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Crock Pot Japanese Mushroom Onion Soup

Crock Pot Japanese Mushroom Onion Soup

Crock Pot Japanese Onion Soup

 

2 Medium Carrots

2 Medium Celery Stalks

2 Garlic Cloves, Smashed

6 C. Reduced Sodium Fat Free Chicken Broth

1 Medium Onion, Wedges

8 Oz. Mushrooms, Sliced

4 Green Onions, Sliced (Optional Garnish)

Salt or Soy Sauce to Taste

 

Place everything but the mushrooms and green onions into a slow cooker. I added in the bottom halves of the chopped green onions at this time as well and reserved the green upper halves for garnishing. Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours or low for 4-5 hours. There isn’t any reason to cut up the veggies finely because they are just there to cook in their flavors! An hour before serving remove the cooked veggies from the crock pot with a slotted spoon. You can toss these, use them up in another yummy recipe, or serve them on the side. Season to taste. Place the sliced mushrooms and green onion tops into the crock pot with the broth. Give it all a good stir. Cover to cook for another hour or until the mushrooms are tender.

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Butterbeans, Apple and Sage

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Butterbeans, Apple and Sage

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Butterbeans, Apple and Sage

 

2 onions, roughly chopped

2 sticks celery, thinly sliced

small bunch fresh sage

salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 x 14 oz cans butterbeans in water, rinsed and drained

4 thick pork shoulder steaks

1 T. olive oil

2 C. dry cider

½ C. strong, good quality chicken stock

2 T. butter

1 Braeburn apple, peeled

1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1 T. cold water until smooth

1 T. wholegrain mustard

 

Place the onions, celery and five shredded sage leaves in a slow cooker, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scatter with the butterbeans. Season the pork steaks with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan then fry the pork until golden-brown on both sides. Transfer to the slow cooker. Pour the cider and stock into the frying pan, then bring to the boil. Pour over the pork, put the lid on, then cook on low for seven hours until tender and surrounded with sauce. Cut the apple into eight wedges and cut away the core. Heat the butter in a frying pan, then add the butter and fry for 8-10 minutes until golden-brown and just tender. Add about 15 more sage leaves, turn up the heat and fry until the leaves are crisp. Lift the pork steaks from the slow cooker and set aside in a serving dish. Mix the cornstarch paste and the mustard into the beans and stir till the sauce thickens a little. Transfer the sauce to the serving dish with the pork, top with the apples and crisp fried sage. Serve with crusty bread and a crisp green salad

Slow Cooker Prosciutto Eggs with Kale

Slow Cooker Prosciutto Eggs with Kale

Slow Cooker Prosciutto Eggs with Kale

 

4 C. Kale, coarsely chopped

1 ½ C. Marinara Sauce

2 slices Prosciutto, chopped

4 large eggs

 

Put the kale in the slow cooker. Spoon the marinara sauce over the top, then scatter in the prosciutto. Crack the eggs and carefully place them over the marinara sauce mixture, spacing them evenly apart. Cover the slow cooker and cook on the high setting for 1 to 11/2 hours, until the kale softens and the egg whites are cooked through but the yolks are still soft. Serve immediately.

 

4 servings

Calories: 222

Fat: 8g

Fiber: 1g

Slowcooker Branzino with Olives, Goji Berries and Mint Salad

Slowcooker Branzino with Olives, Goji Berries and Mint Salad

Slowcooker Branzino with Olives, Goji Berries and Mint Salad

 

8 skin-on branzino fillets, 4 oz each

6 T. extra-virgin olive oil

4 T. pitted black olives

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 T. red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

10 oz watercress or baby kale

1 C. packed, fresh mint leaves

¼ C. dried goji berries or ¼ C. dried cherries

 

Place 4 branzino fillets in the bottom of the slow cooker. Drizzle with 1 T. oil and sprinkle with 2 T. olives and oregano. Top with remaining fillets and drizzle with 1 T. oil and the remaining 2 T. olives. Cover slow cooker and cook on low until fish flakes when pressed with a fork, 1–1½ hours.  While the branzino cooks, prepare the salad. In a bowl, whisk together remaining 4 T. olive oil, vinegar, salt, and black pepper. Add watercress, mint, and goji berries, and toss until greens are evenly coated. Divide salad between four plates and top each with 2 branzino fillets. Serve immediately.

