June 16, 2024

4-Ingredient Dump Meals: Quick Comfort for Busy Families

Dump-and-go slow cooker dinners are a lifesaver for busy individuals, particularly overwhelmed moms, who want to prepare a meal with minimal effort. These recipes are about convenience and time-saving, as they require no pre-cooking and involve a hands-off cooking process once the ingredients are in the crock-pot.

Crock Pot Baked Beans

This easy Crock Pot Baked Beans recipe uses common ingredients you likely already have in your fridge. The key ingredients include an onion, canned pork and beans, trimmed pork chops, ketchup, and mustard. For added flavor and color, sauté the trimmed pork chops before adding them to the crockpot. Don't forget to drain the pork chops for a few minutes to remove excess grease before they go into the dish. This recipe offers a convenient and delicious way to prepare a hearty meal using a slow cooker.

Quick and Simple Dump-and-Go Recipes

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The following dump-and-go slow cooker recipes require about three ingredients each, making them perfect for busy days:

  • Easy Healthy Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots: This dish consists of chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, and seasonings.
  • Pulled Pork: Made with pork loin roast, BBQ sauce, and Dr. Pepper or Root Beer soda.
  • Ravioli Casserole: Containing Italian sausage, marinara sauce, cheese ravioli, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Chicken and Gravy: Using cream of chicken soup, brown gravy mix, chicken breasts, and seasonings.
  • French Dip Sandwiches: Prepared with bottom round thin beef, au jus gravy mix, and provolone cheese.
  • Chicken Fajitas: Consisting of chicken breasts, bell peppers, and fajita or taco seasoning.

These recipes are not only easy and affordable but also offer options for customization. For example, leftover pulled pork can be frozen, and chicken and gravy can be served over mashed potatoes.

Crock Pot Dump Meals
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Four-Ingredient Crock Pot Recipes

If you're looking for super simple recipes, these three dump-and-go crock-pot recipes each use just four ingredients:

  • Cranberry Chicken: Includes French dressing, cranberry sauce, and onion soup mix with chicken breasts. Can be served over mashed potatoes.
  • Garlic Parmesan Chicken: Involves cream of chicken soup, Sweet Baby Ray's garlic Parmesan sauce, and cream cheese with chicken breasts. Can be served over pasta.
  • Crock Pot Queso Chicken: Features diced tomatoes with green chilies, taco seasoning mix, and queso dip with chicken breasts. Can be served in tortillas with cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce.

All these recipes are cooked in a crock-pot on low for about 6 hours, though the cooking time may vary based on your slow cooker model. Each can be adjusted to taste, with shredded, diced, or whole chicken, and extra liquid can be strained as needed.

Crock Pot Meals for Fall

Here are three favorite slow cooker recipes for fall:

  • Smothered Pork Chops: Using pork chops, dry onion soup mix, pork gravy, cream of chicken soup, and chicken broth, cooked in a crock-pot for 4-6 hours on low.
  • Cheesy Chicken and Potato Crockpot Meal: Made with hash brown potatoes, chunked chicken, seasonings like paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning, cooked on high for 4 hours with additional cream.
  • Chili: Includes ground beef, onions, pinto beans, Rotel tomatoes with chilies, tomato sauce, chili beans, and French's chili seasoning, cooked on low for several hours.

Additionally, a Pumpkin Better Than Sex Cake can be made by combining a boxed cake mix with canned pumpkin, baking it, poking it with a wooden spoon handle, soaking it in sweetened condensed milk, and topping it with Cool Whip, caramel topping, and crushed Kit Kat bars.

Tips for Dump and Go Meal Prep

For those staying at an AirBnB or with limited kitchen resources, here are some helpful tips:

  • Choose recipes that require minimal ingredients and can be sourced easily from stores like Walmart.
  • Avoid recipes requiring spices or chopping to keep the process simple.
  • Look for recipes with specific measurements to make cooking as straightforward as possible.
  • Plan meals that utilize pantry staples and convenience products for quick prep.
  • Consider freezing leftover portions for easy future meals.

Cooking dump meals not only saves time but also provides a variety of options to suit different dietary preferences, making them versatile and suitable for everyone. Many recipes can be prepared in advance and stored in the freezer for up to a month, making meal prep even more convenient for busy individuals and families.

Recipe Category Recipes Key Ingredients Cooking Time
Dump and Go Recipes Easy Healthy Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots Chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, seasonings 6 hours on low
Pulled Pork Pork loin roast, BBQ sauce, Dr. Pepper or Root Beer soda 6 hours on low
Ravioli Casserole Italian sausage, marinara sauce, cheese ravioli, mozzarella cheese 6 hours on low
Chicken and Gravy Cream of chicken soup, brown gravy mix, chicken breasts, seasonings 6 hours on low
French Dip Sandwiches Bottom round thin beef, au jus gravy mix, provolone cheese 6 hours on low
Chicken Fajitas Chicken breasts, bell peppers, fajita or taco seasoning 6 hours on low
Four-Ingredient Recipes Cranberry Chicken Chicken breasts, French dressing, cranberry sauce, onion soup mix 6 hours on low
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Chicken breasts, cream of chicken soup, Sweet Baby Ray's garlic Parmesan sauce, cream cheese 6 hours on low
Crock Pot Queso Chicken Chicken breasts, diced tomatoes with green chilies, taco seasoning mix, queso dip 6 hours on low
Fall Crock Pot Meals Smothered Pork Chops Pork chops, dry onion soup mix, pork gravy, cream of chicken soup, chicken broth 4-6 hours on low
Cheesy Chicken and Potato Crockpot Meal Hash brown potatoes, chunked chicken, seasonings (paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning) 4 hours on high
Chili Ground beef, onions, pinto beans, Rotel tomatoes with chilies, tomato sauce, chili beans, French's chili seasoning Several hours on low

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