Relish Your Time This Christmas

In my house, I am a huge fan of the crock pot.  Even my kids will tell you.  It’s out on the counter about once a week, making the house smell lovely all day long.

I didn’t grow up with a crock pot in the house.  I wouldn’t even have known what to do with one.  It was not until my bridal shower that I received one as a gift.  It was a Toastmaster with two manual settings – low and high.  Once I started using it I was in love!  Eight years later my well loved appliance happens to be falling apart.

Another tidbit about my crock pot?  I always end up making the same few things.  Pot roast, BBQ pulled pork or a chicken dish with one of those cream of something or other soups.  I admit it.  And if we have a get together where we need to bring something, my home made mac and cheese or sauce and meatballs goes in it for travel purposes.  I never really knew what else to make.  While I was sure the possibilities were endless, I just stuck with the few things I knew.

Enter Relish.

A website that gets you out of the what should we make for dinner rut.  Each Thursday morning, they publish a list of 15 meals you can choose from… kid-friendly, quick, simple-gourmet, vegetarian and more.  Some are crock pot recipes, though not all.  They even offer special brunch and lunch options.  It takes the stress out of trying to plan meals for the week.  And if there’s something you don’t like, or know your kids won’t eat?  No problem!  Choose another recipe in its place!  Another bonus, you can even print out your custom grocery list while you are on the website.  SO easy!  And time saving!

What I really loved was that it opened my eyes to new things to make in the crock pot, as well as in the oven.  My kids were big fans of the Slow Cooker Sour Cream and Bacon Chicken recipe.  They cleaned their plates and that’s not something that always happens in our house.  I was provided with my own 6 month subscription to the site to try it out, and given a brand new crock pot.  A Cook & Carry Crock Pot!  This is like the Cadillac of crock pots, let me tell you!  Not only is it programmable, but it automatically shifts to warm when the cooking is done.  And it has a lid mounted locking system so you can securely take it with you, wherever you go!

 For just $7 a month, Relish is a great gift not only for a newlywed or new mom who could use some help with meal planning, but even that hard-to-buy for friend or relative.  With the holidays approaching it would make a unique hostess gift too!


Giveaway Time!

Relish is going to give one lucky winner their very own 6 month subscription, a slow cooker like the one above, and spatula!

To enter the giveaway, just answer the question–How can Relish help your dinnertime dilemma?


This giveaway is a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2011. Please follow the link for more information, as well as for a complete list of all giveaways as they post throughout the month of November. Entries for all giveaways will close Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm CST. Winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners Monday, December 5th. We will email winners at the address accompanying the winning comments.

Disclosure: I was sent a slow cooker and given a 6 month subscription in order to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. belinda m says

    Relish would help me get out of our meal rut by giving great suggestions on how to introduce a few new recipe ideas


  2. Courtney says

    I think the automatic grocery list sounds amazing. Right now, I put it together myself and inevitably forget one or three things:-)

  3. says

    I have 5 kids, all active in various activities in the afternoons. I LOVE using my crockpot to help make dinner easier. New crockpot recipes would be wonderful!

  4. Deanna says

    When I make my menu I often struggle with ideas for the last few spots, Relish would help give me ideas with what to make those days!

  5. says

    Relish is definitely on the right track. Relish could really help me when it comes to preparing fast (15-20 minute) meals that are nutritious and tasty for my family. Anything that frees up more time for me to spend with the kids in the evenings is well appreciated!

  6. Celeste says

    With a new baby in the house (and four other children under six years old too!), I need all the meal-planning help I can get!

  7. Kristen M. says

    I like to plan ahead but don’t like that most weekly planning services only offer 5-7 meals to choose from. I need options so that I can fit meals to my budget.

  8. says

    I am severely Crock Pot Challenged! And it’s such an awesome time of year to take advantage of, coming home from work on a blustery cold day to the house smelling yummy from the dinner you’ve already cooked!

    The weekly recipe site sounds great, and that crock pot looks fantastic.


  9. Amanda Ro. says

    I’m a college student, so my hand-me-down crock pot from my mom is my most-used kitchen appliance. I love it, but I don’t really know what to make in it. It’s usually the same thing over and over again. So Relish would really help with my dinner rut that happens at least 3-4 times a week!

  10. Tamara B. says

    Relish sure could change our menu up because I could set it up in the morning before I leave and have a delicious meal waiting without all of fuss instead of me trying to prepare a meal with short on time in the evening.

  11. Melissa P. says

    Being a single working mom I have limited time to cook. I think Relish could help me find some great easy crock-pot recipes that would be great for both my son and I. And even give me leftovers that I can take to work for lunch.

  12. Milly B says

    Seriously, who doesn’t need more recipes? I’d love to have some new things to try, especially in finding new meals that my girls really enjoy. Plus, I need a new crock pot and this one is awesome! :)

  13. Mel Pilchard says

    I am always interested in different ideas for family meals! It sounds like Relish is right up my alley and might even help me with my weekly (sometimes not-so-weekly) meal planning :)

  14. Brooke D says

    Oh it would help oh so much as they have weekly menu’s and Grocery lists! Oh that would help big time with dinner ruts!