 

4 servings

Calories: 249

Fat: 14g

Fiber: 1g

Crockpot Shrimp Scampi with Wilted Kale

Crockpot Shrimp Scampi with Wilted Kale

Crockpot Shrimp Scampi with Wilted Kale

 

4 T. butter

8 cloves Garlic, minced

¼ tsp. Salt

½ tsp. pepper

2 lb. Shrimp, peeled and cleaned

10 oz. baby Kale or Spinach

 

Put the butter, garlic, salt, and black pepper in the slow cooker and stir well. Place the shrimp on top of the butter mixture. Cover the slow cooker and cook on the low setting for 1 to 11/2 hours, until the shrimp are nearly cooked through. Scatter the kale over the shrimp, cover the slow cooker, and cook on the low setting for 30 minutes more, until the kale wilts. Spoon the shrimp and kale onto plates. Serve immediately.

 

8 servings

Calories: 193

Fat: 7g

Fiber: 1g

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

 

2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, undrained

1/2 pound smoked sausage thinly sliced (andouille or smoked)

3 celery ribs chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 medium onion chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. chili powder

4 C. uncooked long grain rice

green onions chopped, for garnish

fresh parsley chopped, for garnish

 

Add red kidney beans, smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to a 6-quart slow cooker. Set on high setting and cook for 4 hours. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve red beans over top of the cooked rice. Top with fresh green onions and parsley. This is a mild recipe with smoked sausage.  For a spicier version, use a spicy andouille sausage

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing

 

Chicken Breasts

Italian Seasoning

Salt/Pepper

Stuffing Ingredients

 

Cream of Chicken Soup (or healthier homemade version)

Sour Cream

Stuffing Mix- Such as Stove Top

Low Sodium Chicken Broth

Green Beans- Fresh or Frozen

 

Optional Stuffing Additions:

 

Onions

Celery

Dried Cranberries

Rosemary

 

Season the chicken. Place on the bottom of a lightly greased Crock Pot.  Combine the stuffing ingredients and place over or next to the chicken Add the vegetables.  Heat on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7. See below for tips on regulating the consistency of the stuffing according to your preference. Uncooked stuffing, green beans, and chicken breasts in a crock pot.

 

For Firmer Stuffing:  If you like your breadcrumbs still very much intact and firm, use more stuffing, up to 12 ounces. If your stuffing is too moist:  Leave the lid off for the last 30-40 minutes of cooking to let some of that moisture escape. You can also pop the stuffing in a 400º oven for 10-15 minutes to brown up the top.

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

Cranberry-Apple Pork Roast

 

1 14 ounce can whole-berry cranberry sauce

1 ½ teaspoons grated orange zest

¼ cup orange juice

â…“ cup shallots

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 inch section of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and patted dry

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons hot water

 

Stir together the first seven ingredients in the slow cooker. Season the pork roast all over with salt and pepper and place it in the slow cooker. Spoon some of the sauce over the roast. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until the pork is fork-tender. Add the apples during the last hour of cooking. Place the pork on a carving board, tent it with foil, and let it stand for 10 minutes before slicing. While the pork rests, stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve the pork slices with a spoonful of sauce and apples on top. Offer the remaining sauce on the side.

Smokey Top Sirloin

Smokey Top Sirloin

Smokey Top Sirloin

 

4 Carrots, cut into 1” pieces

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

½ lb. Russet Potatoes, chopped

1 ½ lb. boneless Beef Top Sirloin, trimmed

½ tsp. each Salt, Pepper, Smoked Paprika

1 C. Catsup

½ C. Beef Broth

1 T. fresh Lemon Juice

2 cloves Garlic, minced

 

Place first 3 ingredients in a lightly greased 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle steak with salt, pepper, and paprika; place on top of carrot mixture. Stir together ketchup and remaining ingredients. Spread sauce over steak. Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours or until steak is tender. Cut steak into 1-inch-thick slices; serve with carrot mixture and crescent rolls.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained

1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, undrained

1/2 pound smoked sausage thinly sliced (andouille or smoked)

3 celery ribs chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 medium onion chopped

2 garlic cloves minced

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

½ tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. chili powder

4 C. uncooked long grain rice

green onions chopped, for garnish

fresh parsley chopped, for garnish

 

Add red kidney beans, smoked sausage, celery, bell pepper, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and chili powder to a 6-quart slow cooker. Set on high setting and cook for 4 hours. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve red beans over top of the cooked rice. Top with fresh green onions and parsley. Notes .This is a mild recipe with smoked sausage.  For a spicier version, use a spicy andouille sausage.

Crockpot Hrino Psito (Slow Roasted Pork)

Crockpot Hrino Psito (Slow Roasted Pork)

Crockpot Hrino Psito (Slow Roasted Pork)

3-4 pound boneless pork butt or shoulder

10 whole garlic cloves

3 bay leaves

1 tsp. sage

1 tsp. rosemary

1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 T. brown sugar

1/4 C. dijon mustard

1/4 C. honey

1/2 C. dried cranberries

1 C. beer

 

Use a 6 quart slow cooker.  Put the meat into your crockpot, and pour on dry spices, and brown sugar. Flip the meat over a few times in the stoneware so the spices are kind of stuck to all sides. Peel garlic cloves and add whole.   Add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, honey, and cranberries. Top with bay leaves. Pour in the beer. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.  I cooked on low for 12 hours, and while the meat was tender and flavorful, it did burn a bit on the top and sides.  Serve over rice or pasta, or on your favorite sandwich rolls.

