Slow cooker

Crockpot Potato Soup

Crockpot potato soup pin

My kids and husband love this Crockpot Potato Soup. You can garnish it with bacon, some heavy cream and cheddar (to add some color to otherwise pretty pale looking potato soup). I like serving it with lamb or beef, it is such a yummy combo!

Ingredients

  •  2 tablespoons unsalted butter*
  •  1 small yellow onion — diced
  •  3 large carrots — scrubbed and diced
  •  2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes — peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  •  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  •  1 teaspoon kosher salt — plus additional to taste
  •  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  •  3–4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  •  1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
  •  3 tablespoons cornstarch
  •  1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese — plus additional for serving
  •  1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt — plus additional for serving

FOR TOPPING:

  •  Cooked crumbled bacon
  •  Chopped fresh chives

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Instructions

  1. Lightly coat a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently and adjusting the heat so that the onion does not crisp or turn dark brown. Add to the slow cooker.
  2. To the slow cooker, add the carrots, potatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, cayenne, and 3 cups chicken broth. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours, until the potatoes and carrots are completely tender.
  3. While the vegetables cook, in a medium bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk and cornstarch until no lumps remain. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the cornstarch/milk mixture. Continue cooking for 30 additional minutes.

  4. Just before serving, stir in the shredded cheddar and Greek yogurt. With a potato masher or large spoon, mash half of the potatoes directly in the slow cooker. The soup will continue to thicken as it cools. If you would like the soup to be thinner, add the remaining 1 cup chicken broth until you reach your desired consistency (warm up the broth first). Stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, topped with bacon, chives, and additional cheese/Greek yogurt as desired.

    If you like this recipe, feel free to try our Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.

Nutritional Info

Crockpot potato soup nutritional info

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Crockpot bbq chicken pin

This mouthwatering Crockpot BBQ Chicken is fantastic way to spice up your dull weekly menus. It will take 5 hours to cook  and you can store it refrigerated for up to 4 days. I usually use this shredded BBQ chicken and fill some buns, add lettuce, onions and tomato, to make a healthy version of burgers. You can also use tortillas instead of buns.

Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 cups  Homemade BBQ Sauce — or your favorite store-bought sauce (the homemade sauce only takes about 15 minutes to make and is totally worth it!)
  •  2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  •  1 tablespoon cornstarch — mixed with 1 tablespoon water to make a slurry
  •  Serving suggestions: whole wheat or pretzel buns — whole wheat tortillas, cheddar cheese, chopped green onion, baked sweet potatoes

Crock pot bbq chicken

Instructions

  1. If you have not, prepare the Homemade BBQ Sauce.
  2. Lightly coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with sauce, spooning the sauce all over the top. If you made a batch of the Homemade BBQ Sauce, reserve the rest for serving.
  3. Cover the slow cooker, and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours on high or 4 to 5 hours on low, until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks, either on a cutting board or directly in the slow cooker.
  4. Thicken the sauce in the slow cooker: Add the slurry to the slow cooker with the remaining sauce. Whisk to combine, cover the slow cooker, and set to high. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.
  5. To thicken the sauce more quickly: Transfer the sauce to a medium saucepan. Whisk in the slurry, and then cook on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring often until the sauce thickens, 5 to 10 minutes. (If your slow cooker insert is stovetop safe, you can remove it from the slow cooker and place it directly on the burner, but do not do this unless you are POSITIVE your insert is stovetop safe or it may crack).
  6. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and toss to coat. Serve chicken warm on buns for sandwiches, inside quesadillas, or (our favorite) on top of a baked sweet potato with a sprinkle of green onion. Add additional BBQ sauce as desired.

If you liked this recipe, try out our Instant Pot Beef Stew.

Nutritional Info

Crockpot bbq chicken nutritional info

Beefy Mexican Rice Soup

Who doesn’t like burritos? Beef, rice, corn, tomatoes & beans – even kids just love this mix!

So the idea was to make a more healthy, cooked version of burritos (heavy dressings excluded).

You can use ready made taco seasoning mix, or you can make your own (oregano, cumin, garlic, onion, chili powder and cilantro). If you really like it spicy, just add more paprika powder!

