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.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

EASY SLOPPY DOGS

8 to 10 hot dogs cut-up into 1-inch pieces
1 can (15-oz) chili beans
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1/4 cup ketchup
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt, optional
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
hot dog or hamburger buns

Place all the ingredients except the cheese and buns in a crockpot or slow cooker; stir to combine well.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.  Approximately 10 minutes before serving, stir in the cheese to melt slightly.  Serve on the buns.

Yield: 6 sandwiches

Saturday, December 30, 2017

SUCCULENT LAMB SHANKS

4 lamb shanks
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-in pieces
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 tbsp grated ginger
6 roughly chopped garlic cloves
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
1 cup black olives
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Brown the lamb shanks in a large skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; remove from the skillet and place in a crockpot or slow cooker.

In the same skillet, saute the carrots, onions, ginger, and garlic.  Add the cumin and cinnamon.  Add the mixture to the shanks in the cooker.  Stir in the raisins, olives, broth, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. 

Cover the cooker and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

Note: This file photo is for reference only. It is not this exact recipe.

Friday, December 29, 2017

MUSHROOM BEEF STEW

1 1/2 lb beef stew meat
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp canola or soy oil
1 can French onion soup
1 cup dry red wine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
3 cups white mushrooms, halved
3 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup whole frozen white onions
1/4 cup water
flour for thickening

Season the beef with salt and pepper to suit your taste; coat in the flour.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When oil is hot add the beef, shaking off execss flour, and cook until browned on all sides.

In a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker or crockpot, stir together the beef, soup, wine, garlic, Italian seasoning, mushrooms, carrots, and onions.  Cover the cooker and cook on low for 10 hours until the beef is tender, or on high for 5 hours.

Stir a small amount of flour into the water until smooth.  Stir mixture into the stew in the cooker until blended.  Cook on high until mixture boils and thickens.

 Note: File Photo

Thursday, December 28, 2017

ADIRONDACK BEANS

1/2 lb ground beef
1 tsp prepared mustard
1/4 lb bacon, cut into small pieces
1/2 lb bulk sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1 can pork & beans
1 can chili beans
1 can kidney beans, drained

In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, crumble the ground beef and sausage together with the bacon and cook until done.  Remove from pan and drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.  Saute the onion in the drippings until softened. 

Combine all the ingredients together in a crockpot or slow cooker; cover and cook on high setting for 2 to 3 hours or on low setting for 5 to 6 hours.

Note:  May be baked at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours in a casserole dish or bean pot.

 File Photo

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"HOT" CHEESE AND BACON DIP

16 slices bacon, diced
2 blocks (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened, cut into cubes
4 cups mild shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup half-and-half cream
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dry minced onion
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2 to 3 drops of hot pepper sauce

Fry bacon in a large skillet until crispy, drain on paper towels and set aside.

Place the cheeses, half-and-half cream, Worcestershire sauce, minced onion, mustard, salt, and hot pepper sauce in a crock pot or slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for about an hour or until the cheese melts, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the bacon and serve dip directly from the cooker, if desired.


Note: File Photo

Saturday, December 23, 2017

CHEESY CHICKEN AND POTATOES

Even though I don't eat chicken, my family loves it.  This is my version of a Kraft recipe.  I took their idea and changed it to suit my family's taste.
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
6 red potatoes, quartered
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 skinless chicken breast halves
4 skinless chicken thighs
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried onion flakes
1 cup Mexican-style shredded cheese
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes


Spray slow cooker interior with nonstick cooking spray.  Layer bell pepper slices, onion slices, and potatoes in the cooker.
Sprinkle the paprika, salt, and pepper over the chicken; place chicken over the veggies in cooker.
Combine the uncondensed soup, garlic powder, onion flakes, and Worcestershire sauce; pour over all in cooker.  Sprinkle with the cheese and parsley flakes.
Place lid on cooker and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high approximately half that time until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
 
 

Friday, December 22, 2017

HEARTY CHICKEN & SAUSAGE CASSOULET

1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1 large onion, chopped fine
1 lb (4) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 lb smoked turkey sausage, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp water
3 cans (15-oz each) Great Northern Beans
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
3 tbsp minced fresh parsley

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot.  Add the onion and cook, stirring until tender.  Stir in the chicken, sausage, garlic, thyme, and pepper.  Cook 5 minutes to brown the chicken and sausage.  Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the tomato paste and water until blended. 

