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5 Recipes for $50

19 Apr

Here were are at the beginning of a new week. This week’s recipe is full of comfort food, sweet and spicy flavor and some really quick meals. I guess I haven’t felt like spending a great deal of time in the kitchen lately (: I did discover this week that chicken wings taste great with Indian influenced spicing on them!

This Week’s Recipe List:

Tandoori Style Chicken Wings with a Yogurt Sauce
Slow Cooked Bacon and Beans with Cornbread
Vegan Bean Sprout and Spinach Stir Fry
Vegetarian English Muffin Pizza with Garlic Green Beans
Vegetarian Sweet and Savory Vegetable Casserole with Sage Rosemary Dumplings


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Slow Cooked Bacon and Beans with Corn Bread

19 Apr

Bacon goes well with just about anything.

Slow Cooked Bacon and Beans with Corn Bread
Slow Cooker Time: LOW 5 to 6 hours
Serves 4

10 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 TB brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 TB mustard
1 TB molasses
1/4 ts salt
1/2 ts chili powder
1/2 ts black pepper
1 (15 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can white beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained
1 (15 oz.) can pork and beans

1 box of corn bread ready mix


1. Cook bacon in skillet; when cooked moved with slotted spoon to slow cooker. Add onion to the rest of the bacon grease and cook for 3 minutes.
2. Add onions and bacon grease to slow cooker.
3. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Mix well.
4. Cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.
5. Just before your bacon and beans are ready, make your corn bread according to the boxes directions.

Slow Cooker Chili

1 Feb

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up this week, so I thought I should concentrate on party foods, drinks and appetizers. If you are not attending or throwing a party this weekend, save these posts for when you do.

For starters, letÅ› start with Slow Cooker Chili.


8 strips of bacon, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
28 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 – 16oz. can tomato sauce
1 – 6oz. can tomato paste
2 – 16 oz. cans kidney beans
2 cups carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 TB chili powder
1 ts salt
1 TB cumin
1 ts black pepper
1 TB Worchestershire
2 ts Franks hot sauce
1 ts cayenne pepper
1 ts paprika
1 ts brown sugar


1. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Remove to paper towel to drain.
2. Brown beef and pork in bacon drippings in skillet.
3. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
4. Cover. Cook on LOW 9-10 hours. Stir occasionally.

Cauliflower, Potato and Mushroom Curry

20 Oct

Cauliflower, Potato and Mushroom Curry

Vegetarian Recipe
Slow Cooker Recipe

Serves: 4


1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 inch piece ginger, minced
1/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 head cauliflower,cut into small florets
1 potato, diced
1 – 14 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 ts cumin
2 ts curry
1 TB thyme
1/2 ts coriander
2 ts tumeric
1/4 ts cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cilantro, optional, to garnish


1. Boil potato and cauliflower in water until just tender.
2. Set Crock pot to low. Add chickpeas, spices, coconut milk, and steamed potato and cauliflower.
3. Saute onion for five minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and ginger; cook for two minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until tender. Add this mixture to the crock pot.
4. Cook on LOW at least 1 hour, no more than 3 hours.
5. Serve over rice or by itself.

Slow Cooker Chili

28 Sep

It’s a bit chilly in my neck of the woods today, so I thought I’d make some comfort food for dinner tonight.

This will be my first attempt at making chili!

Wish me luck!


2 pounds ground beef, browned
2 16 oz. cans red kidney beans, drained
2 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 TB chili powder
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 TB ground cumin
1 ts black pepper
1 ts salt


1. Combine all ingredients in slow cookers.
2. Cover. Cook on LOW 8-10 hours.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken

14 Sep

Slow Cooker Recipe

I love my slow cooker. Especially on those days when I know I’ll be working right up to when the dinner bell rings. Here’s one I’m going to try tonight for dinner.

I found this one in my most trusted slow cooker recipe book.

Some of the recipes are a bit bland, but I know my taste buds well enough to know what needs to be added to make the recipe tasty to me.

Here goes.


3 whole boneless chicken breasts, cut in halves
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 TB garlic, chopped
1 green or yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 cups water
1/4 ts salt
1/4 ts paprika
couple drops of Tabasco sauce


1. Roll chicken breasts in flour. Brown in oil in skillet. Transfer chicken to slow cooker.
2. Saute onion, pepper, and celery in skillet. Cook until tender.
3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour over chicken.
4. Cover. Cook on Low 8 hours.
5. Serve over noodles or rice.

Pizza Potatoes

31 Jul

Pizza Potatoes
Slow Cooker Recipe

Serves 6


6 medium potatoes, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
2 TB olive oil
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
2 oz. sliced pepperoni
1 ts salt
8 oz. can pizza sauce


1. Saute potato and onion slices in oil in skillet until onions appear transparent. Drain well.
2. In slow cooker, combine potatoes, onions, cheese, pepperoni and salt.
3. Pour pizza sauce over top.
4. Cover. Cook on LOW 6-10 hours (until potatoes are soft).

Stuffed Chicken Rolls

30 Jul

Stuffed Chicken Rolls
Slow Cooker Recipe

Serves 6


6 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
6 slices fully cooked ham
6 slices swiss cheese
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. rubbed sage
1/4 ts paprika
1/4 ts pepper
1/4 cup oil
10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup chicken broth
chopped fresh parsley


1. Flatten chicken to 1/8 inch thickness. Place ham and cheese slices on each breast. Roll up and tuck in ends. Secure with toothpick.
2. Combine flour, Parmesan cheese, sage, paprika, and pepper. Coat chicken on all sides. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
3. Brown chicken in oil in skillet. Transfer to slow cooker.
4. Combine soup and broth. Pour over chicken.
5. Cover. Cook on LOW 4-5 hours.
6. Remove toothpicks. Garnish with parsley.

Chicken Fried Pork Chops

29 Jul

Chicken Fried Pork Chops
Slow Cooker Recipe

Serves 6


1/2 cup flour
3/4 ts salt
1 1/2 ts dry mustard
3/4 ts garlic powder
6 pork chops
2 ts oil
10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup
1 soup can water


1. Combine flour, salt, dry mustard, and garlic powder. Dredge pork chops in flour mixture. Brown in oil in skillet. Place in slow cooker.
2. Combine soup and water. Pour over meat.
3. Cover. Cook on HIGH 6-8 hours.

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

28 Jul

Slow Cooker Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Recipe

Serves 4


1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
16 oz can kidney beans, drained
15 oz. can black beans, drained
10 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chilis
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 ts chili powder
1/2 ts ground cumin
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts pepper
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup monterey jack cheese
6 flour tortillas


1. Cook beef, onions, and green peppers in skillet until browned and veggies are tender.
2. Add next 9 ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
3. Combine cheeses.
4. In slow cooker, layer about 3/4 cup beef mixture, one tortilla, and 1/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers.
5. Cover. Cook on LOW 5-7 hours.
6. To serve, reach to bottom with each spoonful to get all layers, or carefully invert onto large platter and cut into wedges.
7. Serve with guacamole and sour cream.