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26 Things You Can Do With A Crock Pot - GOODEness Gracious

26 Things You Can Do With A Crock Pot - GOODEness Gracious
26 Things You Can Do With A Crock Pot The Crock Pot Exchange‘s recent Crock Pot Party and now all the Facebook chatter over the Crock Pot Girls, I got to ponderin’ about all the wonderful things one could do with a crock pot. I heart my crock pots. I mean what is not to love? They do all the work, clean up in a snap and have a very versatile range of awesomeness they can create, it doesn’t heat up my kitchen during the summer and it makes warm and toasty food for the soul in the winter. I have 3 that I use regularly… And my favorites are my programmable Smart Pots … admittedly partially because I just like saying smart pot (NOTE: I know some folks say they have trouble with them cookin’ hot, but both of my smart pots work just fine.) Anyhoo… with all this crock talk and fall a comin’ on, I decided to take pen to paper (and pin to Pinterest) to come up with a list of all the fantastic things you can do with the wonderful magical crock pot. 26 Things You Can Do With A Crock Pot Line them.

One-Pot Mac and Cheese Well, I have to say, I LOVE this version of Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese! Why? You put the noodles in dry, uncooked!!! Yep, you read that correctly! For me, dumping in the ingredients and starting the crock pot is the whole point!! I don't like crock pot recipes that require other cooking steps first. Photo Credit: Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients: Cooking oil spray 2 cups skim milk 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk 1 egg 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1 1/2 cups pre-shredded sharp cheddar cheese 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni Directions: Spray the pot of the slow cooker or if using a liner bag, spray the bag well. Turn slow cooker on low and cook 3-4 hours, or until the custard is set and the macaroni is tender. Jans tips: between the 3-4 hour mark on low, the edges start to get that crispy, cheesy edge. The original recipe called for 1/4 tsp. salt , but I increased it for my own taste preferences.

Best Danged Beef Pot Roast ~ Crock Pot Ingredients: Small to medium size rump roast 1 envelope onion soup mix 1 envelope brown gravy mix 1 individual size serving apple sauce 2 cups water salt and pepper, to taste 1 small bag sliced carrots 2 medium to large size potatoes, cut up 1/2 yellow onion, sliced 1 stalk celery, sliced Directions: Sear the roast in frying pan with small amount of oil. Sear it well on all sides. Set crock pot on low and let it cook for at least 8-10 hours. If you'd rather use this recipe to make stew, simply cut the roast into bite size pieces, then sear in a frying pan the same as the roast. Source: Thrifty-Fun Crock Pot Orange Chicken First off, I apologize that I don't know where this recipe came from. If it's yours, please let me know and I'll give you credit. And now to this awesome dinner we had the other night... Ingredients:• 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks• 1/3 cup flour• olive oil• 1/2 T salt• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar• 3 T ketchup• 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thaw or throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds)• 4 T brown sugar In a bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and ketchup. Pour the flour in a small bowl.Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess. Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and brown the flour-covered chicken. The chicken doesn't need to be fully cooked since it's going in the crock pot. After the chicken is done cooking, pour the pieces into the crock pot.Then cover the chicken with your sauce mixture and give the pot a stir. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3.

TRADITIONAL April 2012 Menu Want access to recipe cards, grocery lists, step-by-step cooking day instructions and labels complete with freezing directions and customizable serving sizes? Want to swap out recipes in this menu? Already a member? Sign in! Thai Peanut Noodles Pam here! Staying true to the “traditional” format, this month’s menu is full of simple family favorites. The Traditional menu is designed for the “traditional” or “average American family”. **Stay tuned on the 5th (5 Day Menu) and 10th (10 Day Menu) of April as we have accompanying Traditional Mini Menus coming out then that you might enjoy if you are looking for a lighter cooking day or are just getting started with freezer cooking. The links below are just so you can see which recipes are included in this month's menu. Breakfasts Lunches Dinners **Indicates meals that require NO COOKING on your OAMC BIG DAY aka “throw and go” meals, perfect for the family who needs to adjust to just do the quick meals! Recipe Cards OAMM Members Only! Grocery List

Crock-a-doodle-do Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes If you are tired of mashed or scalloped potatoes from a box, then this recipe is for YOU! For those of you who have been following Family Fresh Meals for a bit, know that my husband Darryl LOVES cheese. His second favorite thing is potatoes covered in cheese. I have been getting better and better about using my crockpot, so when I saw this super easy slow cooker recipe in the Kraft Foods magazine, I knew it would be a winner at my house. I made this a couple weeks ago, and since then, I get requests from the whole family at least once a week for “cheesy potatoes.” There are hardly any leftovers, but when there are, I love to top a scoop of these potatoes with a over-easy egg for a fun breakfast. Serves 10-12 Here is what you need: hehe) – 1/2 tsp paprika – 3 tbsp chopped fresh chives for topping – 1 teaspoon of salt (this can be reduced it you are watching sodium) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Do you love Family Fresh Meals? XO Corey, Darryl, Big D & Little D Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes Total time

Recipes & Resources Below are some helpful resources and meal ideas that don’t break the rules. Also, it is important to know when serving yourself “real food” you don’t need to eat as much as you would of the processed stuff! Get ready to fill up fast. Click on the category you would like to view: Our Free “Real Food” Meal Plans Meal planning is KEY to cutting out processed food. Low Cost Meal Plan Subscriptions: While the plans we developed above are great resources, we don’t crank them out on a regular basis! [back to top] Breakfast: Breakfast casserole bites with fresh fruit on the sideWhole-wheat toaster pastries (aka Pop Tarts) with scrambled eggs and side of yogurt with fresh berries and peachesWhole spelt lemon cottage cheese pancakes with a side of blueberries and farmers market baconTomato pie, with a side of scrambled or fried eggs Lunch: For portable school, picnic or work lunch ideas check out the posts in the “school lunches” category. Snacks and Appetizers: Salads and Soups: Dinner:

50 Different Foods You Can Put in a Jar {Saturday Inspiration & Ideas} A couple weeks ago I posted 50 different things to do with mason jars…though all the ideas were creative and fun, none of them had anything to do with food. I thought the whole concept of food in a jar deserved a post all of it’s own. So this weeks Saturday Inspiration post is dedicated to all the glorious foods … You can put in a jar: desserts in a jar, bread in a jar, appetizers in a jar, meals in a jar, drinks in a jar… I think you can pretty much put anything in jar and it instantly becomes a million times cuter! Now I want to save even more jars! The Sunday Showcase starts tonight … I can’t wait to see what you have been working on this week!