slow cooker success!!!

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slow cooker success!!!
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Mon, 07-30-2007 - 11:16am
So Saturday evening I made spegetti in the slow cooker. Basically an assebly job (meatballs from sam's), our favorite sauce with a few extra spices, mushrooms, dried onions. Anwya, no big prep and only three hours cooking and we had supper stress free that everyone actually loved. The kids all had seconds, even dh complimented - rare, and Ben had four rounds. He is such a haus. I was so proud to finally have a success meal that could become one of our standards with the slow cooker. I can start it before the afternoon chaos and have a good supper with a free afternoon. So, then yesterday I made Chicken&dumplings. Never made it before at all. Several steps so that was a bit more time consuming. Got it on around 1. All natural ingredients, no added oil or butter, only thing not ultra healthy was the flour of course for the dumplings. So in the slow cooker it was actually done around 4pm but we didn't have supper til 6pm. This cooker goes into warm after the cooking time so it sat there staying done but not over done, safe but not over cooking for two more hours until we ate. It is so nice to have a stress free afternoon and know dinner is going to come together real home cooked and hot. Anwya, it had chicken, veggies, and dumplings so we just had the one dish. I think we will have to have it a couple of times to get the kids into it. their schedules were off so not everyone was 'hungry' at the same time but Ab and J ate well and I think the other two just weren't super hungry. Here is the real success story. DH had seconds and said the dumplings were really good and better than the way his gram made it. Shocker! Usually it is the opposite, comparing stuff that is 'not the way gram made' and mine usually comes up sub-par. I even tasted it and it was good - just needed more salt and pepper. Anyway, I am just so excited to be making progress with the old slow cooking approach and looking forward to the advantages in the fall/school time. Heck, it sure makes the summer afternoon/evenings nice. We were playing outside in the puddles and I didn't have to push the kids out of their fun because I new it would sit okay on warm and we came in as they got hungry and were ready. Very cool alternative to being a slave in the kitchen. Now I just have to build our own family favorites recipe book and streamline the process to make it even easier and routine (and add to it). woohoo

Sher - mom to the fantastic four....

Abigail (9), Noah (6), Jonah (4), Ben (1)

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Sher



Go with the flow of good chaos


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Mon, 07-30-2007 - 7:24pm

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


Joy


Kristina (Tina)---10-20-99      Madalynne (Maddie)---

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Tue, 07-31-2007 - 6:32pm

YAY! A slow cooker thread!!

Can you give us the recipe for those awesome dumplings? Once I figure out how to cut and paste, I have an AWESOME EASY turkey chili recipe that is FABULOUS!!

Post! Post! Post! ;-)

Jennifer

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Tue, 07-31-2007 - 11:14pm
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.

Diane~mom to

Laura(13.5) Sarah(11) Steven(9.5) Jonathon(7)

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Sat, 08-04-2007 - 12:49pm

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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Emily ~ Wife to Patrick, Momma to Michael (15), Abbey(12), Colton(5), Matthew(4), Anna(1),