What Can I Do with My Crock Pot? Part Two: Recipes

Crock Pot Cooking: Low and Slow is the way to go! (

Whether you dust off the slow cooker sitting in the garage sale pile, score one at a vintage cookware store, or find yourself starry eyed in front of the All Clad beauty at Sur La Table (where I once worked, full disclosure); one of these recipes should get you started.

Hot and Hearty Breakfast:

2 cup of grains (make a mix- brown rice, steel cut oats,
millet, even amaranth.)

6 cups water

Cook on lowest setting 6-8 hours.

Prior to serving combine with ½to 1-cup half n half or milk.

Top with your choice chopped nuts, ground flax seed, golden
raisins, and a touch of cinnamon or a dash of maple syrup.

Homemade Applesauce:

Begin with 20 apples, peeled, cored and quartered.

2 whole cinnamon sticks

Add ¼ freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Cook on low setting 5-6 hours.

(More recipes after the jump.)

Old School Sunday Chicken Dinner:

1 3.5 lb chicken-cut up

1 large onion, quartered

4 cloves garlic

4 large carrots, chopped into 3" chunks

4 medium potatoes, quartered

1 bay leaf

1 Tablespoon dried thyme

1 Tablespoon dried parsley

Kosher salt or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1- 2 cups chicken stock, depending on size of slow cooker

Brown chicken in a skillet on all sides (adds flavor to your dish)

Place chicken in bottom of crock-pot

Layer vegetables over chicken

Sprinkle herbs over vegetables

Add chicken stock

Cook at low temperature for 6 hours or according to manufacturers instructions

Note: if using fresh herbs, add during last half hour of cooking

Garden Explosion:

1 lb green beans, tips trimmed

2 large zucchini or yellow squash, or 1 of each-cut into 2 inch strips, lengthwise

2 red, yellow or green bell peppers- cored, seeded and cut into 2 inch strips, lengthwise

6 cloves garlic

2 red or white onions, peeled and cut into eighths lengthwise

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or lemon infused olive oil

1 tablespoon dried herbs-your choice of basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary or combo

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper-to taste

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Toss prepared vegetables with 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb(s), red pepper flakes, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place mixture in slow cooker and cook on low for 2 hours.

Remove to platter and drizzle with aged balsamic or red wine vinegar.

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