Slow Cooker Receipes

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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I bought a slow cooker, with timer. tongue   So, I can throw stuff in it and go to work and come home to some done cooked meals.  I was wondering who might have some easy on the budget receipes to feed at least 4. 
I'm going to try a chili receipe I found in a Better Homes & Garden magazine for slow cooker receipes.  Then all I have to do is make up the corn bread when I get home.
idea Ideas anyone?
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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Binki, hi.  I just wrote an answer to this question on the thread "cooking for the week".  LOL We are all having the same slow cooker dreams.  I love mine & you will too.  Even when I don't know what I am going to make I still put the meat in to cook.   That way, when I do figure something out I don't have to worry about cooking it.  Otherwise, if I haven't thought of anything I grab a pan, make a white sauce, cook some rice & mix it all together with the meat in the slowcooker, add some seasonings & let it go until dinner.  Very easy, I even put frozen meat in it in the morning & it will unthaw & cook by late afternoon.  So, don't worry if you have nothing unthawed.  Hugs, Denise

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   Posted 2/16/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's two of my family's favorite crock pot dinners:

Sweet & Sour Meatballs (sounds weird, I know, but they are really, really good)-Take 1 bag frozen meatballs, dump into crock pot with 1 jar chunky vegetable pasta sauce and 1 can WHOLE cranberry sauce. Cook on low pretty much all day, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice with salad and voila-dinner's done!

Ham & Potato casserole-Add 1 bag shredded hashbrowns, 1 package diced precooked ham, 2 cups of cheddar cheese (our preference is sharp cheddar), some diced onions (to taste more than anything) about a cup of milk (basically just enough to create sort of a creamy base) and some salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low, stirring throughout the day. about a half hour before we're going to eat, I will toss in chopped brocoli and then dinner's done!

I have a household of picky eaters, but everybody likes both of those recipes. Also, we are a family of 5 and both of those recipes makes enough for us. (We do have 2 younger ones, though, but probably the two of them put together would eat as much as 1 of yours, depending on the ages of your kids)
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   Posted 2/17/2009 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
me too - put some ideas on cooking for the week thread.

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   Posted 2/17/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I absolutely love my slow cooker. I make beef stew and chili in it and of course pot roast. everything comes out nice and moist and tender. Plus it saves me from standing for hours cooking.
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   Posted 2/17/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I LOVE my slow cooker and would have to say it makes some of my best meals!!! : )  I use it for ALOT of things but I will share one simple thing...
I put boneless porkchops,  and enough cream of mushroom soup to cover the meat, then garlic, and pepper to taste. After it sits on low heat all day the meat just falls apart.  I usually eat it with mash potato's and drissle the "gravy" over them.  I say "gravy" because really it is just soup... but it makes a very flavorful  sauce once the juices are mixed with it. : )
I sometimes add fresh mushrooms, and minced onions as well. 
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   Posted 2/17/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
These are some good ideas.  I think I can adapt them a bit and use them for us. 
I think I could use potatoes instead of white rice (ugh ... gotta watch the blood sugar thing a little bit).  And I could sub in some cream of mushroom soup for milk.  
I'll have to pick up some barbecue sauce and see what damage I can do with it  :-)
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   Posted 2/17/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanx for all the ideas, very much appreciated!

Tonight I will be going home to my first "slow cooker" meal. I tried the chili receipe today, only took just over 10 min. to throw it all in and set the timer. I can get use to this. :-)

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   Posted 2/17/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing I learned the hard way...a couple of years ago I broke down and bought a nice, large slow cooker. But now I'm cooking for 2 and sometimes 3 of us and unless you want 2-3 meals I would not suggest trying regular recipes. Things overcook like you wouldn't believe. Can you imagine chicken breast in a very liquid type sauce yet you put it on your plate and try to cut it and it's so dry you can't get a knife thru it. arrgggggg You really do need the recommended size cooker for the recipe you're using.

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