Warm Up With Crockpot Soup For Supper

by Debra Marrs, Metro Moms Magazine editor

Every kitchen needs a slow cooker. Why? Because you can create fabulous hot meals using the “fix and forget” method of cooking. How? Pop a bunch of ingredients in the pot in the morning, turn it on, and forget about it until you’re ready to serve dinner 8 hours later.

Winter is the BEST time to bring out the slow cooker (or crockpot)

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons - User:MECU

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons – User:MECU

because the resulting meals are usually hearty and always piping hot. Imagine how great you’ll feel when you don’t have to do much more than toss a salad to go with a soup that’s been cooking all day.

Here’s a roundup of some great places to find delicious… not to mention EASY… slow cooker / crockpot meals.

1. 365 Days of Slow Cooking – If you haven’t discovered this website yet, and love the idea of slow cooking all day while you’re busy with other things, you’ll want to know about 365 Days of Slow Cooking. This site delivers on its promise. They post a new recipe every day. And they have a “Save Recipe” feature that allows you to collect ideas for later.

2. All RecipesAll Recipes has been around for quite some time. For any type of cooking, I love the feature that allows me to enter the ingredients I already have on hand. That way, there’s no dashing off to the grocery store, and dodging the weather. Enter “Crockpot Recipes” or “Crockpot Soup Recipes” in the search box, and get great ideas.

3. Food Network – I’ve never considered myself a foodie, but I do enjoy watching certain shows on the Food Network. I’m all about practical, no fancy stuff, cooking. So entering “Slow Cooker” in the search box on the Food Network’s site takes me right to good old hearty food.

4. Pinterest – I also really like browsing for ideas on Pinterest. Enter “Crockpot Recipes” or “Crockpot Soup Recipes” in the search box, and like magic, dozens of warm comfort food images appear, and my mouth starts watering. The images are what make this a fun place to grab ideas.

5. Saving Dinner – Our guest blogger, Leanne Ely, from Saving Dinner, is also a big fan of the slow cooker. She offers 4 Easy Tips for Crockpot Soups here. And here is Saving Dinner’s own roundup of slow cooking ideas.

The range of what’s possible with slow cooking is vast. From soups to pot roast and veggies to desserts, nutricious meals are just a recipe click away.

Debra Marrs teaches creative writing courses in memoir and personal essay. Her business writing workshops attract article, blog and ebook authors. Find her creativity and organization tips at YourWriteLife.com

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