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Slow Cooked Shredded Pepper Beef

June 9, 2017

I love using the slow cooker during all seasons. As it’s getting warmer out, it is nice not to add to the heat with the oven. This main dish is incredibly simple and the results are versatile. We had it alongside roasted potatoes the first night, and then had it in sandwiches for lunch several other days that week. It would also be a yummy taco or enchilada filling. Mmmmm….

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 lb pot roast
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, halved and sliced
  • 1 1/2 c beef stock
  • 6 oz hot banana pepper rings (we used jarred)
  • 1/4 c of the liquid from the hot banana pepper jar
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

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Then you will…

  1. Season the pot roast with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Sear the pot roast, 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Place your onions in your slow cooker.
  5. Add the pot roast.
  6. Add the stock, banana peppers and their liquid, and the garlic.
  7. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  8. Remove the roast from the slow cooker and shred.
  9. Return and mix with the sauce. Allow to cook another 15 minutes or so to give the sauce time to soak into the meat.
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Slow Cooker Shredded Ranch Chicken Tacos

May 10, 2017

Yumm. Isn’t it great when you can do almost no prep work and still end up with a delicious dinner? This slow cooker taco chicken would be great on top of nachos or a salad too. We toasted tortillas and served it up with salsa, cheese and sour cream. Our toddler couldn’t get enough of the chicken!

You will need:

  • 2 lb chicken breast
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • 1/2 t oregano
  • 1/2 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 t salt

Then you will…

  1. Combine everything in your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  3. Remove and shred the chicken.
  4. Return to the slow cooker and mix with the sauce.
  5. Serve with warm tortillas and your favorite toppings!

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Slow Cooker Squash, Lentil and Chickpea Stew

October 30, 2016

This is a hearty fall stew that requires very little prep work. You could allow everything to simmer on the stovetop or toss it into a crockpot while you head out for the day. D said it reminded him of a chili, and it went well with a salad and some crusty bread. It would also be a great dish to prep, pop in the freezer, and save for a busy day.

You will need:

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 T garam masala
  • 3 c butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes with chilies, with their juices
  • 1 qt vegetable broth
  • 1 c red lentils
  • 30 oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. (If not using a crockpot, use a large soup pot and then add the rest of the ingredients to the pot throughout the recipe).
  2. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes or until the onion begins to soften.
  3. Stir in the garam masala and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Combine along with the remaining ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

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Slow Cooked Pot Roast with Herbed Tomato-Wine Sauce

June 22, 2015

Slow cooking is a great way to have a lazy dinner. You prep it ahead of time, start the slow cooker in the morning, and have dinner waiting for you that night. This pot roast becomes pull-apart tender with a rich sauce. It is perfect with some roasted potatoes.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 t ground pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2-3 lb pot roast, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 c baby carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 c red wine (optional – if not using, add an extra cup of stock)
  • 3 c low or no sodium beef stock
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 T fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 T fresh thyme, de-stemmed

Then you will…

  1. On a large plate, mix together 1/4 cup of the flour with the salt and pepper.
  2. Lightly coat the roast with the flour mixture. Shake off any excess.
  3. In a nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Sear the pot roast on each side.
  5. Meanwhile, place the carrots and onion in your slow cooker.
  6. Place the pot roast on top of the vegetables.
  7. In the same skillet used to brown the roast, melt the butter.
  8. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of the flour.
  9. Stir in the garlic and tomato paste. Allow to warm up for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Whisk in the wine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  11. Mix in the beef stock.
  12. Stir in the bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.
  13. Allow to simmer until starting to thicken.
  14. Season with salt and pepper.
  15. Pour the gravy over the pot roast.
  16. Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  17. Shred the pot roast and serve to company!

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Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Ramen

February 21, 2015

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D and I decided to make this for a cool night. We love using our slow cooker, because then you have dinner ready when you come home from work. This is fun and spicy and delicious!

You will need:

  • 2-3 lb pork butt
  • 2 T Chinese five spice seasoning
  • 1 t black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 t salt, divided
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 4 T sesame oil, divided
  • 2 T chili paste (sambal oelek or sriracha)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 T fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6 T rice vinegar, divided
  • 5 T brown sugar, divided
  • 4 c broth of your choice (recommend low or no salt)
  • 1 c chopped carrots
  • 12-16 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 lb butternut squash, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 T plus 1 t curry powder
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • ~6-10 oz fresh ramen noodles

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Chinese five spice seasoning with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.
  2. Spread the spice mixture on the pork.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet.
  4. Add the pork and brown on all sides. Turn off the heat.
  5. Place the pork in your slow cooker.
  6. In the same skillet, heat two tablespoons of the sesame oil with the chili paste until fragrant.
  7. Add the onion, tomato, ginger and garlic. Saute until the onions are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  8. Put the onion-tomato mixture into a food processor and pulse until blended.
  9. Add the water, lime juice, three tablespoons of the rice vinegar, and a tablespoon of the brown sugar to the food processor and pulse a few more times.
  10. Pour the mixture over the pork.
  11. Pour the broth over the pork.
  12. Add the carrots to the slow cooker and give it a quick stir.
  13. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours.
  14. Remove the pork from the slow cooker, shred and set aside.
  15. Stir the mushrooms into the broth. Cover and cook on LOW for 1 hour.
  16. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  17. Pour the squash in a 9×13 baking dish.
  18. Top with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
  19. Stir to mix and place in the preheated oven.
  20. Roast for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until roasted and tender.
  21. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the remaining two tablespoons of sesame oil over medium heat.
  22. Add the shredded pork to the skillet.
  23. In a small bowl, combine the remaining tablespoon of brown sugar with the soy sauce, and the remaining 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar.
  24. Pour over the pork and stir to coat.
  25. Allow the pork to crisp up on one side, about 3-5 minutes. Stir and allow the pork to continue to crisp, another 3-5 minutes.
  26. Remove from heat, but keep the pork warm.
  27. Add the ramen noodles to the slow cooker and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
  28. Stir half of the pork into the slow cooker broth.
  29. Put some of the butternut squash in the bottom of a bowl. Top with the mushroom broth and noodles.
  30. Add more crispy pork, scallions and any other topics you desire (we like a fried egg!).
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