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Old 08-20-2012, 11:23 AM   #31
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Any liquid??? That sounds good.
no liquid needed. I usually add a bag of baby carrots to this and serve it over mashed potatoes.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:46 PM   #32
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I have "beef stew" in mine.

layer carrots and potatoes in the bottom. (I used baby carrots and salt potatoes cut in cubes 'cause that's what I had.) Lay a chuck roast on top, then a can of mushroom soup, a packet of onion soup mix, and 1-2 cans of water.

When the beef is soft we shred it up and it's yummy.
I do this, but use a 1/2 cup of wine or cooking sherry in place of some of the water.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #33
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We make this all the time! Love it! I'm getting low on my Hawaiian sea sal though.
kosher works as well.. it just needs to be a coarse salt.. we make it quite often at home . when we go mainland we use kosher salt its an easy recipe to make to bring some aloha to friends and family who can't come visit us
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #34
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Italian beef sanwhiches:

Roast
Dry Italian dressing season package
beef broth

Place roast in crock pot, sprinkle dry italian seasoning packet over roast, pour beef broth in crock pot and cook all day.


beef strogonoff

Stew meat
can of mushrooms
cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper
beef broth
red wine
sour cream

Place stew meat in crock pot, season with salt and pepper, drain mushrooms and place in crockpot, pour cream of mushroom soup, beef broth, and red wine in crock pot and let cook all day. About 30 minutes before serving add sour cream. Cook egg noodles or mash potatoes to go with.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:21 PM   #35
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Try this one! It's been passed all around the kids school and has become a favorite in the neighborhood. It's very yummy!

Slow Cooker Meatball and Tortellini Soup
Ingredients:
½ bag of frozen Italian Meatballs (1 pound)
1 bag (1 pound) frozen cheese tortellini
1 container Beef Broth (32 oz.)
1 can (15.5 oz) Cannellini Beans
1 can (14.5 oz) Italian Diced Tomatoes (has basil, garlic and oregano in it)
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
2 -3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
½ tbsp. Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:
Pour beef broth in slow cooker and add beans (do not drain), diced tomatoes (do not drain), onion, garlic, celery, Italian seasoning and frozen meatballs. Set slow cooker on low for 6 – 8 hours.

About 30 – 45 minutes before you’re ready to eat, add frozen tortellini. Allow to cook thoroughly. Add salt & Pepper to taste.

Ladle into bowls and top with grated Parmesan cheese.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:55 PM   #36
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Italian chicken

1 1lb chicken breasts
1 packet of McCormick Italian herb chicken
1 (big) can tomatoes
1 pepper cut up
1 onion cut up
white mushrooms

We like it over rice but you could serve it over pasta too.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:27 AM   #37
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No time to read everything here right now.... just wanted to add my ideas. THese ideas do NOT require any cooking ahead or browning of meat or anything.

1. Pulled pork. Put pork loin in crockpot with a bit of liquid (apple juice, stock, or even water). Cook on low all day. At the end of the day just remove from the crockpot, shred with two forks, return to the crockpot (draining about half of the liquid), let it reabsorb the liquid in the pot and then add your favorite bbq sauce. Serve on a whole wheat bun with a salad or green veggie. FYI, I use the loin because it is leaner, but pork shoulder is the traditional cut for this.

2. Chicken cacciatore. Put your favorite spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the crockpot (just a few cups). Place chicken on top of that (I usually use leg quarters with the skin removed, but you could use skinless breast, or even a boneless/skinless breast or thigh). Top with onions and peppers (sometimes I soften them in the microwave or even sautee them a bit. Add more spaghetti sauce on top to cover everything. Cook on low all day (6-8 hours) or on high for 4. If you are using a bnls/sknls breast, cook for less time so as to not dry it out. Serve with a side of whole wheat pasta and a salad. If you have little ones, you might want to debone the chicken as you remove it from the crockpot. You do have to be careful of some smaller bones in the leg quarters.

To make things even easier, you can add everything to the crockpot the night before, put the crock in the fridge overnight, and just place it in the sleeve and turn it on in the morning.

For a few other things with a bit more prep.....

Hamburger soup. In your crockpot place browned/drained ground beef (or turkey or pork, your choice), diced carrots, potatoes, onions, celery (could also add canned diced tomatoes, green bell peppers, corn). Top with a large can (or more) of V-8 juice or tomato juice (could even use the spicy juice). Maybe throw in a splash of worcestershire sauce (but watch the salt.... the juice is pretty salty already). Cook and serve! Nice topped with a small sprinkling of shredded cheddar and croutons.

