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.

Friday, December 30, 2011

SPINACH CASSEROLE

2 pkgs (10-oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
2 cups cream-style cottage cheese
1/2 cup butter, cut-up
1 1/2 American cheese, cubed
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt

In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine all the ingredients. 

Spray the interior of the crockpot or slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray; pour the spinach mixture into the cooker.  Cover and cook on high for approximately 1 hour.  Reduce heat setting to low and cook for an additional 4 to 5 hours.


Note: This recipe is from the Rival Crock-pot Cookbook I got with my first crockpot.  My dad bought my mom, sister, and myself all the orange colored crockpot shown in the picture back in the 1970s.  I have been a crock-pot, slow cooker fan ever since!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

HUNGARIAN GOULASH

2 lb round steak, cut into bite-size cubes
1 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1 can (28-oz) tomatoes
1 cup sour cream
hot buttered noodles for serving

Place the steak cubes, onion, and garlic in the crock pot or slow cooker.  Stir in the flour, stirring to coat all the steak pieces.  Add the salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, bay leaf, and tomatoes, including the juice.  Stir to blend well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low heat for 8 to 10 hours.  May cook 5 to 6 hours on high heat, stirring occasionally.  30 minutes before serving, stir in the sour cream, mixing in thoroughly.  Serve over the hot buttered noodles.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

VENISON STEW

2 lb venison stew meat in 1-inch cubes
salt
pepper
1 tbsp butter
3 stalks celery, cut diagonally into 1/2 to 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp chopped parsley or 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup red cooking wine
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

Sprinkle the meat cubes with salt and pepper. 

Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet; add the meat and brown lightly on all sides.

Place the celery and onion in the crockpot or slow cooker; add meat over the veggies.  Sprinkle with the parsley flakes.

In a mixing bowl stir the water, wine, and tomato sauce together until blended.  Pour mixture into the cooker.  Add the corn.

Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 12 hours or on high setting for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serving suggestion:  Serve with hot butter noodles or brown rice.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

VEGETABLE LENTIL SOUP

2 cups lentils, presoaked & drained
5 cups water
2 slices bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, sliced into thin coins
2 stalks of celery, including tops, sliced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1 can (16-oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Place all the ingredients in a crockpot or slow cooker; stir mixture to combine well.  Place cover on cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.  Taste before serving and add any additional seasonings needed.


Monday, December 26, 2011

CHICKEN CHILI VERDE

4 to 5 chicken breasts
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1 small can (8 tbsp) diced green chilies
1 cup green enchilada sauce

Set crockpot or slow cooker at low setting.  Combine the chicken, onion, green chilies, and enchilada sauce in the cooker.  After 6 hours of cooking on low, remove chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool then shred.  Return the chicken to the cooker and cook for another hour or two.

This can be served alone or as a filler in burritos, tacos, on salads, etc. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

OLD FASHION RICE PUDDING WITH RAISINS

2 1/2 cups cooked rice
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp soft butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 beaten eggs
3/4 cup raisins

Lightly grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray the inside of a crockpot or slow cooker.

In a mixing bowl thoroughly combine the rice with the remaining ingredients.  Pour the mixture into the prepared cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high setting for 1 to 2 hours.  Stir once or twice during the first 30 minutes of cooking to rice from clumping together.


Friday, December 23, 2011

PORK CHILI

2 cans (14.5-oz each) chicken broth
2 cans chili-ready diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15.5-oz) kidney beans, drained
1 can (15-oz) black beans, drained
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 (2 1/2 lb) boneless pork shoulder roast
8-oz shredded Cheddar cheese for topping
1 1/4 cups sour cream for topping

In a crockpot or slow cooker combine the chicken broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, onion, chili powder, and cumin.  Stir mixture to combine well.  Add the pork, place lid on cooker and cook on low heat setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high setting approxiately 7 hours.

Remove the meat from the cooker and shred.  Return to the cooker and stir to blend meat in.

To serve, spoon the chili into bowls and top with Cheddar cheese and sour cream, if desired.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

SLOW COOKED CHICKEN CACCIATORE

1 tbsp canola oil
3 lb skinless chicken breasts and thighs
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 can (28-oz) crushed tomatoes, do not drain
1 lb fresh button mushrooms, halved
2 large yellow onions, coarsely chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into long strips
1 1/4 cups chicken stock, divided
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 pkg (16-oz) fettuccine, cooked and drained

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; brown chicken well on all sides.

While chicken is browning, put the garlic, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and 1 cup of the chicken stock in a 6-quart crockpot or slow cooker.  Stir the mixture to combine well.  Add the browned chicken pieces, turning them to coat. 

Place lid on cooker and cook on low heat setting for 8 hours or until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove the chicken to a serving platter and keep warm. 

