slow cooker recipes - add your favorite!

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Sun, 08-05-2007 - 12:54am
I am starting this thread officially! I just enjoyed having last weekends success and continue the search for family favorites Sunday. This way we can add recipes as people have time and be able to find them in the archives later. Looking forward to watching this list grow.

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Sun, 08-05-2007 - 12:55am

ROAST RECIPE

I have a roast recipe for the crockpot that actually turns out better in the crockpot than if you did it in the oven (which I found out yesterday when I made it in the oven).

One boneless chuck roast

one onion

fresh sliced mushrooms (or can used canned if fresh is not available)

Lawry's seasoned salt

Garlic powder

pepper

water

Take the roast and season both sides well with the Lawry's, garlic powder, and pepper. Place in the slow cooker. Take one onion and you can either slice it in thin slices if your family likes to eat onions, or in quarters if they don't (like most of mine). Place on top of roast, and along sides. Take mushrooms and place in slow cooker. Fill with water to almost the top of the roast. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. Then you take the juices and the onions and mushrooms and make a gravy out of it. Of course, you need to make mashed potatoes, but that would be the last 45 minutes of cooking, and a vegetable. But it is very good, and very easy.

Joy

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Sun, 08-05-2007 - 12:57am

BBQ Beef

I am going to make BBQ beef in my slow cooker tomorrow. The kids and DH LOVE it and it is soooo easy. I buy 2of the roasts when they go on sale for buy one get one free. I cook both roasts all day long in the crockpot. About an hour before we get ready to eat, I take both out and put them in a 13x9 glass dish and start pulling the meat apart with 2 forks. you put the 2 forks together in the middle and pull out ward. Once you ge tall the meat pulled and stringy looking, just add your favorite BBQ sauce. We LOVE Sweet Baby Rays. It usually take me at least one bottle, maybe 2. Then you put the pan in the oven on super low heat and just check it an stir about every 10-15. The sauce gets real sticky and it is soooo tasty!! We then eat it on buns with cole slaw on top of the meat. DH and I like it that way. The kids think it looks gross, but man does it taste good! This is also good reheated a few days too. Yum!
Diane~mom to 5 with #6 on the way!!

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Sun, 08-05-2007 - 12:59am

STEWED CHICKEN OVER POLENTA

I make a stewed chicken over polenta that my family loves. You throw any kind of chicken- boneless, half breasts, legs, into the slow cooker with marinara sauce and cook for 5-6hrs til it's falling apart. Pull apart cooked chicken. You have to pick out all the bones if you're not using boneless chicken. Serve over polenta (I cut rounds from the premade tubes and fry them) or rice or noodles with a salad or veggie. Yum!!!

Emily
Mom to Mikey 12- Abbey 9- Colton 2- & Matty 1

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Sun, 08-05-2007 - 9:41pm

TRADITIONAL CHUCK ROAST WITH TATORS & CARROTS

2.5-3 # chuck roast
2 whole onions, cut to your liking
6-8 oz baby carrots
whole sack of the red small potatoes (cut large ones in half, smalls left whole)
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1/4 chopped celery
1 can cream of mushroom soup plus
1 can of water, whisked together
1 envolope dry onion soup mix
salt and pepper to taste
add Thyme to taste as well

brown roast first, probably optional, add soup/water, add veggies, sprinkle with soup mix and salt and pepper to taste

basically an assembly job with a smidge of chopping.
Cooked 8 hours, hi first, rest on low.

served with bread & butter and a side of berries

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Mon, 09-03-2007 - 4:03pm

Sher, it is that time of year when I start aching for fall to come and I want to make soups and stews, but it is still too hot to use my stove top all day. So out come the slow cooker recipes... I will post some of my favorites soon, but first I had to share this site. This is an article with a full months worth of slow cooker recipes- most of them look wonderful! And it is more than just plain jane roast or meat and veges (which is good, but we can do more than that in our cookers!)
http://www.momadvice.com/food/slow_cooker_recipes.aspx

The links to each week are on the left towards the top, she even has tips for side dishes for each main meal!

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Mon, 09-03-2007 - 5:12pm

Trishia, I've been feeling the same about time to use my crockpot more, especially since school started and the afternoons are more busy. It's so nice to not have to start dinner in the late afternoon. I just found a pretty cheap crockpot cookbook by Rival at Sam's Club for $6.88. I bought a Southern Living slow cooker cookbook last week at Sam's too, but I'm taking it back because after really looking through it at home I saw that too many of the recipes are things my family wouldn't eat. As I make some of these recipes, I'll post them if they're worth making again!

Désirée, mom to Steven, Juliana, Andrew, Carina, Michaela, and Daniel, ages 19 to 4, and all homebirthed - Hoping for a tiebreaker soon!

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Fri, 09-07-2007 - 3:39pm

Here's what I'm making tonight. I've never made it before and have played with the original recipe which a friend gave me, but should be good judging from the taste of the uncooked sauce.

