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5 Fabulous Weeknight Crockpot Recipes

I don’t know about you guys but I don’t have the time or the energy to slave over a hot stove cooking a 5 course meal for my family every day….or ever. I use my crockpot year round to help me save time and still be sure my family is getting a nutritious, hot dinner at the end of the day. I’ve compiled a huge collection of crockpot recipes over the years that I love to share. Today I’m sharing 5 of my easy weeknight recipes that require minimal prep work but give maximum results!ย 

Apricot Chicken

4 frozen chicken breasts
1 jar (11oz) apricot preserves
1 T Dijon mustard
1 T soy sauce
1/4 t ginger
Put frozen chicken in bottom of crockpot. Mix other ingredients in small bowl and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken before serving. Serve over rice.

Baked Ziti

1 box ziti noodles
1 lb fully cooked turkey sausage, sliced
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 carton (15oz) ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Mix ziti noodles and spaghetti sauce in bottom of crockpot. Add about 1/4 cup water to jar, shake and pour over ziti noodles. Add sausage, mushrooms, ricotta and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Stir together until mixed well. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Sloppy Joes

2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 t garlic powder
2 t yellow mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
6 t brown sugar
1 t black pepper

In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and green pepper; drain off fat. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, & brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Pour into crock pot and simmer for (at least) two hours. Season with salt & pepper. Serve on buns.

Baked Potato Soup

1 bag (30oz) frozen shredded hashbrowns
3 cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 t pepper
1 pkg cream cheese (full-fat)
Shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream for garnish
In crockpot, combine everything except the cream cheese. Cook on low for 6 hours. An hour before serving, mix in the softened cream cheese. Serve topped with sour cream, bacon bits and shredded cheddar cheese.ย 

Cowboy Chicken
4 frozen chicken breasts
1 T brown sugar
1 T Dijon mustard
2 cups salsa
1 cup sour cream
1 can whole kernal corn
Place chicken in bottom of crockpot. Mix brown sugar, mustard and salsa and pour over chicken. Add water to cover chicken with sauce. Cook on low for 6 hours. Half an hour before serving, shred chicken and return to crockpot and add sour cream and corn. Serve over rice.

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  • Anonymous

    On the baked ziti in the crockpot, do you boil the noodles a little before you put them in the crock pot, or just stick them in straight out of the box?

    • I never boil the noodles. Just pop them in the crockpot uncooked. But be sure not to open the crockpot lid before the cooking time is up so they cook all the way. I made that mistake the first time and couldn’t figure out why half my noodles were still hard!

  • Ok Cowboy Chicken is going in the crockpot for tonight!!!! Thank you!

  • I must try some of these next week! Dishwasher broke! Love the idea of one pot cooking!

  • i was just looking for crockpot recipes! These sound good!

  • I love this. Please link it to my linky party & anything else you have to share. It just went live a little early ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Peggy. http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/10/whatcha-work-up-wednesday-5-linky-parties-are-back.html

  • I love to cook with the crockpot! The cowboy chicken will definitely get a chance at our house!

  • I love my crock pot but I have such a hard time since I’m at work for 9 hours and all the good recipes seem to only need 4-6. I need one of those refrigerator to oven contraptions that probably cost zillions of dollars.

    • Anonymous

      I invested in a fancy crockpot with the timer. I work long days too. Omg. It is worth every penny. Check it out.

  • TexasJoy

    Thank you! I always LOVE new crockpot recipes!

  • Yay, crockpot recipes!!! I love being able to toss a hunk of frozen meat and some trimmings before I walk out the door and come back to a real meal.

  • I bet my husband’ll love that baked ziti recipe! Must try.

  • These are great – I especially love ideas for FROZEN chicken breast, since I invariably forget to thaw some. Pinning!

  • Pinned! Thank you, this is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m putting that apricot chicken on our menu for next week!

  • MUST PIN THIS!!!! Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