Oh I love my slow cooker! There was a whole article in Food Day last week or the week before about making various summery dishes in your slow cooker, it may still be up on Oregonlive.com, it had some good recipes.
My signature dish is Pot Roast which is not exactly lean, but if you cut some of the fat off the roast and eat a small portion it's not THAT bad for you. Here's what I did off the cuff this weekend it was super good.
1 2-3 lb pot roast salt/pepper to season roast 1 large onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 celery stalks (use the greens at the top!) chopped 4 cloves garlic 1 can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup 1/4 cup BBQ sauce 2 tsp liquid smoke 1/2 cup beef broth (or water)
On bottom of the crock layer half of the onion, carrot, and celery goodness. Season the roast with salt pepper, place on top of the veggies. Layer smashed garlic cloves on top of roast. Sprinkle remaining veggie mixture on roast Combine soup, BBQ sauce, liquid smoke and broth and pour over roast and vegetables. Put on the lid turn the cooker on low and do something else for 8-10 hours.
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I like to make either soup or a roast in the slow cooker. Don't really use a recipe for the roast, just throw onions, carrots, and potatoes with it, add water to cover and throw in spices.
Soup, it's either split pea, following the recipe on the back of the bag, or it's a soup where I throw chicken, four boullion cubes and mixed vegetables (sometimes I use potatoes and leeks) into the mix. If you want to add noodles, add them at the very end.
Also, I much prefer the sort with a removable 'crock' (so you can wash it in the dishwasher!)
I got on Spark this morning and was looking at slow cooker recipes since today is a day I work and I saw all the recipes and I was like I can do this!! I don't cook. My husband is the cook, but I have a couple of recipes that I make but since I found the crock pot meals I was like I can do this!! I made the BBQ Chicken slow cook recipe and it was yummy. We had it over whole wheat hamburger buns. I ate it all except for 2 bits I fed to the dogs. :) My husband liked it so next week or maybe even on Friday I will try another recipe in the slow cooker.
I have a small crock pot that is older than I am (it was a wedding gift to my parents, who have since upgraded to a newer, larger model). It's a funky shade of burnt orange that could have only been produced in the 1970s, but it's still going strong.
Crock pot cooking is awesome - it's low effort, very diet friendly, and unless you're cooking for a large family, there are almost always leftovers for a lunch or dinner the next day. I'm definitely going to try the recipes recommended in this thread, especially the Chicken Taco Stew, which has caught my eye several times already as I was perusing SparkRecipes.
For what it's worth, last week I made the "Pork Chop in Crock Pot (Pulled Pork)" recipe on Spark, and it was sweet and spicy deliciousness (deliciosity? If that's not a word, it should be). I did make some modifications that increased the calorie count, such as adding carrots and potatoes to make it into a meal unto itself (probably not such a great idea for the chronically stew-averse). If you follow the recipe to the letter and bypass the additional veggies and starch, it would still be excellent on a sandwich or over rice, with a salad on the side.
I've also made some wicked good three bean soup in my crock pot using a recipe that I found elsewhere - I'll look that baby up and post it here.
Just made this and of course found the, I think, low cal version. a envelope dy onion soup mix 2 cup low fat sour cream 10 3/4 oz can of cream of mushroom (I got the 98% fat free kind) 6 boneless chicken breast halves. -combine mix, sour cream, and soup in slow cooker. Add chicken , pushing it down so it is submerged in the sauce. -cover and cook for 8 hours. -you can serve it over ice or noodles. I did the noodles that were yolk free and some other things. I did have to add a little milk to the sauce afterwards because it got a little thick. Yummy recipe that I will try again.
You all have just GOT to check out "Chicken Taco Stew" that's on the Spark Recipe part of this site. Made it myself with a few changes (used frozen instead of canned corn, and added diced jalepenos instead of tomatoes with chiles in them) and it is the bomb! I served it with a 2 Tbs light sour cream and 1 oz of reduced fat tortilla chips. You will thank me for suggesting this. The calories are low and the flavor is out of this world!
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