Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice + $100 Gift Card Giveaway

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After a little prep and the quick help of Success® White Rice, you can have this Cajun red beans and rice dish slowly cooking in your crock pot, ready for a weeknight dinner for these busy back-to-school days. Slow Cooker Creole Red Beans and Rice
Every once in a while, I like to try a new dish that is traditional to our new home state of Mississippi.  When we first moved here, I made Jambalaya and Mississippi Mud Cake.  I’ve conquered Chicken ‘n Dumplings and even took a southern cooking class. Today, I’m telling you that I dove into the world of red beans and rice.  It’s not my favorite dish on this earth, but I enjoy that it’s an inexpensive one, easy to whip up, and I always love a mound of rice on my plate!

Slow Cooker Creole Red Beans and RiceYou do need to soak the beans overnight, then quickly boil them for about 10 minutes in the morning before tossing them in the slow cooker.  But, it then cooks all day while you’re at work or running your errands.  Then, the rice comes together very quickly, just a 10-minute boil on the stovetop or microwave, when using Success White Rice.  Shaving 15 more minutes from getting dinner to the table to your hungry kids who’ve been studying hard at school… right?  😉 Slow Cooker Creole Red Beans and RiceI like that no measuring is required when using Success Rice.  And if you’re not quite ready to serve dinner that quickly, the white rice can sit for up to 30 minutes in hot water, without the heat from the stove before being served, making it foolproof! Do you take any shortcuts when cooking dinners?  Some are worth taking, and some may hurt the outcome of your dish.  With Success Rice, the prep is very convenient without sacrificing its great taste or quality, making it an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and is gluten free, fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free! Slow Cooker Creole Red Beans and RiceThere are three additional varieties of Success Rice  – Success Jasmine Rice, Success Basmati Rice, and Success Whole Grain Brown Rice.  Success White Rice and Success Brown Rice come in two different sizes – 14 oz. or 32 oz.  Visit their website for recipe inspiration and more information, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Slow Cooker Creole Red Beans and RiceUntil then, take a culinary visit to the Cajun south and try this red beans and rice recipe, using the convenience of both your slow cooker and Success Boil-in-Bag White Rice!


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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

After a little prep and the quick help of Success® White Rice, you can have this Cajun red beans and rice dish slowly cooking in your crock pot, ready for a weeknight dinner for these busy back-to-school days.

  • 1 lb dried red kidney beans, rinsed and soaked in water overnight
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 13 oz. smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced (or andouille sausage)
  • Cooked white rice
  • Garnishes: hot sauce, sliced green onions, diced red onion

Drain the beans and transfer to a medium-sized pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Let boil for at least 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.

Add the celery, bell peppers, yellow onion, garlic cloves, Creole seasoning, bay leaves and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on high for 8 hours. When 2 hours are left, add the sausage.

After the 8 hours of cooking, remove the bay leaves and transfer about 2 cups of the bean mixture into a bowl (avoiding any of the sausage). Mash with a fork. Return mashed bean mixture back to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Let cook on high for another 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare your rice and garnishes. Serve the bean and sausage mixture over the hot rice with optional garnishes.


Use Success® White Rice for convenience. Season bean mixture to taste with other optional spices, such as cayenne pepper if you like it more spicy. The andouille sausage will also add more heat. I make mine with a little less spice to make it more kid-friendly.

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  1. I try to do as much cooking and setting up the night before so that there is less to do the day of and I can spend time with my guests as much as possible.

  2. Sandy Headtke says:
  3. Sandy Headtke says:

    Do all the prep work that you can earlier in the day. Give guest a chore, it makes them feel they have a part in it.

  4. I try to do as much as possible the day before. Slow cooker comes in handy too.

  5. Hmmmm I don’t take many shortcuts! I suppose the biggest one is using storebought chicken broth-i use it all the time in almost everything!

  6. I try to use semi-homemade recipes. For example I made a Pudding Poke Brownies dessert a month ago for a work birthday celebration. I made the pudding from scratch but used a brownie mix for the bottom layer, it saved a lot of time and everybody loved the creation!

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  8. I agree. I try to do as much of my prep work before time. Using the crock pot can be a huge help, too!

  9. I get the pasta sauce cooking early in the day so it will almost be ready when the kids are home, or I use the rice cooker so the rice is done sooner.

