Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Meatballs – 100 days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

If you are a fan of Asian food, you’ll love this because it is so much better than take out!

Sweet-and-Sour-Meatballs

 

I love the tangy sweet of sweet and sour dishes. Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the slow cooker is a definite winner. Its a great dish for serving on hot days, because the rice gives it a nice, light feel and it still tastes delicious even if it isn’t piping hot!

And, it is a money saver for families as it is much cheaper than going out, too.

Click on over to Good {cheap} Eats  for this recipe. Jessica from shares a meat ball recipe if you prefer to make your own!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day five in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Asian Glazed Oven Fried Chicken

These sweet, savory Oven Fried Chicken breasts will become an instant family favorite! Packed full of delicious Asian flavors & easy to make, there will be no need to hang on to those take out menus!

Asian Glazed Oven Fried ChickenI absolutely love fried chicken. One of my all time favorite comfort foods! But I hate going through the process of frying it up. It’s time consuming, messy & normally ends up with me injured. Which is exactly why I have grown to love oven fried chicken. You get all of the breaded goodness you love from traditional fried chicken in a whole lot easier version.   [Read more…]

Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Chicken EAH

I absolutely love Asian inspired dishes, and have been experimenting with several different recipes lately. I recently made a spicy bourbon chicken that I thought was amazing…but the rest of my crowd, not so much. My family does not do spicy! So, the next time I had a craving for Chinese, I decided to skip the spice and see if I could create something my kids would eat. I had some pineapple in the fridge, which gave me inspiration for this Pineapple Chicken. It is sweet with the brown sugar and pineapple, but deliciously flavorful with hints of ginger and the saltiness of the tamari (gluten free soy sauce).

Pineapple Chicken and sides EAHI topped mine with sesame seeds, green onions, and red pepper flakes, and served it over brown rice. We had an Asian chopped salad as a side, which is quickly made from a bagged salad kit (which I have found WalMart and Sam’s Club).

I am pleased to report that my girls loved it!! (My son is 5 and only eats chicken in the form of a nugget! I’m praying for the day he outgrows this.) I am super excited that I can add this to our regular rotation so I can get my Chinese food fix, and it is easy to spice up my individual portion so everyone is happy!

Pineapple Chicken
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts - cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Approx. 1 cup pineapple, tidbits or small chunks
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ cup Tamari
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 T. ketchup
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. powdered ginger
  • Crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Remove chicken from pan and add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well blended and dissolved.
  4. Add chicken back into pan with sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes uncovered.

KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, and 2 fur babies. She blogs about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

General Tso’s Chicken and Broccoli

In college, the dining hall had a made-to-order station featuring a different dish ever night. General Tso’s nights were one of my favorites – you could pick your protein, vegetables and type of rice for a customizable dinner. I always got chicken and broccoli with brown rice. When I moved off campus, it was one of the few things I missed about the dining hall.

I quickly learned to recreate it at home and it’s been one of our go-to dinners on busy nights since – it’s on the table in about twenty minutes.  It’s also a really flexible recipe. Broccoli not your thing? You can sub in snap peas, green beans or another vegetable. Small meatballs or pork can be subbed for the chicken.

If you’re going for the classic, though, here’s what you’ll need.   [Read more…]

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…]

Thai Chili Chicken Egg Rolls

Is anyone else excited about the Super Bowl? Even though my beloved Giants didn’t even make the playoffs, I’m looking forward to the big game. It’s so fun to get caught up in the hype, watch the commercials and spend the night eating finger foods in front of the TV!

Egg rolls are always one of my go-to dishes for football game watching. People are always impressed, but they’re actually really easy to make yourself. (And, who doesn’t love dipping things?!) These are also baked, not fried, so I feel better about indulging in them.

I’m not going lie – my first few rolls always come out a little lumpy or ripped. That’s part of the reason double-wrapping them is great – it also helps make them crunchy without the frying. They do get easier as you go, though, I promise!

These are also super freezer-friendly. After you have them assembled, put them on a baking sheet and pop them into the freezer for 2-3 hours, until firm, and then transfer them to a zipper-lock freezer bag. When you’re ready to cook them, use the same baking instructions and just add a few minutes to the cook time.

Thai Chili Chicken Egg Rolls
Ingredients
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 4½ c. cole slaw mix (or, shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • 3 c. cooked, shredded chicken breast
  • 1½ c. bean sprouts
  • ⅔ c. Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, plus more for serving
  • 24 Egg roll wrappers
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 T. olive oil until shimmering. Add cabbage and cover. Cook until wilted, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken and cook until heated through, about two minutes. Stir in bean sprouts and sweet chili sauce and toss to coat. Set aside until cooled enough to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F degrees.
  3. Add 2-3 T. of the mixture onto the center of an egg roll wrapper. Fold in two opposite corners, then a third corner over. Roll towards the fourth corner, sealing it off. Place the roll onto another wrapper and wrap again. Repeat with remaining mixture and wrappers.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the egg rolls, seem-side down, on the baking sheet. Spray tops with cooking spray.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown, turning halfway through.

Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

 

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

This has everything I love in a meal:

It’s simple to fix.  I’m pretty sure even the slowest cook could get this started in about 2.3 minutes.

There are only a few ingredients.

Everyone loved it!

In my book, that makes a nearly perfect weeknight meal.  The only downside (and it isn’t much of a downside) is that you’ll still need to fix a veggie and make the rice right before dinner.  Since those are both easy tasks, it’s no problem.

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

Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry” in the Slow Cooker

Stir fry is a cooking method that can’t really be replicated in a slow cooker.

But you can make a pretty good fake!

I’ve made this recipe twice now.  It’s easy and quick to fix.  The chicken gets cooked in stir fry sauce for several hours.  The veggies are added later, so they don’t get mushy.

No ingredient photo this time.  I was in a big hurry both times I’ve made it. [Read more…]

Kung Pao Chicken

Let me say, that when I decided to make this I had no idea what really goes in Kung Pao Chicken.  I just saw a bottle of the sauce in Walmart and bought it.  The rest was decided by what I had on hand.

The result turned out delicious.  The Kung Pao sauce had just enough spice to lend and interesting kick.  I used chicken that I had already grilled, sliced and frozen, so it was quick to make.

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

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

My ears perked up when I heard someone mention a fried rice dish that involved ham and pineapple.  Any recipe that involves cubed ham gets my attention right now, since I have so much in the freezer.

My family likes the ham/pineapple combo in recipes, but I admit that this sounded a little strange.  But I was wrong.  The fried rice was full of flavor and we licked the platter clean.  No leftovers to fight over.

I based the recipe on Vietnam Fried Rice, but I used pineapple juice in addition to the soy sauce to season and flavor the dish.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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