Meal Plan Monday-Crockpot Style!

Posted on September 24th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

This week I am doing something different for meal planning. Everything is going to be a crockpot meal. First of all, I love crockpot food. I love how all the flavors meld together for one amazing flavor. I love how there are ALWAYS leftovers. I love how most crockpot meals are cheap. I love how there is less work to do at the end of the day when my energy is zapped from spending the day with my two little ones. Crockpot meals are every mom’s friend!

So here is what I am making. I am also trying a lot of new recipes, so forgive me if they are horrible. We are experimenting too!

Crockpot pizza-The name just sounds amazing. I have a recipe for a pizza casserole that is a family favorite. THIS recipe is very similar, but in a crockpot.  This is definitely going to be a family pleaser.

Strogganoff-This is one of my tried and true and it’s wonderful. It’s such a comfort food. My eventual goal is to find an alternative to the golden mushroom soup, but it works for now. My kids even like THIS recipe! It freezes wonderfully too so I always double it!

Roasted chicken-Did you know you can roast a whole chicken in a crockpot? It’s as easy as washing your chicken inside and out and throwing it in your crockpot for 6-8 hours on low with your favorite seasonings. I like to stuff the inside of my chicken with garlic, apples and onions then rub butter and garlic salt on the outside. It also makes great broth to save for when you need broth.

Pulled pork-This is proof that not every crockpot meal has to be a casserole type thing. I simply put a pork roast in the crock pot with nothing else other than some seasonings. I let it cook for about 8 hours on low. It will make it’s own juices, so leave those in there. Then shred your pork after 7 hours then  stick it back in the crockpot with BBQ sauce and let it cook on high for another hour. I like to cook it on high to caramelize the BBQ sauce.  This also freezes wonderfully so cook two.

Curry chicken-You can even make ethnic foods in your crockpot. Indian food is my absolute favorite food ever. Unfortunately we don’t have an Indian restaurant anywhere near us so I am left to making it on my own. THIS recipe is another new one for me, but with the ingredients listed, I can’t go wrong!

What’s on the menu for you this week?



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