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    Crockpot Meals
    crunk05177 posted:
    I have never been much of a cook at all...and I mean I really can't cook to save my life haha! I know the school year will be over real soon but right now we have something almost everyday after school. Nathan started tball, Michael has Boy Scouts and karate and I see a doctor every Monday. We have been eating so crappy lately it is gross haha! Can anyone suggest any extremely easy, healthy crockpot meals we could try? Thanks in advance!
    Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (6) and DS2 - Nathan (3 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    sarah0323 responded:
    I make a few things in the crock pot. I really don't measure when I cook just eye ball to what works for my family. If you wan't specific amounts let me know.

    Sweet and Sour Chicken
    cube some chicken breasts or thighs, green peppers, onions and carrots. Layer in the crock pot with drained can of chunk pineapple (reserve juice). Mix some ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, salt, pepper and corn starch and pour of chicken and veggies. Cook on low. Serve over rice.

    Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    Pork butt covered in BBQ sauce. Cook on low. Shred when done and serve on buns.

    Chicken Fajita's
    Cut chicken, onions and green peppers into strips and put in crock pot. I use a fajita spice packet and cook on low and then serve with warm tortilla's and sour cream.

    The biggest thing that I find is helpful is to have a menu. We may not have that item on a certain day of the week but I know what I have on hand and I don't have to think about it. I make a lot of soups and stews. On a slower day I may make a few things to just have on hand and leave in the fridge of freezer. In the summer it isn't uncommon for me to make potato salad or baked beans on Sunday and just put it in the fridge for a crazy night when all I can manage is to throw burgers on the grill.
    Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
    mrswhitecastle replied to sarah0323's response:
    Those recipes sound really good!

    I agree with making out a menu. It takes a lot of pressure off on busy days to know what is for dinner and know that you have everything you need.

    As the weather warms up, I find myself doing less cooking. We eat more raw fresh fruits and veggies. I usually make a nice salad one night and cut up all my veggies for the week. It's so nice to just pull a Tupperware container out with pre-sliced fruits and veggies ready to go. We also tend to eat sandwiches more often -- sliced turkey breast/chicken, ham, cheese, etc.
    Emily (8) Elizabeth (6)
    baby1at35 replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
    I really do not like cooking. I have kind of made theme type Wednesday is Waffle Wednesday (we make breakfast for dinner). The boys love Wed. breakfast /dinner.
    I just found a crock pot recipe for Lasanga. Looks good...I may try that one.
    In the summer we do tend to eat more fruits/veggies too.
    I need to be better at meal planning though.
    Me (43) 2 busy boys 7 yrs and 6 yrs
    crunk05177 responded:
    Thanks so much for the ideas! More are welcome

    Sarah - I am going to try the sweet and sour chicken tomorrow!! Thank you!

    MrsWhitecastle - I try to stay away from sandwhiches at night because that's what I give the kids for lunch at school. But you are right, as the summer comes, fresh fuits and veggies are def high on the list with us too. Thanks for the ideas!

    Baby1at35 - I am the SAME way!! Last month, we were in such a rush to get to a pack meeting that I brought frozen waffles and apple slices for my kids haha! We tend to have cereal nights where they choose their cereal and then I cut up a bunch of different fruits for everyone to share LOL!
    Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (6) and DS2 - Nathan (3 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    iocasta responded:
    I try keep it simple and we have a basic week day rotation because we are packed with swim practice five days a week and French tutoring plus DH doesn't get home until 7 p.m. most nights. This means I'm in charge of all afternoon activities, chores, homework, dinner plus fielding emails and like for the office. We also try to avoid meat during the week for health reasons. With summer time, like others, more fresh veggies. I always have on hand homemade red sauce. I do up about 4 weeks worth and freeze. This means spaghetti every week with a salad, so one day of the week is a total no brainer. I also make up my own pizza dough on Sunday put in the frig to pull out during the week. DH and I have things like spinach, red bell peppers . . . on ours. Levi just cheese. I make bread salad a lot in the summer. Also do a cold spaghetti salad with just dried basil, a little olive oil, and Reggiano Parmigiano. I make tuna sandwiches on rolls with just tuna and with either mayo or olive oil spread on the roll. This is also a once a week staple in our home. Wintertime less cold salad stuff more soups that can be made ahead on the weekend.
    miob responded:
    Chicken Ciaccatori - Freeze two chicken breasts (bone in). Place frozen chicken breasts in crock pot. Cover with 1 can tomato puree (or however you like your tomatoes!), 1 tsp oregano, 1 red pepper and onion (cut in chunks) and 1/4 cup white wine. Red pepper flakes to taste. I serve it with egg noodles. One of our favorites in the crockpot.
    seeit2 responded:
    Black Bean Chili:

    1 onion, 1 red bell pepper- chopped, 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 Tbsp chili powder, one 28-oz can crushed tomatoes, 2 cans black beans- rinsed and drained, one 4-oz can green chills-drained. Throw it all in crockpot for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 on high. You can put the whole thing together in the crockpot the night before and toss it in the fridge until the next morning.

    I omit the green chilis, add extra garlic and a few splashes of Tobasco instead. Yummy. You could also throw in frozen corn, green pepper, really any other veggies your family likes.
    Esmerelda Supercalifragilistic (42) DD (6) DS (3) Just eat it, will ya
    seeit2 replied to seeit2's response:
    oops - there is a cup of water in there too
    Esmerelda Supercalifragilistic (42) DD (6) DS (3) Just eat it, will ya
    jlynnpaine responded:
    I make a menu for the month. Each week I try to do one pasta dish, one dish with burger, one Mexican dish, an easy dinner on Mondays like wraps or burgers, and then just mix up the rest so that we have plenty of leftovers for lunches for DH and I. I keep a list of about 45 recipes that we like and use that to make my menu each month.

    My alltime favorite crockpot recipe is Chicken Taco soup. It's SO easy and makes lots and is delicious. I have a gigantic crockpot so you may have to put less in yours if it's not huge.

    Two chicken breasts (you can either cook and shred these in advance, which is what I usually do or do it after the soup is done but it's a PITA), 2 cans each of 3-4 different kinds of beans (I generally use kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, and red beans, but have used others such as garbanzo beans as well), 2 cans of sweet corn, a can of Rotel, a can or bottle of whatever beer you have (or water if you prefer), and then just a bunch of taco seasoning to taste. My kids lose their mind over this soup and it's even better the second day. We serve it with corn chips we fry up from tortillas and top with shredded cheese.
    sarah0323 replied to jlynnpaine's response:
    I make something similar but with ground beef. It is a big hit here too.
    Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
    crunk05177 replied to jlynnpaine's response:
    A menu for the month? Wow, I really need to get organized. I envy you guys!

    Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes. I have been printing them all out and I am going to try each one. If anyone else has more, keep em coming!
    Me (29), DH (31), DS1 - Michael (6) and DS2 - Nathan (3 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    baby1at35 responded:
    Crock Pot Lasagna

    1 pound Ground Beef
    Lasagna noodles
    1 jar spaghetti sauce
    1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
    ... 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    Brown ground beef and drain. Spoon 1 C. spaghetti sauce in bottom of 4 quart crock pot. Mix remaining sauce with beef. Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce in crock pot. Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles. Spread 3/4 C. cottage cheese over meat. Sprinkle 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese. Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese and 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese. Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Cook on low for 4 hours.
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    Me (43) 2 busy boys 7 yrs and 6 yrs
    jlynnpaine replied to crunk05177's response:
    I only buy groceries in the city once a month and then buy fresh produce as needed in town in between. So it's no big deal to plan the menu since I have everything on hand for the whole month.

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