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Crock-Pot Recipes for Cold Winter Months

Several fans have requested Crock-Pot recipes for cold winter months.  Crock-Pots (and all slow cookers) are fantastic—you just pop everything in there and set it, and when you get home, you've got a hot meal all ready to go.  For those of us strapped for time, it's a real lifesaver.


Crock-Pot with Meal


I did some research online to find some great, easy slow cooker recipes that you all might want to try.  Most of the ingredients can be found at Grocery Outlet, and also, we sometimes have slow cookers in stock in our housewares aisle.


Crock Pot Thyme Chicken

2 cup chicken stock
½ cup white wine
½ tbl dried thyme
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 lemon (cut in half)
3 lbs (1.5kg) chicken pieces (you can use whatever is on special: thighs, breasts, etc., as long as it's 3 lbs)

1. Place everything except the lemon and chicken in the Crock Pot.
2. Give the lemon a bit of a squeeze into the crock and then add the entire lemon (yes the entire thing).
3. Mix it all together.
4. Add the chicken and stir around as best you can to coat all in the liquid.
5. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.*
6. To serve I poured out some of the liquid into a saucepan, added about a tablespoon of corn starch (cornflour) that was dissolved in water and brought it to the boil for a thick, thyme gravy.

Serves 4-6. Serve with rice or mashed potato and vegetables.

*Cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours - know your own crock pot! Many of the newer ones cook hotter and thus faster and you may need to reduce the time! And on some of the older models you may be able to happily cook for a few more hours without detriment. 

(recipe from A Crock Cook)


Crock-Pot Chicken Soup

3 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon leaf thyme
3 Tablespoons dry parsley flakes
1 package frozen peas (10 oz.)
1 2-1/2 to 3 lb. whole fryer
4 cups water or chicken stock
1 cup noodles

1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker/Crock Pot, except noodles, in order listed.
2. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours, or HIGH 4 to 6 hours.
3. One hour before serving, remove chicken and cool slightly.
4. Remove meat from bones and return meat to slow cooker/Crock Pot. Add noodles.
5. Turn to HIGH. Cover and cook 1 hour.
(Recipe from Moms Who Think)

Crock-Pot Beef Casserole

2 large potatoes, sliced
2 to 3 medium carrots, sliced
1 (#2) can peas, well drained
3 medium onions, sliced
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, browned
2 stalks celery, sliced
10 oz. can tomato soup
10 oz. can water

1. Place layers of the vegetables in the order given in crock pot. Season each layer with salt and pepper.
2. Put the lightly browned ground beef on top of the celery. Mix the tomato soup with the water and pour over the layers.
3. Cover and set on low for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally.
(Recipe from Moms Who Think)

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