Advent Calendar Day 15 – Crockpot To The Rescue

Thanks so much for your well wishes, good thoughts and prayers. Things are starting to look up and I’m read to rule out the flu. I think our daughter just has a bad cold and my shoulder is starting to feel better thanks to some rest yesterday.

Hillbilly Housewife Advent Calendar Day 15 Today we start the week busier than ever. My day is full of errands to run and appointments to keep. We wrap it all up with a school concert tonight that our daughter is supposed to sing in. Fingers crossed that she’ll feel well enough to sing.

Thankfully I have my trusty crockpot to take care of dinner for me. I’m getting ready to start some beef stew in there and by dinner time it will be ready and waiting for us. I’ll just add some biscuits and dinner is done.

I’m sure your days are getting just as busy, so for today’s Advent Calendar Treat, I would like to give you a 50% of coupon for Crockpot Cooking Made Simple. Just use coupon “ADVENT” during checkout. 

With instructions, tips and 500 recipes to chose from, I’m sure you’ll find some new family favorites in there. There are also some great ideas on how to turn traditional family favorites into crockpot meals. And don’t forget about Holiday Cooking. Making a dish or two in your crockpot frees up oven space.

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Today’s Question:

Let’s talk about crockpot cooking today. How often do you use your crockpot? Leave me a comment below and if you’d like let us know what your favorite crockpot recipe is.

10 Yummy Slowcooker Soup Recipes

Winter is here and that means we’re eating a lot of soup. There’s just nothing better than coming home to a nice warm pot of soup. Just whip up some biscuits to go with it, make some toast, or dust of the bread maker and start some bread when you’re starting the soup in your crockpot.

Below you’ll find 10 of my favorite Slowcooker soup recipes. These make a regular appearance on my weekly meal plan. Not only are soups absolutely delicious, they are also quite frugal and by using your crockpot you don’t have to worry about stirring pots all day.

10 Yummy Crockpot Soup Recipes

 

#1 Crockpot Bean Soup

Bowl of Bean Soup From The Slowcooker

  • 1 lb bag or 2 cups mixed beans, soaked overnight
  • 7 C water
  • 1-2 lbs ham, cubed
  • 1-2 pressed cloves garlic
  • salt, celery salt, and pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning and/or Herbs de Provence

Put all ingredients into your crockpot and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

 

#2 Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup

Ham and Potato Soup Cooked in the Crockpot

  • 3-1/2 cups peeled, diced potatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ cup diced ham
  • 3-1/4 cups water
  • 6 chicken bullion cubes
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 5 T. flour
  • 5 T. butter
  • 2 cups milk

Stir all but milk, flour and butter into crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, check tenderness of potatoes. 20 minutes before serving, melt butter in a saucepan, add flour and gradually add milk, stirring constantly over med heat until thick. Stir mixture into crockpot. Let cook 15-20 minutes more.

 

#3 Crockpot Minestrone Soup

Slowcooker Minestrone Soup

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced 1” thick
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 t dried basil leaves
  • ½ t. dried oregano leaves
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 2 cups cooked small pasta
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients except macaroni and Parmesan cheese in the stoneware. Cover cook on Low 8 to 9 hours or on High 4 to 5 hours. Stir in macaroni. Serve sprinkled with cheese. I substitute 1-1/2 t. Italian seasoning for the basil and oregano.

 

 

#4 Crockpot Sweet Potato Soup 

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

  • 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

Start by preparing your veggies and fruit. Scrub the potatoes really well and cut them into one inch chunks.

Peel the onion and give it a rough chop.

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.

Chop or crush your garlic.

Add the veggies and fruit along with the salt and spices to your crockpot. Pour the chicken broth over everything.

Cook the soup on high for 5 hours.

Puree the hot soup either in batches in your blender or use a hand immersion blender right into your crockpot.

Stir in the butter and serve.

 

 

#5 Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup 

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup

  • 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

Peel and cut your potatoes into small chunks. Chop the onion and garlic.

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 .

