Summer Slow Cooker Recipes Who says slow cookers are only for winter? Just because the weather is warm doesn’t mean your slow cooker has to stay in your pantry. With a few simple and fresh ingredients, you can whip up a light and healthy meal that’s perfect for summer. Best of all, you can relax by the pool with a tall cocktail while it’s cooking. Take a look at these delicious recipes that are perfect for a summer lunch or dinner. MORE: 10 More Awesome Slow Cooker Recipes Vegan Slow Cooker Kheerby Kathy Hester, author of “The Vegan Slow Cooker” and Healthy Slow Cooking blog Why we love it Looking for a delish summer dessert that’s soy-free and gluten-free? Vegan Slow Cooker Kheer Read More Directions:Place all ingredients, except for your sweetener of choice, into a 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker. Serves 8 California Chickenby Phyllis Pellman Good, author of the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbooks California Chicken Directions:Layer chicken in slow cooker. Makes 8-9 servings Turkey Taco Salad Serves 6 Super Summer Succotash
Long Boy "Burgers" When I saw this recipe in Cook's Country, I knew this would be a home run with Ryan. Meatloaf and burgers are some of Ryan's favorite foods and since I don't make either very often they have risen to special treat status. While I was a bit hesitant about this dish (since I don't particularly like meatloaf or burgers), I was pleasantly surprised in the end. I preferred BBQ sauce to the extra ketchup and the zing of some jalapenos, but Ryan was happy with these "burgers" just the way they were. This recipe said it originally made four burgers, but that seems impossible to me. Would I make this again? Long Boy "Burgers" Ingredients: 2-4 (6-inch) sub rolls, split in half lengthwise 1 1/4 cup cornflakes, crushed 1/2 small onion, minced 1/2 cup whole or lowfat milk 6 tablespoons ketchup, separated 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 large egg, lightly beaten Salt and pepper 1 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground beef 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches For some reason, during this pregnancy half the food I crave is really bad for me. The other half is really, really bad for me. For example, my husband bought one of those huge bags of chocolate at Costco for his seminary students. You know those big bags of assorted miniature candy bars that they sell around Halloween. I, of course, found his hiding spot and snuck a treat for myself and the kids every once in while. Oops. So after a slight reprimanding by my husband on self control, rebutted by me explaining that “chocolate makes me happy and doesn’t he want me to be happy? I don’t know what it is about Costco but I seem to be a magnet there for unnecessary comments. Well this time as I was checking out, I was immediately stopped by the checker as she said, “Whoa…don’t lift any of that. “Nope.” I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I actually am a lot smaller this pregnancy than any of my other pregnancies. “Are you sure?” Oh man, Do I really have to answer that? Ingredients Notes
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice I have a DELICIOUS recipe for you all! I am so excited to share this one. I found this on Mels Kitchen Cafe about a year ago. My family and I LOVE this dish! It has such a great flavor. You could probably trick your family into thinking you picked up some yummy Chinese food at a gourmet restaurant... Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken The chicken coating: 3-4 boneless chicken breasts salt + pepper 1 cup cornstarch 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup canola oil The sweet and sour sauce: 3/4 cup sugar 4 tbs ketchup 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar 1 tbs soy sauce 1 tsp garlic salt Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Below is the greatness you will get when it's all cooked: Fried Rice 3 cups cooked white rice (day old or leftover rice works best!) 3 tbs sesame oil 1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed) 1 small onion, chopped 2 tsp minced garlic 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1/4 cup soy sauce On medium high heat, heat the oil in a large skillet or wok.
Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken | Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen I have been running fast this week in preparation for the annual family Labor Day Weekend at the lake. There were bed linens to wash, beds to be made, the refrigerator cleaned, floors moped and an extra table added to the porch so that we can seat fourteen. I have been doing prep work in the kitchen; things that can be done ahead of time like making glazed pecans for salads, blueberry muffins baked and in the freezer, lemon cake layers made and a raspberry curd whipped up for a special birthday cake. I have two special friends in Michigan who have come to the rescue with ideas on crowd friendly recipes. The smell of the soy infused chicken cooking away while I was making beds and vacuuming was like heaven to my senses. Now here’s a dirty little confession. Place chicken in a 4 qt. slow cooker. Note: I halved the recipe and it still worked fine in my crock pot. Printable recipe
Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce This recipe is not new to the blog. I posted it about 2 years ago but it definitely warrants a re-post and an updated picture. This is my "go-to" pork tenderloin recipe. It's pretty foolproof and sure to be a hit with all-ENJOY! I'm pretty happy with the time change from last week. I served this up with some roasted "teeny-tiny" baby potatoes and my daughter's favorite veggie, brussel sprouts! Ingredients: 1⁄2 cups olive oil 1⁄3 cup soy sauce 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar Juice of 1 lemon 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped 2 tsp dry mustard Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 1-lb. pork tenderloin (silver skin removed) Directions: Combine all marinade ingredients and reserve 2-3 Tbsp. Pan Sauce: Pan scrapings from pork tenderloin 1/2 cup of chicken broth 2-3 tbsp of pork marinade (thoroughly mixed) 1-2 tsp butter Meanwhile, place the skillet back on the stove over medium heat. Source: Adapted from For The Love of Cooking
Mexican Dorito Casserole I'm not even gonna pretend that this anything but what I call "Trash Food." Every once in a while trash food is the best kind of food, comforting and totally delicious. Mexican Dorito Casserole Serves about 6 Ingredients 2 c. shredded cooked chicken1 c. shredded cheese (or more if you are a cheese hound)1 can cream of chicken soup1/2 cup milk1/2 cup sour cream1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (canned tomatoes with jalepenos-mild)1/2 packet taco seasoning (or more- to taste)Bag of doritos DirectionsPre-heat oven to 350-f degrees.In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except doritos.In a greased 2 qt baking dish, put a layer of crushed doritos (about 2 cups), then a layer of the chicken mixture.
Fake Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes Ever have one of those "Ah-ha!" moments? I happened to me yesterday when I was lamenting the price of those very convenient Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes. I remember when they used to only cost $1.00 each in Walmart and now they're $2.50 each! Who says there's no inflation? Anyway, I usually just tell myself that I can make cookies from scratch anytime with the plentiful ingredients of my pantry, but then it came to me...Why can't I make cookie pre-mixes and keep them in ziplock bags for use at my convenience? So, I've come up with recipes for four of my family's favorite Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes. Fake Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies: 1 Cup Flour 1/4 Cup White Sugar 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 1/2 teaspoon Salt 3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips Mix together and store in a quart size ziplock bag. Fake Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies: 1 1/2 Cups Flour 3/4 Cup White Sugar 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 1/2 teaspoon Salt Fake Betty Crocker Gingerbread Cookies:
77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes Crazy schedules, long work hours, and tempting takeout menus make it tough to even think about cooking most nights during the week. Despite the inconvenience, firing up the stove or oven is almost always cheaper and healthier than ordering in or eating out. How about a compromise? Making dinner with a slow cooker — Crock-Pot is the go-to brand in the U.S. — is an easy way to get in all those vitamins and minerals without slaving over a hot stove for hours at a time. Most of these recipes involve mixing up ingredients and popping them into a slow cooker for a prescribed number of hours. Save even more time by starting some of these dishes overnight or first thing in the morning and reaping the delicious, healthy benefits later in the day. Breakfast 1. Tart apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnuts — what’s not to love? 2. Why not begin the day with a protein-rich superfood like quinoa? 3. This vegetarian burrito filling includes loads of vegetables, beans, and eggs. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat Print Photography Credit: Elise Bauer There are two basic methods to test for how done your meat is while you are cooking it—use a meat thermometer, or press on the meat with your fingertips. The problem with the meat thermometer approach is that when you poke a hole into the meat with a thermometer, it can let juices escape, juices that you would rather have stay in the meat. For this reason, most experienced cooks rely on a “finger test” method, especially on steaks (whole roasts are better tested with a thermometer). My mother has been trying to get me to test meat with my fingertips for years, and for years, being somewhat of a scaredy cat (won’t it burn my fingers?) Then my friend David showed me up. Now the point of this story is not to embarrass David (though that would be fun, if it were even possible) but to encourage you, if like me, you’ve been shying away from trying this approach. This is one of those things that gets easier with practice. MethodHide Photos Hello!
Drunken Pork Chops - absolutely scrumptious! I had an epiphany the other day. I am like the ying to Pioneer Woman's yang. She grew up on a golf course and was a total foodie. She then got married and moved to a ranch in the middle of nowhere. She had to learn to make hearty, down-home food and incorporate some of her former foodie style now and then. I grew up on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, eating and cooking down home, hearty food. This meal from my friend Melissa is a total nod to the down home, hearty food of my youth. Super easy and super flavorful....don't wait to try this gem! Seriously Scrumptious Drunken Pork Chops5-6 pork chops- bone-in or boneless, your choiceSalt and pepper to taste1 bottle of beer (The darker beer the better. This recipe was linked up at: Mommy's Kitchen Sunday Potluck!