Make dinner time easy by using your slow cooker. Here are 30 days of the best crock pot recipes. *Disclosure: This post is sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. I am a Project Envolve Ambassador and have received product/compensation to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
Did you know that your kitchen accounts for 15% of your home energy use? I was shocked when I learned that. From cooking to clean up, kitchen appliances use quite a bit of energy and we see it every month in our utility bills.
One way you can lower your energy use is by using smaller, more efficient appliances – like microwaves and slow cookers. Plus, these smaller appliances will help you save time, too!
My slow cooker is one of my most used small appliances. It uses a lot less energy than my stove or over and, because it’s smaller, clean up is super easy (and uses less hot water).
Saving energy can be quick, easy and convenient and you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of your family’s meals. Here are 30 days of the best slow cooker recipes!
30 Days of the Best Crock Pot Recipes:
- Crock Pot Ravioli
- Slow Cooker Mexican Fiesta Chicken
- Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken
- Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs
- Slow Cooker Lasagna
- Crock Pot Chili
- Slow Cooker Italian Pot Roast
- Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
- Creamy Italian Slow Cooker Chicken
- Slow Cooker Venison Stroganoff
- Slow Cooker Parmesan Pork Roast
- Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork BBQ
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos with Sriracha Slaw and Candy Sauce
- Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
- Slow Cooker Sloppy Steak
- Sticky Slow Cooker Chicken
- Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Pork Chops
- Slow Cooker Turkey and Stuffing
- Creole Pork Tenderloin
- Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Pasta
- Slow Cooker Three Bean Beef and Chili
- Southwestern Turkey Chili
- Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches
- Sweet ‘n Spicy Slow Cooker Mango Chicken
- Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
- Slow Cooker Cubano Sliders
- Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Efficient Cooking Tips
- Use small electric pans, toaster ovens or convection ovens for small meals rather than your regular oven or stove. These smaller appliances can use one-third to one-half as much energy.
- Use microwaves and slow cookers when possible. They also use less energy than your stove or oven.
- Keep the inside of your microwave and oven clean. It helps improve their efficiency.
- Use your dishwasher only when it’s full. According to the Dept of Energy, you can save 5,000 gallons of water each year and $40 in utility costs by using a dishwasher as opposed to hand-washing.
- Use the air-dry option on your dishwasher. It saves energy and keeps the machine from using a heating element to bake your dishes dry.
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For more great recipes and energy saving tips check out PPL Electric Utilities Taste the Energy Savings blog feature on The Wire and visit PPL on Pinterest. Oh, and one last thing, if you’re looking for some tips on using your slow cooker, check out this post. If you like this post, make sure you sign up for It Is a Keeper’s email newsletter! You’ll receive a FREE Kitchen Cheat Sheet Printable as a thank you! For more recipe inspiration, be sure to check out these pages on It is a Keeper: