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Save time and money by using your crock pot! Life is busy and sometimes it’s all you can do to keep everyone fed and clothed. One of my favorite time saving tools is my crock pot, but did you know you can also save money with a slow cooker?
Why It Works:
Allows You To Use Cheaper Cuts of Meat
One great money saving advantage of the slow cooker is that it allows you to purchase cheaper cuts of meat. The longer cooking time tenderizes tougher cuts and turns them into something delicious.
Enables You To Make Cheaper Homemade Foods
Did you know that you can make homemade applesauce, granola and yogurt in your crock pot for pennies on the dollar? Check out our Crockpot Granola recipe here and our Easy Crockpot Pasta Sauce here.
Keeps You From Eating Out
Using a crock pot saves you time because you can throw everything in, set it and forget it, and this is one of the main reasons it saves you money. After a long hard day, when you absolutely don’t feel like cooking anything, dinner is waiting for you so you aren’t tempted to order Chinese or pizza.
You also save electricity, which lowers your power bill each month!
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My favorite way to use my slow cooker is for either ham and beans (I like Great Northerns) or lentils and ham. I don’t have an exact recipe. I use about 1 1/2 pounds of beans (I soak the Great Northerns overnight, lentils don’t need to be soaked) and add a ham bone is I have it. If I don’t have a ham bone, I use Burger’s Smokehouse Ham for Seasoning. I make a pan of cornbread to go with it, and there is our meal.
Hello, I follow you on FB. Our favorite meal is BBQ chicken…it is so tender, and falls off the bone. Thank you, Teresa
Angela Rainwater says
BBQ Pork Chops but I never follow a recipe 😉 Just use your favorite BBQ sauce, I always add extras like, hot sauce, bit of vinegar, Heinz 51, A1, butter or olive oil, etc…yummy!
I’ve been following you on FB.
This morning as I was loading one of my favorite recipes into the slow cooker, my daughter asked why I cook supper in the morning, not when normal people do! 🙂 So she can eat a hot, minimally processed meal when I get home from work, of course.
The Crockpot 365 has a lot of great recipes, but this one is dinner tonight!
Jen H. says
One of my favorites is stuffed peppers – the cheater’s way.
2 lbs. ground beef (raw)
1 cups instant rice
Onion to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Make into large meatballs a little larger than baseballs.
Pour tomato sauce into crock – place meatballs in crock, cut up green pepper on top in large chunks (I usually just cut in 1/2) and cover everything with more tomato sauce – let cook all day on low. enjoy!
I usually make a double batch of the meat mixture and put 1/2 in the freezer for another.
My favorite crock pot recipe is Crock Pot Orange Chicken http://www.mommysavers.com/3-ingredient-crock-pot-hawaiian-bbq-chicken/
Our favorite crockpot recipe is for chicken fajitas.
Karen Skutt says
I like to cook ribs in the slow cooker. I liked you on FB.
Victoria Willard says
I love making taco soup. It’s the cheapiest meal that even my picky kid will eat. I always make double and store the rest in the freezer for a future meal.
Liked you on FB.
Beef Barley Soup
1 lb browned ground beef
Aseptic container beef broth
2 tsp dried onions
1 can carrots drained
1 can cubed potatoes with broth
1 can green beans with broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup pearled barley
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
Cook on low 4-6 hours
Diane S says
I like to cook beef roast and veggies in the slow cooker. I love all the information you share with us. Thank you.
Amanda A. says
I follow you on Facebook. I guess my favorite recipe is pot roast. Everyone in the family loves it. My daughter would eat all the carrots and meat and my son would eat all the potatoes and meat. There is something for everyone in that meal.
I love making a chili blanco in the crockpot. I am always looking for new crockpot meals. I also keep a crockpot in our motor home it makes camping so easy…..
Sherryl Wilson says
My favorite right now is Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden copycat) http://www.sherrylwilson.com/crockpot-zuppa-toscana/
I love my crockpot… and it shows!
Rebecca Tolworthy says
My favorite meal to make in the slow cooker is potato and ham soup. 🙂
Beth W says
My favorite crockpot meal is chicken & dumplings. It’s a real easy recipe that used refrigerated bread dough as the dumplings.
I just started following you a few days ago! I love your site and all your money saving tips. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with others! 🙂
Diana lawless says
Love the crockpot. I vegetables and one of my favorite is homemade applesauce. It is so easy. Core and cut up apples, add half cup pure apple juice and a good sprinkle of cinnamon. Put on lid and cook on low.
