Posts Tagged With: Slow cooker

Chicken and Noodles in Slow Cooker

Last night for dinner I found a recipe in a slow cooker cook book that I thought I would try. I threw it together in less than 10 minutes and have to say it was pretty tasty! I made a chicken and noodles recipe, but used mashed potatoes instead of noodles. Here’s the recipe:

3-4 lbs of boneless and skinless chicken
1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup ( I used cream of celery soup)
4 cups of chicken broth
1 package of wide egg noodles ( I skipped this part and made mashed potatoes)

Combine the soup and chicken broth in the slow cooker
Cut chicken into cubes (I cooked mine uncut) and add to slow cooker
I also added a bag of frozen peas to the slow cooker
Cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 3-4 hours until is done
Add the noodles and cook for 30-45 minutes until noodles are tender (I didn’t add noodles, but I did add flour to thicken the broth up to make it thick like gravy for the mashed potatoes
Season with salt and pepper

That’s it! Easy isn’t it? This isn’t my picture because, again, I forgot to take one!


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Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal


This Saturday has been very quiet on the computer!  Everyone must be getting an early start of Christmas shopping, cooking ahead for Thanksgiving or at the many practices/games/classes for their kids!  We just got done with one Nutcracker practice and I will leave in about 1/2 hour for the next one!  These sure are busy, yet fun days!

I decided to share an Oatmeal breakfast you can make ahead of time in the crock pot.  This is an easy way to wake up on any given morning to a quick, hearty, healthful breakfast!

Here’s the recipe:

6-8 cups water (depending on the desired consistency)
2 cups steel cut oats (DO NOT use Quick will make it mushy!)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon



Spray inside crock pot with cooking spray.

Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir.

Cook for 7-8 hours on low.

Add any fruit, sugar, syrup, etc right before eating.



Have a great Saturday!

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Honey Sesame Chicken

As I’m sitting here writing and enjoying my leftover Egg Casserole from dinner last night, I thought I would take a minute to write out the recipe for tonight’s dinner.  Tonight we are having Honey Sesame Chicken.  I can either make it in the crock pot or in the over.  I’m opting for the oven so it will be crisper.  We are having Crock Pot Rice with the chicken.  I froze my leftovers from last time, so I only needed to pull it from the freezer and thaw out.  Chinese food is the best!!

Here’s the recipe:

5 chicken breast, boneless
1 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup onions, diced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/8 cup sesame seed
Notes / Directions
Instructions:Place the chicken breasts in the crock pot insert and sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil, garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine well. Pour over the chicken in the crock pot.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours.
When done, remove chicken from stock pot and cut into chunks. Prior to putting the chicken back in the stockpot, combine some cornstarch in water and whisk it into the crock pot to thicken up the sauce a bit. Throw the chicken back in and stir around to re-coat the chicken in the sauce.
Serve hot over a bed of white rice(optional) and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.Enjoy your day!
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Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese

Good afternoon,

Today is Monday….back to the swing of things!  Luckily, Mondays are easier days, especially when it is not my week to ride share to ballet!  This is why I have a minute to sit down and write a quick post!  Today we are having roast beef. I am making it in the crock pot and added a packet of dried onion soup, an onion and carrots and a bit of water.  I cook it all day and by dinner it is so tender it almost melts in your mouth!  I made crock pot Mac & Cheese and will share my recipe.  This is another fast, easy recipe to throw together.  Along with those two I will have a green bean casserole.  A great dinner for a cold Monday!  There will be leftover Mac & Cheese for lunch and enough roast beef for dinner tomorrow!  Tomorrow I will share my Beef Potpie recipe!

Here’s the recipe:

16 oz macaroni noodles, cooked al dente
2 eggs, beaten
12 oz evaporated milk
12 oz milk
8 oz Colby cheese, shredded
1/8 tsp salt, to taste
1/8 tsp pepper, to taste
Notes / Directions
Step  One :
Cook noodles until they are still slightly firm.
Step Two:
Drain and put in slow cooker.
Step Three:Whisk eggs, and add to evaporated milk and milk.Step Four:Add salt and pepper to taste.Step Five:Pour over noodles and stir.

Step Six:

Add cheeses, saving a little to sprinkle on top.

Step Seven:

Cook on low 3-4 hours.

Enjoy your day and enjoy your Mac & Cheese if you make it!

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Crock Pot Lasagna


Tomorrow I am going to make crock pot lasagna. This is an easy, delicious meal for a cold, fall day. It is as simple as placing the items in the crock pot and forgetting about it for a few hours, though it will be hard to forget about because it smells so good! The first time I made it I thought it wouldn’t turn out. I thought the noodles would be hard and the taste bland. I was pleasantly surprised! It was very, very good! The noodles were soft enough and the taste was just right! This is one of the meals where I precooked the meat and sauce and placed it in the freezer. That makes it even easier on the day of preparation. I take it out of the freezer, let it thaw and place the items in the crock pot.

