Monday, September 22, 2014

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup from Kalyn's Kitchen

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Greet the first day of fall with this delicious Red Beans and Rice Soup!  (Photos from Kalyn's Kitchen.)

It's the first day of fall, and I'm not going to lie and say that I welcome the arrival of cooler weather.  I'm definitely a warm weather person all the way.  But luckily there are a few things I like about autumn and cold-weather soups and stews are right up there at the top of the list, along with autumn colors, and those sunny crisp fall days that are so gorgeous in Utah.  And when something delicious like this Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Soup from Kalyn's Kitchen is on the menu, it helps make the arrival of autumn a little better.  I love everything about this soup; hope you enjoy!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
Onion, olive oil, garlic, thyme, dried Oregano, Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning (or another brand of your choice), canned red beans, Amylu Chicken Andouille Sausage (or another sausage of your choice), chicken stock, Green Tabasco Sauce, bay leaves, cooked white rice.

Friday, September 19, 2014

20+ Amazing From-Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Lasagna

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How about Slow Cooker Lasagna for some fall comfort food?

As much as I might want the weather to stay warm, there's no denying that the official arrival of fall is only days away.  For me, fall means comfort food, and lasagna has to be one of the most popular comfort food dishes.  When I was checking out all these delicious sounding slow cooker lasagna ideas, I kept wondering, why haven't I ever made lasagna in the slow cooker?  I called this post 20+ Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipes so I could add more good recipes later if I find them, but for now I just need to decide which one to try first.

Before I send you off to look at the recipes, I want to clarify something about the "from-scratch" part of the title.  Some of these recipes do use sauce from a jar, which you can certainly substitute with homemade sauce if you're a "make your own pasta sauce" person.  (You could  use my Sausage and Basil Marinara Sauce in any recipe that called for pasta sauce.  If the recipe uses Alfredo Sauce, Bakerette has a great Homemade Alfredo Sauce.)

This post has vegetarian lasagna, lasagna with beef, lasagna with turkey sausage, Mexican style lasagna, Alfredo lasagna, lasagna with eggplant and zucchini, lasagna with spinach, lasagna with pesto, and many more variations.  There's even a lasagna recipe that uses zucchini and eggplant to replace the noodles!  All photos are from the blog named under the photo; just click the recipe title to see the entire recipe on the original blog.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Slow Cooker Hatch Green Chile Verde from FoodieCrush

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It's Hatch Chile Season and what better use for the chiles than Slow Cooker Chile Verde! (Photos from FoodieCrush.)

Unless you live in New Mexico you might not ever be lucky enough to get any of the famous Hatch Green Chile Peppers, but Heidi from FoodieCrush was gifted some Hatch chiles by a visiting friend.  She asked her readers what to make from them, but all ideas were trumped by her husbands for authentic Chile Verde.  It took some experimenting to get this recipe just right, but I love the sound of this recipe for Slow Cooker Hatch Green Chile Verde from FoodieCrush, and it definitely looks delicious as well!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
Tomatillos, yellow onion, garlic, roasted Hatch chiles, cilantro, kosher salt, pork sirloin roast, olive oil. butter, fresh ground black pepper.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken from Just a Taste

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Kelly says "Tender shredded chicken breasts tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce made with honey, garlic and soy sauce."  Photos from Just a Taste

Whenever I'm online I always look for good slow cooker recipes to feature here, and this recipe for Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken from Just a Taste is one that definitely caught my eye.  Then when I went to Kelly's site to look at the recipe, there were so many comments from people who had loved it, so I knew this recipe had to be a winner.  This does have red pepper flakes for that spicy Asian flavor so many people like, but if you're cooking for kids Kelly says it will be just as good without them.  Go check this out at Just a Taste and I bet it will be in your slow cooker soon!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
Bone in skinless chicken breasts, honey, low sodium soy sauce, blackberry jam, Hoisin sauce, olive oil, garlic, diced onion, crushed red pepper flakes (optional), cornstarch. For garnish: Sliced scallions, sesame seeds.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Slow Cooker Easy Meatballs (with Smoked Paprika Sauce) from Gimme Some Oven

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Delicious meatballs that are perfect for football season!  (Photos from Gimme Some Oven.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and I think these amazing-looking slow cooker meatballs from Gimme Some Oven definitely deserve your attention.)

Football season is here, and if you're planning any kind of get-together that includes game-day food, I think you need this recipe for Slow Cooker Easy Meatballs (with Smoked Paprika Sauce) from Gimme Some Oven.  From-scratch meatballs cook for 4-6 hours in the slow cooker in a sauce of crushed tomatoes and smoked paprika, and your friends will gobble them up!  Ali says these meatballs can be cooked on the stove, but why would you want to do that when the slow cooker version is so easy?

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
For the meatballs:  Ground beef or pork, breadcrumbs, onion, Parmesan Cheese, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, black pepper, garlic, eggs.  For the sauce: Canned crushed tomatoes, smoke paprika, chopped fresh basil or parsley for garnish.

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