During the winter months, your crockpot comes in handy more ways than one. It's the perfect way to cook deeply flavored delicious comfort foods such as pot roast and casseroles. It fills the house with wonderful aromas that make you feel warm inside. And there's nothing like the feeling of knowing dinner is ready and waiting for you when you get home from work or school. These recipes are especially hearty and flavorful because they use winter foods such as potatoes, carrots, beef, and pork. Stews are perfect this time of year too. Enjoy these wonderful recipes all winter long.
This was one of the first recipes I ever posted at Busy Cooks. And it remains a favorite to this day. Just five ingredients transform ordinary boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a savory meal that's delicious served over pasta or rice. Or mashed potatoes! You can use any flavor cream soup (or bottled Alfredo sauce) you'd like, any type of cheese, and any vegetable. Mushrooms are delicious, but onions (and garlic too) are fabulous as well.
Beef Stroganoff is a special meal. And this easy version is good enough for company. I always add a package of baby carrots to my stroganoff, but you can omit them or slice some carrots and throw them into the pot. This should be served over hot cooked egg noodles tossed with a bit of butter. For some real decadence, toss the hot noodles with some sour cream before you ladle on the rich Stroganoff.
For St. Patrick's Day or any cold day, this meal is so good. Corned beef becomes meltingly tender cooked in the slow cooker. And the cabbage is added at the end of cooking time so it stays crisp-tender. Make sure to offer a couple of different types of mustard, or strain the cooking juices and serve as a dipping sauce.
Real Sauerbraten is a fabulous dish, but you must marinate the meat for days and cook it slowly in the oven. This shortcut version has all the flavor of the original, but none of the work! Frozen precooked meatballs, condensed tomato soup (I use an organic version) and gingersnap cookies are the secret ingredients.
This is the recipe I turn to in the winter when I'm pressed for time and just want to throw some ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about it. All you have to do is cut up the chicken, garlic, and onion, mix everything up, slap on the lid, turn it on (don't forget this step!) and walk away. Add some sturdy veggies such as sliced carrots if you'd like.
This easy stew is delicious and colorful, something nice to see in winter. Wild rice adds a sweet nutty note, and the peppers and pineapple are sweet. Frozen meatballs keeps the whole thing super easy. I love to serve this stew with some Onion Scones or Soft Garlicky Breadsticks that take just minutes to make.
I love all kinds of Chili. But my favorite is unconventional. Because it uses wild rice! The rice adds lots of fiber and wonderful texture to this rich chili. Remember, you can flavor your food any way you like. If you love spicy foods, throw in a couple of minced jalapeno peppers. And make sure to taste your food before you serve it. The slow cooker tends to mute flavors, so you may need more chili powder.