Season 1, Episode 4 // Slow Cooker Secrets

Join Jackie & Jaclyn as they share their Slow Cooker Secrets. We’ll share tips for meal planning, our favorite slow cooker recipes, and some tricks for making slow cooker meals healthier.

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Topics Discussed in This Episode

  • Meal Planning Tips
  • Our favorite appetizer recipes in the slow cooker
  • Our go-to slow cooker entrées
  • Mouthwatering dessert recipes for the slow cooker
  • Tips & tricks for making slow cooker meals healthier
  • Repurposing leftovers for slow cooker recipes
  • Slow Cooker Liners - love them or leave them?

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

(from Coco & Ash)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz - cream cheese, softened
  • 1 oz - frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can - artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 - small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups - sour cream
  • 1.5 cups - parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups - mozzarella cheese
  • Minced garlic
  • ½ tsp - salt
  • ½ tsp - pepper

Instructions

  1. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray
  2. Combine all ingredients and add to the slow cooker
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring halfway through

Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • Chuck Roast
  • Steak seasoning
  • Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 can - Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • ½ cup - Water
  • Red Wine

Instructions

  1. Put steak seasoning on both sides of the roast, and sear it on the stove
  2. Add roast, soup mix, soup, water, and a splash of red wine to the slow cooker
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours

Taco Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb - lean ground beef
  • Taco seasoning
  • 1 can - Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 can - hominy
  • 1 can - corn
  • 1 can - black beans
  • 1 can - pinto beans

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef, then put the beef and other ingredients in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and hot sauce.

Hot Cocoa

(from NoBiggie.net)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups - milk
  • 1 ½ cups - heavy cream
  • 1 can - sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pkg - milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon - vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker
  2. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring every 10 minutes or so
  3. Once all the chocolate chips are melted, turn it down to warm
  4. (Optional) add Fireball Whisky for an adult treat!

Pumpkin Spice Apples

Ingredients

  • 2-3 apples, sliced
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Place apples in your slow cooker with as much pumpkin pie spice as you want
  2. Add just enough water to cover the apples
  3. Cook until water has evaporated

Barbeque Meatballs

Ingredients

  • Turkey Meatballs
  • Barbeque Sauce
  • Grape Jelly

Instructions

  1. Add meatballs and equal parts barbeque sauce and grape jelly to slow cooker
  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours

Mexican Chicken

Ingredients

  • Frozen chicken tenderloins
  • 1 can - salsa
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add chicken and salsa to slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours
  2. Shred the chicken and serve as tacos or over lettuce

Ranch Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • Boneless Pork Chops
  • 2 cans - cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pkg - Ranch dressing mix

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  2. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Homemade Jar Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb - Italian sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Minced garlic
  • 1 - Bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 - Onion, diced
  • 1 can - Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

Instructions

  1. Brown the sausage
  2. Sauté garlic, pepper, and onion
  3. Add sausage, garlic, pepper, onion, tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce to the slow cooker
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  5. Serve over pasta

Brownie Pudding

(from Crazy for Crust)

Ingredients

  • 1 box - Brownie mix
  • Eggs, water and oil (as called for on the brownie mix box)
  • 1 pkg - instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups - milk

Instructions

  1. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to the box. Pour into slow cooker.
  3. Whisk pudding mix and milk in a bowl until smooth. Pour over the brownie mix.
  4. Cover the slow cooker with a paper towel and place the lid on top
  5. Cook on high for 2-3 hours
  6. Serve warm with ice cream

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