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Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew recipe would make an excellent dinner for a cold winter evening. The preparation is so easy and quick that you won’t even realize you prepared it yourself. Don’t believe me on the quickness? Ha, I can prove it to you right now. All you have to do is throw everything into your slow cooker (including potatoes), simmer, and serve. After finishing with the preparation, your mind will be blown away by how fast and easy it all came together!

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean beef stew meat

1/4 tsp coarse salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp flour

1 C peas

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 large yukon golden potatoes, peeled and largely diced

2 large carrots, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 1/2 C beef broth

1/4 C beer (I recommend using Guinness)

Directions

1. Sprinkle stew meat with salt and toss till well combined. Using a fork, prick the meat in multiple places to tenderize. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, but ideally, refrigerate overnight.

2. Toss the meat with flour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then sear meat until browned on the outside.

3. While the meat is browning, mix together tomato paste, soy sauce, beef stock (use more if you like it soupier than stewy) and Guinness & red wine (if using) in the slow cooker.

4. Transfer the meat (browned or not) to slow cooker. Add garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, and black pepper. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or high three to four hours until meat is falling apart and tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: If using peas, microwave for one minute and then stir them into the stew. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Adapted from Aberdeen’s Kitchen

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Holiday Cooking in the South

I can’t believe Thanksgiving already ended. It’s crazy how it just came and went in a flash. I intended on writing an article last week, but I got with everything – mainly cooking and eating delicious food. How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was wonderful!

I can’t believe Christmas is just right around the corner. I am very excited! It’s one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait to share some yummy recipes with you over the next few weeks.

Do you have any of your favorite dishes or desserts you would like to share?

Now onto the recipe

The weather in Texas during the fall and winter months can be funny and strange. If you have ever lived or visited the state of Texas, then you’ll understand. If not then let me explain the craziness of the weather. On some days it will be hot (the high 80’s) and it will be like that for most of the day. Then there are other days where it’s super cold in the mornings, but throughout the week/day, it gradually will get warmer. Oh, it hardly ever snows here.

So, I admit that it sometimes can be hard to be inspired to cook soups, stew, and chili while living in Texas or pretty much anywhere in the South. I forgot what day it was last week, but the weather was hot for the most of the day, later that evening it was going to be chilly. So that inspired me to cook this Buffalo Chicken Chili.

This recipe is so simple and has only a few ingredients in this slow cooker dinner. Creamy and spicy all in one! It will certainly warm you and family up on a chilly night.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts

2 14.5 oz can great northern beans

1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with juice

2 C chicken broth

1/4 – 1/2 C Frank’s red hot buffalo wing sauce

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp salt

8 oz cream cheese

Optional

Blue cheese crumbles

celery slices

Directions

1. Add the chicken, beans, tomatoes with their juice, chicken broth, 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt into a 6-quart crockpot.

2. Cover and cook on low for six hours. Cut the cream cheese into small cubes and stir into the slow cooker. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return chicken to the slow cooker.

3. When the cream cheese is melted ladle into bowls and serve. Top with blue cheese crumbles and serve with celery slices if desired. Enjoy! 🙂

Source The Girl Who Ate Everything

No stovetop required green beans

Give yourself and your stovetop a day off by making these easy and delicious green beans on the counter top in your slow cooker! This is an excellent dish to prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Crockpot Green Beans

Ingredients

1 medium yellow onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 lbs fresh green beans or frozen, washed and trimmed if using fresh

1 (14.5 oz) chicken broth canned

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat saute the onions and garlic in the butter. Saute onions and garlic in butter until the onions turn translucent. About seven to ten minutes.

2. In the bottom of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker, add the green beans, sauteed onions and garlic and the chicken broth. Cover and cook on LOW for four to five hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Source Crockpot Ladies

Clean Eating Taco Soup

This is a simple, healthy, & gluten free stovetop or a slow cooker meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and other wholesome ingredients like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This fast, skinny, and low carb recipe is easy to prepare and will quickly become a family favorite!

