Three out of four nights this week (so far!) I've used our crockpot to prepare meals ahead of time. Not only have they been healthy, but have all been under $4 for 4 (or more) servings.
Things I love about the crockpot:
~Avoid the last minute dinnertime rush
~So nice when you're sick or have morning sickness and want to deal with the meal minimally
~Think beyond the traditional hunk o' meat in the crokpot. You can do that too, but some of our favorite crockpot meals are meatless or have very little meat. For example:
Perfect Baked Potatoes (for a potato bar)
Taco Soup (can be made meatless or with very little meat)
~Less processed than other last minute meals (can be quite healthy!)
~You can make them as inexpensive (or not!) as you want to. Think beans, lentils, soups, etc.
~Less mistakes with dinner: the slow cooking allows for a large margin of error with cooking skills! It is rare that any of my crockpot meals turn out poorly.
Leftovers become new with crockpot creativity! For example tomorrow we'll be going to use my Red Robin free burger certificate for lunch, so we'll want a light dinner with easy prep. I'll be putting some leftovers from this week: brown rice, leftover shredded chicken, broccoli, onions, with some broth and throw it in the crock for a healthy chicken and rice soup right before we leave.
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