Nothing saves a busy mom who doesn't want to stop at McDonald's everyday for supper like the crock pot. This sometimes underused cooking utensil helps moms and dads all over to "set and forget it" - which is nice when we are running around all over taking our children to their activities, as well trying to survive our own busyness. But I think many people find the crock pot a tough thing to master....what do you put in it?
I've had a couple of standby recipes that help me in a pinch for sure. I'll try to share these recipes along with each new recipe I post. I hope that these recipes and time saving tricks help in making the day a little easier and mealtime more relaxed, enjoyable, and affordable. At the end of the day I hope that there is a mom who doesn't feel guilty, but feels confidant that in even a rushed day she can serve a nourishing and healthful meal....soooooo......(drum-roll please)
for the month of January I am going to post some of my favourite crock pot creations, as well as try a few new ones too!
Old Standby #1 - Roast Beef in Mushroom sauce.
1. Roast of Beef (or wild meat)
2. 1 or 2 cans of mushroom soup
3. Onion soup mix
Place meat into crock pot. In a bowl whisk mushroom soup so that it is easy to pour. (you can add a 1/4 cup of water to thin) Pour over roast. Top with 2 Tbsp of onion soup mix. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on HIGH for 4-5 hours. Serve with potatoes and a vegetable. Now you have roast and gravy together!!!!
Crock-pot Creation #1
- adapted from Add a Pinch
This is an amazing and easy to make Pulled Pork recipe. Everyone run to the local butcher shop and get a "pork butt" aka pork shoulder and MAKE THIS!!!
- 1 3-4 pound pork butt
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 bottle favourite BBQ sauce or your favourite homemade sauce ( I used Bull's Eye Honey Garlic Bonanza)
What to do:
- Place pork butt into crock pot.
- Add apple cider vinegar and enough water to reach half-way up meat.
- Cook on low setting for 7-8 hours ( you can also play with 4 hours low, 4 hours high)
- Remove meat from crock pot and place in large pan.
- Pull the pork into pieces and mix in BBQ sauce.
- Place in a pre-heated (350 degrees F) oven for 20 minutes.
- Serve on your favourite toasted bun for sandwiches or alongside your favourite beans or salad. I used my favourite coleslaw on top of my meat. So yummy.