Having a good, trusty crockpot is a real time saver and a sure way to beat mealtime blues. Crockpots are ideal for apartment cooking, as it is safe and requires little space. For roommates, crockpot cooking makes mealtime a far easier chore to share.
The abundance of freshly-harvested produce makes fall season the best time to get some hearty, yet easy crockpot recipes done as vegetables, fruits and meat are at their freshest and cheapest. Each recipe uses a standard 3-quart crockpot.
Affordable Crockpot Family Meal
Great-tasting and nutritious family meals need not be expensive and fussy when we let the crockpot do the hard work for us. For instance, nothing beats the toil of a long day better than opening your apartment door to the welcoming fragrance of Cranberry Pork Roast in a silently simmering crockpot.
Rich in protein and antioxidants, fresh fall cranberries and oranges provide affordable twist to this savory dish while the rest of the ingredients are easily found in most kitchens. The secret to this delectable dish is to use the freshest, leanest pork loin you can find. Two pounds of pork is good for eight servings.
Start by mixing a cup of chopped cranberries with some orange juice and its grated peel, a tablespoon of chopped onions and grated ginger. Add apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Pour half of the mixture in the crockpot, add the pork, then pour the remaining mixture to cover the meat.
Seal the crockpot and set on Low for seven hours. You need to check just once to see if the meat comes off tenderly with a fork. Carefully transfer the pot roast to a serving dish and slice into desired thickness. Top with the cooked cranberry mixture its ready to serve. Yummy!
Easy Crockpot Dish to Share or Save
Crockpot cooking is heaven sent for those times when we need to whip up a hefty batch of meals. This Slow-Baked Mac and Cheese recipe is an easy and cheap crockpot dish yet packed with protein and calcium.
Ready in two and a half hours, it’s best to share to friends and neighbors alike or to save for a dreary fall afternoon. A half pound of elbow macaroni is good for about 10 people. You probably have most of the ingredients just sitting in your kitchen shelf or fridge like milk, eggs, butter and cheese.
In a bowl, mix a cup of any regular milk with a small can of evaporated milk. Add three beaten eggs and two squares of butter. Season with salt and pepper, then whisk away until smooth. Pour this mixture in the crockpot and add about three cups of finely shredded cheese (cheddar and mozzarella are fine). Lay the cooked elbow macaroni on this mixture, gently leveling with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then top with half a cup grated Parmesan cheese.
Seal the crockpot and set on High for 30 minutes, then reduce the setting to Low for two hours. A fine custard-like coating will set on top of the dish. Sprinkle with leftover grated Parmesan cheese and toasted bread crumbs. Serve and share!
Fun and Fuss-Free Crockpot Dessert
Who would think that dainty treats can be made out of crockpots, simply using the most ubiquitous fall produce and some sweets from the candy store? Wait until you scoop out a spoonful of Hot Crockpot Caramel Apples, a slow-cooked dessert rich in fiber and vitamins.
This fragrant treat calls for cheap candied confections in place of expensive sauces, and yields five large servings or ten if shared, within four hours. It’s a fun recipe too, and great to prepare with kids (and kids at heart).
Peel and core five whole apples and fit them on the crockpot evenly. On the cored slot of each apple, pour two tablespoons brown sugar, two cinnamon candies (such as Red Hots), two caramel squares and one tablespoon butter. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired. Then slowly half a cup of apple juice over the filled apples.
Seal the crockpot and set on Low for 4 hours and its ready to serve. Scoop out each apple into individual dessert plates then pour the thick creamy sauce over each apple. Delightful!
Indeed, fall season and warm, nourishing food plus a cozy room filled with hungry family and friends all go together. Time for some easy crockpot recipes cooking away in your apartment this fall. What will you put in your crockpot today? Share your easy crockpot recipe to us in the comments or tag us @aptguide on Twitter!
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