With all of the cooler weather lately I am loving my slow cooker for soup! I made this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortailla Soup over the weekend for #SundaySupper and it was a big hit with my guys!! I have been experimenting with different things in my Chicken Tortilla Soup since I am gluten free and I think that I have a winner! I love this recipe because you poach the chicken breasts right in the slow cooker so that they get full of flavor. This recipe also uses salsa in place of diced tomatoes which I love! Please let me know if you try this and what you think about it!
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
3 large frozen chicken breasts
1 16 oz jar of your favorite salsa
1 large carton of chicken broth
1 15-oz can of corn
1 15oz. can of black beans
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
dash of salt/pepper
Easy Pound Cake Recipe
I love this Pound Cake Recipe that I found from Julie Blanner. It is so versatile and you can do so much with it! Substitute the Vanilla Extract for Almond or another flavor to give it a special flavor! You can also top it with Strawberries or a yummy glaze. You will not be disappointed I promise!
2 Sticks Softened Butter
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Milk
2 Tsp. Vanilla
- Grease a 1 lb bread pan and preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter until it is light in color (around 3 minutes). Gradually incorporate sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time and blend on low.
- Alternate adding flour and milk, add vanilla until smooth.
- Pour into bread pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. (It may take longer. I actually went for around 1 hour 30 minutes.)
- Allow to cool and top with glaze or fresh fruit.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs is absolutely delicious and a great way to get the kiddos to eat their veggies! My boys actually jump up and down when I tell them that we are having this for dinner! I love to stock up on Frozen Meatballs when they are on sale BOGO and the Pre-Sliced veggies that you can buy in the Produce Department are such a timesaver! Remember, the Slow Cooker is your friend. It is a way to get meals on the table that are Easy, Affordable and Stress-Free!
1 Bottle of your favorite Sweet and Sour Sauce
1 Small Can of Pineapple Tidbits or Chunks
1 Package of Pre-Sliced Mixed Pepper Rings and Onions (these are a HUGE time-saver!)
1 Package of Frozen Meatballs
Place all ingredients in Slow Cooker and Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve over White or Brown Rice and Enjoy!
Salsa Chicken is always a crowd pleaser not to mention it is super versatile. You can use it just as it is right from the slow cooker served over rice, or take your Taco Tuesday from Drab to Fab and serve the shredded mixture in tortillas with cheese and all of your favorite taco fixins! Yum! I also sometimes will add in a can of black beans or corn. You can also add in a block of cream cheese 30 minutes before you turn off the slow cooker and let in melt into the mixture. Ummm, yes, please! It is ridiculous! Let's get to the recipe, right? Oh and did I mention the base of this recipe has 2 ingredients? Yep, SUPER easy!
3-4 Frozen Chicken Breasts
1 16-oz Jar of your Favorite Salsa
Place the frozen chicken breasts and salsa inside the Slow Cooker. Turn on Low Temperature for 6-8 hours.
Shred the mixture and enjoy just as is over rice or serve in your favorite tortillas as tacos. Either way you will love this one and make it again and again!
SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS
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Today is for all the Mexican fans out there! I love Chipotle and always opt for the Burrito Bowls so this recipe of Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls is my take on that. I will tell you that this make a lot so be prepared. I like to take the leftovers and the next day we actually make burritos. My boys LOVE this dish. I like that you can really customize it to your liking and add whatever veggies that you and your family prefer.
2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoons Onion Powder
2 Teaspoons Cumin
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
4 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (drained, rinsed)
1 Can Corn (Optional)
1 Can Black Beans (drained, rinsed)
2 3/4 Cup Rice of your Choice (we love Jasmine)
Toppings of your choice: Avacado slices, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Onions, Cilantro, Shredded Cheese, Etc...
Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
Pour the Chicken Broth, Diced Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder and Garlic Powder in the Slow Cooker.
Cook on low for around 4 hours until the chicken is cooked through.
Remove the chicken from Slow Cooker and set aside. I like to cut the chicken up in chunks at this point.
Place Rice, Black Beans and Corn (if used) in Slow Cooker.
