As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, there is no better feeling than coming home to homemade comfort food. The problem is that most of us work and don’t have the time to make food like this onthe regular. Sure, you could go out and buy it, but why would you when the ingredients cost about half the price?

If you have a Crock-Pot you can make all these dishes and more with very little effort involved and for a fraction of the price of buying one of these dishes at a restaurant. As a general rule of thumb, all you need to do is cut up all the ingredients and dump them in the Crock-Pot with some water when you get up in the morning and then proceed to go about your day. When you come home, there will be a piping hot, nutritious meal waiting for you.

The great thing with this method of cooking is that it makes enough to feed the whole family or, if you live alone, you can store it for several days and the flavors only improve.

So, let’s get down to business and do some cooking with next to no effort at all.

1. Three-Cheese Mashed Potatoes


Cooking Time:4 hours

4 cloves garlic
2 lb potatoes
salt and pepper
cup butter
cup grated cheddar cheese
4 oz cream cheese
cup milk
cup grated parmesan cheese

2. Crockpot Meatballs


Cooking Time:3 – 3 hours

2 cups grape jelly
18 oz barbecue sauce
2 lb frozen meatballs

3. Spinach & Artichoke Dip


Cooking Time:2 hours

2 14 oz cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
8 oz sour cream
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
cup grated parmesan cheese
cup milk
cup crumbled feta cheese
cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 oz cream cheese, cubed

4. Corn and Jalapeo Dip


Cooking Time: 2 hours

4 slices bacon
2 tablespoons chives
3 15 oz cans corn, whole kernel
2 jalapeos
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 oz cream cheese
cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup pepper jack cheese
cup sour cream

5. Blueberry Breakfast Casserole


Cooking Time:2 hours

2 cups blueberries
1 Egg
1 cup cream of wheat
1 cup long cooking oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
teaspoon salt
cup oil
cup walnuts
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk

6. Cheesy Broccoli


Cooking Time:2 hours

2 12 oz. packages of frozen baby broccoli florets
2 cans Campbells cheddar cheese coup
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper

7. Pork Loin With Gravy


Cooking Time:5 hours

1 lb pork loin
2oz pork roast gravy mix
10 oz cream of mushroom soup
cup water

8. Beef Stew


Cooking Time:10 hours

2 lb beef stew meat
2 cups baby carrots
2 celery stalks
1 cup frozen corn
2 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 cups frozen peas
4 small red potatoes, diced (about 3 cups)
32 oz beef broth
1 6oz can tomato paste
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
cup flour
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
cup water

9. Southwestern Chicken and Rice


Cooking Time:5 hours

3 chicken breasts
1 3 oz. can green chiles
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn
4 garlic cloves
1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium red onion
14 oz tomatoes
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup long grain rice
teaspoon ground black pepper
teaspoon chili powder
teaspoon paprika
teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups colby jack cheese
2 cups water

10. BBQ Wings


Cooking Time:4 hours

12 chicken wings
1 cup bbq sauce
1 can Coca Cola

11. Chicken Noodle Soup


Cooking Time:7 hours

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 bay leaf
2 cups carrots
3 celery stalks
3 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
teaspoon dried thyme
1 medium onion
6 cups chicken broth
2 cups wide egg noodles
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
1 cup water

12. Pulled Pork


Cooking Time:8 hours

2 lb pork shoulder/butt trimmed of excess fat
2 4 oz cans green chilies
1 12 oz can Cherry Coke (1 cups)
cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
teaspoon smoked paprika
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon red pepper flakes
zest of 1 orange
1 cup bbq sauce

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