Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Thankful #16

In honor of Thanksgiving, I'm doing daily thankful posts. I'd love it if you'd join me by commenting here or on MichiGal's Facebook page.

November 16

Product DetailsToday I'm thankful for crock pots. This simple little appliance makes life so much easier, and solves the dilemma of how to feed the family home cooked food when no one is going to be home until (past) dinner time. This evening I am going to cook dinner while Bethany and Connor are at catechism, and then throw it in the crock pot to keep it warm while we are at floor hockey. If I had remembered that I needed to cook dinner early today and taken chicken out of the freezer at a reasonable time, then I would have simply let it cook in the crock pot to make my life even easier.

Two of my favorite crock pot dinners are so ridiculously easy, I feel like I can only get away with making them each about once a month. Here goes, prepared to be wowed:

  1. Chicken and salsa. That's it. Just put some boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crock pot and cover with salsa. Let cook on high for 6-8 hours if frozen, 4-6 if not frozen. Shred up the chicken and serve on flour tortillas with cheese and sour cream. If you really want to get fussy, make some Mexican or Spanish style rice to go along with it.
  2. Pork chops and barbeque sauce. One more two-ingredient wonder. Put boneless pork chops in the crock pot, cover with barbeque sauce and let cook for 4-6 hours if fresh and 6-8 hours if frozen. Shred it and serve it on a bun. Shredded cheddar optional. Great with a bag of frozen french fries or sweet potato fries also good with chips if you don't have time to cook the fries. 
I may have even posted these recipes on here before, but I don't care. They bear repeating. I have an entire cookbook dedicated to crock pot recipes, and yet I always come back to these two, because they are so easy, I don't have to look anything up, and I don't need any special ingredients. 
Do you have any favorite, stupid easy crock pot recipes? 

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