Place Slow Cooker on High for 45 Minutes-1 Hour or until Rice is cooked. (Do not over cook or rice will become mushy)
Add the chunks of chicken back in the Slow Cooker. You can also add the Shredded Cheese in at this point if you prefer, but we like to add it on ourselves in the bowls.
Serve the Chicken and Rice mixture in bowls and add your favorite toppings like fresh Avacado slices, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Onions, Cilantro, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, Etc...
SLOW COOKER LASAGNA
If you love Lasagna but don't enjoy the tedious task of assembling it, this dish is for you! Lasagna made right in your slow cooker! My family loves this dish and raves over it even more than when I make a regular lasagna in the oven. And, the best part? It can cook in the slow cooker and be ready for you when you need dinner on the table at night!
1 pound of Ground Turkey or Ground Beef
1 Small Onion Diced
Uncooked Lasagna noodles
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Brown the Ground Beef or Turkey with Diced Onion and Sprinkle Dried Garlic over. Drain. Spoon 1 Cup of Spaghetti Sauce over the bottom of the Slow Cooker. Place 2-3 Lasagna Noodles on Top of the Sauce. Next, Place 1/3 of the Meat mixture on top of the noodles. Spread 3/4 Cup of Cottage Cheese on top of Meat Mixture followed by 1/2 cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. Repeat these steps 2 more times. For the last step, place the 2 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese on top. Cook on low for 4 hours. Do not cook more than 4 hours or it may get overdone.
SLOW COOKER MEAT LOAF
Today's recipe is for Slow Cooker Meat Loaf. Yep, you read that right Meat Loaf! Now I know that you may be skeptical of cooking meat Loaf in a Slow Cooker. I know that I was at first. But let me tell you, it is the Best Meat Loaf that I have ever had and is so moist! My guys must think so too because they devoured the entire thing! I really think that you will love it and that it will be a staple in your menu rotation!
1 1/2-2 lbs. Ground Turkey (You could use ground beef as well, but I like how moist the Ground Turkey is.)
2/3 Cup Bread Crumbs (I used Gluten Free because of My Food Allergy issues- my boys did not even know the difference)
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Ground Onion
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Tsp Pepper
1 Lb. Tri-Color Baby Potatoes Cut Into Quarters
1 Lb. Baby Carrots Cut into Halves
Take the first 7 Ingredients and gently mix together. Form into a loaf and place in the middle of the slow cooker. Take the Quartered Potatoes and Baby Carrots and place around the outside edge of the meatloaf. Cook on low for around 5-6 hours.
About 30 minutes before taking off heat, mix together the glaze for the top of the meatloaf. Take 1/4 Cup Ketchup, 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar, and a Dash of Mustard. Mix together and place all over the top of the meatloaf. Cook for an additional 30 minutes just until the glaze is nice and set.
SLOW COOKER MEATBALL SUBS
The school year is quickly approaching and I can hardly believe that it is time for the kiddos to head back to school! My boys start this Wednesday and I am finishing up last-minute details.
With the kids back in school I know that many of us will be searching for both easy and quick meals to get on the table without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. One of the ways that you can prepare a delicious meal that your entire family will love is to utilize your Slow Cooker. I use mine at least 2 times a week and it really is a life-saver. I thought that it would be fun to start a series here on the blog called "Saving Your Sanity With Your Slow Cooker". The recipes that I will be sharing are ones that I prepare for my family on a regular basis so they have been tested and approved! You can my post of 10 Slow Cooker Pantry Essential items that I like to keep on hand HERE.
The first recipe that I will be sharing in the series is for Slow Cooker Meatball Subs. This recipe is not only great for a quick dinner, but also perfect for Football season when you are looking to feed a crowd. I like to stock my freezer up on Frozen Meatballs when they go on sale BOGO so that I can always have the ingredients for this recipe on-hand.
SLOW COOKER MEATBALL SUBS
1 bag of your favorite frozen meatballs
1 jar of your favorite Pasta Sauce
Grated Parmesan Cheese for Topping
Place the Meatballs and jar of pasta sauce in your slow cooker. Cook on Low for around 4 hours. Serve on Hoagie Rolls and sprinkle the top with Parmesan Cheese. I like to serve with Broccoli or a Salad.
This recipe is SO easy yet SO delicious! Enjoy!!