Place the beans and the skillet mixture into a crockpot or slow cooker; cover and cook on low setting for 4 to 5 hours.

Just before serving, combine the bread crumbs and minced parsley.  Sprinkle over the top of the cassoulet.

Yield: 6 servings.

 Note: File Photo

Thursday, December 21, 2017

CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS

1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or a mix


1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, divided, plus more if needed
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup brown rice
1 can (15-oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn kernels

Optional toppings: Shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sour cream, diced avocado, salsa, hot sauce, diced green onions, shredded lettuce


Combine the chicken breasts, diced tomatoes and their juices, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, chili powder, salt, and cumin in the bowl of a 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-quart slow cooker. Make sure the chicken is covered, and add additional broth if needed. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours
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Uncover and add the rice, beans, corn, and remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth. Cover and continue cooking on low for another 3 to 4 hours. Check the rice periodically in the last hour of cooking, stirring once or twice to make sure the rice cooks evenly and adding more chicken broth if the mixture seems dry. Cooking is done when the rice is tender — if the rice is done while there is still liquid left in the slow cooker, remove the lid and cook on high to let the liquid evaporate.
Use 2 forks to shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. You can do this either in the slow cooker itself and then mix it into the rice, or you can transfer the chicken to a cutting board if you prefer to keep it separate. Taste the burrito mix and stir in more salt or other seasonings to taste.
Serve burrito bowls with a selection of toppings.

 Note: I got this recipe and photo from kitchnn

TURKEY/RICE CASSEROLE

2 (10-3/4-ounce) cans low-fat cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
3 cups water
2 cups uncooked converted long-grain white rice
1 cup thinly sliced celery
3 cups chopped cooked turkey (or chicken)
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
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Combine soup and water in a 5-quart slow cooker. Add rice and remaining ingredients, and stir well.

Cover and cook on LOW setting 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir well before serving.
 
Yield: 8 servings
 
 Note: File Photo

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

TOFFEE FONDUE

3/4 cup butter, cut-up
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
3 tbsp water
2 cans (14-oz each) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup almond toffee bits
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a 4-quart slow cooker or crockpot, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, water, and condensed milk; cover and cook on low setting for 3 hours.  Stir mixture occasionally until the mixture is smooth.

Stir in the toffee bits and vanilla extract.

Yield: 6 cups fondue

Serving ideas:  For dipping; fresh fruit, especially pear slices, pretzels, shortbread sticks or cookies OR use as a sauce to spoon over ice cream or pound cake.
 

Monday, December 18, 2017

FRENCH-STYLE PORK STEW

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 pork tenderloin (16-oz), cut into 3/4-1" cubes
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 rib celery, sliced
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp oregano
2 tbsp flour
1 cup chicken broth
8-oz frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, potatoes, peas)
1 jar (4 1/2-oz) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 pkg (approx. 6-oz) long grain and wild rice
2 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
salt & pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat.  Add the pork, onion, celery, basil, rosemary, and oregano; cook until the pork is browned on all sides.   Remove the mixture from the skillet to a slow cooker or crockpot. 

Stir the flour into the chicken broth and pour into the cooker.  Stir in the frozen vegetables and mushrooms.  Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours or until the pork is just barely pink in the center. 

Prepare the rice according to the package directions.  (Omit the spice packet if you wish.)

Stir the lemon juice, nutmeg, salt, and pepper into the cooker and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. 

Serve the stew over the rice.

Yield: 4 servings of approximately 1 cup each.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

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 or garnish with thinly sliced green onions.

 Note: File Photo from magicskillet.com

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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.

