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#31 of 700 Old 01-18-2005, 05:35 PM
 
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WHAT A GREAT THREAD!
My mom had given me this crockpot recipe book for Christmas, got me all phsyched about ti-and I was soooo dissapointed! One recipe called for beef and a can of soda!Um, I don't drink soda, and if I did I certainly wouldn't use it on meat????????????????!!!!!!!!Um..hold on while I :Puke

I am anxious to try these great recipes.



Oh, one my mom used to do that ws pretty good was to throw in ingredients for chile, than after it cooked awhile, put in cornbread batter on top.Then it would cook over and kind of into it. SO good.

Due with number 5 in August. We do all that crunchy stuff.
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I don't know how healthy this is but it's a super easy, super versitile crockpot dinner...

Chicken breasts (I use 4 to feed my family of 6 eaters) toss them in the crockpot add a bottle of your fav non-dairy dressing (whishbone has a ton of vinegrate varieties, I espeically like the citrus splash and the garlic-lemon-herb) and about 1/4 c water cook until your chicken is done (if you have all day cook on low if you're like me and dinner doesn't get thought about till lunch cook on high) shred the chicken when it's fully cooked (use two forks takes about 10min) add a small can of cream of something soup (depends on what dressing you've used, I usually add this when I start the rice) sometimes I add cream cheese at the same time as I add the soup and turn it down to low. You can also add veggies about half way through your cook time. Serve over rice or noodles.
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Sorry I didn't post yesterday but I came home with a raging headache and never even made it on the computer...


Baked Potatoes....I take baking Potatoe,wash real well and then poke some holes in them with a knife to let steam escape.Wrap them seperatly in foil and put in crockpot...I usually put around 6 lrg in mine...cook on low all day for 6-10 hours...They are perfect when taken out.Then we add our toppings and serve with salad and rolls...


Roast...Depends of type of roast...We don't eat a beef roast often at all...$$$ and we just don't like to eat much beef...but when we do eat it this is how I prepare it...

Put in crockpot and sprinkle liberally with Mortons Natures Seasoning salt...Pack peeled halved potatoes and chunk carrots around it...Let cook all day on low for 10-12 hours...You can use the juices to make gravey...

Pour all the drippings in a saucepan and add about 1/4 cup of water....take about 1/2 cup and put in bowl..Add 1/4 cup of flour or cornstarch and stir to mix with a whisk.....Add to your pan of drippings and heat on medium/low till it boils and thickens while you are constantly whisking it....Add salt and pepper to taste...


Pork roast....We like the Italian flavor....Put your pork roast in the crockpot ....in small bowl put...

1 teaspoon oregeno
1 teaspoon basil
add 1 cup water...Swirl around till nicely mixed then dump all over your roast....cover and cook on low all day 8-10 hours...This is heavenly...


Baked Chicken and Potatoes....Very Easy

I stick about3-4 leg thigh combos in pot...Sprinkle liberally with Mortons Natures seasoning and then pack peeled 1/2 potatoes around them....Cook on low all day 8-10hours...


I have to go work again and will try to post more tonight when I get home...Love Mylie xx
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But one good cookbook is Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow cooker by Robin Robertson. Is does suggest sauteing onions in olive oil first, and some of the ingredients are only added at the end, but so far the recipes have seemed really simple and wholesome to me. Last night I made a spicy sweet potato and white bean soup with collards. Except I substituted yams and kale. It was delicious. Check your library for a copy!
I have this book out of the library right now.

I've discovered that, if I skip the step of precooking the onions in olive oil, the recipes taste bland. My current routine is to spend 15 minutes preparing dinner in the morning and then let it cook all day. This includes sauteeing the onions, which I do first, then prepare the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker and add the onions when they're cooked.

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Thanks Mylie & others!
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Hi there, here are mine
Chicken Cacciatore
1 lg onion chopped
3 lb. chicken
2 6oz. cans tomato paste
4 oz sliced mushrooms
1 can diced tomatos, drained
1t salt
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2t oregeno
1/2t celery seed
1 bay leaf
1/2c chicken broth
Place onions in bottom of crockpot. Add chicken. Stir together remaining ingrediants. Pour over chicken. Cook on low 7-9 hours, or high3-4 hours. Serve over pasta or rice.

This is a family favorite:
Crockpot Chili
2 1lb. can beans, drained
2 lb. tomatos, fresh or canned
1 lb. meat, browned (we use turkey)
2 med onion chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T chili powder, adjust to taste
1t pepper
1t cumin
salt to taste
Put all ingrediants in crockpot. Low 10-12 hours, High 5-6 hours

Crockpot Chicken
3lb. chicken ,whole
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
2 celery stalks with leaves, diced
2 t salt
1c. chicken broth
1/4t basil
1/4t sage
1/2t thyme
Place carrots, onions and celery in crockpot. Add chicken and over it, sprinkle salt, pepper, basil, sage, and thyme. Then pour broth over it. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or High 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours.

