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10 Awesome Crockpot Recipes

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This week I am taking a little break from Meal Planning.  Big A is out of town most of the week and I am feeling like I need to regroup in terms of my nutrition.  I ate things this past week that did not serve me well, mainly dairy (and coffee) and I need to be a little kinder to my system.  I am going to be focusing on a lot of veggies, limited dairy, and limited coffee.

We found an awesome farmer’s market and will be doing our shopping there today.  They even have a fish monger! We will be picking up plenty of fresh fish including Salmon and Monk.  Last week the fish monger gave us (as in free – how awesome!) some monk fish to try.  It was pretty good – chewy but not as chewy as lobster.  John didn’t care for the smell while preparing it but we are going to try it again.  It would be fabulous in a seafood soup.

Let’s start with last week. I highly, highly recommend the Spaghetti Squash Carbonara.  I feel this recipe is incredibly flexible so if you don’t like pancetta, use chopped meat/bits of sausage or omit entirely.  Just make it!  The other recipe that worked well, as discussed in my Kids Eats post, was the Macaroni and Cheese recipe.  I am so happy to never buy a box of mac and cheese again!

Don’t worry, even though I am sticking to brussels, beets, squashes, and fish doesn’t mean I am leaving you in a lurch.  I have received a number of reader requests for crockpot recipes.  I don’t use my crockpot every week but I do use it about once a month.  However, after scouring Pinterest and the interwebs for awesome recipes, I may make this a weekly occurrence.

10 Awesome Crockpot Recipes from Familysportlife.net

Here are 10 Awesome Crockpot Recipes for you to try:

  1. Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Slow Cooker Recipe/River City Sammon
  2. Beef Stew/Low Carb CrockPot Recipes
  3. 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Chili/Wellness Mama
  4. Slow Cooker Ratatouille/The Perfect Pantry
  5. Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili/Happy Fit Mama
  6. Crockpot Chicpea Curry/Mommy Run Fast
  7. Crock Pot Italian Fagioli Soup/Against All Grain
  8. Crock Pot Chana Masala/Frugal Bites
  9. Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers/Taste of Home
  10. Healthy Crock Pot Mini Turkey Meatballs/ How Sweet Eats

I have made recipe #3 and it is great.  It is a no bean chili which I always hope my kids will eat but so far its been a “no go.”  What I do is I puree a can of kidney beans and mix it in to thicken the chili.  Through blogging I “know” Angela from Happy Fit Mama (#5) and Laura from Mommy Run Fast (#6) so I trust they have great recipes.  I love all of the Against All Grain recipes so I am most excited to try the Italian Fagioli Soup (#7).  We also love us some Indian food so #8, Crock Pot Chana Masala, is high on the list.

I hope you enjoy this round up.  I am happy to do these types of posts upon request, anytime.  All you have to do is ask :-)

OH! and do you know what would be a HUGE time saver for you? If you would use those cute buttons at the bottom of this post to PIN it to your Recipe Pinterest Board! I don’t mind at all.

And one more thing before I let you go…if you missed any posts from this week, stick around a check them out:

Old School Blogging - if you are interested in learning more about me.

Triathon is a Winter Sport - Triathlon geeky stuff.  Probably good for runners too. John wrote this one obviously!

Kids Eats - I talk about what my kids eat and how we are transitioning them to adult food.

The Only Time Management Tip You Need - My favorite post this week as it was something my heart needed to say.

Do any of these look good to you? What other roundups would you like to see?

 

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29 Comments
  1. ohh i want to try the chana masala!!! YUM!!

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      I am making it this week for lunches :-)

      January 19, 2014
  2. I love having big round ups in one place… these all sound great! Thanks for including mine, too. How fun about the farmers market and fish- I just walked past a fish market in a nearby town last night and am excited to go back and check it out during normal hours!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted…Weekly workout recap + Menu Link upMy Profile

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      The Farmer’s Market is the place to be! These people are so nice. They are so proud and knowledgeable about their food. And they love giving you stuff to try! The eggs were a bit pricey but I know it’s worth it.