Mash mixture with a potato masher until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soupy is slightly thickened. Stir in cream, cheese and chives.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top each with sour cream, bacon and a little extra cheese.

 

 

#6 Crockpot French Onion SoupSlowcooker French Onion Soup

  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 t. Worcestershire
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 4-5 slices French bread, toasted
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

In slow cooker, combine onions and butter, broth, Worcestershire and salt. Cover and cook on HIGH 4-6 hours. Pour hot soup into bowls and top w/ bread and sprinkle w/ cheese.

 

 

#7 Slowcooker Beef and Vegetable Soup 

Beef and Vegetable Soup from the slow cooker

  • 6 beef bullion cubes
  • large pkg. 2 lbs. frozen mixed vegetables (I save left over veggies and use those)
  • 2 pounds beef roast, cut into pieces or can use left over beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (12 oz can tomato paste
  • 6 cups water

Pour ingredients into 6 qt. slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Serve w/ cheese toast or grilled cheese sandwiches.

 

 

#8 Crockpot Taco SoupYummy Crockpot Taco Soup

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans Rotel
  • 3 cups cooked beans of your choice, (2 cans)
  • 1 can corn (optional)
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning (2-3 T. bulk)
  • 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix (optional)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cups water

Brown beef in skillet w/ onion. Drain fat and add to crockpot. Add all other ingredients (do not drain cans), and stir to mix. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or HIGH 4. I usually add more water and a little more bulk taco seasoning powder to make it more soupy.

 

#9 Crockpot Turkey Noodle Soup Yummy turkey and noodle soup made in the slowcooker.

  • 2 cups of cooked turkey
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups turkey broth
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ounces noodles

Cut your turkey (from leftover roasted turkey) into bite-size chunks. Chop the onion, carrot and celery. Place everything except noodles in your crockpot and cook on low for 4 hours. Remove the bay leaf and add the noodles. Cook another hour on low or 1/2 hour on high until the noodles are soft. Serve the soup hot.

 

#10 Crockpot Butternut Squash SoupHomemade Butternut Squash Soup with Bread

  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 butternut squash (2 pounds), peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed

Melt margarine in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook onion in margarine, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.

Mix onion and remaining ingredients, except cream cheese, in 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker, Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours or until squash is tender.

Place one-third to one-half of the mixture at a time in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth. Return mixture to slow cooker; stir in cream cheese. Cover and cook on low heat setting about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring until smooth.

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Curried Pork Stew From The Slowcooker

I love playing with spices and different types of cuisines. Curries are something we’re fairly new to and I wanted to try something simple, but delicious that my family would love. This curried pork stew fit the bill perfectly.

The recipe is from Tracy Robert’s new cookbook “Simple Crockpot Dishes For Busy Moms“. It’s a great book with lots of tips and yummy recipes.

I loved the fact that I can cook it in the slowcooker, which is important on those busy days when I’m not sure if I’ll have time to cook a healthy dinner.

The apple gives it just the right amount of sweetness that pairs so well with the pork. And of course it has plenty of curry powder. Make sure you get a curry powder with flavors that your family will like. We prefer certain brands over others, or you can of course make your own blend.

The best part about using curry is that it has plenty of turmeric powder in it. This is a very healthy spice that’s been shown to reduce inflammation. All in all a very healthy dish. Just add some veggies or a salad along with some rice and you have a filling meal for the whole family.

Crockpot Curried Pork Stew
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs pork stew meat cut in cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 TBSP curry powder
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Approx. 2 TBSP oil for browning
Instructions
  1. On stovetop in heavy skillet, heat oil on medium high.
  2. Brown pork and transfer to crockpot.
  3. In small bowl, mix water and curry powder.
  4. Once pork is removed from skillet, pour curry mix into that skillet and whisk to loosen brown bits from bottom and sides of pan for flavor. Stir mixture well.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over pork in crockpot.
  6. Add apple and onion to meat.
  7. Pour curry mixture from skillet over all of the ingredients.
  8. Cover, cooking on low temperature setting for 7 to 9 hours until pork is tender.

