Old Fashioned Slow Cooked Favorites
Back in the day, it took your mom or grandma hours to put together the family favorite comfort foods. Preparing and simmering all sorts of yumminess that made you feel warm and fuzzy no matter what kind of day you were having. Your mood instantly improves just by smelling these favorites. These slow cooked recipes passed down from generation to generation, gather you up in a whirlwind of memories and whisk you away to a better time. A time when life was simpler and the street lights would tell you when it was time to come home after playing outside all day. Or porch lights if you lived beyond the street lights like I did.
As an adult, life is filled with ups and downs. Everyday frustrations seem to run together. However, there is no reason to let these frustrations follow you into the kitchen. Why not combine your two favorite things; the smile that comfort food brings to your heart, and the ease of slow cooking with a crock pot. You get the best of both worlds; the flavors and aromas of your favorite comfort foods simmering on the stove all day, along with easy and carefree cooking.
Your Favorite Comfort Foods In The Crock Pot
Soups of all kind are truly comfort foods. Chicken noodle soup and chicken vegetable soup are all time favorites, especially when it gets cold outside. This dish is a great candidate for the slow cooker. Loaded with veggies, chicken, and savory broth, chicken soup warms you inside and out. If you use homemade chicken stock it has even been proven to help when you’ve got the sniffles. Beef vegetable soup and all sorts of chowders are classic foods to get cozy with on a stressful day. Soups in general are usually a good way to gather together with family and friends to reminisce and relax. Let your crock pot do the work so you can enjoy the moment.
Chili is another great comfort food. It is hearty with beans, meat, tomatoes, and warm spices that can whisk you away to an old fashioned chili-cook-off in your very own kitchen. Perhaps, you remember the sound of a football game on the television on a Sunday afternoon, and the aromas of a big pot of chili ready for all the family to enjoy during half-time. Chili not only feeds a family inexpensively, but it is very filling and satisfying; a comfort food in the best sense of the word. Serve it with tortillas, tortilla chips, sour cream, cheese, diced onions and cornbread. We also like to bake some potatoes you can pour the chili over. One pot of chili serves up a whole buffet of different foods for your football fans.
Pot roast is about as old fashioned as you can get in the comfort food category. Many of us remember a time when Sunday dinner was pot filled with tender beef, potatoes, and carrots, with a thick gravy ready to ladle over everything. The crock pot is not only an easy way to make a pot roast, but the specific method of cooking in a crock pot tenderizes any meat better than oven roasting.
Why Your Crock Pot Is The Perfect Choice
Crock pot cooking embodies the ‘trifecta’ of great homemade comfort foods
- the meals are easy
- the meals are filling
- the meals stimulate the senses
With comfort foods in the past, we most likely were talking about a lot of time and effort. However, while your parents had to spend the whole day in the kitchen preparing your favorite comfort foods, now your crock pot can do most of the job for you. This frees up your time and gives you the flexibility to prepare a filling meal while accomplishing other tasks without watching the pot.
With the perfection of time management and organization, your crock pot is the ultimate way to cook comfort foods, helping you manage your health, stress, and your time. You’ll spend just a little time to prep your meal, then the rest of the work is up to the crock pot. Set it and forget it. When you’re ready to relax and dig into your favorite comfort food, all you need is a place to sit. And, when you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you aren’t faced with a kitchen overflowing with pots and pans. Crockpot cooking is generally one pot cooking. Put your leftovers away and you have one pot, the crock, to wash up. With a single pot doing the cooking for you, that crock pot comfort food is even more comforting.
The crock pot is a great tool, not only for making good food, but also giving you time back to spend with your family. Throwing your favorite foods into the crockpot before heading out the door will give you the slow-cooked taste without the effort. Don’t slave over a hot stove just to feed your family their favorite comfort foods. Use your crock pot to give them the comfort foods you enjoyed growing up, and savor the aromas and flavors of a hearty meal and the comfort of family time.
Photo credit: jefferyw
Never worry about what's for dinner again. I've got you covered with the meal plans in the Once a Week Cooking Club. Cook once, eat all week.
Please be aware that some links used are to affiliates. They are almost always to products I use and love.