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.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

CROCKPOT/SLOW COOKER PARTY MIX

Yes, you can even make party mix in your crockpot or slow cooker!

3 cups of rice cereal squares
2 cups O-shape cereal
2 cups bite-size shredded wheat cereal
1 cup peanuts or pecans
1 cup thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

Combine the three cereals, nuts, and pretzels in the cooker.  In a small bowl combine the butter, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and the seasonings, stirring together to mix well; pour over the cereal mixture in the cooker.  Toss the mixture lightly to coat all the ingredients.  DO NOT PUT A LID OVER THE COOKER!  Cook mixture on high for 2 hours or on low for 2 to 6 hours.  Stir every 30 minutes.  Cool and store in an airtight container.



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. 

OYSTER STEW

1 quart whole milk
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp salt
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp water
1 pint oysters with liquid
cayenne pepper

Mix the flour and water in a small bowl or cup until mixture is smooth.

Place the milk, butter, salt, and the Worcestershire sauce, in the crockpot or slow cooker.  Stir in the flour mixture until well blended.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on high setting for 1 1/2 hours.  Stir well.  Add the oysters and cook on low for another 2 to 4 hours.  Sprinkle with the cayenne pepper before serving.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TASTY FLAVORED CHOCOLATE FONDUE

6 (1-oz each) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar (Since I am now a diabetic I use Splenda granulated)
1/2 cup butter
dash of salt
3 tbsp orange liqueur or creme de cocoa
1/4 cup evaporated milk

Put all the above ingredients into the crockpot or slow cooker and stir until thoroughly mixed.  Cover and set on high for 30 minutes to get the chocolate melting.  Stir to blend chocolate in.  Reduce heat setting to low and continue cooking for 2 to 3 hours.  May reduce heat to keep warm setting for 4 to 6 hours, if desired.

Suggested dippers for your fondue: Angel food or pound cake cut into cubes, large marshmallows (kids especially like these), apples, pears, or bananas cut into pieces.

NOTE:  If you do not want to use the orange liqueur or creme de cocoa, you can use liquid flavorings.  A good example is peppermint flavoring especially at the holidays.  Start with a couple of teaspoonsful, taste and add more according to your taste.

Monday, December 19, 2011

NEW ENGLAND STYLE BAKED BEANS

1 1/2 lbs dry navy beans, cover with water and soak overnight
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp salt
1/4 lb salt pork, diced

Place the beans in the crockpot or slow cooker with 1 cup water.  Cook on high for 30 to 45 minutes until softened.

Add the remaining ingredients to the beans in the cooker; mix together well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting 10 to 12 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours.  Stir occasionally during cooking process.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

CREAMY GARLIC SWISS STEAK

2 lbs round steak, 3/4-inch thick
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 onion, sliced thin
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can of water
1 garlic clove, minced

Cut the steak into serving-size pieces and season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Layer half the onion slices in the bottom of the crockpot or slow cooker; top with the steak pieces.  Layer the remaining onion slices over the steak.

In a bowl whisk together the mushroom soup, water, and garlic until smooth.  Pour the soup mixture over the ingredients in the cooker.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on high for approximately 1 hour.  Lower the heat to low and cook 8 up to 10 hours.

To serve place the meat on platter and spoon cooking sauce over the top.

Friday, December 16, 2011

HOT BUTTERED RUM

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
pinch of salt
3 sticks cinnamon
6 whole cloves
1 whole nutmeg or 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 quarts hot water
2 1/2 cups rum

Combine all the above ingredients in a slow cooker or crockpot and stir together well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on high setting for 2 hours; turn down to low setting and cook for 3 to 4 hours.  Can keep warm in cooker for up to 6 additional hours.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

BAVARIAN RED CABBAGE

1 small head red cabbage, coarsely sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tart apples, cored and quartered
2 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
3 tbsp bacon drippings (or butter, if you prefer)

Place the above ingredients into the crockpot or slowcooker in the order listed above.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or 3 to 4 hours on high.  Before serving, stir well.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CLASSIC CHUNKY CHICKEN SOUP

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 tsp canola oil
2/3 cup chopped onion
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 cup drained canned or frozen whole kernel corn
1 can condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
1 can condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 1/2 cups low-fat chicken broth
1 tsp chopped dill
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Turn the slowcooker or crockpot on the low heat setting.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add the chicken and cook until browned.  Transfer the chicken, using a large slotted spoon, to the crockpot or slow cooker.  Add the onion, carrots, celery, and whole kernel corn.

