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3 Crockpot Meals, 4 Ingredients [or less] for my Family of 5

March 6, 2019

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Steph Dekker

Crock Pot Recipes 5 Ingredients or Less Quick Meals

I always have time to make a fully homemade, gourmet dinner for my family… SAID NO ONE EVER!  Between piano lessons, show choir practice, evening board meetings and homework, my family of 5 seems to be running in that many directions on any given night! One thing that remains important to me no matter what we have going on is that my family eats together as much as possible. The easiest way I have found to make this happen is to use that lovely little wedding gift everyone receives, as much as possible – the Crock Pot!

This is Steph, chief cook for my family of 5 and Brand Collaborations Coordinator here at Living in Yellow. I love cooking, but what I love more is making stress free meals when my life feels busy and stressful. I’m popping in today to share 3 recipes I use regularly to keep my family fed on our busy weeknights. Slow cooker, crockpot, magical dinner saving machine – whatever you want to call it, I am using it a lot. As you’ll see from the pictures, apparently I have 3 different brands of these babies all of which I love. Fun fact: My husband purchased the programmable Crock Pot with locking lid [similar] in the beef & noodles picture for our last anniversary. When he went through the checkout with that and an anniversary card he got a strange look [you might call it sympathy] from the cashier. But you know what – man knows what he’s doing because I was embarrassingly excited when I opened it and I use it ALL. THE. TIME. I also don’t spill chili in the car anymore. It’s a win-win! Let’s get down to business…

First up, meatballs for subs or spaghetti!

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Meatball Subs

Easy 3 Ingredient Recipe for a quick dinner! Use meatballs for meatball subs or spaghetti!

Course Main Course
Keyword crockpot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Author Steph Dekker

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bag Frozen Meatballs
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/2 bottle Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients into slow cooker. Cook on High for 4 hours.

  2. Serve as meatball subs or with spaghetti. Tip: I like to bake sub buns with butter, garlic powder and parmesan cheese before topping with meatballs. 5 minutes at 400 degrees. YUM!

Seriously the easiest dinner! Just purchase the 3 store bought ingredients shown (any brand you prefer), dump them in the Crockpot and go about your day! I love this recipe for nights when my family has a lot going on because each family member can just grab a bun and make their sub before jetting off to their practice or meeting. No finishing details required!

Next up, this easy chicken taco recipe I borrowed from this post [thanks, Erin!]

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Easy Chicken Tacos

Use store bought ingredients and let your slow cooker do the work for you! Delicious chicken tacos made easy!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Author Steph Dekker

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Chicken Breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 envelope Low Sodium Taco Seasoning
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth

Instructions

  1. Poor all ingredients into slow cooker. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken and enjoy!

Another super easy recipe! Simply throw all of your ingredients in the Crock Pot, cook on low for 4-6 hours and get to shredding! To shred the chicken I take two forks, lift the chicken to a plate, shred with the forks and pour it back in to soak up all of that liquidy goodness. What I also love about this recipe are the delicious leftover possibilities! I’ve been known to use leftover chicken to make nachos and my family’s favorite quesadillas. You can also make a larger batch, pour the extra into freezer containers or freezer ziplock baggies and keep it on hand for another busy night.

 

Last, the queen of all comfort foods – beef & noodles!

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Crockpot Beef & Noodles

The ultimate comfort food - beef & noodles! Your slow cooker does all of the work for you, you come home to a delicious smelling house and an even better tasting meal!

Course Main Course
Keyword crockpot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Author Steph Dekker

Ingredients

  • 1 2-3 lb Beef Roast
  • 1 envelope Beefy Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 can Mushroom Soup
  • 1 bag Egg Noodles

Instructions

  1. Place roast in slow cooker. Salt and Pepper on both sides. Add Beefy Onion Soup Mix and Mushroom Soup. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred, return to slow cooker.

  2. Prepare noodles as directed on package. Stir into shredded beef and serve! Tip: I like to use beef broth to cook the noodles for a little extra flavor!

Maybe it’s because I grew up in the heart of Midwestern Amish country – but there are not many meals more satisfying to me than beef & noodles, mashed potatoes and green beans on a cold day! Talk about ultimate comfort food [and ultimate carbs, but that’s not the point!]. This recipe is perfect for the days you are running around like crazy and have about half an hour to finish up dinner before your busy evening begins! Add a beef roast, beefy onion soup mix and a can of mushroom soup into a slow cooker – turn it on low for 8 hours and come home to the most heavenly smelling house! About half an hour before you’re ready to eat, prepare your egg noodles by following package directions (I like to use beef broth instead of water for extra flavor). Use two forks to shred the beef while waiting for your water to boil- I promise you it will be falling apart! When the noodles are fully cooked, drain and add them to the beef in the crockpot, you’re ready to eat! I love this recipe because it is one I can truly say the leftovers taste just as good as the first round! MmmmmMMMMmmmm!

There you have it friends, 3 easy and fulfilling meals made with minimal effort for maximum satisfaction! Enjoy!

xoxo,

Steph

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  1. Christina Cooper says:

    Can’t wait to try these!! Thank you for sharing them!! We are a family of 6 and I’m always looking for easy Crockpot recipes for our busy “crew”! ????????

  2. Liz Pearson says:

    These look awesome! Quick question – for the beef and noodles – what cut of beef do u use??
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Steph Dekker says:

      Thanks for reading!! I’m really bad with cuts of meat! I just look for one shaped like the one pictured. I think it was a round roast, but I couldn’t tell you if it was top round or something else! I’ve made it several times with several different cuts and it always turns out delicious. Sorry I’m not much help!

  3. Terri Burt says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipes, they look delicious. To answer Liz’s question, I was told by a butcher that chuck roasts are the best for shredding!!

  4. Shel says:

    What could you use in place of the mushroom soup?

    • Steph Dekker says:

      Hmmmm good question! If you’re trying to stay away from cream soups entirely you could probably sub 12 or so ounces of beef broth, it just wouldn’t be quite as thick. If you wanted to take the time to make a homemade gravy I’d try this:
      Melt 2 Tbs butter in sauce pan
      Mix in 2 Tbs flour with a fork and cook until bubbly
      Add Salt and Pepper to taste
      Pour in 16 Ounces Beef Broth, cook until thickened

      It should be noted that I haven’t done this exactly for this recipe so it my need a little tweaking, but this is where I’d start if it were me!

      Good luck!
      xoxo
      Steph

  5. Laurel Richendollar says:

    Hi! I want to try the meatball recipe. I have not had good luck with other frozen meatballs. Can you please let me know what brand of frozen meatball you used?

    • Steph Dekker says:

      Hi Laurel! Honestly I usually just purchase whatever brand I see first (which I know is not much help!). I do know I’ve used Armour before and they’ve been good! One thing I’ve noticed when using frozen meatballs – If I feel like they aren’t very flavorful or don’t have a great texture, I need to cook them longer. While they are fully cooked straight out of the freezer, they taste much better if they’re able to cook longer than just getting up to the appropriate temperature. They get a little more solid and a lot more flavorful with some extra crock pot time! Hope that helps!

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