In a small bowl stir the cornstarch into the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken stock; blend until the mixture is smooth.  Stir the cornstarch mixture into the cooker.  Replace lid and cook on high heat setting for 10 minutes until the mixture boils and thickens.  Serve the sauce with the chicken and the cooked fettuccine. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

HONEY CHICKEN WING APPETIZERS

3 lbs chicen wings
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups honey
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
sesame seeds, optional

Rinse the chicken wings and pat dry.  Cut off the wing tips and discard.  Cut each wing at the joint to make two pieces.  Place wings on a broiler pan and sprinkle the salt and pepper.  Broil about 4-inches from the heat for approximately 10 minutes to brown.  Turn wings and repeat to brown the second side.  Transfer the browned wings to a crockpot or slow cooker.

To make sauce, combine the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, and garlic in a small bowl; pour over the chicken wings in the cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting 4 to 5 hours or on high setting for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. 

Garnish wings with the sesame seeds, if desired.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PORK CHOPS WITH PEAS

4 to 6 1-inch thick pork chops
1 pkg (16-oz) frozen field peas with snaps, mostly thawed
1 1/2 tsp dried mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 can (10.5-oz) condensed chicken broth

Place the peas in the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker or crockpot.

Combine the dried mustard, salt, and garlic powder; sprinkle mixture over the pork chops. 

Place flour in a shallow pie plate and dredge chops through the flour, shaking off excess.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, heat the canola oil until hot.  Place chops in pan (in batches in necessary) and cook approximately 3 minutes per side until browned.  Remove the pork chops from the skillet to the slowcooker, placing them over the peas.

Saute the onion in the hot pork chop drippings over medium-high heat for a few minutes until tender.  (This adds extra flavor rather just slicing onions into the cooker.)  Add the chicken broth and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring to loosen any particles left by the chops from the bottom of the skillet.  Spoon this onion mixture over the pork chops in the cooker.  Cover cooker and cook chops on low heat setting for 6-7 hours.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SPARERIBS & SAUERKRAUT

3 - 4 lbs lean pork spareribs, cut into serving-size pieces
salt to your taste
pepper to your taste
2 cans sauerkraut
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 apple, quartered, cored, sliced
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 cup water
1 tsp salt, optional

Sprinkle the salt and pepper to taste on the spareribs and brown ribs in a heavy skillet or the broiler.  Layer half of each of the following; ribs, sauerkraut, onion, and apple.  Repeat with the remaining half.
Add the caraway seeds to the water with additional salt, if using, and pour over the layers.  Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high for about 4 hours.


Monday, November 21, 2011

BEAN AND SALSA TURKEY CHILI

1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 lb ground turkey*
1 can (28-oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 jar (16-oz) chunky salsa
1 can (15-oz) black beans
1 can (15-oz) kidney beans
1 can (15-oz) chili beans
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
shredded cheddar cheese for topping

Heat canola oil in a medium skillet, add turkey and cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink.  This will probably take about 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally during the cooking process.

Transfer the turkey to a crockpot or slow cooker and add the tomatoes, salsa, black beans, kidney beans, chili beans, chili powder, and cumin.  Stir to blend well.

Place lid on cooker and cook on high setting 3 to 4 hours or on low setting approximately 6 hours.

To serve, ladle into individual bowls and top with cheddar cheese as desired.

*Be aware if buying the ground turkey (or chicken).  Read the label and be sure mixture does not contain skin which really ups the fat in the meat.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GROUND BEEF-VEGGIE CASSEROLE

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef, lightly browned and drained
2 large potatoes, sliced
3 carrots, sliced
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen peas, partially thawed
3 medium onions, sliced
2 stalks of celery sliced
1 can (approx 10-oz) tomato soup
1 soup can of water
Salt
Pepper

In the crockpot or slow cooker layer the potatoes, carrots, peas, onions and celery, in that order.  Lightly season each layer with salt and pepper as desired.  Layer the browned beef over the celery.  In a bowl, mix the soup and water together with a whisk until smooth.  Pour the soup mixture over the ground beef.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low setting 6 to 8 hours or on the high setting 3 to 4 hours.  Stir occasionally.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

TASTY HOT MULLED CIDER

1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp balsamic or cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves

Combine all the ingredients in your crockpot or slowcooker.  Cover and set on low.  Cook 5 to 6 hours.  Discard cinnamon stick and cloves.  Serve in hot mugs.

Yield: 16 servings

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CHEESY CROCKPOT POTATOES

1 small carton sour cream
2 cans Cheddar cheese soup
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 stick unsalted butter
8 medium potatoes, parboiled until just tender

Drain the potatoes and place in crockpot (or slow cooker).

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.  Stir the sour cream and the cheese soup, undiluted, into the butter until well blended.  Pour cheese mixture over the potatoes, cover, and cook on low for at least an hour.  Yummy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

SPICY BRISKET

2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs beef brisket, trimmed
3 tsp canola oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 cup catsup
1/2 cup bottled chili sauce
1/4 cup molasses*
2 tbsp strong brewed coffee
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

Spray a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray and preheat broiler.

In a cup, mix the chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Rub this mix onto the brisket and place brisket on the broiler rack.  Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the canola oil over the top of the brisket.  Broil 5-inches from the heat for about 5 minutes per side to brown.

While brisket is browning, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, just until golden.  Stir in the catsup, chili sauce, molasses, coffee, and hot pepper sauce.

