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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)

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