Thursday, September 02, 2010

Calling All Cooks! HELP!

Firstly, thanks to you all for the words of encouragement and support on my foray into grad school.  And those of you whom are educators, your advice is much sought and appreciated!  Now, I'm calling on all of you for help again - this time, in the kitchen.

Lest my boy turn into one giant microwaveable chicken nugget dinner full of fat and calories, I'm collecting slow cooker/crock pot recipes that are healthful, nutritious and packed with flavor, but are easy to throw together.  I used to buy a lot of those pre-packaged Crock Pot meals at the grocery, but they never have any in stock, and those meals usually have too much sodium, anyway.  So, I'm trying to make them from scratch.  I will usually wind up prepping the stuff while I'm home on my lunch break during the day.  I do, however, have plans in the near future to see about getting either one or two more slow cookers or the three-in-one slow cooker jobby I saw at that club that belongs to Sam the other day (depending on cost) and cooking up big batches of different dishes to freeze and or refrigerate for us to eat on during the week.  Last night, I made a scrumptious beef stew, and - I have to say - it was 500 times better than all those microwave meals I have in the freezer right now!

So, please, if you are a listed contributor on our recipe blog, please go there soon and leave me some slow cooker recipes!  If you aren't, please leave me a slow cooker recipe either in the comments on this blog or the recipe blog.  My sanity depends on it!


Jessi said...

Okay, I have a fabulous recipe for tortilla soup in the slow cooker, but I can't currently find it. I'll let you know when it pops up. In the meantime:

Slowcooker Veggie Soup:
3-4 Frozen chicken breasts
2 Large cans mixed veggies (I like to do one cut small and 1 cut large)
1 Bottle of V-8
Put frozen chicken in the bottom of the crockpot and pour drained veggies and V-8 over the top. Cook on low for 8 hours. Use a fork to pull out chicken breasts and cut into smaller chunks, then toss 'em back in. Ready to serve. And fabulous. Trust me.

Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing
2-3 Frozen Chicken breasts
1 Can Cream of chicken soup
1 Cup Milk
1 Bag of frozen mixed veggies
1 Box of Chicken flavored stovetop stuffing
Place frozen chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot. Mix milk and cream of chicken soup and small bag of veggies. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 7 hours. Mix stuffing according to package instructions. Smooth over top of chicken and sauce. Continue cooking on low for 30 minutes.

Those are the ones I have memorized. :)

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Ooo! Thanks, Jessi! These sound delicious - you're making me hungry!

Tara said...

Hey Jenn. I just posted one at the recipe blog.