Five Easy Crockpot Recipes

five easy crockpot recipesWe are in the midst of a heat wave here in Northern California.  Just the thought of being in the kitchen in the evening is enough to make me want to jump in a tub of ice water!!

We have a few options for avoiding the stovetop and oven.  Fast food, grilling and salads are three of them.  But one of my all-time favorite methods of cooking is in a crockpot.  It’s easy, takes very little prep time and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.  If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can find them cheap at yard sales.

Here are my five favorite (and easy) crockpot recipes:

Five Easy Crockpot Recipes

Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

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Absolutely delicious, loaded with veggies and way less sodium than the traditional version!!

Crockpot Beans With Ham

five easy crockpot recipes
Yummy, Tummy-Filling and Super Inexpensive

 Crockpot Chicken Noodles

five easy crockpot recipes
Easy to Make and Oh-So-Comforting!!

Crockpot Refried Beans

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No fat, but with all the flavor of restaurant refried beans!

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

five easy crockpot recipes
I’m making this one today. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

What’s your go-to crockpot recipe?

Six Yummy Blackberry Recipes

blackberry recipesBlackberries are in season!!  They’re inexpensive, delicious and good for you.  Who could ask for more from a tiny fruit?  I asked some of my blogger friends to help me out, and compiled this scrumptious list of blackberry recipes.  Enjoy!!

First up is my own recipe for Easy Berry Phyllo Tarts.

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Need I say more?

Another tasty dessert recipe comes from Jen at Thrifty Northwest Mom.  Jen shares her recipe for Simple Blackberry Crumb Cobbler.

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Easy and delicious – plus check out the adorable pic of Jen’s family’s berry picking adventure!!

Tina, from The Worktop, shared her recipe for a Blackberry Ginger Mocktail.

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Cool and refreshing. Tina also drinks this mocktail to help combat her morning sickness!!

For those of us who don’t mind a little alcohol once in awhile, Tiffany from Living Sweet Moments shares her recipe for a Tropical Moscato Sangria.

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These would be perfect for my friend Debbie’s next wine party!!

Raquel from Organized Island shared this quick and easy recipe for a Berry Cherry Smoothie.

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I think this is my new favorite workday breakfast. Now if I could just find my blender…

Last, but certainly not least, is this easy but fancy recipe for Mixed Berry Gazpacho from Tiffany at Living Sweet Moments.

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This gazpacho would be perfect for brunch or as a light dessert.

What’s your favorite blackberry recipe?  Please share a link or email me if you would like to share your favorite recipe on the blog.