Showing posts with label Side Dishes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Side Dishes. Show all posts

Friday, June 13, 2014

Spicy Slow Cooker Rice Casserole with Green Chiles, Green Onions, and Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen

Spicy Slow Cooker Rice Casserole with Green Chiles, Green Onions, and Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen found on SlowCookerFromScratch.com
Use your slow cooker to turn leftover rice into Spicy Slow Cooker Rice Casserole with Green Chiles, Green Onions, and Cheese.  Your family will love it!   (Photo from Kalyn's Kitchen.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and if you're cooking something on the grill for Father's Day Weekend, this spicy green chile rice casserole made in the slow cooker might be just the side dish you're looking for!)

I know some of you never think about using the slow cooker for a side dish, but once you try it you'll realize how convenient it is to have a side dish cooking unattended while you focus on the main part of the meal.  This Spicy Slow Cooker Rice Casserole with Green Chiles, Green Onions, and Cheese is one of my personal favorite slow cooker side dishes, and my sister Val tried out the recipe and reported it was a hit with her family as well.  I highly recommend cooking extra rice just so you have some leftover rice to try this recipe!

Ingredients for this recipe:
Uncooked long-grain white rice, thinly sliced scallions, reduced-fat sour cream, canned diced green chiles, Green Tabasco sauce, reduced fat Mozzarella cheese, finely grated Parmesan cheese.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Bowl with Creamy Avocado Sauce from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Bowl with Creamy Avocado Sauce
A delicious Mexican Quinoa Dish for Meatless Monday!  (Photo from A Year of Slow Cooking.)

I promised slow cooker ideas for Cinco de Mayo, so I started with Slow Cooker Southwestern Beef Brisket for the carnivores and now it's time for a meatless slow cooker dish with Mexican flavors.  I'm a big quinoa fan, so this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Bowl with Creamy Avocado Sauce from 365 Days of Slow Cooking sounds like a perfect dish for Cinco de Mayo to me.  And this year that Mexican-food holiday does fall on a Monday, so this could be a great Meatless Monday option to help you celebrate.

Ingredients for this recipe: 
Quinoa Bowl:  quinoa, water, vegetarian bouillon, (or use vegetable broth), diced onion, canned diced green chiles, diced red bell pepper, garlic, canned black beans, salt and papper.  Avocado Sauce:  Ripe avocado, garlic, olive oil, fresh lime juice, minced cilantro, diced tomatoes, sea salt, black pepper.

Monday, April 21, 2014

CrockPot Coconut Rice and Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

CrockPot Coconut Rice and Beans
CrockPot Coconut Rice and Beans are easy and sound delicious!  (Photo from 365 Days of Slow Cooking.)

When I spotted this recipe for CrockPot Coconut Rice and Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking, the first ingredient I noticed was the coconut milk.  I'm a big fan of coconut milk and I can imagine what creaminess and flavor it will bring to these coconut rice and beans.  I also love how the recipe uses brown rice and adds a bit of lime juice for a tangy treat.  Yes, there is some chicken in the background in Karen's photo, but if you're looking for a Meatless Monday dish, just ignore that and focus on the rice and beans.

Ingredients for this recipe:
Coconut milk, brown rice, minced garlic, black beans, salt, sugar, coconut oil, boiling water, lime juice, green onion for garnish (optional).

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easy-Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots from A Veggie Venture

Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots
Easy-Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots make a perfect side dish for any holiday!  (Photo from A Veggie Venture.)

Tomorrow is Easter, and if you're making dinner you probably already have your main course planned.  But if you'd like a last-minute idea for an easy side dish, I'm recommending these Easy-Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots from A Veggie Venture.  My friend Alanna says these carrots are so good that it's even okay to use those "baby" carrots she normally advises against. According to Alanna, both kids and adults like these carrots, and after reading the ingredients I'm sure she's right about that.

Ingredients for this recipe: 
Carrots, butter, honey, Dijon mustard, tobasco, salt and pepper, fresh cilantro (for serving)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Slow Cooker Mushroom Risotto with Peas from Bakerette

Slow Cooker Mushroom Risotto with Peas
Love this idea for Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas, made in the slow cooker.  (Photo from Bakerette.)

(I don't know if anyone noticed the lack of posts, but I had a couple of unplanned days off from both my blogs due to a bout with food poisoning that was definitely not much fun.  I got it from a restaurant, and my sister Pam and her baby grandson were also sick.  So there wasn't any cooking or blogging going on yesterday, but it's nice to be back!)

I'm a convert to the idea of making rice in the slow cooker, and when I saw this recipe for Slow Cooker Mushroom Risotto with Peas from Bakerette, I thought it sounded like such a perfect dish for spring.  If you're not familiar with Risotto, it's an Italian rice dish where short-grain rice is slowly cooked on the stove, with liquid stirred in a little at a time resulting in a creamy dish.  Jen gets the creaminess without all that stirring by using the slow cooker, and I think this sounds like a must try!

Ingredients for this recipe: 
Olive oil, sliced mushrooms, sliced shallots or onion, garlic, Arborio rice, chicken broth, dry white wine, ground black pepper, fresh or frozen peas, Parmesan or Asiago cheese.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Easy Slow Cooker Saag Aloo from Amuse Your Bouche

Easy Slow Cooker Saag Aloo
Easy Slow Cooker Saag Aloo is perfect for Meatless Monday!

It's St. Patrick's Day, so I'm sure there are plenty of people who are cooking Corned Beef in the Slow Cooker today without any thoughts of Meatless Monday.  But if you do happen to be a vegetarian or just a Meatless Monday fan, this Easy Slow Cooker Saag Aloo from Amuse Your Bouche is beautifully green and also has potatoes, an ingredient with plenty of Irish history.  If you're not that familiar with Indian food, Saag Aloo means "spinach and potaotes" and this easy recipe can be in the slow cooker in minutes.

Ingredients for this recipe:
Potatoes, onion, water, vegetable stock cube, oil, cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, hot chilli powder, black pepper, spinach.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ten From-Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Refried Beans (plus Recipes using Refried Beans)

Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Refried beans for every type of diet or food preference, made in the slow cooker!

Most cooks probably have a can or two of refried beans in the pantry, but there are actually a few reasons for making From-Scratch Refried Beans in the Slow Cooker instead of buying them.  First, when you make your own refried beans you control exactly what goes in, so whether you want a recipe that's low-fat, fat-free, vegan, low in salt, spicy, or mild, you make the beans exactly the way you like them.  Second, there's no question that from-scratch refried beans are more economical than canned ones, and beans keep well in the freezer.  But most important of all to many of these bloggers, home-cooked refried beans have that creamy bean flavor you just can't get from a can.  Here are ten recipes for From-Scratch Refried Beans in the Slow cooker from food bloggers.  Each one is slightly different, so look them over and see which version fits your own personal preferences for perfect refried beans!  (Then once you have some home-cooked refried beans,  check out the ideas for using refried beans in the slow cooker at the end of the post.)


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Crockpot Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions from Cookin' Canuck

CrockPot Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions
CrockPot Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions is a healthy option for Meatless Monday!  (Photo from Cookin' Canuck.)

Yes, I know it's Superbowl Sunday and if you're using the slow cooker today it's probably not for a healthy Meatless Monday dish like this Crockpot Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions from Cookin' Canuck.  But the Superbowl only lasts one day and I think this sounds like a delicious meatless main dish for anyone who's looking for some healthy food on Monday morning!  Or if you don't care about the whole Meatless Monday thing, eat it for a delicious side dish, but don't skip Dara's method of caramelizing the onions before they go in the slow cooker; I can tell this would add amazing flavor to the finished stew. 

