Everyone Will Look Forward to Mealtime With These Tasty Dishes
Sometimes, it can be difficult to please finicky kids who are particular about what they eat. But not any more! These easy, kid-approved recipes will have them asking for more. Better yet, each recipe is super simple and takes virtually no time to put together, thanks to a Crock-Pot.
1. Crock-Pot Chicken and Noodles
It's creamy, full of noodles and contains loads of shredded chicken. What's not to love? Make Crock-Pot chicken and noodles by placing boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker along with butter, chicken stock and a can of cream of chicken soup. Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, then shred the chicken with two forks. Add egg noodles, and cook for 30 more minutes. Enjoy!
2. Crock-Pot Beanie Weenies
This Crock-Pot dump recipe is one of those great go-to dishes, because it only takes a couple of minutes to put together as you're hustling everyone out the door in the morning. To make Crock-Pot beanie weenies, add a 56-ounce can of pork and beans to the slow cooker, along with hot dogs sliced into half-moon shapes. Add 6 slices of chopped, cooked bacon, along with diced onions, mustard and brown sugar. Cover, and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.
3. Slow-Cooker Barbecued Pork Sandwiches
Barbecued pork sandwiches are just as delightful for weekend lunch as they are for a quick, early dinner after school. To make these tasty delights, remove excess fat from a boneless pork shoulder, and then place the pork in a slow cooker, along with sliced onions and barbecue sauce. Cover, and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5. Shred the meat with two forks. Then stir the pot a bit to coat everything with sauce once again. Scoop pork onto hamburger buns, and top the pork with cheese slices, if desired.
4. Crock-Pot Peach Cobbler
Crock-Pots aren't just for main courses or side dishes; they make great desserts too, such as peach cobbler. Peel and slice 8 large fresh peaches and place them in the slow cooker along with sugar and crystallized ginger bits, tossing gently with a spoon to blend. Add a box of moist white cake mix, oats, butter, ginger ale, melted butter and a little salt and vanilla extract. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours, then remove the lid and let the pot sit for 15 minutes before serving. For extra deliciousness, top each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
5. Crock-Pot Cheesy Ravioli
This alternative to kid-favorite canned ravioli is far more cheesy and flavorful. To make it, spray the inside of the Crock-Pot with a nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix a large jar of pasta sauce with diced garlic, diced tomatoes and a can of cheddar cheese soup. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into the Crock-Pot, then layer on 1/3 of a bag of frozen ravioli. Top with a layer of a grated cheese blend. Repeat each layer twice. Cover, and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high.
6. Five-Ingredient Chicken Tacos
This dish is one that teenagers, in particular, will appreciate as an alternative to fast-food Mexican fare. To make chicken soft tacos, place boneless chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot, covering them with canned spicy tomatoes or salsa. Add a dash of salt, then cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Shred the chicken with two forks. To serve, scoop the chicken mixture onto warmed soft tortillas. Then add shredded cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce or your favorite taco toppings.
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.