Chili..... In your crockpot place browned/drained ground beef (or turkey or pork again), canned diced tomatoes (or stewed tomatoes... whatever you have on hand), chili seasonings (either packets or from individual bottles), beans (more or less according to your family's preferences). I also bulk up our chili with lots of veggies.... onions, peppers, and sometimes celery. I also will stir in a can of fat-free refried beans once the chili is cooked. It makes it a bit thicker and creamy and increases the mass without increasing the calories significantly, plus it adds fiber.

Those are by FAR my easiest crockpot recipes. I also have a few other recipes that aren't true crockpot recipes, but I have found that I can make the dish up to a certain point, freeze it, and then thaw it when needed, add the remaining ingredients, and then let it cook in the crockpot.

I'll have to look back on this thread and see if anyone mentioned the chicken breast/salsa/cream cheese recipe that everyone here seems to like.

HTH.....................P
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:54 PM   #38
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My families favorite is cheesy chicken ad rice.

2-3 frozen chicken breasts
One can cream of mushroom soup
One can cream of chicken soup
One can chicken broth

Toss in crockpot and cook all day on low. Shred chicken and add one cup of instant rice, let cook. Throw in one handful of any type of cheese stir and serve. This serves my family of 3. If I was feeding the boys, I would double everything plus add and extra can of chicken broth.

As you can see, I truly have no exact measurements I just toss it all in and it delicious. I serve with green beans and pears!
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:33 AM   #39
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My go-to crockpot meal is easy and I've actually got it cooking right now. Love to microwave the leftovers for a couple days after.

4-5 lg. frozen chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 can mushroom soup
1/2 can milk
1 lb. bag baby carrots
2-4 lg. potatoes peeled & chopped
Sweet onion, chopped
Salt & pepper

I cook this on low for 7-9 hrs.
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My families favorite is cheesy chicken ad rice.

2-3 frozen chicken breasts
One can cream of mushroom soup
One can cream of chicken soup
One can chicken broth

Toss in crockpot and cook all day on low. Shred chicken and add one cup of instant rice, let cook. Throw in one handful of any type of cheese stir and serve. This serves my family of 3. If I was feeding the boys, I would double everything plus add and extra can of chicken broth.

As you can see, I truly have no exact measurements I just toss it all in and it delicious. I serve with green beans and pears!
This sounds really good! I'm a little confused about the rice. Do you add it right into the crockpot with the chicken and cook it there? If so, how long do you let it cook in there? Or do you cook it separately?

Thanks!
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Pork tenderloin and root beer, low 5 hours. Shred, add BBQ sauce

8 Bone in Pork chops, sliced green peppers, sliced onion, 2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes with the juice, and a dollop of ketchup. cook on low for 5 hours. Served with mashed potatoes.

Drumsticks with BBQ sauce, low 5 hours.
My mom made this when I was growing up. Instead of diced tomatoes and catsup she would add 2 cans of tomato sauce and a little water. Super yummy
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Thanks!!! 3 more recipes to try. We don't eat much red meat so I really like the chicken recipes.
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my go to latley is "easy chicken and dumplings" modified to have less chicken, more veggies because veggies are cheaper. sometimes if we have left over grilled chicken breasts i just debone them and cut them into pieces to recycle leftovers. this can be modified all sorts of ways.

2 cans of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken, and a can of water
a HUGE bag of peas and carrots mix, defrosted
lots of celery, sliced. i use almost the whole head.
2 boneless, trimmed chicken breasts, cubed
half an onion, fine dice
minced garlic
pepper
1 can of pilsbury biscuits.

i set my pot to auto so it's high for a few hours, then switches to low for the rest. i bring it back up to high and make sure it's all hot and boiling, then cut each canned biscuit into quarters, roll them into balls, and toss them in. 15 minutes with the lid on and it's done.
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This sounds really good! I'm a little confused about the rice. Do you add it right into the crockpot with the chicken and cook it there? If so, how long do you let it cook in there? Or do you cook it separately?

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I add it in at the end, about 20 minutes before serving (since its just minute rice) and add the cheese at the same time. My DH and DD goober this stuff up!
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I add it in at the end, about 20 minutes before serving (since its just minute rice) and add the cheese at the same time. My DH and DD goober this stuff up!
OK, thanks! It sounds easy and delicious, so I'll definitely have to try it!
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