Anyone who knows me knows that my crockpot and I are really good friends.
The best, actually.
It usually goes where I go.
Well, not on planes.
And weekend getaways.
have crockpot. will travel.
It’s the reason that my family eats most weeks.
It’s surely not because I am in the kitchen slaving away every afternoon.
On those crazy we-are-living-at-the-ball-field kind of weeks, it saves me.
And thanks to it, I don’t have to think of food all day.
Although I usually do think of food all day.
But I am able to think of dinner being in the crockpot and the fact that I am not going to have to stand in the kitchen and cook.
Those are the happiest of thoughts.
Here are 5 of our family’s favorite gluten free crockpot meals::
4 chicken breasts – cooked, shredded
2 – 8oz cream cheese, softened
16oz ranch dressing
4-6oz Franks’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce (adjust according to taste)
While you are cooking chicken on stove, add all other ingredients to crock pot set on medium/high. Add cooked, shredded chicken to mixture in crock pot. Continue to cook in crock pot on medium/low for an approximately 30minutes.
Great for an appetizer or a meal! We will eat this served over rice as a meal, or alone served with chips as a dip. If you have another way to enjoy this, be sure to let me know – this seems to be a weekly *fix* for us!
red beans and rice:
Note: We used to cook an already-seasoned pre-packaged red bean mix. Not these days. I am so paranoid of cross-contamination, so I assemble my own.
2 bags of red beans (no, I did not pre-soak them)
1 can of black beans
1 can of garbanzo beans (just for giggles)
1 chopped green bell pepper (I would have used a red too, if I had one)
1 or 2 (depending on preference) smoked sausage or kielbasa
2 chopped onion
Prepared white rice
Shredded cheese & chopped onions (for toppings)
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the beans and pour in Crock Pot. Fill almost to top with water. Cook on low for 2 hours. Add the remaining ingredients (minus the rice and toppings) Cook on Low for an additional 5-6 hours. (Watch water level – you may need to add more after a few hours)
Serve over prepared rice. Add your toppings. And prepare to cook this again next week. The end.
cabbage and sausage:
1 large cabbage
1 smoked sausage
salt, pepper, seasoning to taste
Cut the cabbage and sausage. Layer in crock pot, adding seasoning throughout.
Fill crock with water. Cook on Low for 8 hours.
Serve with gluten free cornbread.
easy crockpot roast:
1 pot roast
Use all or what you have on hand…..carrots, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, celery, potatoes (quartered), onions
Salt, pepper, seasoning to taste
Lay the seasoned roast in the crock pot and layer the cut veggies.
Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
Receive a thumbs-up from your peeps.
Add it to next week’s menu.
Rinse and repeat.
6 chicken breasts
1 lg onion
1/2 tsp-ish kosher salt
Minced garlic (optional)
Pepper, seasoning to tast
Slice onion and cover bottom of large crock pot.
Mix the remaining ingredients (minus the chicken) in bowl. Coat chicken breasts well with mixture. Lay on top of onions.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
(pork chops can also be prepared this way)
So, what’s for dinner??
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