Do you find yourself wanting a savory home cooked meal at the end of a long day… only to realize you are to tired or too busy to cook? Well we have the solution to your problem!
Here is a list of chart topping slow cooker soup recipes that are simple to make, taste great, and will save you tons of time.And the best part is that dinner will be ready and waiting when you walk through the door.
(Also, these Slow Cooker liners are a game changer in our home when it comes to clean up)
1. Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Nom Nom Paleo
This is a great hearty stew that goes together quickly. We bet your whole family will love this one! Get the recipe here.
This is an easy, family-friendly slow cooker seafood soup that is full of lean protein, nutritious vegetables, and fresh Italian flavors. It’s a one-pot meal that the entire family will love! Get the recipe here.
4. Chicken Tortilla Soup by Back to Her Roots
Are you looking to throw a little spice into your life? This flavor packed tortilla soup will absolutely hit the spot! We bet you will go for seconds! Get the recipe here.
5. Beef Enchilada Soup by The Weary Chef
Craving enchiladas for dinner? This is the easiest way to enjoy beef enchiladas with the whole family! Get the recipe here.
6. Chicken Tikka Masala by The Roasted Root
This is a twist on a classic Indian dish of tender chicken lavished in creamy tomato Indian-spiced sauce. Give this one a shot and you will not be disappointed! Get the recipe here.
Cheeseburger Soup by Creme de la Crumb
Now if you are strict Paleo, Zone, or Whole30, this may not be one for your… but we are sure you know someone who would love it! Get the recipe here.
If you’re like me, you hate having so many dirty dishes after cooking a meal. How convenient does it sound to just throw everything into one dish and cook it all together? AMAZING. I’ve put together a list of 7 delicious one pot meals you’ve got to try.
It seems like the hot debate around food, and where to get your food, resides mainly in two camps: Buying organic, or buying non-organic. However, I want to shed light on the other option, the best option there is. You see, this isn’t a cry to, “Buy 100% organic everything!’, nor is it a challenge to purge your home of foods that aren’t organic. The purpose of this post is to show y’all why it pays to buy your produce from your local farmer. You’ll learn the top five reasons you should, as well as some myths surrounding local farmers markets that will be dispelled within the text. Let’s get to the reasons.
1. You Help Stimulate the Local Economy
One of these days I am going to write more about finances and money, and this first reason fits that mold
perfectly. Whenever you turn on the news all you hear about is, “national economy”, but what do all the TV mongors forget? The local economy. The national economy wouldn’t be possible if millions of local economies weren’t running like steamengines. So, what’s the best way to insure that your local economy keeps growing? Buying local! And there isn’t a better way to do that than to support your local farmers. According to PayScale.com, the average salary for a US Farmer is around $33,000. Buying local from local farmers gives the farmer more money to grow his farm, which in return gives them the ability to produce more food for more people in the local economy. Can you begin to see the snowball effect buying local has in terms of a purely economical standpoint? The dividends are huge!
2. Buying Local Helps Save the Environment
Here’s a crazy stat for you: According to CUESA.org, food in America takes an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate for dinner. 1,500 miles. Just to put it into context for you, 1,500 miles is the equivalent of 26,400 football fields lined up one after another. That’s a lot of travel for your food! That happens every single day across millions of homes in America. But here’s the even crazier part: If you buy local, you are cutting the distance your food travels to your plate by nearly 95%. 95%! Instead of miles, the track becomes single digit miles, even feet from the far to your door. What kind of positive repercussions does this have on the environment?
For starters cutting down on the 1,500 miles it takes food to get to your plate would do amazing things in terms of saving and preserving our fossil fuels. Most of the trucks that deliver food across America use diesel. The less these diesel trucks have to travel, the fewer the pollution emissions they release, thus helping the atmosphere. Another major player in the saving of our environment comes from the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers on large scale farms.
Pesticides and chemical fertilizers damage and kill produce plants. To make a long story short, this is how they work: Large scale farmers overdose their plants with pesticides to make sure that the bugs die and don’t eat the plants. Yet these pesticides still end up on the food that you and I consume! This in turn creates new produce plants that become resistant to the pesticides and drugs, so farmers have to keep using more and more toxic doses to get the same result. You can begin to see this ugly snowball effect.
Here’s how you can change it: Buy local. Almost all local farmers use organic processes that do not involve pesticides, chemicals, or other growth enhancing agents. Sunshine, water, and good soil is what you will find at these organic, small town farms.
3. Buying Local Means Buying at Peak Season
When you shop at your local supermarket, you can get nearly all types of fruits year round, 365 days, 7 days a week. In the real world of agriculture, this isn’t the case. Strawberries don’t grow in the winter, yet you can still buy them “fresh” in the supermarket. So what gives? This third reason ties into the second reason. The reason you
can buy “fresh” produce year round, regardless of the season, is because you’re buying from farms that are miles and miles and miles away. When you buy local produce, you’re buying what’s in season; the produce’s “prime time”. Instead of using chemical gasses to expedite the ripening process, each piece of produce that you pick from your local farmer is guaranteed to be the freshest that produce will be. When you cut down on the mileage it takes your food to get to your plate, you don’t have to chemically ripen the food, let nature do it. Trust me, use your gut test on this reason. Food just tastes better when you buy from a local farmer. It just does.