Spread half of the sauce over the bottom of the cooker; top sauce with the brisket.  Top brisket with the remaining half of the sauce.  Cover cooker and cook on low setting for around 8 hours or until meat is tender.

To serve, transfer the brisket to a cutting board and cut across the grain into about 18 slices.  Skim the fat from the sauce and serve with the brisket.

Yield: 6 servings

*You may substitute brown sugar if you do not have molasses.
This brisket makes yummy sandwiches.  May I suggest whole-wheat buns?
Note: File Photo

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

REHEATING LEFTOVERS IN A CROCKPOT OR SLOW COOKER

Slow cookers/crockpots can keep food warm up to 2 hours after turning off.  But if you are planning to reheat food that has been refrigerated, these cookers are not recommended.  This is a safety issue as it takes the cookers too long to reach a safe temperature.  Reheat on stovetop or in microwave and then transfer to the cooker to keep if desired.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

CHICKEN AND RICE CASSEROLE

4 large chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup minute rice

In a crockpot or slowcooker combine the 3 types of soup, and the rice.  Place the chicken on top of the rice/soup mixture.  Add the celery over the chicken.  Place lid on cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 4 to 5 hours.

Yield: 4 servings.

Friday, October 28, 2011

SOUTHERN ARTICHOKE DIP

2 cans (14-oz) artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
1 (10-oz) pkg frozen chopped collard greens*, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 shallots, chopped
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
grated zest of 1/2 lemon
2 red bell peppers, cut into strips

Combine artichoke hearts, collard greens, Parmesan, mayonnaise, sour cream, shallots, and pepper sauce in a slow cooker or crockpot.  Cover and cook untilthe Parmesan melts and the dip is hot, about 1 to 2 hours on high or 3 to 4 hours on low.

After cooking, stir in the lemon zest.

Serve with the bell pepper strips.

*Substitute spinach, if desired.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS PUNCH FOR A CROWD

3 quarts bottled cranberry juice
2 quarts apple juice
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
8 cinnamon sticks
3 tsp whle cloves

In a large slow cooker or crockpot, mix the cranberry juice, apple juice, sugar, and salt together until the sugar is dissolved.  Tie the cloves and cinnamon sticks together in cheesecloth and add to the mixture.  Cover and cook for 2to 3 hours on low setting.  Remove spice bag.

Yield: 56 4-ounce servings.

Note: Lower the heat to the 'keep warm' setting if not using at once.

If your crowd isn't that big, reduced the ingredients by half.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

VEGETABLE STUFFED ONIONS

4 (3-lbs) Vidalia onions
1 pkg (12-oz) frozen soy crumbles, thawed
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 bag (10-oz) bag frozen peas and carrots, thawed
Juice of half a lemon
Grated peel of half a lemon
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground allspice
2 cups tomato puree
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Trim the bottom of each onion so it will stand upright.  Be careful to leave bottom intact so it can hold the filling.  Trim a tiny bit from the top of each onion.  Cut out the onions centers leaving an intact onion shell of two layers.  (Save centers for another use or discard.  They are not needed for this recipe.)

In a medium bowl combine the sooy crumbles, rice, 1 cup of the peas and carrots, lemon peel, sage, salt, pepper, and allspice.  Fill the onion cavities with the veggie filling; pack firmly.  Place the onions in the slow cooker and sprinkle the remaining peas and carrots around the onions.

Mix the tomato puree, chicken broth, 2 tablespoons of the dill and the Worcestershire sauce; pour around (not over) the onions.  Place lid on cooker and cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low or until the onions are fork tender.

To serve, sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of fresh dill over the onions.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

LARIPIN' SOUP

This is a recipe from the area where I grew up in Indiana.
4 cans Campbell's minestrone soup
4 soup cans of water
1 can chopped tomatoes with green chilies
2 lb ground beef, browned to remove fat
1 block (16-oz) Mexican-style Velveeta cheese
Combine all the ingredients together in a crockpot or slowcooker. Place lid on cooker and cook the mixture on low setting for approximately 8 hours.
Delicious served with cornbread.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

PORK AND PEPPER STEW

3 tbsp flour
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp rubbed sage
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 lbs boneless pork loin, trimmed and cut into cubes of approx. 1-inch
2 tsp olive or canola oil
1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

Preheat broiler.
Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, garlic, marjoram, sage, salt, and black pepper; add the cubed pork and toss to coat. Shake pork cubes to remove excess flour and place in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Reserve the flour. Drizzle the oil over the pork and broil 5-inches from the heat, turning frequently, until light brown (about 10 minutes).

Place the browned pork along with any juices to the slow cooker or crockpot. Stir in the bell peppers, tomatoes, chicken broth, and the reserved flour mixture until smooth. Place lid on the cooker and cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low, until the meat is tender.