In a medium bowl whisk together the potato soup, celery soup, chicken broth, and dill until smooth.  Slowly stir the mixture into the cooker.  Add the lid and cook on low heat setting for 4 to 5 hours until the vegetables are tender.  Stir in the peas and the evaporated milk.  Replace lid and cook for 30 minutes more or until heated through.

Yield: 6 servings

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SWEET AND SPICY SHORT RIBS

4 lbs meaty beef short ribs
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 can (8-oz) tomto sauce
1 tbsp + 2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp + 1 tsp packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

In a mixing bowl combine the onion, garlic, cinnamon, tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of the vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar, the salt and pepper until blended well.

Place the ribs in the crockpot or slow cooker and pour the sauce overall.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for approximately 9 hours.

Remove the ribs to a serving platter.

Skim fat from pot liquid and discard.  Stir the remaining 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar into the liquid in the pot.  Stir until brown sugar is dissolved.  Pour the sauce over the ribs.

Serving suggestion:  Serve with hot buttered noodles.

Yield: 8 servings
Per serving (without the noodles) 416 calories, 23 g (10 g saturated) fat, 44 g protein and 6 g carbs.

Monday, December 12, 2011

HAM AND CORN CASSEROLE

1/4 cup butter
1/2 small green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp ground thyme
1/8 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 cups milk
1 can (8-oz) cream-style corn
2 cups diced cooked potatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups diced cooked ham
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

In a 2-quart saucepan melt the butter; add bell pepper and saute until starting to get tender.  Stir in the flour, paprika, salt, pepper, thyme, marjoram, and dry mustard.  Gradually stir in the milk; cook until thick.  Pour the mixture into the crockpot or slow cooker and add the corn, potatoes, onion, ham, and cheese. Stir together to blend.  Add lid to the cooker and cook on low setting for about 8 hours.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

DOWN HOME PORK BARBECUE

2 sliced onions
4 to 5 lb pork roast
5 whole cloves
2 cups water
1 bottle (16-oz) barbecue sauce
1 chopped onion

Place half the sliced onions in the bottom of slow cooker or crockpot.  Add the pork, cloves, and water.  Place the other half of the sliced onions over the top of other ingredients.  You want the pork to cook between two layers of onions. 

Place lid on cooker and cook overnight or about10 to 12 hours on low setting.

Remove meat to a cutting board and remove the fat and bones.  Return the meat to the cooker.  Add the chopped onion and barbecue sauce.  Cover and cook on low an additional 4 to 5 hours on low.  Stir 2 or 3 times during this last cooking stage.

Serve with buns and condiments of your choice.  Slaw is an especially good condiment with pork barbecue!

Friday, December 9, 2011

PORK POT ROAST

4 lb loin end pork roast
salt and pepper to taste
1 garlic clove, sliced
2 medium onions, sliced
2 bay leaves
1 whole clove
1 cup hot water
2 tbsp soy sauce

Rub the meat with the salt and pepper.  Make small slits in the meat and poke the garlic slices into the slits.  Place roast on broiler pan and broil 20 minutes to remove excess fat.

Place half the onion slices on the bottom of the slow cooker or crockpot.  Add the browned roast, remaining onion, and all remaining ingredients.  Cover cooker and cook on high setting for 1 hour.  Reduce the heat to low and cook approximately 10 hours.

Remove the roast from the cooker to a serving platter.

Make a gravy by blending 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water until smooth.  Set cooker temperature on high and pour the cornstarch mixture into the cooker liquid.  Stir well to keep from lumping and allow to come to a boil.  Boil about 15 minutes or until thickened.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

ITALIAN FLAVORED POT ROAST

1 (3 to 4 lb) rump or pot roast
3 potatoes
3 carrots
2 onions
1/2 cup water
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil

Place the potatoes, carrots, and onions into the slow cooker or crockpot.  Salt and pepper the roast; add to the cooker over the vegetables. 

In a small bowl combine the water, tomato sauce, oregano, and basil; pour the mixture over the meat and vegetables.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours.

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.

Monday, December 5, 2011

HAM AND RICE STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

6 small to medium green bell peppers
approximately 1 lb ground ham
1/3 cup raw rice
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp salt
1 + 1/4 cup ketchup, divided
1/2 cup water
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces

Cut off tops and clean out peppers; rinse and drain well.  Sprinkle a little salt into the cavity very lightly. 

In a medium bowl combine the ground ham, rice 2/3 cup of water, onion, salt, and 1/4 cup of the ketchup; mix well.  Stuff this mixture into the peppers filling each about 2/3 full.  Arrange peppers in the crockpot or slowcooker, stacking if necessary.  Use the carrot pieces to help support the peppers.  Mix the cup of ketchup with the 1/2 cup of water; pour into the cooker.  Cover cooker and cook on high setting for 3 hours on or low setting for 6 to 8 hours.

To serve, pour the tomato sauce over the tops of the peppers. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

CHICKEN AND CORNMEAL DUMPLINGS

4 chicken thighs, skinned
4 medium carrots, sliced into coins
2 stalks celery, sliced
2/3 cup frozen corn kernels
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
2 tbsp flour
cornmeal dumplings (recipe below)

In a large crockpot or slow cooker, combine the carrots, celery, corn, onion, rosemary, and black pepper.  Place the chicken thighs atop the vegetables.  Pour the broth over all.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low-setting 7 to 8 hours or on high setting half that long.

Remove chicken from pot and place on a cutting board.  Turn heat setting to high (if on low).  When chicken is cool enough, remove from the bones; discard bones and chop chicken into large bite-size pieces.  Return chicken to the cooker.

In a small bowl combine the milk and flour, stirring until smooth.  Stir the mixture into the cooker, stirring well until blended.

CORNMEAL DUMPLINGS:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Combine above ingredients together in a medium bowl.

2 egg whites
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp canola oil
Combine the above ingredients in a small bowl and add to the flour/cornmeal mixture.  Stir just until moistened.

Drop the dumpling mixture into the hot chicken mixture  by using 2 tablespoons.  Mixture should make 8 dumplings.  Replace lid on cooker and continue to cook on high approximately 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of dumplings comes out clean.

Yield: 4 servings of 2 dumplings and about 1 1/2 cups chicken mixture per serving.

Note: This recipe is diabetic friendly in that it has 47 g carbs and 24 g protein per serving.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

HAM AND SCALLOPED POTATOES

6 slices of ham
8 to 10 potatoes, peeled & thinly sliced
2 onions, peeled & thinly sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup grated Cheddar or American cheese
1 can cream of celery soup
paprika

Place half of the ham slices in the crockpot or slow cooker, layer with half the potatoes and half the onions.  Sprinkle with some salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Top with the grated cheese.  Repeat with the remaining halves.  Spoon the undiluted cream of celery soup over the top.  Sprinkle paprika over all.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting 8 to 10 hours or on high approximately 4 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.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SIMPLE RUMP ROAST

3 TO 4 lb rump roast
2 large or 3 medium russet potatoes
3 carrots
1 large onion
1/2 cup water or beef broth
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Cut potatoes and onions into large chunks.  Quarter the onion.  Place the vegetables on the bottom of the crockpot or slow cooker.  Salt and pepper the beef and place atop the vegetables.  Pour the water or broth over all.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours until meat is tender.

Monday, November 28, 2011

BAKED APPLES WITH RAISINS

6-8 medium baking apples, washed and cored
2 to 3 tablespoons raisins
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup water

Mix the raisins (decide amount by the size of the apples) and sugar together; use to fill the center of the apples.  Sprinkle with the cinnamon and dot with the butter.  Place in crockpot or slow cooker; add the water.  Add lid to cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or overnight.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

CHILI-CHEESE DIP

1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained
1 lb processed American cheese, cut into small pieces
1 can (approx. 10-oz) tomatoes with green chilies
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder

Place all the ingredients into the crockpot or slow cooker and stir well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on high for 1 hour, stirring at end of cooking time to be sure all the cheese has completely melted.  May be served immediately or kept on low for up to six hours.

Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

Friday, November 25, 2011

EASY BAKED SWEET POTATOES

Scrub  approximately 12 (or enough to fill your cooker) sweet potatoes.
Place potatoes in the slow cooker or crockpot.  Add 1/4 cup water to pot.
Place lid on cooker and cook on high setting for 1 hour.  Turn heat to low setting and cook for another 6 to 8 hours.  Potatoes should be very tender.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ROUND STEAK BAKE

2 lbs round steak
4 large potatoes, peeled & quartered
2 cans (6-oz each) mushroom (do not drain)
1 pkg dry onion soup mix

Cut the steak into large pieces to fit into the crockpot or slow cooker; place in cooker.  Sprinkle the dry soup mix over the steak.

Place the quartered potatoes evenly over the steak and pour the mushrooms with liquid over the potatoes and steak. 

Place lid on cooker and cook on high 3 to 4 hours or on low 6 to 8 hours until the meat is tender and the potatoes are cooked through.

Yield: 4 to 6 serving

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

BREAD DRESSING

1 cup butter
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped celery
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
2 cans (8-oz) mushrooms, drained
12 to 13 cups dry bread cubes
1 tsp poultry seasoning*
2 well-beaten eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt*
1 1/2 tsp sage*
1 tsp dried thyme*
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp marjoram, optional*
3 to 5 cups chicken or turkey broth

Melt the butter in a skillet; saute the onion, celery, parsley, and mushrooms. 

Place the bread cubes in a very large heat-proof bowl.  Pour the butter/vegetable mixture over the bread crumbs.  Add the poultry seasoning, salt, sage, thyme, pepper, and marjoram, if using; toss together well to blend in the seasonings.  Pour in enough broth to moisten to your desired amount of moisture.  Add the well-beaten eggs and mix very well.

Lightly spray the crockpot or slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Pack the dressing into the cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on high for approximately 45 minutes.  Reduce the heat to low setting and cook for 4 to 8 hours.

*Omit if using packaged stuffing mix.


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 20, 2011

EASY BEEF AND MUSHROOMS

2 lbs beef stew meat, cut into bite-size pieces
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 can (10 1/2-oz) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (4-oz) whole mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup red wine*, optional
*1/2 cup beef broth or water may be substituted

Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker or crockpot.  Stir together well to mix.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. 

To serve; serve over hot cooked brown rice or buttered noodles.

Friday, November 18, 2011

DIABETIC SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

This casserole uses Splenda for those who avoid sugar.  The other recipe (below this one) uses actual sugar and brown sugar.  This recipe is for diabetics or anyone who avoids sugar.

2 cans (18-oz each) sweet potatoes, drained & mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tbsp Splenda Granulated
1 tbsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 tbsp orange juice
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk


In a large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes, butter, Splenda granulated, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend together.  Beat in the orange juice, eggs, and milk. 

Lighly spray the crock of the slow cooker or crockpot and transfer mixture to the cooker.

Topping:
2 tbsp + 2 tsp Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp butter, melted

Combine the Splenda, pecans, and flour.  Add the melted butter stirring until combined.  Spread topping over the sweet potato mixture.

Place lid on cooker and cook on high setting for 3 to 4 hours.

Serves 6

Thursday, November 17, 2011

GREAT NORTHERN BAKED BEANS

4 slices bacon, chopped
3 cans (15 to 16-oz each) Great Northern Beans
3/4 cup water
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup diced tomatoes

Toss the chopped bacon in a skillet and cook until almost done (do not fry to crispy), stirring occasionally. Drain bacon on paper toweling then place in slow cooker or crockpot.

Add the beans, water, onion, garlic, maple syrup, molasses, salt, dry mustard, pepper, bay leaf, and tomatoes.  Place lid on the cooker and cook on low approximately 8 hours. 

Be sure to remove bay leaf before serving.

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CRANBERRY ROAST

1 rump roast (3 to 5 lbs)
1 pkg dry onion soup mix
1/3 cup water
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
2 tbsp softened butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour

Sprinkle the onion soup mix in the bottom of crockpot or slow cooker; pour the water over the soup mix.  Stir the mixture to blend.  Place the roast in the cooker over the soup mixture.  Spoon the cranberry sauce around and over the roast. 

Place the cover on the cooker and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.  Remove the roast from the cooker to rest.

Blend the softened butter and flour together.  Whisk the mixture into the juices in the cooker.  Replace lid and cook on high heat for 10 minutes.

Slice the roast and serve sauce over the beef.

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.

Monday, October 31, 2011

HARVEST CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 lb small new red potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
2 cups baby carrots, cut into thirds
2 celery stalks, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 can (4-oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried sage
1 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

In a medium-size bowl combine the chicken, 2 tablespoons of the flour, half of the salt, and the pepper.  Add the mixture to the slow cooker or crockpot.  Stir in the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, mushrooms, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the thyme, the sage and chicken broth.  Place lid on cooker and set on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.

In a small bowl, stir the butter and the remaining tablespoon of flour together until a paste forms.  Push the chicken and veggies to one side in the cooker and whisk the paste, remaining salt and remaining thyme into the cooker.  Cook for 1 more hour to thicken.

Note: This recipe has an equal number of protein and carbs per serving which makes it a good diabetic dish.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

BBQ MEATBALLS SAUCE

Premade Frozen Meatballs
2 cups catsup
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tsp liquid smoke

Turn the slowcooker or crockpot on high setting.  Place frozen meatballs in the cooker.

In a bowl combine the catsup, brown sugar, garlic powder, chopped onion, and liquid smoke until well combined.  Pour the sauce mixture over the meatballs.  Cook on high for a few minutes then turn the heat setting to low and cook, covered, 3 to 4 hours.

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.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

CROCKPOT SWEDISH MEATBALLS

1 lb lean ground beef
1 cup fine bread crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Mix above ingredients together well; form into meatballs.  Brown meatballs on all sides in a large nonstick skillet.  Remove from skillet and drain off any excess fat.  Place meatballs in crokpot or slow cooker.  Make the following sauce and pour over meatballs in the cooker:

Sauce
1 cup catsup
2 tsp vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 cup Worcestershire sauce

Mix all sauce ingredients together to combine.  Pour over the meatballs in the cooker.  Cover and cook on low 3 to 4 hours or until heated through.

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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

MEATLESS SPAGHETTI SAUCE

1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (28-oz each) whole plum tomatoes in puree
1 pkg (12-oz) soy crumbles
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
12-oz uncooked spaghetti, broken into halves or thirds
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In the crockpot or slow cooker stir together the bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes with puree, soy crumbles, vinegar, dried basil, sugar, and salt breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden or large plastic spoon.  Place lid on the cooker and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or on low for 4 hours.

Stir in the spaghetti, boiling water, fresh basil and fresh parsley.  Replace lid and cook for another hour or until the pasta is tender.

Yield: 8 servings

NOTE:  This recipe is diabetic friendly with 279 calories, 49 g carbs, and 17 g protein per serving putting it in the acceptable carb/protein ratio.  Use whole-grain pasta for an even better diabetic dish.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

PORK AND BLACK BEANS WITH RICE

1 1/2 lbs boneless pork loin, trimmed of fat and cut into bite-sized cubes
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion, diced
2 cans (15-oz each) black beans
1 can (14 1/2-oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
3 cup cooked brown rice

In a slow cooker or crockpot, toss together the pork, coriander, chili powder, salt and pepper; stir in the onion, beans, tomatoes and water.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Stir in the cilantro.  Using a potato masher or the back of a large plastic or wooden spoon, mash the beans slightly until the mixture thickens. 

To serve, per serving, place rice in a shallow bowl and top with bean mixture.

Yield: 6 servings

Saturday, October 22, 2011

OLD SETTLERS BEANS

1/2 lb bacon, fried, drained on paper towels, crumbled in large pieces
1 1/2 lb hamburger, browned and drained
1/2 bag frozen onion and peppers
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 ketchup
1 can pork & beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can butter beans
2 tbsp mustard
1/2 cup hot sauce, optional

Combine all the above ingredients in a crockpot or slowcooker.  Place lid on the cooker and cook on low setting for 6 hours. 

Note: The hot sauce is optional, according to your taste.  If you want just a little heat cut the hot sauce back to a couple of tablespoons.

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

Saturday, October 15, 2011

CIDER CHICKEN WITH ROOT VEGETABLES AND FRUIT

2 bone-in chicken breasts, skinned
3 parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise then sliced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into approximately 1-inch chunks
1 yellow onion, quartered then sliced thin
3/4 cup apple cider
2 tbsp whole-grain (or Dijon) mustard
2 garlic cloves, sliced very thin
1 tsp dried thyme
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp cold water
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 Gala apple, peeled and sliced thin
1 Bosc pear, peeled and sliced thin
1/4 cup sour cream, optional

In a 5 to 6-quart slowcooker or crockpot, combine the parsnips, sweet potatoes, onion, cider, mustard, garlic, thyme, and salt.  Place the chicken over the top of the mixture; cover and cook on high 3 to 4 hours or on low 6 to 8 hours.

Approximately 25 to 30 minutes before the chicken dish is done, mix the cold water with the cornstarch until smooth.  Stir the cornstarch mixture into the cooker.  Add the apple and pear, gently stirring into the pot.  Replace the cover and cook on high approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until the mixture simmers and thickens and the fruit is just tender.  Do not overcook the fruit.

Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and cut each breast in half crossways.  Transfer chicken to a serving platter with sides and pour the vegetable/fruit mixture and sauce over the chicken.  Top with the sour cream, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

NOTE: This is a good diabetic dish as the protein to carb ration is good.  Per serving: Approximately 31 grams protein to 45 grams carbohydrates.

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

CHILI MEAT LOAF

2 lightly beaten eggs
1 can (10-oz) mild enchilada sauce
1 can (8-oz) tomatoes, cut-up
1 can (8-oz) kidney beans, drained
1 cup crushed corn chips
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion, including tops
2 tbsp freshly snipped parsley
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb bulk pork sausage
1/2 cup shredded sharp American cheese

In a bowl combine the eggs with 2 tablespoons of the enchilada sauce, undrained tomatoes, kidney beans, corn chips, green onion, parsley, salt, and chili powder. When mixed well, add the ground beef and sausage, mixing well. Shape the mixture into a shape slightly smaller than the interior of the cooker being used. Place on rack in cooker, being careful sides do not touch. Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 10 hours.

Before serving, heat the remaining enchilada sauce in a saucepan and pass, along with the cheese for anyone who wants to use with the loaf.

Yield: 8 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

Sunday, August 21, 2011

STEAK FAJITAS

1 (1 1/2 lb) beef flank steak
1 can (14.5-oz) diced tomatoes with garlic & onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 med onion, sliced
1 med green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 med red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
12 (6-in) flour tortillas, warmed
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup your favorite salsa

Slice the steak across the grain into thin strips and place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Add the tomatoes, with the liquid, jalapeno, garlic, coriander, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Stir to blend ingredients and then cover the cooker. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. Add the onion, red and green peppers, and the cilantro; cook another hour or until the meat is tender.

Combine the cornstarch with the water and stir until smooth. Gradually stir the mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened. Using a slotted spoon, spoon about a half cup of the meat mixture down the center of each tortilla. Add a tablespoon of the sour cream and a tablespoon of salsa to each. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up over the filling and roll tortilla up.

Yield: 12 fajitas

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.


Friday, August 19, 2011

BBQ BEEF CHILI

1 tsp canola oil
1 lb lean ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 cans (15-oz) pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups chicken broth or water
1 can diced chili-ready tomatoes
2/3 cup chipotle barbecue sauce
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add the ground beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until the beef is browned, stirring to break beef apart; drain.

Place the beef mixture into a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker or crockpot. Stir in the squash, beans, broth or water, tomatoes, barbecue sauce and salt. Place lid on cooker and cook 4 to 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low. Before serving, stir the cilantro into the chili. Top bowls with the shredded cheese.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

SPICY BEEF STEW

1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of cayenne
2 tsp canola oil
1 1/4 lb round steak, trimmed and cut into cubes
1 large onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 can (8-oz) tomto sauce

Place a small heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted and starting to pop. This takes about 3 minutes. Stir in the curry powder. Transfer mixture to a cup and stir in the salt and cayenne pepper.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the beef and cook, turning occasionally until lightly browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meat to the slowcooker or crockpot. Repeat the process with the remaining beef.

Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion starts to soften. Add the ginger and the curry mixture. Transfer the mixture to the cooker.

Add the beef broth and tomato sauuce to the skillet. Bring to a boil, scraping bottom of skillet to loosen browned bits. Pour the mixture into the cooker, cover, and cook on high 4 to 6 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours.

Yield: 4 servings

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.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

ROUND STEAK CASSEROLE

2 lb round steak, 1/2-inch thick
garlic salt, according to taste
salt, according to taste
pepper, according to taste
1 onion, sliced
3 large or 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
1 can green beans, drained
1 can (10 3/4-oz) tomato soup
1 can (16-oz) stewed tomatoes

Season the steak with the garlic salt, salt, and pepper according to your taste. Cut into serving-size pieces and place in the crockpot or slow cooker. Add the onion, separated into rings. Add the potatoes and top with the green beans. Pour the tomato soup over all and top with the stewed tomatoes. Cover and cook 8 to 10 hours on low.

Friday, August 12, 2011

FRENCH ONION SOUP

1 quart beef bouillon
3 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup grated Parmesan

Pour the bouillon into a 2 to - 3 quart crockpot; place the lid on pot and set on high. Cook onions slowly in the butter in a large skillet; cover and let cook 15 minutes. Uncover and add salt, sugar, and flour; stir well. Add to the crockpot. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 hours.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SWISS ONION CHICKEN

2 cups sliced yellow onion
2 tablespoons butter
8-cups day-old bread cubes
2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons snipped parsley

In a skillet cook the onion in the butter until tender.

Grease a large coffee can and place a third of the bread cubes in the bottom of the can. Add half the cooked onions, half the chicken, and half the cheese. Repeat layers ending with the last third of the bread cubes. Press down lightly. Beat the eggs, milk, and salt together; pour over the bread. Cover the can with the foil, pressing edges to the can, to seal. Set the can in the crockpot. Pour half cup of water into the cooker. Place lid on the cooker and cook on low heat setting for 8 to 9 hours. Remove from the cooker and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.

Run a sharp knife around the inside of the can to loosen. Carefully turn out into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the snipped parsley to garnish.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

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.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

DUTCH-STYLE BEEF AND CABBAGE

1 1/2 lb round steak, 3/4-inch thick
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tbsp canola oil
3 large yellow onions, sliced
3/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp instant beef bouillon granules
1 small head cabbage

Trim any excess fat from the steak and cut meat into cubes. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper; coat meat on both sides with mixture.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. When the oil is hot, quickly add the steak and brown on all sides. Drain off the fat and place the meat into a slow cooker or crockpot.

To the meat in the pot, add the onions. In the same skillet meat cooked in, combine the hot water, vinegar, and bouillon granules. Stir, scraping bits from the skillet. Pour the mixture into the pot with the beef and onions. Cover the pot and cook on low for 8 hours.

About 15 minutes before serving time, cut the cabbage into 4 or 5 wedges and cook in a large sauce pan of boiling, salted water until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well.

To serve, pour the beef mixture over the cooked cabbage wedges.

Yield: 4 to 5 servings

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.

Monday, August 1, 2011

CHUCK WAGON BEER CHILI

1 1/4 lbs boneless chuck steak, trimmed and cubed
1 1/3 cups beer
2 red onions, chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1/2 lb fresh mushroom, diced
3 cloves of garlic, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 to 3 tbsp honey, according to taste
3 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp cornmeal
1 can (15 1/2-oz) black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup sour cream, optional

Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking sprayand set over a medium-high heat. Brown beef in the skillet, turning to brown all sides, about 4 to 5 minutes total. Place beef in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker or crockpot.

Add the 1/3 cup of beer to the skillet, scraping browned bits loose; add to steak in cooker. Add the onions, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, remaining beer, tomato paste, beans, honey, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Add cover to cooker and 4 to 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.

Approximately 15 to 20 minutes before serving time, stir the cornmeal into the cooker until blended. Return cover to cooker, place heat on high and cook another 15 minutes or until chili simmers and thickens. Serve topped with sour cream, if desired.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

BEEF BOURGUIGNONNE

1 lb boneless beef roast, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/4 cups Burgandy wine
1/2 cup beef broth
1 tsp dried thyme
3/4 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 bay leaves
3 cups whole fresh mushrooms
4 medium carrots, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 cups frozen small whole onions
3 tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
1/4 cup cold water
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 slices bacon, crisp fried, crumbled
3 cups hot buttered noodles

In a large skillet heat the oil until hot. Add the beef cubes, onion, and garlic; cook until the beef is browned and onion is getting tender. Drain.

In a 4-quart or larger crockpot or slow cooker layer the mushrooms, carrots, and onions. Sprinkle the tapioca over all. Place the meat mixture atop the vegetables and add the thyme, bay leaves, marjoram, salt, and pepper. Combine the Burgandy and the beef broth; pour over the meat.

Place cover on pot and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard the bay leaves then stir in the crumbled bacon. Serve over the hot buttered noodles.

Friday, July 29, 2011

BELL PEPPER-CORN CHOWDER

1 cup chopped yellow onion
5 cups frozen whole-kernel corn
2 cans (14-oz each) chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 green onions, chopped

Combine all ingredients, except green onions, in a slow cooker or crock pot; stir to blend and cover the pot. Cook on low to medium setting 4 to 6 hours. Before serving sprinkle each bowl with the chopped green onions and a dash of freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

Note: File Photo

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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

MY SISTER'S COUNTRY-STYLE BARBECUED RIBS

4 lb country-style pork ribs
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
dash of cayenne pepper

Layer ribs in crock pot or slow cooker.

In a mixing bowl, combine the tomato soup (undiluted), vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, celery seed, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to blend well. Pour mixture over the ribs; cover pot and cook at medium setting for at least 8 hours. Skim the fat from the juices before serving.

Note: File Photo



Sunday, July 24, 2011

CROCK-STYLE BEANS WITH HAM

1 lb dry navy beans
8 cups water
6-oz diced cooked ham
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp pepper

In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, bring the beans and water to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 hour. Remove from the heat and allow to cool somewhat. Drain the beans, reserving a cup of the liquid.

In crockpot, place the beans, cup of liquid, ham, onion, molasses, brown sugar, pepper and mustard. Cover and cook on low heat 12 hours.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

BEAN BACON CHOWDER

1 1/2 cups dried beans (I prefer navy for this), rinsed well
2 cups cold water
6 slices of thick cut bacon
1 med carrot, halve lengthwise then cut into 1-inch pieces
1 celery rib, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small turnip, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 tsp Italian seasoning mix
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 can (48 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup milk

Soak beans in the cold water overnight. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat. Drain well on paper toweling. Crumble bacon. In a slow cooker, combine the carrot, celery, onion, turnip, Italian seasonings, pepper, beans and bacon; stir to mix. Pour broth over top. Cover and cook on low 7 1/2 to 9 hours until beans are crisp tender.

Remove 2 cups of soup mixture into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth then return to the slow cooker. Add the milk, cover and heat on high for 10 minutes to heat through.