Sweet and Sour Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker or How to Make Dinner from What’s in the Fridge

Good news!  Just by rummaging through your pantry, fridge and freezer and creatively combining a few ingredients, you can have dinner tonight.

Here’s how it works.  Choose a meat from the fridge or freezer.  I chose boneless pork chops, but you might pick chicken or beef instead.

Check the fridge for a likely looking veggie or two.  I found a green pepper and onion.  Other candidates include red pepper, green onions, sugar snap peas, green beans, carrots – you get the idea.  Anything that you’ve got that sounds good. [Read more…]

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

I could have called this 3-point BBQ Chicken, because I was literally tossing things into the slow cooker from across the kitchen.  No stirring.  No mixing.  No thawing took place.

We were in a hurry to get out the door at 7:25am.  I grabbed a bag of frozen chicken breasts and dumped them in the slow cooker.  Then I tossed other ingredients in, based on the Pulled Pork recipe.  I didn’t stir or mix, just turned the pot on and let it cook.

We came in that evening to wonderful smells, so much better than if I’d just used bottled BBQ sauce.  I quickly shredded the meat and served it on buns.  This was the meal we tried out popcorn as a side dish.  It had been a crazy, busy day and popcorn was the fastest thing I could think of.  I’m pretty sure I threw some apples and/or carrots on the table too.  Some nights you’ve just got to get everyone fed.  Can I get an amen?

Here’s what you’ll need.  No ingredient photo this time, because I was in such a hurry when I made it. [Read more…]

Bramble Beans

A friend gave me this recipe years ago.  I make it every once in a while and we like it.  The only reason I haven’t shared it with you before is that it isn’t very photogenic.  Some of my past attempts to photograph it have been dismal.

One reason I like this dish is that it can be cooked on the stove top or in the oven.  I’ve never tried it, but I bet it would work in the slow cooker too.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Homemade Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

baked beans done

Last weekend we had friends over for dinner and I made these baked beans.  They were so good and easy.  I combined ideas from several recipes books, including a church cookbook and the More with Less Cookbook.  The result is a recipe that uses canned beans and cooks in the slow cooker.  I wanted to use the slow cooker because baked beans taste best with a long cooking time, but I didn’t want to heat up the kitchen.

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Pulled Pork

This is so super-yummy!  It cooks up in the slow cooker and freezes great.  The recipe was shared on a forum I frequent – thanks, Janet!

Before I had surgery, I cooked up quite a few meals and stocked the freezer.  I’ll be sharing those recipes over the next week or so.  I’ll also be putting out a special menu for filling the freezer with some hints on getting the cooking done quickly.  That menu will most likely be posted on February 15. [Read more…]

Round Steak with Vegetable Gravy in the Slow Cooker

steak with vegetable gravy done

I found this recipe stuck in my tattered recipe binder, jotted on a calendar page from 1998.  I used to make it quite a bit, but somehow forgot about it.  I’m glad that I found it again, because it’s really easy and good. [Read more…]

50s Prime Time Meatloaf

fifties-prime-time-meatloaf-done

The other day while I was thinking about Disney World, I started looking through recipes on AllEars.Net.  Deb has an excellent collection of recipes for foods that are served in various WDW restaurants.  I made note of several that I want to try, including this meatloaf which is served at the 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The meatloaf was easy to make, flavorful and moist.  As a bonus, it made so much I turned it into two loaves and froze one for another time.

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