Note: File Photo

Friday, December 15, 2017

5-INGREDIENT MACARONI AND CHEESE

I found this recipe on  Cooktop Cove. I assume it is called 5-ingredient by lumping all cheeses into cheese.  I also noticed in the picture it is garnished with what appears to be bacon bits. I enjoyed the Real Bacon Bits. Tasty!

16 ounces macaroni pasta, cooked according to package directions
16 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
16 ounces Colby cheese, cubed
16 ounces Velveeta, cubed
1 stick of butter, cut into slices
16 ounces milk
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Toss half of the cooked macaroni in the bottom of a slow cooker.  
 
Layer on cubes of cheese and butter, then the rest of the macaroni, followed by more cheese and butter. 
 
Cover and cook for 2 hours on high, or 4 hours on low. Halfway through, stir, add the milk and stir again to combine. Cook until the cheese has completely melted.
 

 
   
 
 

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.

 Note: File Photo

Thursday, December 14, 2017

TURKEY OLE'

4 cups shredded cooked turkey (chicken may be substituted)
1 pkg (1 5/8-oz) enchilada sauce mix
2 cans (6-oz each) tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese
Corn chips for serving

Garnish ideas: sour cream, sliced green onions, sliced ripe olives, diced Roma tomatoes

Combine the turkey, enchilada sauce mix, tomato paste, and water in a slow cooker/crockpot.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low 7 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.

Set temperature to high and add the cheese; allow cheese to melt overall.

Serve with the corn chips and garnish with your choice of garnish toppings.

Note: This is an okay dish for diabetics as it has a ratio of 27 g protein to 14 g carbs per serving.

 Note: File Photo 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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.

 File Photo

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SLOW COOKED CHICKEN ASIAN STYLE

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into strips
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 can (19-ounce) pineapple chunks, undrained
1 can (8-ounce) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 scallions (green onions), sliced diagonally
 
In a 4-quart electric slow cooker, combine chicken, ginger, garlic powder, and black pepper; mix well. Stir in pineapple chunks with juice, the drained water chestnuts, bell pepper strips, and chicken broth.
Cover, and cook on low setting for 6 hours.
In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, and cornstarch; mix until smooth then stir into chicken mixture. Add scallions, and serve.

Yield: 4 servings
Note: This is one of my old Mr. Food recipes.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

BACON BAKED BEANS

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

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

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Note: File Folder

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BRISKET WITH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

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

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

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

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


Monday, December 4, 2017

FRUITY BREAKFAST OATMEAL

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

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

Generously spray the cooker with the cooking spray!

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

 This is a file photo.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

BEEF WITH CARROTS AND CABBAGE

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

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

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

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

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

Note: This is also a good diabetic recipe.

Note: File Recipe

Friday, December 1, 2017

SPICY RICE CASSEROLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

 Note: File Photo for reference only.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

CHERRY COBBLER

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Note: File Photo

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SPICY COCKTAIL SAUSAGES

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

EASY COOKED CHICKEN

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

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

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

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

Note: File Photo

Monday, November 27, 2017

GROUND BEEF BEAN POT

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

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

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

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

 Note: File Photo

Saturday, November 25, 2017

LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP FROM KRAFT

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

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

Friday, November 24, 2017

CORN-STUFFED ONIONS

8 medium onions
salt to taste
1 can (16-oz) whole kernel corn, drained
2 tbsp chopped pimiento
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
dash of black pepper
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded American cheese

Remove the centers from the onions and chop enough for 1 cup; set aside. (Save remaining centers in a zip-top bag for later uses.) Salt the onion cavities, if desired. Combine the corn and pimiento; divide and place in onion shells. Reserve any leftover corn for the sauce. Wrap each onion individually in foil. Pour the water into the bottom of the cooker and stack the onions in the cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 4 to 5 hours.

Just before serving, make the sauce. In a saucepan, cook the reserved onion in the butter until tender but not browned. Stir in the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Add the milk all at once and cook while stirring, until thickened and bubbly. Add any reserved corn to the sauce and return to bubbling. Add the cheese, stirring until melted.

