Need good budget saver crock pot recipes.

Jackie - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am not creative with meals and crock pot meals would be so much easier than rushing at 5pm to fix up something good. Do you have good budget stretcher crock pot recipes? Please post

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Claudine - posted on 11/23/2008

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I forgot to add in the tenderloin recipe you can use the leftover juices to make a gravy, just add some flour (or wondra) and water

Claudine - posted on 11/23/2008

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I have a few:
This one I am making today (mmmm)
1 pork tenderloin (2+ lbs)
1 packet onion soup mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup red wine
3 tbs soy sauce
salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic)

Dry rub the tenderloin with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder
Sear the tenderloin in a pan for a few minutes all over
Put the tenderloin in the crockpot
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and put in the pan to deglaze
Pour the mixture over the tenderloin in the crockpot
Cook on low for 6 hours

Yummy!!

Next:
1 whole chicken (giblets and stuff removed)
1 stick butter (softened)
salt and pepper

Wash the chicken with tepid water
Pat the skin dry (or the butter will not stick)
rub butter all over chicken and a little inside too
sprinkle the salt and pepper all over and inside too
Cook in crockpot for 8 hours on low

Oh so tender, the meat just falls off the bone...you can add flavors to the recipe, sometimes I throw in some onions and garlic to create that flavor.

Lydia - posted on 11/22/2008

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Groundnut stew

Put in the crock pot:
* 1 1/2 lbs chicken (I use boneless thighs, but use whatever is on sale. Use 2 lbs if it's on the bone.)
* 2 onions, thinly sliced
* 1 lb sweet potatoes, diced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 small can tomato paste
* 3 cups chicken broth
* 1 Tbs chili powder
* 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
* 1 tsp red pepper flakes
Cook on high 4 hours, or low all day. Half an hour before serving, heat together
* 2 Tbs oil
* 1/2 cup peanut butter
Add to the stew, and continue to cook 20 minutes. Serve over whole grain rice.



Easy Crock Pot Chili

Brown * 1/2 lb ground beef (or ground turkey). Put in the crock pot with:
* 3 cans of beans with their liquid (or cook your own beans in the crock pot)
* 1 can diced tomatoes
* 1/2 packet Williams chili seasoning
Cook all day (at least 6 hours) on low. Serve over whole grain pasta, topped with cheddar,

Trisha - posted on 11/22/2008

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6 frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can sliced mushrooms
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Place frozen chicken breast halves in slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, combine soup, mushrooms, salt and pepper - mix until well combined - pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low setting for 10-12 hours. Serve over rice or pasta. Just add veggies to side!!!

Stephanie - posted on 11/22/2008

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My husband makes pot roast-super easy if he can do it!! All you really need is a roast that is the right size for your family and will fit, I think we usually use chuck roast but a cheaper meat. Put some potatoes cut into large chunks and baby, or cut carrots in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the meat on top. He just adds some water and seasoned salt, but it's also really good with broth or dry soup mix and water. We use a cup or so, enough so it stays moist. Set it on low in the morning, and it'll be good for dinner! The nice thing about this, and probably all crock pot food, is that you can change it easily. Add more veggies, take away the carrots, more or less liquid etc. There are tons of crock pot recipe books. I have one for herbed beef strognaoff too if you're interested, I have to find it!!

Gloria - posted on 11/21/2008

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My family really likes the new Chicken-in-a-Pot recipe. I take 1 and 1/2 cups whole grain rice, add 1-1/2 cups boiling water, spices (I use Trader Joe's 21 Seasonings) and 3/4 teaspoon salt and stir. Add veggies - 1 chopped onion, 4 chopped celery ribs, 1/4 head cabbage chopped, and 4 carrots cut to 1 inch chunks. Top with 4 raw chicken thighs (rinsed and patted dry), sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and spices. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours (until chicken is cooked to 165 degrees). I haven't tried it on low since I normally start it after lunch, but I assume it would work great. Of course, you can add the veggies that you like, and more to fill up the pot. The rice cooks with the chicken juices at the bottom into a tasty "mash." To serve, I remove the thighs then stir the remaining rice and veggies together and serve it all mixed up. I'm trying it with salmon tonight, with a little more liquid. We'll see how it turns out.

Joyce - posted on 11/21/2008

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I second the request for more recipes....I picked up a crock pot at a garage sale and would love to know how to use it....Thanks Teresa, I'm going to try your recipe.

Teresa - posted on 11/20/2008

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Oh, there are lots of good things to do with a crock pot! One of my favorites is a burger-barley stew. Brown some ground beef (seasoned with S & P and some minced onion) Drain off any grease - you can even rinse it in a strainer to make sure you get rid of the most fat. Put it in the crock pot with a large can of vegetable juice (V8 type - but I use generic). Add some sliced celery, onions, carrots, and cubed (unpeeled - but well-scrubbed) potatoes (can use red potatoes, too - but they'll cook faster) - and a little uncooked barley - like maybe 1/2 cup or so (it gets MUCH bigger as it cooks) Add a little chili powder, and a little water so that the broth is the consistency you want - but remember that the veggies will yield a little liquid as they cook, too. Cook all day, till the veggies are tender-crisp and the barley is done. Super good and flavorful!! Also, the barley gives it a kind of al dente pasta texture - but doesn't get mushy like pasta does. We eat this with some cornbread and butter. YUMMY!! Hope you enjoy.

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