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Bored and Hungry? Get The Crock Pot & Read This.

If you aren't measuring time during quarantine by meals, then one of us is doing isolation WRONG. How would I know it's Monday if I wasn't eating salmon for dinner? What would I have to look forward to on Friday if it wasn't burger night? Planning delicious, healthy (and some not-so-healthy) meals has helped me add a little razzle dazzle (and structure) to my weeks -- and plus, cooking is one of my favorite hobbies.


Quarantine can be a great time for anyone to start learning how to cook. And with a crock pot, the simplest 5-ingredient recipes can turn into a flavorful masterpiece that will have you looking like Ramsey.


Below is a curation of the crock pot meals I've made recently that I highly recommend. Give one a try next week, and let me know what you think!

Mango Salsa Chicken with Coconut Rice

Photo from Cooking Classy

I had been wanting to try this recipe out for a while, but I could never find Newman's mango salsa at the market in The Bahamas! Then one day, Baby Jesus answered my prayers and I found one single jar of the salsa hidden by a can of sardines. It was a Christmas miracle in March.


This shredded chicken is so flavorful, and the coconut rice makes it filling and tropical. I used the leftovers for lunch wraps topped with some sour cream and guac -- and after days of using it, I STILL had leftovers to freeze for a rainy day. Inexpensive, healthy and so easy...you can't beat it.


Spaghetti Bolognese

Photo from Parker Feierbach, Delish

Thank you Delish.com for sending me this Bolognese recipe straight from heaven! I'm not exaggerating -- it's so good, and the crock pot makes such a big portion that you can freeze your leftovers for another week! I love recipes that call for ingredients you're likely to already have, too. The key to this recipe is adding some red wine....to the crock pot, not your glass. You probably don't need another refill.


This one takes comfort food to a whole other level. Just add PASTA.


Texas Pulled Pork

This recipe pulled from AllRecipes.com is a perfect weekend treat -- especially served on a toasted, buttered hamburger bun with cole slaw on the side. Most of the ingredients are stuff you probably already have in your kitchen -- an onion, mustard, BBQ sauce, garlic. Buying what I needed cost me under $25 and in The Bahamas, that's unheard of.


It only lacks a photo because I don't think the image on the website does it justice, so use yo' damn imagination.

Beef Stroganoff

Photo from Betty Crocker

I take comfort food very seriously during a pandemic. Yes, it's important to eat healthy and get your veggies in -- but I have other priorities right now. Treat yo'self.


I don't think this BettyCrocker.com recipe will ever get old for me. It's so creamy, filling and tastes like childhood. The egg noodles make it complete. My market was out and I contemplated using regular pasta. I called my dad to see if that was okay and he said no. It's egg noodles or bust. I got my ass to another market and it was well worth it.


Also, cream cheese is life and should be added as a food group.

Chicken Cacciatore

Photo from Delish

When I made this the other night, the first thing Ryan said to me after tasting was, "How come you've never made this before?" I interpreted that as SUCCESS!


Chicken thighs hit the taste buds different. I even forgot the capers that the recipe called for, and it was still unreal. You really only need chicken, mushrooms, red pepper, crushed tomatoes and chicken stock to make this beauty. It gets extra points for being delicious AND healthy.

Parmesan Honey Pork Roast

Photo from Your Home Based Mom

Want to create something that looks and tastes like it was a ton of work, but really wasn't? This recipe from YourHomebasedMom.com is the one for you. It is perfect for a stay-at-home date night (not like we have a choice right now) or for a special occasion. I made it today for Easter, and I couldn't wait to write about it!


The sauce, the tender meat...I don't have many words. Just try it for yourself. I served it over mashed potatoes with brown butter carrots on the side (also made in the crock pot)!



I hope this blog post helps you get started on your journey to FLAVOR TOWN right at home. Be sure to let me know what you try. Enjoy!

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