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Cheesy Crockpot Chicken

This recipe recipe is always a crowd-pleaser and very kid-friendly as well. I serve it with the delicious sauce over rice or noodles. Just add a side salad or steam up some broccoli and dinner is done.

This is a recipe from my new Kindle cookbook - 35 Simple and Tasty Chicken Crockpot Recipes

Instead of using store-bought condensed soup, use this recipe to make your own. Add 1/2 cup of grated cheese to turn it into cheese soup and a little chicken bullion powder to taste for the cream of chicken soup.

Cheesy Crockpot Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 10.5oz Can Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 2 10.5oz. Cans Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • ¼ Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place chicken breasts in the crock pot. Mix the undiluted soups together, add garlic powder, salt and pepper and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours, until chicken is tender.

 

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Irish Brisket Crockpot Meal

This is a traditional good luck meal that is served on St. Patrick’s Day. This version of an old favorite makes quick work of a delicious meal. If you want to make it for a larger group just double your ingredients and use a 5 or 6 qt. slow cooker.

This is perfect for a busy St. Patrick’s Day. Put everything in your crockpot in the morning before you head out for parades and festivals. By the time you’re back home, the meal will be ready to eat and the house will smell wonderful. I love this one pot meal and leftovers are great reheated the next day.

Irish Brisket Crockpot Meal
 
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 carrots, diced into chunks
  • 2 white potatoes, quartered
  • 1 (1 lb.) corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • ⅓ C apple juice, unsweetened
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • ½ t orange peel, grated
  • ½ t mustard
  • 1 cabbage, wedged
Instructions
  1. Place the onion into the bottom of a 3 qt. size slow cooker.
  2. Place the carrots and then the potatoes over the onion.
  3. Lay the brisket over the top of the vegetables.
  4. Pour the apple juice into a separate bowl.
  5. Add the cloves, brown sugar, orange peel, mustard and spice packet.
  6. Whisk until the ingredients are completely combined.
  7. Pour the mixture over the brisket in the slow cooker.
  8. Cover and cook on high 4 hours.
  9. Add the cabbage wedges to the slow cooker.
  10. Recover and continue cooking 30 minutes or until the meat and vegetables are tender.
  11. Remove the cloves before serving.

 

Irish Brisket Crockpot Meal

How to Make a Quick and Delicious Casserole in Your Crockpot

Most casserole dishes are made in the oven in a piece of bakeware made for creating casseroles. But did you know you can also make casseroles in your crockpot? Here is a simple and delicious recipe that I have been using for years! Quick and delicious casseroles in your crockpot will not only cut down on your time in the kitchen, but it will also help save you money in the process.

 Things You’ll Need

  • 6 thick slices of cooked ham
  • 8 washed and sliced potatoes
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • Crock Pot

Instructions

Place two slices of ham on the bottom of the Crock Pot. Add a single layer of potatoes and a single layer of onions, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.

Add another two slices of ham, a layer of potatoes, a layer of onions and another 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.

Add the remaining ham, potatoes and onions to the Crock Pot.

Pour the soup over the top of the ingredients. Add the rest of the cheese.

Cover the Crock Pot. Cook on high heat for four hours or on low heat for seven hours.

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Crockpot Ham and Potato Casserole

I love this dish because it’s so simple and very tasty. If you’re not a big fan of mushrooms, use any “Cream of…” type soup. One year I made this with some cream of broccoli soup and added a little chopped up broccoli to the mix as well and it turned out really good. This is also a very kid-friendly meal and perfect for a busy weeknight after the holidays.

If you have a lot of ham leftover, consider slicing it and freezing it. When you’re ready to make this casserole just take them out and add them to the crockpot. No need to defrost them… the long cooking time will take care of that for you.

Ham and Potato Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 thick slices of holiday ham
  • 8 potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • Cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours and serve.
Instructions
  1. Wash and slice your potatoes.
  2. Peel and slice the onion.
  3. Lay 2 slices of ham in the bottom of your crockpot. Top with ⅓ of the sliced potatoes and onions. Sprinkle with ½ cup of cheese.
  4. Repeat this layering two more times.
  5. Pour the soup over everything.

