Stick that in your pot and cook it

I got a crock pot for Christmas from Andrew’s mom, and can I just say – Best. Invention. Ever.


I love all things magical – unicorns, Santa Claus, boyfriends who clean up after themselves (yup, got one of those too) – but when that magic involves food creation, it’s a whole new level to me. And here’s the magic of the crock pot – you put in a bunch of easy seemingly random ingredients, turn it on, leave for the day, and come home to a house (or trailer) that smells like your grandma’s kitchen (assuming she’s a good cook) and a hot delicious meal ready and waiting.

For me the crock pot is extra exciting, and I like to think crucial, since I don’t have an oven in the trailer. So it really expands the cooking possibilities immensely.

To break in my new tool, I chose an extremely easy recipe from the Family Circus Slow Cooker Meals cookbook given to me by Andrew’s grandma.

Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo

What you need:
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
1 package (16 oz) frozen sweet peppers and onions veggie combo
2 cups loose-pack frozen cut okra
2-3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
Hot cooked rice

What you do:
1.) In crock pot, combine black beans, tomatoes with their juices, peppers/ onions, okra, and Cajun seasoning
2.) Cover crock pot and cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours or high heat setting for 3-4 hours.
3.) Serve over cooked rice.


Seriously, it’s that easy! Andrew was a bit skeptical of the dish since “you just dump a bunch of cans in the pot,” but let me tell you, it turned out great!


I used a brown rice blend that includes barley and seeds, which added a nice texture to the dish.


Go heavy on the Cajun seasoning. And I would recommend enjoying this meal with a nice beer to temper the spice.


3 responses to “Stick that in your pot and cook it”

  1. Here’s another wonderful “canned” recipe

    Chicken Tortilla Soup
    2 cans chicken broth (I use 32 oz carton)
    1 can Rotell
    1 can creamed corn
    1 can yellow corn, drained
    1 can chili beans
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    shredded chicken (or chopped chicken breast uncooked)
    Put all ingredients in the crock pot and let her rip for awhile

  2. I don’t want to question your vegetarian dish, but it looks like shrimp or ground turkey, or even some italian sausage would work with the veggies and make it very gumbo-ish. I’m glad you 2 are happy, enjoyed your trawler adventure as well, and your Christmas lights made your house look very homey.

    Love you both,

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