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Operetta
09-06-2012, 01:46 PM
I finally broke down and ordered a slow cooker (it'll be here tomorrow, thank you amazon!) but since I haven't used a crock pot since my mom had one back in the day I don't have many slow cooker recipes.

What are some good sites (or books!) to look at for recipes? (no allergies or dietary restrictions)

thanks!!

wife&mommy
09-06-2012, 05:10 PM
These two are good
A Year of Slow Cooking (http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/)
and
Home - Crockin' Girls (http://crockingirls.com/)

dbmamaz
09-06-2012, 05:46 PM
you can find tons of slow cooker recipes everywhere - i find them all the time on allrecipes.com. or just do a web search.

Yesterday I made this chicken, today i'm making a variation of this taco meat, and tomorrow i'm making baked beans from scratch in them. They are also fantastic for making broth out of a chicken or turkey carcass or even leftover bones from pork chops - i leave it in the pot w some celery and onion and bay leave for 24 hours. also, soak beans overnight then cook in the slow cooker for several hours - so tender! i especially love how hummus comes out that way

EmmaNadine
09-06-2012, 06:52 PM
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe - Allrecipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/detail.aspx)

This is fantastic. I make it regularly, and it's great reheated if there are extras.

AddlepatedMonkeyMama
09-06-2012, 07:11 PM
"Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook" by Beth Hensperger and slow cooker recipes from Cooking Light.

dbmamaz
09-06-2012, 07:51 PM
good one, cara, leave out the links. Chicken (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/kathys-delicious-whole-slow-cooker-chicken/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=kathy%20chicken&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page), um . . . ok, the taco meat is just 1-2 lb boneless turkey meat, a cup of broth (or slightly less), a cup of salsa, a packet of taco seasoning (ok, i make y own) - in the slow cooker for 4 hours at medium, shred, cook another 2 hours on low. leave the lid off if its too wet.

farrarwilliams
09-06-2012, 08:08 PM
"Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook" by Beth Hensperger and slow cooker recipes from Cooking Light.

I got that one and was really disappointed by it. Then again, I'm still not sure if the problem was the cookbook or the slow cooker. I still ahve the cookbook and I got rid of the slow cooker. But I haven't replaced it yet...

PixelGypsy
09-06-2012, 09:08 PM
Just tried this one out today: Chili Coke Roast (http://www.momswhothink.com/easy-recipes/chili-coke-roast.html) It went over great with everyone--which is really saying something in this household!

hockeymom
09-07-2012, 06:38 AM
Are there many vegetarian things to make with one? I'm toying with the idea so I can cook dried beans and not rely on canned, but it would have to be very, very useful in order for me to justify adding another thing to my kitchen. I rarely see veggie meals mentioned (other than soups).

Pefa
09-07-2012, 09:16 AM
Amazon.com: The Italian Slow Cooker (9780547003030): Michele Scicolone: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Italian-Slow-Cooker-Michele-Scicolone/dp/054700303X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347023412&sr=1-1&keywords=italian+slow+cooker) (sorry links and I aren't working together today) has at recipes for things like frittatas and other vegetarian stuff. While I do think that slow cookers are fantastic for beans, may not be worth it if that's all you're going to use it for.

Operetta
09-07-2012, 11:39 AM
Thanks for all the awesome suggestions, everyone! I'll try these books from the library and I think I'll be spending some quality time on those sites and pinterest this week.


Are there many vegetarian things to make with one? I'm toying with the idea so I can cook dried beans and not rely on canned, but it would have to be very, very useful in order for me to justify adding another thing to my kitchen.

I would have to say, from what I've seen so far, no. I will be using my slow cooker for things like baking potatoes and squash, but that's because we don't have ac and I can't really use the oven 5-6 months out of the year. Beans I make on the stovetop now, I actually doubt I will do them in the slow cooker. soaking them overnight and then cooking them covered is too easy!

opheliag
09-07-2012, 11:55 AM
Are there many vegetarian things to make with one? I'm toying with the idea so I can cook dried beans and not rely on canned, but it would have to be very, very useful in order for me to justify adding another thing to my kitchen. I rarely see veggie meals mentioned (other than soups).

I haven't seen a whole lot. We are vegetarians, and I use my crockpot mainly to bake potatoes or cook chili. I use my pressure cooker a whole lot more; beans cooked in the pressure cooker are amazing. Vegweb has recipes for the crockpot, but they are still mainly stews or soups. Search results for "slow cooker" | VegWeb.com, The World's Largest Collection of Vegetarian Recipes (http://vegweb.com/search/vegweb/slow%20cooker?f)[0]=im_field_recipe_category%3A14548

hockeymom
09-07-2012, 12:02 PM
I would have to say, from what I've seen so far, no.

Thats generally what I thought. Thanks! :)

jess
09-07-2012, 12:48 PM
Just tried this one out today: Chili Coke Roast (http://www.momswhothink.com/easy-recipes/chili-coke-roast.html) It went over great with everyone--which is really saying something in this household!

The idea of using Coke has always kind of fascinated me, but I've never tried it. Too many people doing low-carb diets at my house. Maybe I'll try it on some rare occasion when it's just me and the kids. That would win me Mommy Points :p.

mom2samtheman
09-07-2012, 04:31 PM
I second allrecipes.com, it is my favorite place to go for recipes. I literally won't use anything else.

My hands down fave recipe for slow cooker:
Cajun pot roast:

Pot roast
1 large jar of salsa
Spray inside of slow cooker with nonstick spray
Put meat in
Pour jar of salsa over meat

Cook approx 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low

Tee
09-07-2012, 06:05 PM
Feeling super lazy today, so I threw this together from stuff we had and everyone liked it.

Crock Pot Tacos

Toss the following in the pot:

small diced onion
small can hatch chilis
can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1.5 lbs lean ground beef, salt and peppered
(cook above on high until meat is brown/not raw looking)
then add 1 package of taco seasoning or make your own and stir
(cook on low till whenever you get home)
then add 1 can yellow corn, drained
(continue cooking till everyone's hungry)

Serve in crispy shells or soft tortillas with whatever topping options your family likes (cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado . . .)

Operetta
09-08-2012, 03:15 PM
Are there many vegetarian things to make with one? I'm toying with the idea so I can cook dried beans and not rely on canned, but it would have to be very, very useful in order for me to justify adding another thing to my kitchen. I rarely see veggie meals mentioned (other than soups).

You know, I have to go back on what I said before - I didn't see much online, but when I went to find some books at the library I found there are a lot of vegetarian and vegan slow cooker cookbooks. Just search at amazon or in your library's catalog (Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker was the one I liked best personally), and there is a lot more than soup and beans in the ones I saw.