We have a guest today. Let us welcome Maya Morrison! She will be sharing 4 crockpot recipes for all of us.

She loves to cook but with a growing family and a career as well, time in the kitchen can often be a luxury. Maya shares her top tips for cooks who don’t have time!

Crock Pot Cooking Tips Easy Ways to Save Time, Money and Sweat Too

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After a busy day at work, no one likes to sweat over a hot stove. Eating take-out dinners every night can be expensive and unhealthy. So how can you have a healthy dinner every night, even when you’re too tired to cook? The answer is simple; get yourself a crock pot.

Crock pot cooking is easier than you may think and you can get everything ready before you go to work, set the timer and a delicious meal will be waiting for you when you get home. Here are some crock pot cooking tips and recipes to get you started. You can also find more easy recipes from PaleoHacks.

Choosing The Right Meats

Crock pot cooking is slow, so it’s best to choose meats that lend themselves to stewing, such as pork or tenderloin. Here are two recipes that make the most of these meats.

Texas Pulled Pork

Ingredients

4lb pork shoulder roast

1 cup barbecue sauce

½ cup chicken broth

½ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup brown sugar

1 tbsp yellow mustard

1tsp avocado oil

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp chili powder

1 extra large onion, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1½ tsp dried thyme

8 hamburger buns

butter

 

Directions

  • Pour the avocado oil in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pork roast on top. Add barbecue sauce, chicken broth, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Stir in yellow mustard brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and garlic. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours, or until the roast shreds with a fork.
  • Remove from slow cooker and shred the pork. Return to the slow cooked and stir shredded pork in the meat juice.
  • Spread butter on each half of burger buns and toast lightly until golden brown. Serve pulled pork on buns.

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

2lb pork tenderloin

2 carrots, chopped

2 parsnips, chopped

½ cup soy sauce

1 tbsp yellow mustard

2 tbsp avocado oil

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 shallot, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

 

Directions

  • Turn crock pot on low. Add all marinade ingredients and whisk with a hand blender.
  • Pour avocado oil in the crock pot and place vegetables in then put tenderloin in top. Pour in marinade.
  • Cook for 4 hours then serve with juices poured over meat and vegetables.

 

Making Hearty Soups

There’s nothing like coming home to a warm bowl of soup during the colder months and a crock pot makes soup making a breeze. Try these delicious and healthful recipes.

Beef and Barley Soup*

Ingredients

*Barley is not permitted in the Paleo diet, so in this recipe, it is replaced with cauliflower rice. To make cauliflower rice, simply take cauliflower florets and grind them in a food processor until they become tiny granules.

2 pounds stewing beef

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp avocado oil

10 cups beef stock

2 cups celery, chopped

2 onions, chopped

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 small jicama peeled and cubed

3 large carrots, peeled and cubed

1 cup cauliflower rice

Directions

 

  • Rub salt and pepper into the beef. Add oil to a pan and lightly brown the meat.
  • Turn the crock pot on low and add oil. Place the vegetables in the crock pot and the beef on top.
  • Add beef stock, onions, and garlic and stir. Cook for six hours. Add cauliflower rice and simmer for another hour.

 

French Onion Soup

 

Ingredients

 

6  tbsp butter

2 tbsp olive oil

4 large yellow onions, sliced

1 tbsp white sugar

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup cooking sherry

8 cups beef stock

¼ tsp dried thyme

1 bay leaf

8 slices French bread

1½ cups Gruyere cheese, grated

 

Directions

 

  • Place onions in slow cooker and stir in sugar, melted butter, and oil. Cook on low heat overnight.
  • Stir in sherry, broth, and herbs.
  • Cook on low for another 6 hours.
  • Put soup into oven safe bowls. Top each bowl with a slice of French bread and grated cheese.
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes to slightly brown the cheese.
  • Serve with chopped scallions on the side.

 

There are so many advantages to using a crock pot. Not only can you save time and money, but you get delicious meals every time, with the minimum of effort. They use less energy than your oven and because they cook at low temperatures, your food never gets scorched or burned. Crock pot meals are also generally healthier because the meat cooks in its own juices.

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Thank you so much Maya for being with us today.

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