Slow Cooker Beef Stew


This week’s recipe is Beef Stew by Jenny at The Healthified Mom that is sure to warm you on a chilly night! Prep time should be about 15 minutes and will cook for seven hours and yield about 5 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef or venison stew meat
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 can (14.5oz) beef broth
  • 1 can (11.5oz) V8 juice
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1 T cold water
  • 1 c frozen mixed vegetables

Instructions:

  1. Combine first 12 ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Discard bay leaves.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew.
  4. Stir in mixed vegetables, cover, and cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened.

Note from Laura- I gotta be honest- there is no chance I would put all those different herbs in it.  If I was cooking it I would cross my fingers and hope for the best!

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Slow Cooker Recipe: Orange Cranberry Chicken

This recipe for Orange Cranberry Chicken is from Jenny at The Healthified Mom!

Prep time should be about 10 minutes and will cook for four hours and yield about 6 servings. If you have a big crock pot (about 6qt) you can double the batch and when finished put half in gallon size bag for the freezer!

chicken-cranberry-orange-sauceIngredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, frozen
  • 3/4 c Russian salad dressing
  • 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
  • 1 2oz pkg fully cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 c no-pulp orange juice
  • 1 can (16oz) whole berry cranberry sauce

Instructions

  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place frozen chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  2. Mix together the dressing, soup mix, bacon, orange juice, and cranberry sauce.
  3. Pour mixture evenly over the chicken, cover, and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours.

I recommend spreading the chicken out as evenly as possible in order to get the most coverage from your sauce. And never, ever lift the lid off your slow cooker. If you do it just once, you may need to add 30 minutes or more to your cooking time.

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Apple-Pear Butter Recipe


Check out this recipe for Apple-Pear Butter by Mackenzie at The Centsible Family.  Prep time should be about 30 minutes and will cook for 11-13 hours so be sure to start it early in the morning or leave it on low during the night.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 pounds apples and pears – peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  • Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
  • Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  • Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
  • Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

Notes About Recipe:

  • I adjusted the sugar down to 3 cups because 4 cups was too sweet for my first batch. You can also substitute the sugar with honey instead and that will help with the sweetness.
  • Also I added 4 Bartlet pears to my recipe just to give it a different flavor and used two different types of apples as well.
  • Be very careful when cooking this recipe. I learned the hard way that you CAN overcook the sugar as my first batch had a layer of burnt sugar on the bottom of the cooker. However, by spooning the butter out I was able to leave the burnt butter in the cooker and only use the good butter.
  • Also, as you cook the recipe it may look more like Apple Soup then butter. It reduced about 75% for me (which is probably why I had the burnt sugar layer) but it will be very liquidy while the slow cooker is turned on. Even at the “Keep Warm” setting it was still more liquid then butter…making me believe I cooked it wrong. So I turned off the cooker and let it sit over night and the next morning it was perfect, almost jam consistency. Since this recipe depends on what kind of sweetener you use, what type of apples you use, etc. the thickness and consistency may vary.

Recipe was adapted from All Day Apple Butter at AllRecipes.com.

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Easy to Make Calzones

If you are looking for a good quick dinner and a chance to spend some time with your kids this great recipe for a “Weeknight Calzone” could solve your dilemma!  This is so easy the kids can help you out!

Most of the ingredients in this recipe are easily purchased with coupons.  Combine those with veggies that will freeze and this could be a great low budget dinner!

Ingredients
Pizza dough ($.40/2 printable coupon)
Tomato Sauce (you can use spagetti or pizza sauce)
Mozarella Cheese
Whatever toppings you want- veggies, meat, extra cheese (etc)

Step 1: Roll out pizza dough and cut in to 6 equal pieces (don’t forget to spray pan if using a nonstick surface). I am a  big fan of my pizza stone.

Step 2: Add Ingredients to 1 side of dough- don’t overfill!  You could top it with anything you normally like on your pizza (for me it would be green peppers!)

Step 3: Fold closed & take a fork to press down the edges to seal

Step 4: (Optional) I also sprinkled some Garlic salt on top because I love garlic and wanted the dough to have some extra flavor

Step 5: Bake till golden brown!  (following directions on can of pizza dough)

This would be a great recipe to add to your list.  Put some veggies in the calzone and add a salad to make this a healthy meal!

A huge thank you to my friend and co-teacher Brandy for the pictures and recipe!

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Crock Pot Meal: Pulled Pork


Looking for some tailgating food?  I think pulled pork is one of those things that everyone should have a receipe for.

My friend Amee from Madame Deals has shared with me her favorite crockpot pork recipe using boneless sirloin tip roast.  Many places will have it on sale as it is very popular this time of year.

Part One Ingredients:

  • 3lb pork roast
  • ½ c apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Dash of pepper

Part Two Ingredients:

  • Bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 C water
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

Instructions:

  1. Put the pork roast, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic and a dash of pepper in the crockpot. Add enough water to cover pork. Cook on low overnight.
  2. In the morning, pour off the cooking juices. Pork should be tender and easy to shred. Shred pork with forks.
  3. Put shredded meat back in the crockpot.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to shredded meat starting with the BBQ Sauce.
  5. Cook on the lowest setting until dinner time. You can add seasonings or BBQ sauce to taste depending in your family’s preferences.

Looking for more slow cooker recipes?  Check out Crock Pot Cookbook: 440 Slow Cooker Recipes to download to your PC, Kindle or Smart Phone.  It’s only $.99.

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Crock Pot Thursdays: Chicken To Use For Any Meal


I love this meal because it’s just for chicken.  Chicken you could use later in sandwiches, make chicken salad, or just eat cold when you are too lazy to make something!  One of the reasons this is such a frugal recipe is because you are buying a WHOLE chicken which is much cheaper per pound than most other chicken.

This recipe comes from Dana at The Coupon Challenge

*I usually purchase an 8lb whole chicken
*Remove most of the skin
*Place in Crock Pot and rub sides with spice mixture (recipe below)
*Cook on low for about 8hrs or high for 4hrs, until meat falls from bone. 
*Once cooled, pull all chicken from bones and freeze or store for later meals.

Spice Rub:
1/2 tsp. each: black pepper, garlic powder
1 tsp. each: dried thyme, onion powder, and chili powder (or cayenne)
2 tsp paprika
4 tsp salt

I love having ready to go chicken around the house but usually mine come from the grocery store in the already cooked section.  This would be cheaper!

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Crock Pot Thursdays: Chicken Cacciatore

Each Thursday A Frugal Chick is going to feature a crock pot recipe from a fellow blogger (or maybe one or two of her own).

This week the recipe is Chicken Cacciatore from Mom on Dealz

Ingredients
1/2 cup Italian Dressing
3 lb chicken
1/4 onion (chopped)
1 cup mixed frozen peppers (red, green, yellow)
1 clove garlic (I used garlic powder)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon of thyme

Directions
1.  Mix dressing and veggies and pour on the bottom of crockpot.
2.  Lay chicken on top of veggie mixture.
3.  Pour the can of tomatoes on top.
4.  Cook on low 6-8 hours or low 4-5.  Serve over rice

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