Preparing time: one hour. If you have a slow cooker, it will even taste better (around three hours on the low temperature setting).

Beefy mexican rice soup

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 quarts beef stock
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 5 ounces black beans (rinsed and drained) 1 can
  • 5 ounces petite diced tomatoes (drained) 1 can
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1 cup whole grain rice

 

Beefy mexican rice soup recipe

Instructions

 

  1. In a large dutch oven, brown the ground beef, onion and minced garlic. Drain.
  2. Add in the taco seasoning and mix together.
  3. Add the beef stock, corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, tomato puree, lime juice, salt, cilantro and rice.
  4. Bring this to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 25-30 minutes until the rice is done.
  5. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro if desired.

You can skip the last step if you’re on a diet!

Bon appetit!

If you are into slow cooking you would like also this red-wine beef stew

10 INSTANT POT TIPS AND TRICKS – Hacks for Cooking with Pleasure

Got an Instant Pot? To a lot of people, the instant pot is already a common household – a must-have in the kitchen. You have landed on the right page as you can find here 10 Instant Pot Tips and Tricks, and even Instant Pot Hacks for Cooking with Pleasure. 

But I also don’t want to leave some of those who may have just heard it but have little to no idea what is it or how to use it. This is the right place for you as well.

To begin with, Instant Pot is a versatile kitchen gadget, a multi-use appliance that can do the job of a pressure cooker, a slow cooker, saute pan, steamer, oven, bread maker, and even as a yogurt maker and more depending on the model, size and type. And that can also save you space, and over the long term, money. And moreover, your food will be tastier.

Here are what you should know, or learn new Instant Pot tips and tricks and useful hacks as well:

1. Learn to convert the recipes of your favorite foods for the instant pot,

You may have known a lot of cooking and baking but with the Instant Pot, it is quite different. Indeed, you can find a lot of nice recipes from the internet, cookbooks or even from your friends. But you also want to cook your own favorite recipes

Learn to convert the recipes for instant pot

More details on How to Convert Recipes to Instant Pot from My Crazy Good Life,


2. Combine different containers for your instant pot – Pot In a Pot Method

Certainly, the appliances come with inner pots but that does not prevent you from applying other suitable containers. It can be oven-safe glass containers, steaming racks, and silicone molds. Of course, this is what you call the Pot-In-Pot method and you can save a lot of time.

More details about Pot in a Pot Method from Once a Month Meals.

Instant pot pot in pot method and cheat sheet

3. Use small tips – cheat sheets

To avoid errors in your instant pot mode selection and time settings, use a kind of cheat sheet, which is a cooker time chart. Place it somewhere near your pressure cooker and keep calm for your everyday meals.

Get The Most Useful Instant Pot Cheat Sheet On the Web Just Got Better from One Good Thing by Jillee.


4. Use different cooking mode

If you want your meal to be cooked properly and taste even better, feel free to use the various buttons during the cooking process. Sch as the saute mode for onions and vegetables and then go to slow pressure. That’s what your inner pot got so many functions for!

More details for Instant Pot Hacks from Business Insider

Instant pot hacks and tips and tricks

5. Apply the Instant Pot as a Meal Saver.

Indeed it’s a great time-saver when you slice all the ingredients needed, put in an inner pot and freeze them. When it’s time to cook, just bring the container out and cook it and there’s no need to thaw them. Truly it is fast and convenient. 

More details on Instant Pot Tricks and Treats from Once a Month Meals.


6. Experiment and Invent Instant Pot Tips

There are different pressure cooker mode of how you cook the food. But it also doesn’t mean that you have to always follow it. Different modes may be good for baking bread, pies, and many more useful things. An example is the recipe of this insanely delicious cinnamon walnut sweet potato bread.

Recipe for Instant Pot Paleo Cinnamon Walnut Sweet Potato Bread from Nurture My Gut.

Instant pot paleo cinnamon walnut sweet potato bread and silk tie dyed eggs

7. Discover Something New Everyday!

Do you know that your device is not only good at cooking but also can do a lot of other things? Grape wine, vanilla extract, herbal remedies, cough syrup, as well as chapstick, crayons and even dyed Easter eggs – that is just a few things that your instant pot is capable of!

