By Carrie Todd
RV living is built around adventure and convenience. Since the 1970s, the slow cooker (also known as the crock pot) has allowed cooks to prepare a meal at a time that is convenient, allowing them to go about their day and return to a hot, homemade one-pot meal. This makes it perfect for people traveling in their RV since it is not only time-efficient, it’s easy to use and simple to clean. Here are a few easy recipes to experiment with on the road.
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Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes
Easy and nutritious, this dish has everything you need for the perfect meal.
Coat the slow cooker with 1-tsp olive oil, and then add 2-cups red potatoes cut into fourths, 2-cups baby carrots, 1 ½-cups of sliced or chopped onion, and top this and 1-cup chicken broth. Cover 6 bone-in chicken thighs or 9 legs (depending on the size of your crockpot) evenly with a mixture of 1-tsp oregano, 1-tsp minced garlic, ¾-tsp sea salt, and ½-tsp freshly ground pepper. Either add the seasoned meat on top of the vegetables, or you can sear the meat first in a skillet to make it prettier.
Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for about 3 to 4 hours, until the chicken is done.
Creamy Mushroom Pork-Chops
This dish is so tasty that it has been my brother’s “go to” birthday dinner for nearly thirty years.
Layer four to six 3/4-inch thick, bone-in pork chops in your slow cooker and add 1-chopped medium-sized onion. In a bowl, combine one 10 ½-oz can of cream of celery soup, one 10 ½-oz can of cream of mushroom soup, 2/3-cup sliced mushrooms, and 2-tsp minced garlic. Mix these together and pour the mixture over the meat.
Cover and cook for 8 to 9 hours on low until you can pass a fork through the chops. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes and vegetables.
Kielbasa and Kraut
Possibly the easiest meal on the list, this is truly a one-pot meal in which you merely toss in all of the ingredients.
Cover the bottom of the slow cooker with baby red potatoes (just enough to cover it). Add a package (or can) of sauerkraut. Place two packages of kielbasa sausages (either intact or cut into 1-inch chunks) on top. Adjust the ingredient amounts per your preference.
Cook on high for about 3 to 4 hours or low for 7 to 8 hours, until the potatoes are done.
Roast Beef with Carrots, Red Potatoes, and Onion
This is an easy to make, healthy, and hearty dish, which is why it’s so popular. This is just one version that can be adapted to fit the tastes of your family or guests.
Apply 1-tbsp olive oil to the interior of the crockpot. Sprinkle one 3-pound boneless roast with ½-tsp sea salt and ½-tsp freshly ground black pepper. Place the roast in your slow cooker and add 2-cups sliced or cubed red potatoes, 2-cups baby carrots, 1-cup sliced celery, 1-cup chopped yellow onion, 2-cups vegetable broth, and 1-cup of water.
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours until done. That’s it!
What is a list of recipes without at least one dessert? With only a few ingredients, this crisp is a cinch.
Open 4 (21-oz) cans of your favorite, fruity pie filling. Cut larger fruit (like apple slices) into smaller, 1-inch pieces and place them into your slow cooker. In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1-cup Bisquick, ½-cup quick-cooking oats, ½-cup packed brown sugar, 1/3-cup granulated sugar, and ¼-tsp each of salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly. Use a fork to “cut” ½-cup of cold butter into the mixture. Sprinkle this over the filling, adding 1-cup of your favorite nuts if you like.
Cover and cook on a high setting for 3 hours. Serve warm by itself or topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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It’s easy to see why these slow cooker recipes are favorites among RVers. Using only one pot, they require less water to clean than other conventional methods, making them great options for use when dry-camping. Conserving water when you are a full-time RVer is so important. They also take up less room than many other styles of cooking, which is appreciated in the limited kitchen space of many RVs and travel trailers.
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