By making your own homemade ketchup in the slow cooker you can control how much salt to add and skip the processed sugar altogether by using honey as the sweetener. This is a guest post by Melanie Zook, MA, RD, LDN.Keep Reading
This Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken dinner is another super easy one that will have your house smelling amazing by the end of the day. And there’s nothing wrong with getting out of your dinner rut with these tasty Moroccan flavors.Keep Reading
Carrie says she loves to pair this roast with a side of Greens with Onion and Bacon and Creamed Cauliflower (both also in her book and pictured below) for a complete meal.Keep Reading
Oh, how I love hearty real food slow cooker recipes that don’t require any advance cooking! So here’s another one to add to your repertoire. And my kids especially loved it when I packed this chicken and wild rice soup in their school lunch, so be sure to freeze the leftovers in individual portions, making it easy for you to do the same.
Also, this recipe is one of those that is rather flexible, so here are some variations to meet your needs:
Don’t like celery? Substitute carrots.
Don’t like mushrooms? Omit them from the recipe.
On a tight budget? Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
Short on time? Buy pre-sliced mushrooms.
Like being thrifty? Make and use homemade stock.
Too busy to cook during the week? Make this over the weekend and you can count on leftovers.
I recently shared a Red & Green Chili recipe that was also for the slow cooker, but it did require a little bit of stove cooking first. I know it’s only one extra step (and worth it in the end), but some days just one less thing to do can make all the difference! With this Steak Chili recipe, my goal was to make things as quick and EASY as possible. And trust me, it doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than this one. So if you are looking for a way to stay warm this winter or to feed a bunch of extra house guests, this recipe will not disappoint! (Just be sure to double it for a big crowd.)Keep Reading
This is some of the best pulled pork I’ve had in a long time (I’ve been working on perfecting this recipe for months!), and it also doesn’t include any highly processed ingredients like refined sugar, corn syrup, or ketchup.
My husband says it is so good that no BBQ sauce is necessary. Now, you know it’s good pulled pork when that happens. He would like me to pass on that he does like to dip it into a little hot sauce, although I for sure prefer mine with nothing added. Try it both ways and decide for yourself. Either way this is a great dish for serving (and pleasing!) a crowd.Keep Reading
I have clearly been on a slow cooker recipe kick lately! I just love those evenings when dinner is done (and even cleaned up minus the plates – or bowls in this case!). Whether you are busy entertaining guests from out of town or just have a hectic afternoon or evening planned, your slow cooker is the only thing between you and a wholesome real food meal like this slow cooker chili.Keep Reading
For the first time ever I decided to experiment with 5-spice powder in this Asian short ribs recipe. And what better way to incorporate this flavor than in the crock pot! In case you haven’t heard me say it before – I LOVE making everything from soups to stocks to beans to dinners in my crock pot.
Preparing a delicious and nutritious meal in advance that is ready and waiting for you at dinner time, keeps your house smelling amazing all day long, and usually requires minimal cleanup after eating? I am sold. Especially on those nights when the kids have early evening extracurricular activities. Crock pot dinners are the way to go in my opinion!
Another great thing about this recipe, as with most Asian dishes in general, is that in case someone in your family has an allergy or sensitivity it does not contain any gluten or dairy, as long as a gluten-free soy sauce is used. You could also omit (or replace) the soy sauce topping for anyone who can’t eat soy. Oh, and while we are on the topic, there are no nuts in this recipe either. So there you go…this is officially an allergy-friendly dish that everyone can enjoy together!Keep Reading
What’s not to love about an easy slow cooker soup featuring fall flavors and easy leftovers? This is one of the many soups I like to make and then freeze in individual portions for school (or work!) lunches. And we all know how soups can be even better leftover.
The suggested sage topping is definitely an extra step in this recipe, but oh-so-worth it. And once you get the process of making brown buttered sage leaves down you’ll find they make a great addition to other fall soups and pasta dishes as well! Enjoy :)Keep Reading
This Sunday sauce is a hearty, delicious crowd pleaser. There is just no other way to describe it! I was first introduced to this style of spaghetti sauce by our old babysitter, Kim, long ago when we lived in Florida and I was working full time for corporate America. While the baby (who is now 8 going on 9!) was napping, and I was working, rather than sitting around Kim would start or sometimes even make our dinner for us.
Now that is a good babysitter. If you are paying someone by the hour, there is just no need for sitting around in my opinion! And with our work schedules back then, it was such a life saver at times. Granted, at that time in our lives, the meat wasn’t local and the tomatoes weren’t organic and the pasta definitely wasn’t whole-grain, BUT it was still a somewhat wholesome meal I very much enjoyed and remember to this day.
And thanks to a similar dish made by my friend Trang and a “Super Sunday Sauce” recipe I found in Rachael Ray Magazine I was able to piece together how Kim made this for us plus – added bonus – turn it into a dish that can simmer all day long in the slow cooker!Keep Reading
There was a time when I thought baked beans only came out of a can. And, since we did away with most pre-made, canned foods back when we started our real food pledge, that means I haven’t had baked beans in a LONG time! As it turns out…I really like and missed baked beans! So needless to say, I am glad to have them back in my life and am also glad to be able to introduce them to my kids (they both gave this recipe two thumbs up – whew!). These beans would be the perfect addition to any summer BBQ, cookout, or picnic, AND they are just as delicious leftover so if you are entertaining make your day even easier by cooking these a day in advance. We are officially ready for summer – bring it on!Keep Reading