Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos from Creme de la Crumb

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos start with chicken that's cooked in the slow cooker with jalapenos and other spicy seasonings.

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos from Creme de la Crumb featured on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photos from Creme de la Crumb.)

You can never have too many slow cooker recipes that start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, right?  And that's especially true when the chicken is cooked with spicy flavorings and cream cheese and then shredded apart and made into something delicious like these Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos from Creme de la Crumb. 

Tiffany says you can even start this recipe with frozen chicken breasts, and the jalapenos come from a jar, which would make this ultra-easy to get into the slow cooker in the morning.  And if you're cooking for people who don't like much spicy heat, you can adjust the amount of jalapenos to taste.

Once the chicken is cooked, transforming it into these delicious-looking tacquitos sounds easy.  I think this sounds perfect for a chicken dinner from the slow cooker!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • cream cheese
  • whole or sliced jalapenos (from a jar)
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • cumin
  • flour or corn tortillas
  • shredded cheese
  • optional toppings like fresh cilantro, additional jalapenos, dipping sauce

Monday, March 2, 2015

Slow Cooker Coconut Milk Poached Fish Fillets from Apron Strings

This recipe for Slow Cooker Coconut Milk Poached Fish Fillets has gotten great reviews at Apron Strings; I'm intrigued!

Slow Cooker Coconut Milk Poached Fish Fillets from Apron Strings found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photo from Apron Strings.)
We all should be eating more fish; I'm sure everybody knows that!  I try to cook fish as often as I can, and I know that poaching is one method that results in moist and flavorful fish, so when I saw this recipe for Slow Cooker Coconut Milk Poached Fish Fillets from Apron Strings I was intrigued!

I might have been skeptical about cooking fish in the slow cooker, but I know the bloggers at Apron Strings, and I know they would never post something that didn't turn out perfectly.  And when I read the comments, I saw that some readers who had tried this method were raving about it.  

And Donna says, "There is something about slow cooking that infuses wonderful flavor into your fish," which sounds like a good enough reason to me to give this method a try.  Fish cooked this way would be low-carb, Paleo, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly.  And how about using this method in the summer when you don't want to heat up the house?

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • fish fillets
  • coconut milk (not light)
  • aromatics like garlic, shallots, parsley, ginger, etc.
  • salt

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Slow Cooker Light and Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Love this Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup that's light and gluten-free!

Slow Cooker Light and Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup from 365 Days of Slow Cooking found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
Photos from 365 Days of Slow Cooking.

There's a reason why so many people love broccoli-cheese soup, and that reason is the delicious combination that broccoli + cheese creates.  Unfortunately too many versions of broccoli cheese soup are loaded with fat, and most of them are thickened with flour and butter, which means they won't work for anyone who needs to eat gluten-free.  

This Light and Gluten-Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup from 365 Days of Slow Cooking solves those problems in delicious ways.  First, Karen uses creamy potatoes to thicken the soup.  Then she uses a small amount of sharp cheddar for maximum cheesy flavor with less calories.  This soup also starts with a whole pound of frozen broccoli, which gives a lot of broccoli flavor without the fuss of cutting up the broccoli.  

Karen says this soup tastes creamy and indulgent, and I think this sounds like a great recipe idea for a family dinner!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • yellow butter potatoes
  • chicken or veggie broth
  • yellow onion
  • olive or canola oil
  • green onions
  • garlic cloves
  • ground thyme
  • salt
  • pepper
  • frozen broccoli
  • extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • half and half (or milk)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili started with dried beans.

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili from Mel's Kitchen Cafe found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photo from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and this Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili from Mel's Kitchen Cafe sounds like a winner.  I especially like how the recipe starts with dry white beans.)

I think we still have a few more months of chili weather before it starts heating up, so you have time to try this Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, and I do think this sounds like a must-try!  The recipe starts with dried white beans that cook in the slow cooker, and it's with a bunch of flavor-enhancing ingredients.  Mel says this recipe is "freakishly delicious" and after looking at the ingredients, I believe her!

Ingredients for this recipe:
  • Onion
  • jalapeno peppers
  • garlic
  • red or yellow bell pepper
  • chicken breasts
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • dried oregano
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • chicken broth
  • dry white beans
  • salt and pepper
  • light cream cheese
  • frozen corn
  • crumbled cooked bacon

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Slow Cooker Orange and Sesame Chicken Drumsticks from Kayotic Kitchen

Slow Cooker Orange and Sesame Chicken Drumsticks will fill your house with wonderful smells.

Slow Cooker Orange and Sesame Chicken Drumsticks from Kayotic Kitchen found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
Photos from Kayotic Kitchen.

Some things really are the same all over the world, and even though my friend Kay from Kayotic Kitchen lives in The Netherlands, she loves to use the slow cooker to get dinner on the table for her family.  Kay says one thing she loves most about using a slow cooker is the way it fills your house with wonderful smells, and I'm enjoying the thought of how amazing this recipe for Slow Cooker Orange and Sesame Chicken Drumsticks must smell when you lift the lid on the slow cooker.

I love Asian flavors like the ones Kay uses in this recipe.  I also like the way she browned the chicken drumsticks before they go in the slow cooker with the flavorful sauce (although Kay says you can do it without browning the chicken if you prefer.)  Thickening the sauce later with a bit of cornstarch is also optional; you can choose to have a thinner sauce.  Kay loves this served over noodles with crunchy vegetables, and that sounds like it would be great for a family dinner; hope you enjoy!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • chicken drumsticks
  • juice and zest of one orange
  • garlic clove
  • brown sugar
  • honey
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • Kay's homemade five-spice mix (or purchased variety)
  • ground ginger
  • dried chili pepper
  • sesame seeds
  • salt and black pepper

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