Quick, Easy, and Affordable Crockpot Recipes

Quick, Easy, and Affordable Crockpot Recipes

Just like many of you and most families out there, we are all busy, like super busy!  So, not only do you need to come up with a dinner plan each night, but in our house something quick usually, something that does not take much time for prep.  We used to have a busy night each week, but it has gotten crazy, as life usually does and now it seems like my crockpot has become my dinner go to!  I am not a great cook by far, but I can make a good hot meal for my family of 5 everyday on a budget.  I wanted to share some of my super simple crockpot meals that I use on a regular basis around here.  Remember these meals, have little prep, little cost, and minimal ingredients, all something a busy family can benefit from!

Chicken-I always have frozen chicken breast on hand.  I stock up when I see the sales.

BBQ Chicken

  • 3-5 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I love Open Pit)

That is it! So, you put it in the crockpot (I always spray cooking spray or use a crockpot liner for easier clean up later) and cook all day.  Depending on your dinner time, you can cook on high or low 6-8 hrs.  Of course all crockpot temps vary so be sure to check and make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked before eating.  We are actually having this here tonight:) I will make a side of mashed potatoes, some green beans (Frozen, but were from our garden) and some crescent rolls.

 White Sauce Chicken

  • 3-5 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1-2 Jars of Ragu White Sauce (I say white sauce because it comes in different flavors, but we enjoy them all-Alfredo, 3 Cheese, and Parmesan Garlic)

That is it! So, you put it in the crockpot (I always spray cooking spray or use a crockpot liner for easier clean up later) and cook all day.  Depending on your dinner time, you can cook on high or low 6-8 hrs.  Of course all crockpot temps vary so be sure to check and make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked before eating. With this meal I cook some noodles up as well, usually rotini (my kids love those) and upon removing the chicken from the crockpot, I will shred it up some and then chicken and sauce will go over the noodles:)

Italian Chicken( this was first seen on Frugal Girls http://thefrugalgirls.com/2013/09/easy-crockpot-italian-chicken.html)

  • 3-5 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Bottle of Italian Dressing-we have used generic brands, name brands, and Olive Garden-all taste good

That is it! So, you put it in the crockpot (I always spray cooking spray or use a crockpot liner for easier clean up later) and cook all day.  Depending on your dinner time, you can cook on high or low 6-8 hrs.  Of course all crockpot temps vary so be sure to check and make sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked before eating.  With this, I again can pair noodles, or put it over rice, or serve a side of mashed potatoes.  My sides really depend on what I can find in my pantry:)

Pork-I also usually have frozen pork chops on hand as well-good thing to keep on hand and watch the sales.

BBQ Pork Chop

  • 3-5 Frozen Pork chops
  • 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (sweet, spicy, or hot-any BBQ sauce works:)

That is it! So, you put it in the crockpot (I always spray cooking spray or use a crockpot liner for easier clean up later) and cook all day.  Depending on your dinner time, you can cook on high or low 6-8 hrs.  Of course all crockpot temps vary so be sure to check and make sure your pork is thoroughly cooked before eating.  I have done a couple of things with this, you can serve as a whole pork chop, with some mashed potatoes or hashbrowns on the side, and a veggie or you can shred the pork chops up about 30 mins before serving and put back into crockpot, then serve on a bun as BBQ pulled pork.

Easy Crockpot Pork Chops

  • 3-5 Frozen Pork Chops
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1-2 cans of water (referring to the soup can)
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix (or can substitute with a cut up onion)

So, this one came out of having not many ingredients to work with.  Put it in the crockpot (I always spray cooking spray or use a crockpot liner for easier clean up later) and cook all day.  Depending on your dinner time, you can cook on high or low 6-8 hrs.  Of course all crockpot temps vary so be sure to check and make sure your pork is thoroughly cooked before eating.  I again like to serve this with a potato and veggies.

Meatball Subs

  • 1 bag of Frozen Meatballs (pre cooked)
  • 1 jar of Marinara sauce (any brand/flavor ok-whatever you like)

Ok, this is one last super easy crockpot go to for us, meatball subs.  Again I like to spray or use a liner in the crockpot for easy clean up, but since the meatballs are pre cooked, you don’t have to leave this one cooking all day.  I usually put this one on about 2pm for a dinner around 5-6pm.  Just put in the crockpot, stir up well and if around stir throughout a few times.  For serving, we use hot dog buns, add white cheddar cheese slice, and parmesan cheese sprinkled on as well.  We usually are in a hurry on these nights, so we add chips generally.  It is essentially our version of much more affordable subway supper:)

I hope these help you-I know I can not possibly be the only mom out there scrambling to feed my family, quick and affordable.  I hope these help you get started.

 

 

 

 

 

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