I'll be the first to admit that I don't love cooking, but eating out or ordering in every night isn't financially sustainable no matter how much I love pushing send on the food delivery app. There is another option, though: If you're short on time, or just don't enjoy standing over the stove, Crock-Pot recipes are a simple way to cook your meals without supervising the process, and warm, soothing crockpot fare is perfect for winter. Crock-Pot cooking is a great way to make sure dinner is ready when you get home from work, and you'll have leftovers for lunch the next day. An added bonus is that your house or apartment will smell fabulous.
Raised by a single working mom, I grew up eating Crock-Pot meals, and as soon as we moved out, my mom made sure each kid was given their own Crock-Pot to continue the tradition. Getting starting is simple: All you need is a standard Crock-Pot, available at any department store, fresh ingredients like vegetables from your local farmer's market, meats or vegan proteins, herbs and spices, and water.
Crock-Pot cooking is also a smart way to use items you may have a surplus of for whatever reason, like if you subscribe to a community supported agriculture share or you have a family member or friend who gives you bounty from their garden. My grandfather used to grow tomatoes every summer, and he often showed up on my doorstep with bags and bags of them. What's a girl to do with 20-30 tomatoes? Because even the most devoted veggie and salad lover can't eat that many, I learned how to make my own pasta sauce and I challenged my brother to a crockpot chili cook off (did I mention crockpot food is great for potlucks?).
Try these easy Crock-Pot recipes to get started on your way to slow-cooking satisfaction.