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.
Cris here. It is back to school season here in Indiana and I was thrilled when the good people from Cans Get You Cooking asked me to share with you a little about how my pantry helps me feed my family on those busy school days. I instantly thought about all those really great quick prep recipes that are made possible because I can keep the key ingredients on hand in my pantry and throw into my crock pot in no time flat.
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 on those busy back-to-school days.
- Crock Pot Italian Pot Roast
- One Pot Sausage Dinner
- Crock Pot Italian Chicken
- Fiesta Slow Cooker Pork Chops
- Crock Pot Catalina Chicken Thighs
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!
- Crock Pot Green Beans
- Slow Cooker Beans and Weenies
- Fiesta Mac and Cheese
- Crock Pot Party Beans
- Crock Pot Spanish Rice
Programmable Crock Pot Giveaway Contest Over Here at Recipes That Crock we want to get you cooking too! We want to give one lucky reader a programmable crock pot to help them be able to utilize their pantry more! (Note: This giveaway is sponsored by Recipes That Crock.) Enter to Win CONTEST OVER ENTER: Just comment below and tell me what canned food you always keep on hand? BONUS ENTRY: Tell me which recipes above you are most interested in trying? Daily entries (and bonus entries) are allowed and all entries are on the honor system. Color and model is not guaranteed. Contest ends at midnight on 8/30/2016. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Winning slow cooker will be shipped to continental U. S. addresses only. Must be 18 to enter. GOODe Luck!