Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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We made this recipe from Eat at Home Cooks two weeks ago and I loved it, so much so that while visiting my in-laws I made it for them again last night! It’s such an easy way to cook up a bunch of veggies, and since the sauce is gluten free (my mother-in-law eats a gluten free diet), we easily cooked up gluten free pasta to make a simple gluten free meal for her too.

 

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I’ve just about decided it’s my new go-to simple crockpot meal because it tastes great, and there’s just nothing like coming home to a home smelling like a yummy Italian meal. It’s an easy way to change out every day spaghetti, and we’ll definitely add it to our menu plan at least once a month!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (adapted from Eat at Home Cooks)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds frozen chicken tenders
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 sliced green pepper
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb cooked pasta

Directions

  1. Place frozen chicken in the bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Add sliced onion and green peppers on top of the chicken.
  3. Mixed together crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper, then pour sauce over chicken and veggies.
  4. Cook on low 7 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  5. Serve over pasta with fresh parmesan cheese and enjoy!

 

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

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Oh my goodness this recipe is sooooo good and super easy!  This has quickly become one of my favorite meat dishes, and I don’t even like pork all that much. 🙂

 

 

This is great to throw in the crockpot on a busy day, then come home and finish up the glaze while getting ready for dinner. I’d love to hear if you try it, definitely a new favorite at our house!

 

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Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage or thyme (we used thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix together the salt, pepper, garlic, and sage or thyme.
  2. Rub over tenderloin.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water to slow cooker, place tenderloin in slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. An hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat and stir about 4 minutes, until mixture thickens.
  7. Brush roast with the glaze sauce every 20 minutes for the last hour of cooking.
  8. Serve with remaining glaze on the side - enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2015/06/slow-cooker-brown-sugar-pork-tenderloin-with-balsamic-glaze/

 

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Adapted from Laura Sweet Spot! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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20 Slow Cooker Sandwich Recipes

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You all know I love (seriously, adore) Mrs. Potts (aka, my crockpot), so I thought it would be fun to share 10 slow cooker sandwich recipes to make cooking easy in the summertime!

 

While I love Mrs. Potts in the winter for roasts, soups, and stews, in the summertime it’s nice to have something simple cooking up to because we’re usually out and about, and it keeps us eating at home when dinner’s already cooking up throughout the day. Many of these can also be cooked and then served over a baked potato (one of our favorite ways to enjoy them) or even in a taco shell, so there are all kind of fun options out there!

 

If you’re looking for more recipes to try out in you crock pot, head on over HERE.

Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

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Crock Pot Asian Sliders from Crock Pot Ladies

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Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Root Beer Barbecue

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French Dip  with Horeseradish White Cheddar from A Thrifty Mom

Crockpot Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

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Shredded  Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches from 5 Dollar Dinners

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw from Eat at Home Cooks

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Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken Recipe from Time2Save Workshops

Slow Cooker Ham  Swiss Cheese Sandwiches

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Slow Cooker Meatball Subs from Sincerely Mindy

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sliders

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Teriyaki Sliders from House of Yum

Slow Cooker Open Faced Sirloin Sandwich

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Crock Pot Pizza Burgers from Recipes that CrockScreen Shot 2015-05-13 at 9.45.00 AM

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks from Mormon Time Out

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Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches from Valerie’s Kitchen

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Honey Hoisin Chicken Sandwiches from Pocket Change Gourmet

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 Crock Pot Grinders from Full Bellies Happy Kids

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Slow Cooker Beef Gyros from Eat at Home Cooks

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Do you have any other slow cooker sandwich recipes that I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your ideas ~ leave a comment to share (I love hearing from you!)

 

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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For almost 19 years (yikes!) my poor husband has been asking me to make Salisbury Steak every once in awhile for dinner. But, because I’m a chicken-loving girl, I honestly have made it only one other time in all those years.

 

Seriously folks. The poor guy!

 

So, when I came across this recipe for Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak I was intrigued (especially after reading through the reviews), and decided I might just try to make his favorite one night. I adjusted it some to limit the cream soup, and think you could probably substitute a homemade cream soup to even limit your processed foods even more.

 

Folks, it was actually good. And easy. And, even though I still prefer chicken (just about any way you make it . . . ), this was yummy comfort food that made me feel like his mom cooking back in the late 70’s. 😉

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We had it over mashed potatoes with green beans and salads, and even though my kids turned their noses up they actually all ate every bite on their plate. If this is one of those recipes that someone special in your family would love too, it’s an easy way to try it out, and just might make their night! Here’s the recipe  . . .

 

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 can golden mushroom soup (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1 package Au Jus seasoning mix (can make your own using this recipe)
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions

  1. In medium bowl, mix together ground beef, soup mix, bread crumbs and milk.
  2. Form into 8 patties.
  3. In medium non-stick skillet, grill patties for just a minute to brown sides over medium high heat.
  4. Place in slow cooker stacked in a pyramid shape.
  5. Mix together golden mushroom soup, Au Jus seasoning and water.
  6. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
  7. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, until meat is done. (You could also choose to cook in oven until cooked through if you’re in a hurry.)

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/15/15):

  • Earth Fare Antibiotic Free Ground Chuck $4.48/lb (great price for hormone free beef!)
  • Meijer Ground Round $2.99/lb.
  • Libby’s Canned Vegetables on sale $.79 at Dollar Tree, use $1/4 Libby’s Canned Vegetables coupon
  • Publix Red 5 pound Potatoes on sale $3.49 or Potato Inspirations  Honey Gold Potatoes BOGO $1.99

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Tacos

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We had these Chicken Ranch Tacos on the menu plan last week, and they were a huge hit! Not only were they great for taco night, we used the leftover chicken to make chicken tacos on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

And my husband loved them. Seriously, loved them.

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One day slow cooking for two nights of yummy meals? Yes, please!

 

Apparently this recipe has been around awhile (several folks on Facebook mentioned they’d tried it before), but it was completely new to me. I keep thinking that surely I’ve made every single variation of chicken in the slow cooker on the planet, but this was a new one for me! Here’s how to get dinner finished in your home this week . . .

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Slow Cooker Root Beer Barbecue

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Need an e.a.s.y. recipe on a busy weeknight? 

 

This is for you. 😉

 

Literally ~ just dump a few simple in Mrs. Potts, turn the dial on low, then walk away and let her do the cooking all day.

 

s.i.m.p.l.e.

 

Let’s get dinner started, shall we? 😉

3 Ingredient Pork Barbecue

Ingredients
  • 18 oz bottle barbecue sauce (we used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
  • 2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 12 oz rootbeer
Directions
  • Place pork tenderloin in slow cooker.
  • Rub with salt & pepper (optional – I did add a little salt and pepper to mine.)
  • Pour root beer over pork.
  • Let it cook for 6-7 hours on low.
  • Drain all juices and shred pork.
  • Dump bottle of barbecue sauce on top, let cook for 15 minutes on low until heated through.
  • Serve over hamburger buns – enjoy!