CrockPot Layered Dinner–Steak, Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

CrockPot Layered Dinner–Steak, Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

CrockPot Layered Dinner–Steak, Potatoes, Corn on the Cob

This is what I used. You can use whatever meat or vegetables you have in the house. The trick is to not use too much liquid when cooking the meat, so the potatoes and the corn (or whatever you’re using) isn’t floating in juice.

 

1 1/1 lb. rib eye steak

1 T. of your favorite seasoning rub

1 T. dried onion flakes (a tiny fresh onion, diced, would be fine)

2 T. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 C. tequila (or broth, apple juice, etc.)

 

2-4 potatoes

2-4 ears of fresh corn

aluminum foil

 

In my 6 quart Smart Pot, I used 2 whole brown potatoes, and 4 ears of corn. I could have fit another potato in, probably.  Put meat in the bottom of the crockpot. Rub with seasoning and onion, and flip over to get the other side. Add tequila and Worcestershire sauce.  Wash potatoes and cover with foil. Add to the pot. Shuck the corn, and wrap each ear in foil. Add to the crockpot. It doesn’t seem to matter if the potatoes are closer to the meat, or the corn. The new crockpots heat from the sides as well as from the bottom, so everything will cook through regardless of location. Cover and cook on high for 5-7 hours, or on low for about 8. I cooked our dinner for 6 hours on high. My crockpot was quite full.

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mushrooms

1 1/2 pounds mushrooms

2 T. unsalted butter

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. dried thyme (or 1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped)

1/2 C. vegetable broth (or chicken broth)

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 C. half and half

1/2 C. parmigiano reggiano (parmesan cheese), grated

2 T. parsley, chopped

 

Toss the mushrooms with the butter, garlic, oregano, thyme, broth, salt and pepper and cook in a slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours or on high for 1-2 hours before mixing in the half and half, parmesan and parsley. Option: Add 1 T. white miso paste to the sauce along with the parmesan.

Game Day Crock Pot Sweet & Spicy Garlic Wings

Game Day Crock Pot Sweet & Spicy Garlic Wings

Game Day Crock Pot Sweet & Spicy Garlic Wings

3 lb. chicken wings

 

1 C. soy sauce

1/2 C. minced garlic

1/2 C. brown sugar

2 T. honey

2 T. Sriracha

 

Place wings single layer on a foil lined pan. Broil for 12 minutes, 4-5 inches from the heat source. Flip once. They should be slightly browned Drain fat Put in crock pot. Mix sauce ingredients Pour sauce over wings. Toss wings around. Cover with lid, and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high 2.5- 3 hours

Crockpot or Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Meatballs

Crockpot or Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Meatballs

Crockpot or Instant Pot Mongolian Beef Meatballs

Sauce:

2 tsp. sesame oil

2 T. garlic minced

2 T. ginger paste

1 C. low sodium soy sauce

2 tsp. sriracha

1 1/2 C. water

1 C. brown sugar

¼ C. hoisin sauce

3 T. oyster sauce

½ tsp. black pepper

 

60 homestyle meatballs

1 C. green onions sliced

2 T. toasted sesame seeds

 

Instant Pot Directions: In a large bowl mix all sauce ingredients together and stir well. Add frozen meatballs to an instant pot liner and pour sauce over the top. Place lid on instant pot and lock into place, set valve to sealing. Cook on manual pressure for 10 minutes Quick release pressure Remove lid, and hit the “cancel” button, then hit the “sauté” button Cook on “sauté” mode, stirring regularly, to reduce the sauce, cook until it reaches desired thickness, 5-10 minutes Once desired thickness is reached for the sauce, remove from instant pot to serving dish, and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions Serve immediately over cooked brown rice.

 

Slow Cooker Instructions: Add all sauce ingredients to the slow cooker and stir well.  Thaw pre-cooked meatballs, or partially thaw them. Or use fresh (raw) meatballs. Add meatballs to the slow cooker, and cover with a lid.  Cook on high 1.5 – 2 hours (for thawed cooked meatballs) or low for 4 hours. If using raw meatballs, increase cooking time to 2-3 hours on high and 5-6 hours on low.  If when cooking time is up, sauce has not reached desired thickness (unlikely), reduce sauce by cooking it over medium-high heat on a stove top.  When done cooking, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions

Slow Cooker Cocoa

Slow Cooker Cocoa

Slow Cooker Cocoa

2 C. Whipping Cream

6 C. Milk

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 – 1 ½ C. Semi Sweet Chips

 

Optional: ¼ C. baking cocoa

Optional: ¼ C. Sugar

 

Combine all ingredients except marshmallows in a slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook, covered, until everything is melted, stirring occasionally, 2 – 2 ½ hours on LOW. Stir well after heated and melted.  Taste.  Adjust sweetness with cocoa or sugar if desired, cook 30 additional minutes, and stir well before serving.  Optional: Ten minutes before serving, add marshmallows and let them get melty.  Garnish with more mini marshmallows, if desired.

