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.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Crockpot Beef Tips With Zip and for Dessert Try Banana Split Cake Suitable for Diabetics

Yes, I am still at it.  Here is another of my old Internet articles going into the archives and I wanted to share it with you first.

For the busy family on the go, or just the cook with little time for making nutrious meals, Beef Tips with Zip are perfect for you. Bring out the crockpot or slowcooker and take full advantage of its benefits. This recipe is easy to toss into the crockpot in the morning and ready when you get home. The surprise "zip" ingredient adds a surprising flavor as well as tenderizes the meat. Everyone will want to know why your beef tips are different than the ones they've had in the past! Serve over brown rice or no-yolk egg noodles. Add a salad, then finish off the meal with our Banana-Split cake that is diabetic friendly.

2 lbs beef stew meat
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 can low-fat cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup sugar-free lemon-lime soda

Turn slow-cooker on low. Place meat and mushrooms in cooker. In a mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients until well blended and pour over meat and mushrooms. Put cover on slow cooker and cook on low approximately 8 hours.

Serve over brown rice or no-yolk egg noodles.

Note: Without the rice or noodles, there are almost 3 times as many proteins as carbs. This allows you to have the rice or noodles. Serve with a salad that has kidney beans or garbonza beans added.


Crust: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Filling: 3 small pkgs sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cans fat-free evaporated milk

2 medium bananas, sliced
1 large can crushed pineapple in its own juice
1 carton sugar-free whipped topping
3 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans
3 tbsp sugar-free chocolate syrup (I recommend Russel Stover brand)

Mix pudding and milk together until thickened. Chill in the refrigerator while making the crust. To make crust, mix graham crackers and butter together and press onto the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan. Remove filling from refrigerator and spread over top of crust. Add topping ingredients one at a time in the order listed. Refrigerate until serving time. If you really want to dress up your cake and you aren't concerned about the little extra bit of sugar, top each piece with a maraschino cherry before serving.


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