  10. I like to try and prep as much as I can beforehand and make cooking less stressful 🙂

  11. I take shortcuts with some store-bought ingredients. I make homemade gravy for a biscuits & gravy dish, but just buy the Pillsbury Biscuits. It takes a bit of stress away from meal-time preparation.

  12. My slow cooker is my shortcut. Love throwing everything together and setting it to cook!

  13. prepping ahead! I also love when guests contribute their own dishes!

  14. I love Success Rice. I use it several times a week…WHAT A TIME SAVER!!!!!
    I swear..if I see the words…”Red Beans and Rice”, I can’t help but think of Sir Mix a Lot, “Baby Got Back”..LOL I have issues!

  15. I try to prep a lot ahead of time. I also freeze staples like shredded chicken for use later on!

  16. The shortcuts I take when cooking or entertaining, is always prepping early. Seasoning and making the food early, then getting décor in order, all a day before.

  17. I use canned beans and tomatoes to save time when cooking

  18. I do a lot in advance but realistically, there will be cooking to do when guests arrive so I just try to make the kitchen welcoming enough that friends gather as we finish preparations!

  19. My biggest shortcut is buying frozen pies at Thanksgiving. I think they’re just as good as the pies made from scratch, but a lot less work!

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  21. Heather Taylor says:

    I try to make things that freeze easily and have those done ahead of time and for some recipes, like pies for holidays, if I am the one entertaining I will cut corners and buy a store bought crust or pick parts of the recipe that won’t suffer if they are store bought versus homemade.

  22. CR Williams says:

    I don’t usually take any shortcuts, I usually plan ahead.

  23. CR Williams says:
  24. I like to use Crescent rolls to make easy appetizer dishes when I’m having company.

  25. I’ll get something already made like the dessert or appetizer to save time!

  26. I prechop items that need to be chopped the night before. It saves so much time!

  27. To save time when entertaining I buy some of the food already prepared and I use a lot of paper products to help with clean up.

  28. I do as much advance prep as possible, and I always set out all of my serving dishes and utensils with post-it labels to note what food goes where.

  29. I use canned chicken broth and prep as much as I can early!

  30. prep everything a day before

  31. I get all my prep work done ahead of time and getting all my bowls, dishes, etc all out as well and setting the table the day nefore.
    If possible I will make, freeze items ahead of time

  32. When entertaining I like to use high quality prepared foods to mix in with freshly cooked.

  33. I try to prep as much as I can ahead of time!

  34. Involving your children with helping prep food or setting the table.
    Using my crockpot to slow cook meats!

  35. I use store-bought broths. No time to make homemade!

  36. I plan ahead and do as much as I can the days leading up to the big day.

  37. Looks fab! Hubby loves red beans. Hoping the kids will love it too.
    Happy Wednesday!

  38. Love a good spicy dish but love a quick to make one best! Perfect for crazy school nights!

  39. Ok this needs to be added to our meal plan asap!! My boys would go crazy for this!!

  40. I try to do as much beforehand as possible and think of foods that I can make before and not have to reheat!

  41. I sometimes buy those salads in a bag to save time. So easy–and don’t we all love that!
    Thank you

  42. I try to make things ahead of time, and use some pre-made products.

  43. Angie Jerde says:

    I try to write out lists, get all the shopping done a few days prior and do as much prep as I can before hand. Do whatever I can for it to be as less stressful possible and be able to enjoy it myself!

  44. i use store brands

  45. Prep as much as I can the night or hours before the gathering!

  46. I’ve learned to choose recipes that can mostly be made ahead so that I can spend time with my guests rather than slaving in the kitchen. These beans and rice look fantastic!

  47. This looks super tasty! I like to use my slow cooker as a shortcut while entertaining.

  48. This sounds amazing! I love red beans and rice. Pinned!

  49. This is my kind of dinner – so awesome!!

  50. I always try to prep things ahead of time. i chop all my ingredients so they will be ready to go when I start cooking.

  51. It’s been so long since I’ve made red beans and rice. My husband loves it and I will have to try yours soon!

  52. My shortcuts aren’t creative, but I do try to plan ahead, and make ahead as many things as I can. Also, for anything that is to be done that day, I try to have mis en place (sp). Takes much of the stress off trying to pull off having things from scratch, but I feel so much more pride in the results and that it is healthy, too.

  53. I try to prep as much the night before and lay out of the serving dishes on the table as well so that there is a spot for everything (and I don’t forget to put something out last minute) when it comes time to serve!

  54. Shortcuts I take while cooking are make ahead meals and weekly meal planning and meal prep!

  55. I’m a list maker so before I do anything, I plan it all on paper. It really does help me save time; from the grocery list to planning backwards from the time I plan to eat to make sure I haven’t forgotten a dish.

  56. melissa herrmann says:

    I like to prep around lunch time or before if possible so that the right before dinner time doesn’t get quite so hectic.

  57. Tonya Atkinson says:

    I like to purchase pre-made mixes

  58. i have never used a slow cooker! i would love to try some new things to save time after work making dinner!

  59. I try to keep a well stocked pantry so I don’t need to run out for something when the inspiring recipe catches my eye, and keep plenty of canned tomatoes and stock on hand.

  60. I like to do the prep work with my husband the night before and then use the slow cooker to make as many meals as possible.

  61. I use canned beans,frozen chicken and my crock pot!

  62. Sometimes I use stir-fry meal kits or frozen ones from Trader Joe’s….then eat with rice.

  63. I do as much prep as I can in the daytime while the kids are at school or occupied. Then when it gets time for dinner I can just pop it together and be done.

  64. Rachel Tilly says:

    Do as much as I can before the guests gets there! Buy boxed salad so I don’t gabe to chop…do as much prep as I can ahead of time.

  65. Susan Smith says:

    I try to do as much cooking and setting up the night before so that there is less for me to do the day of the event and I can spend time with my guests.

  66. Susan Smith says:
  67. I am all about shortcuts – sometimes that is the only way to get dinner on the table. Love this!

  68. sheena little says:

    I always buy frozen peppers & onions blend, a great beginning for many kinds of recipes and dishes..

  69. I prepare ingredients ahead and have them frozen for later cooking.
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  71. I’m not afraid to make food ahead of time and freeze it!

  72. I use pre-packaged foods frequently, but as bases and fillers for more individualized dishes. I like to make it my own, whatever I make.

  73. i prepare as much as possible before entertainment starts.

  74. I’ll serve some store bought desserts.

  75. I Always use recipes that I have made a few time so there isn’t a chance of mistakes

  76. My biggest short cut is using the crock pot and microwave!

  77. i use store bought pre cut veggies

  78. I do as much prep and cooking a day or so ahead of time; prepare the table if I can; just what ever I need to do to make the day easier.

  79. My little town market will precut my veggies for me

  80. my fave shortcut is buying pre-chopped veggies like onions and peppers

  81. I’ll use pre-chopped frozen vegetables when I’m in a hurry to make a dish!

  82. I prepare any chopping or dicing the day before and anything else I can when entertaining.

  83. The only real shortcut I know is a way to peel hard-boiled eggs that is super quick. Otherwise, for parties and such, we’re always really casual so our guests join us in the kitchen and help out.

  84. I try to prepare as much as I can in advance so it doesn’t get to crazy when the guests arrive!

  85. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I always use my slow cooker when preparing for a party! It is so simple and easy to use. Just drop the ingredients in and let them cook.

  86. I like to prepare some things ahead of time or buy things already prepared like already cut/washed veggies or fruit platters.

  87. Using packaged rice saves a ton of time!

  88. Do all the prep work the night before.

  89. I use oven to cook a lot . save my time.

  90. i love rice and cheese

  91. Love prepping ingredients ahead of time if possible!


  92. Deb Anderson says:

    I try to plan menus with dishes I can make in advance and freeze, then thaw or cook just before serving. Saves time and stress!

  93. I use frozen prepared foods

  94. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I cook thinks ahead and refrigerate or freeze and then focus on the other things I can’t!

  95. Stephanie Phelps says:
  96. To save time on cooking, I like to buy some pre-made or pre-prepared items to cut down on time. It is still homemade, just with a little help.

  97. Janice Cooper says:

    I make prepare some dishes a day earlier. I always like to buy certain prepared meals or desserts to save time one cooking.

  98. Janice Cooper says:
  99. I like to make as much as possible the day before.

  100. paige chandler says:

    I use help from the store. Bag lettuce and pre cut veggies

  101. Stephanie V. says:

    prepare, chop and make desserts the day prior – makes the day of more bearable!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  102. Elizabeth Drake says:

    Chicken with bell peppers on brown rice!

  103. Cindy Merrill says:

    Everyone should have a bread machine-you can make dough for bread sticks, rolls or even a braided fruit wreath for special events-saves time and money! I have two, which I use constantly during the holidays.

  104. I usually prepare everything the night before.

  105. Margaret Smith says:

    I look for simple items that can be prepared ahead of time.

  106. Margaret Smith says:
  107. David Fultner says:
  108. David Fultner says:

    I always have frozen left over broth. This save times cooking

  109. Kristi Sorg says:

    Try to set up and prepare as much as you can the night before. Refrigerate and heat and serve the day of, its still homemade, just not right that day made.

  110. I try to do as much as possible the day before.

  111. I try to prepare as much of the food ahead of time.

  112. My most frequent shortcut is to just order pizza and everybody is happy.

  113. Some things I prepare a day in advance.

  114. jose benavides says:

    I cook big amounts and then freeze them to have for later

  115. julie hutchinson says:

    buy pre cut vegetables saves a lot of time

  116. I love buying the rotisserie chickens from the grocery store. Having part of the meal cooked for me saves lots of time and it’s always easy to add a few frozen veggies into the mix. Quick and easy is my motto! 😉 Thanks.

  117. I try to find things that I can fix ahead an I wound tire of.

  118. Tari Lawson says:

    When pressed for time, I will use pre-cooked chicken products to get a meal on the table quicker.

  119. I look for recipes that can be prepared in advance so I’m not stressed the day of the event.

  120. prep everything a day before

  121. Anastasia Falling says:

    I’m a terribly and lazy cook, so my shortcuts are… “Order out” or “Potluck” so everyone else can bring something to help fill out the meal lol 🙂

  122. Anastasia Falling says:
  123. Adrienne gordon says:

    i use the microwave a lot.

  124. Cathy Truman says:

    I like to make lists of everything I need and how much time to make everything.
    I cook and prep ahead of time.

  125. I like to buy the frozen onions and mushrooms for a good shortcut in cooking.
    No chopping necessary!
    thank you

  126. I chop, peel, and have everything ready to go mis en place! I try not to cook ahead, because things aren’t quite as fresh and magical.

  127. I prepare things that I can make in advance so I don’t feel overwhelmed right before the party.

  128. Barbara Fox says:

    I use packaged instant gravy…just like my husband’s grandmother did 🙂

  129. I do as much ahead of time as possible, and if someone offers to bring something, I surely let them!

  130. I love Southwest Veggie & Rice Casserole. 🙂

  131. Sue Barney says:

    I make and prep what I can the night before to make things more organised less hectic .

  132. Sarah Hirsch says:

    it depends on the situation, sometimes no shortcuts, sometimes we order in the whole meal

  133. Janet Woodling says:

    I cook ahead most of the time. Family meals or entertaining can be prepared or semi prepared days earlier. The freezer is my friend.

  134. Michelle Levine says:

    I do part of my food prep the day before a dinner party.

  135. Theresa Jenkins says:

    shortcuts I take when cooking >>I’m the almost homemade cook…use frozen , canned , boxed when I can to can down on prep or cook time

  136. Theresa Jenkins says:
  137. Depending on the occassion you can ask your guests to bring a dish. This way you know that everyone has atleast one thing that they like. Thank you!

  138. Sindy Murray says:

    I use my slow cooker, rice cooker, and bread maker a lot. I also try but have failed couple times to make some of the food ahead of time or at least cut vegetables and put them in Tupperware.

  139. Sindy Murray says:
  140. I use boil in the bag rice when I need to make rice

  141. Sharon Harmon says:

    I always make-ahead the parts of the meal the night before. It really cuts down on time spent on cooking the day of the meal!

  142. As a from-scratch cook and baker with the luxury of time, I don’t use a whole lot of shortcut products, but some that I do use are canned beans, bagged croutons, jarred pasta sauce, and frozen ravioli.

  143. I shared your slow cooker recipe and this Success Rice promotion on Twitter. Here’s the link:

  144. I actually don’t have any real tips, I just start early enough & make sure I have plenty of time! If there’s something I can safely do before hand, like peeling/chopping/marinading, I will do that though!