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/14/15):

  • Pork Tenderloin $3.49/lb at Kroger
  • Boneless Pork Tenderloin Buy One Get One Free at Harris Teeter
  • Meijer Pork Tenderloin $2.89/lb.
  • Publix Barbecue Sauce $1.19

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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{Pantry} Chicken Stew

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Note from Laurie ~ I was looking over Shannon’s recipe and it looked so good that I decided to pop it in Mrs. Potts today. (It’s 10 degrees outside, so definitely the kind of day for some chicken stew!) To make it in the crockpot, I put the potatoes in Mrs. Potts along with 2 cups of chicken broth (I boiled 2 cups water and added in 1 cube chicken bouillon) and set on high for one hour. Next I’ll mash the potatoes up, add in the remaining ingredients except the butter, and let it simmer all day (I’ll add the butter in a few minutes before serving.) This looks so good ~ I’ll let you know if we like it tonight!

 

UPDATE from Laurie – IT WAS SO GOOD! I added the potatoes and 2 cups chicken broth to my slow cooker and cooked on high for an hour until they were pretty soft. (My slow cooker cooks FAST, so you may need to cook them a little longer if yours doesn’t.) Then I mashed the potatoes, added everything else in except the margarine/butter (decided to skip those completely) and the chicken was even frozen. I let it cook for 5 hours on low. Shredded chicken and mixed everything back in. It was one of my husband’s favorites! (It makes a LOT – my crockpot was actually overflowing so I only added a total of about 4.5 cups of broth – including the 2 cups I used for the potatoes initially.)

 

This is the perfect recipe for those cold winter days. I’m betting you have everything you need in your pantry for this recipe, which makes it just the perfect recipe.

I craved my Grandmama’s Chicken Stew when I was pregnant with my 16-year-old and never got it (since we lived in Alaska away from family.)  It never dawned on me that I can actually make it myself!  🙂  When I found this recipe about a year ago I messed it up a few times, however this final recipe is just delicious. And it tastes just like any restaurant (and my Grandmama’s) Chicken Stew.

 

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Chicken Stew

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 2 large onions
  • 7 cups of water
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cans of corn (or 1 bag of frozen corn)
  • 2 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes or (1) 28 oz can
  • 5 tsp of salt
  • 3 small chicken boullion cubes

Instructions

  1. Place the water in an 8 quart stockpot.
  2. Add potatoes and onions cook on high for 30 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Take 1 cup of cooked potatoes out and mash that cup potatoes using a fork.
  5. Return mashed potatoes to stock pot (this will thicken your soup.)
  6. Add corn, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, bouillon cubes, sugar and cooked chicken (I cook my chicken in my crock pot for 3-4 hours on low, then shred)
  7. Cook on low at least an hour.
  8. Add butter 45 minutes before serving.
  9. Freeze leftovers. Yum!
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If you’d like to make the recipe using a whole chicken instead of boneless skinless chicken breast, check out the original recipe at Southern Plate. 
Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/7/15):

  • Earth Fare $5 Rotisserie Chicken every Friday
  • Kroger Boneless Skinless Frozen Chicken Breasts 18-26 oz $4.99 after Mega Sale
  • Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Buy One Get One Free at Kroger (Midsouth Region)
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $2.49/lb. after BOGO sale
  • Publix Russet Potatoes 5 lb. bag $2.99
  • Kroger Organic Russet Potatoes 3 lb. bag on sale $1.99
  • Del Monte Canned Vegetables BOGO at Publix
  • Meijer Canned Vegetables $.79

 

Adapted from Southern Plate.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Emergency Chicken Alfredo

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Okie dokie folks. This is the easiest-ever-don’t-even-think-about-it-meal-when-you-just-really-need-dinner-tonight.

 

Nothing fancy.

 

Just emergency food. 😉

 

In case you’re like me and occasionally have those days too.

 

This Monday (yes, Cyber Monday would be the one), I came down with the all out worst stomach bug I have ever had in my life. 

 

We’re talking, so bad my husband stayed home from work Monday to keep our kids.

 

That bad.

 

(Since my kids were off school Monday, he figured he’d better stay home to make sure I didn’t die under their watch. I think he was really afraid that might  happen.) Thankfully I had a few helpers here to keep up deal hunting a bit, and I posted deals as I could from my laptop in bed.

 

It wasn’t pretty.

 

Tuesday came though, and thankfully I felt oh-so-much-better, but at lunchtime I realized my family would be expecting a meal for dinner that night.

 

I took a look around my pantry, freezer and fridge, noticed I happened to have my emergency-chicken-alfredo-staples on hand, and pulled out Mrs. Potts. (After of course scrubbing an extra time or two because the last thing I wanted was to pass on any germs around here!)

 

Mrs. Potts (again) saved the day. Dinner was served, and my family all loved it. (A tiny miracle around here!) So, if you have one of those oh-my-goodness-what-on-earth-do-I-feed-these-people-for-dinner-again-kind-of-days, this little recipe’s right here for you.

 

You’re welcome. 😉

 

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Slow Cooker Emergency Chicken (aka Slow Cooked Creamy Chicken Alfredo)
Ingredients
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute with Healthy Request cream of chicken soup or try out these substitutes here – let me know if they work for you!)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (frozen is fine ~ that’s what I used)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 packet Italian Seasoning mix (can also make your own at home)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • pasta (whatever type your family likes)
Directions
  1. Place chicken, Italian seasoning, water, and soup in slow cooker.
  2. Give it a quick stir, then cook on low 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  3. 30 minutes before serving, shred chicken and add in cream cheese. Give it another good stir to mix everything well.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  5. Once cream cheese is heated through and everything mixes together, give it one more stir.
  6. Serve chicken and sauce over cooked pasta, top with parmesan cheese and parsley if you want to be fancy.
  7. Enjoy. 😉

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 12/3/14):

  • Ronzoni Pasta BOGO $1.58 at Publix, use $1/2 Garden Delight
  • Kroger Pasta $1
  • Campbell’s Condensed Soup $1 at Kroger, use $.40/2 coupon from the 10/12 SmartSource insert
  • Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (Frozen) 32 oz $6.79 at Publix or Fresh Publix Greenwise Chicken Breast Antibiotic Free $3.49/lb.
  • Kroger Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 3 lb. bag $7.99 (will vary by region)
  • Kroger Cream Cheese $1.25

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Oh my.

 

This Broccoli Cheese Soup at home is divine. 

 

Better than Panera.

 

And Mrs. Potts will do most of the work for you.

 

You’re welcome. 😉

 

My husband and I loved this recipe, my 14 year old liked it, and my 11 and 7 year old actually ate it. Success? 🙂

 

Here’s how to get a yummy warm & toasty meal on the table at your home too (and I highly recommend you include a side of homemade bread. Perfection!)

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 12 oz cans evaporated milk
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (I substituted with frozen broccoli which I cooked in the microwave and drained well - to make sure there wasn't too much liquid I reduced the chicken broth by 1/2 cup as frozen veggies are usually packed with water when they cook)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In large skillet melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions until they become transparent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and flour, as well as a little salt and pepper to flavor.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Using a whisk, slowly add in evaporated milk and stir well to make it smooth.
  6. Cook mixture until it begins to thicken, then pour into slow cooker with chicken broth, broccoli & thyme.
  7. Cover and cook 2 1/2 - 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  8. Turn heat off (or warm if you have that option), and add in heavy cream, shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/11/slow-cooker-broccoli-cheese-soup/

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/19/14):

  • Broccoli Buy One Get One Free at Giant Eagle and Food Lion
  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99
  • Swanson Chicken Broth $.50 at Dollar General (14 oz) or $1.89 at Walmart & Target (32 oz), use $1/2 Swanson coupon from the 10/5 SmartSource insert or $1/2 Swanson printable coupon

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy – thanks for a wonderful recipe!  Thanks also to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Chili Colorado Burritos

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I’m always so excited to find a new way to fix something in Mrs. Potts! So, when I noticed this recipe for Slow Cooker Chili Colorado Burritos, I knew I had to try them out.