More details for Instant Pot Silk Dyed Eggs from Ginger Casa


8. Use Various Instant Pot Accessories

If you want to enjoy both the delicious food and the cooking process itself, don’t forget some little handy assistants. It can be an extra inner pot glass cover, sealing rings, microfiber towels, some sets including egg bites mold vegetable basket rack and oven mitts, retriever tongs, and other accessories that will turn you into a master chef!

Check your Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories from Recipes from a Pantry

Instant pot must have accessories and how to remove odors

9. Take Care of your Instant Pot

You may wash some parts of the device including the inner pot and steam rack in your dishwasher. But you can use simple home remedies to remove stains and odor – such as water with lemon or baking soda. Make sure they are really safe for your multi-cooker.

More Details about How to Remove Oder from Instant Pot from My Crazy Good Life.


10. Your Pressure Cooker is Convenient but not Almighty

Truly it may seem that your Instant Pot works wonders because it can do a lot of things, nevertheless, don’t forget that it has flows as well. For example, be careful with dairy products, as most of the instant pots don’t cook cheese and cream sauces in a proper way. You’d better add dairy after the cooking process to get the sauce with a delicate. Read the manual as there are warnings and reminders written there. 

Did you learn something new on Instant Pot tips and tricks?

Enjoy your cooking with your Instant Pot! And don’t forget to save this Pin to your Instant Pot board on Pinterest.


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DASH Diet Recipes for Weight Loss

 9 Best Low-Sodium Recipes

Everybody with high blood pressure problems should take a look at this list of 9 best low-sodium recipes. Whether you want an idea for breakfast or dinner, you will surely find something here that will awaken your appetite. Some recipes are easy to prepare, and all guarantee you healthy and tasty meals with lots of vegetables and low calories.

So, whether you are vegetarian or have problems with blood pressure, or just want to lose weight this is the right article for you!

1. Lemon-Garlic Shrimp over Orzo with Zucchini

This is recipes for light and veggie-packed shrimp and pasta dish. Egg-free, soy-free, heart-healthy, diabetic appropriate, low sodium.

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2. Recipe: Weight Loss Soup

This soup offers lots of nutritional benefits. Great freezer-friendly option, made from colorful and nutrient-dense veggies, zucchini, carrots, and green beans.

3. Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Cheese Scramble

Easy way to add some fresh vegetables to your day. You will need fresh mushrooms, fresh spinach, eggs, feta cheese.

4. Roasted Tofu & Peanut Noodle Salad

This is a recipe for low-calorie, bone healthy, heart-healthy and dairy-free vegetarian noodle salad.

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5. Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauce

A spaghetti seasoning mix with only around 21 mg of sodium. You can make with (2 smarts points) or without (1 smart point) ground beef.

6. Easiest Baked Fish | Clean Eating

Just 20 minutes for the easiest baked fish. The main ingredients are frozen fish fillets and some leafy parsley.

7. Sesame Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry With Cauliflower Rice

Chicken dish with hearty veggies – bell peppers, asparagus, and mushrooms. Quick and easy dinner serve over cauliflower rice.

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8. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Made this healthy, vegetarian quinoa chili in a slower cooker. It’s with chunky sweet potatoes and hearty sweet potatoes.

9. Paleo Taco Salad

This recipe is Vegan. It’s low-sodium, gluten-free, reduced-sugar, nut-free, dairy-free diets.

 

Don’t forget to Pin them to your Vegetarian Recipes related Board to save your favorite recipe.

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15 WEIGHT WATCHERS CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE SOUPS

NOURISHING SOUPS are usually served warm or hot but some people like them cold too. These Weight Watchers Chicken and Vegetable Soups are great for those watching their diet. Indeed, these are freestyle soups, healthy, and easy to prepare that will surely fit your lifestyle. Check them below.

Don’t forget to pin them to your board to easily get back to your favorite soups.

Weight Watchers Pineapple Chicken Stew is one tasty, sweet and savory chicken recipe and easily cooked in your slow cooker. But you will want this equally tasty WeightWatchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup as well.

