Watching playoff football is a must around here, especially when my favorite teams are still in the running. This means I do not want to spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up when the games are shown. This is where the crockpots become the star players in our house.
Tonight’s gluten free, casein free meal was a juicy baked chicken with carrots and onions and wonderful baked red garnet sweet potatoes. This is where multiple crockpots is great. In my favorite All Clad stainless steel lined 6.5 quart crockpot I placed 2 rough chopped onions and 2 organic carrots, a whole organic chicken, 2 cups water, 2 bay leaves, olive oil and 1 Tablespoon Rosemary Salt. Put the vegetables in first, next the chicken, pour in the water, add the bay leaves, sprinkle the oil on top of the chicken and then the rosemary salt. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. In my new 4 quart ceramic crock I placed 2 large organic red garnet sweet potatoes each wrapped in foil. Put the lid on and cook on high for 6 hours.
The house smelled wonderful, I got to watch the games and clean up took 5 minutes.
I never thought about having multiple crockpots before I started reading Stephanie’s blog, A Year of Crockpotting. She has wonderful recipes,
ideas and info on how to use your crockpot. Her blog is a must read. First she inspired me to start using the one I had and then I started thinking how I could create more meals with different crockpots.
So for Christmas I asked for and received the 4 quart crockpot and a triple crockpot buffet cooker. That was great for New Year’s Eve.
If you’re clearing out your kitchen and you pull out your crockpot that you’ve not used in a long time don’t get rid of it. Wash it up and get cooking. Your crockpot can save you time and money while cooking great gluten free and dairy free meals.
There are more playoff games next weekend so my crockpot will be busy. How about yours?