Crockpot Pork Chops and Stuffing

Crockpot Pork Chops and Stuffing

Crockpot Pork Chops and Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/2 onion sliced thinly
  • 1/2 bag of string beans
  • 1 bag of stuffing mix
  • 1 tablespoon Goya Seasoning
  • 1 can of cream of celery soup
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. season pork chops and layer on bottom of slow cooker
  2. put onions on top
  3. mix soup with water in a bowl then pour on top of pork and onions
  4. layer string beans on top
  5. set slow cooker for 2 quarts, low and at 5 hours
  6. when half hour is left, add stuffing on top
  7. scoop and serve!
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Reviews:

AJ: LOVED IT, it looked odd to him, but it was so tasty! 

Mommy: LOVE this meal, so tasty and perfect

Daddy: He’s not a fan of pork chops, so I am not sure he will eat it.

LOVING OUR NEW SLOW COOKER.

You can set it to cook for 2, 4, or 6 quarts…which makes all the difference in the world. With only just the three of us, it’s a wonderful and essential tool to have. Now instead of making huge dinners that produce too many leftovers that get thrown out., we only have enough leftovers for one day. No more wasted food. 

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KX04LNY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Crockpot Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Chicken

I put this recipe together after picking ingredients in my house. I have heard of using cream of mushroom soup, but often found that bland. Then I saw the cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic and I knew I hit the jackpot.

 

  • Crockpot Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Chicken

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 6 hours

    Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

    Serving Size: 4

    Crockpot Creamy Garlic and Mushroom Chicken

    Ingredients

    • 4 chicken thighs with bones and skin
    • 2 cans of cream of chicken mushroom with roasted garlic
    • 1/2 cup water
    • seasoning of choice
    • fresh, sliced mushrooms
    • 1 bunch of fresh asparagus
    • 1/4 cup of sliced onions

    Instructions

    1. sprinkle chicken thighs with seasoning of choice, ((( I chose Goya seasoning)))
    2. lay the chicken thighs in the bottom of the crockpot
    3. mix water with cream of mushroom with roasted garlic soup then pour over chicken
    4. layer mushrooms and onions on top
    5. sprinkle more seasoning on top
    6. We have a three-sized slow cooker. Set crockpot for 2 quarts, on low for 6 hours
    7. When only 30 minutes are left scoop out chicken thighs (((thighs will stay together if you scoop them out carefully))) and some of the mushrooms,
    8. Then add in the asparagus, making sure all the sauce is covering them
    9. Add cooked asparagus to chicken dish and serve

    Notes

    1. you can add different veggies instead of asparagus

    2. you can add rice or couscous

    3. We use a 3-sized crockpot. It is set to either cook at 2, 4, or 6 quarts.

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Reviews
:

AJ: LOVED IT, was afraid at first, but the flavors were perfection to him. 

Mommy:OMG this meal is like heaven! It tasted so cremey and falvorful. This will be a family favorite as well!!!!

Daddy: Hoping he liked it and took it to work.

LOVING OUR NEW SLOW COOKER.

You can set it to cook for 2, 4, or 6 quarts…which makes all the difference in the world. With only just the three of us, it’s a wonderful and essential tool to have. Now instead of making huge dinners that produce too many leftovers that get thrown out., we only have enough leftovers for one day. No more wasted food. 

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KX04LNY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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French Dip for 3 People

This recipe came from Real House Moms. I fixed the portions to only feed three people with leftovers. Most meals are for 6-8 eight people and leave us with too many leftovers. I rather make smaller meals and only have ONE day of leftovers

French Dip for 3 People

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Total Time: 7 hours, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

French Dip for 3 People

Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 c beef broth
  • 1/4 c soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 lb beef shoulder roast, trim the fat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 6 french bread rolls
  • 12 slices of provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. lay onion and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker
  2. in a small bowl combine the broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard
  3. pour broth mixture into the slow cooker
  4. rub the salt and pepper on all sides of the roast
  5. place on top of the onions
  6. place in the bay leaves into the broth mixture
  7. cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours
  8. remove the roast and shred the meat
  9. return the meat to the broth and cook for a few more minutes while you prepare the rolls
  10. slice the rolls in half, lengthwise and toast in the oven until golden brown
  11. remove from the oven and place the shredded meat on the bottom half of the roll and cover with two slices of provolone cheese and return the bottom of the sandwiches to the oven until the cheese is melted.
  12. remove and place the top of the bun on the bottom of the sandwich
  13. serve with a little bowl of the cooking juice to dip the sandwiches in
  14. enjoy!

Notes

double or triple to make for more than 3-4 people

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Reviews:

AJ: Ate half the sandwich, but with a loose tooth it gets a bit awkeard

Mommy:I LOVED this meal and plan on making it quite a bit! It was easy to make and yummy to eat.

