WELCOME

Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

BACON BAKED BEANS

5 to 6 slices bacon, fried crisp, drained, crumbled
2 cans (16-oz each) baked beans
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 medium-size onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp stone-ground mustard
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Combine all ingredients together in a crockpot or slow cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low 8 to 12 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Note: File Folder

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BRISKET WITH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

This easy meal combines meat, vegetables, fruit including citrus all in one pot.  How easy is that to get so many of the needed nutrients together in one place?

1 tablespoon canola oil
2 (2-pound) beef briskets, trimmed
2 medium onions, sliced
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch-thick slices
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch-thick slices
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar (diabetics use 1 tbsp Splenda brown sugar blend)
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 can  (14-ounce) + 3/4 cup low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
2 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon, broken in half
1 cup dried cranberries
 
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Place onions in a large slow cooker; top with beef and orange slices. Add carrots, potatoes, and apple.

Whisk together orange juice and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour mixture over beef.

Place lid on cooker and cook on HIGH setting 4 to 5 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Transfer beef to a serving platter. Pour remaining vegetable mixture through a wire-mesh strainer, reserving juices and vegetables; discard cinnamon sticks. Serve beef and vegetable medley with juices.
 
Yield: 8 servings


Monday, December 4, 2017

FRUITY BREAKFAST OATMEAL

Use healthy steel-cut oats in this recipe.  Old-fashioned oats are too soft for slow-cooking.  This makes an easy healthy breakfast and is a great way to cook steel-cut oats which require longer cooking times and require constant stirring when cooked on the stovetop.

8 cups water
2 cups steel-cut oats 
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
nonstick cooking spray

Generously spray the cooker with the cooking spray!

Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to low. Put the lid on and cook until the oats are tender and the porridge is creamy, 7 to 8 hours. 

 This is a file photo.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

BEEF WITH CARROTS AND CABBAGE

1 1/2 lbs boneless beef chuck pot roast
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tbsp canola oil
6 medium carrots, cut into 2 to 2 1/2-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
2/3 cup low-sodium beef broth
4 cups coarse shredded cabbage

Trim the fat from the beef. Combine the oregano, cumin, paprika, pepper and half the salt in a small bowl; sprinkle over the beef and gently rub in.

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet and brown the meat over medium heat.

While meat browns, combine the carrots and garlic in the slow cooker and pour the broth over all. Top with the browned meat.

Cover the cooker and cook on low setting for 7 to 8 hours or 4 hours on high setting. At the end of this cooking time, be sure to have setting on high, add cabbage and replace cover. Cook for 30 minutes until cabbage is tender.

Note: This is also a good diabetic recipe.

Note: File Recipe

Friday, December 1, 2017

SPICY RICE CASSEROLE

2 lbs mild bulk pork sausage
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
4 medium onions, chopped
2 medium-size green bell peppers, chopped
2 medium-size red bell peppers, chopped
4 beef bouillon cubes
4 cups boiling water
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 pkgs (6.25-oz each) converted long grain and wild rice mix

Set a crockpot or slow cooker on high.  Pour the boiling water into the cooker; stir in the bouillon cubes stirring until dissolved. 

Brown the sausage in a large skillet with the cumin and garlic powder; drain well.

Add the onions and bell peppers to the skillet and saute until tender.

Transfer the sausage mixture, onions, and bell peppers to the crockpot with the beef broth.  Stir in the jalapeno peppers and the rice mixes.

Place lid on cooker and cook on high for 1 hour.  Turn setting to low and cook another 1 to 2 hours until rice is tender.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

 Note: File Photo for reference only.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

CHERRY COBBLER

Mixture 1:
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp butter
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Combine the sugar and butter until crumbly.  Add the milk, flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Pour the mixture into a slow cooker or crockpot that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

Mixture 2:
2 cans (16-oz each) tart cherries and juice
1 tsp red food coloring
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, melted

Combine all mixture 2 ingredients together until sugar is thoroughly dissolved.  Pour over mixture 1 in the cooker.  During cooking mixture 1 will rise to the top.

Place lid on cooker and cook on high 3 to 4 hours until the dough is solid and set.

Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream for a real treat!

 Note: File Photo

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SPICY COCKTAIL SAUSAGES

1 cup catsup
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 lb cocktail sausages

Place all ingredients except sausages in the crockpot or slow cooker; stir together well.  Place lid on cooker and cook for1 1/2 to 2 hours on high.

Remove lid from cooker and stir mixture well.  Stir in the sausages, stirring until coated.  Replace lid on cooker and another 1 1/2 hours. 

Turn cooker on low or keep warm and serve sausages directly from the cooker.

Note:  This also works with smoked sausage cut into 1/2-inch slices or jumbo hot dogs cut into 1/2-inch slices.
Note: File Photo

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

EASY COOKED CHICKEN

2 to 3 lbs chicken breasts or other parts
4 cups water
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp minced onion
1 tsp seasoning salt

Place all ingredients in a crockpot or other slow cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low 6 to 8 hours until chicken is cooked through and is tender.

Remove chicken from the juices; debone and skin.  Discard the bay leaf.

This is a good way to make chicken to use in casseroles, etc.  You can chop or shred the meat and you can use the broth as homemade chicken broth.

Note: File Photo

Monday, November 27, 2017

GROUND BEEF BEAN POT

2 lbs lean ground beef
2 slices bacon, cut-up
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
2 regular cans pork and beans

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet along with the onion and bacon.  When beef is browned, drain well.

Transfer the beef mixture to a crockpot or slow cooker.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir together well.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting 3 to 4 hours or until bubbly and heated through.

 Note: File Photo

Saturday, November 25, 2017

LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP FROM KRAFT

I got this recipe from Kraft Foods and it sounded so good I am sharing it before I even try it.  I love baked potato soup and Kraft's recipes are always good.  Thought some of you might be as interested as I am!  While I don't usually list name brand ingredients, since this is a Kraft recipe, I am leaving it intact.

8 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. flour
1 carton (32 oz.) fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
3 lb. large baking potatoes (about 6), peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
 
COOK and stir bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels; refrigerate until ready to use. Add onions to drippings in skillet; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in flour; cook and stir 1 min. Add 1 cup broth; cook and stir 2 min. or until sauce comes to boil and thickens. Pour into slow cooker. Stir in remaining broth and potatoes; cover with lid. Cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours (or HIGH 5 to 6 hours). USE slotted spoon to transfer 4 cups potatoes to medium bowl; mash until smooth. Add 1-1/2 cups cheese to remaining mixture in slow cooker; stir until melted. Stir in mashed potatoes and milk; cook, covered, 5 min. or until heated through.
PLACE bacon on paper towel-covered microwaveable plate. Microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 sec. or until heated through. Serve soup topped with bacon, remaining cheese, sour cream and chives. 
 
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