Crockpot Meals

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  1. teacherbell

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    I would love to have some great crockpot recipes to use when school starts back. I have a crockpot but I haven't made that much in it. Do you have any tried and true recipes that you love to come home to?
     
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    I use my crockpot all the time and keep it really simple. Before I go to school I:

    * Put chicken breasts in the pot. Pour your favorite BBQ sauce over it.

    * Spray or grease crockpot. Cut a pkg of smoked sausage into one inch chunks, add a pkg of frozen hash browns with peppers and onions, 1 can of cream of chicken soup and 1 can of cheddar soup. Mix.

    * Pot roast (frozen is OK), quartered red potatoes, mini carrots, pkg of onion soup, cover with water

    * Put pork chops (4-6) in a zip lock bag with a 20 oz can of pineapple chunks, 1/4 C brown sugar, and 2 t soy sauce. Refigerate over night. In the morning put in crock pot.

    This takes a little longer. I prepare it the night before, refigerate, and put on in the morning.

    * Layer 3 C diced ham, 8 C sliced potatoes, 2 small sliced onions, 1 sliced green pepper; combine 1 can cheddar cheese soup, 2 tablespoons water, and squirt of prepared brown mustard; pour over all.

    Cook everything on low. Dinner is ready when you get home.
     
  4. MsWK

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    I get a huge bag of skinless, boneless chicken breasts (this lasts for many meals). Depending on what I'm making, I put a sauce & potatoes, or a sauce & rice in the crock pot on low. When I come home, it's ready & all I do is heat up some canned / frozen veggies to go with it.

    Also, pot roast, (of course).
     
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    I know beef stew is a good crock ot recipie.. me I have always been a scardey cat to try out my crockpot when I am not home scares the heck outta me that I may cause a fire!
     
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    I have been using one for almost 30 years and NEVER had a problem. And the ones they have today are even nicer because you can remove the pot from the heating element. Use it on days you are home until you are comfortable.
     
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    thanks for the great recipes wig!
     
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    I pop in chix breasts, rice, and a couple of cans of cream of mushroom soup. Yum.


    Chilie
    Beef Stew
     
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    Thank you all!! The recipes sound so good I can't wait to try them out!!
     
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    Me too!! Thanks for asking, teacher bell! :)
     
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    LVE

    how long do you leave i t in???? Amounts of each???
     
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    and do you add water? how much?
     
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    On my recipes, unless I specified, you do not need to measure anything. Most recipes can cook 6-8 hours on low. Sometimes mine are on as long as 10 hours. I don't recommend that, as it tends to be a bit dry.
     
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    My favorite is pork chops (with or without bones), stewed tomatoes, sliced onions, little green pepper if you want to, tablespoon brown sugar, about 1/8 of a cup of vinegar. Yummy.

    Pot roast or any beef with onion soup mix and a little water - maybe 1/2 cup.

    You don't need to cover meats in liquid in the crockpot because it creates a lot of its own liquid while cooking.
     
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    I add a couple of cans of water with the soups and then according to package directions with the rice. I cook the chix mushroom dish all day on low. So, pop it in in the morning and it's done in evening.
     
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    This is my favorite, I grew up near Chicago and there is a resturant called Partillos they sold Italian beef sandwiches so yummy! Here is a recipe that is close to it. Ingredient list is long, but most are herbs and spices and if you dont have one dont worry.

    Ingredients:
    3-5 lb. beef roast trim of fat
    1 packet of dry Italian dressing mix
    3 beef bullion cubes
    3 cups water
    1/2 t. red pepper flakes
    1/4 t. pepper
    1 T. each: basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt (use less if you are using galric salt and onion salt) Italian seasoning
    8-10 hard rolls.