Weight watchers pineapple chicken stew recipe and and slow cooker stuffed pepper soup

Check recipes here:  Weight Watchers Pineapple Chicken Stew  /  Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Here are two Chili Soups and both with Zero points! Weight Watchers White Chicken Chili is packed with fresh chicken meat and beans with spicy salsa. Or if you prefer Weight Watchers Chili Recipe can also be as delicious and healthy.

Zero point weight watchers white chicken chili and zero point weight watchers chili recipe 1

Check recipes here: Zero Point Weight Watchers White Chicken Chili / Zero Point Weight Watchers Chili Recipe 

Cauliflower and broccoli are veggies that contain lots of fiber that fills you up without adding extra calories. In fact, these vegetables make the Best Weight Loss Creamy Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup awesome. Another creamy soup that you should not be missing is the Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Onion Soup for hearty and filling. Indeed a perfect soup for a cold winter day.

Creamy cauliflower and broccoli soup and outback steakhouse walkabout onion soup

Check recipes here: Best Weight Loss Creamy Cauliflower and Broccoli soup /  Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Onion Soup

Orzo, also known as risoni, is rice-shaped pasta. It is also an Italian word for “Barley” because of the resemblance, made it to the Weight Watchers as the flavorful Chicken, Vegetable and Orzo soup. Another is Tortellini, an Italian ring-shaped pasta, with heavy vegetables but low in calories, this Weight Watchers Friendly Tortellini Soup is a hit for cold weather.

Chicken vegetables and orzo soup and weigth watchers friendly tortellini soup

Check recipes here: Chicken, Vegetable and Orzo soup /  Weight Watchers Friendly Tortellini Soup

It’s a hamburger in a soup. This hearty, tasty Hamburger Soup is just Weight Watchers 2 smart points that you will enjoy. Indeed, you will equally enjoy the 7-Day Diet Weight Loss Soup (Wonder Soup), too, that does wonders in losing weight.

Hamburger soup and 7day diet weight loss soup wonder soup

Check recipes here: Hamburger Soup /7-Day Diet Weight Loss Soup

These Two Taco soups below definitely have very low points, and yet still healthy. Moreover, Weight Watchers Taco soup and  Zero Point Weight Watchers Taco soup have their own unique taste with their own easy preparations.

Weight watchers taco soup and zero point weight watchers taco soup

Check recipes here: Weight Watchers taco soup /  Zero Point Weight Watchers Taco Soup

Shirataki Noodles also called miracle noodles or konjac noodles are gelatinous noodles made from Glucomannan. It is a type of fiber that comes from the root of the konjac plant. In fact, with very low calories and carbohydrates makes Zero Point Weight Watchers Pho with Shirataki Noodles one of the best diet soups for everyone. But don’t underestimate the 4-Ingredient Crockpot Great Northern Beans. Not only it is being super simple, but it is also a delightful surprise with its incredible flavor.

Weight watchers 1 point pho with shiratake noodles and crockpot great northern beans

Check recipes here:  Weight Watchers Pho with Shirataki Noodles/4-Ingredient Crockpot Great Northern Beans  

Weight Watchers Zero Point Asian Soup, you can eat with your heart’s content without guilt. Indeed this is loaded with veggies and the taste is truly rich, decadent and robust.

Weight watchers zero point asian soup

Check recipe HERE

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7 KETO CROCKPOT RECIPES – Delicious and Easy Keto Meals


A SLOW COOKER can be your best friend. You can prepare in the morning and have a good meal when you arrive. Healthy ketogenic diet meals are no exceptions. Here are 7 Keto Crockpot Recipes – Delicious and Easy Keto Meals you can prepare.

Mediterranean cuisine is another type of healthy preparation of food. This Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken makes it healthier. And from China, the Slow cooker Kung Pao Chicken is equally tasty and healthy.

If you like the recipes, just PIN them into your crockpot or keto related Pinterest board.

Slow cooker mediterranian chicken and kung pao chicken

Check Recipes Here Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken / Slow cooker Kung Pao Chicken


You can never go wrong preparing beef this way and boast for its tenderness and tastier. Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli and Beef Stroganoff meatballs are perfect for keto dieters.

If you like the recipes, just PIN them into your crockpot or keto related Pinterest board.

