As much we love fall, the cold weather can make us lose any motivation to cook a healthy meal after a long day. The takeout menus in the junk drawer may be calling your name, but you can resist the urge to waste your calories and cash by incorporating a crockpot into your life.
Throw some ingredients in before you leave for work and the crockpot will have a warm, comforting dinner waiting for you when you return home. Keep reading to learn the top reasons why a crockpot can be your new best friend this cold season!
Crock-Pot cooking is budget friendly, convenient, and healthy!
- It’s a well-known fact that buying in bulk can be cost effective in the long run. The Crock-Pot allows you to easily make a lot of food at once. Buy the ingredients to your favorite hearty stew or soup and make a couple of extra batches in the Crock-Pot. Keep the extras in your freezer for a later date and voila! You have a conveniently pre-made meal for those days you don’t feel like cooking. (It’s almost easier than ordering takeout).
- The Crock-Pot’s cooking technique—low temperature over an extended period of time—is perfect to soften up tougher cuts of meat. That’s good news for you because now you don’t have to splurge on expensive, tender meats. You can buy tougher, and subsequently cheaper, meat and after a day in the Crock-Pot, you won’t even be able to tell a difference.
- The Crock-Pot allows you to save time by significantly reducing cooking and cleaning time. Since the Crock-Pot cooks your meal for you during the day, you no longer have to spend time tending to a stovetop or oven. Also, most recipes are cooked in only one pot, so you’ll also only have one dish to wash after dinner. Those of you hate to cook and clean, rejoice!
Here are some recipes to check out if you need some help getting started.
Chicken Enchiladas: http://addapinch.com/cooking/chicken-enchiladas-recipe/
Tater Tot Casserole: http://www.tammileetips.com/2013/02/crock-pot-tater-tot-casserole/
Pot Roast with Gravy: http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/07/16/easy-crock-pot-pot-roast-with-gravy/
Beef Stroganoff: http://www.tammileetips.com/2013/02/crock-pot-beef-stroganoff/