Crock Pot Cooking: Fast, Cheap & Oh So Good

One of the best gifts I have ever received in my life, was my Hamilton Beach Set 'n Forget Crock Pot. I have used this thing a gazillion times and it is just the best thing ever! I can put in a few ingredients, put the lid on and walk out the door. When I come home hours later, I have a savory and complete dinner ready for me for pennies on the dollar. I love it!!

As y'all know, I am a self proclaimed budget queen and I always try to get more bang for my buck & make every dollar stretch. My crock pot allows me to be able to feed myself & my boyfriends seemingly bottomless pit of a stomach for only a couple of bucks per meal.

I try to keep all meals around $2/per person & no more than $5/per person.

Those of you who eat fast food and think you're getting a good deal for $1 McChicken sandwich (*is it even chicken??) or a $5 combo meal, guess what? You can eat steak, potatoes and veggies for that price with little effort & still have left overs for lunch. Doesn't seem like a "value meal" now, does it. ;)

Last night, I made a chicken, rice and green bean meal for just over $5 for the two of us:
The Cost Breakdown:
*$3 for the chicken
*$1 Cream of Mushroom Soup
*$1 bag of boil-in-bag rice
*$0.50 cents for green beans
$5.50 for the whole meal, or $2.75 per person

"Chicken & Rice" Crock Pot Recipe:
*put 4 boneless skinless chicken cutlets in the crock pot
*pour in 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup & 1 can of milk
*1 bag of rice
*1 can of drained green beans 

Stir & let it cook on LOW for 4-5 hours.
That's it!

The chicken came out tasting sooo good! It was so tender and juicy. Highly recommend this recipe.
For dessert, I had "Crock Pot Dump Cake", which is so easy and addicting I might add. ;)

Crock Pot "Dump Cake":
*put (2) cans of pie filling on bottom of crock pot (blueberries, apples, whatever you like)
*combine 1/2 cup of melted butter & 1 package dry cake mix together, mix until crumbly
*sprinkle dry cake/butter mix over the fruit

Cook on LOW for 4 hours (or HIGH for 2 hours).
Optional: Serve with a scoop of vanilla custard ice cream & whipped cream

The cost depends on what kind of fruit you buy, but it's about $6 for the cans of pie filling (@$3/each), $1 for the dry cake mix, and a few bucks for the ice around $10 total if you don't have any coupons to chip away at the cost. It feeds at least 4-6 people, if not more.

**If you want to make the dump cake in the oven, which is even better, just put it in the oven @ 350 for 45-60 mins. Comes out looking & tasting like cobbler. So good!!

There are a ton of crock pot recipes out there for just about everything you can possibly imagine and Crock Pot Cookbooks that range from beginners to advanced. So no matter what your cooking skills are, you can rock a crock & make amazing tasting meals!

So if you have a crock pot but you just don't use it, go dust it off & put that baby to work!! If you don't have a crock pot..GET ONE!!! Worth the investment for sure. :)


OIK2 said...

I use my crock pot mostly for soups and chili that I freeze for lunches.

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