Crockpot Steak and Gravy

25 07 2014

Even though it is summer it seems like things have been crazier than ever and getting dinner ready can be a challenge some nights. Swim team practice and swim lessons in the evenings means we aren’t getting home till dinner and after setting on a pool deck in 105 degree weather the last thing I want to do is make dinner. That is why I love my crockpot, get everything ready in the morning and come home to dinner cooked in the evening. Also great in the summer because it doesn’t heat up your house like the stove or oven do.

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Now our family has lots of favorite Crock Pot meals like Crock Pot Beef Pot Roast, Crock Pot Black Bean and Corn Chicken, and Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwich’s. Sometimes you need something new and something even easier than the others. That is why I was super excited to find this recipe over at Favorite Family Recipes. It only has 3 ingredients if you don’t count water and it was so easy I think my 7 year old could of pulled together dinner. Whip up some of The Pioneer Woman’s Mashed potatoes and dinner is served!

 

Crockpot Steak and Gravy

~ 2-3 lbs top sirloin steak or London broil, sliced think

~ 2 packets brown gravy mix

~ 1 packet Au Jus mix

~ 2 1/2 cups water

Place all ingredients in crockpot. Cook 8-10 hours on low. Serve over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.





Crock Pot Beef Pot Roast

7 01 2013

I am sure many of you are wondering what happened to me. Well it was a long six months that included 2 moves across state lines. We were hoping for things to go a bit smoother but are very thankful for how things turned out. My oldest started kindergarten and after a month off we are back to a school schedule and routine. I am getting used to a new city and trying to make some friends as well as find some things to fill my time with.

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So while all of our stuff was in boxes and we were living out of suitcases for 5 months it was hard to cook. However I did get a chance to try out some new recipes and have found a few that my family loves.

One of which is this Pot Roast recipe. It was so good that my husband asked for me to make it again and I did just that a few nights ago. The best part about it is you cook it in your crock pot which makes it super simple to make. I actually found this recipe over at When the Dinner Bell Rings and made a few changes to it. I have tried to make pot roast in the past and never have a found a recipe that I was successful at until this recipe. Defiantly will be a house favorite of ours for years to come.

Crock Pot Beef Pot Roast

~ Small to Medium size rump roast

~ 1 envelope onion soup mix

~ 1 envelope brown gravy mix

~ 1 individual size serving apple sauce

~ 2 cups beef broth

~ salt and pepper, to taste

~ 1 small bag of carrots

~ 2 medium to large size potatoes, cut up

~ 1/2 yellow onion, sliced

~ 4 Tbsp. butter

~ 4 Tbsp. flour

1. Season roast with salt and pepper. Then sear the roast in the frying pan with a small amount of oil. Sear it well on all sides.

2. Put roast and then vegetables in crock pot. Don’t forget your crockpot liner for easier clean up!

3. Mix envelope mixes with beef broth and apple sauce, then pour over all.

4. Set crock pot on low and let it cook for at least 8-10 hours.

5. Once the meat is done cooking drain out 4 cups of the liquid in the crock pot.

6. In a medium pot melt butter over medium high heat. Once the butter is melted whisk in the flour cooking for a few minutes. Once the flour is mixed into the butter whisk in the liquid you removed from the crockpot.  Keep mixing until the liquid has thickened up to form your gravy, it will take a few minutes of stirring.

7. Remove your meat a vegetables from the crockpot and serve with the gravy.

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Crock Pot Beef Pot Roast





Crock-pot Applesauce

16 02 2012

About 2 weeks ago I got a case of apples from bountiful baskets. My husband ate apples, my kids ate apples for almost every meal of the day, I took them in to my daughters preschool class for snack, and we still had tons of apples left. So I began a search for things to do with them.

I have never canned and to be honest it kind of scares me a bit. I don’t have any clue what to do so I tried to stay away from canning recipes for fear. I found a great crockpot applesauce recipe over at Cookin’ Canuck. I gave it a try and it was a hit. I am super excited to be able to make homemade applesauce because I know exactly what is in it and I could also control the ingredients which I can’t do with store bought applesauce. It was a huge hit in my house and I especially liked it warm out of the crock pot.

Two things that made this even simpler than it already is is having a Apple Peeler. I got this one at Bed Bath and Beyond and of course used a 20% off coupon. It peeled, cored and sliced my apples in no time at all. It was also tons of fun to use and my husband even wanted in on the action. The second thing I swear by is the Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners. They make clean up a breeze and we all know how baked on stuff gets when you use your crock pot. Other than that have fun and make some great applesauce.

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Crock-pot Applesauce

~ 10 medium sized apples, peeled, cored, sliced, and halved

~ 1/4 cup sugar

~ 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

~ 1/4 cup water or apple juice

Place all of the apple pieces in your crock pot and stir in sugar and ground cinnamon. Pour water or apple juice over the top of the apples. Cover, turn on low and cook for about 8 hours. Once they are done take a potato masher and break up the apples to the desired consistency. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Crock-pot Applesauce





Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

31 01 2012

Pinterest is my new addiction. It is a great way to organize and save things you find on the web. However it is also a great way to end up with 100’s of pins and no intention of doing anything with them. I am trying really hard to make or cook some of the great things I am finding on Pinterest and this recipe is a great example of that.

This recipe is from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen and her picture along with the fact that this was made in the crockpot and I had all the ingredients in my kitchen made this a no brainier for dinner the other night. It was super simple and easy to make. I really liked the taste of the Teriyaki sauce which is another reason why this recipe will become something we make regularly in our house.

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

~ 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

~ 3/4 cup sugar

~ 3/4 cup soy sauce

~ 6 Tbs. cider vinegar

~ 3/4 tsp. ground ginger

~ 3/4 tsp. minced garlic

~ 1/4 tsp. pepper

~ 4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch

~ 4 1/2 tsp. cold water

~ Cooked rice

1. Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, cider vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Mix well and then pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.

2. Remove chicken to a serving platter and keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Place liquid in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into liquid and stir until sauce is thickened. Serve with chicken and rice.

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken





Easy Dinner for a Busy Weeknight Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwich’s

6 09 2011

Again use the crock pot as much as you can when you are busy. Saves you so much time and produces some great food! I add all my ingredients to the crock pot the night before, place in the refrigerator, and in the morning plug it in and turn it on. Once you are ready for dinner mix up some coleslaw, I just buy cabbage already shredded at the store and mix in some bottled coleslaw dressing. A quick and easy dinner that everyone will love.

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Crock Pot Pulled Pork

~ 2 1/2 pound boneless pork shoulder or roast

~ 3 Tbsp. brown sugar

~ 2 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning (or your favorite like Pappy’s)

~ 1 Tbsp. onion powder

~ 1 Tbsp. garlic powder

~ 1 Tbsp. cumin

~ 1/2 cup apple juice

~ 1/2 cup cider vinegar

~ A few drops of liquid smoke

1. Combine the rub spices and coat the pork.

2. Put apple juice and vinegar in crock pot and add the pork.

3. Turn on crock pot to high for an hour and then turn down to med and cook for about 10 hours.

4. Remove the liquid from the crock pot and shred the pork.  Add your favorite barbecue sauce and cook for another 30 minutes.

5. Place the pork on a bun and add your favorite barbecue sauce, coleslaw, or pickles.  Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Pulled Pork





Easy Dinner for a Busy Weeknight Crock Pot Black Bean & Corn Chicken

1 09 2011

The crock pot is a great tool in helping you prepare hot meals that don’t require a lot of prep. To help you out even more make sure you use a Slow Cooker liner and the clean up is a breeze. The night before I place all the ingredients in the crock pot and stick it in the fridge. In the morning I pull it out and turn on the crock pot. If you know that it will take you longer than the cook time before you get home grab a plug in timer. Plug your crock pot into the timer and set it for the start time you want. When you get home the house will smell amazing and again all you have to worry about is a side dish.

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Crock Pot Black Bean & Corn Chicken

~ 4-5 boneless chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)

~ 1 (15 1/2) oz can black beans, drained

~ 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained

~ 1 (15 oz) jar salsa, any kind

~ 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

Place the chicken breasts into the crock pot.  Add the corn, black beans, and salsa on top. Don’t worry about mixing. Turn crock pot on high for about 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked. Add cream cheese (just throw it on top) and let sit for about 1/2 hour.  Stir and enjoy!

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Crock Pot Black Bean





Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwich’s

21 02 2011

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This is an easy and very yummy sandwich that is packed full of flavor.  The crock pot makes the meat so tender and juicy.  I hope that your family will enjoy it as much as mine.

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First thing you do is take your boneless pork shoulder or roast and rub it with brown sugar, cumin, Pappy’s seasoning (or Cajun seasoning), garlic powder, onion powder.

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Next in your crock pot add apple juice and cider vinegar.  Don’t forget those life saving crock pot bags so you don’t have as much to clean up.

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Then add your pork to the crock pot.

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Then add a little bit of liquid smoke to the crock pot.  This is the brand that we have but you can find it on the barbecue sauce isle of your grocery store.  It gives a great smoky flavor to the pulled pork that you wouldn’t other wise get since it is being cooked in the crock pot.  After every thing is in coo for 10 hours.

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Once it is done cooking drain off most of the liquid and shred up the pork with a fork.  Then add your favorite barbecue sauce and cook on low for about another 30 minutes.

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Our favorite way to eat it is to pile it on a great bun and top with some coleslaw. Nothing fancy just some cabbage tossed with some store bought coleslaw dressing.  You can add extra barbecue sauce or pickles if you like.  A great and super easy meal.

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Crock Pot Pulled Pork

~ 2 1/2 pound boneless pork shoulder or roast

~ 3 Tbsp. brown sugar

~ 2 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning (or your favorite like Pappy’s)

~ 1 Tbsp. onion powder

~ 1 Tbsp. garlic powder

~ 1 Tbsp. cumin

~ 1/2 cup apple juice

~ 1/2 cup cider vinegar

~ A few drops of liquid smoke

 

1. Combine the rub spices and coat the pork.

2. Put apple juice and vinegar in crock pot and add the pork.

3. Turn on crock pot to high for an hour and then turn down to med and cook for about 10 hours.

4. Remove the liquid from the crock pot and shred the pork.  Add your favorite barbecue sauce and cook for another 30 minutes.

5. Place the pork on a bun and add your favorite barbecue sauce, coleslaw, or pickles.  Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Pulled Pork








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