Tag Archives: crock pot

Cran Apple Crock Pot Pork Chops

cran apple crock pot port chopsIt’s a very busy week at our house, so I plan to use the crock pot a lot. While looking for a way to cook sweet potatoes in the crock pot, I came across this recipe from About.com for a cranberry apple combination. I decided to change it up a little, with fresh apple rather than apple sauce, and dried cranberries. I also added some cinnamon and nutmeg, since those spices went well with all of the other ingredients.

Cran Apple Crock Pot Pork Chops
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 granny smith apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 4-6 pork chops, trimmed
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Spray crock with non-stick cooking spray. Place sweet potatoes, apples, and cranberries in crock, stir to combine.
  2. Place pork chops on top of sweet potato mixture.
  3. Combine chicken broth, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over all.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Happy eating!

Ruth

Beer Stew

beer stewI generally get home from work pretty early, but have several hours of paperwork to complete at the end of the day. One of my goals is to start using my crock pot more, so I can work right up until the time my husband gets home. I’m on a stew kick right now, and this one was a winner for sure! It is loosely based on a Guinness Stew camping recipe a friend shared with me. We aren’t big dark beer drinkers, so I used some Sam Adams for this recipe. I wouldn’t use light beer; there just isn’t enough flavor there.

Beer Stew
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1½ lbs beef stew meat
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 medium potatoes, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon beef bullion granules
  • 1 bottle beer
Instructions
  1. Combine flour and thyme in a large bowl. Add beef cubes and toss to combine.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Remove beef cubes from flour and brown in hot oil. Add remaining flour mixture to crock pot.
  3. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, browned beef, bullion,and beer to crock pot, stir to combine.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

What do you make in your crock pot?

Happy eating!

Ruth

Crock Pot Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

crock pot black bean enchilada casseroleMy friend, Terri, runs an organization called Community Health Advance here in Albuquerque. Through health education classes, their goal is to improve the health of the citizens of our city. She shared this recipe for Enchilada Casserole in the Crock Pot with me earlier this year. I adjusted the recipe a little to suite our family’s taste.

How much “heat” you have in this recipe is directly related to the salsa. Our niece gave us some really hot Hatch salsa, which made this really spicy. The last time, I used a milder brand and it was much less spicy.

Crock Pot Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1-15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-10 ounce can of enchilada sauce (I used green)
  • 1½ cups frozen corn
  • 1-14 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped roasted green chile, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 package corn bread mix (7-81/2 ounces)
  • Ingredients to make the cornbread (usually milk and egg)
  • ½ cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine beans, enchilada sauce, corn, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, salsa, ¼ cup chile, and spices in crock pot. Cook on low at least 6 hours. (I cook it all day.)
  2. Combine remaining ingredients (including remaining ¼ cup chile) in a medium bowl. Pour over top of bean mixture. Cover and continue to cook on low for 1 more hour.

Thanks again to Terri for this recipe!

Happy eating!

Ruth

Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal

crock pot apple oatmeal

Last fall, I took a class on an eating plan called the Full Plate Diet. The concept of the plan is to eat more fiber, feel full, and therefore eat less. It has actually worked pretty well for me.

Several members of the group were big on steel cut oats. I was initially hesitant, because they take a long time to cook. I’m a “fix it quick” person at breakfast time, so that was a big problem. Then, I found this recipe from Meals Matter for cooking them in the crock pot. Since sugar and butter didn’t seem like diet food, I’ve modified the recipe to be higher in fiber and lower in unnecessary calories.

I make up a pot of this and freeze it in 1 cup portions. When I heat it up for breakfast, I often add some ground flax seed (for extra fiber) and almond milk.

Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 7
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 apples, chopped (I leave the peels on them)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (I use almonds, walnuts would be good, too.)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups low fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Spray the inside of a 3-4 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. (This is very important.)
  2. Mix all ingredients in the crock pot.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours. Stir well, scraping the sides of the crock pot as necessary.

 

What do you eat for breakfast? I hope you eat breakfast, because it is the most important meal of the day!

Happy eating!

Ruth