There are so many things you can prepare in the crock pot that you may not have thought about. I've known about soups, stews, roasts and casserole dishes, but I hadn't thought about vegetables, baked potatoes, meatballs, or rice. I hadn't thought about a crock pot as something to reheat in either.
From my online friend, Debra:
One thing that has helped me out with meals and prep time is my little 2 quart crock pots. I have gotten them at the day after
Thanksgiving blitz at Wal-Mart. They are perfect for putting your
veggies in first thing in the morning and they are ready by lunch time.
I had thought about pre-making main courses, but hadn't thought about pre-making veggies. What a grand idea! I started researching and trying different things I could prepare in the crock pot.
If you aren't a morning person, then maybe preparing these items in the evening and putting them in the refrigerator would be better for you than getting it together first thing in the morning. For me, as long as I have a plan, I can follow it, even when I'm not quite awake. The most important tool in pre-planing meals is a planned menu.
Colleen's Potatoes: I had some large baking potatoes and I cut them up into small cubes. I placed them into the crock pot with a small amount of water, some butter, pepper, crushed garlic, and some season salt. I started them about 8am this morning to be ready for noon and they were AWESOME!