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Tag Archives: Crockpot Dinners

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

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb Italian sausage

1 (32-oz) container chicken broth

1 (14-oz) can petite diced tomatoes

2 (10.75-oz) cans tomato soup

2 (8-oz) containers chive and onion cream cheese spread

Directions

1. In a medium skillet, cook Italian sausage until browned and no longer pink. Transfer cooked sausage to slow cooker. Add chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato soup to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for six to eight hours.

2. Stir in cream cheese and cheese tortellini. Cover and cook on HIGH for fifteen to thirty minutes, until tortellini is cooked.

Source Plain Chicken

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

Crazy Addicting Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Earlier this week I had a serious craving for Buffalo chicken with a little comfort food tied into it. As We all need a little cheat now and then, right?  And this one is completely (and I mean TOTALLY) worth the splurge.

Delicious, rich, addicting, cheesy, creamy and just the right amount of spicy…. Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta. In the crockpot. Almost every step is done in your slow Cooker. Isn’t that nice? You hardly have to do anything! Have I convinced you yet?

I usually don’t indulge in any pasta too often. So this recipe was indeed a real treat. But when I do indulge I always try to get a small serving size with a vegetable or a side salad. However, I confess that I didn’t do it this time. Haha! I stuffed my face with this tasty, cheesy, gooey pasta. And then I got extremely excited about the idea of sharing it with all of my readers.

Some of you know that I’m a big fan of anything buffalo chicken. I’ve stated that once or twice (or a billion times) that it’s only been a few years that I found the excellent spicy flavor and now I can’t seem to control myself.I hope you don’t mind. But I think I could eat it every day. Just kidding!

This pasta dish would make a great dinner for a busy weeknight or the weekend with a good movie with your family or friends.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

1 to 1½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 C chicken broth

½ C buffalo wing sauce (1/4 cup now, ¼ cup later) I love Frank’

1 Tbsp ranch dressing mix (dried packet kind)

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp celery salt

¼ tsp salt

⅛ tsp pepper

8 oz cream cheese

1 Tbsp shredded sharp cheddar

1 Tbsp corn starch + 1 tablespoon water

16 oz linguine noodles

Chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Place chicken, broth, ¼ cup buffalo sauce, and seasonings in crockpot. Top with cream cheese and shredded cheese. Cover and cook on HIGH for four hours or LOW for eight.

2. When chicken is fully cooked remove to separate bowl and shred with two forks. Add remaining ¼ cup buffalo sauce to chicken and toss to coat

3. Set aside chicken. Whisk together corn starch and water and add to crockpot. Use a whisk and stir until cheese and cream cheese is all combined and smooth

4. Break noodles in half and place in crockpot. Top with chicken and cover

5. Turn crock on high for thirty-sixty minutes until noodles are fully cooked, stir three-four times during cooking. If noodles are not done you can add extra broth or water ¼ cup at a time. Garnish with cilantro if desired and serve immediately.

Source Slow Cooker Gourmet

Weekly Review for October 2nd 7th

On Monday I cooked a real simple and tasty stuffed pepper recipe. One of the best things about this dish is that you can prepare it ahead of time and put it in the fridge to leave overnight. Then you can cook it after you get home from school or work.

The side dish was balsamic vinegar with roasted veggies. They were delish!

On Wednesday I made these Spinach Lasagna Roll ups. It’s a healthy and incredibly yummy recipe. It too is a little messy but that’s the fun thing about cooking.

On Saturday I made Slow Cooker Chicken Breast Dinner and gravy. It’s a savory chicken dinner that’s slowly cooked with green beans, potatoes and mushrooms. Yum!!

Coming up this week on cooking with Court

Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole

HONEY BALSAMIC GARLIC MUSHROOMS

Slow Cooker Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Zucchini Sausage Soup

Easy as 1-2-3 Balsamic Chicken

This Crockpot Balsamic Chicken is healthy, very simple and excellent for weeknight dinners, or even game days. This savory chicken dish is cooked in the crock pot to a tender perfection with vegetables and balsamic vinegar.

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

3 garlic cloves minced

2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breasts

salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

1/3- C Balsamic Vinegar

1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

Directions

1. Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into the bottom of your slow cooker and spread it all around using a basting brush. Then sprinkle the minced garlic over it. Use the same brush to spread it all around the insert. Place the chicken onto a clean surface such as a cutting board or a sheet of wax paper and season the breasts with salt and pepper.

2. Place the chicken into the crock pot and arrange it in one single layer.
Pour vinegar over chicken.
Put sliced vegetables and Italian Seasoning on top.Cover and cook on HIGH for three to four hours, or on LOW for five to six hours.

3. Remove the lid and transfer chicken breasts to a cutting board; using two forks, shred the chicken. Stir the shredded chicken back into the crock pot.
Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.

Source diet hood

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