4. Ensure Humane Animal Treatment
If you’re reading this and you haven’t watched the documentary Food Inc., I would be totally fine with you exiting this blog post to go on Netflix and watch it right now. Once you see what the giant food companies (such as Perdue Farms, etc.) do with their animals and how they treat them, you will be a) appauled, and b) may consider going vegan for a week or two. The second one is a stretch, cause I would never give up bacon … Anyways, when you buy from a local farmer, this can also include meats. Buying local means that the farmer most likely cares for each and every one of his livestock. To the local farmer, a cow isn’t a serial number with an expiration date. To them it’s a gift, a living being that has lived out its life and at the end, is being used to provide for families and loved ones. When you buy your meats from supermarkets, you’re buying from companies that treat their animals like serial numbers. Buying local has a tremendous impact on the quality of life that cow or that chicken had that you’re eating. Who knew that buying from a local farmer could have such philanthropic positive consequences?
5. You Just Feel Good About Yourself
This last reason is a very simple one. When you buy from a local farmer, you just feel better about the decision you made. It’s a combination of putting a face to the food that you bought. It’s a feeling of knowing exactly where
your food comes from, and knowing that your food was treated with respect and cared for, not just processed like a commodity on a factory line.
At the end of the day, only you can decide whom you buy from. I’m not telling you to buy every single item of food from your local farmer. What I am telling you is to try it out. If nothing else, start by buying your vegetables from your farmer, and then progress to your meats. You’ll find that there are local farmers all around you with a quick Google search. Give it a try.
In The Comments Below, What Does It Mean To You To Buy Local?
Last week I published a post about the one appliance in your kitchen that you must have, a slow cooker. This week I’m giving you the other end of the spectrum. In this article are five kitchen appliances that are a complete waste of your money, and why you can DIY with a couple of items in no time. Let’s get to it.
1. Avocado Slicer
This is legit, Google “Avocado Slicer” and you’ll find a handy dandy tool that makes cutting avocados, “easier than ever!” Don’t waste your money on this product. Want to know how to cut an avocado so you get the most out of it? Here’s how: First, cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Then, slice the avocado flesh into cubes like you’re making a checkerboard pattern. After you’re done that, take a spoon and scoop out the flesh of the avocado into whatever you want, the avocado should come out smoothly, leaving you no mess. Or you can watch this video. Now, do you really a device to slice avocados for you? Absolutely not. Use this method and you’ll be golden.
2. Panini Maker
“But how will I get that perfectly flat Panini shape without one?!”, you ask? Simple. Panini makers aren’t cheap, with the average price hovering around $40 for one single maker. The best alternative? Bricks. Yep, I’m talking about the same ones used to build houses! Here’s how: Take a brick of considerable weight and wrap it in tin foil. Once you’ve gotten your sandwich to where you want it, add the brick on top of the sandwich while it’s still on the pan cooking. Not only will the weight of the brick act as the perfect substitute for a panini press, but it will also guarantee a perfect crust on the outside while the panini is still cooking! The best part about this kitchen item? All you need to do is replace the foil each time you want to use it.
3. Popcorn Maker
Okay, this one was hard to put in here because my family has one, and uses it religiously every weekend. However, since this post is about things in the kitchen you don’t need, I had to put it in here because of the free alternative. With the cost of a popcorn maker ranging anywhere from $50 to $300, it begs the question, ‘Do you really need one to make delicious popcorn?’ The short answer: No, save yourself money and use a stove top kettle and pot. My best friend’s dad used a simple pot and stove top to make the best kettle corn I’ve ever had. It’s simple, easy, and saves you a lot of money. Plus, who wants to have a popcorn maker take up extra space in their kitchen anyways?
4. Deep Fryer
Southerners at heart might read this paragraph and cry a little on the inside, cause I know it’s tough, but truth be told, you don’t need a deep fryer. The average cost of a deep fryer ranges from $40 to $200 at Walmart. Instead of spending that money, save it instead and use your biggest cooking pot you have. All you need to do is fill it up with whatever oil you want to fry it at, and watch it carefully. Your biggest cooking pot easily converts into a deep fryer, while at the same time saving you space in your kitchen.
So there you have it! If you own any of these items, don’t feel bad, it means you’ve found a great way to use them! Use this post as a tool and a guide. Remember, before you decide to buy a kitchen appliance, ask yourself these simple questions: ‘Can I make this myself? And would that cost me any money? How much space will I save by not buying this?
QUESTION: What is the one USELESS thing in your kitchen that you would recommend people NOT buying?(Leave your answer in the comments)
If you’ve been a loyal member of the MealFit community for any amount of time, you know that we love using crock pots in our recipes. That we so often use crock-pots means that there’s a rhyme and a reason to it. There are loads of benefits to using slow cookers (interchangeable names), and this post will highlight the top three, according to me. These are in no way shape or form definitive top three. Shoot, if you made a list, your number two reason might be because it looks good in your kitchen! Which is totally cool! Let’s get started!
