Easy to Fix Meals for Two on Easter Weekend The best kind of cooking on Easter weekend is with a slow cooker because there is very little food preparation to do. A slow-cooked ham is so easy. Buying a ham works well for two people because it goes a long way. You can make many meals out of a large ham. On this Saturday before Easter, I am making breakfast with eggs, ham that I bought on sale at the grocery store this week, and Thomas Nooks and Crannies English muffins. These muffins are light, 100 calorie, multigrain, eight grams of fiber, less than 1Read More →

A Nutritious Corned Beef & Hash Meal 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. Cauliflower Hash & Corned Beef Recipe   Print Slow Cooker Cauliflower Hash & Leftover Corned Beef A nutritious corned beef & hash recipe Course Breakfast, Main Course Cuisine American Prep Time 35 minutes Cook Time 3 hours Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes Servings 2 Author Angie Horn Ingredients 2 cups Corned Beef, chopped in cubes 2 cups Grated Cauliflower 1 cupRead More →

A Spicy Enchilada Quinoa Soup I’ve noticed some great slow cooker enchilada recipes lately and have really been wanting to try them out. Rather than go to the supermarket for more ingredients, I decided I’d use what I have on hand. One recipe I saw had quinoa in it, and I just happened to have a box of Nature’s Earthly Choice Easy Quinoa, Garden Vegetable flavor. This enchilada recipe is a meatless meal. Personally, I think cheese enchiladas are the best. The chicken and beef kinds are good, too. But quinoa enchiladas? I wasn’t too sure how that would taste. Sounds quite nutritious, doesn’t it? QuinoaRead More →

Best Ribeye in a Slow Cooker What is your favorite way to cook a rib-eye steak? If you haven’t yet tried it in a slow cooker, you are missing out. Like juicy, tender meat? You’ve got to try this. I had no idea how good this steak-in-a-slow-cooker experiment was going to be. It only takes four hours on high (double the time if you need it to cook all day). Sear or Not to Sear? I used to think you had to sear all kinds of meat for the best results before putting it into a slow cooker. But I was wrong. Maybe that isRead More →

A Southwestern Chowder Chile Recipe On a road trip with my husband, a professional driver, I purchased a corn chowder soup mix. We made the journey to our cabin where there was very little in the pantry. Since I had the soup mix, I went pantry hunting to see what could be used with the soup mix in my slow cooker. The results? Corn and chicken chowder. It was great because that day was windy and cold. Nothing like hot soup on a chilly day. But it’s spring! Soup is supposed to be for late fall and winter days, right? I think soup can be madeRead More →

Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Tomato soup brings back memories from way back for me. I attended the first five years of elementary school in an East Texas town where there was a square. That meant that the courthouse was in the center of the square, and there were businesses across the streets from the courthouse. The school allowed children to walk to the square for lunch if their parents signed a permission slip. My parents gave the okay for me to walk the block to the square for lunch. It was the highlight of any school day for me. There was a drugstoreRead More →

Stewed Tomatoes for Salsa Recipes   Fresh garden tomatoes make the best salsa. This is a recipe for making your own fresh stewed tomatoes. When your summer garden produces tomatoes in abundance, prepare stewed tomatoes for recipes requiring tomatoes, like salsa. What Are Stewed Tomatoes? If you grew up on a farm or in a family who gardened, you are probably familiar somewhat with blanching vegetables. When I was young, I wondered what my mother meant at blanching the squash, tomatoes, and other vegetables. In my observance, she was cooking them. That was somewhat true. She cooked them long enough to soften. For instance, myRead More →

Two-Hour Slow Cooker Queso Chicken Spaghetti Cooking for my monthly challenge, 30 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes, has been fun. I love creating recipes. What has made it interesting is visiting with my daughter and her family and trying out the recipes in her huge seven-quart KitchenAid appliance. Seven quarts of food swallows up the amount my little round slow cooker makes. The other interesting factor of cooking the slow cooker meals at my daughter’s place is I’ve been taking a chance by trying out different recipes for four people. Although we all like several of the same foods, there are differences. A couple ofRead More →

Boxed Kraft Mac & Cheese in the Slow Cooker Macaroni and cheese – I can’t get away from it. Remember the Creamy Cheesy Chicken in the Slow Cooker I blogged about? When I made that recipe, my daughter knew it didn’t turn out just like I had intended. She surprised me that evening after she returned from a meeting. She walked in the door and asked my toddler granddaughter, “Will you go give this to Grummy?” My little grand handed me a box of Kraft Velveeta Shells and Cheese. I laughed. We were determined to get that recipe just right. And my two little granddaughtersRead More →

Chicken and Mac & Cheese Want to cook chicken in the crockpot but forgot to defrost the chicken? I wanted to make chicken with macaroni and cheese in the crockpot. But I forgot to thaw the chicken ahead of time. Some recipes say to put frozen chicken in the slow cooker. There are differing opinions on this. I read an article about the danger of not thawing chicken before cooking it in a slow cooker. To be sure, I defrosted mine in the microwave. The easiest way is to take it out the day before and let it thaw in the refrigerator. Next time, I’llRead More →