 

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Crockpot Meatloaf Recipe

We love meatloaf around here. I use my mother-in-law’s recipe but modified it to work in the crockpot for those days when we’re busy running around. It’s comfort food and there’s always plenty left over for sandwiches the next day. I also like to crumble up leftover meatloaf and use it in spaghetti sauce. Here’s my slow cooker recipe for good old fashioned meatloaf.

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Meatloaf in the Slowcooker
 
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of lean hamburger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Sleeve of Saltine Crackers
  • Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Start by crumbling up your crackers. I keep the sleeve closed and just gently crush them until I'm ready to use them.
  2. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and beat them with a fork.
  3. Add the meat, chopped onion, crushed crackers and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix it all together with your hands and put it in the crockpot. I pat it down a bit so it molds itself to the shape of the crockpot. Pour enough ketchup on top to cover your meatloaf. Cook on low for 8 -9 hours.

 

You cut up a few potatoes (either in slices or wedges) and put them along the edge of the meat mixture to let them cook along with the meatloaf. Or just serve some mashed potatoes or homemade biscuits with it. Add a salad or veggie and dinner is done.

 

Crockpot Chicken Corn Chowder

I’ll admit it… I love a nice bowl of homemade chowder. There’s just something about the richness and creaminess that’s hard to beat. The problem for me up until now has been that it takes some time to make and that I always feel guilty about all those calories. Well… consider the problem solved with this slow cooker version of Chicken Corn Chowder. It’s easy to make and good for you. Make up a batch, grab a big bowl of it and dig in.

Chicken Corn Chowder From The Slow Cooker
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ⅛ tsp. white pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 potato, peeled and cubed
  • ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans creamed corn
  • ¼ cup dried potato flakes
Instructions
  1. Pour everything except the potato flakes in your crockpot. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Check your potatoes and make sure they are tender. The chicken should also be cooked all the way through.
  2. Turn your crockpot to high and add the potato flakes. Stir them in well (you don’t want clumps) and cook uncovered for a few minutes. Serve with a chunk of hardy bread or a side salad.

Need more Chowder? Give this plain Corn Chowder recipe a try.

Crockpot Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

Earlier this week I shared a recipe for a loaded backed potato soup that cooks in the slow cooker that’s been a big hit this fall. Today I have another potato soup for you, but this one includes some sweet potatoes and apples. The combination makes for a great soup that fills you up and is packed with nutrients. Give it a try. I serve this with some toasted ham sandwiches for dinner. The soup would also make a nice light lunch, or a great first course if you’re entertaining this fall.

I hope you and your family will enjoy this tasty soup as much as we have. The key to ending up with a nice smooth soup is to blend it well once it’s done cooking. You can do this in batches in your blender, or use an immersion blender (my favorite way to do it) right in the crockpot.

Crockpot Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 white potatoes
  • 3 Sweet potatoes
  • 2 apples, cut into 1 inch pieces with the skin left on
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground clove (optional)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Start by preparing your veggies and fruit. Scrub the potatoes really well and cut them into one inch chunks.
  2. Peel the onion and give it a rough chop.
  3. Core the apples and cut them into one inch pieces as well. I leave the peel on since it will blend into the soup and adds extra nutrition.
  4. Chop or crush your garlic.
  5. Add the veggies and fruit along with the salt and spices to your crockpot. Pour the chicken broth over everything.
  6. Cook the soup on high for 5 hours.
  7. Puree the hot soup either in batches in your blender or use a hand immersion blender right into your crockpot.
  8. Stir in the butter and serve.

 

Adapting Your Favorite Recipes for the Crockpot

“I wonder if I could cook that in the slow cooker…” Have you asked yourself this before? Many of us with slow cookers have eyeballed them and wondered if we could cook our favorite recipe(s) in them. Often, you can. But before you just throw everything into the slow cooker and hope for the best, there are some general principles you should consider as you adapt your favorite recipes for the slow cooker.

1. Temperature

In most slow cookers, “Low” is around 200 degrees F, and “High” is about 300. Cooking takes about twice as long on Low as it does on High.

If the recipe you want to convert calls for a quick baking time, then you can probably get away with a few hours on Low or one to two hours on High. If your recipe calls for long oven baking or stove top simmering, then you can probably get away with 8-10 hours on Low (a standard cook temperature and time for roasts and red meats).