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Goodness, this was e.a.s.y., and a great meal to add to our slow cooker rotation. (If you’re a busy momma, you  know how much it helps to have some slow cooked meals up your sleeve!) Literally it took 2 minutes to dump everything in Mrs. Potts in the morning and another five minutes to make the burritos before dinner, and dinner was done. 

 

I love that.

 

Here’s how to get dinner on the table at your house tonight too. 😉

 
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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 19 oz can mild red enchilada sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes (do NOT add water)
  • can refried beans
  • 7 burrito size flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • green onions (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put stew meat, enchilada sauce, and 2 bouillon cubes in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  3. Once meat has cooked, shred beef.
  4. Heat refried beans in microwave for about two minutes.
  5. Cover the bottom of each tortilla with small layer of refried beans, then add 1/2 cup meat mixture.
  6. Repeat on all of the burritos and roll up, then place in 9x13 baking dish.
  7. Spoon remaining enchilada sauce from slow cooker over the enchiladas.
  8. Top with cheddar cheese.
  9. Broil in oven for 2-3 minutes, long enough to melt cheese.
  10. Top with sour cream and green onions if desired - enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/10/slow-cooker-chili-colorado-burritos/

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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Beef Stew Meat $4.99/lb at Winn Dixie
  • Old El Paso Tortillas $1.25 at Kroger, use $1/3 Old El Paso Tortillas
  • Or Ole or La Banderita Tortillas $1.50 at Publix
  • Kraft Cheese $2.29
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1.50, or Daisy Sour Cream $2 at Giant Eagle, use $.45/1 coupon from the 7/13 Smart Source or $.60/1 coupon from the 9/7 Smart Source insert

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Recipe adapted from Food Pusher.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

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Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

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Goodness gracious, this recipe is perfect. It hits all the things I love in a recipe ~ it’s penny pinched, takes about seven seconds to dump in Mrs. Potts, is pretty low in calories (depending on how much hoagie roll & cheese you choose to eat . . .) and it’s delicious.

Need I say more?

Now, you could fluff the sandwich up a bit by adding some extra mayo or dijon mustard, or just leave it plain and simple. We loved it ~ my kids ate around the peppers and onion, and with less than 15 minutes of work dinner was done.

Success! Here’s the recipe . . .

 

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (I used frozen)
  • 2 green peppers, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 14 oz can chicken broth
  • packet dry Italian seasoning mix
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 hoagie buns
  • 6-8 slices provolone

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Slice onions and peppers, pour on top of chicken.
  3. Pour chicken broth over peppers, onions and chicken, then sprinkle Italian dressing packet over everything.
  4. Cook on low 6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, open hoagie rolls and layer a slice of cheese on one side of each, then broil in oven for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned and cheese has melted.
  6. Add mayonnaise or mustard if desired, and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/08/slow-cooker-philly-cheesesteak-sandwiches/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 8/20/14):

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast $7.99/2.5 or 3 lb. bag at Kroger
  • Onions, $.99/lb at Food Lion

 

This post is linked to Crock-Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday ~ thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff – I really want to try out their Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches next!  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos

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I came across this recipe for slow cooker chipotle beef tacos earlier this week, and was so excited because I had a roast in the freezer that I was hoping to use this week! The best part though was having dinner made in the morning ~ it’s amazing how much easier it is to stick with a menu plan when supper’s already cooking for you.

 

This did require a wee bit more work than most of my slow cooker recipes, but it was worth it to have a different way to use Mrs. Potts! If you love Mexican you’ll definitely want to also try out these Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas or Slow Cooker Taco Meat – they’re one of our all time favorites and another way to keep from heating up the kitchen in the summertime!

 

Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pounds boneless chuck roast
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • tortillas
  • taco toppings (cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, onion)

Instructions

  1. In large skillet, heat oil to medium high heat.
  2. Combine chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika in small bowl, then rub into beef.
  3. Put beef in the skillet once oil is hot and sear each side.
  4. Once the beef has been seared, return to slow cooker.
  5. Add beef broth, tomato paste, and minced chipotle to skillet, being sure to scrape up the browned bits from around the pan.
  6. Bring sauce to boil and reduce heat - then simmer for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened a bit.
  7. Add diced onion and garlic on top of the beef in the slow cooker. Then pour sauce over top of the beef, onions and garlic.
  8. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  9. Remove beef from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Mix in onions with beef.
  10. Serve on top of tortillas and add your favorite toppings - enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/07/slow-cooker-chipotle-beef-tacos/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/9/14):

  • Kroger Boneless Chuck Roast $4.99/lb.
  • Vidalia Onions $.99/lb at Kroger, use $.50/1 Vidalia Onions coupon
  • Taco Bell Dinner Kit at Publix – use Buy One Get One Free coupon from the Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flier for tortillas
  • Use $.50/1 Azteca Flour Tortillas coupon (try zip 03103 if you don’t see the coupon)
  • Breakstones Sour Cream BOGO $2.70 at Publix or Kroger Sour Cream $1
  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99
Be sure to also see how to cook taco meat in the slow cooker if you’re looking for more ways to easily put a meal together this summer!

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni

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Here’s just about the easier slow cooker recipe I’ve ever made. (Well, I don’t know . . . this one and this one are pretty easy too ~ maybe all things in the slow cooker = easy?)

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As you can tell though, we’ve been keeping things pretty simple around here lately, and this was a great way to use up a few ingredients from the pantry. You could also add pepperoni, black olives, or any other toppings on top of the other ingredients, but this one worked well for us since I didn’t happen to have those on hand. I even used frozen Boca Veggie crumbles that were free forever ago (and happen to be on sale this week as well), so I was thrilled to get one more item out of the freezer! Here’s how to easily get dinner on the table at your house too . . .

 

 

{4 Ingredient} Slow Cooker Rigatoni

Ingredients

  • 28 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 12 oz rigatoni pasta, cooked to al dente
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground sausage, cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • sliced mushrooms, black olives, or onion (optional)

Instructions

  1. Layer half of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Then add half the pasta, half the ground beef, and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Layer pepperoni, mushrooms or black olives (optional.)
  4. Add another layer of all the ingredients.
  5. Cook on low 3-4 hours.
  6. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/04/slow-cooker-rigatoni/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/23/14):

Curious how to cook ground beef in the slow cooker so you can just make up a big batch for recipes like this? Here you go (just leave out the taco seasonings.)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

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I really think I could eat soup every single day when it’s cold outside. So as I was trying to come up with something yummy to make this week, I knew another soup recipe was in order! I’m not a big fan of traditional Minestrone Soup, but I saw this recipe for Chicken and Artichoke Minestrone and thought I’d see if I could tweek it a bit so that Mrs. Potts could do the cooking. It worked. 😉

 

This is so easy and makes a ton – you literally dump the ingredients in your slow cooker and come back a few hours to have a yummy meal on the table. You can adjust it quite a bit – if you don’t like artichokes (or don’t want to spend the extra pennies on them!), leave them out. If you’ve got a can of black beans in your pantry, throw them in. Usually I would use cooked chicken that I pre-cooked at home, but in a pinch I grabbed the canned cooked chicken to make life easy. Really, this soup is so simple and you can’t mess it up – just top with a hearty pinch of Parmesan and add a side of crusty bread, and you’ve got dinner done!