    Thanks so much

  15. Mary Calabrese says

    I totally need this! I draw a blank on what to make for dinner and a bowl of cereal just doesn’t satisfy my husband!

  16. Jill says

    I struggle with most meal planners because we tend to eat more vegetarian or fish dishes. Hopefully, this would have the options we are looking for.

  17. hippie4ever says

    I love cooking sites! Sometimes I just browse for fun, or for ideas, sometimes for recipes. And I too Love my crockpot :) Relish sounds like it could be a great resource.

  18. Stephanie Baker says

    I am always looking for new recipes to try so the family doesn’t get bored with dinner. New food ideas are a great conversation starter. I like that you can print your list since I am usually forgetting something!

  19. Colleen Maurina says

    Relish can help me discover new recipes and also learn to have more exciting and nutritious meals for my family!

  20. says

    Relish can help my dinnertime by making the crockpot dinner exciting to come home to because it will be something new! We love crockpot dinners, but like you said, we too get stuck in that ‘same ol’ crockpot meal’ rut! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Leann Lindeman says

    Pretty cool site.. it would take out all the searching through cookbooks for something to fix… and the printable shopping list thing is great.

  22. beverly h says

    My daughter is a working Mom and her husband is deployed. I think she would appreciate some new recipes to save her time and the slow cooker would help a lot. I’ve used one for years and I love it!

  23. Lantana H. says

    The Relish subscription would be awesome because I too always make the same few items. With or without a crockpot, I make about 5 or 6 different meals over and over so it would be great to have some new ideas. I love that it prints a grocery list because that is one of my hurdles, too.

  24. says

    I am trying to eat healthier and much of the week I am eating alone. everyone is on a different schedule. Having choices would encourage me to try something new. cooking in the crockpot would give everyone a chance to eat better on their own schedule.

  25. Joni Owada says

    I love to use my crockpot especially in the winter but mine just broke, but I am always on the lookout for new recipes to try in it!

  26. says

    I love the idea of being able to print the grocery list after finding which recipes from Relish I’d like to try for my family. It will not only help us enjoy new tastes each week, it will alleviate stress of figuring out what to cook some nights when things are rushed by having a new plan at the start of each week (on Thursdays).

  27. Lonna says

    Crockpots are great, put the food in in the morning done when I get home from work! New and different recipes would be great to try too.

  28. says

    With 6 kids, it’s so hard for me to come up with fun, creative ideas for meals that my kids will eat. Relish sounds like the perfect way to solve the problem of the “Same old, same old” and get my kids trying new meals – or everyday favorites in a new way!

  29. says

    Relish could help me by giving me some new ideas. I used to enjoy cooking, but after 35 years of the same old recipes, the excitement is wearing thin.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  30. Wehaf says

    This would be helpful because we have a limited number of dishes that we eat all the time, so we don’t get much variety. Relish would help us expand our repertory!

  31. Kelly D says

    Relish can help my dinnertime dilemma because it would make foods more flavorful. Sometimes I feel like my family always eats the same thing.

  32. Susan B says

    Menu planning (and then shopping) is always so difficult when you work–we so often end up in rut with the same meals. I’ve been eyeing Relish for a while and I love the variety! Don’t even get me started on the slow cooker…

  33. Melanie H. says

    I could soooooo use this giveaway!!! I have literally one hour from when I get home with my 2 kids after work from daycare, to feed, bathe, read, and put to bed. As a single Mom I use my old crock pot all the time to be able to at least have dinner ready when we get home. I need a new one BAD! :) Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

  34. Chelsea says

    I think having a grocery list and meals planned out for me with Relish – rather than having to pick myself – would make life an awful lot easier. Of course, winning the crockpot would be handy too – I’m pretty busy, between work, family and the dog!

  35. Jill L says

    I have such a hard time coming up with the week’s menu. Usually it’s an hour before dinner and I’m still struggling. Relish would be so good for me. I can actually cook, but I need the ideas to do it.

  36. Amanda Laurette says

    Oh wow, I’d LOVE to win this! This would be so helpful to me… giving me new ideas for dinner, and a new way to cook them! Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

  37. Janet Carey says

    Wow, can’t believe I haven’t yet heard of Relish! This would certainly help me at dinnertime, as I, too, am in the same-old-meals rut. Thank you!

  38. Marlena U. says

    Relish could help my dinner dilemma (and sanity) by saving me time in having access to recipes as well as providing me a shopping list which would cut my shopping time down as well as my costs in avoiding impulse buys not on my list! Oh…AND this crockpot is on my Christmas list! Maybe this is the reason I did not buy one on Black Friday! Fingers crossed!

  39. says

    Oh, I never know what to cook. I have three small kids and suddenly it’s cold and flu season. I spend all day running back and forth with them, and food is an afterthought. This would be so helpful! 😀

  40. kim says

    this would be wonderful! i love the slowcooker, but seldom have time to rummage through all of my recipes to find something to put in it. great concept.

