Cooking meals in a slow cooker is a quick and convenient way to have supper ready when you are. It's a frugal way to save money on meals for the family, too.
Though many people use the names slow cooker and crock pot to mean the same thing, they are not the same thing, as Crock Pot would surely tell you! Crock Pot is a brand, and quite a good one.
In fact, I think I've always had a Crock Pot, though I've had a few different styles. They keep getting better and better, and the one I have now has a locking lid for travel, which I love.
Though I can't imagine the Crock Pot being called the Naxon Beanery, that was actually the first patented name of the Crock Pot back in 1940. Naxon sold his design to Rival who renamed the device the Crock Pot. Wouldn't you love to know how much he got for his design?
Naxon said his design was inspired by his mother telling him about a dish that cooked all day in a heated oven on the Sabbath, a day of no work. The dish cooked overnight with the oven off, but the heat from when it was on was enough to cook the dish over time.
Many use the same principle now for slow cooking. While we're at work or running kids around, dinner is slowly and safely being prepared. I'm so grateful for my slow cooker!
In addition, cheaper cuts of meat can be slow cooked for several hours and be so tender it will fall apart. We love fajitas and stews, and cooking meats this way is perfect for both, especially when you're entertaining a crowd.
Cooking with a slow cooker is also convenient for school nights or when your life simply gets busy. All you need to do is add all of your meal ingredients into the slow cooker and set it for the amount of time required to cook the meal. How easy is that?
Below are 7 deliciously tasty slow cooker recipes that are bursting with flavor. Come back and let me know which recipes you make and which was your favorite!
Tasty Slow Cooker Recipes
Slow Cooker Chili | Food, Fun & Faraway Places
This recipe is so easy, and it even works with Weight Watchers if you're following their points plan. Either way, it's a healthy chili recipe. Let me know what you think!
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Chicken Sausage Soup | An Edible Mosaic
This recipe comes from my sweet friend, Faith, from An Edible Mosaic. Have you seen her book? It will make you want to rush to the store and buy everything for her recipes! For now, try this delicious soup. You'll want to order her book after making this!
Slow Cooker Savory Lamb and Bison Meatloaf Recipe | Divine Lifestyle
I discovered I love lamb a few years ago, but for some reason, I don't make it at home much. When a recipe is easy, it's a lot less intimidating! My friend Stacie at Divine Lifestyle has so many good recipes on her site. This might be your new favorite!
Slow Cooker Beef Stew | Food, Fun & Faraway Places
My kids love beef stew, and I love using that slow cooker! Isn't it a great feeling to have dinner finished first thing in the morning?
Slow Cooker Taco Soup- A Cedar Spoon
I think y family would be fine with having Mexican food three times a week. We all love it, and taco soup is one of our favorites!
Spicy Beef Brisket Carnitas- Mooshu Jenne
Another Mexican recipe your family will devour, these spicy beef brisket carnitas are so good! Don't like spice? Just leave out the peppers, or reduce the amount if you want just a little heat.
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup- Andreas Recipes
Beef and barley are the perfect match. You'll love the fresh flavor of this soup.
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And for those of you on the Weight Watchers program, these Fix It and Forget It Weight Watchers Meals are all perfect to keep you on track and make your life easier.
Looking for breakfast? Try this Pumpkin Maple Crockpot French Toast.