As a working woman, time is often at a premium. Soups, stews and beans are economical and very good prepared in the crockpot. These are a collection of recipes I have tried or I hope to try in the future.
Brushing the bones with tomato paste then browning in the oven firstly then combined with the slow cooking crockpot method will produce the most flavorful richest beef broth --- I usually prepare the ingredients early in the morning, by late evening you will have a wonderful rich beef broth, or you may cook overnight --- the stock may be frozen after cooling, if you don't have a crock pot you may certainly simmer this over very low heat on top of the stove, it will still be delicious! The more bones you use the richer your stock will be, so use lots!
This recipe yields the best tasting greens I have ever eaten! I have yet to have a batch of bitter greens when cooked this way. This recipe has the potential to change the minds of green-haters and may even bring about a cute southern accent. Blanching the greens before adding to the slow cooker helps remove the natural bitterness. I usually make it with kale and beet greens but other greens work as well. The greens pair well with pilsner or an off-dry riesling, especially if you use the balsamic vinegar.
This is a easy to prepare, flavorful and very tender pepper steak. Serve over rice or egg noodles. If you like your green pepper crisp, add to crock pot the last couple hours of cooking time. This is an adapted recipe from Allrecipes.
For Christmas 2005 my sweet husband got me a bunch of low fat cookbooks. So for my favorite has been a Canadian one called "125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes" by Judith Finlayson. This is an adaptation of a recipe from that cookbook that we enjoyed. If you desire some cheese can be sprinkled on the finished product, but we didn't think it needed it. For the record, I used an olive oil infused with garlic. Olive or vegetable would be good here.
This is a staple in our house. Serve it with tortillas, quesadillas, or tortilla chips and it's dinner! I usually assemble it the night before, stash it in the fridge and plug it in before I leave for work. My husband spices it up with hot sauce, but for my daughter and I, it's good as is. It's another recipe someone shared at a school potluck lunch :) Oh, and I'm totally guessing on the servings...
I got this recipe from a family friend. It is so simple that my 12 y.o. son will throw it together for me without complaining! Feel free to use any beef or pork roast you prefer. I have been known to use a chuck roast and a pork roast at the same time.
A personal take on a recipe from the "Slow Cooker Bible" and based on recipes typical of North Carolina styled BBQ. The sauce is tangy and flavorful but not spicy as the amount of hot sauce is just enough to balance the sweetness of the ketchup. Certainly mild enough to serve to kids. It you want more zing, add more tabasco or a chopped chipotle pepper en adobo. (If your crock pot is large enough, this easily doubles and the leftovers can be frozen.)
It's Autumn. There's leaves all over the ground, and the garden needs to be put to bed for the winter. After a hard day outside in the crisp air, you open the door to the hearty aroma of chicken, vegetables fresh from the harvest, and fresh thyme. This dish will warm your bones, fill your tummy and make you smile inside and out. Very easy to prepare. Winning recipe in the 2008 Craze-E Crockpot Cooking Contest.