#4 Slow Cooker Secrets

January 11, 2017

Join Jackie & Jaclyn as they share their Slow Cooker Secrets. We’ll share tips for meal planning, our favorite slow cooker recipes, and some tricks for making slow cooker meals healthier.

 

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Topics Discussed:

  • Meal Planning Tips
  • Our favorite appetizer recipes in the slow cooker
  • Our go-to slow cooker entrées
  • Mouthwatering dessert recipes for the slow cooker
  • Tips & tricks for making slow cooker meals healthier
  • Repurposing leftovers for slow cooker recipes
  • Slow Cooker Liners - love them or leave them?

 

Appetizer Recipes

  • Spinach & Artichoke Dip (from Coco And Ash)
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 oz - cream cheese, softened
      • 1 oz - frozen spinach, thawed and drained
      • 1 can - artichoke hearts, chopped
      • 1 - small yellow onion, chopped
      • 1.5 cups - sour cream
      • 1.5 cups - parmesan cheese
      • 2 cups - mozzarella cheese
      • Minced garlic
      • ½ tsp - salt
      • ½ tsp - pepper
    • Instructions:
      • Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray
      • Combine all ingredients and add to the slow cooker
      • Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring halfway through
  • Barbeque Meatballs
    • Ingredients:
      • Turkey Meatballs
      • Barbeque Sauce
      • Grape Jelly
    • Instructions:
      • Add meatballs and equal parts barbeque sauce and grape jelly to slow cooker
      • Cook on low for 4-6 hours

 

Entrée Recipes

  • Pot Roast
    • Ingredients:
      • Chuck Roast
      • Steak seasoning
      • Lipton Onion Soup Mix
      • 1 can - Cream of Mushroom Soup
      • ½ cup - Water
      • Red Wine
    • Instructions:
      • Put steak seasoning on both sides of the roast, and sear it on the stove
      • Add roast, soup mix, soup, water, and a splash of red wine to the slow cooker
      • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours
  • Mexican Chicken
    • Ingredients:
      • Frozen chicken tenderloins
      • 1 can - salsa
      • Salt & pepper to taste
    • Instructions:
      • Add chicken and salsa to slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours
      • Shred the chicken and serve as tacos or over lettuce
  • Ranch Pork Chops
    • Ingredients:
      • Boneless Pork Chops
      • 2 cans - cream of chicken soup
      • 1 pkg - Ranch dressing mix
    • Instructions:
      • Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
      • Serve over mashed potatoes.
  • Taco Soup
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 lb - lean ground beef
      • Taco seasoning
      • 1 can - Rotel tomatoes
      • 1 can - hominy
      • 1 can - corn
      • 1 can - black beans
      • 1 can - pinto beans
    • Instructions:
      • Brown the ground beef, then put the beef and other ingredients in the slow cooker.
      • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
      • Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and hot sauce.
  • Homemade Jar Sauce
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 lb - Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
      • Minced garlic
      • 1 - Bell pepper, sliced
      • 1 - Onion, diced
      • 1 can - Rotel tomatoes
      • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
    • Instructions:
      • Brown the sausage
      • Sauté garlic, pepper, and onion
      • Add sausage, garlic, pepper, onion, tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce to the slow cooker
      • Cook on low for 6-8 hours
      • Serve over pasta

 

Dessert Recipes

  • Hot Cocoa (from NoBiggie.net)
    • Ingredients:
      • 6 cups - milk
      • 1 ½ cups - heavy cream
      • 1 can - sweetened condensed milk
      • 1 pkg - milk chocolate chips
      • 1 teaspoon - vanilla
    • Instructions:
      • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker
      • Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring every 10 minutes or so
      • Once all the chocolate chips are melted, turn it down to warm
      • (Optional) add Fireball Whisky for an adult treat!
  • Brownie Pudding (from Crazy for Crust)
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 box - Brownie mix
      • Eggs, water and oil (as called for on the brownie mix box)
      • 1 pkg - instant chocolate pudding mix
      • 2 cups - milk
    • Instructions:
      • Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray
      • Prepare brownie mix according to the box. Pour into slow cooker.
      • Whisk pudding mix and milk in a bowl until smooth. Pour over the brownie mix.
      • Cover the slow cooker with a paper towel and place the lid on top
      • Cook on high for 2-3 hours
      • Serve warm with ice cream
  • Pumpkin Spice Apples
    • Ingredients:
      • 2-3 apples, sliced
      • Pumpkin pie spice
      • Water
    • Instructions:
      • Place apples in your slow cooker with as much pumpkin pie spice as your want
      • Add just enough water to cover the apples
      • Cook until water has evaporated

 

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