Crockpot Cooking Easy:

Looking for Easy Cooking? Look No Further than the Crockpot

by Chet Day

I don't know about you, but even though we enjoy cooking in our home, we don't have a lot of time to devote to it, and, as a result, for many years our meals consisted of whatever we could toss together in a hurry: a big bowl of salad, a baked potato, some steamed veggies on the side, and maybe a couple ounces of baked fish or fowl on meat-eating days.

Yeah, that's healthy enough eating, but it gets pretty boring after a time because even a dedicated health nut can lose his taste for food if he's masticating the same old cuisine day in and day out.

Well, after eight years of relatively healthy eating and living, you can bet your Fruit of the Looms that some boredom had set into our meals at CasaDay... until I happened to get a wild hair to purchase a Rival brand crock pot when I was sauntering through a discount store one Saturday afternoon a few months ago.

I don't know what moved me to purchase my first slow cooker at the august age of 52 years, but a little voice in my head just kind of shouted, "Buy that thing. It's cool."

Since I had a few extra bucks weighing heavy in my wallet that day, I spent them on a two-temperature crock pot. Little did I know at the time that it would be one of the best purchases of my middle years.

You see, I'm now a dedicated crock pot fanatic. I not only make meals in the crock pot for my family on a regular basis, but I also write and edit a crock pot newsletter for fellow crock pot enthusiasts.

I'm hot for this topic and wild for this cooking method because it's fun and easy to use a crock pot as your main kitchen tool. Most meals can be prepared in under ten minutes before you scoot off to work in the morning. You chop up some veggies, throw 'em in the crock, add some water and seasoning, and maybe some meat or rice or noodles or whatever, put on the lid, plug in the unit, turn it on low, and then head off for work.

When you come home nine or ten hours later, your whole house smells like Julia Child's kitchen, and you have a tasty meal waiting to be served. Take five minutes to toss together a big, healthy salad, and then you sit down and eat. And clean-up is a snap. If you're single (or married) and utterly lacking class or manners, you can even eat right out of the crock pot itself and hold dishwashing practically down to nothing.

Most people have heard of crock pots or seen them, but I've learned the past month or so that many couples have crock pots that were given to them for wedding gifts but that they've never used.

Well, this is the truth... if you have a slow cooker and you're not using it, you're wasting time and energy with regular cooking. So pull that crock pot out of its retirement in the closet or the garage, dust that baby off, wash it down, and get ready for a whole new cooking and dining experience.

You are only limited by your imagination when you begin to cook quick, easy, and tasty meals with your crock pot.

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