Tuesday, April 14, 2015

3 Super Wonderful Crock Pot Recipes!

Who doesn't love crock pot recipes? 

As far as I'm concerned, they're pretty much the best invention ever. I love being able to throw a bunch of stuff together, leave for the day, and come home knowing that is all cooked to perfection with the least amount of effort possible.

 These are a few of my favorite recipes:

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks:
I know I had the exact measurements for a recipe like this, but I've come to find that it doesn't really matter. You can pretty much throw anything in this pot with chicken and it will come out delicious.

Step 1: Get chicken drumsticks (or whatever cut you prefer) and stack in the crock pot. I usually do about 6 at a time (mine is smaller) so you don't want them to be too packed in. 
Step 2: Take about a cup of ketchup (or bbq sauce of your choice) 1/4 c. Brown sugar and a couple tablespoons of soy sauce and mix together in a bowl. Pour over the chicken- if it doesn't cover  a lot of it go ahead and add more. I would rather have too much sauce then not enough so the chicken doesn't burn and gets nicely marinated.
Step 3: Cook on low for about 8 hours. At about 4 hours check the chicken and stir the mixture, making sure that all of the pieces are coated.

And boom. Delicious bbq chicken!

BBQ  Pulled Pork:

I made this recently when we had the division from the boat over for dinner. It is super simple and tastes delicious- plus it makes a ton of food.

Pick up one of these little packets from the grocery store. It has the recipe on the back so you can find everything you need while you're shopping- I love these seasonings.

The recipe calls for about 1/2 cup of ketchup, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, plus the seasoning mix. Mix this together as a sauce and pour over the pork.

The best pork to use is 3 lbs of pork shoulder. I had to improvise because the smallest shoulder at the commissary was 9.5 lbs (so huge..) so instead I got 3 lbs of pork loin. It worked fine, but I had to start shredding it a little earlier and it was a lot more tough to shred (normally it starts falling apart by itself) and the meat itself is more dry. Still turned out pretty delicious though!

Serve on a bun with a couple of delicious sides- like home baked beans and sweet potato edamame hash!

Turkey Picatta:

This one requires a tiny bit more effort but is still very simple and is very low calorie! Only about 200 calories per serving and has 27 g of protein. 

Step 1: Combine 2.5 tbs of flour and a dash of salt and pepper into a bowl (or big ziplock bag) and coat your strips of turkey breast. (Get about 1 lb of turkey breast and slice into pieces)

Step 2: Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and add turkey. Cook about 3-5 min until it is browned on all sides.


Step 3: Put in crock pot and add 1/2 cup of fat free chicken broth and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. I like to throw a couple slices of lemon in there with it for added flavor. Cook on low for 2 hours and serve over rice! 
(add parsley for garrnishing)