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    Default Easy Crockpot Ideas

    I know that seems redundant. But I see a lot of yummy recipes that require far more prep than I am prepared to do. When I use my pot, I usually chuck everything in in the morning before heading out for the day. When I come in for dinner, it's done. I don't want to cook anything on the stove, to an excessive amount of slicing and dicing, or anything like that. Chuck things in, turn on, eat.

    Who has THOSE kinds of recipes (or knows sources for them)?

    My FAVORITE recipe goes something like this:
    Moroccan Chicken and Lentils
    Throw in pot, in order:
    8oz of baby carrots (or a few more, if you're a carrot fiend like me)
    Bag of uncooked lentils
    1lb-1.5lb of chicken breast tenders (I go light on the chicken as I'm only one person and way more into the carrots)
    2Tbsp of garlic (or a bit more....)
    salt to taste
    2 tsp Moroccan rub or (this is what I do) 3/4tsp turmeric, 1/2tsp red pepper, 1/2tsp cinnamon
    30ishoz of chicken broth
    Cook (I usually cook on high until I leave the house, then low until I'm home, which is usually at least 8 hours).


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    And here I was thinking you lived on beer and pizza!
    Thus do we growl that our big toes have, at this moment, been thrown up from below!


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    Two of my family's favorites:

    Baby Back Ribs
    2-3 lbs pork baby back ribs
    2.5 cups BBQ sauce
    1 small jar (10-12 oz) of cherry jam (you can use grape jelly if you can't find cherry)
    1 T Dijon mustard
    Salt & Pepper to taste

    Cut ribs into 2-3 pieces, put in crock pot. Mix all ingredients, pour over ribs. Cook on low 6-8 hrs.

    Crockpot Boston Butt
    1 Boston Butt
    1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
    1 T. Celery Salt
    1 T. Garlic Powder
    1 T. Dried Mustard
    1 T. Ground Ginger
    1 T. Black Pepper
    1 T. Rosemary
    1 1/2 tsp. Liquid Smoke
    1/4 cup Worcestershire
    3/4 cup Cider Vinegar
    1/2 cup Soy Sauce
    1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

    Mix all ingredients, put butt and marinade in a gallon ziplock overnight. In morning, put butt and marinade in crock pot. Cook on low 6-8 hrs.



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    No. Beer, hummus, and pretzels. But occasionally I do want real food.

    (I am actually a decent cook, but 10-12 hours in the barn rarely leaves me feeling much like trashing my kitchen....also, I am not a decent dishwasher).



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    I love a good pretzel. What's your fave brand? Mine is Snyders. So crunchy and nom nom nom good. I love their hard pretzels and their flavored nuggets.
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    There's a great thread in Favorites that has a lot of recipes like this. My go-tos include:

    Peanut Butter Pork
    Oil crock. Put into pot: pork chops (I prefer bone-in as they take longer to cook, since my crock pot doesn't have a timer to switch it to warm); as much peanut butter as looks good; as much soy sauce as looks good. Flip the chops around a few times until they get peanut butter and soy sauce on both sides. Cook on low until you get home. Serve with rice.

    Pantry Chicken
    Put into pot: chicken parts of your choice; broth or stock; a little bit of 'cream of' (if I am doing a pound of chicken I put in a third of a can); artichoke hearts; olives; fresh mushrooms; and anything else I have on hand that appeals. Add in basil, a little salt, a little good pepper. Cook on low until you get home. You can eat this alone, or shred the chicken over pasta. I generally sprinkle some parmesan on top.

