A new way to cook in your slow cooker!
I met these folks at an event a few weeks ago and said I would love to try their products, I am such a busy blogger that I do not have time to cook meals for my family half the time! They graciously consented to send me a sampling of their frozen Crock Pot Cuisine meals!
These meals are made using the highest quality, all natural and premium ingredients. I received the 3 pictured above and the Roasted Chicken & Mini Herbed Dumplings below which we have taste tested.
Yes, I am that busy parent, responsible for the meals, without enough hours to slave over a hot stove to prepare them. It seems funny that I would even have the nerve to type that, I am a SAHD, a stay at home dad, what else do I have to do?
I have a 10 1/2 year old son in 5th grade. He has a different activity every day of the week, sometimes 2 in one day. And I am the one bringing him back and forth. But it is Tuesdays that are especially difficult: after a little bit of playtime after school, we go to the Boys Club for drum lessons, and then we rush home for 1 hour of tutoring. I cannot cook while the tutor is here: we live in an apartment and they study at the dining room table. Tuesdays are the optimal slow cooker day for me, dinner is being prepared and I am nowhere to be found, it is perfect!
I set the crock pot up to cook the meal for 4 hours. That worked perfectly as I put it on as I left to pick up my son from school. This is not a 1 step process, I had to add the dumplings 1/2 hour before the end of the full process. That is not an issue for me, We are a family of big eaters so I planned on cooking some plain rice to add to the meal, it went perfectly with the creamy sauce. Dinner is the biggest meal of the day in my house so I tend to serve a super large meal.
I served the meal, definitely nervous about what my spouse would say. He is a very picky eater, and many of you know I am competing with my mother-in-law in trying to please him “food wise.” You know that is a contest that I will never win! Needless to say, he would never admit it, but I think he preferred this type of a meal to the ones I make from scratch. As long as he never says that out loud, we will be OK!
He loved it. And the biggest compliment he could give was to say that this particular dish tasted/reminded him of a chicken pot pie, one of his all time favorite meals. And most importantly the chicken was real chicken, not some patty formed substance, but white meat right off of the bone. Again, this is the type of thing that quickly sold my spouse on the quality of the meal.
Lastly, and most importantly, the ingredients on the box are what have me sold on this product: not one chemical or preservative. The one con I would add for your edification is that the meal does contain a lot of salt, 980 mg per serving. Since we are big eaters, adding the plain white rice helped to spread that salt out, and the good news was that it did prevent my spouse from adding salt, something he does with everything I serve.
Check out Crock Pot Cuisine for more information, and follow them on Facebook! And know that this is another blog review that my spouse enjoyed and will now cost him money because these are meals that I will be ordering when the samples we received are gone. That is the best review I could ever give, that I plan on spending my own money on the product!
(Did I mention that my adorable little son can’t wait to try the sausage and chicken pictured up top? Yes, he keeps telling me I can get up at 7 am and put the crock pot on the 12 hours setting. It is so helpful to have someone to put me on a schedule!)
Disclosure: I received a crock pot and the above 4 meals. This did not influence my writing in any way, all opinions are always 100% honest and our own.