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5/6/14 10:44 A

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Yesterday, I worked from home, but I was on an 8 hour conference call with the West Coast. What better time to try a new recipe from the slow cooker cookbook?

I tried the Picadillo. It's a ground beef dish with sweet additions like chopped dates and dried apricots. It also had onion, olives and almonds. This version was served over rice.

This was a hit. It only takes 3 hours to cook, which is nice when you're trying to time dinner for the 8:00 pm end of a too long call. :P

The recipe is not on the CL site, but a blogger was good enough to post it, so here it is:
www.realmomofnj.com/2012/12/06/the-u
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imate-slow-cooker-dish-picadillo/


According to my cookbook, it's just under 400 calories for the meal. The serving size was decent, although I could have easily polished off a second bowl.

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1/28/14 11:56 A

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Yesterday, I worked from home and made the "Chunky Minestrone" soup. CL hasn't posted this on-line, but I found a blog with the recipe at: www.keyingredient.com/recipes/557107
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chunky-minestrone/

I've never made my own minestrone before, and this was better than I expected. Chunky is the key word, because the soup was really hearty.


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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
1/20/14 11:15 A

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I made "Peasant Stew" from the Slowcooker book yesterday. It looks like this recipe was previously published in CL Aug. 2002. Here's the link:
www.myrecipes.com/recipe/peasant-ste
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10000000451343/


The only variation that I noticed is that the cookbook instructs you to brown the chicken for 4-5 minutes after sprinkling it with spices, but before you drop it in the crockpot. (Interestingly, the web reviewers suggested the same. I wonder if CL is influenced by on-line feedback...)

I couldn't find Mexican style stewed tomatoes - so I added some spices and diced jalapenos to a can of regular stewed tomatoes. I didn't add the cilantro, because my grocery store was out of stock. I didn't add the sour cream ... because I forgot. (D'oh!) ... but I'll add it when I eat the leftovers.

Even with my little switches (some on purpose, some not) the recipe tasted better than I expected. The chicken thighs fell apart in the slow cooker, but they remained moist.
I think this is something we'll do again. Maybe next time I'll serve it with rice.

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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
1/20/14 11:08 A

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@EARTHSEAME - I'm sorry I missed your post before. The Chinese Pork Tenderloin looks like a nice variation. I'm adding this to my list of things to try.

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5/30/13 3:43 P

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The recipe turned out good. I would recommend doubling the hoisin sauce and adding a little chicken broth mixed with cornstarch to thicken it.

-Evie


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EARTHSEAME's Photo EARTHSEAME Posts: 4,474
5/28/13 2:19 P

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I just got back from the grocery store with the ingredients for Chinese Pork Tenderloin Noodles:
www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chinese-por
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tenderloin-noodles-50400000124228/


Hope it's good!

-Evie


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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
1/7/13 1:24 P

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I feel like I made this before, but I don't know if I posted about it.
We made the Thai-Style Pork Stew yesterday. The recipe is on-line:
www.myrecipes.com/recipe/thai-style-
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rk-stew-10000000354826/


Really delicious - if you like peanuts & peanut sauce, give this a try.

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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
9/4/12 11:54 A

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A friend gave me an eggplant (her CSA share runneth over), and I was looking for a recipe this weekend. I found one in my trusty CL Slow Cooker cookbook.

I made ratatouille - I'm pretty sure it was the first time. It was a bit soupier than I expected - I wonder if this only happens in the slow cooker - but I think it had a really nice taste. It's very much loaded with vegetables, and it was a good way to use the eggplant, my leftover zucchini, peppers and tomatoes that were starting to go soft.

The recipe isn't on CL's website, but I found that someone had entered it into Spark Recipes, so here' the link:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
10/2/11 9:30 P

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It seemed like the right weather to bring out the CL Slowcooker Cookbook.
This time I tried the Hoppin' John. It's a mix of black eyed peas, tomatoes, peppers & rice. It doesn't look like CL posted this recipe on line, but u googled it & found it on a food blog. Here's the link notesfromthetable.blogspot.com/2009/
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/slow-cooker-hoppin-john.html?m=1

The blogger didn't seen to like this, but my husband & I did. I used cayenne peppers instead if jalape˝os ( bc that's what I'm growing in my garden) and instead of using Cajun spiced stewed tomatoes I used plain, no salt added stewed tomatoes (bc I had some in my pantry) and I added garlic, pepper, & a Cajun spice blend that I had on hand.
I'm pretty sure I'll be making this again.

Edited by: AMSHARK at: 10/2/2011 (21:32)
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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
5/23/11 11:56 A

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I posted this in the "New Reviews for Old Recipes" topic, but I got the recipe from my Cooking Light Slow Cooker Cookbook.

It can also be found on-line at:
www.myrecipes.com/recipe/apricot-lam
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tagine-10000001160643/


It was a nice hearty lamb stew, with cinnamon, sweet apricots, and wonderful toasted almonds (great texture and taste).

The only fault that I can find with this is that the lamb seemed to be a more expensive cut of meat than I expected. Otherwise, this is a recipe to keep.

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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
1/25/11 4:02 P

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More SlowCooker recipes! These come courtesy of the dailySpark Blog.