7 Minute Crock Pot Bread

7 Minute Crock Pot Bread

7 Minute Crock Pot Bread

1 pkg. active dry yeast or instant yeast

1 T. honey

1 C. warm water

2 3/4 C. all-purpose white flour

1 T. white sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 T. olive oil

 

Parchment paper

3 paper towels

 

Mix together warm (not hot) water, yeast, and honey, and let sit for a minute for yeast to foam. Stir together flour, sugar, salt, and then mix with yeast mixture and olive oil.  Stir together with a wooden spoon. Knead for 5 minutes, either by hand or with a stand mixer and hook attachment. Do not short cut this time. Check the dough, it should be elastic, and not stick to your hands too much, and should form a nice ball. If this does not happen, knead a little longer until it reaches this stage. Line a crock pot with parchment and place ball of dough in center. Put paper towels over the top, and put the lid, very slightly ajar over that, this will help absorb some of the moisture so the top of your bread is not mushy and wet while the bottom is crispy and hard. Cook on high for an hour and a half, or until bottom is browned (You can just lift it out with the parchment to check how brown the bottom is) Remove from crock pot, put on a baking tray, and into a preheated oven set to broil on high. Broil 2-3 minutes or until you reach the desired golden brown.

Slow-Cooker Burgundy Meatloaf

Slow-Cooker Burgundy Meatloaf

Slow-Cooker Burgundy Meatloaf

 

2 lbs. ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

1 c. soft bread crumbs

1 onion, chopped

1/2 c. Burgundy wine or beef broth

1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped

1 T. fresh basil, chopped

1-1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

5 slices bacon, divided

1 bay leaf

8-oz. can tomato sauce, warmed

 

Combine ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, onion, wine or broth and seasonings in a large bowl; mix well and set aside. Criss-cross 3 bacon slices on a 12-inch square of aluminum foil. Form meat mixture into a 6-inch round loaf on top of bacon. Cut remaining bacon slices in half; arrange on top of meatloaf. Place bay leaf on top. Lift meatloaf by aluminum foil into a slow cooker; cover and cook on high setting for one hour. Reduce to low setting and continue cooking, covered, for an additional 4 hours. Remove meatloaf from slow cooker by lifting foil. Place on a serving platter, discarding foil, bacon and bay leaf. Spoon warmed tomato sauce over sliced meatloaf. Serves 4 to 6.

Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken

Slow Cooker Creamy Lemon Chicken

5 chicken breasts boneless and skinless

6 tablespoons unsalted butter divided

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 lemons juiced and zested

2 garlic cloves minced

1 cup half and half

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon chicken base optional, but delicious!

 

In a large cast iron skillet add 1 tablespoon of butter to melt on medium high heat. Add the kosher salt, black pepper and Italian seasoning to the chicken and add it to the pan. Cook on each side for 4-6 minutes. Add the chicken to your slow cooker. Cover with lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and the rest of the butter in pieces (I added the lemons in the before picture just for reference. Don’t cook the lemons in the slow cooker). Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. In a large measuring cup add the half and half, cornstarch and chicken base and whisk well. Add the liquid, mix, and cook an additional hour on high.

 

Yield: 5 servings

Calories: 465

Fat: 25g

Fiber: 1g

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

 

1 lb lean ground beef

12 oz bacon

1 med onion diced

16 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed

16 oz can white beans drained and rinsed

32 oz pork ‘n beans

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 to 2 tbsp liquid smoke

 

In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain and set aside. Add bacon to the skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked through, stirring frequently. Add onions and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent. Add ground beef and bacon mixture to a large 6 quart slow cooker. Add pork ‘n beans, drained kidney and white beans, ketchup, brown sugar and liquid smoke. Stir gently to combine. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high 2 to 3 hours, stirring as needed. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a few T. of water. Serve with tortillas chips, corn chips, sour cream, cheese, whatever you want. Anything goes!

Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup

Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup

Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup

 

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon ground turmeric

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pound dried chickpeas

8 ounces Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced

8 cups (2 quarts) low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

Greek yogurt

1 medium lemon, cut into wedges

Chopped fresh cilantro

 

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, turmeric, coriander, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Add the chickpeas, potatoes, and broth, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on the LOW setting until the beans are tender, 8 to 10 hours. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup until smooth in the slow cooker, or purée the soup in a blender, working in batches if necessary. Ladle into bowls, then garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a squeeze of lemon juice, and cilantro.

Slow-Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Lemon Chicken and Potatoes

1 red onion

6-8 chicken thighs

1-1.5 lb. baby potatoes

1 lemon

2 T. olive oil

2 T. honey

4 cloves garlic

1/2 T. fresh thyme leaves

sea salt

pepper

bunch thin green asparagus

 

Peel and slice red onion and add to the bottom of the slow cooker in one layer. Add chicken thighs on top in one layer. Wash and half baby potatoes and add to slow-cooker. In a small bowl mix zest of 1 lemon, juice of that same lemon, olive oil, honey, thyme, sea salt, pepper and finely chopped garlic and then pour over ingredients in slow cooker. Put lid on and secure, then set to high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours (depending on your schedule. 3 hours on high being the minimum and 4 the maximum and 6 hours being the minimum and 8 hours the maximum when set on low). 15-20 minutes before the time is over, set slow cooker to high and add asparagus on top and put lid back on. The thicker the asparagus, the longer it will take. optional but recommended: 5 minutes before the time is over, remove the chicken thighs, place on a baking sheet and put under the broiler on high for 3-5 minutes or until the skin is golden. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Chicken

3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced

3 C. broccoli florets

For the sweet & spicy sauce:

2 C. all-fruit apricot jam

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 T. coconut aminos

2 T. dry mustard

2 tsp. dried minced onion

2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (use more for a spicier sauce)

2 T. arrowroot powder (for thickening sauce)

 

 

Cut chicken thighs into bite-size chunks and place into a 6-quart slow cooker. Cut the veggies as noted above. Place in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use, as noted below. In a medium bowl, whisk together the apricot jam, garlic, soy sauce or coconut aminos, mustard, onion, salt, ginger, and red-pepper flakes. Pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Check chicken at the 4-hour mark, if it’s not cooked through, continue cooking. Once the chicken is cooked through, add the sliced bell peppers and broccoli florets. Then, continue cooking on low until veggies are al dente (about 30-45 minutes). Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken and veggies from slow cooker and place in a serving dish. Whisk in the arrowroot powder to thicken the sauce, if desired. To serve, ladle the sauce over the chicken and veggies. Serve over basmati rice or cauli-rice.

Easy Skinny Turkey Taco Soup

Easy Skinny Turkey Taco Soup

Easy Skinny Turkey Taco Soup

1 tsp. canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (1.5-ounce) package reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
1 C. frozen corn

 

SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and celery and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the turkey, and cook, breaking up the meat, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the pink is gone. 2. Transfer to a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, and add 1 C. water and remaining ingredients . Cook for 3 to 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low.

 

STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the celery and cook the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until translucent and starting to soften. Add the turkey, and cook, breaking up the meat, until it is most browned. 2. Add 1 C. of water and remaining ingredients. Stir and simmer on low for 30 minutes.

 

Yield: 6 servings (1 ½ C. each)

Calories: 235

Fat: 5g

Fiber: 6g

Slow Cooker Braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms

Subtle Asian flavors like ginger, Chinese five spice, and soy sauce join short ribs and mushrooms in the slow cooker for an easy, fragrant beef stew. Serve this hearty, comforting beef dish over a bed of jasmine rice or mashed potatoes–you’ll definitely want something to soak up the rich sauce. If you do not have port or cream sherry on hand, you can simply increase the amount of red wine by 1/2 cup as a substitute.

Slow-braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms4 pounds boned, fat-trimmed beef short ribs or chuck
1 orange (2 1/2 in. wide), rinsed
1 onion (about 8 oz.), peeled and finely chopped
About 1 cup fat-skimmed beef or chicken broth
1 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup port or cream sherry
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. dried thyme or 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
3 or 4 very thin slices (quarter size) peeled fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. Chinese five spice
1 pound mushrooms (1- to 1 1/2-in.-wide caps)
2 T. butter or olive oil
2 T. cornstarch
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives or green onions

