Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Slow Cooker Sesame Beef from Creme de la Crumb

This Slow Cooker Sesame Beef from Creme de la Crumb is slightly sweet and spicy and the beef is tender in a few hours!

Slow Cooker Sesame Beef from Creme de la Crumb featured on SlowCookerFromScratch.com.

Sesame beef gets kicked up a notch in this Slow Cooker Sesame Beef from Creme de la Crumb. That extra something comes from the little pinch of red pepper flakes that Tiffany says adds just the right spicy touch to this slightly sweet sesame beef that starts with thin slices of flank steak.

The beef in this dish goes into the slow cooker without browning and cooks in a few hours with red pepper, green onion, and onion. Then about 30 minutes before you want to serve it, you add a cornstarch + water mixture to thicken the sauce, cook some rice if desired, and dinner is ready!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • flank steak
  • onion
  • green onion
  • sesame oil
  • garlic
  • red bell pepper
  • soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
  • brown sugar
  • rice vinegar
  • water
  • crushed red pepper
  • cold water + cornstarch
  • sesame seeds

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Roll-Ups with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta Cheese from The Perfect Pantry

Make Greek chicken in the slow cooker and turn it into these Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Roll-Ups with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta Cheese.

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Roll-Ups with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta Cheese from The Perfect Pantry featured on SlowCookerFromScratch.com.
(Photos from The Perfect Pantry.)

I first saved Lydia's idea for Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Roll-Ups with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta Cheese to feature as a Slow Cooker Summer Dinner, and if it's still hot where you live I think this would make a delicious warm-weather meal. But now that it's back-to-school time I'm thinking this would also be a delicious option for a school-night dinner.

The Greek chicken for this recipe needs about 5 hours on low, and when it's time for dinner just shred the chicken apart and gather the other ingredients. You can serve as shown, or let kids assemble their own if you prefer. And in this recipe post Lydia shares a few other ideas for using this delicious-sounding Greek chicken.

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Greek seasoning
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • lemon zest
  • olive oil
  • flour tortillas
  • crumbled Feta cheese
  • diced tomato
  • chopped Kalamata olives

Friday, August 28, 2015

Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti from Picky Palate

I love the way the spaghetti part of this Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti cooks right in the slow cooker!

Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti from Picky Palate found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photos from Picky Palate.)

(For Friday Favorites we feature past recipes you may have missed, and I'm intrigued by how the spaghetti part of this Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti cooks right in the slow cooker! I know Jenny from Picky Palate is a busy mom, and this sounds like a great dinner idea for back-to-school.) 

This recipe for Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti from Picky Palate came about when Jenny wondered what would happen if she cooked pasta right in the slow cooker.  The result was this family-friendly crockpot recipe which uses layers of browned ground beef, spaghetti, homemade or from-a-jar pasta sauce, chicken stock, and two kinds of cheese, all cooked together to make a delicious-sounding dinner from the slow cooker.

Ingredients for this Slow Cooker Recipe:
  • lean ground beef
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • garlic powder or salt
  • pasta sauce 
  • spaghetti noodles
  • Parmesan cheese
  • cream cheese
  • chicken broth

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken from Diary of a Recipe Collector

This Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken from Diary of a Recipe Collector sounds perfect for a back-to-school dinner.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken from Diary of a Recipe Collector featured on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photos from Diary of a Recipe Collector.)
It's back-to-school time for many people, and you want dinner ideas that are easy and use ingredients that are usually on hand. And if that dinner can cook in a slow cooker so the house doesn't heat up, win-win. This Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken from Diary of a Recipe Collector fits both those requirements, and it sounds like a delicious combination.

You can even start this out with frozen chicken breasts and cook on low for a longer time if you don't remember to take chicken out of the freezer. Jaren says this chicken is delicious for wraps and sandwiches, or you could serve over rice for a more formal meal.

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • boneless chicken breasts
  • creole seasoning
  • garlic
  • balsamic vinegar
  • Italian dressing
  • brown sugar

Sunday, August 23, 2015

25+ From Scratch Slow Cooker Casserole Recipes for Back to School

For busy moms and dads everywhere, here are 25+ Amazing From Scratch Slow Cooker Casseroles for back to school!


Last year at back-to-school time I posted this collection of great Slow Cooker Casserole Recipes for Back-to-School. I called that post 20+ Slow Cooker Casseroles because frankly casseroles for the slow cooker that aren't loaded with a lot of processed ingredients can be hard to find, and I wanted to keep my options open to add more if I come across them in the future. Since then I've found more good slow cooker casseroles that use from-scratch ingredients, so now this post has 25+ Amazing Slow Cooker Casserole Recipes for Back to School for Back-to-school 2015. 

In the district where I used to teach school starts tomorrow, and I know many schools around the U.S. are already in session.  So hello busy moms and dads, this collection of Slow Cooker Casserole Recipes is designed to help you out on those days when you need dinner that can cook unattended while you're doing other things.   There's a wide variety of options here with casseroles that have grains, pasta, eggs, chicken, meat, beans, and vegetables, and even a few vegetarian casseroles and breakfast breakfast-for-dinner options.  And slow cooker casseroles aren't known for their looks, but I think these all look pretty tasty!

I hope you enjoy the casseroles; you might also like to check out the round-ups for Twenty Cook-All-Day Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes or Ten Cook All Day Soups to Make in the Slow Cooker.  And if you're a busy parent facing back-to-school schedules hang in there; you can do it!

(Click the link under each photo to see the recipe on that blog.) 

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