Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

I created this sandwich a few weeks ago on a night when I was in a hurry.  I’ve fallen into a bad habit of working in the afternoon.  That’s not the bad part.  The bad part comes in when I finally look up at the clock and realize it’s already 5:30 and I haven’t started dinner.

I forget which meal this Italian sausage was meant for, but it worked perfectly in these sloppy joes.  And the good thing is, you probably have all the other ingredients in your pantry.

They also can be made in about 15 minutes.  Perfect!

This Italian spin on the traditional sloppy joe tastes a lot like pizza.  Which meant that my family loved them.  So did I.  They reminded me a lot of the flavor of Pizza Potpie.

I don’t have an ingredient photo this time, because I was creating in a huge hurry.  But, like I said, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  With the exception of the Italian sausage, they are all very common ingredients.   [Read more…]

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Tangy Sweet Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker – 2 Ingredients Plus the Pork

tangy sweet pork chops in the crockpot

I love assembly only recipes for the slow cooker, don’t you?  Less than 5 minutes of prep and dinner is well on it’s way to being ready.

You may recognize the two ingredients that are paired up in this recipe from the popular meatball appetizers that get served at parties.  I decided to try it over pork chops instead of meatballs.  Really, I think you could use any type of meat for this.  Use what you find in your freezer or what’s on sale.

I served this with Easy Smashed Sweet Potatoes and steamed broccoli.  It tasted like I’d spent a long time cooking, but in total it probably only added up to about 15 minutes of hands on work.  And that was spread out over the day.  Perfect for a busy family!

Here’s what you’ll need for the pork chops:   [Read more…]

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Teriyaki Pork Chops with Red Pepper and Pineapple in the Slow Cooker

Teriyaki pork chops in the slow cooker

 

I love any recipe that only takes a couple of minutes to put in the crockpot.  This one is a bit of a different take on boneless pork chops.

It makes use of store-bought teriyaki glaze/sauce.  The peppers and pineapple get added at the end of the cooking time, while the rice is cooking.  That helps keep them from overcooking.

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

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Slow Cooker BBQ Peach Pulled Pork

Slow cooker pulled pork is one of our staple dinners. It’s just so easy to throw it in the slow cooker before work in the morning. I regularly try to mix up the meal with slight variations to keep it from getting boring.

For this dish, I grabbed a jar of peach salsa from the international aisle of the grocery store to mix in. The sweetness of the peaches pair nicely against the tartness of the barbecue sauce. And, you only need three ingredients! You can’t beat that.

Serve this on buns with an easy side dish and you’re all set for dinner.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

This is an amazing meal.  First, it only takes a few minutes to put it in the slow cooker.  And it tastes fantastic.  The pork roast is tender and full of flavor, thanks to Italian Herb Salt, garlic and white wine.

I’ll definitely be making this one again.  Next time, I will add more whole cloves of garlic.  Jim and I were searching in the potatoes to find the cooked garlic.  They were perfect with the potatoes.

I love a meal that tastes like you’ve slaved over the stove, when you really only spent five or ten minutes putting it in the crockpot.  That’s my kind of cooking.

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

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Easy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas – Weeknight Dinner Favorite

We love tacos of any kind.  Really, anything that can be rolled in a tortilla is a winner around here.  And if it can be made in the slow cooker, that’s a double bonus.

These Pork Carnitas in the slow cooker were such a big hit that I know they’ll be served often.  It takes less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the crock pot.  Perfect for a busy morning.   The meat can handle an all day cooking, so they’re great for long, busy days too.

I know these are not authentic.  Frankly, authenticity is the last thing on my mind at 8am when I’m loading up the crock pot for dinner.  I bet most of you agree with that.  Once the lid is closed and the dial is turned on, I could do a Mexican Hat Dance around the kitchen I’m so happy to have dinner “done”.

Other than the pork, you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen now.  Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

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Apple BBQ Pork Chops

The inspiration for these came from a Dairy Queen run the other week.  We went for ice cream, but while we were there I noticed a sign advertising apple bbq hamburgers.  I’m not sure what those are like, but it started my mind thinking about the combination of apple and bbq.

I like to keep things simple, so this is what I came up with.  Three ingredients give a sweet, smokey flavor to the pork chops.  You could use the sauce on chicken or burgers too.

And you could choose to grill the meat, cook it in the oven or use the slow cooker.  I chose the oven, only because I ran out of time for the slow cooker and it was way too hot outside to grill (triple digits – whew!).

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

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Italian Seasoned Salt and White Wine Pork Tenderloin – Easy and Moist!

I made this for us on Christmas Day.  And then I made it again a few weeks ago.

Seasoned with homemade Italian Seasoned Salt and doused with white wine, this is an easy and impressive main dish.  It would make a fabulous Easter dinner.

I paired it with garlic cream cheese mashed potatoes.  Just boil the potatoes and drain them.  Add butter and 4 oz of cream cheese, along with the garlic clove from the meat then mash away.  Delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need to make this pork tenderloin:  [Read more…]

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Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker

I would very much like to shake the hand of the person who invented the slow cooker.  Said person should be lauded with chocolate and roses and decadent coffee concoctions.

I’m naturally suspicious of cooks who don’t make good use of the slow cooker.  Why avoid something that is such a time saver, such a miracle worker?

Take this dinner, for instance.  Into the crock go pork chops, apples, onions and a bit of honey and Dijon.  Several hours later, you only need to add a green veggie and bread or salad and dinner is ready.  It practically fixes itself, leaving me with time to get stuff done spend time on Pinterest.

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

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Italian Sausage Enchiladas – Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients

Sometimes I make a recipe exactly as it’s written.  Maybe because I’m not familiar with the dish.  Or because it’s a baked good that will just work better if I follow directions.  Or because I like the results of that specific recipe.

But other times, I use recipes as a jumping off point.  I swap out ingredients for what I have in my pantry or fridge.  This is how I cook most often.  I love to read comments from readers that say something like, “I loved this recipe.  I used chicken broth instead of beef, added more veggies, skipped the green chilis and topped it with cornbread.”  It’s not the same recipe at all, but the reader loved it! She used her creativity and shopped her pantry to serve her family a meal that they all liked.  Success!

One reason I like enchiladas so much is that they are a prime candidate for substituting.  These enchiladas are a recent result of shopping my pantry and fridge for ingredients.  They are simple to make and my family loved them.

Here’s what you’ll need.  Feel free to substitute as needed.  The recipe makes about 9-10 enchiladas.  The picture above only shows part of the recipe. [Read more…]

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