VEGGIE AND BEAN CHIPOTLE CHILI

1 can pinto beans
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 pkg (8-oz) fresh mushrooms, large chopped
2 large yellow bell peppers, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 1/2 tablespoons chipotle chile powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lb zucchini, chunked
2 tablespoons cornmeal
1/4 cup sour cream (or yogurt), if desired
In a 5 or 6-quart slowcooker or crockpot combine the beans, tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, chile powder, brown sugar, and salt. Press the vegetables down into the mixture to form a layer; Top with the zucchini. Place lid on cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Approximately 20 minutes before serving, gradually stir in the cornmeal until well blended. Replace lid and and cook on high setting until the chili simmers and thickens. This will take about 15 miutes.
To serve, top each bowl with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
NOTE: This is good as a topping over a baked potato, too.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

PIMIENTO CHEESE FONDUE

1 pkg* (16-oz) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy cream
1 jar (7-oz) diced pimiento, drained well
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

Combine the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and heavy cream in a 3 to 4 -quart slow cooker or crockpot.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low setting for 1 hour.  Remove lid and stir the mixture to combine.  Replace the lid and continue cooking for 30 more minutes. 

Add the pimiento, onions and red pepper to the cheese mixture stirring to blend.  Replace the lid and and continue cooking for another 30 minutes or until the mixture is hot through. 

Serve the fondue with fresh vegetables, tortilla chips, or lightly toasted French or Italian bread cubes.

Yield: 4 cups of fondue

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

TURKEY VEGETABLE SOUP

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 pkg (16-oz each) frozen soup vegetables
1 can black-eyed peas
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can purple hulled peas
1 large can tomato juice
1 quart water

Brown the turkey meat in a nonstick skillet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place the two packages of frozen vegetables, slightly thawed, in bottom of crockpot or slowcooker. Add the browned turkey, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans, and hulled peas. Pour the tomato juice and water over all.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for approximately 4 hours.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

BARBECUE BEEF STEW

2 lbs beef stew meat
2 tbsp canola oil
1 cup thinly sliced onion, separated into rings
1/2 diced green bell pepper
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 cups beef broth
1 can (8-oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (4-oz) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Hot cooked rice for serving, if desired

In a large skillet heat the oil and brown the meat on all sides. Drain off the excess fat.

Place the onion rings in the bottom of the crockpot or slowcooker; add the garlic. Place the meat over the onion rings and garlic; sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Pour the beef broth, tomatoes, mushroom pieces, and barbecue sauce, stirring to mix. Add the lid to the cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Turn the cooker to high. Blend the cold water slowly into the cornstarch until smooth; stir into the stew. Cover and cook until thickened and bubbly, stirring occasionally.

Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

PAPRIKASH LAMB

2 lb lean ham, cubed
1 can (16-oz)tomatoes, broken up
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sour cream
Hot cooked noodles for 6 servings
Snipped fresh parsley for garnish, if desired

Turn crockpot or slowcooker to low setting. Combine the cubed lamb, undrained tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt, and paprika in the cooker. Cover and cook on ow for 8 to 10 hours.

Turn the cooker to high setting and spoon any excess fat from the paprikash. In a small bowl or cup, blend the cold water into the flour until smooth. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the meat mixture. Replace lid on cooker and cook until thickened and bubbly, about 20 or more minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove 1/2 cup of the gravy into the sour cream; stir back into the mixture in the cooker. Heat through.

To serve, place the Paprikash over the hot cooked noodles and garnish with the parsley, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

PORK STROGANOFF

1 1/2 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cubed
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup water
1 can (3-oz) mushrooms stems and pieces, drained
1 tbsp instant beef bouillon granules
1 tsp dillweed
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup cooking white wine, optional
3 tbsp flour
Hot cooked noodles for 6 servings.

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet and brown the pork cubes with the garlic and onion; drain. Transfer the meat mixture to the cooker.

In a small bowl combine the water, mushrooms, bouillon, dillweed, and pepper; pour over the meat in the cooker. Add lid to the cooker and cook on the low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Turn cooker heat to high and heat until bubbly, about 15 or 20 minutes. Blend the sour cream, wine-if using, and the flour together until smooth. Stir sour cream mixture into the cooker and cook about another 15 minutes until heated through and slightly thickened.

To serve, place stroganoff over the hot cooked noodles. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

Monday, September 19, 2011

CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE CASSOULET

1 1/4 cups dry navy beans
1/2 lb bulk pork sausage
1 chicken (2 1/2 to 3 lb), cut up
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp instant beef bouillon granules
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika

1 day ahead: In a large saucepan bring the beans and 4 cups water to boiling. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours. Pour beans and liquid into a bowl with a lid. Refrigerate overnight.

Shape the sausage into 18 small balls; brown in a skillet. Remove from the skillet, leaving the drippings. Cover meatballs and refrigerate overnight.

Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken pieces and brown in the sausage drippings. Remove chicken and refrigerate overnight.

Next day: In slowcooker or crockpot place the chicken, meatballs, carrot, celery, and onion. Drain the beans and mix with the remaining ingredients. Pour beans mixture over the meat in cooker. Place the lid on the cooker and cook at low setting for 8 hours.

Remove the chicken and meatballs from the cooker. Slightly mash the bean mixture. Serve the bean mixture with the meat.