2. Liquid

Slow cookers produce very moist heat. This means your recipe will retain more moisture than it would if it were baked in the oven. So a good rule of thumb is to reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe by about half. However, if you’re cooking rice or some other grain, then you should use an amount of liquid that is just shy of the standard amount.

The book of recipes and fresh ingredients for cooking3. Oven versus Slow Cooker

Here is a handy guide for oven times converted to slow cooker times:

Oven: 20-30 minutes
Slow cooker: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on High; 4 to 6 hours on Low

Oven: 35-45 minutes
Slow cooker: 2 to 3 hours on High; 6 to 8 hours on Low

Oven: 50 minutes to 3 hours
Slow cooker: 4 to 5 hours on High; 8 to 18 hours on Low

4. Know What Holds Up

Roasts, brisket, and flat steak stand up well to long cooking, usually requiring 10 to 12 hours on Low or 6 to 8 on High. But vegetables don’t usually hold up so well, especially ones like snow peas and broccoli.

If you want to adapt a meat recipe that has vegetables in it, you can add them toward the end of cooking time. However, if you combine meat and chopped vegetables that are more dense, like chunked carrots and potatoes, then you can usually cook the whole dish for 8 to 10 hours on Low.

Poultry cooks more quickly than red meat, and fish cooks faster than both.

Ready to adapt your own favorite recipe? Give it a try and let me know what you made and how it turned out.

Browning Meat For Crockpot Cooking – Frugal Tip

Just a quick tip for you this morning. If you’re using meat in your crockpot dishes, take a few minutes in the morning and brown it in a pan. Yes, it takes a little extra time and you have a pan to clean after, but you’ll be rewarded with lots of rich flavors.

The nice thing is that it’ll only take a few minutes. Cook your meat on medium high heat in a little oil just until the outside starts to brown. This is particularly helpful when you’re using stew meat for soups and stews. The outside of the meat will caramelize adding lots of flavor to the finished dish.

If your recipe also calls for onion (or garlic), toss that in the pan as well and allow the onion to caramelize for even more flavor.

One way to make it worth the time and effort is to brown the meat for two crockpot dishes at the same time. You can then either freeze the meat or store it in the fridge for a day and have it ready for the next days’ slow cooker meal.

Roasting pan with Meat and onion.

Crockpot Baked Potato Soup

Who doesn’t love a nice baked potato with some sour cream, cheese and bacon? How about taking all those wonderful flavors and turning them into a quick and easy crockpot soup. I think peeling the potatoes was the hardest and most time consuming part of making this soup. Next time I’ll put my husband to work on that. Overall, a yummy soup that was enjoyed by all and will have a regular spot on the fall and wintertime menus.

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Baked Potato Soup From The Slow Cooker
 
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Extra Shredded Cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut your potatoes into small chunks. Chop the onion and garlic.
  2. Put your chopped veggies, chicken broth, butter, salt and pepper into the crockpot. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours .
  3. Mash mixture with a potato masher until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soupy is slightly thickened. Stir in cream, cheese and chives.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and top each with sour cream, bacon and a little extra cheese.
  5. If I'm planning on making this soup, I'll go ahead and cook some extra bacon at breakfast time. You can crumble it up after it cools and store it in the fridge for a day or two.

 

Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

I love this dish for a couple of reasons. It’s very easy to make. Just grab a few ingredients from your pantry and freezer, toss them in the crockpot in the morning and by dinner time you have a delicious and healthy meal ready to go. Just boil some pasta or rice and dinner is ready. No time for that? Pick up a loaf of french bread on the way home and serve it with your chicken and beans.

Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Crockpot
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, frozen
  • 1 Tsp. Dried Basil
  • 1 Fresh Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Can Small White Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes, undrained
Instructions
  1. Place frozen chicken in crockpot. Sprinkle with basil. Layer red bell peppers, beans, and tomatoes over the chicken. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  2. Serve over cooked pasta.

I love this over cooked pasta, but you can also serve it over rice. Turn leftovers into yummy soup by heating them back up with some chicken stock.

