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, July 29, 2017


4 to 5 (depending on size) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup raw quick oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup butter, slightly softened
2 tbsp peanut butter

Place apples in the bottom of crockpot or slow cooker.

In a small mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, oats, flours, cinnamon, and nutmeg; cut in the butter and peanut butter.  Sprinkle the eat mixture over the apples.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.

This is really good topped with ice cream.

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Friday, July 28, 2017


14 slices whole-wheat bread, quartered
1 lb sausage, browned, crumbled, drained
2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1 dozen eggs, beaten
2 1/4 cups low-fat milk
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Spray the liner of a crock
pot or slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.  Make layers in the cooker in the following order; bread, sausage, cheese, repeat at least twice possibly more times until all the ingredients are used up. 

In a large mixing bowl beat together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper; pour over the layers in the cooker.

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

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Thursday, July 27, 2017


9 cups milk
1 cup long-cooking rice, uncooked
dash of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup cooked raisins
Cinnamon for garnish

In a slow cooker or crockpot combine the milk, rice, and salt; cover and cook on high 2 to 3 hours.  Stir every hour while  rice is cooking. Once the rice is cooked, stir in the cup of sugar.

In a small mixing bowl beat the eggs, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of sugar together.  Add the egg mixture to the cooker, stirring to mix in well.  Replace lid and cook another 10 minutes until heated through.  Fold in the raisins.

Sprinkle top with cinnamon as a garnish when serving.

Serves 6 to 8
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey (read label to be sure you are getting lean - no skin)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
8 slices American cheese, cut into 2 strips each
2 tbsp tomato paste

In a large mixing bowl, using your hands, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, ketchup, onion, eggs, salt and pepper.  Shape half the mixture into a loaf and top half the cheese strips.  Make the remaining meat into a loaf and top the cheese, sealing the two loaves together to seal in the cheese.  Place meatloaf in the slow cooker.  Spread  tomato paste over the top of the meatloaf and top it with the remaining slices of cheese.

Place cover on cooker and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.

Yield: 6 servings

Note: I do not have a picture of this recipe so I am just posting a picture of one of my faithful standby crock pots which is currently cooking barbecue chicken legs!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Diabetic-Friendly Beef Stew

2 lbs. beef chuck, cubed, fat cut away
1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 minced garlic clove
1 bay leaf
4 medium carrots, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 medium yellow onions, quartered
1 celery rib, sliced into bite-sized pieces
3 medium to large red potatoes, unpeeled, large diced

Place the meat cubes into the slow cooker or crockpot.  In a small bowl combine the flour, salt, pepper, and paprika; stir into the meat until the meat is thoroughly coated.

Add the remaining ingredients, mixing up well.

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

Yield: 6 servings
Per serving: 278 calories, 6 g (1.9 g sat) fat, 75 mg chol, 598 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, fiber 4 g, 28 g protein

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Monday, July 24, 2017


3 cans (16-oz each) baked beans,  2 cans drained
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
6 bacon slices, fried crisp and crumbled

Combine all the ingredients together in a crockpot or slow cooker.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low for approximately 8-9 hours or on high for about 4 hours.

Yield: 6 servings

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Sunday, July 23, 2017


1/4 cup canola oil
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup lemon juice
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dried basil
2 tbsp minced onion
3 to 4 lb whole chicken

In a small bowl combine the oil, mustard, lemon juice,salt, pepper, basil, and onion.

Place the chicken in crockpot or slow cooker; pour the seasoning mixture over chicken.

Place lid on cooker and cook on high for 1 hour, lower temperature to low and cook another 3 to 4 hours until chicken is cooked through.

Serving suggestion: serve over cooked brown rice.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017


1/2 cup dry navy beans
1/2 cup dry black beans
1/2 cup dry lima beans
1/2 cup dry garbanzo beans
1/2 cup dry split peas
6 cups water
2 cups chopped ham
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 bay leaves
6 cups water

Rinse and drain all the beans.

In a large pot, combine the beans with the first 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes, uncovered.  Drain and rinse.

In a crock pot or slow cooker combine the beans, ham, onion, carrot, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and the second 6 cups of water.  Place lid on cooker and cook 8 to 10 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.

Note: 2 1/2 cups of any combination of dried beans may be used rather than the ones listed above.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp bottled hot sauce
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 cans (8-oz each) tomato sauce
4 cups chicken broth
2 limes, cut into wedges
1 ripe avocado, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 oz crumbly fresh cheese, such as feta or shredded cheese of your choice
tortilla chips, crumbled for garnish

Combine the garlic, onion, hot sauce, peppers, tomato sauce, and chicken broth in a crockpot or slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours.

To serve ladle the soup into serving bowls and squeeze lime wedges into each bowl.  Top with the fresh avocado, cheese, and crumbled chips.

Yield: 6 servings

 Note: This is a file photo of a similar recipe.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


2 pkg (10-oz each) frozen chopped broccoli, cooked & drained
1 lb box Mexican Velveeta cheese
1 small can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 tsp minced garlic

Combine the cheese, soup, and garlic together in a crockpot or slow cooker.  With cooker on high, heat the ingredients until the cheese melts, stirring frequently to blend.  Add the broccoli and mushrooms; heat until heated through.  Serve directly from cooker, if desired.

Serve with tortilla chips, melba toast or whole grain crackers.