Yield: 6 servings

Saturday, September 17, 2011

PIZZA SWISS STEAK OVER SPAGHETTI

1 (2 lb) round steak, 1-inch thick
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp hot canola oil
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 can (8-oz) pizza sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp oregano
Hot cooked spaghetti for 6

Cut the round steak into 6 serving size pieces.
Stir the flour, salt, and pepper together in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge meat in the flour mixture to coat. Using a meat mallet or a saucer, pound steak to about half the original thickness. Brown the meat in a skillet in the hot canola oil; drain.

Separate the onion slices into rings and layer over the bottom of the cooker. Place the steaks over the onion rings. In a small bowl stir the tomato sauce, pizza sauce, water, sugar, and oregano together; pour over the meat.

Place lid on cooker and cook meat on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Serve over the hot cooked spaghetti.

Yield: 6 servings

VEGGIE TOPPED RUMP ROAST

2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
dash of pepper
1 (2-lb) boneless beef rump roast
2 tbsp canola oil
12 small potatoes
6 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium onions, sliced
1 green bell pepper, large diced
1 can (10.5-oz) vegetable beef soup
1/4 cup water
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup cold water
3 tbsp all-purpose flour

Combine the 2 tablespoons of flour, salt, paprika, and pepper; coat meat with the mixture. In a heavy skillet, heat the canola oil and brown the roast in the oil. Brown on all sides.

Put the potatoes, carrots, onions, and bell pepper into the cooker. Place the browned roast over the vegetables. Combine the soup with the 1/4 cup of water and the bay leaf. Pour mixture over the roast. Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low setting 10 to 12 hours.

To serve, remove the bay leaf. Arrange the meat in the center of a large serving platter and arrange the vegetables around the meat. To make a thicker gravy, if desired, blend the cold water into the flour in a saucepan and add the liquid from the cooker. Cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Serve over or with the meat.

Yield: 6 servings

Friday, September 16, 2011

DEVILED STEAK CUBES

1 (1 1/2 lb) beef round steak, 3/4-inch thick
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp prepared mustard
2 tsp prepared horseradish
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup water
2/3 cup cold water
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
hot cooked noodles for 6 servings

Trim the excess fat from the meat and cut meat into cubes. Heat the oil in a skillet and brown the cubed meat on all sides; drain. Transfer the meat to the cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, onion, vinegar, mustard, horseradish, garlic, salt, pepper, and 1 cup of water. Add the lid to the cooker, set cooker on low setting and cook for 8 to 10 hours.

Turn setting to high. Blend the cold water with the flour until smooth. Gradually stir the mixture into the meat mixture. Cook until thickened, stirring occasionally.

Serve over the hot noodles.

Yield: 6 servings

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FRUITY TURKEY ROAST

1 (3 lb) boneless turkey roast (thawed, if frozen)
1 jar (10-oz) cherry preserves
1 can (8-oz) crushed pineapple, drained
2 tbsp lemon juice
dash of ground cloves

Place the turkey roast in a slowcooker or crockpot. Add the lid and cook on low setting for 8 hours.

Just before serving time, heat the cherry preserves, pineapple, lemon juice and cloves in a saucepan. Heat thoroughly.

To serve hot: Place turkey on a warmed platter and let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Spoon some of the sauce over the turkey and pass the rest with the turkey.

To serve cold: Remove the turkey from the cooker. Promptly refrigerate to cool quickly. When chilled, cover the meat. Chill sauce. Slice the turkey and arrange on a platter. Serve sauce over the slices.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

DEVIL'S FOOD PUDDING

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp shortening
1 egg
1 (1-oz) square unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Ice cream for serving, optional

Combine the sugar and shortening until creamy; add egg mixing in well. Beat in the chocolate. Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the vanilla to the buttermilk. Alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture to the creamed mixture, beating well.

Divide the mixture into 2 well-greased 16-oz vegetable or fruit cans. Cover each can tightly with foil. Place in crockery cooker and pour 1/2 cup warm water around the cans. Cover; cook on high setting for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the cans from the cooker and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Unmold pudding from the cans and slice each into 4 servings. Top with ice cream and chocolate sauce, if desired, to serve.

Note: You need the old fashion cans for this.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

MEXI-STYLE CHILI

2 cans (15 1/2-oz each) red kidney beans
1 can (28-oz) tomatoes, cut up
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 can (4-oz) green chili peppers, drained, seeded, and chopped
2 tbsp sugar
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp garlic powder
dash of black pepper
1 lb ground beef

In a crockpot or slowcooker combine the kidney beans, tomatoes with their juice, celery, onion, tomato paste, bell pepper, green chili peppers, sugar, bay leaf, salt, marjoram, garlic powder, and black pepper.

Brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain well. Stir the drained beef into the mixture in the cooker. Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Yield: approximately 10 servings

Friday, September 9, 2011

BEEF AND BARLEY SOUP

2 lbs beef short ribs
2 cups thin sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 large onion, sliced
1 can (16-oz) diced tomatoes
2/3 cup barley
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tbsp instant beef bouillon granules
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp basil
5 cups water

Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; slowly brown ribs on all sides and drain well.

Place the carrots, celery, bell pepper, and onion in the crockpot or slowcooker. Place the browned ribs over the top of the vegetables. Combine the undrained tomatoes with the barley, parsley, bouillon granules, salt and basil. Pour the mixture over the meat. Add the water but do not stir. Cover and cook on low setting for 10 hours or so. Remove the bones from the soup and chop the meat.

Skim any excess fat from the soup. Return the meat to the cooker, season with salt and pepper, if needed.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

ITALIAN PORK SANDWICHES

2 lbs ground pork
1 can (15-oz) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 can (8-oz) pizza sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fennel seed
2 to 3 dashes bottled hot pepper sauce
Hard rolls, sandwich-size, split
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet brown the pork and drain well. Place drained meat in crockpot or slow cooker. Stir in tomato sauce, onion, pizza sauce, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, fennel seed, and hot pepper sauce. Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Fill the hard rolls with the cooked meat mixture and sprinkle with the shredded cheese.

Yield: 15 to 20 sandwiches

Monday, September 5, 2011

APPLE-RAISIN HAM

1 can (21-oz) apple pie filling
1/3 cup light raisins
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 fully cooked thick ham slice (about 3/4-inch thick; 1.5 lbs)

In a medium bowl combine the apple pie filling, raisins, orange juice, water, lemon juice and cinnamon.

Cut the ham slice into 6 equal pieces.

In crockpot or slowcooker alternately layer the ham with the apple mixture, ending with apple mixture. Place lid on the cooker, set on low setting and cook for 4 to 5 hours.

Suggestion: Serve with rice.

Yield: 6 servings

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

VEGGIE CHOWDER

1 can stewed tomatoes, chopped, undrained
3 stalks celery, diced
2 medium potatoes, diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 medium onions
1 can green beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 can peas
2 beef bouillon cubes
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3 cups water

Put all of the vegetables into the crockpot or slowcooker. Combine the bouillon cubes with the water until dissolved; pour over the vegetables in the pot. Place lid on the cooker and cook on low for 12 or more hours.

SUPREME FRUIT COMPOTE

1 can(29-oz)peach slices
1 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp grated orange peel
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 can (16-oz)pitted dark sweet cherries, drained

In crockpot or slowcooker combine undrained peaches, apricots, brown sugar, water, orange juice, orange peel, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Place lid on crockpot and cook on low setting for 9 to 10 hours. To serve, gently stir in the cherries. Cover and cook on low setting for 15 minutes.

Yield: 8 servings

Sunday, August 28, 2011

SPICY CIDER CORNED BEEF

3 medium onions, sliced
1 small head cabbage, cut into wedges
1 (3 to 4-lb)corned beef brisket
1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp grated orange peel
2 tsp yellow mustard
6 whole cloves
1 jar (14-oz) spiced apple rings

Place the onions and cabbage in the slowcooker or crockpot. Trim excess fat from brisket and place atop the vegetables.

In a bowl, stir together the apple cider, brown sugar, orange peel, mustard, and cloves; pour over the meat. Put the cover on the pot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

To serve, remove to serving platter and garnish with the apple rings.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Saturday, August 27, 2011

ROUND STEAK WITH VEGETABLE GRAVY

3/4 cup finely chopped carrot
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 (2 lb) round steak about 3/4-inch thick
salt and pepper
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup catsup
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 cup cold water
2 tbsp all-purpose flour

In crockpot or slowcooker put the carrot, onion, celery and bell pepper. Trim excess fat from the round steak and cut it into 6 equal-sized pieces. Place the meat atop the vegetales. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine the catsup with the 1/3 cup of water and vinegar; pour mixture over the steak. Place lid on the pot and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Remove the meat from the cooker. Skim the excess fat from the cooking liquid then pour the egetable/liquid mixture into a saucepan. Return the meat to the cooking pot.

Slowly pour the cold water into the flour blending well; stir into the vegetable mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Place the meat on a serving platter. Spoon some of the gravy over the meat. Pass the remaining gravy, if others want more.

Serves 6 to 8 people.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

CHOCOLATE -PEANUT BUTTER FONDUE

1 pkg (12-oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (13-oz)evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup chunky peanut butter
Bananas, Apples, Pears, or Marshmallows for dipping

In cooker combine the chocolate chips, evaporated milk, sugar and peanut butter. Cover and cook on high setting for 30 minutes; stir well to blend.

Serve at once or reduce the heat setting to low or keep warm for 1 to 2 hours. Keep covered and stir occasionally during keep warm time. Dip the "dipper" of your choice into the fondue and swirl to coat.

Yield: 8 servings

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SMOKED PORK WITH SAUERKRAUT

2 medium yellow onions, cut into 8 wedges
1 (2 b) boneless smoked pork shoulder
1 can (27-oz) sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
1 can (8-oz) diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp caraway seed
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup cold water
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup sour cream

Place the onion wedges over the bottom of the slowcooker or crockpot. Place the pork shoulder over the onions. In a mixing bowl combine the sauerkraut, undrained diced tomatoes, bay leaf, paprika, caraway seed, and black pepper; pour over the pork. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours. Remove the bay leaf. Remove the pork to a warm serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.

Skim the excess fat from the surface of the sauerkraut mixture, if necessary. Pour the sauekraut mixture into a saucepan. Blend the cold water into the cornstarch until smooth and stir slowly into the sauerkraut mixture. Cook while stirring until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in the sour cream. Sprinkle with a dash of paprika for garnish, if desired. Serve the sauerkraut mixture with the pork.

Yield: 6 servings

Saturday, August 20, 2011

HAMBURGER-PEPPERONI CROCKPOT PIZZA

1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 lb rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 small pkg sliced pepperoni
10-oz mozzarella cheese
10-oz pkg cheddar cheese
2 cans (8-oz each) pizza sauce

Brown the ground beef with the onion, salt, and pepper until no longer pink; drain. In the crockpot (or slowcooker) put half the ground beef/onion mixture. Top with half the rigatoni, half the bell pepper, half the mushrooms, and half the pepperoni. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the pepperoni and pour 1 can of the pizza sauce over all.

Repeat layer with the remaining ground beef/onion mixture, remaining rigatoni, bell pepper, mushrooms then the sauce, remaining pepperoni and end with the mozzarella cheese.

Cook on low heat in the crockpot for at least 3 hours up to 5 hours or until the cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired, when serving.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MARINATED POT ROAST DINNER

1 approximately 3 lb beef chuck roast
MARINADE:
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp pepper

Trim excess fat from the roast. Cut roast if necessary to fit into the slow cooker or crockpot. Place the meat in a large zippered plastic bag sitting in a bowl.

For the marinade, stir together the tomato juice, vinegar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, sugar, basil, thyme, and pepper. Pour the marinade over the meat in the bag. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator, turning twice.

6 small onions, halved
1 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Place the onions and carrots in the bottom of the cooker. Place the meat over the vegetables and add the marinade. Add lid to the cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Before serving, remove the roast and vegetables from the cooker. Skim excess fat from the liquid in the cooker. Measure 2 cups of the cooking liquid and pour into a saucepan. Return the meat and vegetables to cooker and cover to keep warm.

Blend the cold water slowly into the flour until smooth. Stir the flour mixture into the cooking liquid in the saucepan. Cook while stirring until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Place the meat on a warm serving platter and top with the vegetables. Pour some of the gravy over all. Set the remaining gravy on table and pass as needed.

Yield: 6 servings

Monday, August 15, 2011

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

2 lbs fresh green beans, washed and broken into bite-size pieces
1 can (10 1/2-oz) cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 small can French-fried onion rings
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
1 can water chestnuts, sliced thin
salt to taste
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup water

Divide the green beans into thirds and layer a third on the bottom of the crockpot or slowcooker. Cover with a third of the mushroom soup. Spread a third of the onion rings over the soup. Top with a third of the water chestnuts. Sprinkle with a little salt and a third of the pepper. Repeat the layers two more times, saving a few of the onion rings for later. Pour the water over all. Put the lid on the cooker and cook on high setting for 8 to 10 hours. About 20 minutes before serving, remove the lid and sprinkle the remaining onion rings over the top for a crunchy topping.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

BEEF-MOSTACCIOLI STEW

1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil
1 can (16-oz)diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced onion
3/4 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of black pepper
1 cup (uncooked) mostaccioli
Shredded mozzarella cheese for garnish

In a large skillet heat the canola oil. Brown the meat in the oil; drain off any excess fat.

In a slow cooker or crockpot, layer the carrots, celery, onion, and tomatoes. Place the browned meat over the vegetables.

In a small bowl, combine the water, salt, paprika, chili powder, and pepper; mix together well. Pour the mixture over the meat in the cooker. Cover the cooker and cook on high setting for 4 hours or low setting for 8 hours.

Cook the mostaccioli according to the package directions; drain well. Stir the cooked mostaccioli into the stew in the cooker. When serving, sprinkle mozzarella over the top of the stew.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Monday, August 8, 2011

CHUNKY APPLESAUCE

10 large apples
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 to 1 cup sugar (depends on natural sweetness of the apples)*

Peel, core, and slice apples. Place the apples into crock pot along with the water, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir gently to combine. Cover the cooker and cook on low overnight all all day 8 to 10 hours). Delicious served warm or can be kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container for around a week.



*Make this a diabetic applesauce by substituting Splenda granular for the sugar. You probably won't need a full cup.

Friday, August 5, 2011

OLD-FASHION CROCKPOT BEEF STEW

3 carrots, cut into chunks
3 potatoes, quartered
2 lb beef chuck or stew meat in 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup water
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
3 yellow onions, quartered
1 stalk celery, cut up

Put the ingredients into the crockpot in the order listed above. Stir just enough to mix in the spices. Place lid on crockpot and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CROCKPOT 5 BEAN BAKE

1 large onion, chopped
6 bacon slices, cut into small pieces
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (16-oz) lima beans, drained
1 can (16-oz) pork and beans (with the sauce)
1 can (1 lb) red kidney beans, drained
1 can (1 lb) butter beans, drained
1 can (1 lb) garbanzo beans, drained
3/4 cup catsup
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Cook bacon and onion together in a skillet until bacon is done and onion is crisp tender. Drain the mixture well.

In a big mixing bowl, combine the onion and bacon mixture with the catsup, molasses, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and all 5 types of beans stirring to mix well. Pour the mixture into a 3 1/2 to 4-quart crockpot, add the lid and cook beans on low for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.


Serves 12 to 15.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

ROUND STEAK WITH ONION

2 lb beef round steak about 3/4-inch thick
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
couple dashes black pepper
2 tbsp canola oil
1 medium to large yellow onion, sliced
1 can (10 3/4-oz) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/3 cup cold water
3 tbsp flour

Trim any excess fat from the round steak and cut steak into 6 equal portions. Coat meat in the 1/4 cup of flour; pound gently with a meat mallet. Sprinkle the meat with the salt and pepper.

Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, on both sides, in the skillet. Remove meat from the skillet and place in slow cooker or crockpot. Discard the drippings from skillet, reserving about a tablespoonful.

Cook the onion in the reserved drippings in the skillet; stir in the celery soup, oregano, and thyme to blend well. Pour the soup mixture over the meat in the cooker. Place the cover on the cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours.

Measure out 1 1/2 cups of the cooking liquid and place into a saucepan. Blend the cold water slowly into the 3 tablespoons of flour; stir into liquid. Cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Season, if needed. Serve over the steak pieces.

Friday, July 15, 2011

BBQ PORK CHOPS

1 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-oz each) bone-in center-cut pork loin chops, trimmed
1 tsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 cup tomato puree
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp chili powder

Preheat broiler. Spray a cookie sheet that has sides with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in cup. Rub pork chops with the oil then the spice mixture. Place the chops on the prepared cookie sheet and broil 5-inches from the heat until lightly browned on each side.

In a saucepan, cook the onion, tomato puree, ketchup, honey, and chili powder to soften onion and blend flavors. Spread half the sauce in the bottom of a 5 to 6-quarts slow cooker. Place the browned chops over the sauce in the slow cooker. Mix any drippings from the chops into the remaining sauce. Pour sauce over the chops. Cover and cook on low until the chops are fork tender, 3 to 4 hours.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

SLOW COOKER POTATO, CARROT, AND ONION POT ROAST

2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp canola oil
1 large onion, cut into wedges
3 lb rump roast
3 carrots peeled and sliced
3 medium russet potatoes, cut into large cubes
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1 box dry onion soup mix (both packets)
3 cups boiling water
1 tbsp cornstarch

Melt the butter in the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion wedges and roast. Brown the beef on all sides. Transfer the beef and onion to the slow cooker.

Arrange the potatoes, carrots, and bay leaves around the roast. Sprinkle the salt over all.

In a heatproof bowl, combine the onion soup mix with the boiling water. Stir until smooth. Pour over the meat and vegetables in the slow cooker. Cover cooker and cook on high 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

In a medium saucepan, combine the cornstarch and about 1 teaspoon water; stir to form a paste. Add 2 cups of the hot liquid from the slow cooker and bring to a boil, stirring until the gravy is thickened. Serve the roast with the vegetables and gravy.


Note: Replace the onion soup mix with onion-mushroom soup mix, if desired.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

APPLE CHICKEN MEATBALLS

1 lb ground skinless chicken breast
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and shredded
1 slice whole-wheat bread, crumbled fine
1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp dried thyme
dash of garlic powder

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl; mix well. Form the mixture into 36 meatballs.

Place meatballs in a 5 to 6-quart crockpot or slow cooker. Cover and cook 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.

Yield: 12 servings of 3 meatballs
Per serving: 82 calories, 2 g (1 sat) fat,250 mg sodium, 4 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein

Thursday, July 7, 2011

CROCKPOT SLOPPY JOES

3 lb lean ground beef
1 can (16-oz) tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2 pkgs dry Sloppy Joe mix
salt and pepper to taste

Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain off the excess fat. Put ground beef into the crockpot and add the remaining ingredients; stir to mix well. Cook on low setting 8 to 10 hours or on high setting for 5 to 6 hours.


Serve on hamburger buns with assorted condiments.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SLOW COOKER VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP

1 lb boneless round steak, cut into bite-size pieces
1 can (14 1/2-oz)diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups water
3 medium potatoes, peeled & cubed
2 medium onions, diced
3 celery ribs, sliced
3 medium carrots, sliced
1 cup cut-up cabbage
3 beef bouillon cubes
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

Combine all the above ingredients, except the frozen vegetables, in the crockpot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours. Add the frozen vegetables, cover and cook for an additional 2 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.


Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Saturday, July 2, 2011

SLOW COOKER BROCCOLI CASSEROLE

Do you enjoy broccoli casseroles but don't want to heat up the oven? Get out the slow cooker or crockpot and enjoy these casseroles year-round!

2 pkgs (10-oz each) frozen chopped broccoli, mostly thawed
1 can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup crushed butter-flavor (Ritz) crackers
2 tbsp butter

In a large bowl combine the broccoli, soup, 1 cup of the cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Spray slow-cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Pour broccoli mixture into the slow cooker. Sprinkle the cracker crumbs evenly over the top. Cut butter into small portions and dot over the crackers.

Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese over the top of the casserole and cook another 10 minutes or until the added cheese melts.



Yield: 8 to 10 servings