Remove the onions from the cooker using tongs. Unwrap onions and place on a serving platter with elevated sides. Pour some of the sauce over the onions and pass remaining sauce for anyone who wants to add more.

Yield: 8 servings.

Note: This is a file photo used for reference only.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

LITE CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP

1 can (28-oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups reduced-fat & reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1/4 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 tbsp Splenda (or sugar)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp dried marjoram

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until vegetables are tender.

1 cup serving = approximately 140 calories, 17 g carbs, 15 g protein (With Splenda)



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

PEARS IN SAUCE

1/4 cup water
4 (approx 2 lb) whole firm pears, peeled leaving stems attached
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp apricot fruit spread or preserves
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp vanilla

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

Pour the water into the cooker.  Arrange the pears in the cooking with them standing, stems up.

Spoon the lemon juice over the pears.

Place the lid on the cooker and cook on high setting for 2 1/2 hours. 

Remove the pears and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the apricot spread, ginger, cornstarch and vanilla, stirring until cornstarch is dissolved.  Add to the liquid in the cooker; whisk until blended.  Replace lid on cooker and cook on high setting 15 minutes or until the liquid thickens slightly.  Spoon sauce over pears.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 4 servings.

Note:  An easy way to peel pears is to use a vegetable peeler.

 Note: File Photo

Monday, November 20, 2017

PORK MARENGO

2 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cubed
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tbsp canola oil
1 can (16-oz) diced tomatoes
1 tsp instant chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp thyme
dash of pepper
1 can (3-oz)chopped mushrooms, drained
1/3 cup cold water
3 tbsp flour
Hot cooked rice for 6 to 8 servings.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil; add the pork and onion. Cook until the meat is browned on all sides. Drain well and transfer to the crockpot or slowcooker.
In the same skillet combine the undrained tomatoes, bouillon granules, and spices. Stir mixture together, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet. Pour the mixture over the pork in the cooker. Add lid to cooker and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Turn heat up to high. Drain the mushrooms and stir into the cooker.Slowly blend the cold water into the flour until smooth; stir into the pork mixture. Cook, uncovered, on high setting until thickened, around 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

To serve, place the pork mixture over the hot cooked rice. Sprinkle with some chopped parsley for garnish, if desired.

Note: BHG File Photo

Friday, November 17, 2017

BLACK BEAN SALSA DIP

2 cans (15 1/2-oz each) low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup salsa (your favorite brand)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced and grated
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup sliced green onions
24 celery sticks
tortilla chips for serving, if desired.
Combine the beans, salsa, cumin, and garlic in a slowcooker or crockpot. Cover and cook until the beans are hot, 2 to 4 hours on low or half that time on high.
At the end of the cooking time, stir the lime juice and grated peel into the cooker. Using a large spoon or even a potato masher, coarsely mash the bean mixture. Stir in the cilantro and green onions. Serve warm with the celery sticks and/or tortilla chips, if desired.

 Note: File photo for reference only. Not this exact recipe.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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.


Note: File Photo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ROAST IN MUSHROOM SOUP GRAVY

3 to 4 lb shoulder roast
salt to taste
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 packet dry onion mushroom soup mix

Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the roast.

Smear the undiluted cream of mushroom soup over the roast; place in a slow cooker or crockpot.

Sprinkle the dry soup mix over the roast. 

Place a piece of foil tightly over the cooker then top with the cooker's lid.

Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.

To serve, spoon liquid over the meat.

 Note: If you don't have the onion-mushroom soup mix on hand, the onion soup will work almost as well.

Monday, November 13, 2017

ROOT BEER PULLED CHICKEN

2 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast and thighs
2 tsp seasoned salt
1 can (12-oz) root beer
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tbsp prepared mustard
2 tsp liquid smoke
10 hamburger buns (seeded are great)
Slaw for topping, optional

Spray inside of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray; turn cooker on low.

Sprinkle the seasoned salt over the chicken pieces and place in the cooker. Pour root beer over the chicken and turn cooker to high.

Place lid on cooker and continue to cook on high for 6-8 hours.

