Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

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I don’t know about you, but the cooler temps and holiday season make me crave all the warm drinks! My recipe for Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider is one that you will definitely want to try! The flavors of apple, cranberry and orange are married together in one delicious drink! This would be so good served on Christmas morning with my Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole!

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

INGREDIENTS:

2 Pounds of your Favorite Apples sliced into rings

1 Navel Orange Cut up into Segments

1 Cup of Whole Fresh Cranberries

7 Cups of Water

5-6 Whole Cinnamon Sticks

DIRECTIONS:

Place the Apples, Orange Segments, Cranberries and Water in the Slow Cooker. Mix together and Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Take all of the ingredients and mash together. (The smell will be amazing!)

Place the Mashed Cranberry/Apple mixture through a strainer. You may have to do this several times until the liquid is free of the mixture.

Pour the Cranberry Apple Cider Liquid into mugs and enjoy Hot or Cold! This is so delicious and a great take on the traditional Apple Cider!

Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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If you are anything like my family and I, Christmas morning can be an exciting, yet busy time. I love to prepare a couple of casseroles so that we can sit around the table for a few minutes and enjoy the moment. One of the casseroles that we love is Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole. This is actually prepared in the slow cooker! It is so easy and delicious!

Christmas Morning Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Cinnamon rolls
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Icing from cinnamon roll packages

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, pour in melted butter & cream.
  2. Crack two eggs.
  3. Add vanilla & cinnamon.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Cut each cinnamon roll into 4’s and place the pieces into the crockpot.
  6. Pour egg mixture over the cinnamon roll pieces.
  7. Place lid back onto the crockpot and cook on low for 2 1/2-3 hours. 
  8. Remove lid and drizzle with frosting.
  9. Serve & enjoy! This is also great with something savory served on the side! 

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

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Do you have a busy week ahead? The slow cooker can be your best friend! I use my slow cooker at least twice a week and it really does help me to get dinner on the table in just a few minutes. This recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches is so delicious and it couldn’t be easier to prepare!

If you don’t have a slow cooker, there are several affordable options HERE. I highly suggest that you invest in one! It will make your life so much easier.

Ingredients 

2 lbs. Chicken Breasts

24 oz. jar Marinara Sauce 

Provolone Cheese Slices

Rolls 

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3hrs.
  2. Remove lid and shred the chicken using a fork. 
  3. Pour in marinara sauce. Mix well. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until sauce has heated.
  4. Take the rolls and scoop the shredded chicken onto each roll.
  5. Place a slice of provolone cheese on top of each sandwich. 
  6. Serve & enjoy!

Low Carb Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

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If you are trying to watch your carb intake and eat healthier this new year, I have a delicious new twist on meatloaf for you! This recipe actually began as an accident. I asked my hubby Keith to get Ground Turkey when he went to BJ’s, but instead, he came home with Ground Chicken. That mistake, actually turned out to be a delicious recipe that I couldn’t wait to share with you! I came up with this Low Carb Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf and my entire family loved it!

One of my tips for helping to keep this low carb was to use jarred pizza sauce instead of a traditional spaghetti sauce which can be higher in carbs. I have found that the Walmart brand of pizza sauce has 3 net carbs for 1/4 cup. I like to use this for my meatloaves and stuffed peppers since you are not needing much sauce anyway. It is also very delicious over zoodles (zucchini noodles, and much less in carbs than a traditional jarred spaghetti sauce!)

As far as carbs per serving, I am not certain of that; however, it can’t be much, because I used the low carb sauce, the ground chicken and cheese are not much and the veggies are not much if any. I was able to get 8 very large pieces out of this meatloaf as you can see from the photo above. I was only able to eat one piece as it was very filling, and we had leftovers.

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs. ground chicken

2 cloves minced garlic

1 red pepper (you could use whichever color that you choose. That is what I had on hand)

1/3 onion

salt/pepper to taste

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 jar of Walmart Pizza Sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese for melting

Instructions:

Sauté the onion, pepper and garlic in butter over low heat just until softened.