Low carb beef stroganoff and beef brocolli

Check Recipes Here Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli /  Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Meatballs


Cauliflower is indeed one of the most popular ingredients for keto recipes for being very low carb yet very nutritious vegetable. Adding to it is the Slow Cooker Pepper Jack Cauliflower. Another so flavorful, healthy keto meal is the Low Carb Slow Cooker Mushroom Pot Roast.

Slow cooker pepper jack cauliflower and low carb slow cooker mushroom pot roast

Check Recipes Here Slow cooker Pepper Jack Cauliflower /  Low carb slow cooker Mushroom Pot Roast


For just 5 ingredients, this yummy Slow cooker Steak Fajitas is just so simple, easy to prepare and can be served in lettuce wraps, tortillas, or top of rice, for keto on cauliflower rice.

If you like the recipes, just PIN them into your crockpot or keto related Pinterest board.

Slow cooker steak fajitas

Check Recipe  Here

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Easy & Fast Main Dishes For Christmas

5 delicious christmas main dishes pin

Time to prepare yourself and make some nice lunch for Christmas. Or if you prefer, you can also cook the following recipes for dinner as well. Take a look at the next 5 recipes we have in store for you. They are highly nutritious and overly delicious.

Crock Pot Pasta

Our first recipe is a one pot meal. It’s cheesy and flavorful and you can easily prepare and cook it in your slow cooker.

Crock pot pasta 1

Homemade Style Fried Rice Recipe

A homemade recipe – fried rice which you mix with vegetables, eggs or meat, depending on your preferences.

Homemade fried rice

Baked Sausages With Potato & Gravy

How about a little classic – baked sausages in the oven with a little gravy and potato on the side.

Baked sausages with potato and gravy

Radish Cucumber Salad

Or if you prefer, a little healthier dish. It’s such a refreshing meal, perfect as your go-to detox-meal between busy weeks.

Radish cucumber salad

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

Is there anything better than tortillas filled with fresh and healthy veggies, feta and chicken? Try this recipe and you’ll find out.

Chicken tacos

We hope you like our 5 recipes as main dishes for Christmas. If so, enjoy preparing and cooking them, and of course, feasting!

Happy holidays everyone!

Easy Side Dish for your Thanksgiving Dinner: Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Slow cooker creamed corn pin

Of course you can always use the canned cream corn as a side dish, but I really think this easy one-pot, slow cooker creamed corn, is so easy to make (just 5 ingredients) and so much tastier than canned versions, that it’s definitely worth a try.

Ingredients

  • 3 (15.25-ounces) cans whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into thin slices

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Instructions

  1. Place corn into a slow cooker. Stir in milk, sugar and pepper until well combined. Without stirring, top with butter and cream cheese. Cover and cook on high heat for 2-3 hours.
  2. Uncover and stir until butter and cream cheese are well combined. Cover and cook on high heat for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info

 

Slow cooker creamed corn nutri info

 

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Easy Swedish Meatballs

3 Appetizing Holiday Recipes You Can Make This Season

3 appetizing holiday recipes you can make this season

The holiday season is just around the corner and that means Winter will arrive soon!

With it, come our favorite holidays of the season, Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Time for some family reunions, joyful moments and a lot of happiness.

Having said that, did you know that you can prepare meals in advance and just wait out the holidays to cook them?

Well, you’re in luck! We just happen to have some delicious recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas that you can make it ahead of time.

Without further ado, here are the 3 most appetizing holiday recipes you can make this season:

Scrumptious Chocolate Croissants

Scrumptious chocolate croissants

Easy-to-make, delicious recipe perfect to serve as dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Eggs Benedict Casserole for Breakfast

Eggs benedict casserole for breakfast

Mouth-watering, healthy and nutrient-packed breakfast idea for your Christmas mornings.

Flavorful Croissant Sandwiches

Flavorful croissant sandwiches

Another delightful Christmas recipes which you can easily and fast.

Sooo yummy, right?

We know!

We can’t wait for the holiday season to arrive as we prepare ourselves to taste some delicious food!

And because it’s holiday time, let’s check some christmas recipes you will love for sure:

Awesome Christmas Dinner Crockpot Recipes