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One-Pot Wonders

Anyone who's cooked knows how precious stove top and oven real estate is. Enter the crockpot. And what’s not to love about these under-valued appliance recipes?

Article
Tiffany Duncan
Photos
Chelsi Fisher
Posted
December 29, 2017

With January comes the beginning of the coldest months in the year, and it’s a long haul until we’ll see those Green Country spring blooms. With those too-early sunsets, the long and dark evening hours, and biting winds whistling around the house, wintertime can certainly be a fairly depressing season — but only if you let it.

Utilize winter’s harsh conditions to hole up with friends around the dinner table for hours, or have a board game night and create a space for deep reconnection with your family. And the best way to feed a crowd — especially after coming in from the cold outside — is with a crockpot that’s been slowly cooking away for hours and hours, filling the air with the welcoming scent of a warm meal.

Chicken and Dumplings

Is there anything on this planet more comforting than a hot bowl of hearty, creamy chicken and dumplings to warm your bones? (Hint: no, there isn’t.) And this recipe is especially delicious because it calls for homemade cream of chicken soup rather than buying cans of a mysterious, jellified substance.

Chicken and Dumplings (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Chicken and Dumplings (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Black Bean Soup

This recipe is a hearty, healthy soup that can be made vegetarian and even vegan. It’s a wonderful option to have when you host friends with dietary restrictions or preferences, or if you simply are craving something healthier and lower calorie to meal prep after months of holiday indulgence.

Black Bean Soup (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Black Bean Soup (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

This is a major crowd-pleaser, especially for those devotedly carnivorous eaters out there. Tender, slow-cooked, and slathered in thick caramelized layers of brown-sugared sauce with a mouth-watering balsamic tang, this will likely become your entertaining go-to for years to come.

Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)