    Put your roast in the crock pot and turn on, in a small sauce pan, put dressing mix, bullion cubes and all spices and herbs, and water and bring to a boil for about 3 minutes. Then pour over roast. Cook on low for about 8-10 hours or on High for 4-5 hours. Shred beef with fork and put back into juices, Place shredded meat on hard rolls, add as much juice as you want or use to dip sandwich, garnish with peperchini peppers.

    I cut rolls mostly open and toast under broiler, In chicago these sandwiches are almost sloppy wet from the juice, but my husband doesn't like this so I serve his sandwich with mayo and very dry. You can use provolone cheese on top if you like. I also start my roast on high for 2 hours and then low for the remainder of the time, rotate the meat once, but this is not necessary.
     
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    I use my crockpot all the time. It's lovely to come home to great food aromas wafting through the house. Our favorite recipes all involve BBQ sauce. You can throw almost any kind of meat (our favorites are pork or chicken) in the crockpot with a bottle of BBQ sauce and a cut-up onion, and come home to bliss.

    Pork tenderloin, cut into medallions, is my favorite. Tim likes chicken breasts. Sometimes I throw both in there at once.

    It is seldom you ever need to add water to anything in a crockpot, unless it's part of the recipe.

    I also bake potatoes in mine sometimes. And I ordered a little insert so I can make breads.
     
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    so, when you get it going in the morning.......you put the crockpot on low or high? And someone may have answered this already, but can I use frozen boneless chicken breasts and add those without defrosting?
     
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    I put it on low for all day cookeing. I put frozen meat in all the time, because heaven forbid that I would actually remember to thaw something out. :D
     
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    Here's a tasty one:

    Hunk of beef or you can slice it up first.
    Can of Cream of Broccoli soup.
    Bag of frozen broccoli.
    Sliced onions if you like.
    Mushrooms if you like.
    Dash of soy sauce.

    If you use fresh broccoli, just add a little water to the pot.
     
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    OMG I think I have just found an answer to my meal problems! I get home so late, it is impossible to have the time or energy to start a meal.Thanks everyone...I don't even know where to begin! What can I do with left over Ham??? I have lots left from Christmas.
     
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    I finally tossed my Christmas leftovers. I don't keep anything more than a week. Ham salad, ham and cheese omelets. You could stir fry it with onions, peppers, pineapple, chicken broth thickened, and serve over rice.
     
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    Here are two ham recipes for the crock pot that I use:

    approx 16 oz cooked diced or thinly sliced ham
    2 chopped onions, or a handful of pearl onions
    1 (16 ounce) bag frozen French style green beans (I usually use leftover green beens, drained)
    4 baking potatoes, diced

    Throw it all together in your crockpot in the morning, set it on 'low,' and dish it up for supper.

    Here's another:

    2 1/2 lbs aprox. potatoes, peeled and sliced
    2 (8 ounce) cans cream of cream of celery soup (any cream soup can be substituted)
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    3 ounces sliced cheddar cheese
    1 1/2 lbs thick sliced ham (or more) (and really, you can slice/dice/chop the ham any way you want)
    1 onion, diced

    Sometimes I throw it all in and let it cook on low, and other times I layer all the ingredients. Either way, it tastes the same and it's really good.
     
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    Jane...thanks so much! I am going to do the second one in the morning! I bought the best ham in the world for Christmas. It is a "Martin" ham and is truly the best we have ever had...low salt and no water added...solid ham. I get it at a little store in town owned by the Mennonites. Anyway, thanks!
    And thanks Upsaisy ... we are about "hammed out" around here! Had ham and eggs this morning and I was going to make scalloped potatoes and HAM... but no time. So, look out crock pot! This ham was 16#...and cost 32.00!!!
     
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    You can also make Croq pot Chocolate Cake
    -1 box of choc. cake mix, 1 box of instant choc. pudding (reg.size)
    -8oz of sour cream, -4 eggs, -3/4 cup oil, -cup of water, -cup of choc. chips.

