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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, May 30, 2017

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!

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

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.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

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.

Note: This is a file photo from the internet.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SPANISH RICE

1 1/2 cups raw long grain rice

1/2 cup butter (or olive oil)
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 1/2 cups water
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 lb ground beef, fried, crumbled, and well drained

Saute raw rice in the butter or oil until golden brown.  Put the rice into the crockpot or slow cooker with the remaining ingredients.  Stir well to blend.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours or on high setting 2 to 3 hours.

Note: This is a file photo.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

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 recipe for diabetics.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

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

Note: This picture is a file photo used as reference only.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CHICKEN AND CORNMEAL DUMPLINGS

4 chicken thighs or breast halves, 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.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

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.

Note: This is a file photo, not this exact recipe.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

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.

Note: This is a file photo.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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.

The following is a file photo.

Monday, May 15, 2017

ROUND STEAK BAKE

2 lbs round steak

4 large potatoes, quartered or halved according to size
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
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

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.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

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. Garnish with  parsley or cilantro, if desired.
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EASY CHILI DIP

 cans (15-oz each) chili without beans

2 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed into small cubes
1 tsp chili powder

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to mix well. Cook on high setting for 30 minutes to 1 hour until cheese melts. Stir again to be sure cheese is blended into the chili. Turn heat to low and serve directly from the crock pot, if desired. If serving in a dish, serve warm.

Garnish with shredded cheese and jalapeno peppers, if desired.

Serve with tortilla or corn chips for dipping.

Note: This is a file photo

Thursday, May 11, 2017

LOW-SUGAR SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE

This casserole uses Splenda for those who avoid 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 white whole-wheat 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

*I recommend diabetics be careful not to purchase sweet potatoes in heavy syrup or cook and mash fresh sweet potatoes.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

BBQ MEATBALLS SAUCE

1 large bag 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 slow cooker 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.



Thursday, May 4, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

MEATLESS SPAGHETTI SAUCE WITH SOY CRUMBLES

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.
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