Monday, November 7, 2011

Cooking is a Crock

Do you cook? I try.. sometimes.

I've always like the idea of cooking, but have found the whole follow-through part of it tough. :) Mostly I never thought it was worth it to spend hours cooking for myself (when I was single) when I was perfectly happy eating a sandwich or cheese and crackers or a bowl of cereal. Since I've been married, I've tried to cook more and more, but it still gets overwhelming for me at times. All those ingredients! Sheesh! 

Anyhoo, one thing I have utilized lately is my crock pot.  I love that I can throw something in there in the morning and come home to a delicious smelling house and dinner basically just waiting for us. Here are a few crock pot recipes I've tried lately that I definitely recommend. Both were discovered on my virtual BFF, Pinterest.

I cut this whole recipe in half- we don't need 10-12 servings around here. Though you could probably freeze half of it... Hmmmm. Note to self.

- 5lbs Russet Potatoes, washed but NOT peeled. Diced into 1/2 inch(ish) cubes
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 10 cloves of garlic, whole
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 16 oz cream cheese (I used 8oz regular and 8oz lowfat)
- 1 TBS seasoned salt or all-purpose seasoning (I use Aunt Cora's Soulful Seasoning)

- Crumbled bacon
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Green onions

- Add potatoes, onion, garlic, seasoning and chicken stock to slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.
- Remove and puree the garlic cloves along with 1/2 to 1/3rd of the soup, and then reintroduce to the remainder in the crock pot.
- Stir in the cream cheese and allow to melt. Stir every 10-15 minutes until soup is well blended.
- Top with your choice of garnishes & serve!

Yields about 10-12 servings.


1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I only used 2 chicken breasts)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup salsa
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup sour cream


1. Mix soup, salsa and taco seasoning in the bottom of your crockpot. Sink chicken breasts into the mixture, covering completely. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours depending on size of chicken breasts.

2. Remove chicken, shred and return to the crockpot. Add sour cream and mix well. Heat until everything is warmed through. Enjoy.

I served over tortilla chips. YUM!

You should definitely try these out. Perfect for a rainy, fall day like today. Let me know if you do and like them! Any great crock pot recipes up your sleeve that I should try?  Please share- clearly I need help in the kitchen! :)


  1. So glad you posted this! I may have to give it another go! I was going to ask for that chicken recipe!

  2. ....or some tortillas with ketchup. Well, aren't you glad I bought you that crock pot now?! We had that potato soup again last week:) is yum.

  3. Ooh, I must try these. Not only are they non-intimidating recipes, they're comfort foods. My kind of cooking!

    (Oh! Evie is the middle name we picked out for our Peanut, whenever she decides to arrive! Seeing your darling Evie makes me love our choice even more. Thx so very much for your kind comments on the nursery!!)

  4. these are right up my alley! i am such good intentions to cook, and then i remember that i don't like it that much:) ha!


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