Serve over hot cooked rice.

Curried Pork Stew From The SlowcookerVariations:

  • add some sliced carrots to the crockpot when you add the meat.
  • Throw in a handful of dry lentils to cook along with the meat. Increase the water slightly.
  • Add leftover cooked veggies during the last 10 – 15 minutes of cooking.
  • Serve with some Kimchi on top of the stew

Should you have leftovers, this is just as good warmed up the next day.

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There’s nothing easier than throwing ingredients in a slow cooker and, a couple hours later, putting something delicious on the table that everyone in the family loves.

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Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Do you like the idea of cooking dried beans from scratch, but don’t think you have time to stir the pots for hours and hours?

I have a great solution for you. Cook your beans in your slowcooker.

Yes, it takes a little planning ahead, but you’ll come home to a nice big pot of cooked beans. I serve this with my favorite cornbread and some chopped onion.

From the “Thrifty Bean Cookbook” (Kindle Cookbook)

Pinto Beans From the Slowcooker
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ lb. ham hocks
  • ½ tsp. oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • House Seasoning:
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • 1 cup salt
  • ¼ cup pepper
Instructions
  1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight. Drain and dump into a slow cooker. Add the oregano and chili powder and stir to mix.
  2. In a separate pot, soak the ham hock for 2 hours. (You can also soak, refrigerated, overnight if you wish). Add to the slow cooker and add the liquid from soaking the ham. If the ham hock is not fully covered, add more water. Now add the onion and stir well.
  3. Now make the house dressing by mixing together the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Use this seasoning to season the beans.
  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for about 5 hours or until beans are very tender.

 

Pinto Beans cooked in a slowcooker and served with a side of cornbread.

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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Getting ready to cook a casserole in the slowcooker

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

Down here we traditionally eat ham, collard greens and back-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. This year I’m going to make my collard greens in the slow cooker and thought I’d share the recipe with you. Just get them started around lunch time and by dinner they will be delicious and tender. Flavor and texture is the main reason I started cooking my greens in the slow cooker. Because of the large volume of the raw greens, I saute them in my largest pot first to give them a chance to shrink down a bit before adding them to the crockpot.

Crockpot Collards
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • leftover ham / ham bone
  • 5 lb collard greens
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by prepping your collard greens. Pull the leaves from the stems. Discard the stems. I like to add them along with any other raw veggie pieces to a freezer bag and use them down the road to make broth. Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Wash and dry the collard greens.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion has softened. I find it helps to add a dash of salt to the onion mixture.
  4. Increase the heat and add the chicken broth. Bring the mixture to the boil, then start adding your greens. Add as many as will comfortably fit, allow them to wilt down, then add more.
  5. Add the ham bone or leftover ham pieces to the bottom of the slowcooker. Pour the collard mixture on top. Add the vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and stir to combine.
  6. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

 

Collard greens

 

Baking in Your Slow Cooker

Many people don’t realize they can actually bake in their slow cooker. In fact, some recipes make baking in your slow cooker easier than baking in an oven. Also on the plus side, slow cooker baking uses less energy.

Here are some recipes and ideas for baking in your slow cooker.

1. Whole Wheat Bread

Yes, you can bake bread in your slow cooker! It avoids a hot kitchen for one thing, and also uses so much less energy than heating up the large oven for just one loaf. Here’s how to make a 12-serving loaf.

First, you’ll need a deep metal bowl or even a 1-lb coffee can that fits into your slow cooker. Grease the bowl well. Then, turn your empty slow cooker on High to preheat (cover on).

In a small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Let it sit while you combine in a bowl:

* 1 cup warm milk or buttermilk
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 2 tablespoons oil
* 2 tablespoons honey
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup wheat germ

Mix these together, then add:

* 3 cups whole wheat flour

Knead dough until smooth and elastic – about 10 minutes. Place dough in the greased metal bowl or coffee can, and cover loosely with aluminum foil. In your preheated slow cooker, pour 1/2 cup of water and place a trivet in the bottom. If you don’t have a trivet, you can use crumbled foil. Set the bowl or can on the trivet or foil, cover the slow cooker, and bake for 3 hours. The top of your bread may or may not brown, but it will taste good!

