I seriously don’t know how I have lived the last two years (heck my whole adult life) without owning and cooking in a crock-pot. I will NEVER be without one again. They are the greatest time saver for a busy family and especially easy for large families like ours. They make cooking healthy simple. It literally takes me 10 minutes of prep time and I’m done until dinner (outside of stirring it a few times as I pass by to savor the smells coming from within the pot). Oh my goodness does our home smell good today as my first beef stew is slowly cooking inside this wonderful new addition to our kitchen.
Here is the crock-pot I bought last week and will be ordering a second one to use for side dishes or to double a recipe when we have company. It is a 6 QT crock-pot. You can order up to a 9 QT – but I didn’t want something big and ugly on the counter. Our kitchen is white and navy so this looks nice sitting on the counter every single day.
So far, I have not had an issue with it being too small for our family of nine. My first night using it was to create something totally new for us – BBQ Chicken with vegetables that I put over a bed of large romaine leaves. AMAZING!
BBQ Chicken Over Romaine: (serves 9) prep time 10 minutes
- 9 organic boneless breasts of chicken cut into strips,
- one medium organic yellow onion cut in half,
- 3 organic peppers sliced (I used green and red)
- 3 pounds organic baby potatoes cubed (can use sweet or red bliss)
- 2 TB. Gluten Free BBQ sauce drizzled on top
Put all ingredients into crock-pot turn onto high for 3 hours... then on low until dinner time. I stirred a few times. Done.
The photo of the beef stew was taken after cooking for 3 hours on high.
Beef stew in crock-pot: (serves 9) prep time 10 minutes
- 3 pounds organic grass fed beef cubes,
- dice one head celery,
- 2 pounds organic carrots cubed,
- 1 medium organic onion cut in half,
- 2 cans organic roasted tomatoes,
- 8 oz low sodium broth (beef or chicken),
- 2 pounds organic potatoes cut into cubes
Cook on high 3 hours then low until dinner time. Stir a few times. Takes approximately 6 hours to fully cook with these instructions.
I will be sharing my recipes each week. I hope you enjoy them as much as we are. Please share your favorite paleo crock-pot recipes in the comments.
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