1. Set it and Forget it!
This is by far the front-runner number one reason to own a crock pot. Busy moms, dads, and even students, I’m looking right at you! With slow cooker meals, all that is needed is the initial ingredient prep work, which in most cases simply involves putting a hunk of meat and diced vegetables into the thing! If that sounds like too much work for you still, check out MealFit Ready! Once you set it, just forget it! Okay, don’t actually forget it. Remember to set a timer!
Let that slow cooker work its magic while you go out and tackle what you need to do that day. Whether it be work, running the kids to various practices, or going to your classes, you don’t have to worry about dinner that night because you know that it’s there waiting for you when you get home. And the icing on the cake? It’s hot too. No need to microwave. How many times have you gone about your day, a long day, gotten home, and just had absolutely zero motivation to make dinner? I’ve been there. With a slow cooker, you just set it in the morning, and enjoy it when your day is done.
2. Clean-up is a Breeze
Compounding on the first reason to own a slow cooker, number two is hot on it’s trails. Let’s say you don’t have a slow cooker, but you take the time to prepare a delicious meal for the family after work. You finish enjoying your meal only to look over at the dishes colored mountain going on in your sink. Now who really wants to do dishes at the end of the day? I don’t. Bonus tip for parents here: Once your kids get old enough, employ them to do it :), just make sure you set the example by doing it yourself too.
With a crock pot, you literally only have one dish to clean up. One. That’s it. Shoot, that doesn’t even need the dishwasher either! You can hand wash a slow cooker faster than you can put all your dishes in the dishwasher if you would’ve cooked your meal without it! So, not only are you saving yourself time on the front end by using a slow cooker, you also save yourself clean up time at the end of the meal. It’s a win win. Or should I say win win win?
3. It Saves You Money
Slow cookers save you money. Really? Yes. How? Simple. Since slow cookers cook at very low temperatures, even though you have it on for hours on end, it is still using less electricity in your home than if you were to crank your oven at 375 for 25 minutes. So to get this all straightened out. Here’s how owning and using a slow cooker benefits you.
You save time making dinner, you save time cleaning up your dinner, and you save money by using less electricity. Who wouldn’t want any of that? So if you don’t have a slow cooker yet, or are on the fence about getting one, think of it this way, how much is it actually costing you not to have one?
Stay tuned for next week’s article where I talk about some kitchen equipment that you don’t necessarily need to waste your dollars on! Be blessed.
Crock Pot Pizza is an incredibly delicious meal for the entire family to enjoy! It is really easy to make, kid friendly, and perfect for busy days!
A delicious and tantalizing crockpot dish that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to flavor.
Good dish. I have some Step by step pics to help guide you.
Prep Time: 15-18 min
1 14 oz. jar pasta sauce (divided)
1 beaten egg
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tbsp. minced garlic
1/3 c. shaved Parmesan
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. hot pork sausage
1 c. shredded mozzarella
Diced fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Begin by laying three strips of aluminum foil into the slow cooker.
Reserve 1/2 cup of pizza sauce. In a mixing bowl, combine 2/3 cup pizza sauce and the egg. Stir in onion, green pepper, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic, Parmesan, and black pepper. Add ground beef and pork sausage. Mix well with hands
Shape meat mixture into a loaf and place into slow cooker on top of aluminum foil strips. Cover and cook 8 – 10 hours on low or 4 to 6 hours on high. Center of meatloaf should be 170 degrees when done
Spread loaf with reserved 1/2 cup of pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Lift meatloaf from slow cooker using foil strips. Remove foil strips and serve.
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I think it’s time for a twist on the classic loaded baked potato. Meet your new best stuffed dinner buddy, the Crockpot Pulled Pork Sweet Potato! Pulled pork is delicious, and there’s nothing wrong with just eating it straight off the plate (or straight out of the oven.
This is a favorite in our home. Jackie (Wife) devours it every time I make it. Real easy.
The tenderloin recipe is traditionally done with coke but I adapted it with apple juice and club soda.
Prep Time: 12-14 min
1 ½ lbs. pork loin
1/4 c. chili powder
2 tbsp. garlic salt
3 c. apple juice
3 c. club soda
5 large sweet potatoes
Sugar-free BBQ sauce
Season entire pork loin with garlic salt and chili powder. Pour 1 c. of apple juice and 1 c. of club soda in the bottom of the crockpot and add the pork loin. Add the rest of the apple juice and club soda to just cover the pork loin. Cook on low for 8 hours.
Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 c. of water. Place a plate on top and microwave for about 15-18 min.
Remove pork from crockpot and discard almost all of the liquid leaving just a tbsp. or two of juice behind to help moisten the pork.
Place the pork back into the crockpot and then use two large forks to shred the meat. Leave slow cooker on low, or warm, to keep things hot until you are ready to serve.
When ready to serve, cut a slit in the sweet potato, lengthwise. Grab the potato from both ends and press together to open the sweet potato up. Fill each sweet potato with a generous helping of pulled pork and top with a small drizzle of sugar-free BBQ sauce.
Divide 3 avocados between the 5 servings.
Shoot me an email or comment if you have any questions!