    Spray croq. pot. Mix everything in a bowl with a blender. Pour into your croq. pot. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Add cool whip or melted frosting. Just leave it in the croq. pot and spoon it out. I did this for my families Christmas party and they loved it.
     
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    I recipe that I love to make in the crock pot is smoked sausage or kielbasa, a can of chunked pineapple or crushed (juice and all, sometimes if you use more then one package of sausage you have to use a little can of pineapple juice too!), and about a 1/4-1/2 C. brown sugar. I usually make it right before I go to bed and let it cook on low while I'm asleep. My husband usually turns it off in the morning (he gets up earlier then I do) and by the time I am up it is cool enough to put in the fridge before I leave for school. We love it and it is so easy. You can also do the same thing with ham chunks.
     
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    oh now those recipes sound good, too! I happen to have a can of pineapple in the pantry! Don't I need a special liner for the cake though?
     
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    These all sound good, my only concern is that sometimes, depending on where I sub., I leave a little after 7 and get home a little after 4, is this too long for most of these recipes?
     
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    I love using my crockpot and have printed out the recipes ya'll have posted. I can't wait to try some of them!! One thing that I do is toss in a pork roast (or tenderloin) with garlic, green onions, and spices (Tony's, Lawry's, etc), cut up potatoes, and a little chicken broth. It is delicious!
     
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    they do sell crockpot liners so you dont have a mess to clean up when you are done, they are RYNOLDS brand but If you spray your crockpot with PAM it is easy clean up too.

    I heard that you shouldn't put frozen chicken in a crockpot because it doesn't reach temp quick enough and could make you sick. Maybe that goes for the older models, I'm not sure.
     
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    Here's one my family loves:
    chicken pieces (I usually use thighs), a can of crushed pineapple and a small bottle of teriyaki (sp?) sauce. I cook some instant brown rice when I get home and add some veggies. It's great!
     
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    Y'all are making me want to go out and buy a crockpot.

    (I moved to Georgia last year and have never felt comfortable saying or writing the word "y'all", except for today. What happened to me over the break?!:eek: )
     
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    I also love to cook pork and sauerkraut in the crock pot. I put it on before school and by the time I get home the pork is falling apart. All I have to do is make mashed potatoes and the meal is done.
     
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    For Grammy Teacher: I did not use a liner for the cake and it came out very easy. The clean up was really no problem.

    For daysy may: The cake recipe would be good for a Sat. or Sun. dessert. It takes a while but 7 to 4 would be to long. Sorrry:(
     
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    i have a crock pot sitting in my cupboard that I never use because I didn't know what to do with it. I do now. Thanks everyone for the yummy recipes!
     
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    My next purchase is going to be a crockpot, I think. :)
     
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    Thank you all for the great ideas! I will try some when I go back to school.
     
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    I sure hope the frozen chicken is safe because mine is simmering away and has been since 10 am. It is boneless so probably thawed out pretty quickly. But, if you don't hear from me again .......
     
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    well, daisy, I was planning on the same thing for tomorrow.....with boneless chicken breasts................I'll wait til I hear something from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or not! teehee
    What are you doing with your chicken, by the way?
     
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    I throw frozen boneless chicken breasts in mine with a packet of chicken taco seasoning & sometimes a can of enchilada sauce. Let it simmer all day on low, shred the cooked meat, and use it for chicken taco meat....
     
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    You don't have to thaw anything as long as it cooks long enough.

    My crockpot is full of lasagna as we speak!!!!!!!!

    Use any lasagna recipe you like, and put the noodles in like a fancy X.

    Crockpot liners? Check the Rival page.

    http://www.rivalproducts.com/eStore/category.aspx?CategoryId=1199

    But really, I use my Rival Bread n Cake pan a lot. It's WONDERFUL. I don't think they make it any more, but you can find them on Ebay.

    http://search.ebay.com/rival-bread-...tZQ2d1QQsaprchiZQQsaprcloZQQssPageNameZRC0022
     

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