Saturday, March 28, 2015

Slow Cooker (or Pressure Cooker) Mediterranean Beef Brisket from The Perfect Pantry

Cook Mediterranean Beef Brisket in the slow cooker or pressure cooker, and use the delicious Italian beef that that's left over for sandwiches!


Everyone knows how perfect the slow cooker is for Soup or Stew in the winter, and I've certainly emphasized how I also love using my slow cooker for Slow Cooker Summer Dinners.  But what about those in-between times of year when nights are cold but the days can be really warm?

Spring and fall is the time of year when I think it's great to use the slow cooker for meat dishes where you're hoping for leftovers, like this Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Brisket from The Perfect Pantry.  Serve the hot brisket as a main dish for dinner on the day you make it.  Then use the leftover meat for Italian Beef sandwiches during the day when the weather is warmer.  Perfect planning ahead for a slow cooker dinner and lunch!  

And bonus!  You can also make this delicious sounding recipe in the pressure cooker or on top of the stove if you prefer.

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • beef brisket
  • kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • olive oil
  • onions
  • garlic
  • Herbes de Provence (or dried thyme leaf)
  • canned tomatoes
  • Dijon mustard
  • dry red wine

Friday, March 27, 2015

Crock Pot Carne Guisado (Latin Beef Stew) from Skinnytaste

This Slow Cooker Carne Guisado is a beef stew with Latin flavors.

Crock Pot Carne Guisado (Latin Beef Stew) from Skinnytaste found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and if you have a family that loves meat-and-potatoes type dishes this Crock Pot Carne Guisado or Latin Beef Stew from Skinnytaste is not to be missed.  Make this now, before it gets too warm for a stew like this one!)

I know a lot of slow cooker fans love to put something in the slow cooker and let it cook all day when they're at work, but even when I taught school and had to go off to work every morning, my favorite time to use the slow cooker was on the weekend when I was hanging out at home.  I love the way the slow-cooking food makes the house smell good, and I'm just imagining the flavors in this Crock Pot Carne Guisado (Latin Beef Stew) from Skinnytaste. This recipe has some of my favorite seasonings; hope you enjoy!

Ingredients for this recipe:
  • Olive oil
  • scallions
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • beef stew meat
  • flour
  • light beer
  • water
  • cumin
  • dry adobo seasoning (or seasoned salt)
  • ground achiote (or Badia Sazon or Paprika)
  • bay leaf
  • salt
  • baby red potatoes
  • Aji Picante for topping

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup from Yankee Kitchen Ninja

Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup combines chicken, canned beans, fresh herbs, and vegetables into a delicious soup, and uses ingredients you probably have in the house.

Slow Cooker Chicken White Bean Soup from Yankee Kitchen Ninja found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
Photos from Yankee Kitchen Ninja

I bet some of you are eyeing that delicious-looking bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken White Bean Soup from Yankee Kitchen Ninja and secretly hoping the weather is going to stay warm from now until summer and there won't be any soup on the menu.  And I'm sorry to be a Debbie Downer here, but unfortunately (unless you live where it really gets warm early), most places are going to have a few more cold spells where soup really sounds good.

When that happens, you'll love having a soup recipe like this one that uses so many ingredients you probably usually have on hand.  And doesn't that soup look comforting?  Let's hope we don't need too much more cold-weather comfort food between now and summer, but if it does turn cold, we'll be ready with this soup!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • canned Cannellini or other white beans
  • onion
  • celery
  • carrot
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh sage
  • dried bay leaf
  • water

Monday, March 23, 2015

Overnight Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal from The Lemon Bowl

Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal starts with steel cut oats that cook overnight, and with this easy recipe you won't have any excuse to skip breakfast!

Photos from The Lemon Bowl

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; you know that right?  That's why recipes like this Overnight Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal from The Lemon Bowl are such a find.  This recipe starts with steel cut oats that cook overnight with lots of other healthful ingredients to create a delicious breakfast that's ready when you wake up.

And if you're having trouble with that healthy breakfast habit, I'm guessing the smell of this cooking in the slow cooker all night just might help you remember to eat when you wake up!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
  • steel cut oats
  • mashed banana
  • chopped walnuts
  •  skim milk or almond milk
  • water
  • flax seed meal
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • Optional garnish: banana slices, walnuts, or brown sugar

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Slow Cooker Greek Pork from Your HomeBased Mom

Slow Cooker Greek Pork features tender pork cooked with Peperoncini and from-scratch Greek Seasoning and served with homemade yogurt sauce.

Slow Cooker Greek Pork from Your HomeBased Mom found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
(Photos from Your HomeBased Mom.)

For everyone who loves the flavors in Greek Souvlaki and Tzatziki Sauce, this Slow Cooker Greek Pork from Your HomeBased Mom can deliver those same Greek flavors in an easy pork dish from the slow cooker. 

Leigh Anne makes her own Greek seasoning for this recipe, but she says you can also use purchased Greek seasoning if you prefer.  This sounds delicious for a family dinner and if the weather is heating up where you are this would qualify for what I call Slow Cooker Summer Dinners, where something hot from the slow cooker is served with other room temperature or cooling ingredients.  Enjoy!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe and Yogurt Sauce: 
  • 3-4 pounds pork shoulder or tenderloin
  • dried oregano
  • dried thyme
  • dried basil
  • dried marjoram
  • dried minced onion
  • dried minced garlic
  • jar of Peperoncini peppers
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • red wine vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • cucumber
  • green onions
  • minced garlic
  • lemon zest
  • salt
  • pepper

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