Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup from scratch

 

I’ve been wanting to make Black Bean Soup forever.  I knew I wanted to make it in the slow cooker too.

So I went on a recipe search and found this Cuban Black Bean Soup from the Kitchn.  The recipe was a great excuse to use the ham bone I’d frozen from Christmas.

My recipe search also yielded Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Soup.  Hers doesn’t use a ham bone.  And it has no vinegar, like the other recipe does.  But she did add some cumin and chili powder.

And neither recipe was for the slow cooker.  Black beans cooked on top of the stove become creamy and smooth.  In the slow cooker, this texture has to be forced a bit by pureeing some of the soup in a blender.

I ended up combining the two recipes I found, with my own thoughts on making it work for the slow cooker.  The result was wonderful.  It was even better the next day.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes – Perfect for Super Bowl

ALDI Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes

Super Bowl is coming!  And with it, the most important part – the food, of course.

I’m not a huge football fan, but I do love food.  When ALDI asked me to create a recipe that would be perfect for Super Bowl parties, Buffalo Chicken popped into my mind.

I love using the slow cooker, and that works great for cooking the chicken and keeping it hot during the party.  Grab a second slow cooker for the baked potatoes, if you’ve got one handy.

ALDI Buffalo Chicken slow cooker

Using small sized potatoes keeps this dish appetizer sized.  That’s great for parties, because you’ll still have plenty of room to try all the other foods being served.

But this recipe also makes a great weeknight dinner.  Use large, baking potatoes. Serve it with a big green salad and roasted broccoli.  It’s a great twist on a plain Tuesday night.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Potatoes.  All of the ingredients can be found at ALDI, so you know you’ll get them for a good price too.   [Read more…]

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Cheesy Smoked Sausage Chowder

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Chowder

 

If you like a hearty, hot soup for dinner in the winter, this one’s for you.

It’s thick and cheesy.  Full of smoked sausage, potatoes, carrots, celery and onions.

I adapted the recipe from Cheesy Hamburger Soup.  I used smoked sausage instead of hamburger.  And shredded cheddar instead of Velveeta.

Serve this soup with crusty bread and a big, green salad.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

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Chili Topped Macaroni and Cheese

Chili Topped Mac and Cheese

 

I’m not sure where I saw this idea of serving chili over the top of macaroni and cheese.  But ever since I ran across it, I’ve wanted to give it a try.

And oh yes.  It is just as good as I imagined it would be!

The chili with all of its meaty, spiciness contrasts wonderfully with the creamy, cheesy pasta.

A match made in dinner plate heaven!

You can use any kind of chili and macaroni recipes you like.  I link up some possible recipes below.   [Read more…]

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40 Whole Food Slow Cooker Recipes

40 Whole Food Slow Cooker Recipes

The slow cooker can be your best friend for getting healthy meals on the table.  These recipes avoid pre-packaged items and focus on meats and vegetables.

Even though these are from-scratch recipes, they can be assembled and cooking in just a few minutes.  There’s not a difficult one in the bunch.

What you will find is variety.  There’s everything from Thai Chicken Curry Soup to African Pulled Beef Sandwiches to Chicken and Beef Shwarma.  For tastes closer to home try All Day Beef Stew, Chicken Philly Sandwiches and Ham and Bean Soup.

african pulled beef sandwich done

African Pulled Beef Sandwiches

beef stew done

All Day Beef Stew

baked chicken with summer vegetables in slow cooker

Baked Chicken with Summer Vegetables

beef and bean topped potatoes done

Beef and Bean Topped Baked Potatoes

beef shwarma in the slow cooker

Beef Shwarma

Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

Easy Chicken Curry

Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans

chicken philly sandwiches in the slow cooker

Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Chicken Posole

Chicken Posole Stew

chicken shwarma in the slow cooker done

Chicken Shwarma

Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Thai Chicken Curry Soup

french dip sandwiches in the slow cooker done

French Dip Sandwiches

Garlic Chicken with More Garlic

garlic rosemary chicken and potatoes ingr

Garlic Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

honey dijon pork and apples in the slow cooker done

Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples

Italian chicken with tomatoes in the crockpot

Italian Chicken with Tomatoes

Italian herb chicken and potatoes slow cooker done

Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes

Italian seasoned salt chicken slow cooker ingr

Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken

Crockpot Lemon Chicken baked on a bed of Sauerkraut

Lemon Chicken Baked on a Bed of Sauerkraut

Mediterranean Chicken

pumpkin black bean chicken chili

Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili

Salsa Verde Steak Slow Cooker Recipe

Salsa Verde Steak

brown sugar chicken and sweet potatoes done

Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

slow cooker chicken cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cock-A-Leekie Soup

Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup couldn't be easier!

Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone

 

Chicken Minestrone

Slow Cooker Chicken Veggie Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Tamale Sandwiches on Cornbread

turkey breast in slow cooker

Turkey Breast

turkey legs, italian sausage and potatoes in the slow cooker done

Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage and Potatoes

whole chicken in the slow cooker

Whole Chicken

 

Zesty Crockpot Chicken with Couscous

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Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

Chicken Minestrone in the Slow Cooker

 

This soup is made for January.  It’s loaded with vegetables, chicken and beans.  It’s made from scratch.  And it cooks entirely in the slow cooker.  No pre-cooking meat required.

In fact, it fits in great with our Slow Cooker Soup Series from last year.

For a simple, complete meal add in cornbread or biscuits.  Or try these Rosemary Goat Cheese Muffins.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup.   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans

 

Pork Chops and Baked Beans is an easy recipe for a weeknight dinner.  The baked beans have a taste of molasses and the pork chops come out tender and juicy.

This recipe can actually be made in the oven or the slow cooker, so you can match it to your day and schedule.

The ingredients are all common, pantry ingredients.  And it won’t take longer than a few minutes to get it all assembled and ready to bake (or slow cook).

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Easy Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Kale

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

 

Cheese tortellini, chicken, kale, tomatoes, garlic, onion – this soup is full of good stuff!

And it couldn’t be easier to make.  Especially if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer ready to go.

I almost always have chicken frozen, that I’ve either cooked myself or used Costco rotisserie chicken.  It’s such a time saver to have the meat ready to use.  A quick minute or two in the microwave is all it takes to thaw it enough so it can be added to a soup or casserole.

Next week, I’ll have another post on using meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken (or your leftover turkey).  There are so many ways to use chicken and turkey like this.

But for today, let’s talk about this soup.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken – in the oven or slow cooker

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken

 

This recipe for Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken is so easy.  There are just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).

You can fix it in the slow cooker or oven.

It’s great with sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  Or Hawaiian Cole Slaw.  Or Asian Broccoli Salad.  Or any salad with a poppy seed or honey mustard or berry vinaigrette dressing.

Use any cut of chicken you like.  Bone-in or boneless will work, just be sure to adjust the cook time for boneless.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

4 ingredients.  The slow cooker does the work.  And my kids actually said “Wow!” when they tasted it!

This recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing is a definite winner!

The base recipes starts with something very familiar to you – chicken in the slow cooker with a jar of salsa.  I used black bean and corn salsa and started with frozen chicken tenders.

It gets interesting when you’re about ready to serve it.  Use the liquid in the slow cooker to add to a box of cornbread dressing mix.  This gives the dressing a big punch of flavor.

Top it all with shredded cheese and you have an easy winner for dinner!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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