Monday, September 20, 2010

Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes

This is the time of  year when you need to have a few 'stand-by' recipes for those days when life is really busy! These recipes are one we haven't tried YET, but we will be soon. As mom of 3 I am branching out of healthier options that take less time to prepare and are more 'bang for the buck'.

-----"No Chopping" Vegetable Soup-----
2 cups beef broth or bouillon
1 (14 oz) can of stewed tomatoes
1(16 oz) kidney beans
1(10 oz) pkg of mixed frozen veggies
1(10 oz) pkg frozen baby onions
1 lbs boneless turkey strips
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 cup crushed tortilla strips
In Slow Cooker combine all ingredients except chips. Cover, cook on LOW 8 or 9 hours or until veggies are tender and done. Serve in individual bowls topped with chips. Makes 7-8 servings
------Grand Slam Sloppy Joes------
1 red onion chopped
1 yellow or green bell pepper chopped
1.5 lbs finely chopped or ground turkey breast
1 cup of bottled chili sauce or ketchup
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 teaspoon Dijon style mustard
some salt
some pepper

6 French Rolls

Place onion bell pepper and turkey in cooker. mix chili sauce/ketchup garlic, mustard salt and pepper and pour over turkey. Mix well and cook covered  4 to 6 hours until done and tender. Split rolls and toast. Spoon mix over rolls and serve open faced style.

-----Potato Leek Soup-----
3 med taters chopped
1 carrot finely chopped
2 Leeks washed sliced crosswise
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
salt and pepper
4 cups chicken broth or bouillon

1 cup sour cream
ground nutmeg

In slow cooker combine all ingredients except sour cream nutmeg. Cover and cook on LOW 6 or 7 hours or until taters are soft. Stir in sour cream, spoon in to bowls and sprinkle with  nutmeg. Makes 8 servings.

I will post more slow cooker recipes soon. If you try any of these leave a comment and let me know how they turned out! Don't forget to serve with a fresh salad of steamed veggies to make a complete meal. Double if you need to serve more people or freeze and re-heat to make it go further.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I had a few moments to tap this out so here is my recipe for homemade chicken soup with my own broth.
1 whole chicken roasted and cooled somewhat
sage (fresh or dried)
garlic, in any form

remove all meat from the  chicken and set meat aside
save the bones to make your broth
take the chicken bones, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 stalk of celery(roughly cut), garlic, some salt and some pepper and put in a large pot add water(at least 8 cups) and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer at least 2 hours(or more) adding water if needed. When this is done you will toss out all the veggies and the bones and strain the broth to remove any unwanted pieces. 
Taste broth to see if you need to add seasoning like the sage, more garlic or anything you like. It really depends on what you like. Peel, and slice carrots and add to broth, cut celery and add, chop onion and add, add meat and salt pepper and garlic. Simmer and during the last 10 min or so add your noodles. Serve and Enjoy!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Ok so we have guests coming for a visit TODAY! So as soon as i can i will be posting the recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup. Off to prepare our house for family from our home state :) and it makes my heart happy!

Friday, September 17, 2010


Hello! I have decided to start a cooking blog just to share food recipes and ideas. I am a bit of a foodie and I think it is something in life you should enjoy! I am hoping to post my first recipe later tonight when I am finished with my families FAV=homemade chicken noodle soup.