Variation: replace 1/4 cup flour with 1/2 cup rolled oats; add oats into milk mixture.

2. Apple Cake

This serves 8 to 10, and you’ll need a bread or cake pan that fits in your slow cooker.Baking in The Crockpot

In a bowl, beat:

* 2 cups sugar
* 1 cup oil
* 2 eggs
* 2 teaspoons vanilla

Then stir in:

* 2 cups peeled, chopped apples

Sift together:

* 2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Add these dry ingredients to the apple mixture along with 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional). Stir well and pour into the greased and floured bread pan you chose. Grease a piece of tin foil and place over the top of the pan; place pan into slow cooker, cover, and bake on High 3 to 4 hours.

Let stand 5 minutes before you take the pan out of the slow cooker. Turn cake out onto a rack and allow to cool; then slice.

3. Chocolate Fudge Cake

Here’s a cake that you don’t need a separate bowl for – you bake it right in the crock of the slow cooker.

In a bowl, mix together:

* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1 cup flour
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir in:

* 1/2 cup milk
* 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
* 1 teaspoon vanilla

Spread this mixture over the bottom of your slow cooker. Then, mix together:

* 3/4 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Sprinkle this over the batter in the slow cooker. Next, boil 1 3/4 cups water and pour over the batter. Don’t stir; just cover and cook on High 2 to 3 hours. A toothpick inserted will come out clean when it’s 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.

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.

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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Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 butternut squash (2 pounds), peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed

Melt margarine in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Cook onion in margarine, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.

Mix onion and remaining ingredients, except cream cheese, in 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker, Cover and cook on low heat setting 6 to 8 hours or until squash is tender.

Place one-third to one-half of the mixture at a time in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth. Return mixture to slow cooker; stir in cream cheese. Cover and cook on low heat setting about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring until smooth.

Homemade Butternut Squash Soup with Bread

Crockpot Appetizers – Give Your Old Favorites A New Twist

In the months and weeks before the holiday season, we all usually start dragging out our recipes, including favorite appetizer recipes. Everyone loves those tasty treats and you know your dinner guests like to grab a few bites as they mingle and catch up with each other.

Even when planning a big sit-down meal, your dinner guests will always make room for a few tasty bites before dinner. The trick to serving good appetizers is serving an attractive and delicious variety of dishes. This may be easier said than done when you have become so accustomed to making certain appetizers year-after-year.

It’s time to put your crockpot to work for you as you improve on your classic appetizers like cheese dips, cocktail wieners, and meatballs. Your holiday gathering is special. Shouldn’t your appetizers be special, too? Let’s take a look at how to make your old favorites a bit more special:

Cheese Dip – You can certainly make a simple little cheese dip that would be delicious, but, don’t you want to make a dip that your guests will remember, and talk about, and ask you for the recipe? How about an Artichoke and Cheese Dip? By adding some chopped artichoke hearts and a few spices to your favorite cheese dip you’ve perked this appetizer up enough to make it memorable.

Cocktail Sausages – Think way beyond those little wienies and serve up an easy, but fancy, batch of sweet and Tangy Apple Sausage Appetizers instead. Use any combination of ingredients such as brown sugar, honey, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard, then instead of adding Vienna Sausages, cut up some good apple smoked sausage, some tart apples like Granny Smith, and some sweet onion and add that to the crockpot. If your guests were expecting the standard cocktail wienie appetizer, they’ll be pleasantly surprised when they bite into this sweet and spicy treat.

Meatball Bites – Those little meatballs swimming around in barbecue sauce are tasty, but are they special enough for your holiday event? Go ahead and make your mini meatballs out of your favorite recipe, but when it comes to the sauce, it’s time to do something special. Beer is the ingredient that kicks this appetizer recipe up a couple pegs. This Tangy Meatball Appetizer will have your guests wondering what makes the sauce so yummy. You won’t find these meatballs on just any buffet!

