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What does dinner look like for a graduate student taking night classes and her soccer loving college coach husband?

Monday could look like take out (which is way out of our budget). Tuesday could look like cold sandwiches. Wednesday could look like bags of microwave popcorn (which lets be real, I would choose for dinner over a cold sandwich any day.) Thursday could look like the classic breakfast for dinner featuring eggs and toast. Friday could look like a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.

But to be honest, all of these “dinners” look pretty lame when you eat them for dinner week after week.

Crock pot to the rescue. Our crock pot has slowly become our best friend this fall, providing us warm and fairly nutritious dinners when we walk in the door starving for dinner around 8 pm each night. Today I’m sharing with you our five favorite crock pot recipes.

All take minimal prep, all include some vegetables or are perfect to eat over salad, and all (if you’re cooking for one, two, or even three) will provide you with plenty of leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.

  1. Back for seconds: Creamy chicken and rice soup soup21When making this recipe we throw our chicken breast in still frozen and cook on low for about eight hours. It comes out so tender! I always add the rice right before I head out the door for school (five to six hours before I’ll return home). The rice definitely tastes better if you can get it in there later, but girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I usually stir in some frozen corn and peas when we get home to cool it down and add a few extra veggies. This one’s hearty and fairly healthy too.
  2. The Real Food Dietitians: Shredded Buffalo Chicken. img_7995-e1465511478374We’ve loved the crock pot for making shredded chicken recipes for a long time, but just tried this buffalo chicken for the first time last night. It was awesome for a Sunday night football dinner. If you’re not into buffalo sauce try subbing the sauce with some ranch seasoning and a bit of water. Pro tip: Use your food mixer to shred the chicken right in the crock pot.
  3. Pork Chalupas chalupas-crockpot-1This recipe will provide you with chalupas for days. No joke. The first day Ryan and I made it we ate chalupas at least once a day for a week and we did not mind at all! They’re that good. Try in corn tortillas, over rice, in a quesadilla, or on a bed of greens.
  4. How Sweet Eats: Roasted Garlic Pot Roast Sandwiches rb-3We haven’t made these yet this fall, but thank to Pinterest I remembered how good they were when we made them last winter. I know what I’m putting on the meal plan for next week.
  5. Anyone who’s talked to the Bolte’s about dinner knows that they love a good chili. (We make a big batch of it nearly every Sunday in the winter season). Try this one, or this one, or this one. Or just freestyle and throw some cooked meat, your favorite beans, and three cans of diced tomatoes into the crock pot with some chili powder and let simmer for a few hours.

 

What’s your favorite crock pot recipe? Any recipes that you’ve been dying to try?

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