Check every so often and stir. No sugar needed
Christy Kendrick says
I already like you on FB – our family’s favorite crock pot meal is the slow cooker French Dip from Baking Bites:
My personal favorite thing to use my crock for is to cook chicken to shred to use in recipes later and make broth all at once 🙂
Becca Bunnell says
I really like crockpot lasagna. It’s so easy and good. I like to make it before church on Sunday so we’re not tempted to go out for lunch!
Our favorite crockpot meal is pulled pork. Sometimes it doesn’t even make it to the rolls! I enjoy your newsletters, thank you for what you do.
sorry but i dont tweet. pot roast is my favorite in the crock. or corned beef or salsa chicken/ hard to decide
My fave recipes are soups! I love chicken dumpling soup and chicken tortilla soup the best!
Celina L. says
My all time favorite crock pot recipe is Pork Posole. It’s a family favorite.
My favorite recipe in a crockpot is my chili. I make it extra spicy! I’d share my recipe but then I’d have to kill ya! Jk! It seriously not a set recipe and I seriously just throw stuff together and season to taste. Love your ideas! Thanks for all you do!
Our fav slow cooker recipe is pinto beans. Just plain & simple.
1 lb bag of pinto beans (looked, soaked & drained))
1 slice bone-in ham steak (approx. 12-16 oz)
Water to cover beans.
Wash ham steak & place in bottom of slow cooker.
Pour beans over top of ham steak.
Then cover with water to 1″ over top of beans.
Cook on low 8-10 hours. ENJOY!
Kim W says
I already like you on FB & My favorite slow cooker recipe is “Cilantro lime chicken” on Allrecipes.com! I serve it either over rice or shredded for tacos. It’s de-lish!!
i have a handful of go-to crock pot recipes:
1- take an already eaten (not gnawed on! just meat picked off) rotisserie chicken, throw in crockpot with an onion/celery/garlic/carrot/whateever you like, let it cook all day or all night. strain it into a soup pot then pick out the yummy tidbits of meat that have fallen off the bone and then toss in noodles when it reaches a boil (or cut up canned biscuits or homemade noodles, whatever floats your boat), i serve this over mashed potatoes. i know, carb overload but hey, yummy, filling, perfect for a rainy winter day! and by the time the potatoes are ready to mash, the soup is done.
2-throw an onion in the crockpot with a package of chicken thighs and 1/2 bottle of bbq sauce. at the end of the day, pull out the chicken and cover with the other half of the bottle…. serve on buns of some sort with mayo and pickles and coleslaw or salad or chips and dip if you’re super tired! voila!
i’m not currently on facebook or twitter 🙁 but i adore your blog!
Amy Massengale says
I love using my crockpot. My favorite recipe is probably a roast with potatoes, onions, and carrots. I would love to win because I need some new ideas/recipes 🙂
Cheesy chicken, bacon, tater-tot, crock pot bake
I made this for a family who needed meals after a surgery and they liked it too.
Jessie C. says
Like you on FB. My favorite recipe is Slow Cooker Boneless Turkey Breast
Felicia Newlin says
My favorite is beef stew, only because I don’t know many crock-pot recipe. I need to spruce up my options!
I love using my slow cooker, especially on busy nights. I can’t wait to try this Orange Chicken recipe this weekend: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/09/slow-cooker-orange-chicken.html
I love everything on the Six Sisters’ Stuff blog I’ve tried so far!
I follow you on FB and my fav recipe is mac n cheese.
My favorite crockpot recipe is for bbq nachos and sometimes I have enough meat left over for bbq beef enchiladas!
Jen H says
My favorite is Kalua Pork! Sooo yummy!
what kind of crock pot is that in the picture.
Hi Crystal! It is actually a stock photo so I am not sure. I searched around a bit online, but couldn’t find anything like it. I guess it’s vintage. 🙂
I like you on facebook. I love to cook a whole chicken in the crock pot.
Sheila Laurence says
It’s not actually a crock pot recipe, but I make it in my crock pot. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/02/drip-beef-two-ways/.
I had already ‘liked’ you on Facebook. 🙂
My favorite crock pot recipe is Cilantro Lime Chicken! I actually made it as a freezer meal, so it was that much easier the day of.
I like you on facebook, follow you on twitter and my favorite slow cooker recipe is Lemon Chicken and Rice.
