Portable Potfuls- the perfect one pot meal!

By Michelle Plummer

When I first began cooking I would get so frustrated with the Crockpot.  It wasn’t until I went to culinary classes and realized a crock pot is a small version of a steam jacketed kettle without the steam!  NO more burnt fondue, gravies or nacho dip!  Well imagine my surprise when you could actually make wonderful meals….not like meatloaf and potatoes like my Mom, but a Mexican fiesta, a delicious chicken in wine; macaroni and cheese!  I have learned to enjoy my Crockpot so much, I now own several!  While you are out playing or working in the yard, swimming, or just to lazy to cook….Crockpots make the worst cook look like a superstar and those who like to cook, it gives you freedom!  Here are 3 easy recipes you may wish to try!  So select your favorite recipe tell us which one you like and possibly you will be soon have a story to tell about your summer time one pot portables!

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

1 32 oz. bag of frozen southern style hash brown potatoes
1 lb. of bacon cut into pieces, fried and drained
1/2 cup diced onions
3/4 lb. cheddar cheese diced
1 dozen eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
salt & pepper


1. Layer the frozen potatoes, bacon, onions, and cheese in the crock pot in three layers. Finish up with cheese.

2. Beat the eggs, milk and mustard, salt &pepper together. Pour over the whole mixture.

3. Cook on low for ten to twelve hours


Crockpot Tortillas, OLE’

1  10 ounce can Rotel
4 chicken breasts, bnls, sknls
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
3 tablespoons dry onions
Sour cream, grated cheese, sliced green onions, salsa, taco sauce

Place rotel, chicken, spices and onion in Crockpot.  Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8.

Shred chicken, stir mixture and place 3 tablespoons on tortilla and garnish with toppings.


BBQ Green Beans (you have to try these at least once)

3 ounces bacon bits bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce
6 ounce can sliced water chestnuts
3 cans cut green beans, drained

Place all ingredients in Crockpot, cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5.  I can almost promise the pickiest eater will eat their veggies!

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