Daddy: He had seconds!!!!

 

LOVING OUR NEW SLOW COOKER.

You can set it to cook for 2, 4, or 6 quarts…which makes all the difference in the world. With only just the three of us, it’s a wonderful and essential tool to have. Now instead of making huge dinners that produce too many leftovers that get thrown out., we only have enough leftovers for one day. No more wasted food. 

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KX04LNY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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This recipe came from Real Simple. I set it up as a slow cooker freezer meal.

I NEED to learn how to make smaller meals in the slow cooker. While one day of leftovers is great. Two or three days is boring and is usually a waste of food.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4cup tomato paste
  • 2tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1pound carrots—peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces, and halved lengthwise if thick
  • 1pound baby potatoes (about 15)
  • 1/2 bag of frozen white pearl onions
  • 2stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 13-pound beef chuck roast
  • salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. mix together the tomato paste, cornstarch, and 1 cup water.
  2. Add the carrots, potatoes, onion, and celery. and toss to combine.
  3. Season the beef with 1½ teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper and set on top of the vegetables.
  4. Cover and cook until tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  5. Serve with the vegetables and cooking liquid.

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Reviews
:

AJ: Did not eat the meat, but ate every bite of onion and vegetable. He dunked bread in the broth, which he NEVER does…so he must have really liked it. 

Mommy:I LOVED this soup, but now have too much left over.

Daddy: Took it for lunch, hope he likes it.

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Spring Minestrone Soup

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This recipe came from HOW SWEET IT IS . I set it up as a slow cooker freezer meal.

I took out the asparagus…because I just forgot it. I think I would cook the pasta separately, so I’m not having to be around for the last hour of cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 ounces of uncooked ditalini pasta
  • 1 cup of frozen sweet peas
  • 1 (6 ounce) bag of fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated romano cheese + more for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Prepare and put the following ingredients in a freezer bag: onions, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, and beans.
  • Mix peas and spinach in a separate freezer bag
  • When ready to cook, defrost, and add first bag of items to slow cooker, plus the water and vegetable stock. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  • For the last hour add pasta, then the last half hour add spinach and peas.
  • top off with romano and serve

 

20160518_163901TEXTReviews:

AJ: LOVED this soup

Mommy:I LOVED this soup

Daddy: Took it for lunch, hope he likes it.

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Saving Money with Freezer Meals

save moneyToday’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Forget ~ Understand ~ Distant ~ Opal

They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

With the warm weather I try not to use my apartment oven as it heats our tiny kitchen. Now the darn thing is acting up, but at least the stove top works. Between the toaster oven, microwave, stove top, and slow cooker, I don’t need the oven. In the future I would love to get a double toaster, just hope it’s not the distant future. At least with the slow cooker you throw your food in, set the time and forget about it until it’s time to eat. Perhaps a second, smaller slow cooker might need to be bought. It would be nice to have a dessert being make while we prep and eat dinner. The tough part would be storage, with our already small kitchen and limited cabinets, where would we keep it? I always wanted one extra cabinet, but where would it go and how would we get it to match our faded, opal-colored cabinets?

We tried Hello Fresh, a meal delivery service. Since I was able to use a $40 referral credit it was more than worth it. After a week of yummy meals, we decided to use HelloFresh every four weeks. After three weeks of slow cooker meals, we will be treated to a week of new recipes. While it will cost us $35 a meal, which is far more than I would EVER pay for a meal, it is nice to try new recipes. We won’t have much leftovers and understand that it will require more meal prep on my part. In the end I love to cook and relish learning new recipes and ideas in our kitchen. Maybe

*~*~*~*~Freezer Meals*~*~*~*~

PROS:

  • less money per meal
  • little to no prep time on day of meal
  • come home to a cooked meal
  • lots of leftovers

CONS:

  • gets boring after a while
  • if you don’t like you are stuck with lots of leftovers
  • lots of prep to get them into bags and in the freezer

Our normal weekly menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday leftovers
  • Tuesday slow cooker freezer meal
  • Wednesday leftovers
  • Thursday slow cooker freezer meal

Favorite slow cooker meals: 

ginger peach meal  rosemary honey chicken plate2

Slow Cooker Ginger Peach Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Honey Rosemary Chicken (SLOW COOKER) 
Creamy Mushroom Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Slow Cooker Lasagna (SLOW COOKER) 
Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Potatoes (SLOW COOKER) 

 

*~*~*~*~Hello Fresh*~*~*~*~

PROS:

  • variety of meals
  • portion sizes are healthier
  • only get ingredients you need, so you are not stuck with unwanted ingredients that you will never use.
  • less time in grocery store
  • get new recipes and add them to my recipe bank

CONS:

  • more prep than I am used to
  • more money per person than I usually spend on a meal
  • leftovers only for one person, unable to spread out meals for the week

 

The week of Hello Fresh menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Tuesday leftovers
  • Wednesday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Thursday Hello Fresh meal 

Two recent Hello Fresh Meals

lemon grass beef stir fry  apricot glazed chicken

Apricot Glazed Chicken (HELLO FRESH MEAL)
Lemongrass Beef Stir-Fry (HELLO FRESH MEAL)

 

Here are some great resources for slow cooker meals.