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=9_t
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key_recipes_for_the_slow_cooker


"9 Turkey Recipes for the Slow Cooker"

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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
1/23/11 7:34 P

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I made the Pesto Lasagna with Spinach & Mushrooms from this cookbook today.
find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefin
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r.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_idR>=10000000549820


Since the recipe is on-line, I'm going to review it in the "new reviews for old recipes" forum.

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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
1/16/11 8:56 P

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We made the "Caribbean Seafood Pot" from this cookbook today. It was really delicious - albeit a bit spicy-hot. (If you don't like heat, I suggest adding less than the 3 tbs minced jalape˝os in the ingredients list).
Alas, it's another recipe that isn't posted on cookinglight.com; however, I googled it & found the very same recipe on a blog-type page.
www.tastebook.com/recipes/1903815-Ca
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bbean-Seafood-Pot


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THIRTYPACK's Photo THIRTYPACK Posts: 214
1/10/11 12:49 P

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That sounds delicious! Thanks for posting.

Later this week, I am going to make Green Chili in the slow cooker from Everyday Food Magazine. I made it once before and it was really good. Then with leftovers, you can make Pork and Cabbage-Slaw burritos. Really liked those as well.

Here are the links:
www.marthastewart.com/recipe/slow-co
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er-green-chili


www.marthastewart.com/recipe/pork-an
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cabbage-slaw-burritos


Unfortunately, I don't see the nutritional value posted online, but I know it's in my magazine if I can find it.

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AMSHARK's Photo AMSHARK Posts: 739
1/10/11 9:40 A

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This weekend, I made the "Homestyle Potato Soup" from the CL Slow Cooker Cookbook.
It was another good recipe, but unfortunately, CL doesn't seem to have it posted on their website.

I did, however, Google the recipe, and I found that someone had already posted it to their blog.
www.myveggietable.com/2010/10/homest
yl
e-potato-soup.html?utm_source=feedbuR>rner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Fe
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:+MyVeggieTable+(My+Veggie+Table)


It appears to be the same recipe. (It says slightly modified on the blog page, but it must be very slight, because I don't immediately see what has changed).

Anywho, it was a good potato soup & extremely easy to make.

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THIRTYPACK's Photo THIRTYPACK Posts: 214
1/7/11 12:12 P

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Thanks! I can't wait to try some of these.

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1/7/11 11:24 A

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I have another link for you. This from myrecipes.com - some of them are Cooking Light, but there are also recipes from other publications.
All are under 300 calories per serving.

www.myrecipes.com/healthy-diet/calor
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-counts/low-calorie-slow-cooker-reciR>pes-00420000001431/?iid=edit-ws-010611


I think the White Bean & Chicken Chili looks lovely.

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1/5/11 7:19 P

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I know that page very well :)

I highly recommend the Slow Cooker Char Siu Pork Roast. This is a family favorite for sure.

Mediterranean Roast Turkey is okay; took some getting used to; interesting flavor profile that the family didn't like so much, I thought it was okay though. I am finding that poultry gets pretty dry in the slow-cooker, but like in spots. Some pieces are great! Others not so much.

Provenšale Chicken Supper was also good, but had the spotty dry problem as the Turkey (if that makes sense).

I probably wouldn't make the turkey or chicken dishes again, but I LOVE pork butt in the slow cooker. That is turning out to be my favorite. Haven't tried lasagna yet though. I am excited to get my slow cooker out now!

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1/5/11 6:54 P

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No problem, THIRTYPACK emoticon
You might be interested in CL "Slow Cooker Favorites" page:

www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-
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cipes/slow-cooker-favorites-00400000R>038588/page19.html


Some of these are recipes featured in the cookbook, including the lasagna, apple butter, spinach-artichoke dip, and chick pea curry.

I am tempted to do the lasagna next, but since it only cooks for 5 hours, I'm nervous to do it on a week day. (On a *good* day I can't get back to the house for at least 10.5 hours).
.... but it looks like a nice choice for a weekend.

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1/5/11 6:14 P

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Wow! Thanks for posting this. I didn't even know that they had this. I love using the slow cooker. Keep us posted on how the recipes turn out!

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1/4/11 2:16 P

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I received a copy of the Cooking Light Slow Cooker Cookbook for Christmas. I've only had the chance to try out 1 recipe, but so far, so good.
The book has a picture for each recipe and useful tips - (though one might argue that the space would be better served by including more recipes).

I tried the "Hearty Vegetable, Smoked-Sausage Soup." My husband & I both enjoyed the soup, which is less than 200 calories per serving.

I chose it because I was looking for a recipe that I could put together in the morning, to be ready when I got home from work. This was a prep and set for 10 hour recipe. A lot of the recipes seem to have steps at different intervals (i.e. add ingredients after 4 hours, change temperature after 2 hours, etc) - I'll need to try these on the weekend.

I wish I could share a link to the recipe, but I can't find it on-line. (I did notice that some other recipes in the book are on the website, so I'll be sure to share these when I come across them).

Here's a link to the cookbook on amazon:
www.amazon.com/Cooking-Light-Essenti
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