As temps continue to soar here in the Valley of the Sun, most days get upwards of 110*, I am constantly looking for ways to keep my house cool without running my A/C at full blast 100% of the time. I’d rather avoid those astronomical electric bills if possible.
Using my oven is one of the quickest ways to heat up our house and since I can’t always talk Landon into standing outside in the blazing heat to BBQ, I’ve recruited an old classic to help me out!
I love using a crockpot to cook meals and while I think it is a perfect way to make soups during the Winter, I find the season I use it the most is Summer. I love that I can prep our meals in the morning or even the night before, throw it in the crockpot and dinner is done when Landon gets home and I’m not trying to get dinner made during Brynlee’s bewitching hour. And using these liners make it even more enticing to crockpot our meals, clean up is a cinch.
Here are some of my favorite crockpot recipes that we have on repeat around here:
I also like to use my crockpot to keep things warm, like mashed potatoes for the holidays.
While I no longer have an 8-5 job outside the home, when I did, I would often prep my meals the night before, put it all in a ziplock bag and throw it in the crockpot the next morning. Actually, sometimes I still do that. Mornings can be a little hectic around here depending on the mood my toddler decides to wake up in and so sometimes it’s just easier to do all the prep work the night before after Brynlee has gone to bed. I also like to set reminders on my phone reminding me when I need to start my prep work so I don’t get to the middle of the day and realize I haven’t started my crockpot that needed 8 hours to cook. Because that’s never fun…
So, since I have a whole summer to get through, I would love to hear your favorite crockpot recipes. Please share some in the comments.
And don’t forget to check out some other favorites for Can’t Live Without It!