Rinse meat; cut into 3- to 4-inch lengths (for chuck, about 1 in. thick and 1 1/2 in. wide) and place in a 5- to 6-quart slow-cooker. With a vegetable peeler, pare orange part of peel from orange and sliver it; save orange for other uses. In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan, combine peel, onion, 1 cup broth, wine, port, vinegar, soy sauce, thyme, ginger, and five spice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Pour liquid over meat. Turn slow-cooker to high, cover, and cook until meat is very tender when pierced, 5 to 6 hours. Rinse and drain mushrooms; trim off and discard stem ends. Cut mushrooms in half lengthwise and place in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan; add butter. Skim off and discard fat from liquid in slow-cooker. Ladle 1 cup liquid into pan with mushrooms. Stir mushrooms often over high heat until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are lightly browned, 13 to 17 minutes. With a slotted spoon, lift meat from juices in slow-cooker and lay in a single layer in a shallow casserole (about 9 by 13 in.). Pour mushrooms over meat. Bake in a 375° regular or convection oven until meat is sizzling and browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, measure remaining liquid from slow-cooker. If less than 2 cups, add beef broth to make 2 cups, pour into a 2- to 3-quart pan, and bring to a boil over high heat; if there is more, pour into pan and boil, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 2 cups, 8 to 12 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup water. Pour into boiling liquid and stir until thickened, about 30 seconds. Pour evenly over meat and mix gently to blend with liquid in casserole, adding salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chives.

Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Stacks

Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Stacks

Just call this the lazy girl’s way of getting enchiladas in her mouth! The filling is slow cooked and layered between flour tortillas with sharp cheddar cheese and baked where everything melds together into a hot, delicious mess.

Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Stacks

1 (11 ounce) can Ro-tel tomatoes and green chiles
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 + ½ pounds)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 cup instant white or brown rice

5 (10-inch) flour tortillas
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
sour cream, for serving
Make the filling:

In a 4 or 5 quart slow cooker stir the Ro-tel, broth and all the seasonings together.
Add the chicken breasts, beans and corn. Cook on high 3 – 4 hours or low 5 – 6 hours.  Remove the chicken breasts to a cutting board and shred or cut into bite-size pieces. Stir back into the slow cooker. Cook the rice according to package directions and stir it into the slow cooker. If there’s a lot of liquid left take the lid off the pot and let it cook off. Assembly: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet (wide enough to fit the tortillas). Place one tortilla in the center of the baking sheet. Spread ¼ of the filling out evenly almost to the edges. Sprinkle with â…“ cup cheese. Top with another tortilla and repeat the process 3 more times. Top the last layer of filling with a tortilla and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let set 5 minutes. Slice it like a pie and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Slow-Cooker-Honey-Garlic-Chicken3 large bone-in, skinless chicken breasts (2 1/2 to 3 pounds total) (Using bone-in chicken breasts, rather than boneless chicken breasts, is key to guaranteeing moist, tender shredded chicken.)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup blackberry jam
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Sliced scallions, for garnish
Sesame seeds, for garnish

Arrange the chicken breasts in the slow cooker so that they are not overlapping. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, blackberry jam, hoisin, olive oil, garlic, onion and crushed red pepper flakes, and then pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook the chicken on LOW for 4 to 5 hours until the chicken is fully cooked. Using tongs, remove the chicken from the slow cooker (reserving the liquids) and place it on a cutting board. Remove the bones then use two forks to shred the chicken into smaller pieces. Place the shredded chicken in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of cold water to make a slurry. Transfer the liquids from the slow cooker into a small saucepan set over medium-high heat and whisk in the slurry. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook it until it reduces and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken, tossing to combine. Serve the chicken topped with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.

Slow-Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs

Slow-Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs

54eaf40e348a0_-_03h-valentine-s-day-menu2 c. dry red wine
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 Au Jus Gravy Mix
½ tsp. dried thyme
Kosher salt and pepper
8 shallots
8 Beef Short Ribs
¼ c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)

In a 6-qt slow cooker, whisk together the wine, tomato paste, gravy mix, thyme, and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper. Stir in the shallots. Add the ribs, placing them meatiest side down. Cover and cook until the meat is very tender, on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 5 to 6 hours. With a slotted spoon, transfer the ribs to a plate. Using a ladle or a spoon, skim and discard fat from the sauce. Spoon sauce over the ribs and sprinkle with the parsley, if using.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken

Slow-Cooker-Lemon-Chicken12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Kosher or sea salt to taste
¾ teaspoon pepper, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 lemon, sliced (optional)
1 cup chicken broth (fat free, low sodium)
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup flour, optional corn starch
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¾ cup pitted green olives

Sprinkle chicken thighs evenly with salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add half of chicken. Cook about 3 minutes per side, or until browned. Transfer to a slow cooker. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet, and repeat procedure with remaining chicken. Combine broth, juice, flour and cumin, stirring with a whisk. Pour broth mixture over chicken. Top with olives and remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours. Add lemon slices as a garnish to serve, if using.

Goodtime Beef Brisket

Goodtime Beef Brisket

3brisket 1/2-4lb beef brisket
1 can beer
2 C. tomato sauce
2 tsp. prepared mustard
2 T. balsamic vinegar
2 T. Worcestershire sauc
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
2 T. brown sugar
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Place brisket in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients. Pour over meat. Cover. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Remove meat from sauce. Slice very thin. Serve on rolls or over couscous.