This one is super easy:
Crockpot BBQ Chicken
3 lb. of chicken
Bottle of BBQ sauce

Place chicken in crockpot with 1 bottle of BBQ sauce. Cook on low 4-5 hours.


And I haven't tried this one yet:

Curried Spiced Lentils and Spinach

1 1/2t curry powder
1/2t cumin
1t ginger
1/4t tumeric
1/4t cayenne
1 med onion chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1c. lentils, rinsed
1/4c. converted rice (i'm going to try brown rice)
1 10oz package frozen spinach, broken up and partially thawed
2 c. veggie broth
salt to taste
Combine first 11 ingrediants in crockpot. Cover and cook on low 6 hours or until lentils are tender, but not mushy.

Good Luck
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Here are some crockpot tips I recieved:

1. For best results, most manufacturers recommend that
the slow cooker be half to three-quarters full. Refer to
the manufacturer's instruction book accompanying your
pot.

2. Keep perishable foods, such as meats, poultry, fish,
and vegetables, refrigerated until preparation and
cooking time.

3. If you opt to cut up vegetables or meats the night
before you're planning to cook them, be sure to package
each different item separately and store in the
refrigerator.

4. Purchase roasts and other large cuts of meats in a
size and shape that will fit conveniently into your slow
cooker. Otherwise, plan on trimming the meat to fit.

5. To end up with the least amount of fat in finished
slow-cooker dishes, use lean meats and skinless poultry,
well trimmed of fat.

6. In general, avoid using completely frozen foods in the
slow cooker. If necessary, thaw frozen ingredients in a
microwave oven before adding to the cooker.

7. To avoid heat loss, refrain from removing the lid
during the first three-quarters of the cooking time. If
you peek often, an extensions of the cooking time maybe
required. Remove the lid only to stir food or check for
doneness.

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Sweet and Spicy KielbasaKielbasa (I do a lot of this at once and freeze it)
equal parts brown sugar and brown mustard.
Mix the sugar and mustard together and pour over sausage. Cook on medium about 6 hours
I'll hafta try it this way - we usually mix equal parts of mustard and strawberry jam for it - SUPER yummy!
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Thanks to everyone for the great recipes. I got a crockpot about 3 months ago and haven't been impressed with the recipes in the booklet... Now I have *plenty* to try, including veggie ones.

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i was eyeing the crockpots at Terget the other day but I thought "nah, I can't make anything veegie in a crock pot." I'm so happy I found this thread! Cooking dinner is so hard with the 3 yr old and the 6 weeks old. A crock pot and your recipes would make my life infinitely easier!

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Ooh, there's a great recipe that I need to dig out for Moroccan Chicken in the slow cooker - full of dried plums, apricots, raisins, mix in a little honey at the end. Serve over whole wheat couscous that takes less than 5 minutes to make. Promise to post it as soon as I can recover it from "The Great Pile of Printed Recipes" that travels between our kitchen, den, and car... huh, organization? What's *that*?

FWIW, I checked out Rick Rodger's "Ready & Waiting" slow cooker book from the library based on some reviews of slow cooker books I read on amazon.com. http://rickrodgers.com/books/#ready

It's chock full of whole foods, from scratch recipes, but be forwarned that there is browning of meats and sauteeing of onions/shallots/etc. Rodgers gives fantastic, legit reasons for why this is much more preferable and how this very small investment of time yields such a greater flavor and resulting meal...

And I gotta say, I agree with the man completely! I'd far rather brown some meat or veggies in prep (20 min max!), throw it all in the slow cooker and walk away, then come back very near the end and perhaps take the cooking juices and reduce them down to a nice, flavorful sauce (less than 10 minutes!) than suffer through velveeta and mushroom soup-type "fast and easy but not very tasty" prepless meals. And believe me, peaceful prepping/cooking around here non-existent since my 22 month old dd, whom I love dearly and enjoy immensely, is into EVERYTHING even though we have set up her own little kitchen w/ pans and fake food etc. right near us (and yes, the kitchen is toddler proofed, but she still gets into absolutely everything!). Even for me, it is still possible to do the prep work, esp. if I do baby steps (chop onion night before and brown meat, the next morning while dd splashes in the sink I can assemble the rest and leave the rest to the slow cooker).