  145. Alex Bradley says:

    I love my crock pot and try and use it for everything. Plus my husband and I split all the prep work.

  146. Susan Chester says:

    I usually buy a pretty cake or pie for dessert to save time.
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  147. Great food shots!

  148. I take shortcuts by doing as much prep in advance as I can.

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  150. I try to get all the prep work and set up done the night before.

  151. Oh I try to get as much done ahead of time as I can, and LOVE to use the slow cooker! I love that I can get the clean up done ahead of time and not have the mess! Always a plus!

  152. Kathy Pease says:

    I like to season and use instant mashed potatoes are a great breading for fish and poultry

  153. Kathy Pease says:
  154. Alyce Poalillo says:

    I do as much of the prep and cooking ahead as I can. I also make lists and time out all the meals components so I now when to start each one. I get creative on cooking methods as well using the crock pot, the fryer and the toaster over in addition to the stove.

  155. beth shepherd says:

    I try to do as much prep work I can the day before.

  156. maria cantu says:

    Do as much prepping the day before the event.

  157. lots of prep work and do dishes as I move along. I’d rather be down to 1 pot in the sink at the end than 20

  158. I always prep/cook as much as I can in the week before the event.

  159. Lauren Olivia Wood says:

    I use partially prepared ingredients for large-batch dishes like entrees and desserts!

  160. I make lists and prepare as much as I can ahead of time.

  161. I use paper plates and plastic wear whenever I can. Less dishes.

  162. I try to do all the shopping and prep work the day before.

  163. Allison Kusel says:

    I do as much prep work as I can the day before so I don’t have as much to do the day of

  164. Kimarie Stebbins says:

    I def start cooking the night before. Especially dips. They taste better the next day anyways.

  165. Cody Anderson says:

    I always make meals that can be prepared the night or morning of the event. This makes hosting less stressful.

  166. Terri Moore says:

    The short cuts I take when I’m going to be entertaining is buying bagged salad mix and shredded cheese (usually I grate it myself). I also like to buy a pie for dessert from the bakery, with ice cream on the side.

  167. I prep ahead of time the nights before.

  168. I do as much as I can the day before we entertain so I’m not as stressed on the actual day.

  169. I like to make the kitchen the place for guests to pitch in and help out.

  170. My biggest shortcut is to use bagged lettuce or spinach when cooking.

  171. My favorite short cut, at least what feels like a short cut, is making meals in my slow cooker!

  172. i will buy pre-chopped veggies to cut down on prep time

  173. I use pre made bread products like croissants and biscuits thatt you only need to bake.

  174. Daniel Mutchler says:

    I use my younger brothers to help with the chopping of vegetables!

  175. joe gersch says:

    my shortcut is to cook in the crockpot

  176. Do all the prep work early! Chopping should always be done the day before because it takes forever.

  177. I am guilty of using onion powder when cooking if I don’t feel like chopping onions (or the tears that come with it).

  178. If I have tons of veggies to cut up, I do that before company arrives and if dessert can be refridgerated, it is made the night before!

  179. My favorite shortcut is to use my slow cooker. I also like to clean as I go which makes the clean up so much quicker.

  180. I always need more slowcooker recipes! This looks delicious!

    Thanks for doing these giveaways! I tweeted about it.

  181. A short cut I might take is to buy precut veggies for soups or stews.

  182. For cooking, I like to make big pots of food. I freeze some and then re-invent it the next week with 1-2 added ingredients that give it a completely different spin.

  183. I try to do as much as possible beforehand, like chopping, marinating, etc., so it’s easier to throw things together and not stress too much during.

  184. My shortcut is making slow cooker meals

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  186. Barbara Lima says:

    I like to reuse recipes that I have used in the past that I know work.

  187. Rachael G. says:

    I prep everything ahead of time, so that I can have more fun entertaining and spend less time in the kitchen.

  188. I wish I knew more shortcuts! I usually make sauces ahead of time and try to chop veggies early too.

  189. Victoria Mitchell says:

    I leave ingredients like eggs and butter out for the night so they can be ready to use when I’m ready to cook. 🙂

  190. Victoria Mitchell says:
  191. I love getting as much done the night before!

  192. When entertaining I serve food and drink in pretty but disposable dishes. That way clean up is quick and easy and I can enjoy myself, too.

  193. I like to use prepared sauces and frozen vegetables.

  194. Brittney House says:

    I pre-prep all my meals to save time.

