Grown-up gripe: It costs a small fortune to take your family (or self) out to dinner these days and the food isn’t even that good.
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What if you could cook a meal that tastes better than a restaurant, costs less than $2 and takes less than 5 minutes to make? And if that’s not enough, what about feeding your family of five for less than $10?
NO JOKE! Even if you can’t turn the stove ON, you can turn out a restaurant-quality meal while laughing all the way to the bank!
How you ask? With a good old fashioned crockpot? If you don’t have one check it out.
For the price of ONE takeout meal you can have a lifetime of easy meals in your arsenal.
Wow your loved ones once and for all!
To all you horrible cooks out there, here are 12 meals even a chimp could make.
Shopping lists are available with each recipe. Try them out, you’ll never go through another drive-through again.
12 4-ingredient crockpot recipes a chimp could make
1. SPAGHETTI WITH CREAMY PORK SAUSAGE SAUCE
Break up 1 lb of Italian Pork Sausage in the bottom of the crockpot. Top with a jar of your favorite pasta sauce. Mix well and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.
At the end of cooking add a half pint of heavy whipping cream and mix well to incorporate everything. Either eat like a thick soup or ladle over spaghetti. It’s so creamy you don’t even need cheese but if you can’t get enough, add some shaved Parmesan.
2. CRACK CHICKEN
Add 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, 16 ounces of cream cheese, 1 Ranch seasoning packet and hot sauce to taste to a crockpot.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours. When done shred chicken to incorporate all ingredients. Eat by itself or on a bun. Pair with a salad and green beans.
3. TACO TUESDAY
Add 2 pounds of ground beef (use any cut you want, I like 80/20 but you can go leaner) with one 16 ounce jar of salsa (your favorite kind) and 2 packets of taco seasoning.
Mix well to incorporate all the spices and salsa throughout the crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Break the meat up with a whisk (yes you read that right-it minces the meat up) and serve on taco shells or lettuce with your favorite toppings. I use lettuce, cheese, sour cream and salsa. These are the kids’ FAV!
4. ITALIAN BEEF SANDWICHES
Trim fat off a 3-pound chuck roast and cut into 6 chunks then place in the crockpot.
Add Italian dressing seasoning packet, 8 oz of Chicago-style Giardiniera and 8 oz of pepperoncini peppers to the beef. For liquid add 14.5 ounces of water or beef broth.
Cook on low for 9 hours. Open lid and shred beef, cook for another hour.
Serve on Italian bread/hoagie rolls with peppers, Giardiniera or cheese if desired.
5. CRUSTLESS SAUSAGE AND PEPPERONI PIZZA
Smash 1 lb of Italian Pork Sausage on the bottom of a crockpot. Top with a 14-ounce jar of pizza sauce, be sure to spread across all the nooks and crannies of the meat.
Add 2 cups of shredded Italian cheese and top with pepperoni slices. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4.
For added crispness (though this post is about crockpot cooking) turn broiler onto 450 and broil for 1 minute or so until cheese bubbles up and browns (not burnt).
6. BARBECUE PULLED PORK
Add 1 thinly sliced onion to the bottom of the crockpot and place the 4-pound pork shoulder roast on top.
Pour in 1 and 1/2 cups of water along with another thinly sliced onion on top.
Cover and cook the pork on low for 8 hours or 4-5 hours on high then drain all the liquid.
Shred the meat and discard the fatty parts. Add back to the crockpot with 1 16 ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce.
Cook on low for 2-4 more hours. Serve on buns or without with beans or coleslaw.
7. HAWAIIAN CHICKEN
Add 2 lbs of chicken tenderloins along with 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup soy sauce to the crockpot. Mix together and cook on low 6-8 hours.
Eat by itself or serve with rice or couscous.
8. CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
Chop onion into large chunks and place on the bottom of the crockpot, then add 1 3-4 pound corned beef brisket and seasoning packet.
Add 3 cups of water until it covers the corned beef. Cook on low 8-10 hours.
4 hours into cooking add 2 lbs of peeled and cut up potatoes along with 2 sliced carrots.
2 hours before serving cut up a cabbage head into quarters and add to crockpot.
When cooking time is up, take corned beef out and let rest 15 minutes before carving.
9. GOOD OLD FASHIONED CHILI
Add 1 lb of 85/15 ground beef along with 3T of chili powder to the crockpot. Mix to incorporate the spices throughout the meat. Add your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce and once again mix well. Pour in your cans of chili beans, give it one last mix and wait.
Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for at 5 hours. Add toppings such as cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped onions/chives, oyster crackers as desired. So good!
10. WHITE CHICKEN CHILI
Add 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, 6 cups of chicken stock and 2 cups of salsa verde. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
In the last 30 minutes, add 2 cans of cannellini beans (white kidney beans).
11. BEEF TIPS AND GRAVY
Add 2 lbs of beef stew meat, 1 can of condensed golden mushroom soup, 1 can of condensed cream of onion soup and 1 packet of onion soup mix in crockpot.
Mix well to incorporate all ingredients and cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. If it’s too thick for your taste after cooking, add a little water to your desired consistency.
Serve over rice, mashed potatoes or bread with green beans to complete the meal.
12. CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
Add 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts and 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup to the Crockpot. Cook on low 5 hours.
Open up the lid and shred chicken. Add a frozen bag of mixed vegetables and tear 2 cans of refrigerated biscuits into pieces and mix.
Cook for 60 minutes longer until dumplings are cooked. Mix well and serve piping hot.
These 12 four-ingredient meals you don’t need to use a stove or oven for feed at least five people and cost less than $10 to make.
It’s as easy as plopping a few ingredients in the crockpot and forgetting about it (until the amazing aromas hit the air!) Hope you enjoy! Click here to check out other posts!
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