Great thread, by the way - can't wait to see more recipes!

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[QUOTE=gottaknit]I hear you on the whole-foods-impaired crockpot recipes. I checked out a cookbook from the library that called for a can of cream of mushroom soup and velveeta in almost every recipe.


Well, it isn't whole foods, but I started buying organic cream soups......cream of leak and potato is one......and using that!
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I've adapted many of my favorite recipes to go in the crockpot, some don't have exact measurements or times, I usually just throw in however much I feel like.

Spinach Lentil Stew

½ cup chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves
5 cups of water
1 cup of dried lentils
4 tsp veggie granules
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
1 cup of chopped carrots
14 ozs diced tomatoes
10 ozs chopped drained spinach
1 Tbs red wine vinegar or cider

Place in crockpot and cook.


Red Lentil Soup

2 cups of dried red lentils
½ tsp turmeric
5-6 cups of water
1 cup of chopped onion
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 Tsp ginger
½ tsp black mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
4 bay leaves
Minced garlic

Add to crock pot, cook all afternoon.



Black –Eyed Peas and Arame With Cilantro

2 cups of dries black-eyed peas
4 cups of water
1 cup arame soaked in cold water
2 Tbs tamari
2 Tbs maple syrup
Grated ginger root
1 tsp brown rice vinegar
Top with fresh or dried cilantro

Cook peas in crock pot, when tender add the remaining ingredients, warm, and serve over rice. Very good!



White Bean and Barley Soup


1 ½ cups dried northern beans
1 chopped onion
Miniced garlic
4 cups broth
3 meduim chopped carrots
2 chopped red bell peppers
2 celery sticks
½ cup pearl barley
2 bay leaves
½ tsp thyme
1 can diced tomatoes

Place in crockpot, cook until tender.



BBQ Crock-pot Chicken

1 pkg chicken breasts
1 ½ cups tomato sauce
Salt
3 Tbs honey
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs cider vinegar
Ground red pepper flakes
Garlic


Mix all ingredients in crock-pot, add chicken, coat well in sauce. Cook on high for 3 hours, shred chicken, replace in crock-pot. Serve on buns.

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I forgot our apple cider recipe!

Mulled Apple Cider

1 container of apple juice
¼ cup brown sugar (I was going to try honey next time)
8 allspice berries
4 cinnamon sticks, broken
12 cloves
1 orange



Place cloves in oranges, place everything in crock-pot, and cook on high for 2.5-3 hours, remove spices, and squeeze out the orange.

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I like making beef brisket or beef stew in the crock pot. If you do brisket, it needs to cook a lot longer (at least 8 hours, unless you marinate overnight, then 6 hours).

I just put the beef in the crock pot, along with:
Papaya juice or apple juice (to tenderize)
Tomato sauce or tomato soup
Broth (chicken, beef, or veggie)
Crushed garlic
Black pepper (ground or whole peppercorns)
Splash of red wine (optional)
Chunked carrots
Halved potatoes
Quartered onion

I cook it on low all day. The carrots and potatoes don't need to cook as long as the beef; they can be added around 3-4 hours before serving.

Sometimes I leave out the potatoes, and instead serve it alongside mashed potatoes.
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I have a bunch of CP recipes I like but these 2 are my favorites:

Mushroom Beef with Rice

This one is my mother's recipe and I almost always have the ingredients on hand.

1 lb of stew meat
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of white wine* (see note below)
1 beef bouillon cube
1 can of mushrooms (if you have them, they can be omitted)

Put all ingredients in crock pot. Cook until meat is tender. Stir it occasionally.

Serve over rice.

*If I'm pg or nursing, I omit the white wine and the beef bouillon and use a cup of beef broth instead.

Sooo good and really easy.

Crock Pot Italian Beef

In a Crock-pot combine and simmer at least 6 hours:

3 lb. Rump Roast
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 onion, diced

Remove roast from crock pot and slice thin. Remove any grease from pot. Leave beef out on a plate.

Then, in another pan (on the stove), add the liquid from the crock pot and add:

½ teaspoon garlic salt
½ teaspoon onion salt
½ teaspoon oregano
½ tsp basil
1 package of dry Italian dressing

Boil for 15 minutes. Put beef back into the crock-pot and pour juice over the roast and simmer for another 45 minutes.
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This is great! I just put this one in the crock-pot for 8 hrs on low.
We're having chicken tonight! Some brown rice and a green salad and dinner is DONE.


