Good morning, friends and HAPPY FRIDAY! I hope you have had a productive week and are looking forward to a fun filled or super relaxing) weekend. I know I am! Originally we had planned on taking a day trip down to Richmond, something we have wanted to do since we moved to DC last summer, but decided to save the trip for a warmer weekend. It sounds like we will be hanging around town and hitting up a few museums. Sounds great to me!
Here is another roundup of my Friday Favorites! I think you will really like these ones! 🙂 Please feel free to join in the conversation in the comments section below.
At the top of the list this week is the CROCKPOT! I have been using my crockpot religiously for years and I can’t tell you enough—it is a rock solid kitchen staple! Behind my Vitamix, it is probably my number one most used kitchen appliance. No joke. I make crockpot meals several times a week and here is why:
- Total time saver. It typically takes about 10-15 minutes to prep the food, usually a load of veggies, to toss in the crockpot but after a few minutes of quick prep, it is set it and forget it! I LOVE how simple and delicious dinner can be with absolutely no fuss. If I know I have a busy morning and wont have time to prep ingredients before the day gets going, I will even prep the night before and keep the pot of the crockpot in the fridge until morning. It really doesn’t get any easier.
- Budget friendly. There are two main reasons that crockpot meals can feed your family for less. You can typically buy cuts of meat that are less expensive because cooking them over a long period of time tenderizes the meat into juicy goodness—while beef chuck, brisket and roast (rump or bottom round) are cheaper and work really well in the crockpot, I ALWAYS recommend buying grass-fed/pasture raised beef and local whenever possible. Remember, whatever the animal eats, you eat as well!
- Leftovers. The second reason crockpot meals can save you money on your grocery bill is because they make a heap of food! I love reheating crockpot meals for weekday lunches or a dinner later in the week when I am just not in the mood to cook!
- No mess. Okay, while the first three reasons were total rock stars, this has got to be the winner. I mean, who actually enjoys washing all of those pots and pans after a delicious dinner. I know I don’t! One pot and you. are. done.
- Versatility. You can do ANYTHING in the crockpot. Soups, sauces, stews, meat, vegetarian dishes, breakfast, casseroles, broth, cider, yogurt. Seriously. Anything. And the best part, it allows you to sneak in a hefty dose of veggies into your meal!
If you don’t own one, I highly suggest making the small investment, I am certain you will not be disappointed. You don’t need anything fancy! I have this one and it has been going steady for at least 5 years, maybe even longer!