Monday, August 3, 2015

a year and a half late Thanksgiving Soup

a year and a half late: this is the Tuscan White Bean Soup recipe that I made for my All Crock Pot Thanksgiving in 2013:
Cooking Light Tuscan White Bean Soup


6 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson) 
1 1/2 cups chopped onion 
1 cup diced carrot 
1 cup diced celery 
garlic cloves, chopped 
fresh thyme sprigs 
bay leaf 
12 ounces dried Great Northern beans 
3 cups kale, stemmed and chopped 
2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste 
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 pound hot Italian sausage links, casings removed 
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shaved (about 1/4 cup)


1. Place first 8 ingredients in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours. Discard thyme and bay leaf.
2. Stir kale, tomato paste, and salt into bean mixture. Shape sausage into 32 meatballs; arrange on top of bean mixture. Cover and cook on HIGH 30 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked. Stir in juice. Divide soup among 8 bowls; top with cheese.

Monday, July 27, 2015

3 Ingredient Chicken & Potatoes

This super simple 3 ingredient Chicken & Potatoes dish can be found on: Homemaking Hacks blog


Perfect weeknight meal. Tasty and simple creamy potato chicken with only 3 ingredients!
You can really go to town with a basic recipe like this. Using cream of chicken soup to bring flavor and creaminess, it enables you to add and play around with ingredients and spices to make it something your whole family will be asking for again and again. My son particularly loved the potatoes in this dish, so I’ll be adding it to my rotation. This Chicken and Potatoes Slow Cooker Recipe is great with a nice fresh veggie salad served alongside it for a wonderful and simple rounded off meal for busy nights.
Chicken and Potatoes Slow Cooker Recipe
  • 16-20 Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes (or other thick small/baby potatoes)
  • 1.5 lbs Boneless Chicken Tenderloins or Thin Sliced Chicken Breast
  • 2 - 10.75 Oz Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
Place potatoes in the bottom of slow cooker, evenly place the chicken on top and then cover with the cream of chicken soup. Sprinkle desired about of salt and pepper on top. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6.5 hours.. Do a taste test to determine if your dish could use a little more salt & pepper. This simplistic recipe relies on the seasonings to kick up the flavor. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ninja's Dry-Rubbed Roasted Turkey with Sweet Chili

For last year's (2014) All-Cropckpot Thanksgiving I made this Dry-Rubbed Roasted Turkey with Sweet Chili Sauce from the Ninja Crockpot's recipe book... it was great! (See below for the link)

If you don't have a Ninja, you can use the same recipe but cook on the stovetop and then the oven following the directions below.
A spiced, sweet dry rub seasons the turkey before it’s seared in the pot. It’s pan-roasting, but with an all-in-one appliance that doesn’t heat up your kitchen!

Not the best photos - but it tasted fantastic!


1 tablespoon sugar,
1 teaspoon salt,
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon,
1 teaspoon garlic powder,
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed,
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin,
1 package (24 ounces) boneless turkey breast tenderloins,
2 tablespoons olive oil,
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce,
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Stir sugar, salt, cinnamon, garlic powder, thyme, and cumin in bowl. Brush turkey with 1 tablespoon oil. Rub turkey with sugar mixture. 
  2. Pour remaining oil into pot. Set to STOVETOP HIGH and heat oil. Add turkey to pot. Cook uncovered 15 minutes or until browned on both sides. Remove turkey from pot. 
  3. Place roasting rack into pot. Place turkey on rack. Set OVEN to 350°F for 10 minutes, checking after 8 minutes. Cover and cook until turkey is cooked through. Remove turkey from pot and let stand 5 minutes before slicing. 
  4. Stir chili sauce and Worcestershire sauce in bowl. Serve chili sauce mixture with turkey.

See more at: Ninja Kitchen Recipe Link

Monday, November 24, 2014

Apple-Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving!

in 2013 I made an Apple-Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving that was delish!

  • 4 medium Gala apples, peeled, cored, quartered & sliced
  • 1 (12 oz) package fresh cranberries
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
  1. Place all of the apple pieces and cranberries in a large bowl and stir in brown sugar and orange zest.
  2. Pour orange juice into the bottom of a large crockpot (slow cooker) and add the apple mixture.
  3. Cover, turn the crockpot setting to Low, and cook for about 8 hours, stirring occasionally and breaking up the apple slices and cranberries with a wooden spoon as they soften.
  4. Stir in crystallized ginger. Taste and add an additional tablespoon or two of brown sugar if you find the sauce to be too tart.
  5. Serve warm or room temperature.

This post was taken from:

As promised: Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Last year, as you may have read, I had an ALL-CROCKPOT-Thanksgiving

As promised, I will try to share as many of those recipes as possible this Thanksgiving week!

This was the stuffing recipe I used from Taste of Home:

Taste of Home Crockpot Stuffing

Outback's Baked Potato Soup

its getting cold outside, and nothing is better than warming up with some soup!

I found this recipe that pretty closely parallels Outback's Baked Potato Soup, here you go:

1 30oz bag of frozen, shredded hash browns
3 14 oz cans of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 pckg cream cheese (not fat free - it won't melt)

Combine everything in your crockpot except the cream cheese - cook on low for 6-8 hours.
1 hour before serving add the cream cheese!

Serve with your favorite loaded baked potato items!

(recipe courtesy of Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour blog)

Friday, November 21, 2014

an ALL Crock Pot Thanksgiving!

Last year, 2013, I finally realized one of my life goals:
an ALL Crock Pot Thanksgiving.

in the past, we have used a crock pot here or there, but my mother would never allow every. single. dish. to be prepared in a crockpot...

Last year I hosted my OWN Thanksgiving for the very first time, and below you can see how glorious it actually was.

Thats 7 crockpots. Count them!

I never posted all the recipes like I had planned, but I will try to do so between now and Thanksgiving 2014, next week!

From the left, I made Turkey in my ninja, stuffing, white bean soup, an apple cranberry sauce, collards, green beans, and last but certainly not least, mashed potatoes.

Happy Crocking and Happy Thanksgiving!