Ingredients for this recipe: 
Olive oil, sliced onions, water, oregano, balsamic vinegar, canned diced tomatoes, kalamata olives, canned chickpeas, crumbled Feta cheese, Italian Parsley.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ten Amazing From-Scratch Blogger-Tested Recipes for Slow Cooker Stuffing

Ten Recipes for Slow Cooker Stuffing
Cook your stuffing in the slow cooker and free up oven space!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and stuffing is my very favorite Thanksgiving food, so I'm really wondering why I've never made stuffing in the slow cooker.  You can bet on it that these Ten Recipes for Slow Cooker Stuffing are going to change that this year!   Making stuffing in the slow cooker can free up valuable oven space on the day when the oven gets such a work out, and all these stuffing recipes look delicious to me.  If you want those crispy bits on the edges, I'd switch the stuffing from the slow cooker to an uncovered pan and cook it at a high temperature for 15-20 minutes while you carve the turkey.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Slow Cooker Spanish Rice from Taste and Tell

Slow Cooker Spanish Rice
Just put the ingredients in the slow cooker and turn it on for this Slow Cooker Spanish Rice!  (Photo from Taste and Tell.)

Rice is hands down my favorite side dish, and if you haven't tried making rice in the slow cooker yet, what are you waiting for?  Start this Slow Cooker Spanish Rice from Taste and Tell a few hours before dinner, and your side dish is taken care of.  And the recipe couldn't be easier; just chop the onion and green pepper, put ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it cook.

Ingredients for this recipe:
uncooked long grain rice, water, chopped onion, chopped green bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, tomatoes

Monday, August 26, 2013

Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Homemade Refried Beans.
There are endless uses for these Homemade Refried Beans.  (Photo from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures.)

Homemade refried beans are healthier and more inexpensive than the ones that come in a can, but the most important reasons to make refried beans from scratch has to be the flavor you'll get from pinto beans that have been slow cooked all day while you're busy doing other things.  This recipe for Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures sounds especially good to me, with a bit of onion, garlic, jalapeno, and cumin adding just enough spice to the beans.  Lynn uses her immersion blender to puree the beans, for creamy beans that you can use in an assortment of tasty Meatless Monday dishes.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese from Real Mom Kitchen

Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese cooked in the slow cooker!  (Photo from Real Mom Kitchen.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and if your kids want Mac and Cheese even when it's hot outside, you can make it in the slow cooker and keep the kitchen cool!)

I'm discovering that lots of cooks who love the slow cooker especially love it in the summer, when you can use it to "bake" things without heating up the house.  This Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese from Real Mom Kitchen is something Laura recommends as a summer meal for that very reason.  You do need to cook the macaroni first; then put it in the slow cooker with all the other ingredients and let it cook for 3 hours on low.  That's three hours the house stays cool and you're not doing a thing to worry about dinner; you have to love it!

Ingredients for this recipe:
elbow macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and a dash of paprika

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Crock Pot Vegetarian Coconut Curry Baked Beans from Kitchen Treaty

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Curry Coconut Baked Beans
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Curry Coconut Baked Beans are a delicious Meatless Monday dish.  (Photo from Kitchen Treaty.)

Here's what Karen from Kitchen Treaty says about this recipe, "This vegetarian baked bean recipe is a unique – but utterly delicious – spin on classic baked beans. Curry spices, coconut milk, ginger, and brown sugar make this super-easy slow cooker recipe shine."  Everything about that description made me decide that these Crock Pot Vegan Curry Coconut Baked Beans from Kitchen Treaty were a perfect option for a Meatless Monday dish, as well as a good addition to our growing collection of Slow Cooker Summer dinner ideas.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob from A Year of Slow Cooking

Crock Pot Corn on the Cob
Cook fresh corn in the slow cooker and keep the kitchen cool!  (Photo from A Year of Slow Cooking.)

Here's a lovely side dish idea for our Slow Cooker Summer Dinners.  This CrockPot Corn on the Cob from A Year of Slow Cooking is something you might want to make when it's so hot that even the thought of boiling water for the few minutes it takes to cook corn sounds like it will just heat up the kitchen.  Using this easy method, you cook the corn (wrapped in foil) in the slow cooker in about two hours, and during that time you can sit in the shade and read a book, with a tall glass of something cool in hand.  Stephanie didn't do this, but I might be tempted to spread butter over each ear of corn before you wrap it in foil, for corn cooked in butter!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from White on Rice Couple

Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
For those days when you need some comfort food, how about Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes.  (Photo from White on Rice Couple.)