Here is the recipe:

2 lbs hamburger, fully cooked
2 jars marinara suce
1 box lasagna noodles, uncooked
2 lbs ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 bunch spinach, fresh, baby
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Notes / Directions

Step One

Brown hamburger meat and add marinara sauce. Let simmer for 20 minutes. (You can also make your own marinara sauce).
Step Two

While simmering, in a bowl combine your ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and egg, Italian seasoning to taste and mix well.
Step Three

Spray the crock with cooking spray, and start your layers of 1) meat sauce 2) uncooked lasagna noodles 3) ricotta cheese mixture 4) spinach.
Step Four

Repeat layers one more time. Top with remaining meat sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Step Five

Cook on low for three hours, any longer will overcook the noodles!

Enjoy your day!

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Sweet & Sour Chicken & Crock Pot Fried Rice

  I LOVE Chinese food and have found THE PERFECT recipes!!  The Sweet and Sour Chicken is so good I think I will need to make a double or triple batch next time so I have plenty of leftovers!  It truly tastes like something you would get at a Chinese restaurant!  The Fried Rice is so easy to make and tastes so much like what you would get in a restaurant also!  The picture isn’t the best quality, sorry about that!  This meal is one of my very favorites!  Try it out and enjoy!!
4 chicken breast
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar, sweet sour sauce
4 tbsp ketchup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
Notes / Directions

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

The chicken coating:

3-4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

The sweet and sour sauce:

3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt

Start by preheating your oven to 325 degrees. Rinse your chicken breasts in water and then cut into cubes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip chicken into the cornstarch to coat then dip into the eggs. Heat your 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet and cook your chicken until browned but not cooked through. Place the chicken in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Mix all of your sweet and sour sauce ingredients in a bowl with a whisk and then pour evenly over the chicken. Bake for one hour and during the baking process you will need to turn the chicken every 15 minutes.

Crock Pot Fried Rice
2 cup rice, leftover cooked
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 onion, yellow
1 cup peas and carrots, frozen thawed
1 egg
1 tbsp sesame seed, for garnish
Notes / Directions
The Directions.Plop everything on in there together.Mix it around, and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or on low for 3-4. You are only heating everything up and cooking the egg.

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Freezer Meal Day

I am not very good about keeping up with writing!  I can’t believe 3 weeks have gone by!  I have been keeping very busy.  Three girls are practicing for The Nutcracker they will perform in at the end of November and beginning of December.  One in our downtown Opera House and the other two with their studio (which they will be performing at their grandma and grandpa’s Living Community!).  They are super excited!  This is on top of their normal classes 5 times a week!  It’s all very exciting!

I basically ran out my freezer meal and started more.  I want to share how I do my meals.

I start out with an App on my iPhone called MealBoard.  I plan about 2-3 weeks of meals and then check my grocery list it generates for me to see which items I need to purchase.  Have I mentioned that I love this App?  I plan my meals according to the type of day I have.  On days that are particularly busy I plan a meal I can plop in the crock pot or pull out of the freezer and whip up quickly.  On days when I have more time, I may cook something that takes a little more effort (it may be a freezer meal but takes a little longer to cook up).

After  I check my list and see what I need, I then get my groceries and split up the cooking into sections and days.  I cook all the meat for the meals one day and then another day may cook the breakfast items.  One day I will cook the sides, etc.  I find this helpful and less tiring to split it up!  Yesterday I took a 6lb pork tenderloin and split it into 3 sections and froze them with a very good balsamic-rosemary marinade.  It’s really delicious!  I also made my taco meat, chili meat and meat with sauce for my crock pot lasagna (which is so tasty!!).  I also cooked up 4 lbs of bacon and then cooked hamburger on a cookie sheet for 18 minutes and cut them into squares for cheeseburgers the girls can warm up in the microwave.  Today I made 4 batches of cinnamon pancakes and 15 egg burritos.  Somehow I squeezed everything into my freezers!  I think I may have to break down and buy a chest freezer to have more room!  For the sides, it depends on what it is as to whether I make it up ahead of time.  Most of them can be made that day as I know I have the ingredients and can whip it together.  If you would like some of my recipes I use, check out my Pinterest page under Shelly Boynton.  I have accumulated a lot of recipes from there and and then from my own cookbooks!  If you would ever like some recipes i will be happy to share them!

Happy cooking!

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