3 Easy & Delicious Crockpot Recipes for Beginners 0 821

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If you’re always in a rush and barely have the time to put together a sandwich, then buying a crockpot will make your life significantly easier. A crockpot or slow cooker allows you to make a wide range of one-pot meals. This kitchen appliance does a wonderful job of bringing out the flavors in different dishes. Here are some of our favorite recipes.

Mac & Cheese (Serves 4)

When you’re in the mood to treat yourself, but don’t feel like making too much effort, our Mac & Cheese recipe will save your day. This Mac & Cheese tastes a million times better than any boxed version, and doesn’t require a lot of work!

Ingredients

  • ½ lb elbow macaroni ( or any short tube pasta of your choice)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can whole milk
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (optional)
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp turmeric
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. Combine macaroni, evaporated milk, whole milk, cheddar cheese, cream cheese and parmesan cheese in a crockpot. Season with paprika, garlic powder, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  2. Cook on high for two hours. Then check every 15 minutes till the pasta is al dente and sauce has thickened. 
  3. Serve hot topped with toasted bread crumbs.

Chicken & Dumplings (serves 2)

Try our Chicken & Dumplings if you’re looking for the perfect comfort food for cosy night-ins. The one-pot delicious and nutritious meal is suitable for busy parents.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of chicken cream soap
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 1 small shallot (chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • ½ can biscuits
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. On the bottom of a crockpot, spread a layer of shallots. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and oregano and place it on top of chopped shallots.
  2. Add chicken cream soup and chicken broth along with bay leaf and cloves. Cook on high for 3 hours or till the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Open the crockpot, remove and discard bay leaf and cloves. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Add carrots, celery and frozen peas.
  4. Cut biscuits into bite-sized pieces. Stir everything together.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 1 to 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.

 

Fudgy Brownie (Makes 10)

Treat yourself to these scrumptious Fudgy Brownies. Moist and chocolatey- the ultimate indulgence.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or Masienda flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ½ chocolate chips of choice
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Parchment paper

Method

  1. Lightly spray the bottom of the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Line it with parchment paper and spray another coat.
  2. Take a bowl and whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips with butter. Microwave in 30-seconds intervals and stir in between till smooth consistency. Stir in sugar, wait for the mixture to cool a bit and then add eggs.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture until thoroughly combined. Avoid over mixing.
  5. Transfer to the prepared crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours and then uncovered for 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely before cutting into pieces. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

Final Words

Apart from being easy to operate, clean and maintain, crockpots are also highly energy-efficient. To enjoy greater energy savings, compare electricity prices and switch to a competitively-priced plan. If you’re on the market for a new plan, check out Energy Australia reviews.

 

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