  195. Thomas Gibson says:

    My only shortcut is to use my neighbor’s catering business.

  196. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I use frozen foods a lot for shortcuts

  197. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  198. I make a lot of recipes that have 5 ingredients or less

  199. carol clark says:

    i do all the prep work ahead and i use frozen foods save time and money and i use instant rice unless im cooking chicken and rice in the oven and then i use milk to make it taste better and that is all i can think of shortcuts

  200. carol clark says:
  201. richelle bowers says:

    Ill make meals during the day so at night all I have to do is throw it in the oven

  202. I’ll order some food ahead of time.

  203. Nicholas Balandiat says:

    I have one of these crock pots they are FABULOUS

  204. Michelle H. says:

    If my recipe calls for chopped onions, I often will chop and freeze the onions a day or two before I need them.

  205. prep and shop early

  206. rochelle johnson says:

    Im a big fan of the crock pot… I out in the food the night before and put in the frig. Pull it out in the morning pop it in the cooking part and let it cook all day

  207. saralynns2 says:

    I like to buy most of my foods and prepare them to a point where I can freeze them for easy prep the day of. Things like veggies, rice, whole freezer meals, etc… makes the day of cooking so much nicer 🙂

  208. My 2 favorite shortcuts are my freezer (always filled with meat, veggies, bread) and my crockpot (for delicious, no-fuss meals).

  209. Cutting things up ahead of time

  210. Joseph MacNamara says:

    parcook everything u can, then finish up right before needed.

  211. I buy things that are ready made or store bought instead of making it all from scratch.

  212. Rebecca Graham says:

    I will buy precooked food when in a hurry.

  213. Rebecca Graham says:
  214. The slow cooker is a lifesaver, especially when I can use it to cook a pot roast or a whole chicken and have leftovers for several meals without spending extra time in the kitchen.

  215. Holly Kennedy says:

    I like to prep as much as I can the night before.

  216. I plan the meals ahead of time and the family helps out too!

  217. Karen Drake says:

    I buy foods that require less prep time like pre shredded cheeses.

  218. Mary Gardner says:

    I often use frozen vegetables, especially peas and carrots for shortcuts!

  219. Mary Gardner says:
  220. Angela Cisco says:

    I’ll order in, saves me lots of time every time

  221. If I have to cook for a lot of people I’ll start a day or two before with prep work. Anything that I can get done early and put in the fridge makes the day of the meal much easier!

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  222. Carolyn Daley says:

    I like to plan ahead and get a lot of the prep work out of the way early. Sometimes I do things in batches so all I have to do is grab the bag out of the fridge or freezer with everything already cut and ready to go to cook.

  223. Dorothy Hubbard says:

    I make the menu as simple and easy as possible around foods that are either premade or easy to assemble and lots of finger foods to save on after cleanup.

  224. Megan Filzen says:

    I was trying to think of something to make for dinner! 🙂

  225. Megan Filzen says:
  226. Karen Drake says:

    I use a lot of canned foods as a shortcut.

  227. Cashew chicken is our favorite rice dish

  228. I use pre crushed garlic and chop my veggies ahead of time.

  229. I don’t really take Short cuts. I might do-ahead but that isn’t a short cut, it’s just good planning. I don’t often use canned beans, but if I was really short on time I might.

  230. I don’t melt caramel cubes anymore; I use caramel sundae topping.

  231. I do a lot prep work the day before so I am not pressed for time when entertaining. I also choose recipes that are not time consuming but very delicious. In addition, I make a lot of freezer meals for my family during the summer months so that when our schedules are crazy, I can just pick a meal from the freezer to either defrost and heat up or pop into the crock pot to slow cook all day.

  232. Kimberly Snyder says:

    I prep as much as possible ahead of time and I don’t mind asking for help. It makes the gathering a lot more enjoyable when you are not stuck in the kitchen the whole time

  233. I try to make either the main course or a side dish a crockpot dish–that means I can start it cooking that morning and not have to mess with it all day.

  234. Joseph MacNamara says:

    cook early so you can party late!

  235. Hollie Jahnke says:

    I don’t take shortcuts, I’m crazy about planning ahead.

  236. i sometimes buy convenience items to save time like onions and celery already chopped – it saves me a lot of time

  237. Lisa Garner says:

    I like to prepared as much as possible and freeze it ahead of time.

