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1/10/08 11:48 A

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I want to check out the Fix It and Forget It Lightly Cookbook. Several have recommended it.

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1/10/08 9:07 A

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I've also heard the 1/2 to 3/4 rule and try to stick to that. No problems so far.

I've got the Fix it and Forget It Lightly cookbook and really love it. Will check ou the Better Homes and Garden one!

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1/9/08 10:33 A

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I have heard the 1/2 to 3/4 rule, but I have a tendency to fill it all the way up. It usually works out fine.
I have the Better Homes & Gardens BIGGEST slow cooker cookbook and LOVE it. It is my go-to cookbook. We also have Fix it and Forget it, which is my husbands go-to cookbook.

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1/6/08 11:16 P

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I think you are supposed to fill it at least 1/2 full and not more than 3/4 full.





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1/6/08 6:49 P

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Somebody in this forum awile ago said you should only fill your pot to x% full. What was the percent and why is that? Most of the time I end up filling my slow cooker right to the top - almost bubbling over sometimes. Maybe it's a guy thing? I do that with spices too. Some is good so I think more is better, but that's unsually not the case. I guess it's another sizing issue?

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1/6/08 6:31 P

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I do think it makes a difference. You don't want to put a small quantity in a large pot or it could dry out, but I think that the crock pots have a lot of foregiveness so you considerable leaway.

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1/6/08 5:50 P

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Good question. I am not really sure. Anyone know, I am curious to know also.

The one I just got is a 6 quart and it seems big. Great for leftovers. But I am not sure what the right size is.

 
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1/6/08 5:26 P

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Does size matter when it comes to crock pots?

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1/6/08 4:01 P

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Burger Heaven Casserole

16 oz. extra lean gr. beef (or turkey)

2 cups sliced raw potatoes

1 & 1/2 cups sliced carrots (I used frozen)

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup frozen peas –thawed

1 cup frozen whole kernel corn – thawed

1 10 oz. can healthy Request Tomato Soup

1/2 cup water

1 tsp. dried parsley flakes

1 can mushrooms

Salt and Pepper


In large skillet brown meat, onion & celery mixture and mushrooms. In slow cooker container - sprayed with butter flavored spray combine meat mixture, potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn. stir in tomato soup, water, parsley flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

6 - 1 cup servings
243 calories - 7 gm fat - 17 gm. protein - 28 gm. carbohydrates - 333 mg. Sodium (more if you add extra salt) 33 mg. calcium - 4 gm. Fiber

 
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MRSJARRELL's Photo MRSJARRELL Posts: 112
1/6/08 3:57 P

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Beef and Pasta

Makes 8 (1 cup) servings

2 (14 oz.) cans tomatoes with juice, broken up

1 1/2 cups water

1 tsp. parsley flakes

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. Salt

1/ tsp. Pepper

1 tsp. liquid gravy browner

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef

8 oz. Rotini pasta (scant 4 cups)


Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well. Add ground beef. Mix. Turn into 3 1/2 qt. slow cooker. Cover. Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hrs. or HIGH for 3 to 4 hrs. Add pasta. Stir. Cook on HIGH for 15 to 20 min. until tender.

Per serving: 322 calories , 13.6 g fat, 584 mg sodium, 21 g protein, 28g carbohydrates

 
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MRSJARRELL's Photo MRSJARRELL Posts: 112
1/6/08 3:55 P

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Here is a recipe:

Basil Chicken

4 whole skinless chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon basil

1 can cream of celery soup

1/2 whole green pepper -- sliced

Place chicken breasts in slow cooker. Sprinkle with pepper and basil. Spread soup on top of chicken. Arrange slices of green pepper on top of soup. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

Per Serving: 287 Calories; 4g Fat; 55g Protein; 3g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 141mg Cholesterol; 391mg Sodium.

 
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MRSJARRELL's Photo MRSJARRELL Posts: 112
1/6/08 3:47 P

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My husband and I make this all the time and LOVE it, and it is so easy!

Barbecued Pork:

Makes 8 servings

2 lbs. boneless pork top loin
1 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. diet soda
3/4 c. barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot. Cook covered on high for 5-6 hours or until meat is very tender. Drain and slice or shred pork.

 
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1/4/08 9:39 A

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I got a new crock pot for christmas too! It's a LARGE one, and the other one I was using was very small. Now I think I need a medium sized one too. Is this getting out of hand? hahaha!



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1/3/08 8:01 P

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OOOOO have fun with that one! I have a cookbook from Better Holmes and Gardens called "Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes" there are some excellent ones there.
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1/3/08 7:34 P

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Check out the what are you slowcooking thread for some good ideas. Also sparkrecipes has some good slowcooker recipes. Just do a slowcooker search.

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1/3/08 5:44 P

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Oooh! Crock pot envy :)

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1/3/08 5:14 P

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I got a new Rival Crock Pot and I need all kinds of recipes, so bring them on!


 
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