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11 Sinfully Easy Crock Pot Recipes

11 Sinfully Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Crock pot recipes are awesome. Fill up your slow cooker, leave it going, come back later and dinner’s ready! It’s an incredibly easy way to cook. Crock pots aren’t only for savory dinners, either—you can use them to make breakfast, dessert, snacks and hot drinks, too. I’ve collected 11 of the best simple crock pot recipes that create tasty, filling dishes with little effort and little waste.

1. Moroccan Spiced Chicken

Moroccan chicken

    Warm and gently spicy, this dish goes well with couscous or rice. For an extra Moroccan-style treat, serve up hot, minted green tea as well.

    Ingredients:

    • 2.5 lb chicken thighs, skinless on the bone
    • 1 tsp cumin, ground
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
    • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice mixture
    • 1.5 cups chicken broth
    • 15 oz can of tomatoes, drained and diced
    • 15 oz can of white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1/2 cup dried apricot, chopped

    Preparation:

    Put your chicken thighs, cumin, salt, pepper, coriander and pumpkin pie spice into a large resealable plastic bag and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Then throw all the other ingredients into your slow cooker, take the chicken out of its bag and put that on top of the vegetable mixture. Put the lid on the pot and cook for at least 5 hours on a low heat setting until the chicken’s completely cooked through. If you’re using the liquid as well as the chicken from this dish, skim the fat off first.

    Serves: Up to 6

    2. Root Vegetable Stew

    Root vegetable stew

      Tender and sweet, root vegetables that have stewed slowly in a crock pot are delicious. Perfect for a filling meal that doesn’t make you work for your dinner!

      Ingredients:

      • 1/4 cup olive oil
      • 2 medium onions, diced
      • pinch of salt
      • 1 tsp ginger, ground
      • 3 inches of cinnamon stick
      • 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
      • 1/4 tsp cumin, ground
      • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
      • A pinch of saffron threads
      • Black pepper, ground
      • 1 lb potatoes, diced
      • 1 lb carrots, peeled and diced
      • 1 lb parsnips, peeled and diced
      • 3 cups vegetable broth
      • 2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
      • 1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
      • 15 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
      • 1/2 cup sultanas
      • 1 bunch spinach, trimmed and washed
      • 1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar

      Preparation:

      Put the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat, then fry the onions with the salt for about 4 minutes. Add the dried herbs and spices and give it another minute to cook, then empty the frying pan into your crock pot and add the potatoes, parsnips and carrots long with the vegetable broth. Leave it to cook for at least 1.5 hours on a high heat, then add the squash, sultanas, sweet potatoes and chickpeas before leaving it to cook for another 2 hours. Stir the spinach in gently and let it wilt, then add cider vinegar to taste.

      Serves: Up to 8

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      3. Slow Beef Chili

      Slow beef chili

        This is one of my all-time favourites. The beef and beans give it plenty of body, but thanks to the crock pot it’s a juicy dish that’s easy to eat. Goes nicely with rice and a bit of grated cheese.

        Ingredients:

        • 1.5 tbsp vegetable oil
        • 3/4 lb stewing beef, cubed
        • 2 tbsp chili powder
        • 1 tsp cumin
        • 2 tbsp flour
        • 1 onion, chopped
        • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
        • 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
        • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
        • 16 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
        • 16 oz can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
        • 28 oz can of tomatoes, diced
        • 1.5 cups beef broth
        • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce
        • 1.5 tbsp brown sugar
        • 3/4 tsp salt
        • Sour cream for topping
        • Chopped fresh parsley to garnish (or jalapenos if you like it extra hot!)

        Preparation:

        Brown the meat for about 2 minutes in hot oil in a skillet, then add your cumin and chili powder. Let those cook for 1 minute before stirring in the flour, then leave it for another minute before emptying the skillet into your crock pot. Add all the other ingredients that aren’t toppings, then cook for up to 8 hours on a low heat, stirring once an hour and adding small amounts of extra liquid if it gets dry.

        Serves: Up to 8

        4. Sausage and Potato Pot

        Sausage and potato crock pot

          This is simple cooking at its best. There are only 5 ingredients and this crock pot recipe involves very little preparation, so you can get on with your day knowing that a hearty dinner’s on its way.

          Ingredients:

          • Drizzle of oil (or a cooking oil spray)
          • 3 lb potatoes
          • 2 lb sausage
          • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
          • 10.5 oz cream of celery soup
          • 1 oz dry ranch dressing mix

          Preparation:

          Coat the inside of your crock pot with oil. Cut the potatoes into wedges, slice the sausages into discs and put the potato and sausage into the pot. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, then stir the mixture into the sausage and potato. Cook for 6 to 8 hours on a low heat.

          Serves: Up to 6

          5. Poached Pears

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          poached pears

            Sweet poached pears in caramel sauce is a dessert that’s blissfully simple to make in a slow cooker. Serve it with Belgian waffles and ice cream if you want to go above and beyond the call of dessert duty.

            Ingredients:

            • 1.5 cups dark brown sugar
            • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
            • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
            • 6 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and halved

            Preparation:

            Mix your sugar, ginger and butter together in the crock pot, then add the pears and toss them in the mixture until they’re coated. Arrange the pear halves flat side down in the pot and cook on a high heat for 1 to 2 hours until the pears are tender, then dish them up and drizzle the caramel liquid over the top.

