Super Easy Slow Cooker Dinners for Super Busy Weeks!

rootbeer pulled pork

OK….I’m running a little late getting my “One Good Thing” for today posted!  Me and the kids were watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One on DVD in preparation for PART TWO (and the FINAL movie!) coming out in theaters tonight at midnight!!!! The excitement is almost palpable in our house! :-)

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While I won’t be going to the midnight showing with my kidlets….(would rather see it with a theater full of “big kids” vs. TEENAGERS…no offense kids), I WILL see it this weekend.  It will be my treat to ME!  After all, a dark theater, with a large Diet Coke and a large buttered popcorn is pretty much my idea of paradise. :-)  I don’t do it nearly enough these days.

So….back to the task at hand.  Something to post about!  Since I am “short on time” tonight, it made me think of a couple of slow cooker recipes I’ve run across lately that are PERFECT for those days when dinner simply HAS to be quick and easy or nobody is going to eat!   BONUS….they look delicious!!!!  I’m jumping the gun a little here because I usually try and MAKE things before I post them….but honestly….I think you will agree these look pretty fool-proof!   (Not to mention delicious!!!  Did I already say that??)


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Easiest Dinner Ever (aka. Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken)

  • 1 bag of frozen Chicken Breast Tenderloins (2.5-3lb bag)
  • 8 oz block of cream cheese
  • 1 can of Black Beans, drained/rinsed.
  • 1 can of Corn, drained.
  • 1 can of Rotel

put frozen chicken in the crockpot.
put cream cheese on top of the chicken.
dump in drained AND RINSED black beans
dump in the drained corn
dump in the Rotel

Cover & cook in crockpot on low for 6-8 hours.
Stir ingredients every couple of hours (if you’re around).
You can shred the chicken when it is done, or leave it as tenderloin

After 6 hours:
Turn crockpot off & let it sit for 30-45 minutes to thicken up.
Serve over rice.
Makes a BIG batch.  Can use leftovers for burritos or tacos!

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Does that look EASY and DELICIOUS or what??  I think I’m going to throw this in the crockpot tomorrow morning as a matter of fact!


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This NEXT recipe I am DEFINITELY making this weekend!



ROOTBEER Pulled Pork Sandwiches


  • 1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin (pork shoulder or butt can also be used)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can of root beer
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle of barbecue sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns


Put pork tenderloin in slow cooker and pour the can of root beer over the meat. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until pork shreds easily with a fork. After pork has cooked, drain and discard the root beer. Shred the pork and place it BACK in the slow cooker. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pork and stir to combine. Serve immediately or keep warm in slow cooker until ready to serve. Serve on hamburger buns.

I repeat……….EASY and DELICIOUS!!!

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Buy some bakery rolls to REALLY impress family and friends!  Or, you could go REALLY crazy and make some Rhodes Bakery frozen rolls!  (true confession time.  I made Rhodes Rolls for the first time EVER a few weeks ago….and now I am completely obsessed with them!)

This could definitely be considered “party food” too!  But how easy for just plain ol’ family dinnner!

There ya go………now you are SET for those days when dinner simply, positively HAS to be a CINCH!

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  1. lovescolorado says

    You aren't supposed to ever put frozen meat in a crockpot. The things I've read says it let's the food stay at an unsafe level too long. Maybe thaw the frozen chicken first?

  2. Nicki says

    I make the pulled pork sandwiches like this all the time. The only difference is that I use a bottle of beer. It gives the meat a very tangy yeasty flavor that I love. The alcohol cooks off so there is no worry there. I also save the broth and make an awesome brown gravy for mashed potatoes. I have also tried this with a can of cola and a can of orange soda. They all come out delicious! :)

  3. Susan Johnson says

    Have often wanted to try similar recipes….what about sugar free drinks? Think it would work?

  4. says

    If you ever want super-easy chicken for tacos, burritos, etc. you can put the frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot, dump a jar of Pace Salsa (or your favorite) on top and let it cook just like int he 1st the recipe above. Once cooked, shred the chicken up, put it back in the salsa and mix it up a bit. So yummy and easy! I also like to use the Salsa Verde (green stuff) every once in a while, too! Numm-o! :)

  5. Amy says

    Loving your website! Total newbie at cooking. Can you use pork loin instead of tenderloin? Thanks!!

  6. Angie says

    This was so good. My hubby who is quite difficult to impress said that this was better than Marks Feed Store BBQ, I made it for after church Sunday and were having left overs tonight becuase as soon as I get off work its open house night at our daughters school so there wont be time to make dinner. We’ll be having it with your cole slaw. I know were not suppose to swear, but I swear I wish I kew all the stuff you share with your readers 10 years ago!! Thank you so much!!

  7. says

    My husband won’t eat pork–which is a shame because I’m Polish and love it. Anyway, what could I use instead of the pork loin? I’ve done chicken before which is okay, but want something different. Would brisket be okay?