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Jul 082016
 

Another great recipe for small slow cookers. I’ve found that since I’m only cooking for two now, the small slow cookers are wonderful for training myself to stop cooking for an army. I still love loading up my 6-quart slow cooker and having tons of leftovers for future meals and to freeze, but sometimes it’s nice to just have a small meal with less cleanup.

On occasion, I’ve started to make this recipe only to find that my ketchup has disappeared. Honest, I never remember using the last of it. Undaunted, I replace the ketchup and brown sugar with 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce and it’s just as good.

If you don’t like peppers, you can replace them with any vegetable you think would taste good with ketchup and brown sugar. I’ve tried zucchini and squash, both were pretty good. Fresh, thick sliced tomatoes were wonderful. Green beans and potatoes were my favorite substitutions. If you decide to use potatoes, I suggest sticking them on the bottom with the onions on top of the pork chops.

Slow Cooker Ranchers Pork Chops

 Posted by at 11:23 am
May 292016
 

Spaghetti is an easy meal for my husband to take to work with him, so I make quite a bit of it. With my current obsession with the crock pot, I decided to see what would happen if I added the uncooked noodles directly to the slow cooker and cooked them with the sauce. I expected to wind up with a gooey, nasty mess but was shocked to find that it turned out great. The noodles were plump and filled with flavor.

I haven’t found a jarred spaghetti sauce that I like, they’re all too sweet or bland, so I played around with tomato sauce and spices until I came up with something that I thought tasted pretty good. Not sweet, tons of tomato flavor and just a tad spicy. If you like the jarred sauce, you can always replace the tomato sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste and spices with an equal amount of your favorite sauce. That should be somewhere around 85 ounces of sauce.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti

Update: June 21, 2016
I tried this recipe with rotini instead of spaghetti noodles, but I didn’t like the way it turned out. The rotini was mushy and didn’t hold up well. I think the rotini might have been too “thin” and a thicker noodle type would have worked. I doubt I’ll try it again with rotini or noodles like it.

Update: July 13, 2016
I tried the recipe this time with macaroni noodles and it worked wonderfully. Noodles weren’t mushy this time. I had to add 2 cups of beef broth, 1 wasn’t enough. The noodles soaked up all the liquid making it an even thicker dish. It was more like Spaghetti Macaroni Casserole. I will probably make it this way from now on because macaroni would be easier for the hubby to eat at work than spaghetti noodles.

I’m going to try it with penne next.

 Posted by at 1:22 am
May 132016
 

Slightly smoky and full of flavor, this easy baked beans recipe is great for a small meal or can be doubled, tripled or more to feed a crowd. If you double the recipe, it just fits in a 1.5-quart slow cooker.

Make sure to add extra time to the minimum if you double, triple or quadruple the recipe. The sauce will thicken the longer it cooks.

You can use your favorite BBQ sauce. I use KC Masterpiece because that’s what I usually have on hand.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

 Posted by at 11:23 pm
May 062016
 

I had a couple boxes of stuffing and wanted to find something to do with them other than just following the box directions. I happened to run across a recipe for crockpot chicken and stuffing, but I didn’t have any chicken. The stuffing was pork flavored, so I decided it was a sign and substituted pork for the chicken.

I’ve made this several times now. Sometimes I only use one can of soup and I’ve even used no soup and twice the sour cream. I don’t always add water or wind up adding it more towards the end depending on how liquidy the mixture is. I don’t like the stuffing too wet or too dry, so I modify it while it cooks, but I don’t always have the chance. If I’m not able to keep an eye on it, I follow the recipe below and it works well.

You can replace the pork loin with 4 chicken breasts, 2-3 pounds of turkey, 2-3 pounds of pork chops or any other meat you like with stuffing. Use your favorite stuffing flavors or make your own.

Pork&Stuffing

 Posted by at 6:00 am
Mar 162016
 

Like many households, every St. Patrick’s Day we have our traditional corned beef dinner. It’s one of our favorite meals I’m sure in part because it’s such a rarity. While I have Irish roots, I’m not sure if that’s what started the tradition or if was the sale on corned beef around St. Patrick’s Day. Either way, it’s been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember and I continued the tradition once I was on my own.

I’ve coupled the meal in the past with grasshoppers (a creamy adult drink), green bread and many different green colored desserts, but corned beef is the only staple. 

Simple, easy and delicious! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Slow-Cooker-Corned-Beef

 Posted by at 10:29 pm
Mar 012016
 

In the spring, as a part of spring cleaning, I make and freeze tons of pasta to save on cooling during the summer. I always freeze several bags with 2 cups of macaroni so I can make this recipe. My little 1.5 quart slow cooker doesn’t heat up the kitchen much, so this gets made often when the temperatures soar.

Consider adding crumbled bacon or ham for a yummy main dish.

Serves 2-4 depending on how much you love macaroni and cheese.

slow-cooker-mac-n-cheese

 Posted by at 6:22 am
Oct 192015
 

Yet another family favorite! Sour-Creamed Pot Roast doesn’t last long around our house. Flavorful and creamy it’s a prefect blend of things we love but shouldn’t eat.

I’ve tried adding more vegetables to the recipe, but it’s just never as good so I serve veggies on the side. It pairs well with almost anything, but I usually serve it with Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon or Tomato Salad. I haven’t yet posted recipes for the other sides I often choose from.

Slow Cooker Sour-Creamed Pot Roast

 Posted by at 7:00 am
Sep 252015
 

I love it when pork shoulder goes on sale because I can finally have me some pork stroganoff!

I looked at this recipe many times before I finally made it. I always thought stroganoff was supposed to be made with beef. That’s the way I always made it and wasn’t sure I would like it with pork. Turns out, I liked it better. Especially with smoked pork shoulder.

Another family favorite thanks to trying something a little different.

Slow-Cooker-Pork-Stroganoff

 Posted by at 10:27 pm
Sep 152015
 

We’ve hit cooler weather a few times over the last few weeks and chili is starting to sound good. I was looking for something a little different when I ran across a recipe for Slow Cooker Salsa Chili. I love salsa, so I thought salsa chili in the crock pot sounded like a wonderful idea. I added a few tweaks of my own and this is what I came up with.

Mild, with a little spice to it, this chili worked for everyone. Not everyone likes hot chili like I do.

 

 Posted by at 12:49 am
Sep 112015
 

Very easy!

When I need a side dish that goes together fast so I can concentrate on the rest of a large meal, this is one of the first recipes that springs to mind. I’ve made it for large potluck gatherings as well and there’s rarely any left.

My family loves it and it freezes well, so it’s one of my favorite go-to sides for large meals, holiday meals and other gatherings.

Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon

 Posted by at 11:45 pm
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