TERIYAKI CHICKEN – SLOW COOKED

I have a stack of recently tried recipes on my desk that has collected a layer of dust.  I guess it’s time to get them posted versus dusting them.  I split the recipe into thirds since there are just the 2 of us and it fit perfectly into a small crock pot.

TERIYAKI CHICKEN
12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
5 teaspoons cornstarch
5 teaspoons cold water

  • Place chicken in crock pot.
  • Whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and pepper.
  • Pour over chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken to a serving platter, keeping it warm.
  • Pour soy sauce into a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch and cold water until smooth,
  • Gradually add cornstarch mixture to the soy sauce mixture, cooking until thickened.
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SLOW COOKED BUFFALO CHICKEN WRAPS

You want quick and easy?  You got it!
You want something super, duper tasty!  This is it!
This may be my new favorite meal.  It took very little effort and it was SO good!  I’ve actually made this several times and it seems to get better and better. 
My favorite is Frank’s buffalo wing sauce.  It’s a good flavor and it works perfect in this. 
I spooned a bit of light ranch over mine because I am a condiment junkie.  Hubs thought his was fine as it was.  Blue cheese would be good too.
Buffalo Chicken Wraps Recipe

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce
3/4 cup ranch dressing, light
10 – 100 calorie whole wheat tortillas
Lettuce

  • Place chicken and salt in the crock pot.  
  • Cover and cook for 6 – 7 hours on low.  
  • Remove chicken and empty crock pot of water. 
  • Shred the chicken and add back to the slow cooker.  
  • Mix ranch and buffalo wing sauce in a small bowl.  
  • Add the sauce to the chicken and stir.  
  • Serve on tortillas with lettuce.

Total calories = 2755 calories
10 servings = 276 calories per wrap

**I didn’t measure how much meat went on the tortillas but I THINK that we got 10 wraps out of this.

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Mongolian Beef & Broccoli in the Slow Cooker

We like to put meat and sauce on a pile of veggies rather than rice or noodles.  I figure, for the most part, rice is just there to catch the numminess of the sauce, right?  So I LOVE broccoli, and we steam a bunch of it and put our meat and sauces over broccoli. You could do this with any veggies.  Add more if you’d like. I’m not a carb hater, trust me, I love my carbs. I just choose them wisely and want to get the most out of them.  So in this awesome meal, we gladly skip the rice.
Don’t be scared off by the list of ingredients.  These all come together to make an incredible meal. Seriously. I’ve made this several times and we love it.  I totally end up eating way too much of it. 
Mongolian Beef and Broccoli Adapted from A Year of Slow Cooking1 1/2 pounds steak, something cheap3 cloves of garlic, minced
4 sliced green onions
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoon molasses
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
3 tablespoons splenda (or sugar)
1/4 cup cornstarch (to dredge meat)
1 pound broccoli

  • Slice your meat in thin strips and toss in a Ziploc bag with cornstarch. 
  • Add all of the liquid and dried spices to your crock pot, add the peanut butter, and mix well. 
  • Add the garlic, the sliced green onions and regular onion. 
  • Put your meat on top, and toss to coat.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours. The steak is thin and has very little fat, and will cook quickly. The meat is done when it is no longer pink and has reached desired tenderness. Mine was done in about 4 hours. 
  • Steam broccoli on stove top for 6 – 8 minutes with 1/2 cup water until desired crispness. 
  • Serve mongolian beef over steamed broccoli.
Total calories = 1485 calories
4 servings = 371 calories
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Try a New Recipe: Greek Lamb with Spinach and Artichokes

This is a slow cooker recipe I pulled out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine, I can’t remember which month/year. The recipe is a “Prize Tested Recipe” and is attributed to Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, MI (very close to my home town! imagine that).
This dish is excellent! It smells so good cooking all day long, and it is always wonderful to come home to dinner that is basically ready. I cooked mine for 8 hours, and it was perfect. I had a problem with the orzo~it’s too small to use any of my colanders. I strained it with the lid from the pot, which is always awkward. Oh well. It was a nice accompaniment. At the last minute, I forgot the feta cheese, but I suppose there is always next time, because there will definitely be a next time with this one. Yum!

 Greek Lamb with Spinach and Artichokes

Makes 6 servings

2 to 2 1/2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder roast
1 19-ounce can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon minced garlic (6 cloves)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
3 cups fresh baby spinach
3 cups hot cooked orzo (6 ounces uncooked)
Crumbled feta cheese (optional)

1. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat in 1-inch pieces. In a 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker stir together meat, beans, undrained tomatoes, garlic, salt, and oregano.

2. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Stir in drained artichoke hearts and spinach.

3. To serve, spoon lamb mixture over hot cooked orzo. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

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Chicken Chow Mein in the Slow Cooker

Want a healthy, delicious, low calorie meal that will fill you up?  Well, here it is.
This is one of our favorite meals.  I’ve modified it throughout the years. We seem to keep adding more and more veggies to it and it still turns out perfect. 
This makes a lot of food. It’s nice as it keeps in the frig and reheats nicely for lunches.  Plus, you can eat a lot for a small bit of calories and come away from the table completely satisfied. Now that’s my kind of meal.
Chicken Chow Mein Recipe
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast
1/2 cup water
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/2 pounds chopped onion (about 2 large)
1 1/2 pounds chopped celery (about 1 bag)
1/3 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup soy sauce
5 tablespoons molasses
2 cans bean sprouts, drained
2 cans water chestnuts, drained
1 can bamboo shoots, drained
2 red peppers, chopped
Put the chicken, water, bouillion cubes, onions and celery in crockpot.  Cook for 7 – 8 hours on low or until chicken is ready to shred. Shred chicken and add back into crock pot.
Add red peppers, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts to slow cooker.  Mix soy sauce, molasses and cornstarch in a small bowl and add to the pot. Stir to combine. Cook for about 1 hour on high until slightly thickened. 
Total calories = 2242 calories
15 cups = 150 calories per cup
2 tablespoons chow mein noodles = 30 calories
2 cups chow mein & 4 tablespoons noodles = 360 calorie dinner
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QUICK & EASY CHICKEN CHILI and CHEDDAR CHEESE BISCUITS

QUICK & EASY CHICKEN CHILI
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, frozen
2 cups homemade chicken broth, frozen
1 can cream of potato soup
1 jar dried beef, chopped
1 Williams chili mix package
1 can chopped green chilies
  • Place frozen chicken breasts on the bottom.
  • Pour green chilies over chicken pieces.
  • Top with cream of potato soup.
  • Top with frozen broth.
  • Sprinkle chili seasoning mix on top of chicken broth.
  • Top with beef pieces.
  • Slow cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce to low for 6 hours. Or cook on low 10 hours.
As the slow cooker heats up, the broth will melt absorbing the chili seasoning mix which will then be absorbed by the potato soup and by the end of the day you have a huge bowl of wonderful yummy goodness perfect for a crisp fall evening. Serve with cheddar cheese biscuits.

Hubby likes the biscuits a bit more done and the rest of us like them a little lighter! Either way they are really yummy.

CHEDDAR CHEESE BISCUITS
2 1/2 cups Bisquick
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 egg, room temperature
1 cup milk 
  • Combine Bisquick and seeds and mix well.
  • Add cheese and mix again. 
  • Whisk egg and milk together. 
  • Gradually add egg mixture to Bisquick mixture and mix until well blended. 
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto a well greased cookie sheet or use a mini-muffin pan.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
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TRY A NEW RECIPE: PORK STEW IN CIDER

This stew is so delicious, with pork, onions, apples, it is just perfect for fall. The recipe comes from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Of course I can never find hard cider in this almost virtually dry county (quite ironic that I live here, I know!) So I opted to use “Apple-Beer,” a non-alcoholic substitute. I can’t even find genuine apple cider here (non-alcoholic) either, so I thought Apple-beer would be an adequate substitute.
And, I was right! This stew with Apple-Beer is delicious! I was worried about the carbonation, but should not have been. The stew is savory yet sweet, and very filling. I served it with egg noodles, and one of our guests stated I should open a restaurant. You should make this today! It is a perfect fall stew, excellent. I will definitely make this again.