 

(I just checked and the recipe makes twelve servings and has 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving ~ love that!  Plus, you’ll quite possibly have a week’s supply of veggies in one delicious meal. So good, and good for you!)

 

Chicken Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped (I used a red onion ~ I always think those have the best flavor!)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 32 oz cartons chicken broth
  • 1 can corn, undrained
  • 1 8 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Dump all ingredients except the Parmesan in the crockpot (pasta does not need to be cooked.)
  2. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.
  4. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/slow-cooker-chicken-minestrone-soup/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 7/10/13):

  • Progresso Broth BOGO $2.59 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store
  • Mushrooms on sale $2 at Kroger
  • 3 lb yellow onions $.79 at Aldi
  • Tyson Chunk Chicken $2.50 at Publix or Perdue Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Or Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken $6.99 at Publix, use $1/1 coupon from the 1/5 Smart Source insert
  • Hunts Tomatoes BOGO $1.99 at Publix, use $2 off chicken or sausage when you purchase 4 Progresso or Hunts products found in Viva Italia Booklets in store, stack with $1/1 Kraft Parmesan and purchase of 3 Hunt’s products coupon from the 1/19 Smart Source insert
Looking for more slow cooker soup recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Roast

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My friend Mary shared this slow cooker roast recipe with me a few weeks ago, and goodness gracious I’m so glad she did. I popped everything in Mrs. Potts yesterday morning by 8, worked here on PPP most of the day, drove kids around town all afternoon, and walked into a (clean!) house with dinner at cooked at 6PM. (Such a gift!)

 

If you’re a working mom, you’ve got to put this on your menu plan soon. And if you’re a stay-at-home-chasing-kids-around-taxi-driving momma, you’ve worked crazy hard too and need Mrs. Potts to handle dinner for you just as much!

 

If you eat a gluten-free diet, make the recipe without the flour to fry it in (and minus the bread bowl of course) for a gluten free meal that also doesn’t use any cream soup. So good!

Slow Cooker Roast

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. beef shoulder roast
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced thinly
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
  • 32 oz beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard (I substituted with regular mustard)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp small cube beef bouillon
  • 1 cup water
  • bread bowls (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse roast and pat dry.
  2. Cut 1-inch "X" on top of roast - not slicing all the way through the roast but enough to leave room for the onions to set down in the roast.
  3. Mix together flour, salt and 1 tsp pepper.
  4. Coat roast in flour mixture and cook in oil for 2 minutes until each side is lightly browned.
  5. Place roast in slow cooker.
  6. Stuff onion and garlic down into the roast.
  7. Add carrots and onions around the roast.
  8. Mix together beef broth, vinegar, water, mustard, beef bouillon, 1 1/2 tsp pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  9. Pour broth mixture over roast, cook on low 8-10 hours. (It will take a long time for the veggies to cook.)
  10. Pour into bread bowls and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/02/slow-cooker-roast/

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 2/5/14):

Looking for more slow ways to cook a shoulder roast? Here are a few of my favorites. . .
Slow Cooker Pot Roast (I love this one if you enjoy a thick gravy with your roast – so yummy and much better than the regular cream of mushroom soup recipe!)

 

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Southern Living Slow Cooker Suppers Magazine.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

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I love nachos.

 

Really, loooooove me some nachos. 😉

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And while I usually wait to have them at a restaurant, there’s just no reason to make them at home (mine are every bit as good!) Today I tried out Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos (I’ve made Slow Cooker Nachos with Beef before), and goodness gracious, they were fantastic.

 

The best part? I had to take the picture for you all today (day time pictures just look so much prettier), so I’ve just devoured the yummiest lunch in complete quiet while my kids and  hubby are all off at school and work for the day. Bliss.  

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(I so love my sweet family when they’re here, but some days a quiet home just feels so nice ~ is that awful?)

 

You could also use the chicken to make tacos, taco salad, enchiladas or just anything else ~ it turned out perfectly and is so simple to make!  Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too ~ just in time for the big game coming up next week. 😉 

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cans Rotel, undrained
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (I use the kind that you find in a jar, but you could also substitute with 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • tortilla chips
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • toppings (I used sour cream, green onions and black olives, but you could also add lettuce and tomatoes)

Instructions

  1. Mix together garlic, onion, salt, pepper, brown sugar and Rotel in small bowl.
  2. Place chicken in crockpot and add Rotel mixture on top.
  3. Cook on low 6-7 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred chicken well.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Arrange chips in the bottom of a large baking sheet.
  7. Spoon chicken mixture over tortilla chips.
  8. Top with cheese and tomato (tomato optional)
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  10. Top with extra toppings, and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/01/slow-cooker-chicken-nachos/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/29/14):

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb at Publix or Tyson Chicken Breast $1.99/lb at Kroger
  • Kroger Tortilla Chips on sale $1
  • Or try Pringles Tortilla Chips as low as $.48 at Publix and Kroger
  • Friendship Sour Cream $2.09 at Publix, Use $.75/1 Friendship Sour Cream coupon from the Publix Grocery Advantage Buy Flier stacked with $.75/1 blinkie
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $1.99 at Kroger, use $.55/1 Kraft Cheese coupon or $.50/1 coupon from the 1/26 Smart Source insert
  • Kraft Shredded Cheese BOGO $1.99 at Publix or $2.50 at Target, use 5% off Cartwheel coupon

 

Here are a few more slow cooker recipes you may also want to try out . . .

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooker Nachos

Slow Cooker Chicken Rotel Dip

You may also want to check out these fantastic deals on slow cookers right now at Amazon:

 

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

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Here’s my first ever (I think?) Weight Watchers recipe to share! I joined online last week (I’d really hoped to go to the meetings, but so far my schedule hasn’t allowed it), but have been pretty pleased with how easy it’s been to manage.

 

I really didn’t expect to like this recipe all that much (give me chicken over beef any day), but this was really just delicious. I tweaked it a bit using what I had in my pantry, and was oh-so-pleased with the results.

 

You could easily substitute regular cheddar cheese if that’s what you have in the pantry, but I did purchase the (expensive!) fat free cheese to keep my points lower. Let me know what you think if you try it out for dinner too!

Skinny Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped finely
  • 1 b ground beef
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 8 oz low fat cheddar or colby cheese
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • baked low fat tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Spray nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Add onion, garlic and celery to skillet, cooking until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and pour in vegetables.
  4. Add ground beef to the same skillet you used for the veggies and brown ground beef until cooked through.
  5. Drain ground beef and add to slow cooker.
  6. In small cup, mix together flour and 1/2 cup of the broth and stir until smooth.
  7. Add flour and broth mixture to the skillet along with the remaining 2 1/2 cups of broth.
  8. Bring to a simmer, and stir well, including any of the browned bits in the slow cooker left from the beef ~ then transfer to broth mixture to the slow cooker.
  9. Add evaporated milk, cheese, paprika, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook on low for two hours.
  11. Put a few chips in the bottom of your bowl then add soup and a few more crumbled soups
  12. Makes 6-8 servings
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If you’re doing Weight Watchers, a serving (3/4 cups) is 5 points including a few 3 tbsps of crushed chips. Not bad for a filling meal!

