Really, think about most crock pot (slow cooker) recipes you know. Dump some items in for anywhere from 3-8 hours and then when your family is starving, it's all ready to scoop out and feed them!
I already had some recipes that I liked from previous years, but I found another website from a friend's blog that was called A Year of Slow Cooking. Apparently this woman used her crock pot for a year straight to provide dinners for her family. I think she might be my new hero.
So far I've tried her carnitas recipe and tonight we did her Slow Cooker Meatballs in Peanut Chile Sauce. Both were a hit. Both were easy.
The trick with the crock pot is to remember to do it early enough in the day. There have been plenty of times that 4 o'clock rolls around and I'm wondering what to do for dinner and think I should've used the crock pot. 4 o'clock with no dinner plans usually equals In'N'Out for us. (It's really naughty that we live so close to one and that it's so darn cheap to feed the whole family.)
My old crock pot has become my new answer to dinner. The two biggest problems:
1. Cleaning the crock pot after we finish up, so that it's ready to go the next day.
2. In most recipes there's only a main dish. Who needs sides anyway?
So, if you've got a great recipe to share--leave me a link or email it to me! I'm on a mission here.