but we splurge on the all natural pasture-raised stuff we can get from my parents for beef, pork (mostly), and yep we even eat some venison too! The chicken I WANT to buy is just too darn expensive still…one day. One day.
Meal#1- Slow Cooker Rotissorie-Style whole Chicken, Slow-cooker Maple-dijon glazed brussel sprouts, homemade rice-a-roni
Recipes: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/05/rotisserie-chicken/, http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2012/02/slow-cooker-maple-dijon-glazed-brussels.html & http://stolenmomentscooking.com/homemade-chicken-rice-a-roni/
Meal#2 5-Minute Prep Slow-Cooker Asian Chicken (garnished with chopped cilantro and green onions, lo mein noodles), tossed with cooked noodles, garden salad pre-meal
Meal#3 Slow-Cooker Beef Gyros, pitas/fajita-style flour tortillas, cucumber salad
Meal#4 Slow-Cooker Chicken Pot Pie over Homemade Biscuits
Recipe: here is the best recipe I could find for what I am making, but I am making a from-scratch version that I don’t have a link to. Obviously, this will be healthier if you make your own biscuits and your own gravy. http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/slow-cooker-biscuit-chicken-pot-pie-cooking-for-two/0d82daae-d135-4cf6-b290-d6ad10a84758/?WT.dcsvid#
Meal#5 Slow-Cooker Italian Tortellini Soup, bread/rolls
Recipes: I am going to make the italian sausage from scratch using ground pork http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2011/11/slow-cooker-italian-tortellini-soup.html
Meal#6 Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Cole Slaw, Baked beans
Recipes: Nothing Fancy Just slow cooking 5-6 frozen (BBQ-style seasoned) chicken thighs over 2-3 large onions (sliced) for 4-6 hours. Pulling it with forks then tossing it back in the slow cooker with our favorite BBQ sauce for about 30-minutes. Served on a roll topped with homemade cole-slaw (also nothing fancy…a bag of slaw mix, mayo to taste and generaous but modest black pepper) Baked Beans from a can heated in the microwave!
Meal# 7 Slow Cooker Savory Pot Roast w/ bread/rolls (one could NOT do a week of crock-pot meals without this classic! It just wouldn’t be right.
I will (hopefully) post my reviews on these recipes since I have never actually USED any of them before. I would LOVE to hear what you think of them if you try any or all of them! Which you should…my grocery list for dinners looks SO inexpensive this week!
Peace, and good homemade SLOW COOKED meals to your home,
Meal Review Edit#1 9/4/12