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

19f751ccbf91c2383188f4d4151e94a66 medium beef blade steaks
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 T. fresh thyme, minced
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup flour
4 T. oil
salt & pepper to taste
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream

Heat a heavy skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1 T. of the oil. Add the mushrooms; cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and continue cooking until mushrooms begin to brown. Remove from pan and place in the slow cooker. Return the pan to the heat. Season the steaks with salt & pepper. Add 1 T. of oil and brown the blade steaks nicely. Remove to a plate and set aside. Return the pan to the heat and add 2 T. of the oil. Add the sliced onions, the thyme and the paprika. Stir and cook for about 1 minute. Add the flour and stir well, cooking for about 1 minute. Whisk in the sherry and chicken stock, scraping up all the browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Add the entire contents of the pan to the slow cooker. Place browned steaks on top of the mushroom/onion mixture. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, HI for 4-5 hours. Remove steaks to a serving plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep them warm. Stir the cream and parsley into the liquid. Heat for another 10 minutes. Ladle gravy over steaks and serve.

Savory Pork Carnitas

Savory Pork Carnitas

Savory-Pork-Mexican-Carnitas-31 Boston butt pork roast (3-4 pounds), trimmed of visible fat
1 pkg. reduced-sodium taco seasoning
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 large onion, quartered
1 can (4oz) whole green chiles, drained
6-8 flour tortillas (10″)
Shredded lettuce
Chopped tomatoes
Sliced avocados
Sour cream or queso fresco
Lime wedges
Chopped fresh scallions or Red Onions and fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

Place the pork roast, taco seasoning, garlic, onion, and chiles in a 4 1/2-6 quart slow cooker and add about 1 cup of water. Stir to combine. Cover the cooker and cook the pork until it is tender enough to shred, 6 hours on high heat or 10 hours on low. Remove the pork from the cooker and shred the meat with a fork. Spoon some of the shredded pork evenly down the center of a tortilla and roll it up. Repeat with the remaining pork and tortillas. Serve the filled tortillas with shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, sliced avocado, sour cream, and lime wedges. Garnish them with the chopped scallions and cilantro sprigs.

Bean and Bacon Soup

Bean and Bacon Soup

1 pound small dry beans soaked overnight
2 diced carrots
2 stalks diced celery
1/2 diced onion
1 small can tomato sauce or 1 cup V-8
2 tablespoons bacon grease (reserve from bacon)
2 small dried whole chili peppers (optional)
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste.

Cook a few slices of bacon; reserve fat. Set aside for garnish. Sauté the carrots, celery and onion in the bacon grease. Drain the bean of the soaking water and rinse well. Put sautéed vegetables, beans, chili peppers and bay leaf in crock pot. Fill to within 2 inches of top (this is in my 6 quart) cover and set on High. Depending on the beans it will take 6 to 8 hours to cook soft. If you need it to cook longer just add more water at the beginning. At this point add tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Let cook for 1/2 more and its ready.

Crock Pot Pizza Casserole

Crock Pot Pizza Casserole

1 Bocppcx Spiral Pasta (uncooked but rinsed)

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 C. sliced pepperoni

1 Small Can tomato Paste

1 C. water

1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Spray Large Crockpot 6qt or larger with non-stick spray. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef with the onion, garlic and green bell pepper. Drain excess fat. Rinse pasta and place in the crock-pot with drained ground beef mix. Stir. Tomato paste and water over noodle mix. Top with shredded Mozzarella. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours (no peeking). Serve with a side salad.

Hawaiian Chicken Sliders

Hawaiian Chicken Sliders

sliders2 large chicken breasts
1/2 C. ketchup
1/3 C. pineapple juice
1/4 C. low sodium soy sauce
1/4 C. honey
2 1/2 tsp. molasses
1/4 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 tsp. minced ginger
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1 T. cold water
1 T. cornstarch
2 T. tomato paste
Glazed pineapple rings
10-12 Hawaiian rolls

Glazed Pineapple
10-12 pineapple rings (fresh or canned)
2 tsp. of brown sugar per ring
1-2 T. of butter

In a bowl, whisk together ketchup, pineapple juice, soy sauce, honey, molasses, coconut extract, ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cook on low heat for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken and shred with two forks. Set it aside. Strain the sauce from the crock pot with a fine mesh strainer, separating the fat from the liquid. Discard the fat, keep the liquid. Whisk together the cold water and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Pour into the main sauce. Then whisk in the tomato sauce until everything is combined. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring often. Reduce and simmer for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly, until thickened. Return the chicken to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for another 30 minutes. Split the Hawaiian rolls in half, top with a heaping spoonful of shredded chicken and a ring of glazed pineapple. Enjoy!