            Serves: Up to 6

            6. Cream Cheese Black Bean Chicken

            Black bean chicken

              So easy you might just forget you’re cooking anything, so set a timer to remind you when it’s ready to eat! The combination of cream cheese with chicken and black beans is smooth and creamy, delivering a huge protein boost and leaving you feeling full for hours.

              Ingredients:

              • 4  or 5 boneless chicken breasts, frozen
              • 15 oz can of black beans
              • 15 oz can of corn
              • 15 oz salsa
              • 8 oz cream cheese

              Preparation:

              Put your frozen chicken breasts straight into your crock pot and add the black beans, corn and salsa. Cook it on a high heat for at least 4 hours or until the chicken is cooked through. Open up the pot, plop the cream cheese on top of the other ingredients, and leave it to sit for half an hour before dishing up.

              Serves: Up to 4

              7. Apple Oatmeal

              apple oatmeal

                This overnight oatmeal crock pot recipe lets you wake up in the morning to a breakfast that’s already hot and waiting to be eaten! Not only that, but it’s easy, healthy and delicious, too.

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                Ingredients:

                • Drizzle of oil (or a cooking oil spray)
                • 2 large tart apples, chopped
                • 1.5 cups skim milk
                • 1.5 cups water
                • 1 cup whole grain oats
                • 3 tbps dark brown sugar
                • 2 tbsp butter
                • 1 tbsp cinnamon
                • 2 tbsp flaxseed, milled or ground
                • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
                • 1/4 cup fruit (fresh or dried) for topping
                • 1/4 cup chopped nuts for topping

                Preparation:

                Oil the inside of a large slow cooker and put in everything except the salt and toppings. Stir it up and cook on a low heat for at least 7 hours. Stir in the salt when you switch off the heat, and serve topped with nuts and fruit.

                Serves: Up to 4

                8. Crock Pot Roast

                Roast beef

                  Feeling lazy in the kitchen today? This recipe just needs meat, water and some ready-made condiment mixes. Serve with bread and raw vegetables for a sinfully easy dinner.

                  Ingredients:

                  • 4 to 5 lb beef roast
                  • 1.25 oz brown gravy mix, dry
                  • 1.25 oz Italian salad dressing mix, dry
                  • 1.25 oz ranch dressing mix, dry
                  • 1/2 cup water

                  Preparation:

                  Put your beef roast in the crock pot, mix the dried condiments together and sprinkle them into the pot. Pour the water in around the beef and cook on a low heat for at least 7 hours or until the meat is completely cooked through.

                  Serves: Up to 8

                  9. Pork Tenderloin

                  Pork tenderloin

                    A slow cooker is perfect for cooking up a tenderloin of pork. The meat comes out so tender it almost falls apart on your fork!

                    Ingredients:

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                    • 1 lb pork tenderloin
                    • 1 oz onion soup mix, dry
                    • 1 cup water
                    • 3/4 cup red wine
                    • 3 tbsp garlic, minced
                    • 3 tbsp soy sauce
                    • Pinch of black pepper, ground

                    Preparation:

                    Put the pork in your crock pot with the dry soup mix and pour the water, wine and soy sauce over it. Turn the meat to coat it with the mixture, then spread garlic over the pork, leaving most of it on top. Sprinkle pepper on top and cook on a low heat for 4 hours. Serve with rice and some of the cooking liquid.

                    Serves: Up to 6

                    10. Hot Apple Cider

                    Hot apple cider

                      Yes, you can use a slow cooker to make hot beverages and keep them hot! This spicy crock pot apple cider is simple to prepare and keeps you toasty warm on a cold night.

                      Ingredients:

                      • 1 gallon apple cider
                      • 2 whole nutmegs
                      • 3 or 4 cinnamon sticks
                      • 1 orange, cut into wedges
                      • 1/2 apple, cut into wedges
                      • 20 to 25 whole cloves
                      • 3 to 4 pieces crystallized ginger
                      • 1/4 cup brown sugar
                      • You’ll also need cheesecloth and string

                      Preparation:

                      Fill a large crock pot up to 3/4 full with apple cider and add brown sugar. Push whole cloves into the skin of the fruit wedges, then put them onto your cheesecloth with the remaining ingredients. Tie the cloth around the ingredients with string and drop the bundle into the crock pot. Leave on a high heat setting for at least 2 hours to boil, then switch to low heat for another 2 hours and keep it on low until it’s served, topping up the cider if necessary.

                      Serves: Up to 15

                      11. Spiced Nuts

                      Ingredients:

                      • 1 lb nuts, mixed or any kind, shells off
                      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
                      • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
                      • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
                      • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
                      • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
                      • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
                      • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom

                      Preparation:

                      Switch the crock pot on its highest heat setting and let it preheat for 15 minutes, then put the nuts and butter in and stir well. Add the sugar, stir some more, then cook at a high heat for 15 minutes. Turn the heat down low, take the lid off the pot and cook the nuts for another 2 hours, stirring every once in a while. Then move the nuts into a bowl, combine the spices together and sift them over the nuts while stirring.

                      Serves: Up to 8

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                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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