Today is the 2018 Favorites Edition. My work schedule this year has been more hectic than usual, so I tried to be better about planning out meals. Mondays through Wednesdays are my longest days, so I use the crockpot. That way, dinner is ready as soon as I’m finished working. Here are my family’s top five favorite crockpot recipes from 2018. All of these happen to be tree nut-free (C is allergic) and are easy to convert to gluten-free (I have celiac).
2018 Favorite Easy Crockpot Meals
1. Garlic Butter and Chicken Pasta by The Magical Slow Cooker
Oh my word, this is so, so delicious. There are never any leftovers! I like that it uses chicken thighs because they don’t dry out in the crockpot. I use Ronzoni’s gluten-free pasta because it doesn’t get mushy or glue-like, and it really does taste like regular pasta.
2. Butternut Squash Soup by Gimme Some Oven
We don’t care that we’re in Florida and it’s hot most of the year. We’ll just crank up the AC and enjoy this soup whenever we like, which is about once a month. I hate peeling and cutting butternut squash, though. Anyone have good tips on that?
3. Smoked Sausage and Hashbrown Casserole by Lauren’s Latest
This is definitely a comfort food. The best part of this recipe is that she tells you how to make homemade condensed cream of chicken soup, and it is so tasty! To make that gluten free, I used King Arthur’s Gluten Free Measure for Measure flour (which has never let me down) and Herb-Ox’s Chicken Bouillon cubes.
4. Apple Cider Pulled Pork by Whole30
Okay, so I had an incident trying to make pulled pork in my crockpot. It didn’t turn out well at all, one of those “throw it out, we’ll just grab fast food tonight” deals. One of my flute students told me her mom makes the best pulled pork, so I texted her to find out the recipe. And this was it! It definitely cooks with a kind of strong vinegar smell, but the taste is amazing. My student was right – it’s the best.
5. Crockpot Baked Ziti by Build Your Bite
Again, Ronzoni’s gluten free pasta if you’re like me and can’t have regular pasta. I’m not usually a big fan of ricotta, but I really look forward to this recipe. The trick here is to make sure you use enough sauce so that it doesn’t dry out.
I have a Pinterest board dedicated to recipes tried and loved if you’d like to see some of the other recipes we enjoy. Not all of them use the crockpot, but they’re all fairly easy to make!
If you have a favorite busy day recipe to share, drop me a link in the comments! I’m always looking for more ideas. 🙂