The Crock Pot might make you think of the 70s—and not in a good way—along the lines of neon-green Jell-O-fruit salads, Hamburger Helper casseroles, and other culinary dinosaurs. But the slow cooker is now making a comeback in an old-is-new way, and it’s easy to see why.
There are several good reasons to love your slow cooker:
- You finally know what to do with all that stew meat that comes with your side of beef burgers and steaks.
- It saves you time: Cook once, eat twice.
- It’s easy. Toss everything in the morning while you’re getting ready for work and dinner is served when you walk in the door at 6.
- It’s healthy. You won’t be tempted to reach for a pre-packaged this or that if you’ve got nutritious ingredients already cooking on low.
- The aroma: That amazing, mouth-watering smell that fills the house after a day of simmering.
So get slow-cookin’! You’ll wonder what took you so long to jump on the bandwagon. We’ve got 10 terrific recipes you can try out tonight:
Hearty and super simple to make—just watch the recipe video.
Creamy Little Potatoes with smoky links, cream of mushroom soup and a dash of Cajun spice.
There’s nothing ho-hum about this one. The tangy bite of Parmesan, plus nutty garlic, elevates this side dish. Use either seasoned Little Yellows or convenient Microwave Ready Garlic Parsley Creamers.
Exotic and flavorful with just a touch of spice, this recipe yields tender chicken with soft, buttery Terrific Trio Creamers in a ginger-turmeric sauce.
Just in time for the holidays, use up your leftovers in this savory soup, packed with veggies and seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and bay leaves.
Cream of onion soup and mild green chiles make a rich base for seasoned chicken, baby carrots, and Blushing Belle Little Potatoes.
Fully loaded, this satisfying chowder features Creamers, grilled corn and peppers, and Southwest flavors—cumin, chili powder, and Jack cheese. Fantastico!
You’d be hard-pressed to find something easier. With only four ingredients, you combine Creamers (Blushing Belles and Boomer Gold) with dry Ranch Dressing, bacon, and cheddar for this zesty dish. Garnish with sour cream, paprika and green onions.
Enjoy this Irish favorite on St. Paddy’s Day or any time: salty corned beef brisket with carrots, sweet Blushing Belles, and chopped cabbage. Peppercorns, fennel, mustard, and cloves flavor the broth.
Streamlined for modern-day tastes, this twist on the classic combines lean ground beef with Little Potatoes, julienned carrots, celery, and broth. Sprinkle with grated cheddar and prep the night before to save time. Easy!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MAKING IN THE SLOW COOKER? WE’D BE DELIGHTED TO SEE YOUR RECIPES.
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