These easy crock pot recipes can be prepared in 5 minutes or less! Slow cooker recipes like these make busy back to school days so much easier and are a great way to use up your pantry canned food staples. These crock pot main dish and side recipes make it easy to throw together a home cooked meal in a snap for your family to enjoy for dinner after a busy day.
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Crock Pot Recipes Using Canned Goods
Cris here. Whether you are stuck at home or find yourself very busy juggling all the things, pantry cooking can help put dinner on the table quick and easy.
Below is a post we did with Cans Get You Cooking a while back when they asked me to share with you a little about how my pantry helps me feed my family on busy school days. I thought it might come in handy for those of us that are trying to cook through things we might already have on hand.
Cans Get You Cooking
I have always been a big fan of the convenience canned food offers me. By maintaining a well stocked pantry, I have a lot of options even when I do not have a lot of time. Aside from convenience, I also love the kind of flavors you can add to a dish straight from the can. Substituting chicken broth for water will almost always take the flavor up a notch in any crock pot recipe. Additionally, there are many canned beans, tomatoes, corn, etc. that have delicious additions like garlic, onion, basil, peppers, chilies and more already added into the can.
I love using these kinds of ingredients to make a nutritious home cooked meal for my family even when our schedules are crazy. But how does the nutritional content of canned foods stack up to their frozen and fresh counterparts? Studies conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, UC Davis and Oregon State University all concluded that canned foods have similar (or better) nutritional profiles as their fresh or frozen equivalents.
Main Dish Recipes Ready to Cook in 5 Minutes or Less
These crock pot main dish recipes are some of our go-to recipes that are super easy to throw together.
Easy Side Dishes for Busy Back- to- School Days
Truth be told, side dishes are often an afterthought in this house. I LOVE it when my slow cooker can help me not only put together a fantastic main dish but has my back with my side dishes. Here are some great side dishes that we love to crock!
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