Clean Eating Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)

1 onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 small zucchini, diced

1 (14.5 oz) can corn

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (14.5 oz) can of Goya black beans

2 C water

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet

3 Tbsp of homemade ranch seasoning or 1 packet

Optional Toppings:

Sour Cream or Greek yogurt

shredded cheese

tortilla chips or crackers

avocado

lime wedges

Directions

1. In a large pot, brown the meat. Discard the fat. Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for thirty minutes. Taste. Add more seasoning such as chili or cayanne powder, salt, or pepper if needed.

Court’s Cooking Notes

This soup is quite thick, feel free to add in more water or beef stock to “stretch” the meal further!

Crock-pot variation: Toss all ingredients including browned meat in crock-pot and cook on LOW for six hours.

Source Grounded and Surrounded

Purely Fall Comfort Food

Grab your crockpot and a few ingredients from your pantry to add some delicious comfort food to your dinner with this Cranberry Pork Chop Recipe! This sweet and tangy Crockpot Cranberry Pork Chop Dish delivers Fall flavors and comfort food goodness all in one dish!

With ONLY 5 Ingredients, these Cranberry Pork Chops are a breeze… and so very tasty! Preparing your pork chops in your crockpot is excellent, simply put them in and walk away!  Are you pumped to make some magic happen in your Crockpot?

Crockpot Cranberry Pork Chop Recipe

Ingredients

4-6 Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin Chops, thawed {approx. 1.5 – 2 lbs..}

1 can Campbell’s Chicken Broth {10.5 oz.}

1 can Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce {14 oz.}

8 oz. Kraft Catalina Dressing

1 pkg. Dry Onion Soup

Directions

1. Pour can of Chicken Broth into the bottom of a 6-quart Crock Pot. Place the Pork Chops into the Crock Pot, and cook on LOW for six hours, covered. After six hours on LOW, drain juices from Crock Pot.

2. In a medium size mixing bowl mix together Cranberry Sauce, Dry Onion Soup and Catalina Dressing, and stir until well combined. Pour mixture all over the Pork Chops, and cook on LOW for thirty minutes, or until done.

Source The Frugal Girls

Slowly Cooked Savory Chicken Dinner

This is an excellent slow cooker chicken breast meal! All in one pot, fast & simple and so very yummy too! Not to mention that it’s true comfort food as well.

Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Dinner & Gravy

Ingredients

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken strips

4-6 red potatoes, washed and cut into wedges

1 pound fresh or frozen green beans

16 oz sliced mushrooms

1 packet Italian seasoning

1 packet chicken gravy

1 C water

2 Tbsp butter, melted (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Grease your crockpot insert with cooking spray or butter. In a medium bowl add the water, melted butter, gravy and Italian seasoning packets. Stir until well combined. Set aside.

2. Layer chicken, potatoes, green beans and then the mushrooms. Pour the sauce mixture over the vegetables and chicken. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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Source Slow Cooker Kitchen

Skinny Vegetarian Chili

Outsmart the picky eaters in your family by serving them this healthy and full of flavor Vegetarian Chili. This recipe is so tasty that I practically forgot it was meatless. I am certain that your family will enjoy this dish without even realizing that it’s meatless. As beans is the substitute for meat in this chili which adds fiber, and at under 300 calories per serving, you can give yourself some leeway by adding your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican Chili

Ingredients

2 15-ounce cans Ro-Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 16-ounce cans Bush’s® Chili Beans,

1 15-ounce can Goya black beans

12-ounces frozen yellow corn

1 small onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 4.5-ounce can diced green chilies

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp onion powder

½ -1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh or dried

⅛ tsp black pepper

Optional toppings

Onions

Sour Cream

Cheese

Tortilla chips

Directions

1. Add all of the ingredients to a 6-quart insert crock pot and stir until well combined.

2. Cook on LOW for eight hours or on HIGH for four hours. Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Source Skinny Mom

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