March 27, 2019

3 Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

I'm a huge fan of the crockpot, which I will be referring to many times throughout this post. I just didn't grow up with the words slow cooker...LOL.
Photo by Andrew Barrowman on Unsplash
They're easy, helpful and make my life a heck of a lot easier. I have been using ours a few times a week and wanted to share some of the quicker dinners to throw together that we have tried and enjoyed.

First up is the brown sugar garlic chicken- the combination sounds a little crazy, but the end result is amazing. This is THE easiest recipe ever, and so SO delicious! One of my favorites to throw in and go on a busy week. I always have these ingredients on hand so it's great when I have to think of an idea quickly in the morning for that evening's dinner plan if one is not already set.

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
You will need:
5 chicken breasts or thighs
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup brown sugar

To make:
Add the chicken, garlic, salt and pepper to crock pot
Mix and flip chicken to skin side up
Sprinkle brown sugar over the chicken
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours
Sticking with the chicken theme, but in soup form-next up is a chicken tortilla soup! Much needed on some of these still not so warm days of Spring.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
You will need:
1 lb. chicken breast
15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
5 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
tortilla strips

To make:
Add all ingredients to crock pot, except for cheese and tortilla strips
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours
Before serving, remove chicken from crock pot and shred with hand mixer or forks
Return chicken to crockpot
Top each bowl of soup with cheese and tortilla strips!
Low Carb Asian Porkchops
You will need:
4 boneless pork chops
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. Splenda
1/4 tsp. ginger

To make:
Add pork chops and onion to crock pot
In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, ginger and Splenda
Pour over pork chops in crock pot
Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. You may need to cook a little longer if your pork chops are frozen.
Don't let my sub-par food pictures deter you, all of these recipes are so delicious and better yet, easy to prepare! I love using our crockpot for dips, soups, casseroles and more. I made an amazing breakfast casserole on Christmas Eve and decided it's going to be a tradition so we don't have to worry about cooking on a holiday morning! 
Hope you try some or all of these and enjoy! What's your favorite slow cooker recipe?

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