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Need Quick slow cooker ideas

Last post Wed, Dec 24 2008 4:17 PM by billea. 4 replies.
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  • Tue, Feb 12 2008 9:47 AM

    • Patti
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    Need Quick slow cooker ideas

    Any ideas on what I can toss in the crockpot for dinner tonight?  I am coming up blank-Help!!!!


    Loving life in Mississippi

    "Do what you like- like what you do!"
  • Tue, Feb 12 2008 10:13 AM In reply to

    Need Quick slow cooker ideas

     "Ham Bone Soup"

    Leftover Ham, including bone.
    One package of 16-bean soup mix, ham flavor (they sell at Kroger's)16oz.
    One onion, diced
    Two minced garlic cloves
    Two or three celery stalks
    Two or three carrots
    One small can of tomato sauce, 8 oz.

    Rinse and soak the beans the night before in a bowl, covering them with water.  In the morning, rinse and drain beans and place in the crockpot.  Add ham and cover with water.  Add chopped onion and garlic.  Dice carrots and celery, add to crockpot also. Add can of tomato sauce.  Cook all day on low or half day on high.  Usually there is a ham flavor packet included in the beans, I add this later on along with any salt needed.  Sometimes I add one tsp. of dried seasonings, such as oregano or thyme, but that is up to you.

    Another Roast Recipe(Crockpot)

    1 can of cream of soup

    1 pkg of onion soup mix (or onion flakes and bullion granules)


    Put it all together and cook all day on low.

    Apple Polish Sausage Coins 
    Very Quick and Easy, Very Good

    Base Ingredients:
    1-1/2 pounds cooked kielbasa or Polish sausages cut into 1/4 inch slices
    1/4 cup apple juice
    1/4 cup apple jelly
    2 Tablespoons maple syrup
    In a large skillet, bring sausage and apple juice to a boil. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook 5 more minutes. Drain.  Add jelly and syrup. Cook and stir until melted and sausage is cooked.  Put in crock pot on low for 3 - 4 hours, serve over rice or egg noodles.


    1/2 lb ground beef or turkey
    1/2 chopped onion
    1 can 15 oz. dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce
    1 pouch (6.5 oz.) golden corn muffin and bread mix (you can use a mix that has cheese in it and skip adding the cheese at the end)
    1/3 cup milk
    2 Tsp margarine or butter, melted
    1 egg
    1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded colby-Monterey Jack cheese
    1 can (4.5 oz.) chopped green chiles
    1/4 cup sour cream
    1/4 cup chopped green chiles

    1. In large skillet, cook ground meat and onion over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently.  Drain. Stir in beans and enchilada sauce. Place beef mixture in 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 quart slow cooker.

    2. In small bowel, combine corn muffin mix, milk, margarine and egg; stir just until moistened. (Batter will be lumpy).  Add cheese (you can skip if it's in the bread mix) and chiles; stir gently into mix. Spoon over beef mixture in slow cooker.

    3. Cover; cook on low for 5 to 6 hours (or high for 2) until toothpick inserted in center of corn bread comes out clean. Top servings with sour cream and green onions.

    Cabbage Rolls With Ham & Cheese

    Serves 4
    8 poached cabbage leaves
    2 cups diced ham
    1/2 cup peppers (diced)
    1/2 cup onions (diced)
    1 cup bread crumbs
    1 cup mozzarella cheese
    2 eggs
    Salt, pepper, garlic to taste
    Marinara sauce of your choice


    1.) Poach outer cabbage leaves in boiling salted water until tender. 2.) Shock in iced water to cool.
    3.) Mix remainder of ingredients, except marinara sauce.
    4.) Fill inside of cabbage leaves with equal portions of filling. Roll tightly.
    5.) Place inside 9 by 12 baking dish top with marinara sauce and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50-60 minutes.


    Place into a crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

    Caramel-Apple Nachos (Crockpot Dessert)

    Makes 8 servings
    Use 3 1/2 - 4 quart crockpot

    2/3 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 tablepsoon quick cooking tapioca
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 1/2 cups apple juice/apple cider
    2 lbs. cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2" thick slices
    1 tablespoon margarine/butter cut up
    1 8-ounce carton vanilla yogurt
    1/4 cup chopped nuts, toasted

    1 recipe Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps(see below)

    In the crockpot stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, tapioca, and cinnamon.  Stir in the apple juice/cider.  Add the apple slices and margarine/butter, stir into the mix.

    Cover; cook on low setting for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-3 1/2 hours.  To serve divide the apples and syrup into 8 seperate serving dishes.  Top each with the yogurt and toasted nuts.  Serve with cinnamon tortilla crisps.

    Cinnamon Tortilla Crisps

    In a bowl combine 4 teaspoons white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Cut 2 - 8" flour tortillas into 8 wedges each.  Or cut 3 - 6" corn tortillas into 6 wedges each.  Lightly spray wedges with veggie spray.  Place in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet.  Sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture.  Bake in a 350 degree oven about 12 minutes or until they are crisp.  Bake corn tortillas about 8 minutes.

    Cheesy Chicken(Crockpot)

    1 can of cheddar cheese soup
    1 can of hot Rotel tomatoes
    8-16 drum sticks

    Pour it all in the crock and turn on low for 8-9 hours. Serve juices over rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes.

    Chicken In Spicy Sauce(Crockpot)

    1/2 cup tomato juice
    1/2 cup soy sauce
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup chicken broth
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    About 3-1/2 lbs. chicken pieces

    Combine all ingredients except chicken in bowl. Dip each piece of
    chicken in the sauce. Place in the slow cooker. Pour remaining
    sauce over the top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4

    COUNTRY RIBS(Crockpot)
    6 servings

    1/4 cup Soy sauce
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1/4 cup orange marmalade
    4lb. country style spareribs
    2 tablespoons catsup

    Combine soy sauce, marmalade, catsup, and garlic. Brush on both sides
    of the ribs. Place in a crockpot. Pour remaining sauce over all.
    Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

    Creamy Italian Chicken

    Place chicken in crock pot.  Put margarine on chicken and sprinkle Italian dressing mix over all.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Remove chicken and shred with 2 forks.  Return to crock pot.  In saucepan, combine soup and cream cheese.  Place over medium-high heat and stir until cream cheese is melted and well-combined with soup.  Pour soup mixture into crock pot and stir well.  Serve over noodles or rice.  Even better on homemade noodles! 

    Crock Pot Fisherman's Chowder

    1 to 1-1/2 lbs. fish (any combination of flounder, ocean perch, pike, trout, haddock or halibut)
    1/2 C. chopped onion
    1/2 C. chopped celery
    1/2 C. chopped carrots
    1/4 C. snipped parsley
    1/4 t. leaf rosemary
    1/2 C. dry white wine
    16-oz. can whole tomatoes, mashed
    8-oz. bottle of clam juice
    1 t. salt
    3 T. flour
    3 T. butter or margarine, melted
    1/3 C. light cream

    Cut cleaned fish into 1-inch chunks. Combine all ingredients except flour, butter and cream in slow cooker; stir well. Cover and cook on low setting for 7 to 8 hours (3 to 4 hours on high).

    One hour before serving, combine flour, butter and cream and stir into slow cooker. Continue cooking until mixture is slightly thickened.

    Serves 4.

    Crock Pot Pineapple Pork

    5 pound pork roast, browned
    1 onion, sliced
    1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
    2 carrots, cut into circles
    1/4 C. brown sugar, not packed
    1 can crushed pineapple or a fresh one, sliced
    1 T. tomato paste
    1 T. soy sauce
    salt and pepper to taste
    a pinch of ground ginger or a few slices fresh

    Add the pork roast to the slow cooker after browning it. In the same pan you browned the roast in, add the remaining ingredients. Stir together to blend and add to the cooker.

    Cook on low for 8 hours.

    Crockpot Omelette Casserole
    (10 servings)  

    12 eggs
    1 32 oz bag of frozen hashbrown potatoes -- partially thawed
    1 lb of bacon cut into small pieces -- fried and drained
    1/2 cup dieced onions
    3/4 lb diced or shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup milk
    1/2 tsp dry mustard
    salt and pepper to taste

    As if you were making lasagne, layer your ingredients as such (bottom to top):

    1. potatoes
    2. bacon
    3. onions
    4. cheese
    5. potatoes
    6. bacon
    7. onions
    8. cheese

    Now, beat the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour this over the whole mixture. Cook on low for ten to twelve hours.

    Crockpot Ham 'n Potatoes

    1-2 cups diced ham
    4-5 potatos pealed and sliced
    1 onion chopped
    1 can cream of chicken soup plus half a cup of milk(or make your own)

    Mix soup ham and dash of pepper together. Put half of potatos on bottom then half onions. Pour half soup mixture on top and repaet layers. Cook on low 6-8 hours in crockpot. (spray crockpot to pervent sticking) Serve with green beans.

    Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

    2 lbs round steak, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 cup sliced mushrooms
    2 tbsp flour
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper
    1 1/2 tsp paprika
    1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
    1 bay leaf
    1 (14.5oz) can tomatoes
    1 cup sour cream
    Hot buttered egg noodles

    Place steak, onion, mushrooms and garlic in crock pot. Stir in flour, coating steak. Add salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, bay leaf and tomatoes; stir well. Cook on low 7-10 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in sour cream during the last 30 min. Serve over hot egg noodles.

    Perfect for large gatherings like hoilday brunch.


    **Hope this gives you some helpful choices.

     Brianschef Michelle

  • Tue, Feb 12 2008 10:17 AM In reply to

    • Patti
    • Top 200 Contributor
    • Joined on Tue, Jul 10 2007
    • Posts 232

    Re: Need Quick slow cooker ideas

    Thanks Michelle.  Looks like I can use my crockpot all week!   Can't wait to get started.  Sometimes I need a little push!


    Loving life in Mississippi

    "Do what you like- like what you do!"
  • Tue, Feb 12 2008 2:52 PM In reply to

    Re: Need Quick slow cooker ideas


    Thanks Michelle.  Looks like I can use my crockpot all week!   Can't wait to get started.  Sometimes I need a little push!


    Glad to help, if any of these dont work out for you let me know I have tons of them!  ; )

    Brianschef Michelle 

  • Wed, Dec 24 2008 4:17 PM In reply to

    • billea
    • Top 500 Contributor
    • Joined on Sun, Nov 9 2008
    • Posts 26

    Re: Need Quick slow cooker ideas

     Wow.  Great reply from Brianschef !   Guess I need to dig around the kitchen and find my crockpot now :)

    King of the money saving tips...er, well, trying to find ways to save money anyhow.
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