Having a collection of tried-and-tested crock pot dinner recipes can be a wonderful way to feed the family inexpensively and easily without spending hours in the kitchen. The key to successful crock pot meals is being organized. You need to make sure the meat is defrosted before you start, and that you have all the ingredients to hand, ready to combine them in the crock pot to cook. Ideal for busy families, or even for entertaining, cooking in a crock pot has the added advantage of welcoming you home with mouthwatering aromas.
Here are a few favorite crock pot dinner recipes, adapted to slow cooking:
Family Meat Loaf for 8
Mix together 2 pounds ground beef , one chopped green pepper, one large onion, 1½ tsp salt, 2 eggs, 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs and 1 cup tomato sauce or ketchup. Mold into a loaf with your hands then place into a crock pot lined with aluminum foil spritzed with non-stick spray.
Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Top with ¾ cup ketchup mixed with ¼ cup brown sugar and 1 tsp. mustard and cook for a further 15 minutes. Cool, slice and serve with a selection of green vegetables and mashed potato.
Tasty Beef Stew for 8
No one would guess that the secret to one of my top crock pot dinner recipes is a can of condensed tomato soup!
Toss 2 pounds cubed beef chuck roast in a bag of seasoned all-purpose flour. Shake off the surplus flour and fry quickly in oil to brown. Add to the crock pot with 6 white onions (peeled and quartered), 4 medium potatoes (thickly sliced), 3 carrots (sliced), 12 mushrooms, 2 sticks celery (sliced), 1 can condensed tomato soup (undiluted), 1 cup red wine, 2 reduced sodium beef bouillon cubes and 3 tsp Italian herb seasoning. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hours. Serve with crusty whole grain bread for a healthy, tasty meal.
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Crock Pot Peach Cobbler for 4-6
Crock pot dinner recipes don’t have to be savory! Try this delicious dessert of peaches and rolled oats.
In a bowl mix together 1 cup flour, 1 cup rolled oats, ¾ cup dark brown sugar, ½ tsp each of baking powder, nutmeg and allspice. Work in ¼ cup butter or margarine with your fingertips to form crumbs. Finally, fold in 20 ounces frozen peach slices.
Butter the base and sides of a 3-quart crock pot, add the mixture and cook on LOW for 3½ hours. Serve warm and wait for the compliments!
We hope you enjoy these crock pot dinner recipes as part of a healthy lifestyle, largely avoiding processed foods and including some of your 5-a-day fruit and vegetables, organic meats and heart-healthy grains.