Pork Stew in Cider
Although the water chestnuts are optional, they add a nice, crunchy texture. The cider is an important ingredient. The alcoholic stuff is best, so look for a good brand, such as Dry Blackthorn.
Serves 6
Cooker: medium round or oval
Settings and cook times: HIGH for 20 minutes (optional), then LOW for 7 to 9 hours.
1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
1 large tart cooking apple, such as Granny Smith or pippin, peeled, cored and roughly cut into 1-inch cubes
One 8-ounce can whole water chestnuts (optional), drained and cut in half
1 ½ pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into ½-inch cubes
½ teaspoon salt
7 grinds of black pepper
1 ½ tablespoons rubbed sage
2 cups dry hard cider
Long-grain rice or egg noodles for serving
  1. Coat the slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the onion, apple, water chestnuts, and pork in the cooker; sprinkle with the salt, pepper and sage. Pour the cider over all. Turn to HIGH for 20 minutes, if you have time, to heat through.
  1. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours.
  1. Serve in shallow soup bowls with long-grain white rice or egg noodles.
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BBQ Cola Meatballs

Welcome to Healthy Meals on Our Krazy Kitchen.  I like to focus on real, everyday, satisfying meals that you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying!
I find meatballs adorable. They are like little mini meat loaves with a scrumptious sauce all around them. What’s not to love?  I’ve made meatballs different ways.  I’ve baked them, I’ve pan fried them. These, I did in the crockpot. (and the oven).  They were baked first, then I threw them in the crock pot.  
Then I made a delicious BBQ sauce with a unique sweetener. COKE! I thought that was awesome when I first saw it!!  I got this recipe from Kel from Between the Lines.  I’m always looking for new ways to prepare everyday food so when I saw this, I knew I had to try it!
Doesn’t that look awesome!!! They held together great so gently stirring wasn’t a problem. We ended up eating every last bit of the sauce!! They were made with ground turkey so they weren’t greasy at all.  I ate 7 of them and was quite full!! 
We ate this with a delicious Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese.  This was a fantastic meal!  Healthy and filling!

Barbecue Cola Meatballs

Adapted from Between the Lines

Meatballs:
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 1/4 cups bread crumbs (I used panko)
1 egg
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
1 (1 oz) package dry ranch style dressing mix

Sauce:
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup barbeque sauce
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup cola
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup green or red pepper, chopped
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a large bowl, mix together the meatball ingredients until well blended. Shape into meatball and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 turning them over half way.

Mix up the sauce ingredients in slow cooker. Remove meatballs from baking sheet and place in sauce in crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, then remove lid and cook for an additional 15 – 30 minutes before serving. Mine made 40 meatballs.

Total calories = 1922 calories
40 meatballs = 48 calories per meatball with sauce

7 BBQ Cola Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese = 582 calorie dinner
Check out the spaghetti squash mac and cheese and more healthy recipes at Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
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Try a New Recipe: Rosemary Cashew Chicken

This is a dinner we had while on vacation in Michigan (my brother actually prepared it because I was busy!) while the whole family was there. It was simple to put together, and delicious. It’s made in a slow cooker so it’s perfect for a hot summer night. There is a bit of hands-on time at the end, but it is worth it! (I did make the end sauce, and Number One sliced the onions, so it was a team effort!).
Rosemary Cashew Chicken
Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1/3 cup orange juice concentrate

1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons water

¼ to ½ cup chopped cashews

Hot cooked pasta

Directions:

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Combine onion, orange juice concentrate, rosemary, salt and cayenne; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken juices run clear. Remove the chicken and keep warm.

In a saucepan, combine flour and water until smooth. Stir in cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cashews. Pour over chicken. Serve with pasta.
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PORK CHOPS AND SCALLOPED POTATOES

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This is a tried and true recipe good for winter or summer because of the crock pot.  Recently we were asked out for my aunt’s birthday party.  At the last minute I was asked to prepare it at home instead.  What could I say but yes?  It is June in Texas though and I am miserable as my uncle believes he is freezing if you lower the thermostat below 80 degrees so I reallllllllllllllllllly didn’t want to turn on the oven, but needed a “Sunday” dinner meal for company.  That is what is so nice about this recipe – it looks like you slaved in the kitchen all day, but really I plugged it in and went to an air conditioned museum for a few hours.  But, shhhhhhhh don’t tell on me.  These are so yummy and they turn out super tender – you’ll be able to cut them with a fork.

4 extra thick pork chops
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
3 large russet potatoes
1 can cream of asparagus soup
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
4 ounces Land of Lakes block cheese*, cut into chunks

  • Melt butter in a large skillet.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper generously on both sides of chops.
  • Brown chops on both sides.
  • While chops are browning, wash the potatoes and slice into 1/4 inch.
  • Whisk together the soup, sour cream and milk.
  • Spray crock pot with PURE.
  • Layer potatoes slices, soup sauce and cheese chunks 2 or 3 times.
  • Lay pork chops on top.
  • Cook on low 4 hours.

*Velveeta works, but not nearly as well.

Try this Italian Green Bean & Tomato salad with this!

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