Nutty Snacks – I always think pretty bowls of assorted nuts placed on tables around the room are a nice touch. But, instead of just dumping some mixed nuts in a bowl, why not cook up a batch to surprise your guests? And, because pecans are often associated with sweet snacks and desserts, you can surprise your guests even further by spicing the pecans up with your favorite hot and spicy flavors. When you serve Cajun Style Pecans you will have an appetizer that is the talk of the town!

We all have our favorite appetizers that have become a tradition over the years. We can still enjoy these same appetizers, but don’t they deserve a little updating? And don’t our guests deserve a little special treat this year? Surprise them by tweaking your old crockpot appetizers and maybe you’ll start some brand new traditions!

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Crockpot Cooking And Low-Glycemic Diets – You Just Need The Right Recipes

If you are on a low-glycemic diet, you may already be getting tired of snacking on low-fat cheese, a handful of nuts, and celery sticks.  Your family may be looking a little droopy as they sit down to yet another grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli dinner.

You may also be starting to miss your favorite crock pot meals and would really love to come home, once again, to the savory aromas of a home-cooked crockpot dinner.

Do you have to give up your crockpot when you’re eating a low-glycemic diet?  No siree!  Here are a few recipes that will help you stay on your diet and will fill your family’s hungry tummies at the same time:

Asian Inspired Beef and Snow Peas

  • 2 1/2 pounds round steak
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cups snow peas

Cut a round steak into 4 equal pieces. Place the steak in your crockpot. In a separate bowl, whisk together next 4 ingredients and pour this mixture over the meat. Cover the crockpot and cook on Low for about 6 hours or until the meat is nice and tender. In last 15 minutes of cooking, mix in the snow peas. Serve over cooked rice.

Split Pea Soup with Ham

  • 1 pound bag split peas
  • 2 pounds cooked ham, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 7 cups fresh cold water
  • 5 chicken bouillon cubes

Put all ingredients into your crockpot. Turn your crockpot on Low and cook for 6 to 7 hours. Lift the lid briefly through the cooking time several times and give a quick stir so the peas don’t just stay on the bottom of the crockpot.

Triple Bean and Beef Chili

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans garbanzo beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) can butter beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Brown ground beef, and drain any excess fat. Put all the ingredients into your crockpot and stir to combine. Cover the crockpot and let cook on Low for about 6 hours. I serve this in big bowls with a dollop of low fat yogurt and a sprinkle of chives. You can garnish with whatever your diet allows!

Trying to figure out what you can make in your crockpot that follows the rules of your diet can be a bit difficult.  I know if I have just a few go-to recipes for my crockpot that I can put together fast and easy, I’m more likely to stick to my diet.

Cooking dinner in your crockpot typically means you are cooking for the whole family, right?  These filling, nutritious, and delicious meals may be considered “diet dishes” but no one will be the wiser. These crockpot recipes may be just what you need to get on that diet and stick to it, without starving your poor family!

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Hawaiian Chicken Recipe – Crockpot

This is the recipe that turned me into a crockpot fan. Before I tried this Hawaiian Chicken recipe, my crockpot was hanging out in the very back of one of my kitchen cabinets. I just didn’t know what to do with it until I happened to come across this recipe. I can’t remember if it was in a magazine, cookbook or online (probably not online since it’s been quite some time). I used to make it quite a bit and it was always a big hit with my husband but somehow I had forgotten about it until it just popped in my head today and I mentioned it in the newsletter. Shortly after someone asked me if I could share the recipe. I dug through files and cookbooks and finally found my handwritten note with “Hawaiian Chicken Recipe – Crockpot” scribbled across the top…. so here it is:

Hawaiian Chicken - Crockpot Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Cut the chicken into large bite-sized chunks. Put everything into your crockpot and stir it around until everything is mixed up. Cover it and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5 to 6 hours.

 

 

Bowl of Hawaiian Chicken

I like to serve this Hawaiian chicken over white rice. Fix a simple salad to add on the side and dinner is done.

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