Slow cooker recipes....

Slow cooker recipes....

Joined: February 22nd, 2006, 4:05 am

October 11th, 2011, 8:12 pm #1

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
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Joined: December 29th, 2006, 10:07 am

October 11th, 2011, 8:25 pm #2

as oppose to roasting a chicken. It is the yummiest way to cook your chicken and the meat just falls off the bone. You could probably do it with other type of meat too.

Just a little stock or just plain water, flavour (or not) your chicken and cook for 4 hours on high.

I did a rissotto at the weekend which was nice, made soup and ragu for pasta ( I would like to use it more but my boys not that great with wet food yet, like chilli and casseroles)

but I really cannot recommend the chicken dish enough

also I do love the aroma off my slow cooker - whatever is cooking
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Joined: December 12th, 2007, 4:39 pm

October 12th, 2011, 12:18 am #3

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
I like to use it in the fall, although I really don't know why I don't use it more often (and year round). I don't know if you are on Facebook, but there is a group called Crock Pot Girls - there are a lot of recipes posted on their page (under discussions on the left side). People chime in with new things all the time. They also started a web site called crockpotgirls.com. I'm not sure if all the recipes have been pulled over from the FB page yet(I think they're working on doing that). I've made the Salsa Chicken from there & shredded the chicken to make burritos. There are quite a few more I want to try too. I often make Chicken Sweet Potato Stew from one of my cookbooks - my favorite comfort food. Will post it soon. A lot of times I just throw in a roast & just add veggies & seasoning - so easy. If you plan ahead you can pretty much cover dinners for all nights during the week, although I haven't gotten to that point...yet

Hope everyone is well on the board. Haven't posted in awhile, although I've been lurking from time to time. Life has been so busy for months - weight gain issues with 14 month DD#2 (had to see specialists), family illness etc. I hope you don't mind me chiming in.
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Joined: January 24th, 2007, 2:25 pm

October 12th, 2011, 12:25 am #4

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
i do have one somewhere. maybe in a recipe book. i just cant find my name right now... i will post it soon as i can.

i do know it calls for all kinds of onions, maybe some sherry?? and if so, i use white wine. i think i serve it with swiss cheese toasts on the side. but i dont remember unless i look up the recipe.

found it--

40 g butter
10 ml olive oil
1.2k onions, sliced
5 ml caster sugar (superfine)
15 ml plain flour
15 ml sherry vinegar
30 ml brandy
120 ml dry white wine
1 litre boiling stock of your choice
5 chopped thyme
salt and pepper

put butter and oil in ceramic pot and heat on high for 15 minutes, until melted. add onions and stir to coat. cover with lid and folded dish towel to retain the heat. cook for 2 hrs, stirring half way through.

add sugar and stir well. cover and cook for 4 hours, stirring occasionally so the color is even. you want them dark golden.

sprinkle the flour and stir. stir in the vinegar, then the brandy, then slowly blend in the wine. stir in stock and thyme and season with salt and pepper. cook for 2 hours, or until onions are tender.

serve with the toasts.
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Joined: September 4th, 2004, 1:08 am

October 12th, 2011, 1:42 am #5

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
I make chili alot in the crockpot, very easy. Also meatballs with sauce. I have also put chicken breasts and covered with salsa and cooked on low and ate over rice or in wraps. Here is the meatball one,http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-slow- ... etail.aspx
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Joined: August 21st, 2006, 3:29 pm

October 12th, 2011, 2:05 am #6

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
ZakiaZ,

One I love is ... 2 lb. beef roast, any quality (cheap is fine) + 1 can Campbell's mushroom soup (others are probably also good). Put on low heat and cook for ~12 hours, stirring occasionally (basically just enough to be sure the meat falls apart into the liquid that is the soup + its own juices). Serve with roasted veggies and bread -- delish. The original recipe called for adding a packet of dry onion soup to the crockpot mix and I sometimes add that too but you have to make sure the brand you buy isn't too salty -- I've run into trouble with cheap brands -- and find that omitting it doesn't damage anything.

I also do well with chicken leg quarters (2-4) + 1/2 cup of some tasty liquid for flavoring. Depending what you like, both Italian dressing and orange juice have worked well for me. I cook until the chicken falls off the bone, about 6-8 hours at low heat.
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Joined: February 10th, 2009, 9:24 pm

October 12th, 2011, 3:32 am #7

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
This is a recipe that I use in the pressure cooker, but would work just as well in the slow cooker. Super delicious! Even my boys will eat it!

3 lb chuck roast
14 oz can beef broth (I use reduced sodium and it tastes great)
1 oz package of dried brown gravy mix
0.7 oz package of dried italian dressing mix (like Seven Seas)
0.7 oz package of dried ranch dressing mix
1 cup chopped onions
12 small yukon gold potatoes
16 oz pkg baby carrots

For a slow cooker, Id put the veggies in the bottom. In the pressure cooker, I cook the meat for 30 minutes then add the veggies and cook for another 30 min.

Brown the roast in olive oil on the stove. Place on top of the veggies in the slow cooker. Top the roast with the 3 dry mixes, then pour the beef broth around the sides.

Cook on low 8-10 hours.

(BTW, this recipe takes 1 hour in my pressure cooker and the meat is so tender, you dont need a knife!) If youre looking for quick dinners, consider purchasing a pressure cooker.

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Joined: December 12th, 2007, 4:39 pm

October 12th, 2011, 4:07 am #8

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 medium carrots, peeled & cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 28 oz. can whole stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. celery seed
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup nonfat, low sodium chicken broth

Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover & cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours (or High for 3 to 4 hours). Makes 6 servings.
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Joined: September 1st, 2006, 2:40 am

October 12th, 2011, 1:23 pm #9

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
This is a great book only $16 on amazon

Fix-It And Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

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Joined: November 8th, 2005, 3:01 pm

October 12th, 2011, 1:43 pm #10

Does anyone have a favorite recipe that they don't mind sharing? I just got a slow cooker on the weekend and I'm very excited to start making stuff. There's a ton of stuff online but how do you sift throught all that right?

I'm mostly looking forward to cutting down on cooking time. As my boys are getting bigger, I am insanely busier and they are eating more and more, except for thanksgiving dinner last night.

Ds #1 (38 mths) kept insisting that he wanted breakfast and not dinner and he suddenly didn't like anything on his plate. Ds #2 (19 mths) tasted his potatos and immediately put down his spoon in the middle of his plate and wanted to get down from his high chair.

This is really the cart pulling the horse. I have no clue what to do about this dinner strike but I'm trying. Maybe a few new slow cooker recipes will add some excitement to our dinner table. They sure have no objection to snacks and do not respond to threats about no dessert, no toys, no play, no tv,etc. if no dinner is eaten.

TIA,
Z.
1. Chicken.
Add chicken thigs, chicken broth, large chopped tomatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, red peppers. Black pepper, italian seasoning. Before serving I thicken the juice (with flour, make a roux etc.), serve with mashed potatoes.

2. Kleftiko.
Add lamb steaks, water, onions, cherry/grape tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, garlic, fresh rosemary, bay leaf, salt, pepper. Serve in a bowl with a spoon - yum.

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