Cooking for one? We'll show you how to cook small meals in a large slow cooker by using an oven safe bowl. Plus, we're sharing several single serving slow cooker and Crock Pot recipes specially created to serve one person. No need to rush out to purchase a small slow cooker, adapt recipes to the size of your slow cooker.
We love our slow cooker and here at One Dish Kitchen we have several delicious slow cooker recipes that serve one or two people.
What if you have a large slow cooker though? Do you need to purchase a small one?
The answer is no. You can cook small portion, easy Crockpot meals in a large slow cooker. We will show you the easy way to adapt recipes to the size of your slow cooker!
How To Adapt Recipes To The Size Of Your Slow Cooker
For the slow cooker recipes featured on this website, I suggest using a 1.5 to 3-quart slow cooker.
If you have a large slow cooker, that's fine too. You can easily adapt your large slow cooker into a small slow cooker by placing an oven safe bowl inside of the bowl of your slow cooker. This absolutely works and I’ve done it many times.
Rules to follow...
- Be sure to use an oven safe bowl inside the big bowl of the slow cooker.
- Slow cookers work best when they are about two-thirds to three-quarters full. When the bowl isn't full enough, the food will cook faster and possibly burn. If the bowl is too full, the food may need to be cooked longer than the suggested cooking times.
- Always cook with the lid on your crockpot and try to avoid opening the lid while cooking.
Best Slow Cooker When Cooking For One
If you decide that you would like to purchase a small slow cooker, the size I recommend for single serving recipes is a 1.5 to 2-quart slow cooker.
This size isn't big enough to hold a big roast or a whole chicken, but this size slow cooker will work for many other recipes. (See below for recipes)
Small slow cookers work just as well as large slow cookers and with the removable stoneware crock, clean up is a breeze.
Not only are small slow cookers great for making single serving meals, they are also perfect for keeping dips and sauces warm.
What Is The Difference Between A Slow Cooker And A Crock Pot
Many people use the names slow cooker and Crock Pot interchangeably.
A Crock Pot is a type of slow cooker which was introduced in the 1970's and originally marketed as a bean cooker. Over the years, it has been redesigned and has evolved into the model we are most familiar with today.
The Crock Pot and Crock Pot styles have a stoneware pot that sits inside a surrounding heating element.
A slow cooker refers to the appliance and there are many manufacturers of all sorts of slow cookers.
Some slow cookers have a heating element on the bottom and the pot (usually metal or stoneware) sits on top. These pots are heated solely from the bottom.
Both a Crockpot and a slow cooker can be used to cook any of the slow cooker recipes below.
Slow Cooker Recipes For One
Here are a few of our most popular slow cooker recipes for one:
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