Quick and Inexpensive Crockpot Dinner Recipes
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3 Quick and Inexpensive Crockpot Dinner Recipes

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Does your family have a busy week coming up?  Try some of these quick and inexpensive crockpot dinner recipes.  That will save you some time!Using your crockpot can make life a bit easier. Let things cook while you are at work, and dinner will be ready to serve after school. Try some of these quick and inexpensive crockpot dinner recipes.

Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

No Fuss, No Fail, Amazing Spaghetti
This recipe comes from the official Crockpot website. It will serve 8 people. Pour this easy to make sauce over spaghetti noodles (that you boil shortly before dinner time). You will need:

* 1 pound of ground beef
* 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (10.75 ounces)
* 1 bag of seasoning blend (12 ounce size)
* 1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 ounce can)
* Many different seasonings (which are listed in detail on the crockpot website).

It takes 10 to 15 minutes to prepare. Brown the ground beef in a skillet with the seasoning blend. Put the tomatoes in the crockpot while the beef is browning. Drain the beef when it is brown, and add the beef to the tomatoes. Add the can of mushroom soup to the crockpot and stir. Add the rest of the seasonings. The suggested time on high heat is 4 hours.

Honey Sauced Chicken
This easy recipe comes from the Chef in Training blog. You will need:

* 3/4 pound of chicken breasts
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/4 tsp. black pepper
* 1/2 cup of honey
* 1/4 cup of soy sauce
* 1/8 cup of chopped onion
* 1/8 cup of ketchup
* 1 Tbs vegetable oil
* 1 clove of minced garlic
* 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and put it in the crockpot. Mix the honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Pour it over the chicken. Cook on low for 3 hours or on high for 1 ½ hours. Cut chicken into small pieces when done. Make some rice to serve it on.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
This makes a great side dish for dinner. I found the recipe at Allrecipes. You will need:

* 5 pounds of red potatoes – cut into chunks
* 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
* 1 tbs minced garlic
* 1/2 cup butter
* 3 cubes of chicken bouillion
* 1 (8 ounce) container of sour cream
* salt and pepper to taste

Boil some water on the stove. Add potatoes, garlic, and bouillon. Cook until potatoes are tender but firm. It takes about 15 minutes. Drain, but keep the water. Mash the potatoes in a bowl with sour cream and cream cheese. Add in the water if needed. Transfer it all into your crockpot. Cook on low for 2 or 3 hours. Stir in butter just before serving.

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