I need more great slow cooker recipes, so glad to read this post and the ideas!
I like to cook chicken in the crockpot and then shred it. The possibilities are endless with shredded chicken! We use it for BBQ chicken sandwiches, BBQ chicken pizza, enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas & lots more!
Loring Rollo says
BBQ Roast. Beef or pork roast and a bottle of BBQ. So easy and great sandwiches!
Christy Bennington says
Our favorite is called ‘Tasting is Believing Chicken’:
2lbs boneless chicken breasts (or about 6 pieces of bone in chicken)
1 can whole cranberries
1 bottle Russian salad dressing
1 envelope onion soup seasoning
Put in chicken, dump the rest on top, set on low for the day. I know, it sounds awful, lol. Just reread the name and try it. I serve it on rice.
Mary Beth says
The crock pot has saved me time and money multiple times! I need to learn to use it more. Favorite thing to make is vegetable beef soup. Already “Like” you on Facebook and click through/read many of your posts!
Crock pot Lasagna. so easy and so much cheaper than the frozen ones.
I love to make Greek chicken with whole chicken legs, potatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, lemon & oregano. Cook on low for 5-6 hours and it’s so tender it slides right off the bones!
Slow-cooker sweet potato curry!
My favorite crock pot meal is pork roast – shredded with BBQ sauce!
Lynne B says
I don’t have a favorite, anything that comes out of a crockpot is delish!
angie mccort says
my family loves slow cooker sausage and peppers…. I have a ninja 3 in 1 slow cooker that lets me brown the saugsage in the slow cooker and then I add chopped oninon and peppers and a can or two of crushed tomatoes, salt pepper, oregano and let it slow cook all day….can serve in sandwiches or over pasta
My favorite (and my husband’s) is crockpot fajitas!
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cups salsa
1 onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
Throw everything into the crock pot and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 on high!
I love putting frozen chicken breasts, one packet of taco or fajita seasoning and one jar of salsa in the crock pot. Just set it on low in the morning and that night you have yummy chicken to serve on a salad or in tortillas. Super Easy.
Abby @ Mother on a Mission says
I like The Peaceful Mom on Facebook, and my favorite slow cooker recipe is pear sauce. Like apple sauce, but with pears…
Favorite crock pot meal is an Italian Chicken recipe I found on Pintrest! So easy and yummy
I LOVE my crock pot and use it at least 2-3 times a week. With a family of 7 and after school activities, it is a must! My favorite recipes come from the Fix It and Forget cook books. Chili, BBQ pork chops and Creamy noodles are among our favorites!
Cassandra Early says
Shredded pork or beef with BBQ sauce then put on buns with coleslaw!
I have many crockpot favorites, but one of the best is “refried” beans using unsoaked dry beans. They taste great, are good for you, freeze great, and are super cheap to make!
My favorite is chili! Any kind will do, but my favorite right now is white chicken chili.
Kim Catapane says
My favorite crockpot recipe is:
Place in crockpot:
3-4 cubed potatoes
1 lb cubed ham
2 cans cream of celery soup
Cook on low 5-6 hrs or high 2-3 hrs.
Add 1 bag frozen broccoli, that has been thawed
and 1 cup of milk and cook for 1 more hr. on high.
Serve topped with shredded cheese. Yummy!
Red Beans and Rice, with sausage.
I have changed this from the original recipie, by using brown rice and turkey sausage.
Just started doing it and everyone at home loves it.
Danielle Jenkins says
My favorite crock-pot recipe is simple pinto beans. I always manage to let it boil dry and scorch if I cook it on the stove. My grandmother’s crock pot is the best at this soup!
Robin Jones says
I already “like” you on Facebook and my favorite slow cooker recipe is Chicken Fajitas.
One of my favorite crock pot recipes is Salsa Chicken. 2 ingredients, can’t get much better than that! I like peaceful mom on fb.
Heather K says
Oh, I have so many favorites! But I think the household favorite is my chili!
I’ve been following you on Facebook for a while, and just followed you on Twitter! 🙂
I am pretty intimidated by cooking/baking but the Crock Pot is a wonderful invention! I think my favorite Crock Pot recipe is a simple pot roast covered in beef broth. I then add red-skinned potatoes (sliced in half), baby carrots, and big slices of onion (I don’t like to eat onions, but I love the flavor! LOL)
My favorite crockpot recipe is shredded Italian beef, which we turn into sandwiches!! Yum!!