Crockpot Hate & Our Allergy Home Meal Plan

My husband hates crockpots!  I know.  How dare he hate such a convenient kitchen appliance?  But it is true.  He does not like the flavor and texture of foods cooked in the crockpot.  Now, I actually have to agree with him somewhat.  I find the texture and flavor much better when foods are cooked on the stove top or oven as opposed to the crockpot.  But at what cost?  Well, for me, not much.  I am a stay-at-home-mom and I have a little more flexibility in my schedule to slave over a hot stove (although I’m cold right now and a hot stove sounds good), than your average working mom.  I will throw the occasional meal in the crockpot (with the expected sneered look from the husband), but try to avoid it for most meals.

What is the alternative?  Well, the stove/oven.  I cook roasts in the oven.  I cook soups, stews and chilis on the stove top.  It’s really not too big of a deal.  I don’t usually find it to be a hassle. I still have to prep the ingredients, just like I would for the crockpot.  I still cook meats in the oven on low temperatures for many hours, very similar to a crockpot.  But for some reason, there is a difference in the taste and texture of many dishes.  Honestly, I have found that you can easily convert crockpot recipes to the stovetop or oven, and vice versa.  One tip I discovered just last Christmas (as a gift) is the beauty of the Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven.  We affectionately call it the “flavor pot.”  It does a wonderful job on all dishes.

Do you have crockpot hate or crockpot love in your house?


Our Allergy Home* Meal Plan for the Week of October 2, 2011

First Ever Successful Pie


Sunday:  Mexican with Homemade Salsa (Made with cucumbers and artichokes!)

Monday: Chicken Barley Chili (this was pretty good)

Tuesday:  Willing Cook-A-Long Deep South Shrimp and Sausage

Wednesday:  PLOV (Russian Rice Pilaf)

Thursday:  Pasta Dish of some sort  (Remember I’m a loose meal planner.)

Friday:  Vegetarian Night – Bok Choy Saute with Coconut Rice

Saturday:  Refrigerator Round-up

Dessert:  Apple Pie with gluten-free crust (recipe coming soon)

*Most meals in our allergy home are free of dairy, egg, peanut, wheat, soy and corn.

PrintFriendly and PDF
This entry was posted in Cooking Tips, Meal Planning. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Crockpot Hate & Our Allergy Home Meal Plan

  1. Tess says:

    I would cook everything in the crockpot, if I could. We have a 6qt, 2qt, and a double crockpot that’s good for parties and keeping food warm. It’s just convenient and Paul likes it, so, I think we’re in the opposite situation. I don’t care for the mess of tons of pots and pants. The crockpot avoids that for the most part. I also like to be able to transfer the crockpot bowl right to the fridge to hold leftovers…one less item to dirty yet. Overall, I’d have a hard time getting along without it.

    • Cook says:

      I’m getting the feeling that I need to look into crockpots a little more. I think I hit a hot button for people today. I’ve gotten all kinds of comments on both my personal and Willing Cook FB pages about our “crockpot hate”…too funny!

  2. Dori says:

    That’s one good-looking pie!

    • Cook says:


      It’s not as nice as your pie, but it sure made us happy. I have a very bad track record with pie crusts, so to make this gluten & other allergy-friendly is a huge success! I’m posting the apple pie recipe on Thursday and will link up your pie crust.


  3. Pingback: Crockpot Love and Our Allergy Home Meal Plan | The Willing Cook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *