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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


1 (3 to 3 1/2 lbs) beef chuck roast
2 tbsp canola or olive oil
1 can (16-oz) bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
1 can (5-oz) water chestnuts, drained, sliced thin
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch size pieces
1/4 cup cider or white vinegar
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp black pepper

Trim fat from roast and cut, if necessary to fit into slow cooker or crockpot. Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown roast in the hot oil. Place meat in the cooker. Add the bean sprouts, water chestnuts, and bell pepper to the pot.

In a small bowl, stir together the the jam, vinegar, soy, garlic, salt, pepper, and ginger. Pour mixture over the meat and vegetables in the cooker. Cover the cooker and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove the meat and vegetables.

Skim any fat from the liquid in the cooker. Measure out two cups of the liquid. Return the meat and the vegetables to the cooker and replace the cover.

1 can (11-oz) mandarin oranges
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups reserved cooking liquid

Drain the oranges but reserve 1/4 cup of the juice. In a small saucepan, slowly blend the juice into the cornstarch; stir in the cooking liquid. Cook, stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the orange sections and heat through.

Place the meat and vegetables on large serving platter. Spoon some of the sauce over all. Serve with hot brown rice and the remaining sauce.

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