Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Nights
December 05, 2018 • Posted in Cook, Eat,
If the holiday rush leaves you feeling, well, rushed, turn to your slow cooker. Here are three of our favorite crockpot meals to keep us going through the end of the season.
Orange Crockpot Meatballs
When it's really all about simplicity, you'll want these meatballs. Reach for a bag of frozen pre-cooked meatballs and a nearly full bottle of San-J Orange Sauce. Add them to your slow cooker with some water and cook on low for a couple hours.
There's no prep work and if you like to live on the wild side, you can even say there's no measuring! Just make sure the amount of water and sauce covers the meatballs but doesn't taste too diluted.
We like to garnish these meatballs with green onion for some added flavor and color. Serve them as an easy party appetizer. Or serve them over rice for a simple dinner.
Here are some tricks to switch it up:
- Try different kinds of meatballs, like pork or beef, or a mixture of veggies "meat" balls
- Use different sauces. San-J has a variety of Asian Cooking Sauces to choose from!
- Serve with rice, noodles, quinoa, or even mashed potatoes
Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Pork with Pickled Vegetables in Lettuce Cups
Here you'll find 3 main components, layered for the ultimate lettuce cups.
It starts with the juicy, tender pork. It's slow-cooked all day in a sauce of Tamari, chili garlic paste, ginger, and lime juice. After cooking is done, the pork is shredded then tossed in more sauce - this time San-J Asian BBQ Sauce to help layer in more flavor.
The second component is the quick pickled vegetables. These come together easily and can be made a day ahead of time to simplify the process. If you don't have rice vinegar, try white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. If you want to simplify even more, keep a jar of kimchi in the fridge and the pickled veggies are ready when you are.
Thirdly and finally, everything is scooped into crisp Boston lettuce leaves and sprinkled with cilantro and sesame seeds.
To help everything come together quickly - and for you to get out the door on time in the morning - cross these tasks off the night before:
- Mix the sauce
- Prep the pickled veggies - or buy kimchi
- Set the slow cooker on the counter, if it's not already there
- Make sure the pork is thawed and refrigerated
Then in the morning, all you have to do is throw the pork and sauce in the slow cooker and turn it on. Once evening rolls around, your house will smell incredible and you'll be ready to layer your lettuce cups. You'll be so proud of yourself for thinking ahead!
Slow Cooker Asian Sesame Chicken
Sometimes it's worth the extra effort to sear meat before adding it to the slow cooker. This is one of those times. Pan-frying the chicken first gives it a head start on the cooking and forms a crisp outer layer to lock in the flavor.
While the chicken is searing, whip up a gourmet sauce with Tamari, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and sesame oil. The chicken and sauce get slow-cooked together while you try to take your mind off of just how excited you are for this sesame chicken.
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