Bistro Beef in Beer Stew

Bistro Beef in Beer Stew

1/4 C. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. each dried thyme, marjoram leaves and black pepper

2 lb. beef stewing cubes

2 T. vegetable oil

1 C. dark flat beer

1 C. beef stock

2 T. tomato paste

1 T. each Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 large onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 C. baby carrots

1 C. button mushrooms

1/2 C. sour cream

 

In a large heavy plastic bag, combine flour, salt, thyme, marjoram and pepper. In batches, add beef cubes to flour mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to a plate. In a large non-stick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; cook beef, in batches, adding more oil as needed, for 8-10 minutes or until browned on all sides. With slotted spoon, transfer to 3.5 to 6 l (3 1/2 to 6 quartt) slow cooker. Add beef and stock to skillet and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up any brown bits. Transfer to slow cooker. Add tomato paste, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, carrots and mushrooms to slow cooker; mix well. Cook, covered, on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours or until vegetables are tender and stew is bubbling. Stir in sour cream just before serving.

 

Yield: 6 servings

Calories: 382

Fat: 19g

Fiber:

 

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken

3 lbs. skinless chicken thighs (I use about 4 chicken breasts)

1/2 cup soy sauce

2 T. sherry

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

2 T. ketchup

2 T. toasted sesame seeds

 

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Combine remaining 7 ingredients in bowl. Mix well. Pour over chicken, being sure to get some sauce on every piece. Cover. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serves 4 to 6.

 

Slow Cooker Italian Meat Loaf

Slow Cooker Italian Meat Loaf

slowcookmeatloafOlive oil in a spritzer bottle, or non-stick cooking spray

2 pounds extra lean ground sirloin (or bison)

2 large eggs

1 cup (about 1 medium size) zucchini, grated and excess liquid squeezed out

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped, plus extra for garnish

4 cloves freshly minced garlic

3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon dried oregano

2 Tablespoons minced dry onion or onion powder

1/2 teaspoon sea or Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

1/4 cup ketchup or tomato sauce

1/4 cup shredded or 2-3 slices mozzarella cheese

2 Tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

 

Line a large (6 quart or larger) slow cooker with folded strips of aluminum foil in a grid pattern. Spray the foil with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for cooking spray and the topping ingredients. Mixture WILL BE loose/wet. This is expected. Carefully transfer mixture into the slow cooker and form into an oblong shaped loaf, setting it on top of the aluminum foil strips. Place lid on top of slow cooker. Cook on high power for 3 hours or low power for 6 hours. 15 minutes before the end of the cook time, turn the heat off and unplug the slow cooker. Remove the lid and spread ketchup over the top of the meatloaf. Place cheese on top of ketchup and replace the lid onto the slow cooker. Allow the meat loaf to sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. To remove loaf from the slow cooker, remove lid, hold each end of the strips in each hand , and carefully lift. Transfer the loaf to serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve and enjoy!

Crockpot Creamy Sausage and Tortellini

Crockpot Creamy Sausage and Tortellini

1 lb. Italian Sausage (We use HOT for the spice, but sub in the meat you’d like best!)

20 oz. Frozen Three-Cheese Tortellini (The Buitoni kind is in the specialty refrigerated case in the deli area of the grocery store. I pop them right in the freezer when I get home.)

2-4 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth (It should not be like soup in the end, try around 3 cups)

2 Cans Diced Tomatoes – The kind that are seasoned with basil, garlic & oregano. If you don’t have the seasoned ones, you’ll need to add in your own seasonings.

8 oz. Cream Cheese or Neufchâtel Cheese – We use the low fat kind when using cream cheese.

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Take your cream cheese or Neufchâtel out of the fridge, and let it sit while you quickly brown your meat. Add the browed sausage and tortellini to your Crock Pot. Pour the tomatoes, liquid and all, and broth over the top. Add your cream cheese to the Pot in chunks. Give your Crock Pot a good stir to get everything evenly distributed, making sure the liquids are adequately covering the tortellini. Cook on LOW for a total of 3 1/2 – 4 hours. Stir at 1 1/2 hours, and again at 3 hours, removing the lid for the last 30 minutes of cooking. This will give the sauce some time to thicken up. You can leave the lid off longer if you need more thickening time, but stir every so often.

Top with grated parmesan or mozzarella cheese if desired.

Crock Pot Deviled Chicken

Crock Pot Deviled Chicken

 

3 lb.  Chicken breasts or chicken legs or chicken thighs

1/4 C. butter, melted

1/2 C. honey

1/4 C. prepared mustard

3 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. curry powder

 

Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine all remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook for 4 to 6 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low.

 

Yield:

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