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Cooking Tips - Meals That Are Easy to Prepare in a Crock Pot

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 97

The crock pot must have been invented by a busy mom or someone who spends all day at work. There is nothing worse then coming home at dinner time with a growling stomach, and still having to put a dinner together before you can begin eating. Fortunately, there are a few cooking tips you can put into action so that your dinner is ready and waiting for you when you get home.

First, consider creating a soup with your slow cooker. Use chicken or vegetable broth as your base. Toss in freshly chopped veggies, your favorite spices, and any leftover meat that you may have sitting in the refrigerator. Chicken, turkey, steak, ham, and even leftover chunks from a roast taste great in homemade soups. The only thing I recommend is not adding salt to the soup if you plan on using ham. Many food blogs recommend that you cook most of your crock pot dishes on low for 6 to 8 hours, instead of on high for 3 to 4 hours. You won't want to use the high setting anyway if you are going to be away at work.

Second, cook your meat and potatoes together. Slow cookers are great for combining your proteins with your veggies for a complete meal. Whether you are cooking chicken or beef, simply chop and toss in the vegetables you like the most. You could cook chicken with carrots and green beans, or a roast with potatoes, celery, and onions. Just make sure that you create a broth to add, or add a can of condensed soup with a can of water to the crock pot. Otherwise, your meat and veggies will dry out. This is the most important of the cooking tips to remember.

Third, make chili. Chili tastes the best when it has been allowed to cook for a longer period of time, which makes it a perfect recipe for using in a crock pot. You'll have to brown your ground beef or ground turkey ahead of time, but everything else can simply be tossed into the slow cooker and mixed together. If you plan on topping your chili with cheddar cheese, hold off until the last 5 to 10 minutes before you plan on serving it. Otherwise, the cheese will brown.

Food blogs are especially helpful in deciding what you want to create in your crock pot. The possibilities are almost endless. It's not just dinners that are easy to make in this essential kitchen appliance, you can also put together some delicious desserts as well.

You don't have to be an expert chef to create a meal with your crock pot. Explore more cooking tips for dishes that are easy to make at

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