One of the best things to make meal prep easier during the week is to use your crock pot! I absolutely LOVE using my crock pot to prepare meals. You can throw in all the ingredients for the recipe, turn it on, and head off to work or move on to other tasks. When you get home or it is close to dinner time, you have an amazing meal ready to go with very little additional time needed to get it on the table.
It is especially great to use in the winter time as soups and chili are great meals on cold nights but can work well for you in the summer to get a meal on the table without having to heat up the kitchen by using the oven.
Below is a collection of some of my favorite crock pot recipes and ones that make meal prep so much easier during the week. Enjoy!
Pork Carnitas are easy and versatile. You can shred the meat and use it for tacos or to top a salad!
This easy shredded chicken recipe is a great one to fix on the weekends and store in individual servings for the family in the freezer. Great in casseroles, for tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, or on salads!
Irish Beef Stew is one of my favorites! Fixing it actually today as I type this. I love this meal and if you purchase the frozen mashed potatoes from Ore-Ida that take 10 minutes in the microwave – you have a quick meal when you get home after a long day!
Another all time favorite, Swiss Steak! This one can be low carb as well if you omit the rice. This is also great as left overs the next day!
Roast! Yum! Need I say more! This is super easy and falling apart when you get home in the crock pot – juicy, good flavor, and if you throw in your veggies too you have a complete meal!
Tangy Meatballs are great meal option if you use rice as a side with the meatballs. Works well also as an appetizer for parties!
I’m a southern gal, so I can eat chicken and dumplings at any time of the year. Yum! These are super easy and require a little bit more time towards the end, but SO worth it.
This is my all time favorite chili. I normally fix it on the stove-top, but it can be adapted to cook in the crock pot. Mix all your ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours! This also makes a lot so you can freeze left overs for a future meal.
Another of my favorite chili recipes. This one is a great alternative when you want to use chicken instead of beef. Also makes enough to freezer for an additional meal depending on the size of your family.
What are some of your favorite crock pot meals? Leave me a comment as I’m always looking to add more to my collection!
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