Approximately 30 minutes before the end of cooking time, place the oil in a saucepan and add onion; cook 5 minutes over medium-high heat until onion is golden brown. Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, mustard and liquid smoke. Cook mixture on simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain the liquid from the slow cooker; reserve 1/2 cup.

Shred the chicken pieces, add the sauce and the reserved liquid, stir to coat well.

To serve, place 1/2 cup chicken on each bun and top with the slaw, if using.

Yield: 10 sandwiches

2014 Family Circle Photo




DUTCH PORK STEW POT

2 lbs boneless pork shoulder, cubed into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 can (16-oz) kidney beans
boiling water
4 medium potatoes, quartered
4 medium onions, thick sliced
8 large carrots, thick chunked
2 tbsp butter, sliced into 6 to 8 slices
1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes

Place the flour in a large tip-top plastic bag, add the pork cubes and shake to coat well.

In a cup, combine the salt, thyme, coriander, and pepper; set aside.

Drain the liquid from the canned beans.  Place the beans in a 2-cup glass measuring cup and add enough boiling water to reach the 1 1/2 cups line.

Layer ingredients in a slow cooker or crockpot as follows:  Half of the potatoes, half of the onions, half of the pork cubes, half of the kidney beans, and half of the carrots.  As you layer, sprinkle lightly with the seasoning mix you set aside.  Repeat layers, again sprinkling with seasonings.  Be sure to use all the seasoning mix.

Pour the tomatoes over all and dot with the butter.

Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
 
 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

SLOW-COOK VEGETABLE-BARLEY STEW

1/2 cup lentils
1/2 cup navy beans
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups sliced celery
5 carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup barley
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup red cooking wine
1 quart vegetable juice cocktail
2 cups water

Combine all the ingredients in a crockpot or slow cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.

Remove the bay leaves before serving.

Yield: 8 servings of 1 1/2 cups
Per serving: 246 calories

Note: This recipe does not use salt.  If you just have to have it, add 1/2 teaspoon.

 I do not have a picture of this recipe.

Friday, November 10, 2017

CINNAMON ALMONDS

A friend posted this recipe on facebook. I copied it to save here. Haven't tried it yet but I plan to.

PORK/BEANS CHILI VERDE

3/4 to 1 lb boneless lean pork, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 can (15-oz) Great Northern Beans
1 large onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb tomatillos, coarsely chopped
1 can (14 to 15-oz) chicken broth
1 can (4-oz) diced mild green chilies
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro, chopped
Sour cream for serving

Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.  Add the pork and cook until browned on all sides.

In a slow cooker or crockpot combine the cooked pork with the beans, onion, garlic, tomatillos, chicken broth, green chilies, and ground cumin; place lid on cooker and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Gently press the meat against the side of the cooker with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to shred.  Reduce the heat of the cooker to low.  Stir the cilantro into the cooker and cook for 10 minutes on low.

Serve with the sour cream.

Yield: 4 servings.
NOTE: This photo used for reference only. Not this exact recipe.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

LOW-FAT MEXICAN-AMERICAN CHILI

1 lb pinto beans, washed and soaked overnight
1/2 lb lean pork, cut into bite-size cubes
7 cups water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 can (4-oz) chopped green chilies, drained

Drain the pinto beans and place into a slow cooker or crockpot.

Add the remaining ingredients, place lid on cooker and cook on high setting for 5 hours or start on high for 1 hour then lower to low heat for 8 to 10 hours.

When serving, top with chopped green onions, shredded cheese, diced avocado, sour cream, etc. of your choice.

Yield: 8 servings

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

COLORFUL, SPICY CROCKPOT/SLOW COOKER FAJITAS

1-1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast or thighs
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium-sized yellow onion
1 medium-sized green bell pepper
1 medium-sized red bell pepper
1 medium-sized yellow bell pepper
2 tablespoons cumin
1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon of lime juice
nonstick canola cooking sprayj
warmed flour tortillas for serving
cheese for garnish, if desired
sour cream for garnish, if desired
black olives for garnish, if desired

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

Slice the onion and all the peppers and layer in the bottom of the cooker.
 
