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.

Crockpot Cooking Made Simple

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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.

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.

Ready for more of Tracy’s delicious recipes?

 

Simple Crockpot Dishes For Busy MomsSimple Crockpot Dishes For Busy Moms

Tracy is a busy homeschooling mom who loves to create meals from scratch, but also realies on simple, easy meals frequently.

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.

She put this ebook together to help women achieve the success of feeding their family real food that doesn’t require hours of slaving over the stove to make.

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

Chicken Tortilla Soup – Slow Cooker Recipe

1 lb. cooked chicken, shredded lightly with a fork
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 reg. size can diced tomatoes
1 reg. size can enchilada sauce
1 small can chopped green chilies
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 cups water
1 reg. size (14 oz) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn, thawed
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro – optional

6 large corn tortillas
vegetable oil

Place chicken, onion, diced tomatoes, enchilada sauce, green chilies, garlic, water, and chicken broth in slow cooker and stir gently to combine.  Add the cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf, and stir once more.  Cover, and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.

Stir in thawed corn and cilantro, recover slow cooker, and cook on LOW for 10 to 15 more minutes or until corn is heated through. Serve with tortilla crisps on top – (recipe below).

To make tortilla crisps:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Coat both sides of tortillas with a thin layer of vegetable oil.  Cut the tortillas into strips and lay them on a baking or cookie sheet.  Put sheet in preheated oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until strips have gotten crispy.  Remove to a paper towel to cool, then crumble these tortilla crisps over the soup to serve.

Ready to learn more about crockpot cooking? Get my Crockpot Cooking Made Simple ebook today and find out how you can work this into your meal plan, how to choose a good crockpot and most importantly how to convert your favorite recipes to work in a slow cooker.

http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/ebooks/crockpotcooking.htm

Crockpot Turkey Chili Recipe

One of my favorite things to do with leftover holiday turkey is to turn it into a dish with some completely different flavors than the usual holiday fare. This turkey chili dish certainly fits the bill. After all that cooking for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I also appreciate the fact that I just need to dump everything into my crockpot and chili basically cooks itself.

  • 1 lb cooked turkey (chopped)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 smallcan chopped chilies, drained
  • 1 can black beans, undrained
  • 1 can chickpeas, undrained
  • 1 can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoon chili powder, to taste

Add all ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high for 6 hours.

If you don’t have any leftover turkey to work with, you can use 1 lb ground turkey. Just fry it until no longer pink before adding it to the crockpot.

I like to serve this with cornbread, tortillas or rice.