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Old 02-20-2008, 01:09 PM   #61
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I highly recommend Goosberry Patch Our Favorite Slow-Cooker Recipe book. Its a small spiral bound and has a TON of recipes, meals, sides, desserts. I've made lots and lots of them and they are ALL fantastic and easy. Amazon has it for $8.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:54 PM   #62
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Another good one for getting rid of cans of beans ... a few more ingredients, but still pretty cheap.

Taco Soup
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 can black beans, undrained
1 can pinto beans, undrained (original recipe calls for kidney, but I think it should be pinto)
1 can corn, drained
1 large (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained (recipe calls for crushed, but whatever)
1 medium can sliced olives, drained (optional)
about half a small can chopped green chiles (optional)
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 packet ranch dressing mix (I've never used it)
1 small onion, chopped (I use dehydrated, works fine)

Throw the whole lot into a large crock pot. Cook on low 4-6 hours.

Great with shredded cheese and sour cream on top, served with Jiffy corn muffins. Yum.
Anyone make this with the ranch dressing mix? Does that add a lot of flavor? I'm wondering if I should omit that too or put it in there?
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Old 03-31-2008, 03:01 PM   #63
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Ok - so many recipes for CP's call for cans of condensed coup (chicken, celery, mushroom.....). Is there an alternative to Campbells? I don't buy those anymore because they have MSG (a cancer fertilizer), but can't find any other "condensed" brands. And how do I compensate with a noncondensed kind? I've tried and, of course, it was very liquidy.
My co-op sells an organic brand that has some of these. I can't think of the brand for anything!
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Old 03-31-2008, 03:03 PM   #64
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this is the best food thread ever, a lot of recipes on this one got added to my permanent meal plan
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:17 PM   #65
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I'll add more when I have time, but I'd LOVE to see more that does NOT have tomatoes in it... my DS is allergic.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:50 AM   #67
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Another good one for getting rid of cans of beans ... a few more ingredients, but still pretty cheap.

Taco Soup
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
1 can black beans, undrained
1 can pinto beans, undrained (original recipe calls for kidney, but I think it should be pinto)
1 can corn, drained
1 large (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained (recipe calls for crushed, but whatever)
1 medium can sliced olives, drained (optional)
about half a small can chopped green chiles (optional)
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 packet ranch dressing mix (I've never used it)
1 small onion, chopped (I use dehydrated, works fine)

Throw the whole lot into a large crock pot. Cook on low 4-6 hours.

Great with shredded cheese and sour cream on top, served with Jiffy corn muffins. Yum.
Anyone make this with the ranch dressing mix? Does that add a lot of flavor? I'm wondering if I should omit that too or put it in there?
Ok so I made this a few days ago and the entire pot is GONE!!!!! We finished it off last night and it is so so soooooooooooo good!

I did a few things differently though. First of all, I used dry beans. And I used TONS of them. We like our soups to be thick and not soupy at all. I didn't measure but basically if you put a spoon in there you'd get by far mostly beans. Because the dry beans aren't seasoned, I felt the soup needed 2 taco seasoning packets. I also didn't use the ranch dressing mix either. I also added some chili powder and lots of salt. Oh! And I cooked mine on the stove, not in the crock pot. I just browned the ground turkey and onion together and then threw it in the pot with all the other ingredients.

Seriously this soup is amazing, especially the day after. My dh said it's his favorite of any I've cooked. So this is now a regular for us! And it was cheap to make!
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I'm making that for dinner today, ironically, but we call it taco chili.... its too thick to call it soup here... I don't use olives or ranch dressing
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Tarragon Chicken

4 chicken breast halves (w/ bone and skin)
1 can condensed cream of wild mushroom soup
2 t dried tarragon

Mix all in slowcooker. HIGH 2 hours or LOW 5 hours.



Salsa Chicken

1 14 oz jar high quality Mexican salsa
2 TB brown sugar
1 t Dijon
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Mix all in slowcooker, cook on high 1 hour, then low 4-5 more hours.

Serve on bed of rice .


Cranberry Chicken

Chicken quarters, skin removed
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
½ c honey garlic sauce

Chicken in slowcooker, mix sauces together and slather on chicken. Cook LOW 6 hours or HIGH 3 hours.


Chicken Breast Parmesan

Chicken broth
4 chicken breast halves w/ skin and bone
¼ c bottled oil-based Caesar salad dressing
2 T Italian seasoning
¼ c Parmesan cheese

1. pour enough broth into slowcooker to make it ¼ inch deep
2. Brush chicken with dressing, sprinkle with seasoning and cheese.
3. Place in slow cooker
4. LOW 5 hours


Chicken Adobo

4 halved and sliced onjons
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 t black peppercorns
8 skinless chicken thighs
½ c rice vinegar
½ c soy sauce
1 T sugar
steamed rice for serving

Spread half the onions in bottom of slow cooker. Add 2 garlic cloves and peppercorns. Arrage chicken in single layer on top of onions. Top with remaining onions, garlic. Drizzle with the vinegar and soy sauce over all and sprinkle with the sugar.

Cook on high heat for 4 hours. Divide steamed rice among dishes and top with chicken. Spoon the juices from slow cooker over all and serve.


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Old 04-14-2008, 01:23 PM   #70
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I'll add more when I have time, but I'd LOVE to see more that does NOT have tomatoes in it... my DS is allergic.
We do a lot of see what we have toss it in the crock pot meals some chicken potatos carrots an onion and corn for example we don't use tomato much because fresh are soo expensive boxed are also pricy and hard to find and we are trying to limit caned..

