Simple Crockpot Creations

4 Crockpot Creations You’ll Love!

Crockpots are a lifesaver for busy families! Check out these simple, heart healthy crockpot meals that will be ready to serve when you get home.

Crockpot Creation 1: Sweet Potato Gratin

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 large), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces grated fresh parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup), divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup organic vegetable broth

Preparation:

  1. Melt butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Combine onion, sweet potato, next 4 ingredients (through pepper), and 1/4 cup cheese in a large bowl, tossing to coat with flour.
  3. Coat a 4-quart electric slow cooker with cooking spray. Transfer vegetable mixture to slow cooker.
  4. Pour broth over potato mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours or until potatoes are tender.
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Crockpot Creation 2: Pork Carnitas Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3-pound) boneless pork shoulder, trimmed
  • 10 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 chipotle chiles canned in adobo sauce, drained and chopped
  • 20 (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas, warmed
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup bottled salsa
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 10 lime wedges

Preparation:

  1. Make 1/2-inch-deep slits on outside of roast; stuff with garlic. Combine cumin and next 3 ingredients (through black pepper) in a small bowl. Place roast in a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker. Sprinkle pork on all sides with spice mixture.
  2. Combine juices and chipotle chiles. Pour juice mixture over pork. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until pork is tender.
  3. Remove pork from slow cooker; shred with 2 forks. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Combine shredded pork and 1/2 cup cooking liquid; toss well.
  4. Spoon 1 1/2 ounces pork mixture onto each tortilla; top each with 1 1/2 teaspoons onion, 1 1/2 teaspoons salsa, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
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Crockpot Creation 3: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 3/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 8 (1.2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted

Preparation:

  1. Place onion in a 4-quart oval electric slow cooker. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of chicken, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place chicken in a single layer on top of onion. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken.
  2. Combine ketchup and next 7 ingredients (through hot sauce); pour over chicken. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours until chicken is tender and sauce is thick.
  3. Remove chicken from slow cooker. Shred chicken with 2 forks, and stir into sauce. Spoon 3/4 cup chicken mixture onto bottom of each bun; cover with bun tops.
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Crockpot Creation 4: Sweet and Sour Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans pineapple chunks in juice, drained
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice

Preparation:

  1. Combine first 12 ingredients in an electric slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
  3. Serve over rice.
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