Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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mouse's picture mouse

I go through phases of using my crockpot and then not. When I'm really efficient, I chop stuff up the night before and toss it in the next morning. I recently started reading a crockpot blog though: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

Pretty much all of her recipes are gluten-free. A lot of them have meat, but there are 30+ vegetarian recipes. A good number of them look like pretty full meals.

We have, I think, a 4-quart Rival Crockpot. I'm considering adding a 6-quart, oval one so that I can make some larger dishes--plus, I'm dying to try recipes for desserts (cheesecake, creme brulee!) she has that involve placing a baking dish in some water in the crockpot.


beck's picture beck

I luv crockpots, truly and with all my heart. They are AWESOME. Especially if you like beef stews and brimming chicken parts, although i DO make a good white bean chili AND a good lentil soup. Oh, and a squash soup. So there's that.


mouse's picture mouse

OK, I think my previous comment got eaten because I had a link in it. I've been reading a site--crockpot365--over on blogspot. Most of the recipes have meet, but she has a good number that are vegetarian.

I like my crockpot, but go through spurts of using it a lot and then forgetting about it. I want to get a larger, oval crockpot now to make some of the dessert recipes at the above site.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for the link, Mouse. I have to say the idea of crock pot recipes is VERY appealing! Do you need the oval, larger size to make the dessert recipes?

I know you use your crock pot a lot, beck--and I'm always impressed!


mouse's picture mouse

She has some recipes that involve putting water in the crockpot and then cooking the dessert in a dish placed inside the crockpot. Desserts like creme brulee and cheesecake. I think it would be easier to get dishes in and out with a wider opening than what I have right now.


huddtoo's picture huddtoo

WOW! I was able to log in and can comment. For some reason I have a hard time with that on this site.

Anyway, I have a crock pot. I like it. I love the fact that I can come home to dinner done. I know of some good recipes that you may like. If you are a soup family, I have one good one you may like a lot. Tried and true for the crock pot are the best. You can experiment, but you never know what you may get. Depends on if you want to go that way.

I have a round one. I like it, but I think an oval would be better because you can layer things in it a lot more easily.

You know, honestly, I think the reason I don't use it a lot is that I don't care for meats that have been cooked all day long. I'm a quick cooking person. A coworker friend of mine makes spaghetti in hers all the time.

I could email some recipes if you'd like. Or post on my blog if you are interested.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I meal plan, on a good week! I use my crock pot now and then, but I don't use it regularly and I really should. The meals end up being delicious and it is nice to come home to a finished meal. I haven't made any vegetarian dishes in mine, but it seems like chili would be easy to do in a crock pot, with no meat...

The coffee thing, I've been cutting back in the past few weeks. I'm not really willing to give it up completely. I have been limiting myself to one cup, sometimes two.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks Huddto and Omaha--I think I've held off on the crock pot because I just hate getting appliances that I no longer use--they're do hard to store. But if we stick with the meal planning, I can see how a crock pot could make all the difference. I'm excited to give it a go!

I'm trying SO hard with this coffee thing. I love tea, but I'm really craving a cup of strong, milky-sweet coffee right now!


cate0404's picture cate0404

I am a single Mum to four, I work from home and two nights out of the week I am at sporting commitments. I have a crock pot and I LOVE IT, I sit down every Friday and meal plan for the week, I put the crock pot on Sat morning, go visit friends then go shopping then we come home to a home cooked meal. Tuesday and Thursday we also have a crock pot meal, this means that we can come back from freezing at the sporting commitments to a yummy hot meal. I have the oval crock pot and I think that it is easier and it is also bigger (so you can have the leftovers for lunch - yum). I originally bought a crock pot because three out of my four kids don't like meat and I didn't know what to cook, now I just take all the stews and soups and add beans instead of meat, it really is that versatile. They are also cheap to buy so if you don't end up using it you can pass it on to a friend (they might use it all the time). Hope this helps.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much Cate! I'm beginning to think I must have been crazy to survive so long without a crock pot! I'm already getting excited thinking about the fall stews and casseroles we can whip up, and it's amazing just how many vegetarian recipes there are out there.