I may have let out a tiny squeal when I spotted this recipe for Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, because it meant my friends Todd and Diane from White on Rice Couple had gotten their first slow cooker!  I think scalloped potatoes are just about the ultimate comfort food, but even if you're not in need of comfort this would make an easy, cheesy, creamy side dish the next time you're making dinner for friends.  Diane used a large slow cooker to make a big batch of these for a Christmas pot-luck, but if you cut the recipe in half for a smaller slow cooker they will cook more quickly.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Slow Cooker Recipe for Vegetarian Black-Eyed Peas from Budget Bytes

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Black-Eyed Peas
Cook some black-eyed peas in the slow cooker for good luck in the New Year!  (Photo from Budget Bytes.)

It's New Year's Eve, and you probably know that eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is required if you're hoping for good luck.  Luckily, you only need about three hours of cooking time for these Slow Cooker Vegetarian Black-Eyed Peas from Budget Bytes.  The recipe is vegetarian (and could easily be vegan if you use vegetable bouillon), so these peas are good for New Year's Day luck and also a tasty dish for Meatless Monday.   And if you're skipping Meatless Monday for the holiday or making the black-eyed peas on Tuesday, go ahead and add some diced ham and sausage if you'd like.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans Recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking

Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
Soak pinto beans overnight and cook Cowboy Beans in the CrockPot while you're at work!  (Photo from A Year of Slow Cooking.)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and these Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans are one of those frugal recipes that start with dried beans and cook all day in the slow cooker while you're busy doing other things.)

When you're having a simple main dish for dinner, use the slow cooker to make an interesting side dish like these Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans from A Year of Slow Cooking.  This recipe starts with pinto beans that are soaked overnight; then add onion, cooked ground beef, diced red pepper, Rotel tomatoes, and an assortment of spices and let the beans cook all day on low while you're at work.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Slow Cooker Spicy Sweet Potatoes Recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen

These Spicy Sweet Potatoes made in the slow cooker are not just for Thanksgiving!  (Photo from Kalyn's Kitchen)

(For Friday Favorites we spotlight past recipes that you may have missed, and these Spicy Sweet Potatoes in the slow cooker are great.  This recipe is also a good example of how you can use the slow cooker for Thanksgiving (which will be here before you know it!)

When I discovered a seasoning blend I adored for Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, I couldn't resist trying it on sweet potatoes cooked in the slow cooker, and this recipe for Spicy CrockPot Sweet Potatoes from Kalyn's Kitchen is the happy result.  If you cook them on high the sweet potatoes will be fragrant and tender in about 3 hours, and you can keep them warm in the slow cooker for a while if needed, so they're great for busy days.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin) Grits from Kitchen Parade

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits, or use Pumpkin in honor of the season!  (Photo from Kitchen Parade.)

What the people in the U.S. call grits is very similar to the ground corn dish that Italians call polenta, and I love that these Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Grits from Kitchen Parade are made in the slow cooker, even if Alanna cautions that they need to be stirred occasionally.  And if you're in the mood, you can make this dish with pumpkin for a perfect Meatless Monday dish for Halloween week.  (Alanna also recommends butternut squash, which would be my personal choice!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Slow Cooker Honey Beans and Spinach from A Year of Slow Cooking

Slow Cooker Honey Beans and Spinach
Black beans and garbanzos, cooked with sweet potato, honey, and spinach.  (Photo from A Year of Slow Cooking.)

When I read this post where Stephanie from A Year of Slow Cooking said she would have never tried a recipe like this one for Honey Beans with Spinach before she started using her slow cooker, I felt like she was speaking directly to me.  I love the way you can put a bunch of healthful ingredients like black beans, garbanzos, sweet potatoes, onion, honey, and spinach into the slow cooker with some well-chosen seasonings and come out with a delicious vegetarian stew, and this sounds like a perfect Meatless Monday dish!

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