Monday, March 4, 2013

Crock Pot Dinners

Even before this mess, I was barely able to get dinner on the table without use of my crock pot.  Love that thing!  I spent the weeks leading up to treatment testing out a few different recipes to make sure we still had food to eat throughout the next few weeks.  I've pinned all the recipes I tried here.

The first is Chile Colorado Burritos.  These were a HUGE hit with the Hubs and even Nicky.  I liked them a lot too!

I use 1.5 lbs of stew meat and cook it on high for 8 hours.  The first time I made them, I used two bullion cubes as it says in the directions, but that made it way too salty. I just stick to one now.  I also recommend reserving some enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso brand since that is all I could find) to pour over the top at the end.  Sometimes the "broth" is too think and loses the extra enchilada flavor.  I was a little disappointed when I realized the second ingredient in the bullion is MSG, so I need to find a healthier version for next time! 

This dinner is probably my favorite, even though I was the most skeptical about it!  It's Italian Chicken "Stew"!

Wow, was this yummy!  I threw in a bag of baby carrots so I didn't have to chop up regular carrots.  I didn't have any Italian dressing on hand, but I had one of those packets that you can mix yourself with oil and vinegar, so I used that instead...and I feel like it was a little bit healthier since I was using my own olive oil instead of whatever is in salad dressing!  I don't really think you even need the extra Italian seasoning the recipe calls for, as the dressing is pretty strong and flavorful itself.  I could have eaten this for days...the potatoes and carrots tasted like the roasted ones my Grandma makes in the Turkey grease on Thanksgiving!

Next up is certainly not the healthiest, but it was YUMMY!  Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole.   I mean, seriously, what's not to love about that title? 

I used organic bacon instead of the bacon bits.  Perfect comfort food!  And throw an egg on top in the morning and you have a yummy breakfast, too!

The next one was actually posted by a friend of mine from my FB mommy group!  She's made it to Pinterest...she's famous!  It's Stuffing Chicken.

This one was good, but I hate Campbell's Cream of Chicken.  I attempted to make a DIY version of it, but it was not my best work.  I think the chicken came out a little dry because of this.  And Nick hates stuffing, so I probably won't be whipping this one out too often.  Maybe if I can find a better Cream of Chicken!

My last yummy recipe isn't a pin, but I call it Salsa Chicken...and it is just that!  Throw a jar of salsa over some chicken breast and let it go for four hours on high.  This was AMAZINGLY flavorful.  And there is so much you can do with the chicken!  I ate it over some quinoa for extra protein. 

So there is one more that I did attempt...and it was a huge flop.  The Egg Brunch Casserole.
Yes, that looks delicious. But it was no bueno! It came out pretty soggy and half of it wound up being tossed in the trash.  It was a lot of prep work, which I am trying to avoid as much as possible.  So this one is a definite no-go for us!


  1. Those look SOOO YUMMY!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Definitely going to have to give these a try :)

  2. Love crock pot meals!! I'm excited to try these recipes!!

  3. this is one of my favorites! it can be made entirely organic (my publix sells greenwise beef chuck roast) and i'd suggest either doubling the meat and broccoli or halving the sauce ingredients. Also, low sodium soy sauce is a must for this! Last time I added a bunch of sliced carrots for extra veggies. Great over quinoa or brown rice. Also, my mom's beef stew is awesome and fairly easy --
    1 lb beef chunks for stew or whatever they call the big cubes of beef
    1 carton beef broth (pacific organics is yum)
    4 or so big peeled potatoes cut into chunks like the beef
    8 oz mushrooms cut into quarters
    8 oz baby carrots or sliced carrots
    1/2 a sweet onion sliced (you can use a regular one i bet but i don't like them)
    cook on low all day :)