I love using the Crockpot to create my meals. I think it is the best invention. No one should ever complain about not knowing how to put together a healthy or not so healthy delicious one pot meal. Put all the ingredients of your recipes into the Crockpot, sit, and relax. You can’t go wrong with using a Crockpot and messing up the meal is nearly impossible unless you don’t know how to season your ingredients.
You can make just about anything in them from main dishes to dessert. I mostly like cooking stews and soups in mine. Since I use the Crockpot often especially in the fall and winter time, I thought I would share some of my favorite Crockpot recipes. Here is my recipe for white bean soup with greens. I prefer great northern white beans.
1 lb bag of great northern white beans
1 bunch Swiss chard
2 to 3 small smoked turkey bones (legs)
1 whole yellow onion
1 to 2 tbsp minced garlic
Red pepper flakes (a sprinkle)
Salt and pepper to taste
6 oz of chicken broth
First I sort through the bag of beans to make sure they are free of any rocks then I rinse them in cold water to clean them of any dirt. With the Swiss chard I remove the leaves from the stem and wash them well and set aside. I place the beans in the crock pot with 6 ounces of chicken stock usually from home but if you have none then store-bought is fine. I cut up the onion; add the garlic, turkey meat, and the spices. I cover and let the bean mixture cook for a few hours maybe about three hours cook time. Afterward I take the Swiss chard and chop it into pieces and put it in the Crockpot. I do it this way because Swiss chard cooks down quickly and I like the beans half way done before adding them to the pot. You can add all the ingredients all together at the start if you prefer, it really just depends on how much you like your greens cooked down. You can substitute other meats or greens like collard, turnips or kale but if you use those types of greens, you should put them in at the start of the cooking process. Cook a few hours more I would say three or until the mean is falling off the bone and serve with hot water cornbread. I put my cornbread in the bottom of the bowl and add the soup on top breaking it up in the soup. Yummy!