Happy Money Saver http://happymoneysaver.com/freezer-meals/

Hello Glow http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

Buzzfeed 24 Dump Dinners http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/crock-pot-dump-dinners?utm_term=.uup2MNJ6a

Thirty HandMade Days http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2015/08/31-crockpot-freezer-meals-for-busy-weeknights/

The Kitchn http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Ginger Peach Chicken

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I got the recipe from  HELLO GLOW http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

With the warm weather I try not to use my apartment oven as it heats our tiny kitchen. Now the darn thing is acting up, but at least the stove top works. Between the toaster oven, microwave, stove top, and slow cooker, I don’t need the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinnless chicken thighs
  • 12 ounce bag of frozen peach slices
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablesppoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons coriander 

Serve with rice and veggies

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Directions:

  • mix all ingredients in bag and freeze for later
  • put in slow cooker and cook 4-5 hours on high
  • Serve with rice and veggies

 

Reviews:

AJ: did not like it at all. He said it had no flavor and was too soft and mushy. I guess he was referring to the peaches. He opted for leftover meatballs covered in cheese. (2 thumbs down)

leftover meatballsMommy:I liked it and loved the flavor, but think I would only add a few peaches or maybe add pears instead. I plan to make this again, but mixed with rice and add with more onions, some pears and peppers.

At least the leftovers will make for a great quesadilla, which I know AJ will eat.

Daddy: I know he won’t even think about taking it, but maybe he might consider it when I mix it all up with rice.

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Crockpot Creamy Mushroom Chicken

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Ingredients:
~ cream of mushroom soup
~ frozen sliced mushroom
~ sliced garlic and onion
~ broccoli and cauliflower (or any veggie of your choice)
~ chicken tenderloins
~ shredded cheese
~ rice

Directions:
~ in a crockpot, add MOST cream of mushroom soup with some water (Save some for later)
~ add chicken, then top with mushrooms, diced onions, and garlic
~ top with the remaining cream of mushroom soup/water mixture
~ cover and cook on low for 7 hours
~ after 6 1/2 hours, add rice and mix everything to make sure rice is coated in mixture.
~  let cook for another half hour
~ top with shredded cheese and serve

TOTALLY FLEXIBLE: ADD ANY VEGGIES and CHEESE YOU WANT

What a tasty and hearty meal it was. AJ devoured it. I think we can even use the leftovers to make mini chicken pot pies. 

 

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Split Pea and Ham Soup

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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Ingredients:
~ Ham Bone with lots of ham still attached (from my parents )
~ split peas
~ barley
~ carrots
~ potatoes
~ celery
~ diced onions
~ cut garlic
~ turmeric and Italian seasoning
~ rosemary and parsley
~ water

Directions:
~ place ham bone on bottom
~ layer all ingredients on top
~ pour in amount of water of your choice.
~ cook on low for 7 hours

ENJOY! 

I’m trying to get AJ to dunk bread in his soup, but that is a losing battle. He just doesn’t get it or like it. He is missing out for sure.

There is nothing better than a quick and easy meal. Love when I can just throw in all my ingredients and let the slow cooker do all the work.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

found the delicious recipe here 

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Ingredients
:
~ lasagna noodles (uncooked)
~ water
~ ricotta
~ shredded cheese (Save some for the top of the lasagna)
~ spinach
~ ground beef cooked with garlic and onion
~ sauce

Make sure to cook ground beef before hand..I sauteed garlic and onion, then added the ground beef

Directions:
~ FIRST mix ricotta, spinach, and shredded cheese
~ add a bit of sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker
~ add noodles (will have to break them to make it all fit and cover the entire span of the slow cooker)
~ add small scoops of the cheese mixture (don’t worry about spreading it evenly. It will spread out when you add more layers on top)
~ Spread scoops of the cooked ground beef
~ Scoop sauce on top
~ REPEAT with noodles, cheese mixture, ground beef, then sauce until you have the desired layers.
~ On top of final layer of noodles, layer sauce evenly and add remaining shredded cheese.
~  add some water to the bottom of the slow cooker to ensure it does not dry out.
~ Cover and put it on low for 3-4 hours. 

I learned that I can add more layers since the lasagna becomes heavy and weights itself down. When it’s all done it looks like only half a lasagna.  

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ http://foodbabe.com/

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

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