Crockpot Ideas For Winter

Crockpots are great for making soups and stews and these taste especially good when the weather is cold.  Many of us are busy working and running errands and coming home to a ready meal is great.  When you put a meal into the slow cooker you can go about your various tasks for several hours and then come home to a ready meal.  If you have been out and walk back into the home it will smell delicious.   A crock pot is also a great way to wake up in the morning to a hot, healthy, ready meal.

If you are looking for some ways to use your crockpot this winter here are five simple recipes you might want to try:

For a healthy delicious breakfast, you might want to cook some steel-cut oats overnight in your crockpot:

Overnight oatmeal

2 apples peeled and cored and cut into small pieces

1 ½ cups milk

1 ½ cups water

1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats

1 tablespoon butter in small pieces

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

Spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray. Add all the ingredients and stir.  Cook on low for about 7 hours.  When serving the oatmeal, you may want to add some additional toppings such as nuts or raisins or perhaps more butter and milk.

A dish that is easy to cook in the crockpot and makes a nice meal is chicken and rice.  Here is the simply recipe for this dish:

Chicken and rice

1 ½ pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into smaller pieces

4 cans cream of chicken soup

2 cups uncooked rice

1 package frozen broccoli

Pour 2 cans of the chicken soup into the bottom of the crockpot.  Add the chicken breasts and the other 2 cans of chicken soup.  Pour in the rice and about 2 cups of water.  Add the broccoli on top.  Stir all the ingredients together.  Heat in the crockpot on low for approximately 4 hours.

If you want a delicious moist and flavorful pot roast, try this roast in your crockpot.  Once you try it you may not want to ever make pot roast any other way.

Pot Roast

5 ½ pounds pot roast or chuck roast

2 cans mushroom soup

1 package dry onion soup

1 ¼ cups water

1 package fresh mushrooms (optional)

1 sliced onion (optional)

Mix the soups and water right in the crockpot.  Add the beef roast and coat the meat with the sauce.     Add the mushrooms and onions if you are using them.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 8-9 hours.

You cannot ask for anything that will taste better than chicken cooked with ranch dressing.  You can make this delicious dish in your crockpot.

Ranch Chicken

1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast

2 packages of dry ranch dressing mix

1 16-ounce bottle ranch dressing

½ cup milk

Season both sides of the chicken breast with the dry ranch dressing.

Pour some of the bottled ranch dressing into the bottom of the crockpot Then place your chicken breasts into the crockpot.  Pour the balance of the ranch dressing from the bottle over the chicken. Then pour the milk into the empty ranch dressing bottle, shake it to get any remains of the dressing and pour this over the chicken.  You and add any leftover dry dressing to the top of the mixture.  Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

You will need to make some sides to go with this dish.  You might include a salad and a vegetable or perhaps some mashed potatoes, rice or egg noodles.

If you like to enjoy a hearty bowl of white bean soup during the cold winter season here is an easy inexpensive recipe.

White Bean Soup With Ham

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cups carrots sliced thin

1-pound dried navy beans, remove any stones or debris

½ teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 bay leaf

1 small ham steak, diced

Salt and pepper to taste

6 cups water

Rinse the navy beans and be sure you have removed any stones or debris.  Place all the ingredients into the crockpot adding the water last.  Stir.  Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  After the soup is finished stir and taste to see if additional salt is needed.abc-healthyfood