Yields: 20 cups

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3 lb round steak, trim off fat
1/3 cup white whole-wheat or garbanzo bean flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp basil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp coconut or olive oil
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 large green bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
1 can salt-free stewed tomatoes

Cut steak into 6 to 8 serving-size pieces; sprinkle with the basil, salt and pepper; dredge through the flour.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and brown the meat on both sides. Transfer meat to at least a 4-quart size slow cooker.

In the same skillet, brown the onion, garlic, and bell pepper; add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Pour tomato mixture over the steak in the cooker. Add enough water to cover the steak.

Place lid on cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until meat is tender.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
Per serving: Approximately 296 calories, 13 g (3 g sat) fat, 11 g carbs, 33 g protein
Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable 4 lean meat, .5 fat

Note: File Photo

Monday, July 17, 2017


This is a recipe I saw in an old crock pot cookbook.  I haven't tried it yet but it sure sounds good.  A note with the recipe said to use as a topping on steaks and fish or spread on sourdough bread rounds to use as appetizers.  If anyone tries this before I do, please let us know how you like it!

5 large red onions, thinly sliced
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp currant jelly

In a large skillet, caramelize the onion in the butter, oil, and garlic.  Season with the cumin, coriander, salt and pepper.  Transfer to crock pot or slow cooker and add the water and jelly; mix thoroughly to combine.  Place lid on cooker and cook on high for 1 hour.

Allow marmalade to cool before serving.  May be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 Note: File Folder

Friday, July 14, 2017


1 tbsp olive or canola oil
3 lb skinless chicken breasts, thighs, and/or drumsticks
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 can (28-oz) crushed tomatoes in puree
1 lb white button mushrooms, halved
2 large yellow onions, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or stock
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 pkg (16-oz) fettuccine, cooked and drained
Chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish, if desired

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch skillet.  Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides.  Stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper and 1 cup of the chicken broth in a 6-quart slow cooker.  Add the chicken, turning to coat both sides.  Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low setting 7 to 8 hours until the chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken and keep warm.

Stir the cornstarch into the remaining 1/2 cup of broth until smooth.  Stir the mixture into the cooker.  Cover and cook on high about 10 minutes until the mixture boils and has thickened.  Serve with the chicken and the fettuccine. Sprinkle with the parsley, if using.

Yield: 6 servings.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017


1 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded & chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, minced
dash of freshly ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients in a crock pot or slow cooker; mix together thoroughly.  Place cover on cooker and cook on high setting for 1 hour.

Serves approximately 15 people

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017


4 cans (1 lb 13oz each) no sugar added peaches
3/4 cup Splenda granulated
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves

Drain peaches completely; puree in blender. Pour puree into a 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in the Splenda, cinnamon and cloves.

Place lid on cooker and cook on high 8 to 10 hours. Remove the lid during the last half of the cooking time. Stir occasionally during cooking.

Note: This is delicious on whole-grain toast, whole-grain pancakes, biscuits, pound cake or as an ice cream topping.

Yield: 48 servings
Serving size 2 tablespoons
Per serving: Calories 39, Fat 0g, Carbs 10g, Fiber 1g, Protein 0g
Diabetic Exchange = 0.5 carb

Notes: May use apricots instead of peaches
          This recipe is from my diabetic blog. Granulated sugar may be substituted for the Splenda.

This is a file photo.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


2 medium onions, chopped
5 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 (2-3 lbs) whole chicken
1 cup noodles, cooked just until until starting to get tender, drained
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
dash of garlic powder
1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice

Combine the onions, carrots,  and celeryin the slow cooker or crockpot.  Add the noodles and the chicken.  Combine the dried parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and sprinkle over all.  Place lid on cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours. 

Carefully remove the chicken from the cooker and place on a large plate.  Allow to cool slightly then remove the chicken from the bones.  Return the chicken meat to the cooker; discard bones.  Cover and cook for another 30 minutes on high.

Before serving, skim any fat from the soup, add the Italian parsley and the lemon juice.

Serves 6 to 8.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017


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, optional
hot dog or hamburger buns

Place all the ingredients except the cheese and buns in a crock pot 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, if using, stir in the cheese to melt slightly.  Serve on the buns.

Yield: 6 sandwiches

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017


1 (approx. 4 lb) turkey breast
1/8 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup fresh sage, minced
1/4 cup fresh tarragon, minced
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

Make a rubbing compound by mixing the butter, sage, tarragon, pepper, salt, and garlic together in a small bowl.  Using your hands, rub this compound all over the turkey breast.

Place the turkey in a crock pot or slow cooker and place lid on the cooker.  Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high setting 4 to 5 hours.

Remove the turkey from the cooker and place on a serving platter with elevated sides; set aside.

With the cooker on high setting, slowly whisk the cornstarch into the cooking liquid.  When the sauce is thickened and smooth, pour over the turkey, slice and serve.

Yield: 8 servings
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Monday, July 3, 2017


1 cup butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups chocolate milk
1/4 cup strong black coffee
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup raisins, optional
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup toasted, chopped pecans
4 cups state white bread, cut into cubes or bite-size pieces

In large mixer bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and cinnamon using mixer.  Add the eggs and beat until fluffy.  Mix in the milk, coffee, currants, and raisins, if using.  Using a large spoon or silicone spatula to fold in the chocolate chips, pecans, and bread cubes.

Lightly grease, or spray with a nonstick cooking spray, the crock pot or slow cooker.  Add lid and cook on low setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high for about 3 hours.

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