Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Magic Button...not so much. Crockpot for the win!

So, I recently posted this to my FB: "I thought FOR SURE being a stay at home mom would be the magic button to making me love cooking. Wrong. So wrong. #dontdeceiveyourself #ihavenotime #Iwillpayyoutocookforme"

It's true. I've never been a "good" cook or have really liked cooking. I willfully bow out and hand over the expertise of cooking to someone else. 

Being that I am a stay at home mom now, I really do want to tackle this chore (yes it's a chore to me) much better. I'm the type that starts looking for meals online, starts a list, but then gets overwhelmed by it all, and I just give up and end up winging it at the grocery store. 

Our meals usually end up consisting of plan Jane chicken and some cooked veggies. On the dual side. Every now and then though I'll get "creative" and make something out of the norm, but not often enough. 

So here's my challenge to myself - to start pushing through the blah blah blah of cooking, buckle down and get-er-done! Instead of overwhelming myself with Martha Stewart type cooking goals/skills, I've decided to try making at least 2-3 new meals a week. I'm determined to figure out/and find healthy, delicious, quick meals that aren't so boring.

In all my 27 years (6 years of marriage) I've used the crockpot once. This has got to stop. Today I put my foot down and turned on my crockpot! I'm starting this new venture with this Cream Cheese Chicken Chili crockpot meal I found over at Rita's Recipes

My modifications to this recipe:

  • I didn't use frozen chicken
  • I used frozen corn 
  • Added 1 cup of water in place of the corn juice
And it turned out perfect!

(Pic Source: Rita's Recipes)

This crockpot stuff is AH.mazing. Being a new mom is exhausting. I have the most energy earlier in the day so making dinner (putting it all in the crockpot) is awesome. It sure beats trying to muster up energy at the end of the day in order to make dinner. 

Whoever invented the crockpot. You. Are. Boss. #winning

If you have any awesome crockpot recipes, please please share them!! I'm desperate over here. ;) Would love to try them and post how it went. I will also be pinning the meals that I try over here on Pinterest


  1. BBQ Ribs
    Rub ribs (I usually get babyback pork ribs) w/ salt & pepper
    Braise Ribs in skillet or under broiler until browned
    Chop a couple medium sized onions - place in bottom of crock pot
    Add ribs
    Cover with one jar of your favorite BBQ sauce
    Let cook until meat comes off bone easily w/ fork.

  2. These are both winners:




  3. Love it! I'm not a huge fan of the cooking either, although I'm getting better. I've actually gotten excited about a thing or two. Here's our favorite crock pot recipe! The glaze does make it a little more work but it's not to bad. We eat it with brown rice and steamed broccoli!

  4. Oh my ! The crockpot is our best friend, seriously. A few of my favorite things to make are, salsa chicken, Hawwiian chicken, and snack meatballs... If you're interested let me know (: