Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Slow Cooker Low-Sugar Gluten-Free Peach Crisp from Kalyn's Kitchen

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It's peach season, and this Slow Cooker Low-Sugar Gluten-Free Peach Crisp is delicious!  (Photos from Kalyn's Kitchen.)

Out of all the fruits that show up in the summer, my favorite is definitely peaches, and this Slow Cooker Low-Sugar Gluten-Free Peach Crisp from Kalyn's Kitchen is a delicious reduced-sugar dessert that disappeared quickly at my house. The recipe uses just a little of the sweetener of your choice combined with a tiny bit of brown sugar to bump up the natural sweetness of the peaches, and the crisp topping is also gluten free.  This is great with a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt, but if you don't care about the whole low-sugar thing, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
Peaches, butter, almond flour, rolled oats (gluten-free if needed), Stevia-in-the-Raw granulated sweetener (or sweetener of your choice), brown sugar, cinnamon, freshly-ground nutmeg. For serving: Fat-free Greek yogurt, whipped cream, or ice cream as desired.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Slow Cooker Smothered Sweet Pork Burritos from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

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Mel's Kitchen Cafe has a new take on sweet pork burritos, and they sound delicious! (Photos from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.)

As soon as I say Sweet Pork Burritos you probably think of Cafe Rio, especially if you live in Utah.  But Mel makes it clear that these Slow Cooker Smothered Sweet Pork Burritos from Mel's Kitchen Cafe are different from Cafe Rio's sweet pork.  But she adds that these burritos are also "very, very amazing," and they certainly look amazing to me.  This recipe cooks the pork in the slow cooker all day; then you shred the meat and add other seasonings, assemble the burritos with Cilantro Lime Rice (recipe included), cover with sauce and cheese in a casserole dish, and bake for a few minutes.  Sounds like a must-try dinner to me!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
For the pork filling and burritos:  Pork roast, salt and pepper, oil, Liquid Smoke, water, brown sugar, canned green enchilada sauce, chili powder, hot sauce, canned black beans, Grated Jack or Cheddar cheese, burrito sized white or whole wheat tortillas.  For the Rice: Butter, long-grain white rice, low-sodium chicken broth, salt, pepper, lime zest and juice, cilantro, cumin.

Friday, August 22, 2014

20+ Amazing From-Scratch Slow Cooker Casserole Recipes for Back to School

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For busy moms everywhere, 20+ Amazing From Scratch Slow Cooker Casseroles for back to school!

In the district where I used to teach school starts on Monday, 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 titled the 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. 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.) 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches from Cook the Story

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Sweet and spicy pulled chicken topped with melted cheese!  (Photos from Cook the Story.)

In this recipe for Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches from Cook the Story, bone-in chicken thighs cook all day in a spicy sauce until the chicken falls off the bone, then the shredded chicken is piled on buns and goes under the broiler with cheese.  As you can see from Christine's photo, the result is a family-friendly the whole family will love.  With minimum time with broiler turned on I'd definitely consider this a perfect Slow Cooker Summer Dinner, but this would taste great any time of year.

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
Ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, vinegar, salt, skinless bone-in chicken thighs, Dijon mustard, shredded cheddar cheese, burger buns.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Crockpot Chalupas from Pinch of Yum

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Pork and dried pinto beans cook all day and Lindsay says these CrockPot Chalupas are the best thing ever!  (Photos from Pinch of Yum.)

I was already drooling over the photo of these Crockpot Chalupas from Pinch of Yum, and then I read the introduction where Lindsay says, "You just can’t argue with spicy, flavorful, tender shredded pork and pinto bean filling that cooks itself for you all day while you’re at work."  I certainly wouldn't argue with that, no way.  And serving the mixture on toasted tortillas with cheese makes it even better.  This recipe has a lot of comments from people who have enjoyed it; sounds like a winner!

Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
Pork shoulder, dry pinto beans, light beer, canned fire roasted tomatoes, minced garlic, jalapeno peppers, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, taco seasoning (optional), salt, water, shredded mozzarella, flour tortillas.

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