In a medium bowl add the onion, pepper and garlic mixture with the ground chicken. Add in the grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir together just until everything is combined.

Take the mixture and place in slow cooker to form a loaf. Pour the jar of pizza sauce over your meatloaf and cook on low for 4-6 hours. I like to sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese on top while it is cooking as well.

Test to check for doneness as it is cooking. Everyone’s slow cooker will vary. In the last 10 minutes of cooking time, sprinkle 1-1/1/2 of shredded mozzarella cheese on top to melt. You can also sprinkle extra Italian seasoning. Fresh Basil would also be delicious! Serve with your favorite salad or vegetable!

I hope that you enjoy this as much as we did! You will not believe how moist that this is!

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

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It’s been awhile since I have shared this delicious and easy recipe here on the blog, so I thought it was time to repost. This is a wonderful recipe to have on hand for those days when you know that life is going to be crazy! Slow Cooker Meat Loaf is sure to be your new family’s new favorite way to enjoy meat loaf! Yep, you read that right meat loaf in the slow cooker! 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 it 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!

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2-2 lbs. Ground Turkey (you could use ground beef as well, but I like how moist the ground turkey is for this recipe)

2/3 Cup Bread Crumbs

2 Eggs

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

DIRECTIONS:

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. Mix 1/4 cup ketchup, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, and a dash of mustard. Mix together and place on top of the meatloaf. Cook for an additional 30 minutes just until the glaze is nice and set.

Serve and enjoy! I doubt that there will be any leftovers!

Centsible Suppers with My Sweet Savings: Slow Cooker Turkey Polish Kielbasa with Green Beans and Potatoes

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One of the things that I want to do on this blog is to empower you to be a smart and savvy shopper. One of the areas that we can all definitely afford to save in is the area of groceries, right? Groceries can be such an expensive part of any family budget, so when we can find ways to save, that is always a plus!

I thought it would be fun and helpful to our budgets to come up with one weekly supper idea that is based entirely off of sale items from the grocery store. This supper will be $10 or less, and if there are applicable coupons, you can add those into the mix to really get a great deal! I will be looking at ads from several stores, but my primary focus will be Publix, Walmart, Aldi and Target. Those are the 4 stores that I primarily shop at for groceries. I may ask some of you to come up with your own ideas from time to time and share other stores in your area. That would be so much fun to get you involved in this too!

For this week, I shopped at Publix and the current Publix ad that is valid through March 31. (this week’s ad is longer because of Easter). I purchased ingredients to make Slow Cooker Turkey Polish Kielbasa with Green Beans and Potatoes. My total came in at $8.36. This is enough to feed at least 6 people.

Here is what I bought:

2 packages of Butterball Polish Turkey Kielbasa BOGO, $2.99

1 lb. red potatoes $1.64

1 small onion, $0.37

1 small can of chicken broth, $1

3 cans of Libby’s green beans, $0.52 each ($1.56 total)

1 box of Jiffy corn muffin mix

Directions: 

Cut up both packages of the turkey kielbasa into chunks and place in the slow cooker

Quarter each of the potatoes, dice the onion and place in the slow cooker

Drain and empty the green beans into the slow cooker

Add the can of chicken stock in the slow cooker

Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder

Place the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with cornbread and enjoy!

My entire family loves this frugal and delicious meal!

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.

INGREDIENTS:

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…

DIRECTIONS:

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 Salsa Chicken

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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!

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 Frozen Chicken Breasts

1 16-oz Jar of your Favorite Salsa

DIRECTIONS:

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 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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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!

INGREDIENTS:

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

 

DIRECTIONS:

Place all ingredients in Slow Cooker and Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve over White or Brown Rice and Enjoy!  

Slow Cooker Lasagna

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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!

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound of Ground Turkey or Ground Beef

1 Small Onion Diced

Dried Garlic

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

DIRECTIONS:

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.