  238. Lisa Garner says:
  239. Sonya Morris says:

    I think every thing I make has been shortened as much as possible! Instead of using fresh or dried items, I resort to using canned. If company is coming over, I start preparing the night before or early in the afternoon.

  240. Sonya Morris says:
  241. tina reynolds says:

    I prep the day before use frozen veggies

  242. tina reynolds says:
  243. janna johnson says:

    I cook ahead and freeze food if I can.

  244. Nicole Millheim says:

    If there is a lot of cutting up food involved..I chop the night before so I can focus more on the main dishes

  245. My shortcut is asking guests to bring part of the dinner.

  246. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I never take any shortcuts when it comes to cooking.I like to make everything from scratch,and get an early start on it

  247. I use frozen vegetables in my soups.

  248. We don’t entertain a great deal – budgets being what they are these days. However, if I needed to do some short cuts I’d double up on whatever recipes I might use for the evening of entertainment and freeze them ahead of time. This way in getting ready, all I’d need to do would be to re-heat them.

  249. I use some canned food such as beans and also use minute rice for some dishes. It makes it so much easier.

  250. tracey byram says:

    I make as much as possible ahead of time.

  251. My shortcut for entertaining is always the crockpot. It makes dinner a breeze so I can still get in my visit time.

  252. Thomas Murphy says:

    I try to get most of it done the night before.

  253. Thomas Murphy says:
  254. I usually hit Costco and Sam for frozen edibles that taste like homemade, and then pop them in the oven right before the fun begins. Works like a charm!

  255. RICHARD HICKS says:

    My go to dish is Hainanese Chicken Rice

  256. RICHARD HICKS says:
  257. amanda whitley says:

    i buy a lot of store brand products to keep costs low and once you serve it in out of its packaging guests never know the difference.

  258. My husband tells me to stop trying to make every single thing on the menu, so one shortcut I embrace is buying some pre-made items from the store.

  259. I use quick cooking rice to speed things up!

  260. I buy frozen appetizers and let them thaw

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  261. thischickwins says:

    my side dishes are usually store bought, or the sides will be homemade and the meat will be storebought

  262. I try to do as much as I can ahead of time before my guests arrive

  263. I do as much of the prep-work in the days ahead as I can. Even better if I can have something all assembled or even cooked and then it just needs heating.

  264. Using a slow cooker is a great way to entertain without all the fuss.
    Thanks for the contest.

  265. cynthia Painter says:

    I try to get as much done ahead of time, including setting the table (or buffet table) and planning food that can be made ahead.

  266. I like to prepare as much as possible the night before.

  267. I try to do as much cooking as I can before company arrives so I won’t be stuck in the kitchen.

  268. Shortcuts I take include using lots of canned goods like broth and tomatoes.

  269. Wendy McBride says:

    I use Rottiserie Chickens in recipes to save time, energy and $ and do most cooking day before if possible. I also use tried and true recipes.

  270. I prep and chop and freeze some elements on the weekend for recipes during the week.

  271. Claudia Davis says:

    I prep and chop and freeze some elements on the weekend for recipes during the week.

  272. Claudia Davis says:
  273. Hi – i plan well in advance. I do some prep work before hand but I also use a mix of fresh and prepared ingredients

  274. I prepare as much as I can the day before; get the household to help clean and get the house ready for guests.

  275. steven weber says:

    I always do all my chopping and prepping the night before.

  276. I cook ahead and use success quick rice

  277. I use a lot of frozen prepared foods

  278. prep ahead and having bought store ready ingredients already

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  280. ANGEL JACKLYN says:
  281. I use garlic powder and frozen vegetables !

  282. I almost always have a pot luck. I supply the meat for the main course, then have everyone else bring dessert and side dishes.
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  283. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I make semi-homemade meals to save time

  284. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  285. i pre cook thing that can be done before hand

  286. I use canned beans to save time

  287. Mmm… What a tasty! And what a big discussion 😀
    About recipe – it is very nice and on every table this meal should be once at least. It is enough fast if you do it by Redmond 4502 multicooker or other clever way. Do not you rice cooker – believe my experience!

  288. To free up oven space I have made lasagna and baked potatoes in a crockpot .I also use my crockpot to keep mashed potatoes warm for the holidays.

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