Combine the salt, cumin, and chili powder and sprinkle over the chicken. Place chicken atop onion and peppers; pour broth over all. Drizzle the lime juice overall. Place lid on cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.

To serve, shred the chicken and serve the chicken and veggies on the warm tortillas.  Garnish with the cheese, sour cream, and black olives, as desired.

Note: File Photo for reference only.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MAC AND CHEESE WITH TOMATOES

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp water
1 can (14-oz) stewed tomatoes, drained; chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning*
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups grated double Cheddar cheese
1 pkg (8-oz) elbow macaroni, cooked just until barely tender; drained
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 tbsp butter, melted

Brown the onion and garlic in a medium nonstick skillet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker or crockpot; add the water, tomatoes, and seasonings and mix together well.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on half that amount of time.  A half hour before end of the cooking time, add the cheese, macaroni, milk, and butter mixing together well.  Replace cover and cook out the last half hour of time.  Yummy.

*If you don't have Italian seasoning, use a combination of oregano and basil.

Yield: 4 servings
File Photo for reference only.

Friday, October 27, 2017

CROCKPOT PULLED PORK

3 1/2 lb boneless pork shoulder, trim away fat and cut into fourths
2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp prepared mustard
2 tbsp vinegar

Using a 6-quart crockpot or other slow cooker, combine the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, tomato paste, onion, mustard, and vinegar in the cooker.  When the sauce is well mixed, add the pork.  Stir to cover the pork.

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

Remove pork to a cutting board and using two knives, shred the pork.  Return the meat to the cooker and stir into the sauce.

To serve, place about a fourth of a cup on each sandwich bun and serve with the condiments of your choice.

 Note: File Photo

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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. Garnish with additional sliced green onion, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Note: File Photo

MIXED BEANS AND BEEF

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb bacon, chopped
1 can (15-oz) baked beans
1 can (15-oz) kidney beans
1 can (15-oz) butter beans
1 can (14-oz) pork and beans
1/2 cup catsup
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 cup packed brown sugar (Or 1/2 cup packed Splenda Brown Sugar Blend)
4 tbsp cider vinegar

In a large skillet, brown the bacon and ground beef until the beef is no longer pink, stirring to crumble.  Drain the mixture well and pour meats into a preheated slow cooker or crockpot; discard fats from the meat.

Stir the remaining ingredients into the cooker with the meats; stir to mix together well.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low setting 4 to 6 hours.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Note: File Photo for reference only. Not this exact recipe.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PEPPER STEAK

2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips




1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped onion


3 tbsp soy sauce





Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to a slow cooker.

Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved, then mix in cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt. 

 Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours. 


Note: This is a recipe and photo I got from allrecipes years ago.

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SPICY POACHED PEARS

3 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar OR Splenda Granulated
10 slices fresh ginger
2 whole cinnamon sticks
6 large Bosc or Anjou pears, peeled & cored
1 tbsp candied ginger, minced, for garnish, if desired

Combine the water, sugar, ginger slices and cinnamon sticks in a crock pot or slow cooker.  Place the pears down in the mixture and place the lid on the cooker.

Cook pears on low setting 4 to 6 hours or on high approximately 2 hours.

Remove the pears from the cooker, leaving sauce in cooker. 

Turn the cooker to high setting and cook sauce, uncovered, for approximately a half hour for the liquid to reduce to make a thick sauce.  Drizzle the sauce over the pears and sprinkle with the candied ginger, if desired.
Note: File Photo

Monday, October 23, 2017

WARM APPLE-CHERRY SAUCE

2 cans (21-oz) apple pie filling
2 to 3 cups frozen tart red cherries
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves

Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker or crock pot; stir to combine.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting 3 to 4 hours until hot and bubbly, stirring occasionally.

Serving Suggestions:
  • Warm over ice cream
  • Warm over pound cake
  • As shortcake
Also good topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with chopped nuts, if desired.

NOTE:  You can make this diabetic-friendly by using Splenda-sweetened Apple-Pie Filling and serving it over sugar-free ice cream or sugar-free angel food cake.