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Old 10-22-2008, 06:06 AM
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Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker Recipes for Under $10

The rising cost of food is a real concern for most families as the U.S. faces the highest rate of food inflation in 20 years. Feeding a family on a tight budget is no easy task but slow cookers can provide an easy, affordable dinner solution. I have included Crock-Pot® slow cooker recipes below that can feed a family of four for under $10.

Beef or Turkey Chili
For a 3-6 Quart Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes
1 14-ounce can kidney, black or cannellini beans, drained
Chili powder or cayenne to taste
Kosher salt and pepper

Set large skillet on stovetop set to medium high heat. Add onions and brown until lightly browned. Add pepper and garlic and stir-fry until softened. Add beef or turkey meat and stir-fry until browned. Drain meat if necessary. Combine all remaining ingredients in the slow cooker stoneware, season to taste. Cook on High for 3-5 hours or on Low for 6-8 hours.

Extra $ Saving Tip:
For an even less expensive meal, make the chili vegetarian or replace the meat by topping beans with a sharp cheddar cheese. Stretch the chili into two meals by using leftovers for a filling in quesadillas or topping hot dogs the following night.

Sicilian Tomato Basil Sauce

4 tablespoons olive oil
3 small bulbs garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
Kosher salt and pepper
3 24-28 ounce cans plum tomatoes
2 large bunches fresh basil, torn

Add olive oil to a skillet and set stovetop to medium heat. Sauté garlic until soft and add tomatoes. Put ingredients in slow cooker and cook on High for 3-4 hours or on Low for 5-7 hours.

Extra $ Saving Tip:

Making big batches of tomato sauce (and freezing in meal sized containers) when high quality San Marzano plum tomatoes go on sale can stretch your dollars even further. You can use later for a pasta sauce, a pizza sauce, a slow cooker lasagna or eggplant parmesan.

Dinner Strata
3 - 4 cups diced crusty bread (3/4 – 1 inch dice)
½ pound bacon, cut into ½ inch dice
2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups sliced fresh spinach
8 eggs
½ cup milk
¾ cup roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1 cup shredded cheese, such as cheddar or gruyere
Kosher salt and pepper

1. Spray the slow cooker’s stoneware with non-stick spray. Pour bread into bottom of stoneware.

2. Heat a sauté pan on medium heat and cook bacon until crispy. Remove all but 1 T of grease. Add mushrooms and spinach and toss to coat. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until spinach wilts.

3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and milk. Add remaining ingredients and blend. Pour into Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

4. Cover and cook on Low for approximately 2 ½ hours, until eggs are firm but still moist, stirring halfway through cooking time. Adjust seasonings.

Serves 6
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Old 10-25-2008, 04:24 AM
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My favorite crock pot recipe..is to buy a piece of pork without bones. Next I throw it in the crockpot, and sprinkle it with garlic powder, chives, etc..and cook over night on low.

When I get up in the morning,I take 2 forks and shred it..then you can either use it plain, along side some potatoes, & veggies.

Or you can add BBQ sauce, (we use Baby Rays) and you can serve it on a toasted hamburger bun, brat bun, hotdog bun, or roll it in a tortilla.

I am surprised how much this makes.

I have also done this with beef, and chicken..but the extra fat in pork, seems to work the best.

My guys love this.

I cook it to be done by noon..for we like to eat our heaviest meal then.

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Old 10-25-2008, 07:29 AM
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Janet, I do the same thing with the meats that you've mentioned.


Thanks for the new recipes, Amanda!
I've never tried cooking eggs in the crockpot. The stratta recipe sounds really interesting to me.
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:50 PM
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Ajrsmom, I only had one bad recipe out of my crockpot...cinnamom chicken..I will NEVER make that again. ha ha ha.

Crock pots are such a breeze to use and make good food too!

I don't cook eggs in them, but I love making Crustless Quiche in the oven..yummy.

Have you ever baked in one?

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Old 10-26-2008, 04:35 AM
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Vegetarian Crockpot Stuffed Zucchini

I have been looking through my recipe box and forgot all about this on..I make it in my large crockpot.

2 med. Zucchini, or summer squash, Halved and seeds removed.
2cups tomato sauce
2Tbs, red wine or balsamic vinegar
2 sm onions,chopped
2tsp chopped garlic, or to your taste.
1/2 cup UNCOOKED brown rice
2 tbs, dried parsley, basil
2 Tbs Pine nuts(toasted)
1/4 tsp pepper
Mozeralla cheese, Parmesan cheese
(if desired)

Toast pine nuts in a nonstick skillet for about 5 mins.
Place the halved zucchini in the bottom on the crockpot.

In a small bowl mix tomatoe sauce and vinegar.

In another bowl, combine the onion, garlic, rice, parsley, basil, pepper, along with 4 Tbs of the tomatoe sauce and vinegar mixture.

Fill the zucchini halves with the rice mixture.Top with the remaining sauce,and cook for 4-6 hrs on low, or until rice is tender.

Garnish with toasted pine nuts, & cheeses.
You may omit cheese if you do not eat dairy.

This makes 4 main dishes or 8 side dishes.

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Here is a recipe that is a hit at my house.

Barbeque Meatballs

One bag of frozen meatballs(or you can make your own)


Barbeque sauce ingredients(you will have to make enough to cover meatballs.

1/4 cup chopped onions
4 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 c catsup
3 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Mix all ingredients together, Cook on low in crock pot til heated thru.

It is good, you may have to adjust the sugar up and down to your tastes. Sometimes I think the sauce is too sweet.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:21 PM
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Cherylpearl,

My hubby would love if I made these meatballs...I think he could eat them everyday till they were gone. ha ha ha

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Cherypearl, those meatballs sound yummy.
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here is a hit at my house easy to make too
place at the bottom of cooker
onion
garlic
celery
mushrooms (optional)
carrot chunks

then top with boneless pork chop or tenderloin
can use boneless skinless chicken

mix in bowl
cream of mushroom or celery or chicken or any cream soup that you have on hand

onion pw
garlic pw
ginger
thyme
chicken oxo or boulioun of any kind
dash soy sauce
paprikia

mix spices and soup and pour over everything
set it on low for 5 hrs or so

i like to serve this over a bed of rice or even egg noodles and have a side salad
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