Easy Slow Cooker Dinners #1 – Pork Chops and Potatoes

So as many of you will know I am a huge fan of my slow cooker. I haven’t had mine for long but it has changed my life! Being a working mom the earliest I get home is 4:45pm. Some days I work til 7pm. I, like all other Mom’s out there, want my family to have a healthy meal every night. It gets tricky though, because I simply don’t always have the time. 

Yesterday morning before I left for work I cut up some potatoes and onions. Flung them in the slow cooker. Took some pork chops, marinated them in Italian salad dressing (I know that sounds weird, but just go with it), put the chops on top of the potatoes and onions. Set the slow cooker to Auto. Came home from work at 6:30pm and had cooked meal waiting for me.

I put the cooked chops and potato/onion mix into a oven dish to grill for a few minutes, just to add some color and crispiness. Added peas and mielies on the side. But by 7pm my family was eating. That simple!

For those who would like the ‘Recipe’, here it is:

  • 4 Pork Chops
  • Enough Italian dressing to marinate chops
  • about 6 potatoes, peeled and chopped into quarters
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • I also added some garlic, parsley, salt and pepper to the mix. But you could use whichever herbs and spices you like.

Thats it. So simple! And here is the end product:Image

 

Tonight I am doing a Chicken, Butternut and Rosemary casserole. Will let you know how it turns out!

Slow Cooker Heaven….

I’m a working mom. When I get home from work in the evenings I want to run around with my daughter, take my dog for a walk, catch up on my Reality TV obsession, basically anything except cook.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate cooking. I hate cooking after a long day at work. I could feed my family toasted sarmies every night but somehow don’t think that would go down very well. I have 2 hard working men in my house as well as a teenage boy and a daughter that will eat anything. And they all need a good meal at the end of the day.

This is where the Slow Cooker comes in. I ‘gifted’ myself one earlier this month and all I can say is WOW. My life just got so much easier! I get up in the morning, put a bunch of ingredients in the cooker, put the lid on and go to work. When I come home I have a cooked meal waiting for me. I mean, really, what more could I possibly say to make you want to run out and get one……

So far I have made:

Chicken Curry

Lamb Stew

Beef Curry

Meatloaf

Corned Beef

Gammon

and Creamy Chicken, Brocolli and Bacon soup.

All were absolutely amazing. Here are a few recipes that I am dying to try out, I found them over at the Recipe Critic. Click on the photos if you would like the recipe.

 

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I started a board on Pinterest with some amazing recipes. What are your favourite slow cooker recipes?