May temperatures are climbing quickly, an indication for home chefs to begin alternative cooking methods besides the stove and oven. Local hardware stores suggest it’s time to get out the grill, and we can’t resist their urging. The unbeatable two-pack charcoal sales prices make it impossible to pass up. Supermarkets tempt meat lovers to grab the hot sales on ribeye steaks, hamburgers, chicken, and hot dogs. But wait! Grilled is good but not seven days a week. Let’s check out those alternatives.Read more
Feel like eating something sweet but can’t have the sugar? Try out this Southern-Style Peach Cobbler light dessert made in a slow cooker.
Pattycakespantry.com published Canned Fruit Cobbler this month, and it is a fantastic recipe. I’ve actually been craving peach cobbler for weeks, so I enjoyed every bite of Patty Cakes’ cobbler.
Lighter Version of Canned Fruit Cobbler
I decided to make Patty Cakes’ recipe but with a variation. Southern-Style Light Peach Cobbler is a lighter version and cooked in the slow cooker. The texture is a little different, and it isn’t as sweet as the Canned Fruit Cobbler. But if you’re looking for a peach cobbler that is on the lighter side, consider making Southern Style Light Peach Cobbler.
Prefer the regular delicious sweet peach cobbler? Try out Patty Cakes’ Canned Fruit Cobbler. It’s incredibly yummy.
You can use sugar instead of Splenda if you prefer. Twelve packets equal 1/2 cup sugar.
Want to see more slow cooker desserts? See Kitchen Southern Hospitality’s Mango Bread Pudding recipe. Mango and peaches. It must be a spring thing. Everything with mango and peaches sounds good. Cooking the desserts in the slow cooker is easy and doesn’t take but a couple of hours.
Bake a chicken in your slow cooker. Then see how many meals you can get out of it. Start with a nutritious chicken and avocado sandwich. Enjoy the whole sandwich yourself, or cut it in half it and share a snack with someone.
Steak foodies, make this slow cooker chili recipe the next time you cook ribeye steaks on the grill or in the slow cooker. Like chili? Like steak? Make them a combo, and try this leftover ribeye chili. Read more
The weather is warming up now, a great time for barbecuing ribeye steaks on the grill. But for those busy days when you and your honey don’t have time to grill, do slow cooker ribeyes. Grilled is good, no doubt about it. The slow cooker way works great, too. Give it a try. Add a mango in for a new flavor. Oh, and don’t forget to include the veggies!
Barbecue Mango Ribeye Slow Cooker Dinner for Two
Cooking Vegetables in the Slow Cooker
I’ve cooked potatoes, carrots, yams, and onions in the bottom of the slow cooker with steak. Usually, however, I like to place them inside the foil-shaped bowls to keep the steam inside. Plus, I don’t like to cook the meat in with the softer veggies like cabbage, squash, or eggplant. The foil works great.
Now for that ribeye. You can also put steak inside foil and seal it. I have done that. For the most part, though, I put the steak in the bottom of the slow cooker.
This recipe includes a barbecue and seasoning rub for marinating at least an hour. Marinating overnight is fine, too.
Cooking a Slow Cooker Dessert for Two is Easy with this Mango Bread Pudding
If you like mango, try this quick and easy bread pudding dessert in a slow cooker. Enjoy the richness of a southern sweetness without all the loaded calories and carbs. It’s a creamy delight and only takes two hours to cook.
People who are careful about eating healthy food but who like dessert might hesitate at making a bread pudding dessert because bread:
has a lot of carbohydrates
makes you feel bloated
can cause weight gain, if too much is consumed
when it’s a dessert, only makes you want more
Some people on a strict diet refuse to eat any bread. Of course, too much of any food can cause weight gain. Eating moderately is the key. In case you are an individual who is looking for a light dessert and trying to be careful about the carbs, you might want to try this mango dessert out. Here’s why:
This recipe includes a fat-free product, slices of fresh fruit, and is on the lighter side in regard to nutrients.
Years ago, a friend of mine, Kelly, worked for an elderly couple. The older lady would make her special bread pudding recipe for Kelly nearly every time she went over to the couple’s house. I had a taste of it and fell in love with the incredible flavor. It was different than the kind I was used to with raisins. It was made with peaches.
I never did get that recipe. The story is quite a sad one because my sweet friend passed away several years ago at a young age. However, I have wonderful memories of fun times we had. We both liked to cook and bake and would bring our favorite recipes to share on fun outings with our children. Of course, one of the best desserts was the peach bread pudding that she had learned to make.
Often, I’ve wanted to make that peach bread pudding dessert. Recently, however, I have gone crazy over the way mangoes taste. So juicy and tasty. I wondered how it would be to make that dessert but with mangoes instead. I tried it. It is amazing. Wait ’til you find out the secret to that southern sweetness I mentioned earlier.
Make this super easy and amazing mango bread pudding in the slow cooker.
3EachThomas Nooks and Crannies English Muffins(light 100 calories, multigrain)
1/2CupSimply Orange juice, high pulp, not from concentrate
1/2CanFat Free Evaporated Milk
2TablespoonsFrench Vanilla Creamer, liquid
Butter the bottom and sides of the slow cooker.
Slice each muffin into four slices, then cut the slices into bite-size chunks.
Peel the mango and slice.
Place the muffin pieces into the bottom of the slow cooker.
Place the mango slices on top of the muffin pieces.
Beat together the eggs, orange juice, evaporated milk, Splenda and cinnamon.
Pour the egg and milk mixture on top of the muffins and mangoes.
Cook for two hours on high.
Now, here's the secret: place the bread pudding into serving dishes and drizzle French Vanilla creamer on top. YUM GOOD!
Consider making the following substitutions to the recipe:
peaches instead of mangoes
sugar-free vanilla-flavored creamer
include a teaspoon of vanilla in the recipe, and top with whipping cream instead of the creamer
Try the recipe just like I did, make it with the substitutions above, or choose your own version by adding a different ingredient. Whichever way you decide to make it, will you do me a favor? Come back and comment about how you liked it. I’d love to hear from you.
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Inviting a friend over? Prepare a simple steak and potato slow cooker dinner.
One steak is all you need unless you and your friend are big eaters. My friend invited me over for a write-in.
We’re both writing books and working hard to meet deadlines. When I arrived, she surprised me with the announcement that she was cooking our dinner in the slow cooker.
I couldn’t resist peeking to see what was cooking. Four potatoes and a steak.
The nice thing about cooking four potatoes is that my friend has leftovers. We only ate one potato each. She saved half of her steak half (yep, that means I ate ALL of my half😉).
Steak leftovers can be made into sandwiches, chili, burritos – or just steak.
My friend seasoned the steak perfectly, and she has a great way to cook the potatoes. She cuts the end off and hits them hard three times with a sharp knife to break the skin. That way, the potatoes don’t explode. Pretty cool, huh?