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I can not stress how great a crock pot can be. I don’t care if you are single and are gone to school or work a good part of the day or if you are a family who is busy most of the day or if you just don’t want to heat up your house this summer.

First off, buy a crock pot. Make sure that you get a crock pot that is a good size. You want something that can fit a whole chicken. I don’t really know if any one brand is better than the other. I usually like to get the oval shaped crock pots as they seem to fit varying sizes of meats better than the round ones.

You can put frozen meat in the crock pot in the morning and it will be cooked by the time you get home in the evening. You do not need to add water to your meat! Crock pots do not dry things out. You also can not burn food in a crock pot it will just get softer and softer. Unless of course you have a malfunctioning crock pot which is what I had. Unfortunately I thought it was just me. If your crock pot is burning food it isn’t you. It’s your crock pot. Get a new one.

Here are a few basic recipes for the crock pot:

Put a whole frozen chicken in the crock pot. Season with a little chili powder and some salt. Turn on and leave.
When you get home pull the chicken off the bone. Season to taste with some salt, chili powder and some cilantro.
You can throw this chicken in to a tortilla with some fried onions and taco or burrito fixings or you can make a great sandwich or you can top salads with it. Refrigerate what you don’t use that evening and use it for lunch or dinner.
This shredded chicken is also great in white sauce pasta.

Crock pot chicken curry

Ingredients

6 Skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 can diced tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 C water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1.5 tsp salt
1.5 tsp pepper
5 tsp curry powder (mild)

Directions

Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces, trimming all fat in the process. Toss chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper and let sit for about 15 minutes.

Place chicken in the crock pot. Add tomatoes, water, onion, garlic and curry powder. Cook on low for 8 hours, then crack the lid and turn to high for 30 minutes to let the sauce thicken and reduce slightly

Makes 7 1-cup servings

 

French dip sandwiches

Ingredients

1 poiund of boneless round stead, fat-trimmed
1 envelope of Lipton Onion Soup MIx
1 (14 oz) can of beef broth
1 loaf of bakery French bread (or Artisian bread already sliced)
1 cup 2% shredded mozzarella

Directions

Combine beef broth and onion soup mix in crock pot. Add round stead. Cook on low for 8 hours (I did it for 6 hours on medium instead). Remove round steak and slice or shred if preferred. Slice French bread in half, length-wise. Layer beef,then cheese. Close; cover with foil. Heat at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Slice and serve with au jous for dipping.

You can also find some great crock recipes here along with some good tips. So get out there and buy a crock pot!
Jasmine

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