Crock It! Back To School


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It happens to me every fall. No matter how much I’m ready for school to start, it takes me a while to “get my groove on.” After only two days of school the first week, I was out of bread and cold cuts by Monday. I recovered quickly, but then was hit with the sports practices.

I’ve heard horror stories for years about practice schedules and families eating in shifts. This year, between soccer and gymnastics, both three days a week, I’m there.  And, just like my lunch issue, I was caught off guard on the first day and scrambling to make dinner for my kids. Even though it doesn’t quite feel like fall, I’m quickly back to using my Crock-Pot at least twice a week, and going to the family’s favorite recipes. If you’re finding yourself in the same situation, where making dinner is best done at 10 a.m., here are some recipes from’s Crock It! series on slow-cooker cooking. These are some of my favories, my family’s favorites and readers’ favorites. Enjoy!

Tuscan Bean and Spinach Soup (Excellent with some warm bread.)

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Risotto with Sundried Tomatoes (A great side dish without the stirring.)

Winter Citrus Chicken (It doesn’t have to be winter for this one.)

Citrus chicken

BBQ Pulled Pork  (So easy and no need to pre-cook the pork.)

Chocolate Chicken Chili Soup (You’ll have them at “chocolate”.)

Barbecued Baby Back Ribs (Who doesn’t love ribs?)

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Chicken Fiesta Soup (This is spicy and great after an evening outdoor game or practice.)

Spicy Sweet Chili (The Giants won during a playoff game the last time I made this so maybe it’s good for Verona football too!)

Spicy Sweet Chili

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