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Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops With Gravy

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I’ve got another pork recipe for ya…..like I’ve said before my husband is not a big pork fan, but he liked this recipe. If it passes his approval then it’s blog worthy. Simple, FULL of flavor and the gravy makes itself in the slow cooker! Serve with mashed cauliflower or potatoes and a green salad and you have a delicious meal!

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Sandwiches

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Here’s a quick, easy & delicious sandwich recipe that can be served a variety of ways. My favorite way to serve this sandwich is a drip beef sandwich……toasted bun, lots of sliced peppers, melted cheese & a big side of au jus for dunking.

What you need;

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2 pound chuck roast
1 can beef broth
1 pkt Italian dressing mix
1 pkt onion soup mix
1 jar peperoncini peppers
Sandwich rolls
Sliced cheese

How to make;

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Put roast in the slow cooker and pour in the can of beef broth, next sprinkle the dressing and onion soup mix over the roast. Pour the jar of peppers over the roast, including the juice. Cook on low for 8 hours. After 8 hours remove the roast, pull off any fat & shred the meat. It will fall apart. Strain the juice from the slow cooker over a bowl. Skim the fat from the juice and keep warm. Slice the peppers if desired and add to the shredded meat. Fill toasted sandwich rolls with the shredded meat, top with your favorite cheese and broil for about 1 minute until the cheese is melted. Serve with the warm au jus for dunking. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Lemon Thyme Chicken

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I LOVE my slow cooker, I try to use it as often as possible since it’s the only thing in my kitchen that will cook all day for me. I had made a whole chicken in the slow cooker before, it was moist but it was very wet. It sat in the juices for 8 hours and wasn’t what I was expecting. After visiting Pinterest for a few tips on how to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker, I came up with this recipe. Did you know that whole chicken’s are very cheap at the store? I often find them for $0.99 a pound. They can be intimidating, but I promise I’ll make this easy on you!

What you need;

1 whole chicken (4-5 pounds)
1 lemon
1 bunch of thyme (about 10 stems)
Pepper, garlic powder & seasoned salt

How to make;

I hear conflicting arguments on whether you should or should not rinse your chicken before you cook it. I have never rinsed mine, but I do always pat it dry so this step is up to you….to rinse or not to rinse…..after you’ve decided, cut a whole lemon into 6 wedges, put three wedges inside the chicken, then your bunch of thyme, and then the last 3 lemon wedges on top of that. Season the outside of your chicken with black pepper, garlic powder and seasoned salt. Get under the skin for even more flavor. I didn’t measure my spices, I sprinkled them on until the chicken was evenly coated. Next, ball up two pieces of aluminum foil and put it in the bottom of your slow cooker. Make them about the size of baseballs and push them semi flat. You are going to place your chicken on top of these foil balls to keep it from sitting at the bottom of the slow cooker in all the juices and getting soggy. Once your chicken is placed on the foil, cook it for 8 hours on low. After 8 hours it’s cooked to perfection, but if you like a crispy skin like me, you will want to do this last step. Turn on your broiler, rub the outside of your chicken with about 1 tbls of butter, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and put it in an oven safe dish, broil it for about 4-5 minutes (watch carefully it will burn fast). This crisps up the skin and makes it a beautiful golden brown color. I usually make my husband cut up the chicken, but after watching him, it looks fairly easy and the chicken is so moist it falls right off the bone.

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This chicken recipe is sure to impress! Who doesn’t like a meal that cooks itself? Throw some potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker and you have a full meal when you get home. At $0.99 a pound, you probably won’t find a better bargain that tastes this good!

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

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This recipe couldn’t be easier! Also very friendly on your budget, coming in at under $10.00 total to feed 4+ people & the slow cooker does all the work! I make this when pork tenderloins are on sale and the rest of the ingredients are cheap or I already have them.

What you need;
Pork tenderloin (mine was about 1.5 lbs)
2 lbs of potato, cut into bite sized pieces (I used yukon gold)
1 bag of baby carrots
1 can cream of mushroom soup (lower sodium)
1 pkt onion soup mix
1 stick of butter
1/2 of a yellow onion thinly sliced

I layer the crockpot like this;
Onions on the bottom, then potatoes, pork on top of potatoes, carrots around pork, season with about 1/2 tsp of salt & pepper, sprinkle onion soup mix over the top, scoop cream of mushroom soup over everything & a stick of butter on the very top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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Everything comes out really tender. The pork is moist & full of flavor!

My slow cooker is my best friend in the kitchen. I love how inexpensive ingredients can be turned into a delicious meal with little effort!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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Even though I primarily eat low carb, I still crave carb filled comfort foods and I do let myself have them occasionally. It’s been cold and rainy today, perfect for a plate of homemade Beef Stroganoff.
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What you need;
2 pounds stew meat
1 can cream of golden mushroom soup
1 can cream of mushroom with roasted garlic
1 cup diced onion
1 6-8oz jar of drained mushrooms
1/2 tsp black pepper
4oz of cream cheese
1 cup sour cream

How to make;
Mix both soups, meat, onion, mushrooms and pepper in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. After 6 hours, mix in cream cheese and sour cream. Stir together well until the cream cheese is incorporated. Cook for another hour on low.

I like to serve over egg noodles with fresh cracked black pepper. I’ve been out of onion before and 2 tbls of dried minced onion also works well. Try venison instead of beef, equally delicious. I suggest buying a roast and cutting it into pieces yourself. It’s usually cheaper than stew meat and I find stew meat pieces a little large for this recipe. I’ve tried fresh mushrooms, but I stir those in half way through the cooking time so they dont get soggy. Peas are also a good stir in item at the very end.