Hey, Wait…Did you know we have a Crockpot?


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Seriously, the slowcooker (crockpot) is a great device and I encourage you to use it.  This is a way to get hot meals on the table in just a matter of minutes, because the cooking was done while you were doing other things.  So, pull that baby out, dust it off and get cooking-sloooowly.

So this week there is one, yep one crockpot recipe.  Maybe next week I’ll make one more, it could happen.

The Process

1. Sit down, relax and plan (or pick some meals from here)

2. Make a grocery list and stick to it!!!! This saves time and money

3. Do the shopping-aim for one trip

4. Bring Back Dinner and enjoy

The Meals:


minestrone collage

The Food Network   Chef: Robin Miller

Time:  Prep 15 minutes/ 4-8 hours in crockpot

Ease: Easy

Review: This recipe worked great just the way it is, was easy to make and tasted great.  My husband said it was perhaps the best Minestrone he has every had and made wonderful yummy noises throughout the whole meal!  FYI: I live for yummy noises.  It is how I know I’ve hit the mark and moved from filling the whole to touching the heart!  Cook with love.  To make this vegetarian use vegetable stock.


pork loin collage

Time: 1 hour (depending on size of pork loin)

Ease: Easy to moderate

Review:  This is not a review of an existing recipe, but one I “threw together” this week.  My family enjoyed it and it was easy to pull together. I used a sauce from MeadowCroft Farms, but think you could improvise.


Scrambled hamburger collage

Time: 20 minutes

Ease: Easy

Review: This recipe is a family favorite for 3 generations.  While it isn’t a meal you may picture a Norman Rockwell family eating it is a modern day meal.  Easy, yummy, and quick.  NOTE:  This dish sounds like nothing great, but is! Whenever I make this for someone for the first time they tell me “oh my gosh, I had no ideas this would be so good, can I make it at home?”  Sometime minimal works best.  Try it!  Leave a comment, I’d love to know what you think.


steaks collage

Time: 8-15 minutes for steak and 50 minutes for potatoes

Ease: Easy, but you may feel intimidated by the steak.  Don’t worry, you will be fine.  Do invest in a nice thermometer for meat!

Review: While steak is great on the grill sometimes it is raining, too cold, or we don’t have a grill.  This doesn’t mean you can’t have steak.  With practice you will be making juicy, melt in your mouth steaks in no time!  This is a great dish to google. Search what others do and find what works for you.


taco collage

Time: 30-45 minutes

Ease: Easy to moderate (if you use store bought shells this dish is very easy)

Review:  You will never go back to salt filled packets again!  This dish is fresh, easy, and homemade.  Your friends and family will love it. For an adventure try making your own crispy shells too.  Chicken can be used instead of ground beef.

Photos may be used, but please link back to this blog and credit Lisa Burbach, recipes are links to existing recipes and I have no ownership of recipes other than the ones of Have created.  Thank you.

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