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Favorite Crockpot Recipes

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I've had some requests for some of my favorite crockpot recipes. If you're looking for anything else, just ask. I have hundreds of recipes that I've been collecting for sooo many years!

Crockpot Chicken Stew

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

1 large onion, finely chopped
1 8-ounce pack sliced mushrooms
8 ounces baby carrots
2 medium red potatoes cut into chunks
1 large stalk of celery, sliced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1 small sprig rosemary

Coat bottom and sides of a 4-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place vegetables in the pot. Trim chicken thighs of excess fat and cut into pieces. Add chicken to the pot, followed by herbs, crushed tomatoes and chicken broth. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Crockpot Country Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours


1 pound small white potatoes, halved
8 ounces baby carrots (half a 16-ounce bag)
1 medium onion, sliced
2 large ribs celery, sliced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into pieces
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

Coat the inside of a 4-5 quart crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Place vegetables in base of crockpot. Sprinkle with dried herbs. Add chicken pieces, then finish with canned tomatoes and broth. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked.
If you want to thicken the juices, make a cornstarch slurry of 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to 1/4 cup of broth or water and stir in half an hour before the end.

Serves 6.

Per Serving: Calories 224, Calories form Fat 18, Total Fat 2g (sat 0.3g), Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 194mg, Carbohydrate 25.5g, Fiber 5.2g, Protein 26g

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Vegetables

3 lb. boneless pork sirloin roast
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 acorn squash
2 sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup apple butter
3 Tbsp. prepared horseradish
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Heat oil in a heavy skillet and cook pork roast until browned on all sides, turning occasionally. This should take about 10 minutes. While that's cooking, cut the acorn squash into 8 wedges and remove seeds. Do not peel. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into chunks. Place squash and sweet potatoes in 6-7 quart slow cooker. Top with browned pork roast.
In a small bowl, mix together apple butter, horseradish, cornstarch, allspice, pepper, chicken broth, and thyme. Pour into slow cooker.

Cover crockpot and cook on low for 7-9 hours until pork and vegetables are tender. 8 servings

Calories: 410
Fat: 12 grams
Sodium: 200 mg

Orange Roast Pork

1 (3-1/2 lb.) pork shoulder roast
1 onion, chopped
6-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. cold water

Trim roast of visible fat. Place onions in bottom of 3-4 quart crockpot. Sprinkle salt and pepper over roast and place in crockpot on top of onions. In small bowl, mix together thawed orange juice concentrate and brown sugar, and salt and pepper, and pour over roast. Cover crockpot and cook on high for 3 hours, then reduce heat to low and cook for another 3 hours.
Remove roast and onions from crockpot, cover, and set in low oven to keep warm. Skim fat from juices in crockpot. Then pour into large heavy pan. Blend flour and cold water in small bowl and add to juices in pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently with wire whisk, until thickened. Serve gravy with roast and onions.

2-1/2 lbs. boneless beef top round steak
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 oz. envelope fajita seasoning mix, or 2 Tbsp. Homemade Fajita Mix
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup water

Trim excess fat from beef and cut into 2" pieces. Combine with onion in a 3-4 quart slow cooker. Mix together fajita seasoning mix (either purchased or your own homemade) and undrained tomatoes and pour over beef. Place peppers on top. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 7-9 hours until beef is tender.
Combine flour with water in a small bowl and stir well to mix. Add gradually to crockpot and stir well. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 15-20 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve stew with hot cooked rice or hot couscous. 8 servings

Chicken and Corn Chili

1 large onion, chopped
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped
1-3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with jalapenos, drained
1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons stone-ground cornmeal
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine onion, chicken, low-sodium broth, green pepper, jalapeno, 1-1/2 teaspoons of the cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.

Remove the chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool slightly. Shred the chicken and return it to the slow cooker with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of the cumin and cayenne, and the tomatoes, corn and beans. Gently mash some of the beans against the side of the bowl to thicken the chili. Stir in the cornmeal and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let sit a few minutes to soften the cornmeal. Serve sprinkled with a little of the Monterey Jack cheese.

Calories 287
Total Fat (g) 3
Saturated Fat (g) 1
Cholesterol (mg) 45
Sodium (mg) 736
Carbohydrate (g) 38
Fiber (g) 9
Protein (g) 27

(Nutritional info based on 6 servings)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMALISSY 11/18/2009 5:14AM

    Hi there,
The chicken & corn chilli sounds delicious. Can I just check, how many servings is the nutritional info based on? Thanks again, and congrats on your progress!

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R-U-JELLEN 10/30/2009 4:17PM

    Thanks for all the yummy sounding recipes. I am going to try one the of the pork roast recipes this Tuesday (my newly designated crockpot day). They all sound great!!

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JESSICA_0029 10/29/2009 8:44PM

    Thanks for the recipes I love using the crockpot. emoticon

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KELLYC_14FAN 10/29/2009 6:14PM

    Thanks for the recipes! I love my crockpot!!!

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TN_HAMMOCK 10/29/2009 5:03PM

    Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE my slow cooker! Thanks so much!