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I don't have an official "recipe" but one of the easiest things I do in the crockpot is throw a whole roaster chicken in there, put a few pats of butter on top, add some poultry seasoning (or other favorite seasoning) and cook it all day. It is so darn tender and delicious! The butter really makes it extra delicious, I think.
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Ok - so many recipes for CP's call for cans of condensed coup (chicken, celery, mushroom.....). Is there an alternative to Campbells? I don't buy those anymore because they have MSG (a cancer fertilizer), but can't find any other "condensed" brands. And how do I compensate with a noncondensed kind? I've tried and, of course, it was very liquidy.
I usually will use a cup of broth mixed up, and thicken it with some cornstarch. I up the other flavors to make up for the lack of flavor (er, salt ) from the soup. The other day I added a little sour cream and that was nice in addition to the thickened broth. I did a search online and found a LOT of websites with ideas but most want you to do something fairly elaborate- the thickened broth is super easy and works . It's frusturating how SOOO many crockpot recipes call for the cream of soups- they're so horrible for you.
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I don't have an official "recipe" but one of the easiest things I do in the crockpot is throw a whole roaster chicken in there, put a few pats of butter on top, add some poultry seasoning (or other favorite seasoning) and cook it all day. It is so darn tender and delicious! The butter really makes it extra delicious, I think.
Does the skin get crispy if you do it this way?
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Old 07-14-2008, 07:28 PM   #74
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Awesome thread! Some of our favorites.

Mom's BBQ Beef Sammies

Boneless Chuck roast
1 c barbecue sauce
1/2 c apricot preserves
2 Tbsp red or green bell pepper-- chopped
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp brown sugar -- packed
1 small onion -- sliced

Throw it all in the cp on low for 7-8 hours, remove the roast, cut it into slices and then put back into the sauce for 20ish mins on high. This is seriously one of my husbands absolute favorites... he requests it often.



Easy Peasy chicken cacciatore

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
2 green bell pepper, chopped
Fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, finely diced
2 Tbsp minced garlic

Put the chicken in the slow cooker. Top with the spaghetti sauce, green bell peppers, mushrooms, onion and garlic Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.



Crockpot Sour Cream Salsa Chicken
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 package reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
1 c salsa
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 c light sour cream

Add chicken breasts, taco seasoning, and salsa. Cover and cook for on low for 6ish hours. Right before serving remove the chicken and add the cornstarch with a little bit of water into the mixture, stir well. Finally add the sour cream.



And just for fun, hot fudge chocolate cake
3 c skim milk
1 box sugar free cook and serve chocolate pudding
1 box Super Moist chocolate fudge cake mix
1 1/3 c water
1/2 c applesauce
6 egg whites

Spray your cp with cooking spray, Whisk skim milk with dry pudding mix in crockpot until dissolved. In a medium bowl, mix dry cake mix, water, applesauce and egg whites with whisk for two minutes until blended. Very gently pour cake mixture over pudding mixture. DO NOT MIX! Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 hours. Serve hot.


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Awesome recipes - I have a few to add

the first I am almost POSITIVE I got on GCM but can't find it here so I apologize to the originator of the recipe

Crockpot mexi chicken

Frozen boneless chicken breasts
1 can Corn
1 Can black beans
1 jar salsa

Vary amount of can(s) to fully cover the amount of breast you are using. Can use non-frozen breast but it works with frozen too.

Cook all day in the crockpot on low. Be sure the chicken is cooked thru. Then add a block of cream cheese cut up and cook another 1/2 hour until melted.

*however, I don't do cream cheese as we don't usually have it so I just serve it with sour cream on the side

Beef N Gravy


1 lb (more or less) steak , stew meat or roast cut up into chunks
1 can cr of mush soup or 8 ounces sour cream
1 envelope onion soup mix
Mix all ingredients in crock pot cover,cook on low 8 - 10 hrs or until tender...serve over noodles, rice or mashed potato...


Cream soup recipe -- We don't use canned soup either

Here's the recipe I use for one can equivalent:
3T butter
3T flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup broth

Melt butter. Blend in flour and salt and cook until bubbly over med heat. Whisk in liquid and continue stirring until smooth and thickened.

You can add 1/2 c cheese for cream of cheese, saute 1/4 c. chopped mushroom and a little onion in butter for cream o' mush, saute 1/2 c celery and little onion for cream o' celery and the above with just chick broth is cream o' chick.

we also don't use onion soup mix

dry onion soup recipe (good for dips too)
2 t beef boullion
2 T minced onions (dry or raw)
1 t onion poweder

Crock Pot Pizza
12 oz pkg of wide egg noodles
1 ½ lb of ground beef or turkey
28 oz of spaghetti sauce
1tsp Italian seasonings
Pepperoni (optional)
3 cups Mozzarella cheese
3 cups Cheddar cheese
Cook noodles, In large skillet cook beef stir in sauce and add seasonings. Grease 5 quart crock pot Layer meat sauce, noodles pepperoni, 1/3 of cheese repeat
Cover cook on low for 3 hours….
I divided this in 2 casserole dishes and it fed our family of 5...most everyone had seconds and some thirds! If cooked in the oven cook at 350 for about 45 minutes….maybe less if at room temp?
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