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Crockpot Chicken
3lb. chicken ,whole
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
2 celery stalks with leaves, diced
2 t salt
1c. chicken broth
1/4t basil
1/4t sage
1/2t thyme
Place carrots, onions and celery in crockpot. Add chicken and over it, sprinkle salt, pepper, basil, sage, and thyme. Then pour broth over it. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or High 2 1/2-3 1/2 hours.



Good Luck
miziki- Your Moroccan Chicken sounds tasty. I hope you find it and post it.
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just bumping

I still want that moroccan chicken recipe too
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Not morroccan, but here's a chicken/veggie coconut curry recipe--

2lbs. boneless chicken, cut up (I use half breasts, half thighs) OR 2-3 cans chickpeas
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. curry powder or more to taste
3 medium potatoes or sweet potatoes, peeled (if you want) and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can coconut milk2 tsp. hot sauce, more or less to taste
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with the juice (I use Muir Glen fire roasted)
1 package (10-14 oz) frozen veggies of your choice

Saute the chicken and onions together in a skillet with a little oil until the onions are soft and the chicken is browned. If using chickpeas, just saute the onions. Add the curry powder and toast for a minute or two. Scrape into the crock pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add potatoes, coconut milk, tomatoes, hot sauce, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. About 1/2 an hour before serving, stir in frozen veggies. Serve over cooked rice.

I have made this a number of different ways--chicken with white potatoes and mixed veggies; chickpeas with sweet potatoes and green beans; chickpeas with sweet potatoes and spinach. Enjoy!
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you inspired me
i usually don't venture into this board but i stumbled into this thread, realized i had all the ingredients and made your dish tonight! It smells great so far (i added chili pastefor a kick instead of hot sauce)

thanks!
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Not morroccan, but here's a chicken/veggie coconut curry recipe--

2lbs. boneless chicken, cut up (I use half breasts, half thighs) OR 2-3 cans chickpeas
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. curry powder or more to taste
3 medium potatoes or sweet potatoes, peeled (if you want) and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can coconut milk2 tsp. hot sauce, more or less to taste
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with the juice (I use Muir Glen fire roasted)
1 package (10-14 oz) frozen veggies of your choice

Saute the chicken and onions together in a skillet with a little oil until the onions are soft and the chicken is browned. If using chickpeas, just saute the onions. Add the curry powder and toast for a minute or two. Scrape into the crock pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add potatoes, coconut milk, tomatoes, hot sauce, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours. About 1/2 an hour before serving, stir in frozen veggies. Serve over cooked rice.

I have made this a number of different ways--chicken with white potatoes and mixed veggies; chickpeas with sweet potatoes and green beans; chickpeas with sweet potatoes and spinach. Enjoy!

mmmmm...I'm going to try this one, next. I like all of the different options for ingredients.
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Trying Pinky's recipe tomorrow - we also have all the stuff for that, and I thought we didn't have all the stuff for ANYTHING.
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one of my favorites is carnitas.

i just throw in a hunk of pork tenderloin, same amounts of water and chicken broth to cover meat, and some mexican seasonings (i usually just sprinkle some taco seasoning in) and cook on slow for about 5 hours but it depends on how much meat. i basically stick a fork in it and when it falls apart, it's done!

shred it with a fork and put in a tortilla with some balck beans. yummy. my favorite!

i am loving the other recipes. i think i am going ot use my cp more now!
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yum,yum...

we had mylie's mac and cheese last night, made my foster son *very* happy. mac and cheese is his favorite, whereas most crockpot recipes (eg soup, lentils, beans...) are, well, *not* his favorite

I made the mac and cheese a little simpler -- I doubled the amount, first of all, but i used less butter and just used all plain milk, no evap. milk. It works fine. Basically, it makes a cheesy baked custard w/ macaroni embedded in it!

OOh, I should try baked custard in the crockpot. MMMMM, yum, I could start it at night, and have custard for breakfast!

and! tonight we're having the curried lentils and spinach. I'll let you know how it comes out!
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Boingo82 --
your siggy just cracked me up! kind of opposite of my siggy, but much more like my life! Heck, some days, I think if I could acheive mediocrity, it might be an improvement.

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Thanks for the great ideas! I hate to cook and using the crock pot is not so much like cooking for me.

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These all sound great!! Can't wait to try them espically the morrocan chicken if that aprears!!
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your siggy just cracked me up! kind of opposite of my siggy, but much more like my life! Heck, some days, I think if I could acheive mediocrity, it might be an improvement.

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MMMMmmmm Pinky.
Had the curry tonight - DH brought some to me at work since it got done while I was still here... All my coworkers were jealous. We accidentally put in 2x the curry powder- oops - but it was still SOO good.
Going to try some more of these.
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I'm so happy to see this thread- I got my very first crockpot for Solstice
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