Vegetables Can Easily be Cooked in the Slow Cooker
Meat and veggies can be cooked at the same time in a slow cooker. But how do you cook vegetables in the slow cooker without them being mushy?
Cook pork ribs in the slow cooker for an easy dinner. Add vegetables on top, and you have a complete meal. It’s a one-pot meal and dinner for two that is cooked while you’re busy all day and ready for eating when you walk in the door.
Want an easy dinner ready to serve when you come home from work? Cook pork sirloin chops in the slow cooker. You can also cook the sirloins on high and have them ready for lunch on the weekend.
Try Cauliflower Hash the next time you have corned beef left over, healthy conscious folks. Serve it as a main brunch meal. Potatoes contain nutrition, but Cauliflower Hash can be used as a substitute if desired.
A nutritious corned beef & hash recipe
Cut corned beef into cubes.
Mix corned beef, cauliflower, onion, and egg then stir in milk.
Add salt and seasonings.
Divide the two tablespoons of coconut oil into the bottom of slow cooker.
Pour cauliflower mixture into slow cooker.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Cook on high for three hours.
Fry four pieces of bacon, crumble into small pieces, then sprinkle them on top of cauliflower hash when done.
There are about 25 calories, 2 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein in one cup of cauliflower. Of course, the amount of calories changes as you add the additional ingredients from the Cauliflower Hash recipe above. But compare the difference between cauliflower hash and potato hash. One cup of diced potato has 110 calories.
Use turkey bacon, or leave out the bacon option if you choose to eliminate those extra calories. Not worried about the calories? Go all out then, and enjoy the bacon.
This Cauliflower Hash can be baked instead of cooked in the slow cooker. If you’re home all day and want to bake it in the oven, try it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (less if your oven cooks fast).
Substitute these types of cheese instead of the cheddar:
Cauliflower Hash & Corned Beef cooked in the slow cooker is very easy and makes a wonderful meal for two. Enjoy!
St. Patrick’s Day was ushered in quite happily early in the day when Mr. Jack Rabbit himself visited me. He seemed to know the perfect moment to arrive – just as I was preparing the slow cooker corned beef meal with red potatoes and mini cabbages. Maybe the aroma of Brussels sprouts was strong enough to reach his nostrils. Jackrabbits do have a keen sense of smell.
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Do you know your Brussels sprouts history? The first written reference of these mini cabbages goes back to 1587. They were probably common way before then. Brussels sprouts grow from a fibrous stalk, unlike cabbage heads that grow out of the ground which we eat. Brussels sprouts grew in Belgium, not in Ireland.
Slow cooker corned beef meal
Cut potatoes into fourths or eighths.
Cut onion into eighths or smaller chunks.
Wash Brussels sprouts and cut ends off.
Place corned beef brisket in bottom of slow cooker.
Place potatoes and onions around brisket.
Mix vinegars, 2 teaspoons seasoning, and water; then port around sides of brisket, potatoes, and onion pieces.
Place foil on top of brisket, potatoes, and onion to form a bowl.
Put Brussels sprouts in the foil with the butter (cut in small pieces) placed evenly on top, then seal the foil.
Put the lid on, plug in the slow cooker, turn it on high, and cook for at least 5-1/2 hours (you can cook it for up to 7 hours - the potatoes and Brussels sprouts will be very soft).
Serve with a horseradish sauce or rye bread.
If you have a food processor or vegetable chopper, you can chop the potatoes and onions much easier than with a knife. I chop the veggies the old-fashioned way with a simple knife because it’s quick and I don’t have to deal with using different food processor attachments and blades. However, I do like the Chef’n VeggiChop hand-powered vegetable choppers (that’s on my to-purchase list) – no electricity needed. This little chopper would have come in handy when I lived the RV traveling lifestyle for several years in the past and in a cabin. It would also be perfect for all the tiny-house owners or in small kitchens. A home chef with a small kitchen would appreciate such a small non-electrical vegetable chopper.
The slow cooker corned beef meal can be stretched to provide enough leftovers for a few meals if it’s for one or two people. If you’re cooking for two, and especially if you’re bringing the corned beef meal to a potluck, a four-quart slow cooker is great – like this stainless steel “Cook and Carry Slow Cooker” that I would love to have. However, I’ve cooked often in my daughter’s programmable 7-quart slow cooker which works better for more than four servings.