 

 

Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Here are a few of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 1/8/13):

  • College Inn Broth BOGO at Bi-Lo ($1.49 after sale) and Winn Dixie ($1.39 after sale)
  • Publix Ground Chuck  on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Lean Ground Beef on sale $2.79/lb at Kroger when you purchase in 3 lb. pack 
  • Publix Cheese on sale $2.50 
  • Kraft Cheese 16 oz on sale $4.99 at Publix, use $2/2 Kraft Cheese coupon from the Publix Game Day Greats Booklet (or print it HERE), stack with $2 off Publix ecoupon
  • Ground Beef on sale $1.99/lb. at Harvey’s

This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday and Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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22 Tried and True Chicken Recipes

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Since Publix has their boneless skinless chicken breast on sale buy one get one free this week, I figured I’d share a roundup of my absolute favorite chicken recipes! (Kroger has their Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale for $2.99/lb as well, so you can score a decent deal there too.)

 

We just got home after traveling for the last week (my house is a disaster  ~ anyone wanna come clean?) so I’m excited to slow down a bit over the next week, cook a few meals at home, and make several of our favorites. From the looks of it we like our chicken around here, so this is a great time to stock up. 😉 Here are just a few of our favorites . . .

Zax Sauce 

Homemade Chicken Tenders with Zax Sauce

White Chicken Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Bake  

 

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Rice Soup

 

 5 Ingredient Ritz Chicken

 

Easy Chicken Marinade

 

Smothered (Smashburger) Chicken Sandwich

 

Cheesy Chicken Rolls

Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Noodle Soup

 

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dressing

Fettucine Alfredo 

Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

 

Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Rolls

 

Alice Springs Chicken

 

White Chicken Cheesy Enchilada Bake

 

Slow Cooked Barbecue Stuffed Potatoes

 

Slow Cooker Almost Chicken Cordon Bleu

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil 

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Cracker Barrel Chicken Sandwich 

Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenderloin Sandwich

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings  This picture is awful but this is the #1 recipe consistently searched every year on Passionate Penny Pincher and we just love it ~ I’m betting your family will enjoy it too!

 This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday and Super Saturday at Made from Pinterest – thanks for the chance to link up!

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Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker $34.99 Just on Amazon

Amazon has the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (Silver) on sale for $39.99.  You can use this $5/$35 credit on this deal to drop the price to $34.99!

Some features of this slow cooker include:

  • 6-quart programmable slow cooker with LED digital control panel, 110 V
  • 3 automatic-cooking options–program, manual, or probe; automatic keep-warm
  • Power-interrupt protection; clip-on spoon; clip-tight gasket lid; side handles for safe transport
  • Dishwasher-safe stoneware and tempered-glass lid; user manual with recipes included

 

In case you’re not sure what to make in Mrs. Potts, here are a few of our family’s favorite recipes to try. . .

 

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White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

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Not sure what to do with all your leftover turkey this weekend? Don’t let it go to waste! Use dried beans to make a penny pinched meal that you can even freeze if you have leftovers. So simple, and just delicious.

 

Top with sour cheese, sour cream and a little green onions and you’ve got dinner done. 😉

White Chicken or Turkey Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dry navy beans
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chili
  • 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse beans and place in pot. Cover with 2 inches of water and let soak overnight or at least four hours.
  2. Drain beans and place in slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours or high 3 hours.
  4. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/11/white-chicken-or-turkey-slow-cooker-chili/

 

Looking for more recipes to make with leftover turkey? Here you go!

If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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How To Roast A Turkey In Your Slow Cooker

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With all the fantsatic prices going on right now on turkey, it’s a great time to buy an extra turkey breast and pop it in Mrs. Potts to freeze the meat for casseroles and soups this winter. My stock up price on turkey breast is $.99/lb., and since Target has it at that price this week it’s worth picking up an extra one!

 

Grab a big turkey for your Thanksgiving feast, as well as a smaller turkey breast to pop in your slow cooker. Then cook this easy recipe up so you’ll have oodles of pre-cooked in the freezer when you need it on a busy night.

 

 

How To Roast A Turkey In Your Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • Bone in Turkey Breast
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 4 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pat turkey breast dry.
  2. Place a few pats of butter on the bottom of the turkey breast, place in slow cooker.
  3. Rub onion soup mix all over turkey, including under the skin.
  4. Cook on high for one hour, then reduce heat to low and cook another 7 hours.
  5. Let cool before eating, and freeze any leftovers in plastic freezer bags to use in other meals.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/11/how-to-roast-a-turkey-in-your-slow-cooker/

Leftover Turkey Tettrazini

Looking for a few dishes to use your cooked turkey in? Here are a few of our family’s favorites . . . 

 

Curious what items you can freeze to help you pinch those pennies even further? Download my free list of what items you can freeze HERE when you sign up for free PPP daily emails!

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

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{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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Last week after posting this taco meat in the slow cooker, a PPP reader asked for a recipe for chicken tacos like Moe’s Southwest Grill, but I haven’t eaten there before so I wasn’t sure where to start!  Another reader commented that she thinks this recipe is just like Moe’s, and since it was so easy, I decided to give it a try.

 

I have no idea if you’ll think they’re like Moe’s (you’ll have to let me know!), but it was such a simple recipe and really delicious ~ a great way to get easily get dinner on the table! I used a bunch of ingredients from my stockpile which always saves some moo-lah, and my family loved our bargain taco night. Here’s how to get dinner cooking in your home too. . .

{3 Ingredient} Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups salsa
  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • taco seasoning packet

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
  2. Pour salsa over chicken.
  3. Cook on low, 5-7 hours.
  4. Shred up meat and add serve in tacos, along with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  5. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/10/3-ingredient-skinny-slow-cooker-chicken-tacos/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/30/13):

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

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This Slow Cooker Spaghetti with Meatballs recipe is so simple that I hesitate to even call it a recipe. But, for whatever reason, it never dawned on me to try it out before so I thought maybe you’d missed this easy meal deal too. The best part is, you can have it for dinner early in the week, then easily make up some Mini Meatball Subs later in the week and get two meals easily done with one days worth of cooking.

 

And the cooking? Well, you’re literally just popping it all in Mrs. Potts, so not much cooking to even fool with. Here’s what you’ll need to get started. . .

Slow Cooker Spaghetti With Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 28 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb frozen meatballs
  • 12 oz spaghetti noodles
  • parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Put spaghetti sauce, undrained tomatoes, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  2. Pour in frozen meatballs.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Before serving, cook spaghetti.
  5. Serve sauce and meatballs over pasta ~ enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-spaghetti-with-meatballs/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/9/13):

  • Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Mueller’s Pasta Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Classico Pasta Sauce Buy One Get One Free $2.89, use $1/3 Classico Pasta Sauce
  • Prego $.98 at Kroger, use $.40/2 from the 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Barilla Pasta Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Barilla Pasta or from 9/8 Smart Source insert
  • Winn Dixie Armour Meatballs Buy One Get One Free, use $1/2 Armour products from the 8/18 Red Plum insert
  • Cole’s Garlic Toast Buy One Get One Free at Publix, use $.50/1 Cole’s

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

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Since Publix has Pork Chops on sale this week Buy One Get One Free (making them $2.49/lb., which is a rare deal these days!) and Kroger also has them for $2.99/lb., I figured I’d share our all time favorite pork chop recipe with you! I actually haven’t re-made this one this week (so pardon the picture ~ goodness, my photography has never been great but in the early days it was just downright pitiful), however I promise your family will love this one.  I’ve got nothing but positive reviews on it, and we just love it so I think I’m going to add it to the menu plan for the weekend  . . . even if just so I can re-do the pictures!

 

 

(Do you know how weird it is to take a picture of just about every single recipe you make? My family hasn’t had a hot meal in at least three years. . . but I digress.) 😉

 

Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 lbs. potatoes, peeled
  • 5 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup warm milk, skim is fine
  • 1 tbsp. salt optional, to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper optional

Instructions

  1. (for the pork chops)
  2. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning & soup in slow cooker and heat on high four hours or low six hours. (Ours cooked on high for four hours, and were even a little frozen when they went in.)
  3. (for the potatoes)
  4. Roast garlic. To roast the garlic, cover the entire garlic bulb including skin in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for one hour. Then let cool, remove from skins and mix into a paste to add to your potatoes.
  5. While garlic is cooling, cook peeled potatoes in large pot of water for about 15-18 minutes, until ready to mash. Mash potatoes, then add garlic, salt, and pepper.
  6. Slowly add in milk until the potatoes are the consistency that you’d like them (mine only needed about 1 cup of the milk.)
  7. Add potatoes to plate, then cover with pork chops from slow cooker and use the sauce for your gravy. . . yummmm!
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Here are a few more of our family’s favorite pork chop recipes . . .

 

5 Ingredient Grilled Pork Chop Marinade

Slow Cooker Sour Cream Pork Chops

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/9/13):

  • Pork Chops Buy One Get One Free ($2.49/lb.) at Publix
  • Pork Chops $2.99/lb. at Kroger
  • Cream soups on sale $59 at Aldi
  • Potatoes $1.99/5lb. bag at Bi Lo
  • Red Potatoes $1.99/lb. bag at Winn Dixie
  • Russet Potatoes $3.99/lb at Kroger

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken {including 10 easy recipes using cooked chicken}

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It’s been a while since I’ve sung the praises of cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot, so I figured it was high time I give it a bit of attention.  Now, I know it’s kinda gross to tackle cooking a whole chicken if you’ve never done it before (be sure to grab some kitchen gloves!), but the meat is so delicious, and you can’t beat the price.

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Sam’s Club has Tyson Whole Chicken Breast for around $.99/lb., so if you see a deal less than that while you’re out and about it’s worth stocking up. I’ve started purchasing 3-4 when they’re on sale and cooking them two at a time in my slow cooker so that I have a bunch of meat when I need it in a hurry!  And believe it or not, this recipe really doesn’t require any liquid ~ your chicken will make plenty of juices on it’s own. If you have any suggestions on other ways to cook whole chicken, I’d love to hear them!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 whole chicken (I usually look for the largest one I can find)

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, mix together first 5 ingredients.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  3. Place whole chicken in slow cooker (be sure to remove the package of giblets from inside the bird prior to cooking)
  4. Rub seasoning mixture into chicken.
  5. Cook on low 5-8 hours, until chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees. Remove from slow cooker.
  6. If you'd like to brown the skin a bit, cook under broiler in oven for about 5 minutes, until skin is golden brown.
  7. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-whole-chicken/

 

After your chicken cooked, serve it up with some mashed potatoes and veggies for dinner, then save all the extra meat to use in other recipes  Here are my top 10 recipes to use leftover chicken in. . .

  1. Slow Cooked Chicken Tortilla Soup
  2. Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas
  3. Savory Cream Cheese Chicken Rolls
  4. Chicken & Broccoli Braid
  5. Chicken & Dumpling Casserole
  6. Homemade Chicken & Dumplings
  7. Chicken and Noodles
  8. Almost Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
  9. Chicken Tettrazini
  10. White Chicken Chili
  11. Sweet Southern Chicken Salad

 

 

 

If you’d rather cook your chicken in the oven, this Roast Sticky Rotisserie Style Chicken is divine also . . .  I’m thinking I might just have to make a Sam’s Club run to stock up!

 

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Slow Cooker London Broil With Brown Gravy

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I’ve never made London broil in the slow cooker (we’ve only grilled it a few times), but when I saw Publix had them on sale I knew I had to see if there was any easy way to cook it.  After reading through the comments HERE, I couldn’t wait to try out this recipe, and oh my goodness I’m so glad I did!

 

My family loved it (seriously, loved it). And I loved it because it took precisely three minutes to prepare everything except the potatoes. It works out great with the London Broil sale at Publix this week and Aldi’s great price on potatoes, so go ahead and pull Mrs. Potts out and let her do the cooking for you!

 

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 packet brown gravy
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 packet italian dressing
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 London broil (2-3 lbs.)

Instructions

  1. Place London broil in slow cooker.
  2. Add seasoning packets and slightly rub them into the meat.
  3. Pour water around the meat in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low 7-8 hours.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes and use the juices as the gravy.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/09/slow-cooker-london-broil/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/11/13):

Recipe adapted from Cooks.com.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe {Slow Cooker}

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Have I mentioned lately I love Mrs. Potts? I don’t know about you, but our afternoon schedule this fall is about to make me bonkers, and if it weren’t for her doing the cooking at least one night a week I’m pretty sure we’d rarely manage a real meal around here. Thankfully all I have to do is throw in the ingredients in the morning, and she finishes up the work for me throughout the day!

 

 

When a friend of mine shared this Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup recipe with me,  I couldn’t wait to try it.  It makes a ton of soup (seriously ~ my large crockpot was filled to the brim last night), so you can easily make a batch up now, enjoy leftovers later this week, and still have some to pop in your freezer for another busy night. (Success!)

 

(And, if you really want to treat your family, try out these Olive Garden Breadsticks too. My daughter Reagan is just about to lose her first baby tooth ~ I know I’ll be glad to have this picture of that wiggly bottom tooth one of these days!)

 

Olive Garden’s {Slow Cooker} Pasta Fagioli Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 (10 oz) cans beef stock
  • 3 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 5 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce optional ~ we left this out)
  • 1 20 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz pasta

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef.
  2. Drain fat from beef and add to the slow cooker with everything except the pasta.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  4. Add pasta and cook an additional 30 minutes on high or 45 minutes on low.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (we love the DiGiorno brand) and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/09/olive-garden-pasta-fagioli-soup-recipe/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 9/4/13):

  • Mueller’s Pasta BOGO $1.59 at Publix, use $1/2 Mueller’s Pasta
  • Kraft Grated Cheese BOGO $3.60 at Publix
  • Del Monte Tomatoes BOGO $3.50 at Publix
  • Publix Ground Round $3.99/lb.
  • Swanson Broth On Sale $2 at Publix
  • Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.50 at Publix, use $1/2 Ragu Pasta coupon from the Best Meals Happen At Home insert
  • Celery $1 at Kroger
  • Carrots $1 at Kroger
  • Ground Chuck 80% in 5 lb. roll $13.45 at Kroger
  • Prego Pasta Sauce $1.67 at Kroger

Recipe adapted from Food.com.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HEREThis post is linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less. Thanks for the opportunity to link up!

 

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{Six Ingredient} Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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Easy Slow Beef Stroganoff

I’m all for figuring out how to make homemade comfort food and easily as I can, with the absolute least amount of prep work possible. This Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe fits the bill.

It literally has six ingredients that you dump in your crockpot, then walk away and let it do the work for you. No fuss, no frills, just quick and easy get-dinner-on-the-table-tonight kind of food.

 

That’s just about as good as it gets around here. (Luckily it turned out to be delicious, too!)

 

 

{Six Ingredient} Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. cubed beef stew meat
  • 1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 oz cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Place stew meat, soup, onion, Worcestershire and water in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
  3. Add cream cheese after the meat has cooked, and mix well, until heated through.
  4. Serve over noodles ~ enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/08/slow-cooker-beef-stroganoff-2/

 

This recipe is linked to Slow Cooker Saturday at Crock-Pot Ladies – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

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Oh my heavens, you’ve got to make thisSeriously.

 

I worked diligently Sunday coming up with a menu plan for the week and making a grocery list. I was even so ahead of the game that Tuesday afternoon I left the house for carpool duty at 2 and returned at 6 with dinner in the oven, all baked up and ready to go. {We have an oven that you can set ahead of time ~ such a nice gift when I remember to use it!}

 

It was perfect. And easy. And, to be honest, all that organization even impressed me. 😉

 

Ummmm . . . until my hubby walked in the door, took a deep whiff, and said “Hmmm. . . are we having Mexican?”

 

To which I excitedly replied “YES!!!”

 

He then informed me that he’d had Mexican ~ for the last two days ~ while on business meetings for lunch.

 

Here’s a hint to all the men out there {all three of you}:  never, ever {EVER!}, tell your wife-that-cooks-and-cleans-and-shops-and-taxis-your-children-around-all-day-long that you’re not all that excited about her cooking because you’ve had something similar ~ with other living, breathing adults ~ for lunch. It just doesn’t bode well for you. ‘Nuf said.

 

You can bet he’s eating leftover Mexican again tonight. 😉

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package taco seasoning (I used the store brand)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 oz can green chilis
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used mozzarella because that's what was in my fridge)
  • green onions
  • sliced olives
  • tortillas (10-12)

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Place chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Pour garlic powder, green chilis, lime juice, taco seasoning, and water on top of chicken. Cook on low 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred chicken (it should shred easily.)
  5. Mix together can of cream of chicken soup and sour cream.
  6. Put half of the sour cream mixture on the bottom of a 9x13 casserole, and mix the other half in with the shredded chicken.
  7. Place about 1/4 cup chicken mixture into each tortilla along with 2 tbsp shredded cheese.
  8. Roll up tortilla and place seam side down in casserole dish.
  9. Repeat again with all the tortillas.
  10. Pour enchilada sauce over the entire casserole and then cover with remaining cheese.
  11. Top with green onions and sliced olives.
  12. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional five minutes.
  13. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/08/slow-cooker-chicken-enchiladas/

Note: This is the BEST slow cooker Mexican chicken I’ve ever made, and you could easily use the recipe for taco salads or regular tacos.  When I make it again I’ll double the slow cooker part of the recipe, and freeze the meat to easily have dinner on a busy night!  Also, be sure to pick up sliced black olives, not chopped black olives. Oops.

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 8/21/13):

 

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This post is linked up to Crock Pot Ladies Slow Cooker Saturday – thanks for the opportunity to link up!  Recipe adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Chicken Burrito Bowls

I’m so thankful to have some very sweet bloggers sharing recipes here as we’re on our way home from vacation!  This is a guest post from Katie at Cultivating Trio. Be sure to also try out her Caramel Pecan Bars, Chicken Artichoke Pasta, and Taco Stuffed Shells. (Yum!)

 

Chicken Burrito Bowls are a great weeknight meal! It is quick, easy and sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. I love being able to throw a few things into the crockpot, walk away and let it cook while I work on my To Do List.

I also love that the chicken is so versatile. You can use it in regular burritos, tacos, quesadillas, or atop loaded nachos.

When I make this, I usually double the chicken and put half in the freezer for a busy day. I store it in a Ziploc freezer bag for easy storage. Then when I need a quick meal, I just grab it out of the freezer, cook up some rice and see what toppings I have in the fridge.

 

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 16oz jar Salsa
  • 1 Envelope Taco Seasoning Or 2 Tbls Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 3 C Cooked Rice
  • 8oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Optional: Diced Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Onion, peppers

Directions

1.  Mix together salsa and taco seasoning right in the crockpot.

2.  Add chicken breasts and coat them with the salsa mix.

3.   Cover and walk away! Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours. And enjoy with wonderful aromas all afternoon!

4.  After 3-4 hours your chicken will be so tender and smell amazing!

5.  Here is a time saving cooking tip. This was revolutionary to me!

Place the chicken in a Kitchen Aid Mixer.

Put the mixer on low and 30 seconds later it looks like this:

I know, amazing right? No more shredding forever with 2 forks! Of course if you don’t have a mixer, you can still shred the chicken the old fashion way. It is totally worth the extra dish to wash!

3.  Make 3 cups of rice (white or brown)

4.  Prepare your toppings: (here’s our favorites) shredded Cheddar Cheese, shredded Lettuce, Sour Cream and Salsa.


5. Assemble your Burrito Bowl to your liking and enjoy!


*You can also eat it with tortilla chips instead of a spoon!

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 16oz jar Salsa
  • 1 Envelope Taco Seasoning Or 2 Tbls Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 3 C Cooked Rice
  • 8oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Optional: Diced Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Onion, peppers

Instructions

  1. Mix together salsa and taco seasoning in the crockpot.
  2. Add chicken breasts and coat them with salsa mix, cook on low 3-4 hours.
  3. Place chicken in mixer and shred or shred with forks.
  4. Make 3 cups of rice (white or brown).
  5. Prepare your favorite toppings (here's our favorites: cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream and salsa.)
  6. Assemble your Burrito Bowl to your liking and enjoy.
  7. *You can also eat it with tortilla chips in stead of a spoon!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/06/chicken-burrito-bowls/

 

Katie blogs at Cultivating Trio and is a working mother of a 2 and 3 1/2 year old, and wife to an amazing husband. She’s also a registered nurse by profession, but enjoys family, baking, creating new recipes, learning new things, making lists, scrapbooking, blogging, gardening, crocheting, and traveling. She also strives to make new goals, achieve some of them, and work on all of them while setting new goals. 

 

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Slow Cooker Ribs

Trying to decide what to make this Memorial Day? Try out these yummy ribs on the grill, or if you’d rather keep the cooking inside, make these Simple Slow Cooker Ribs in your crockpot.

 

Here’s the trick to these ribs:  do NOT just put the ribs in the slow cooker.  (I know, I know . . . that takes a little of the fun out of slow cooking, but I promise spending a few minutes to prepare those ribs in the morning will reward you with some fall-apart-heavenly ribs!)  Allow just thirty minutes in the morning to pre-bake them in the oven, and then let your slow cooker to the rest of the cooking for you.  These were so good that my husband declared them better than Logan’s Roadhouse, and liked them as much as our favorite rib recipe for the grill.

 

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Salt
  • Barbecue Sauce (we used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 3-4 lbs. Pork Long Country Style Ribs, or Pork Sirloin Chops

Instructions

  1. Season ribs with salt, pepper and garlic salt.
  2. Bake at 350 in oven for 15 minutes, then turn ribs over and bake another 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer ribs to slow cooker (you may need to cut them to fit into Mrs. Potts!) 🙂
  4. Pour bottle of barbecue sauce over top of the ribs.
  5. Cook for 6-7 hours on low.
  6. Serve along with extra barbecue sauce (optional).
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/05/slow-cooker-ribs/

Here are a few sales you’ll want to watch for this week:

  • Kraft Barbecue Sauce $.68 at Publix after BOGO sale
  • Pork Loin Back Ribs $1.99/lb. at Publix, $2.99/lb at Kroger, or $1.99/lb. at Sam’s Club

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and if you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE.  

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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This Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken recipe has been on my slow-cookin’ Pinterest board forever, but when my friend Mary mentioned last week that she tried it out and loved it, I knew I needed to make it at our house too! And, when I looked over what was in my pantry and fridge yesterday to make dinner, I realized this is one of those simple recipes that calls for ingredients I already had at home. (I love that.)

 

While I love coupon shopping, I absolutely hate making a second trip for things that weren’t on my list the first time around, so if I can find a meal with what I have at home I’m always so happy to try it out. This one was great for a busy weeknight meal, and having Mrs. Potts do the cooking after I spent five minutes filling her up of course makes life easier around here. Let me know what you think if you make it for dinner sometime soon!

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast (can be frozen)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • tortillas

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in the crock pot.
  2. Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
  3. Mix together soup and salsa and pour over chicken.
  4. Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.
  5. Shred chicken and mix in sour cream.
  6. Serve on tortillas, or you could use it as a dip with chips or even over rice.
  7. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/05/slow-cooker-salsa-chicken/

 

Here are a few sales that you’ll want to watch for this week on these items if you don’t have them at home: 

 

Recipe adapted from Mostly Homemade Mom.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Tacos

 

I’m trying to work on eating out of the pantry right now as our freezer and cupboards are stuffed, and these simple Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Tacos were Taco a great way to use up a few items we had on hand this week! It also was an easy meal to hand out to my family as we all rushed out the door to weeknight activities, and beat a trip through the drive thru any day.  Here’s how to make these Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos if you’re looking for a simple penny pinched meal this week too.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Ingredients

  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • flour tortillas
  • toppings (we used sour cream, salsa, and lettuce)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Pour salsa over chicken.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4 hours.
  4. Shred chicken and return to slow cooker.
  5. Add cooked rice to slow cooker and let cook an additional 30 minutes.
  6. Add cream cheese and mix in until thoroughly combined and heated through.
  7. Serve on tortillas, top with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/04/slow-cooker-chicken-and-rice-tacos/

Here are a few sales that you’ll want to watch for this week on these items if you don’t have them at home:

  • Kroger Cream Cheese $1.00
  • Kroger Chicken 17-29 oz $5.49
  • Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lb
  • Kroger Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese or Dip $1.25

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for more bargain meal deals!  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops

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Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops

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I bought pork chops yesterday to re-make this recipe (and take a better picture!), however it turns out I’ve got three kids going three different directions tonight, so we’ll be having leftovers on our way out the door. I’ll update the picture when we actually do have a night home to make this one, but oh-my-goodness I promise this one’s delicious and you’ll love it!

I’ve tried several recipes for pork chops in the crockpot, and not really been all that impressed.  (A crockpot is a wonderful thing, but a bad recipe in the crockpot always seems to turn out just horrible!)  So, I was a little skeptical about this recipe, but it turned out perfectly!  (In fact, my son called it a “five star meal” . . . yayyy!)  I literally found this recipe on Pinterest at noon, popped my pork chops in the microwave for a minute to defrost, threw them in Mrs. Potts with the rest of the ingredients while they were still half frozen (really!), and sure enough they were just delicious five hours later. Woot!

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Slow Cooker Ranch House Pork Chops and Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 packet dry Ranch Dressing Seasoning
  • 10 oz. can cream of chicken soup
  • 4 lbs. potatoes
  • 5 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 6 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup warm milk (we used skim)
  • 1 tbsp. salt optional, to taste
  • 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper optional

Instructions

  1. Directions (for the pork chops)
  2. Place pork chops, ranch seasoning & soup in slow cooker and heat on high four hours or low six hours. (Ours cooked on high for four hours, and were even a little frozen when they went in.)
  3. Directions (for the potatoes)
  4. Roast garlic. (To roast the garlic, cover the entire garlic bulb including skin in aluminum foil and bake at 350 for one hour. Then let cool, remove from skins and mix into a paste to add to your potatoes.)
  5. While garlic is cooling, cook peeled potatoes in large pot of water for about 15-18 minutes, until ready to mash.
  6. Mash potatoes, then add garlic, salt, and pepper.
  7. Slowly add in milk until the potatoes are the consistency that you'd like them (mine only needed about 1 cup of the milk.)
  8. Add potatoes to plate, then cover with pork chops from slow cooker and use the sauce for your gravy. . . yummmm!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-ranch-house-pork-chops/

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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I posted this simple recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff  way back in September of 2011, but it’s one of our favorites and I’m adding it to our menu plan next week! If you try it out, I’d love to hear what you think.

I’ve never tried Beef Stroganoff in our slow cooker before, so I was thrilled to find a simple recipe that made cooking a night of cooking a little simpler at our house!  This was so good, but a wee bit on the pricey for us.  However, it made enough for dinner plus tons of leftovers, so we’ll freeze what we don’t eat tomorrow and then just reheat the meal when we need a quick dinner.  (You can freeze it in plastic bags even with the noodles as long as they’re cooked, then just re-heat and serve!)

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. beef stew meat
  • 2 cans Golden Mushroom Soup
  • 1 onion
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • noodles, cooked

Instructions

  1. Heat bouillion cube in water in microwave for 30 seconds. Then place all of the first ten ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
  3. About 30 minutes before meat is cooked, saute mushrooms in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add to stroganoff and let it cook another fifteen minutes. Whisk any cream cheese that has not melted completely until smooth.
  4. Serve over cooked noodles, enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-beef-stroganoff/
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Slow Cooker Honey Chicken

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When I saw this Slow Cooker Honey Chicken recipe on Table for Two I couldn’t wait to try it out! We had it tonight for dinner along with broccoli and Sesame Noodles. Super easy and very good. . .

Slow Cooker Honey Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • cornstarch
  • sesame seeds (optional ~ we didn't have any so I left them out!)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Mix next seven ingredients in medium bowl and then pour over chicken.
  3. Cook 3-4 hours on low or 1 1/2 hours on high.
  4. Remove chicken from crock pot and cut into pieces.
  5. Meanwhile, mix 4 teaspoons cornstarch in 6 teaspoons water, then pour into crockpot.
  6. Replace lid and cook sauce an additional ten minutes on high to thicken juices.
  7. Return chicken to pot to let it soak up the juices and warm. Sprinkle sesame seeds if desired.
  8. Serve over noodles or rice.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-bourbon-chicken/

 

 

 

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