I love using my crockpot. I love the smell of cooking food when you come home from work - it's like someone cooked for you! Plus it saves lots of time when I get home at night.
My favorite website for crockpot recipes is A Year of CrockPotting. Not only does the CrockPot Lady have great recipes (seriously, they make my mouth water!), but she also gives the verdict of how each one turned out and any suggestions of changes AND how the dish was received by her children! Of course, that is not a guarantee that my children will eat it (especially the Girl!)
(As an aside, I made MissyZ's Pasta, Spinach and 3 Cheese Frittata on Monday night and the Boy couldn't get enough of it. I was so excited that he ate spinach as he hates green food with the fire of a thousand suns!)
Back to the crockpot. I use to only use it in the winter for a pot roast every now and then. But I've discovered (I'm sure I'm not the first) that it is a really great way to have a hot cooked meal anytime without having to turn on the oven! And there are so many things you can cook - soups, chicken, pork, beef, side dishes... So I've starting using mine at least once a week, sometimes twice. It is especially good for nights when I know that I'm going to be home later than normal.
And the big reason that I have been trying new crockpot recipes - we are putting an addition on our house and the kitchen is expanding, so we will be out of it for about 1-2 weeks (oh please, oh please be closer to 1 week!) So I'm trying to gather some things I can cook without the oven and the crockpot can be plugged in anywhere!
This recipe is super easy to put together, which is good for me in the morning. You could brown the meat before throwing it in the crockpot, but I just don't have time for that!
Asian Pork Roast
3 lb pork roast
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce (gluten free, of course)
1 Tbls catchup
2 cloves garlic, minced
Mix the orange juice, soy sauce, catchup and garlic. Pour a small amount in the crockpot, to just cover the bottom. Place the pork roast in the crockpot and pour the remaining mixture over the top. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
When you are ready to eat, you can make a sauce from the cooking liquid. Just pour some of the liquid into a sauce pan, add cornstarch dissolved in cold water (or some other thickener). Heat and stir until desired consistency is reached. Pour over pork slices.