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Pumpkin Bread In The Crockpot

One of my favorite fall flavors is pumpkin. I love indulging in a Pumpkin Spice Latte every once in a while and of course there’s pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie… I even came across some pumpkin flavored beer the other day. A family favorite though is pumpkin bread. Since Tracy has challenged me (and a whole group of wonderful people that bought her ebook and are joining us in the private FB group, to cook in the crockpot for the month of October, I did some tweaking and experimenting and came up with this version. You could the bread in glass jars right in the slow cooker. It’s a lot of fun and the end result is very yummy.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread
 
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Recipe type: Quick Bread
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tb apple sauce
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree (canned)
Instructions
  1. Whisk the apple sauce and sugar together with a fork or whisk. Add the eggs and beat well. You can continue to use the fork, or use an electric mixer if that's easier. Add the pumpkin puree and mix well again.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice to the bowl. Give it a little stir to mix all those dry ingredients, then work on incorporating it into the dry ingredients. You don't want to overmix this.
  3. Get out 2 half pint canning jars and grease them well. Pour the bread mixture into the jars and cover them with greased aluminum foil.
  4. Crumple up two or 3 layers of aluminum foil and put them in the bottom of your crockpot. This will keep the jars slightly elevated and make sure that your pumpkin bread bakes evenly. Add the jars, cover and cook on high for about 90 minutes. Check the bread for doneness with a tooth pick or wooden skewer. Stick it in the center of your bread jars. If it comes out clean, your pumpkin bread is done.
  5. Carefully remove the jars from the crockpot and let them cool for 10 minutes before removing the pumpkin bread.

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Plan Crockpot Meals For Busy Days – Frugal Tip

If you had to guess, how much extra money do you spend on take out or convenience meals picked up at the grocery store last minute because your day just got away from you? With fall here, after-school activities seem to pick up and I quite often find myself home just before dinner with no cooking done yet. Sure, you can whip up some scrambled eggs and toast or cook some plain spaghetti in a pinch, but I’m finding I can create much better and more versatile meals for my family with the help of my crockpot. All it takes is a little bit of planning ahead.

Two Children Ready For After School ActivitiesOn the weekend, take a look at what your coming week looks like. You’ll know what days will be busy. Dig out the crockpot and come up with some meal ideas for those days. Soups and stews are simple to do and you’ll find plenty of crockpot recipes here on the HBHW website. Pick a couple of recipes, find out what you need from the grocery store and make a plan to get them started before you head out for your busy day.

To make it even easier, my friend Tracy has put together an ebook with 30 crockpot recipes complete with shopping lists and meal plans. Take a look:

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Slow Cooking Recipes for the Busy Mom ebook gives you 30 days of recipes for your crockpot plus shopping lists to make sure you have everything you need on hand for quick & easy stress-free meal planning.

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Overnight Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Oatmeal

Is there anything better than a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a cool fall day? Actually, there is. It’s waking up to the smell of said oatmeal cooking when you wake up. My absolute favorite kind is apple cinnamon. It’s what my husband cooks me when we’re camping and I’ve adapted it for the crockpot at home.

This is a very simple recipe and it doesn’t take long to throw everything into the crockpot at night. I start it right before bed and we all wake up to some yummy hot oatmeal in the morning. This is perfect for those Monday mornings when it’s extra hard to crawl out of bed.

Important: Do not use quick cooking oats for this recipe. Regular Oats, rolled oats and even steal cut oats work great.

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Crockpot Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Apples
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups dry oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the apples. Add them to the crockpot. Sprinkle the apples with the sugar and cinnamon. Pour the dry oats over everything, then add the milk and water. Cook overnight on low. The oatmeal will cook in 8 hours.

 

If you don’t have milk, are vegan, or want to save a few calories, use 4 cups of water instead of milk and water.

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How Full Should Your Crockpot Be – Frugal Tip

There are all sorts of yummy meals that can be cooked in a crockpot. In fact, many of your own family’s favorites may easily be converted into slow cooker meals. I’ve made anything from spaghetti and lasagna to “baked” chicken in there. One of the problems when you start to experiment with your own recipes though is to figure out how much you should trow in the pot and have it cook effectively. That’s what today’s frugal tip is all about.

With slow cookers it’s important that you don’t overfill them or the food won’t cook all the way through. At the same time you don’t want to under-fill it either or you risk burning the food and the pot.

Ideally you want to aim to fill it 1/2 to 2/3 full with ingredients before you turn it on. Also make sure there is a little cooking liquid in there to prevent burning and sticking. Not going over 2/3 full also helps keep things from overflowing once the meal heats up and starts bubbling away.

 

Beef Stew

 

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