Frugal and Easy Crock Pot Meals

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Frugal & Easy Crock Pot Meals

 

Looking for frugal  and easy crock pot meals that you can just throw in your crock pot for an easy dinner.  Check out these delicious recipes for quick and easy weeknight dinners. And your kids will be sure to love!!!

Crock pot cooking is a great way to save time and money. And the best part about it is that you can just set it and forget it. Throw all you ingredients in you slow cooker, program it to start any time you desire and arrive home for a  ready made dinner.  What could be easier!!

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken
Easy and delicious Hawaiin Chicken your kids are sure to love!!
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Cook Time
4 hr
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle of honey BBQ sauce
  2. 3 to 4 chicken breasts (I used Zaycon chicken breasts)
  3. 8oz can of crushed pineapple
Instructions
  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with a non stick spray.
  2. Layer the chicken, crushed pineapple, and BBQ sauce.
  3. Turn the slow cooker on low for four hours. (At about the two hour mark, I stirred mine.)
  4. Make sure you use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  5. Serve over rice or pasta. I used my rice cooker to make white rice. My rice cooker is another kitchen appliance that saves me a ton of time!
Notes
  1. Check out more great recipes at Penny Pincher Jenny @ http://pennypincherjenny.com/
Adapted from Penny Pincher Jenny
Money Minded Mom http://www.moneymindedmom.com/
Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken
Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken was a hit with my kids!!
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Cook Time
6 hr
Cook Time
6 hr
Ingredients
  1. One container or square of cream cheese
  2. One Packet of Italian dressing seasoning
  3. Chicken Breast (love my chicken from Zaycon don’t know what Zaycon is? See why I love it -> here)
  4. Can of cream of chicken
CROCK POT CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN DIRECTIONS
  1. Spray your crock pot with nonstick spray (I use my ->Homemade Non Stick Spray)
  2. Place in your chicken breasts
  3. Place cream cheese and cream of chicken on top of the chicken breasts
  4. Sprinkle packet of IItalian dressing seasoning over the ingredients
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (I stirred half way through to make sure it was all mixed up)
  6. Serve with rice or pasta
Notes
  1. For more great recipes check out Penny Pinchen Jenny @ http://pennypincherjenny.com/
Adapted from Penny Pincher Jenny
Money Minded Mom http://www.moneymindedmom.com/
Crockpot Drumsticks with Fresh Tomato BBQ Sauce
I love cooking drumsticks. There are lots of different things to do with them and they are so cheap. Plus they are so easy to make when you can just throw them in the crockpot!
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Ingredients
  1. Chicken Drumsticks
  2. tomatoes or canned tomatoes
  3. salt
  4. brown sugar or succanat
  5. garlic powder
  6. onion
Instructions
  1. Cut up the onion and fry in olive oil.
  2. After the onion cooked down a little I added the garlic powder, salt, tomatoes, and succanat.
  3. I let this simmer for a while for the flavors to come together.
  4. Put in the crockpot with the chicken. Cook together until the chicken is cooked through.
Notes
  1. Check out Little House Living for more great recipes @ http://www.littlehouseliving.com/
Adapted from Little House Livint
Money Minded Mom http://www.moneymindedmom.com/
 

3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos
In just five minutes, these delicious chicken tacos are in the crock-pot and cooking away! Ridiculously easy and sure to become your go-to lifesaver!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 1.25-ounce packet low-sodium taco seasoning (see note)
  3. 1 16-ounce jar of your favorite salsa
  4. For serving: tortillas or taco shells and your choice of optional toppings, such as shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, black beans, corn, chopped avocados or guacamole, reduced-fat sour cream, and hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in the bottom of the crock-pot.
  2. Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
  3. Pour salsa on top.
  4. Cook on low (for 6-8 hours) or high (for 4 hours).
  5. Just before serving, use two forks to shred the chicken.
  6. Stir to evenly distribute salsa throughout chicken.
  7. Serve immediately with desired toppings.
Notes
  1. Visit Two Healthy Kitchens for more great recipes
  2. http://twohealthykitchens.com/2014/01/08/3-ingredient-crock-pot-chicken-tacos/
Adapted from Two Healthy Kitchens
Money Minded Mom http://www.moneymindedmom.com/
Slow Cooked Frugal Japanese Turkey Noodles
Slow Cooked Frugal Japanese Turkey Noodles
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 200g Egg Noodles
  2. 50g Brown Turkey Meat
  3. 50g White Turkey Meat
  4. 25g Spring Onion (diced)
  5. ½ Red Pepper (cut into small strips)
  6. 1Tbsp Turkey Stock
  7. 3Tbsp Soy Sauce
  8. 1Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
  9. 1Tsp Honey
  10. 1Tsp Garlic Puree
  11. 1Tsp Ginger (grated)
  12. 3Tsp Chinese Five Spice
  13. 1Tsp Mixed Spice
  14. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare your turkey - pull it apart so that it is a mix of small stringy pieces and traditional stir fry sized pieces.
  2. Place your meat, vegetables and noodles into your slow cooker.
  3. Stir in the seasoning as well as your turkey stock.
  4. Place the slow cooker on the high setting and cook for 2 hours or until the peppers are nicely soft and the noodles are well cooked.
  5. Serve.
Notes
  1. For more great dinner ideas visit Recipe This @ https://recipethis.com/
Adapted from Recipe This
Adapted from Recipe This
Money Minded Mom http://www.moneymindedmom.com/
Slow Cooker Vegan Barley Stew
When the weather gets cool, I turn to comfort food. When I was growing up, I remember having Beef with Barley out of a can on rainy days. These days I prefer to make things from scratch. The simple recipe calls for basic ingredients that I typically keep on hand. It only takes a couple minutes of prep time and the the crock pot does all the work.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups Barley
  2. 4 cups Vegetable Stock
  3. 2 cups Water
  4. 1/2 Medium Onion, chopped
  5. 3 Carrots, sliced
  6. 2 Medium Potatoes, cubed
  7. 3 Cloves Garlic, sliced
  8. 1 t Salt (or more to taste)
  9. 1 t Cumin
  10. 1 t Hatch Chile Powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot.
  2. Cook on high for about 3 hours.
Notes
  1. Visit Mama Likes to cook for more great recipes
  2. http://mamalikestocook.com/
Adapted from Mama Likes To Cook
Money Minded Mom http://www.moneymindedmom.com/
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      I love freezer cooking too!! I’ve only been at it for about 6 months now but what a difference in time savings. Crock pot meals are really easily adaptable to freezer cooking.

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