Sirloin Chili - 16 servings

3 1/2 lbs. sirloin cubes
1 (10-oz.) can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes
and green chiles
2 (14.5-oz.) cans tomato sauce
2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 (7-oz.) cans diced green chiles
2 (6-oz.) cans tomato paste
2 large onions, chopped
4 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. oregano
garlic
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
4 (15-oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together all ingredients except beans, salt, and pepper in crockpot. Cook on high until meat is tender. (I'm guessing about 4 hours.) Add beans, salt, and pepper. I think I'm also going to add some corn.
7 Weight Watchers points (without the corn)

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Sun, 09-30-2007 - 9:40am

Slowcooker Speghetti with Meatballs

Cover bottom with frozen fully cooked meatballs from Sam’s
1 jar of the good sauce (Alessi Smooth Marinara Sauce)
½ jar water
8 oz sliced mushrooms
oregano
basil
roasted garlic
plenty of dried onions or ½ small onion chopped
thyme
can add finely chopped carrots just for added veggies
avoid peppers or maybe ¼ cup finely chopped

combine in slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hrs
add pasta (we use broken in half speghetti but any pasta would work) and cook on high one more hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes to keep pasta separated and evenly cooked.

Serve with salad, bread (optional)

this is the smaller version that feeds our family (kids 10 and under) with plenty of leftovers to send in hot lunches once for everyone (4X) but I have used 2 jars sauce plus 1 jar water and more pasta and easily fed a sleepover party consisting of 4 adults and my four kids plus 9 more 11 yo girls and still had some leftovers so you can easily adapt it to the size of your brood.

this has become a family favorite and the kids actually ask for it! yea!

Sher - mom to the fantastic four....

Abigail (10), Noah (7), Jonah (4.5), Ben (almost 2)

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Sun, 09-30-2007 - 9:41am

Chicken & Dumplings
Slowcooker

Whole chicken
¾ c carrots
¼ c chopped onions
¼ chopped celery
1 ½ c peas
4-6 Tbsp. flour
1 c water
salt and pepper to taste

Basic Dumplings

2 c sifted flour
4 teaspoons bakin powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

In a bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder. Add milk gradually. With a tablespoon shape dough into 10 to 12 portions. Drop dough chicken/veggie mixture.

1. I pressure the whole chicken, debone and pull apart any meat that doesn’t already fall into small pieces.
2. Return broth to a boil.
3. Cook veggies in microwave on high for five minutes
4. Combine flour and water until smooth and add to boiling chicken broth. Add enough extra water to make 4 cups of broth, making sure gravy is fairly thick. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Combine chicken, vegetables, and broth in slowcooker.
6. Mix dumplings following recipe above for basic dumplings and drop on top of chicken in slowcooker.
7. Cover. Cook on high for 3 hours. Do not lift lid until ready to serve.

Tips and suggestions: using a whole chicken is a little more work but cheaper and really gives a much better flavor to the entire dish. I cooked some skinless boneless chicken and elaborated on the broth but it just wasn’t the same. Oh, I use baby carrots rather than chopped but anything works really. And, the dumplings are super sticky so quite the mess but worth it and they seem to do just fine in the cooker. Also, my cooker is one of the oblong ones so the dumplings cover that surface and do fine. Not sure they would work as well in the upright round cooker and btw you can’t just double the dumplings. Doubling the chicken and veggies is fine but just do one set of dumblings and make fresh dumplings if you serve leftovers. Actucally my kids like to take the chicken/veggies ‘stew’ to school in a hot thermos for lunch so they just have the dumplings the first time and don’t care after that.

Another thing is this entire recipe has no butter or oil in it. And only the chicken meat is put in and the broth so it seems like a really healthy alternative to our beloved chicken pot pie that everyone loves but has like 2 and ½ sticks of butter in it. Yikes!

good luck

Sher - mom to the fantastic four....

Abigail (10), Noah (7), Jonah (4.5), Ben (almost 2)

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Sun, 09-30-2007 - 9:44am

I know everyone's chili is different and I have created a many but this one seem to really hit the spot for the entire family. Very simple, about two parts meat, one part beans, which apparently is how our carnivour family perfers. And simple mild so nothing exotic or too spicy. Again, this is one they actually ask to take left overs to school in their hot thermos.

Chili

1 lb deer burger
1 lb lean ground beef
marinate overnight with beer

brown above in slowcooker insert

add 16 oz V8 juice
thyme
chili powder
roasted garlic
dried onions or half fresh chopped
salt and pepper
2 cans mild pinto chili beans

cook on high 3 hours or low for 6-8

serve with saltines and shredded cheddar cheese and Tabasco

Sher - mom to the fantastic four....

Abigail (10), Noah (7), Jonah (4.5), Ben (almost 2)

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