  41. Kenia says

    I have 2 year old twins running around all over the place + an eight year old who comes home with homework. This will really help me out by talking them first and not worrying about what is for dinner. Thank you very much for the opportunity =]

  42. says

    I need all the help I can get with a GSP puppy and a two year old and running a small business. Relish would provide me with new healthy recipes that I can put on in the morning and have good stuff to eat come dinner time. I need the shopping list too to keep this family on budget. Not to mention the gsp puppy broke my other slow cooker. :(

  43. Robyn L says

    Relish could help on those days when you just can’t think of something to make
    that everyone will like; you’ll go ‘I never thought of that’ and be happy you found
    a recipe.


  44. Sharon says

    I tend to make recipes that include cream soups and I only have a limited variety of dishes I make. Having fresh recipes would be a great change and a slowcooker would be a huge time saver for me.

  45. Rebecca C says

    A crock pot is mom’s best friend any time of the year, but especially on cold winter days! Nothing is easier and tastier than putting the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and enjoying it that evening for dinner.

  46. says

    Ooooh, RECIPES!!!! I would love some new slow cooking recipes. A second large one would be really handy! Especially since my biggest one is an off-brand and really inaccurate with the temps.

    Mine gets seriously heavy use in the fall with football games and taxi duties for the kids after school. And in the winter with the comfort of soups simmering all day and taxi duties for the kids after school. And in the spring with stews and casseroles and more taxi duties for the kids after school. About the only time I don’t use my slow cooker heavily is in the heat of summer. But that’s what hubbies and grills are for, right?! :)

  47. says

    Well my oldest has started working so having the ability to come up with dinner and get it started earlier in the day when it is quieter so that dinner is not a rush.

  48. Angel k says

    I definitely could use some help getting a menu together! I never know what to make, and usually end up eating junk!

  49. Chip says

    How can Relish help your dinnertime dilemma?

    Make it easier on my wife. I enjoy cooking and this would help me it would help her more. She is a recipe cooker, she loves to cook for the family but it isn’t as easy for her as it is for me, or as much fun.

  50. Megan Weber says

    I am a mom of a two year old and one month old. I work full time and have a crazy schedule. Meal planning sometimes goes out the window, well a lot of time. Relish would help me put together some fun recipes as opposed to the same old meals I have been preparing for years>!

  51. says

    As a working mom, I have a hard time finding the time to cook the meals I want for my family. Meal planning is not usually done since I tend to forget and then we grab what we can easily make at dinner time. I would love help with the planning

  52. Pauline says

    Help me make delicious meal by providing me with easy recipes that are simple and quick – (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

  53. Cheryl Lund says

    I love to make hearty meals for me and the family. I also like to save time by using a meal plan and using a crock pot or slow cooker is a wonderful full meal deal. I would love to learn how to use a crock pot w some recipes from Relish.

  54. Paula Hafner says

    I love my crockpots. I have a couple so that I can cook a full meal. I would love another so I could make dessert, too. It’s great when you are busy to know that dinner is taken care of!

  55. says

    I am a work at home mom, and our crock pot is in high rotation. My daughter says “How many more roasts can you make??” This would definitely help me get some new ideas.

  56. ACMommy3 says

    Wow, this would help me cut down on the huge amount of time I’m currently spending on searching for recipes and making up a menu (I have a weakness for always trying new stuff)…it looks really helpful and I like how you can print out the menu! creedamy[at] yahoo[dot] com

  57. Heather B says

    with a newborn in my house it has become quite clear we are in a dinner time rut! Hopefully relish would be the spark to get things going again!

  58. Jill Myrick says

    I love cooking in a crock pot but never seem to know enough recipes to do it often.
    Relish would be great for giving me new ideas and recipes that I am sure my family would love. And with it taking less time for me to prepare our meals I can spend more time with my family. Which I love.


  59. Alicia Anderson says

    Relish could definitely help my family eat more healthier meals with the planning and the crock pot would help me get the meals prepared faster. I have four hungry girls and we eat on the go which means unhealthy fast food. If I could crock pot meals in the morning and come home to meals in the crock all day, Whoooo Hoooo Yipee! Please help :)

  60. Molly K says

    It would really help me plan better so we don’t have the rushed last minute need to get dinner on the table. I love that they have budget friendly meals. And I also love that pretty soon you will be able to have a weekly grocery list right on your phone.

  61. says

    I often have a hard time keeping up with my baby, and with her father working nights I don’t always have free hands to make dinner. I often just snack my way through meals :( Having one of these where I could make something in the morning and let it set would be amazing and would get me back on a healthier track. (and there could be warm dinner for when the bf gets home!!)

  62. Megan Parsons says

    It would help for when we are busy and I can just let something cook all day. I have never had a crockpot but here of all the good food people cook in them. I would love to win!

  63. says

    I love love love cooking with crockpots! Sometimes though, I run out of ideas on what I can cook! Their site would totally inspire me! As a vegetarian, a lot of the recipes would have to be tweaked, but that is fun!

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