Make Your Life Even Easier With These Incredibly Simple Meals
A Crock-Pot is the secret weapon of busy moms, eliminating tons of kitchen time from the schedule. These three "dump" recipes make the meal-creation process even easier, as they each have only one or two steps. Let the Crock-Pot do the work while you're out winning at life.
1. Texas Roadhouse Pot Roast
A pot roast is one of those meals that tastes just as good as leftovers, but this one is so tasty it may vanish in a flash. Texas roadhouse pot roast is as simple as putting a 2-pound chuck roast in the slow cooker, then piling on chopped veggies such as onions, celery, bell peppers and potatoes. Add tomato sauce, water, barbecue sauce and spices; cover the pot, and let everything cook for 8 to 10 hours. Easy and excellent.
2. Pepperoni Pizza Soup
Just about everyone, young and old, loves pizza. This creative Crock-Pot dish takes all the deliciousness of a pepperoni pizza and transforms it into a soup. Make your own by dumping cans of Italian-seasoned stewed tomatoes and beef broth into the slow cooker, along with chopped onions, green peppers and sliced mushrooms. Add sliced pepperoni and some oregano; cover, and then cook it all on low for 8 to 9 hours. Add refrigerated cheese ravioli, and cook for another 30 minutes. Spoon the soup into bowls, then top with olives and shredded mozzarella.
3. Country-Style Pork Ribs
Ribs and Crock-Pots are practically made for each other, as slow-cooking results in tender, delicious ribs without much effort on your part. Make country-style pork ribs with your own handcrafted barbecue sauce. Start by placing 3 pounds of pork loin ribs in a Crock-Pot. Mix Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar, apple-cider vinegar and a few other seasonings together in a bowl, and pour it over the pork. Cover, and cook it all on low for 9 to 10 hours. These are so good you may want to make them every week.
Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.