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D2SHELTON 10/29/2009 2:38PM

    Great recipes. I too love using the crockpot. Best invention to go with the crockpot are reynold's crockpot liners. Clean up is so easy.

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SLCB1023 10/29/2009 12:15PM

    Thanks so much for the crockpot recipes. I am always looking for someone's tried and true foods. I love the salsa chicken recipe I found here on SP too. Lots of good stuff for those sharp fall days and cold winter ones too. THANKS!!!

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VEDDIE78 10/29/2009 11:26AM

    Thanks for the recipes! I love using the crockpot. One of my favorite things to make is lasagna. Same as you would in the oven but using the crockpot instead. This way, it's waiting for me when I get home, instead of me waiting on it after I get home from work.

Yummy recipes!

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L*I*T*A* 10/29/2009 10:09AM

    thanks for sharing............i love new recipes especially for the crockpot..........have a wonderful day..........blessings and hugs..................lita

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PMFISH 10/28/2009 10:59PM

    Great recipes! Thanks for sharing.


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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/28/2009 10:51PM

    Oh boy these sound tastey!
Thanks for sharing!

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BETTYAHE 10/28/2009 10:44PM

    Thanks for the recipes! MMMMMMMM! emoticon

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URNIGHTNURSE 10/28/2009 10:33PM

    thanks for the recipes; they sound yummy

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Pumpkin Smile

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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JESSICA_0029 10/29/2009 8:07PM

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L*I*T*A* 10/28/2009 10:14PM

    how sweet is that..............thanks for sharing..................
ngs and hugs...............lita

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GRAMTOTWO 10/28/2009 10:02PM

    emoticon - you got a smile out of me :)

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R-U-JELLEN 10/28/2009 9:42PM

    Stay happy and keep smiling!
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TRUELOU 10/28/2009 7:57PM

    emoticon super cute and delicious:)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/28/2009 6:28PM

    Awwwwwwwwwww... that's cute.

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  Sweet! emoticon

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It's SLCB1023's birthday!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Today is Sharon's birthday! Please stop by her page and wish her a happy birthday. She has always been so supportive and motivational. Let's make her birthday a great one!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Sharon!
Happy Birthday to you!

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SLCB1023 10/29/2009 12:13PM

    Hey, thanks. I just found this. DUMB ME!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/24/2009 3:16PM

    So like you to think of others. Hoping over to wish her a belated happy birthday. emoticon
Blessings and hugs,

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L*I*T*A* 10/23/2009 10:27AM

    thanks for the reminder............have a great weekend...........blessings and hugs................lita

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Promise Yourself

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Promise Yourself

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can
disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to
every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel like there is
something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your
optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best,
and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the
greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give
every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too
strong for fear, and to happy to permit the
presence of trouble.

I think this is one of the best motivational poems ever! Do you agree?

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GRAMTOTWO 10/23/2009 7:06AM

    Love this one! Thank you for sharing

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JESSICA_0029 10/21/2009 8:58PM

    GREAT poem thank you for sharing.

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MINDHORIZON 10/18/2009 8:48PM

    I love it!

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LINDA! 10/18/2009 8:12PM

    Nice poem.

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CCFIRECRACKER 10/17/2009 4:44PM

    i agree, it is an excellent motivational poem! i'm going have to copy it and keep it someplace where i'll always see it!

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TRUELOU 10/17/2009 4:02PM

    I agree!

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L*I*T*A* 10/17/2009 2:11PM

    you are right on!!!
thanks for sharing...........blessings and hugs.................lita

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    Great poem.

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HEARTSTOPPER 10/17/2009 1:06PM

Again very good!


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HEARTSTOPPER 10/17/2009 1:04PM

Pretty damned good:)


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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/17/2009 12:57PM

    It sure is!
And thanks!

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Let's get Spark People on Oprah!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Oprah.com has a link for people to suggest guests/topics for her show.

Let's show Oprah how much we would like to see Chris Downie and SparkPeople.com featured on her show!

Here's the link:


Post your best plug out there for SparkPeople!!!

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SLCB1023 10/17/2009 5:40PM

    You betcha!! emoticon

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URBANLOTUS 10/14/2009 6:56AM

    Why not? I'll add my comment too :)

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ZABINAS 10/14/2009 6:42AM

    Great idea!

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JESSICA_0029 10/12/2009 8:33PM

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas.


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L*I*T*A* 10/11/2009 1:22PM

    thanks for sharing.........a great way to spread the spark!!!
way to go!!
blessings and hugs..................lita

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DIVALICIOUS7 10/11/2009 12:23PM

    What an idea - talk about Spread the Spark & Oprah could use our help!! Claire Thankyou for sharing emoticon

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DREMARGRL 10/11/2009 12:14PM

    I'm going right now to check it out! I think that's a good idea, too......That would really spread the SPARK! XO MaryAnn

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NSCIAMBI 10/11/2009 12:02PM

    Great idea!

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NSCIAMBI 10/11/2009 12:02PM

    Great idea!

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