      January 19, 2014
  3. Thanks for the link love and the other recipes. You can never have too many options for the crockpot!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted…Meal Planning: Week of January 19My Profile

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      I am on mission crockpot!

      January 19, 2014
  4. So funny, I am making 2 bean chili for dinner tonight and blogged about it as well!! It’s chili season for sure! I love love love my crock pot!
    Laura@ Fit Running Mama recently posted…Because I didn’t post a Friday 5….Sunday ThoughtsMy Profile

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Laura – I don’t know if you are in the Northeast but it isn’t looking pretty this week. Definitely chili season!

      January 19, 2014
  5. Peter #

    You were reading my mind. I was just getting ready to do a menu for the week.

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Pete – so glad I was able to meet your needs :-)

      January 19, 2014
  6. Okay, you’ve sold me on the spaghetti squash carbonara, Tara. Now I just need to track down a spaghetti squash!
    Shana Norris recently posted…Weekly Menu Plan.My Profile

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Shana – let me know how you liked it. I am making it again this week. It was yummy the next day for lunch.

      January 19, 2014
  7. My husband makes this chicken and veggies recipe in the crockpot and the smell of it..so good. In fact, I often bring it to friends when they’ve just had a baby. Healthy and delicious! And easy!
    Tamara recently posted…Cry Me a Frozen Whovian River.My Profile

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Tamara – I love even just throwing salsa and chicken in to the crockpot or flank steak and marinara sauce. So easy!

      January 19, 2014
  8. Kim #

    I love crockpot recipes – I probably use my crock pot 3x a week on average – makes life so much easier!!
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    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Kim – you are a crockpot goddess! But I bet with all those big boys it is a necessity.

      January 19, 2014
  9. I definitely want to try those mini meatballs!! Yummy!!
    Maria @ Lil Mys Ninja recently posted…Freezing Market Trip, Prepping and Meal PlanningMy Profile

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      I know! They look good and super easy.

      January 19, 2014
  10. I love my slow cooker and I’m so excited to try out these recipes. They all look so good. I also need to try out your mac and cheese on my kiddos. I’ve pinned your page to come back and make some of these recipes. :)
    Angie @ A Mother’s Pace recently posted…Healthier Taco SoupMy Profile

    January 19, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      The mac and cheese was probably the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me :-)

      January 20, 2014
  11. I need to sit down and figure out our meals for the week! I should have done it yesterday!! Looks like some good choices here!
    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life recently posted…#AskAwayFriday with Beth from Structure in an Unstructured LifeMy Profile

    January 20, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Menu planning is a pain but then again, I find feeding everyone in my house a bit of a pain! LOL. You mean you need to eat again???

      January 20, 2014
  12. Yum! Thanks for having this post. I am trying to come up with some new recipe ideas, and want to incorporate more crockpot recipes.

    I am so excited about the SITS group, looking forward to getting to know you and your blog :)
    Jennifer @Making Our Life Matter recently posted…What Is Cooking This Week: Menu Plan MondayMy Profile

    January 20, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Jennifer – definitely more crockpotting needed for me. I feel like all I do is cook and feed people!

      January 20, 2014
  13. Hi Tara! We were matched up through SITS girls. I want a crockpot so badly. Still trying to find the right one.

    January 20, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Cindy – thanks for stopping by. I have had my crockpot for years. I think my mother in law bought it for me when I moved into my apartment which is 15 years ago!! Anyone will do just fine.

      January 23, 2014
  14. Love any new crockpot meal ideas I can get!!! Looking forward to our Sits group!

    January 20, 2014
  15. I love the convenience of the crockpot! What is the SITS group? Is it too late to join?
    Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness recently posted…{Recipe ReDux} Lightened Up Southwest PizzaMy Profile

    January 21, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      I definitely need to up my crockpot use. I emailed you the information for SITS :-)

      January 21, 2014

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