What’s nice about the 7-quart appliance is the warm setting. Make the grilled cheese or Reuben sandwiches and keep them warm in the slow cooker, wrapped in foil (no need to add water for this). You can also cook leftover corned beef and cauliflower hash browns in a slow cooker as well as the corned beef and potato soup.
Got more corned beef leftover ideas and want to share? I’d love to hear about them and try them out.
Easy Ribeye Dinner in the Slow Cooker
Serve a ribeye dinner after the big game today. Easy. No fuss. Season and marinate and pop into the slow cooker. It’s that easy.
You’ll love this ribeye dinner, and so will your guests. What’s even better is you don’t have to miss the game or the commercials to turn the steak. Because there’s no grilling involved. The slow cooker does it all for you. Yep. It’s that simple.
Add baked potatoes with the ribeyes, and you’ve got an even easier meal. No grilling. No baking in the oven. It’s all done in the slow cooker.
All you need for the potatoes is olive oil, foil, and the trimmings. Make it easy on yourself and get already grated cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits. If you prefer real bacon and don’t mind the extra time required, fry bacon. It’s definitely tastier that way. Oh, and don’t forget the butter. Real butter. Salted butter. Oh yeah!
Now wrap those potatoes and cook them with the steaks. See my recipe below.
Add a salad to your ribeye and baked potato meal. Or, why not insert another piece of foil into the slow cooker and add Brussels Sprouts or zucchini. Easy. No hassle. Delicious. Healthy.
Include as many vegetables as you want, depending on how many you are serving. If you have a large family and an oval seven-quart slow cooker, you have plenty of room to add more vegetables and steaks.
Don’t forget the veggies either. Have fun with them. Keep them simple so there’s no extra work and you can enjoy the game. Check out these ideas:
See how easy it is to serve veggies? Again, no fuss. Simple.
Easy ribeye and baked potato slow cooker meal
-extra virgin olive oil
-roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil by Temecula Olive Oil Company
-Vela Farms Texas Sweet Tea Marinade (or make your own with tea and pure cane sugar)
-McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite
-Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings (herbs & spices blend)
Rub oils on potatoes. Wrap potatoes in foil and place in bottom of crockpot. Season both sides of two ribeyes, bone in, and rub in 1/4 cup marinade on both sides of steak. Place a sheet of foil on top of potatoes, turning sides of foil up to make sort of a bowl then place the steaks in foil bowl. Pour any remaining marinade around the sides of steaks. Place lid on and cook on high for 8 hrs.
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Today I went to the supermarket and purchased two bone-in ribeyes.
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I’ve cooked them before in my slow cooker for four hours. But this time, I did it differently. I sprinkled the steaks generously with seasoning and put them in the crockpot and didn’t cover them with foil. It didn’t dawn on me until two-and-a-half hours later that I forgot to wrap them in foil. The last time I cooked them in the slow cooker, I also added sweet potatoes.
When I remembered, I took out the steaks, added barbecue sauce to them, covered them with foil, and cooked them for another thirty minutes.
The steak turned out great. I just love this way of cooking steaks. No oven heating up the kitchen on a hot day. Quick way to serve a steak dinner.
Though I don’t usually cook vegetables in the microwave, I did for this meal. The veggies included sweet peas (with a tablespoon of sugar and a tad of butter) and Charro (pinto) beans.
Some meat I’ve cooked in the slow cooker haven’t turned out as good as the steak. I’ve tried pork chops, hamburger patties, and chicken and have been pleased overall. When any of the recipes don’t do as I had expected, I keep trying again until it comes out just right. Like the hamburger patties. I wasn’t satisfied with the results. However, I had read that they are best when you use crumpled-up foil between the patties. That was one step I left out. Next time, I’ll try it that way and see if the patties taste better.
Slow cookers are all different. Some are larger than others, so you have to adapt recipes according to yours.
Mostly, my husband grills our meat. We prepare plenty for the whole week and freeze the extra. Actually, the ribeyes can be cooked in the slow cooker then put on the grill for five minutes to add that special smoke flavor to it. YUM!
Ribeye in the Slow Cooker
Cooking ribeyes in the slow cooker is one of the easiest ways to cook a fabulous dinner. They make a great weekend dinner this way because it doesn’t take them a long time to cook.