    You can see that I'm not much for recipes and my cooking usually involves "whatever is in my freezer + whatever is on the pantry shelves." I generally put things in the crock pot in the morning before I've had coffee and I'm not competent to do any measuring in that state, so the method is "put in whatever looks good" and if it comes out particularly well I do it more than once. One other thing I like to use the crock for is to defrost meats from the freezer; if I am coming home during lunch I'll stick a frozen something in it in the morning with some broth, then at lunchtime stir in seasonings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post
    I love a good pretzel. What's your fave brand? Mine is Snyders. So crunchy and nom nom nom good. I love their hard pretzels and their flavored nuggets.
    Whatever it is they sell at the Safeway in the burg. Maybe Snyders. I'm not picky....they're really just a vehicle for shoveling garlicy hummus into my mouth.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post
    I love a good pretzel. What's your fave brand? Mine is Snyders. So crunchy and nom nom nom good. I love their hard pretzels and their flavored nuggets.
    The real question is what's the favorite hummus... outside of whatever Wegmans does as their store hummus in the Mediterranean section, I can't find one I really like.
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    I'm not a Hummus enthusiast so I can't give you any help there. I don't even know if I've ever had it come to think of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post
    I'm not a Hummus enthusiast so I can't give you any help there. I don't even know if I've ever had it come to think of it.
    You should probably fix that. A whole new world of gustatory bliss awaits you.
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    http://punchfork.com/recipes/slow-cooker

    Voila!! Thanks to pinterest I have 300 easy slow cooker recipes on this one website!
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    Hummus: I love hummus! In all flavors. The local market sells their own brand that is coarse (which I refer to as rustic); I like the smoother brands, Sabra and tribe being favorites of mine! A cashier asked me, "What do you eat this with?"
    "A spoon," I replied. Such a great snack!
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    I buy that powdered soup mix (Bear Country is one of the brands) and just add the water. It's ready in about 3 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NBChoice View Post
    http://punchfork.com/recipes/slow-cooker

    Voila!! Thanks to pinterest I have 300 easy slow cooker recipes on this one website!
    Mind blown! Nice!!! I got really excited when I saw the crockpot pho...but then looked at the recipe and realized it did NOT at ALL fall into my criteria...pho will have to be enjoyed in its customary way, I guess.

    As for hummus, I like the Sabra roasted garlic, but have found, remarkably, that I like the Safeway brand roasted garlic BETTER (the only good thing about Safeway). I'll have to investigate Wegman's....



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    My new favorite crock pot recipe came from last year's Christmas present slow cooker cookbook -

    Ginger pork chops:

    one can of sliced pears in light syrup
    tsp of Ginger
    tblspoon of apple cider vinegar
    pinch of salt
    4 pork chops - bone in and frozen works perfectly well

    on low until you come home from the barn - YUMMY!
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    My favorite crockpot recipe:

    Pork tenderloin
    Balsamic vinaigrette
    whatever veggies you want (I usually use sweet potato)

    Throw it in the crockpot and cook on low for 8ish hours. Vinaigrette should just cover pork/veggies.
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    Default Easiest chicken and noodles evah!

    However much chicken you want-cut up or not. Best to have at least one piece with a bit of skin for a bit of fat. Add water/broth to cover. Add one or two celery stalks, rough chopped. a handful of baby carrots. Salt and pepper. When you get home, remove chicken. let it cool a bit, and add noodles. Pick chicken or shred whatever. Add chicken back in, and it is done! For more heavenly bliss make a few Bisquick dumpings.
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    Mmmmmmm : 9
    I LOFF a good crockpot recipe and YB, yours sounds tailor-made for me!
    I'm also a dump & crock cook.
    I actually have the ingredients to try this one out post-Xmas feasting.

    Lex:
    Snyders Honey Wheat Braids when I 'm feeling vituous and healthy {insert halo}
    Honey Mustard or Garlic bits when I need junk.

    For the hummusophiles on here:
    http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008...el-recipe.html
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    Oxtails and black beans. Season your oxtails, sear in a hot skillet. Soak your raw, dried black beans, put them in the bottom of the crock and put the oxtails on top. Cover and crock overnight.

    Yum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulaedwina View Post
    Oxtails and black beans. Season your oxtails, sear in a hot skillet. Soak your raw, dried black beans, put them in the bottom of the crock and put the oxtails on top. Cover and crock overnight.

    Yum!

    Paula
    Sounds YUM, I am a gnaw-meat-off-bones lover.
    But no liquid added at all?
    What keeps the beans from burning?
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