I was reading one of my favorite blogs today and happened upon her latest post that was talking about Crock-pot cooking and she was asking for some good recipes, http://beautythatmoves.typepad.com/beauty_that_moves/2009/08/crockpot-recipes-whats-your-best-one.html#comment-6a00d83452337f69e20120a57ed612970c.
I figured since I had been having a lot of "crock-pot" on my own mind lately I would share a few of my own. I had made a veggie spaghetti sauce Tuesday evening and chicken with potatoes, carrots & shallots for dinner this evening! I think crock-pots begin to surface again after summer grilling is reaching its end and school days are beginning; bringing with it all the busy-ness of homework and tighter schedules. I also think it has something to do with the cooler weather we have had and will be getting more of in the coming months. I know that the beginning of the new school year sends the "easy going" ways of summer to a distant place in my mind and is quickly replaced with all the worries of getting everything that needs to be done into the sacred three hours of time I have before my children need to go to bed!! Which leads me to the oh-so-easy crock-pot way of cooking dinner - put it all in, turn it on and leave it be until you are ready for it! One pot = less clean up = MORE TIME!! Those precious minutes are just that precious, especially when you have five children who all need something at the very moment you are trying to get dinner ready! I love anything that makes life easier without compromising quality and this fits that bill. I still know exactly what I am feeding my family and I have complete control over what I put into my meals, I just don't have to worry about being tied to the stove any longer than absolutely necessary. So here goes and please feel free to leave comments and your own recipes.
This is one of our favorites! It works so nicely with all the wonderful veggies from our Farmers Market! We usually will eat this as a meal with a fresh salad. I have replaced the potatoes with leafy greens and served this over rice or quinoa. I add the greens closer to the end, about 1/2 way through. I also love to throw in some yummy fresh herbs for added flavor! You could use any hard root vegetable in this simple recipe.
Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours
1 lb. sliced carrots
4 russet potatoes, scrubbed, cut into 1" pieces
1 onion or shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. water
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Combine vegetables, water, olive oil, salt and pepper in a 3-4 quart crock pot and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until vegetables are tender. 6-8 servings
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar, and 2 Tbs
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
1 Tbs coconut oil
2 cups blueberries (or berry of your choice)
1/4 cup water
In a bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, milk and oil.
Stir this into the dry ingredients until moistened. Grease the crockpot well and spread the batter evenly on the bottom.
In a saucepan, combine blueberries, water and the 2 Tbs. of sugar, bring to a boil and remove from heat.
Pour into crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours, then turn off crockpot, uncover and let set for 30 minutes before eating.
I love this recipe especially made with granola from Nate's Naturals!! YUMMY!!
Apple Granola Dessert
4 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
2 cups granola cereal
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine apples and cereal in slow cooker. In a bowl, combine honey, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg; pour over apple mixture and mix well. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with homemade ice cream or whipped cream. 4 to 6 servings.
I hope you enjoy and I look forward to your comments!