Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburgers

Burgers are a summer staple in our house – they’re so easy and versatile that they make an appearance at least once a week on our dinner plans. But, there are always those nights when it’s so humid and sticky and gross that standing over the grill sounds like the worst idea ever. And when it’s like that outside, who really wants to turn on the stove and heat up inside?

These are the perfect burgers for nights like that.

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The slow cooker won’t heat up the house, but you can still get a really great burger out of it. The trick? Making sure the patties aren’t sitting in their own grease. I roll up foil and make a mini grill-grate on the bottom of my slow cooker to boost them up just enough.

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Then, I just lay my burger patties on top. I can fit four quarter-pound burgers in my four-quart slow cooker. If you want to cook more, just make a second layer of foil and stack them up.   [Read more...]

Pineapple Upside Cake – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Good news: your sweet tooth isn’t going to be left out of this series of summer recipes for the slow cooker!

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Pineapple Upside Down cake is a great way to finish off a summer meal. One that could also have been cooking while you were out enjoying a day at the pool!

You’ll love how easy  Pineapple Upside down cake is to make in the slow cooker. Click here to try the recipe out.

This recipe is best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Or you could even give it more of a Hawaiian flare with this recipe for Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice cream. (MMM!)

We’re sharing 100 days of summer slow cooker meals.  This is day 4.  Keep your kitchen cool – don’t miss a single recipe.  Subscribe to the email list. You find the other posts in this series by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Enchiladas – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

What could be better than Enchiladas with garden fresh salsa? Enchiladas that you can “forget” about until dinner time!

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

 

Mexican flavor is always a hit, and doing enchiladas in the crock pot makes this so very easy! It only takes about 15 minutes to put these together, and you can customize them to your family’s preferences, too.

Click on over to Pocket Change Gourmet to try this one out.  They’d be awesome served with some fresh salsa or guacamole!

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 three in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa

There’s something about the warm weather that suddenly makes me feel like I’m living on some gorgeous, tropical island. As soon as summer hits, Caribbean-inspired meals end up making it into our dinner rotation a lot more often. Usually, this means lots of grilling – but some days the convenience of the slow cooker just wins out.

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This dish is inspired by a lunch we had on vacation in Honduras a few years ago. The combo of spicy jerk chicken paired with the cool cucumber mango salsa is perfect for summer. And, it couldn’t be easier. The chicken can be prepped in about five minutes before I walk out the door for work and the salsa only takes another ten minutes or so when I get home – which means more time to get outside and enjoy the summer sun!   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Soup

My sister-in-law gave me the idea for Chicken Alfredo Soup.  She said she’d eaten it before and it was good, but not as Alfredo-y as she wished.  The recipe she’d seen used a jar of Alfredo sauce.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo SoupI decided to make a homemade version that didn’t use the jar of sauce.  This soup has chicken, penne pasta, and lots of Parmesan.  It’s a delicious take on classic chicken and noodle soup.

But it isn’t as Alfredo-y as you’d imagine the soup to be.  I think that may be an impossible thing to ask of a soup, because if you thicken it and make it just like the sauce, then you don’t have soup any more.  You’ve got sauce.

I almost named it something different, like Chicken Parmesan Soup, but that’s a different dish and I already have a Chicken Parmesan Soup.  So despite the fact that the name might be a little misleading, I’m keeping it.

And this soup is definitely worth making.  It’s warm, comforting and creamy.  And there’s no pre-cooking needed.  Everything goes into the slow cooker, although the milk and pasta get held out to near the end of the cooking time.

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

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with ham

 

I love split pea soup, but it’s not one that I make often.  It’s best made when you’ve got a ham bone available.  But since I figured out a great work-around for that with my Ham and Bean Soup, I decided to use the same technique for this recipe.

This soup meets all the requirements for the Slow Cooker Soup Series.  It’s assembly only, taking only minutes to get everything started in the slow cooker.

I was afraid that my kids wouldn’t eat it.  The color is light green (even though the photo shows it to be more yellow).  Plus the name isn’t very kid-friendly.  However, they all really liked it and even went back for seconds.

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

Philly Cheese Steak Soup in the Slow Cooker

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This Philly Cheese Steak Soup couldn’t be easier.  Although it doesn’t taste exactly like a cheese steak (that could be weird), it does have the flavors of the famous sandwich.

Or at least the flavors most people think of when they think about cheese steaks.  The real deal that you find in Philadelphia most often has cheese whiz as the cheese.  And they are so, so good!

This soup combines beef, onions, green peppers and mushroom soup in a warm broth.  I topped it with shredded Swiss cheese.  And I toasted French bread topped with Swiss cheese to serve along side the piping hot bowls.

It takes about 5 whole minutes to set up the slow cooker for this recipe.  So easy!  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life (and our New Year’s Tradition)- December 30

It’s almost a brand new year!  Are you feeling the urge to get organized?  I start craving clean, decluttered and routine about this time of year.  If you’d like to get your meals organized and have the grocery lists all ready to print, check out the Weekly Meal Plans memberships.  I’ve got a peek at this week’s plans at the bottom of this post.

Our Family’s New Year’s Tradition

Every year on New Year’s Eve, we gather around the table and make predictions for the next year.  We keep them light and fun, guessing whether or not a child will have surpassed a parent in height or if someone will travel to a fun place or meet a famous person.  We also read through the predictions we made the year before.  It’s a fun way to spend some time together at the end of the year, reflecting on the past and thinking about the new year.  We’ve been doing this for over 10 years.  Sometimes we read through the very old predictions.  It’s always fun to see what was on the mind of the kids when they were little.

What New Year’s traditions does your family keep?

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  This month we’re getting a head start so we can all get back into a routine for the new year! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

  1. Ravioli in the Slow Cooker
  2. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  3. Baked Chicken in the crock pot
  4. Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup
  5. Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
  6.  Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  7. Brownies with Chocolate Glaze

Traditional Plan

  1. Mexican White Queso Soup
  2. Linda’s BBQ Chipped Ham Sandwiches
  3. All Day Beef Stew
  4. Chicken in the Crockpot with Noodles
  5. Oven Baked Chicken Tacos
  6. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  7.  Chocolate Chip Cheeseball (Perfect to serve up at a New Years Eve party!)

 

 

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken over Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker King Ranch Chicken over Baked Potatoes

 

I put this recipe in the slow cooker on a Sunday morning before church.  I’m always happy when the crockpot is filled and I know we’ve got something to eat when we get in from church.  For more after church dinner ideas, see this post.

I think I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we have a new Costco in town.  The last time I was in there, I bought a 20 pound bag of baking potatoes.  Yep.  That’s a lot of potatoes.  It was a great price though!

Needless to say, I’ve been trying to use up some of those potatoes.  My boys prefer meals with some meat, versus just having baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese.  So I came up with this King Ranch Chicken idea.

King Ranch Chicken is a casserole.  There are a million ways to make it, but this slow cooker recipe gets the gist of it.  The only thing missing is corn tortillas.  The potatoes are filling in for the tortillas.

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

Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

Chicken tacos are a staple in my house. It’s an easy go-to when I don’t know what else to make. One week when I told my husband I was going to make them – again – he asked me, “Why don’t you ever make beef tacos?” After that, it became my mission to figure out a great, equally-easy beef taco recipe. This is the winner.

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This is the best kind of slow cooker recipe – you just dump and go. Even better, it only takes three ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

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