Living in New Hampshire, most late afternoons in January are dark and cold. After a day of work there’s nothing quite like walking into a house that is warm and scented with dinner to make everything feel brighter. Whether it be meatballs, chili, or soup, the smell of a hot dinner helps to heat you as much as the furnace that is running. Even more so, it’s nice to know that when you come home, the bulk of your dinner prep is done.
Living in our new smaller accommodations, I had to make decisions when unpacking our kitchen as to what would be stored in our cupboards and what would be placed in our first floor storage unit. Thankfully it is located in the same building, but I did (obviously) delineate based on usage. Three items that I knew would be used more often were my food processor, blender, and large crockpot.
The crockpot definitely gets its fair share of use, and keeping it within our place will ensure that continues. Before I get into the new recipes for the week, here are a few of my favorite crockpot recipes from our archives.
Vegetable Vegetarian Soup– Soup is one of my favorite things to eat in winter. After all of the excessive eating during the holidays, this soup is light and refreshing yet warming.
Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup– If you want soup that’s full of veggies but will please the carnivores in your house, this is the recipe for you. With a simple broth base, it still is a light dish to serve.
Crockpot Beef Stew– If you like the warmth of soup but need something a bit heartier, this is the perfect dish. With its big chunks of beef and veggies mixed with a creamy sauce, it will guarantee full bellies.
Chicken Stew– For most of my adult life I have made beef stews. Two years ago it occurred to me that another meat could be used. This stew has a slightly different flavor profile but is just as warming and hearty.