Ok, So I Got a Slow Cooker. Now What?

This is pretty much what my friend Shamika said a few days after Christmas. I am always talking about meals that I am throwing in the slow cooker. I decided to surprise her with a slow cooker for Christmas. She is very busy with school, work and two kids so I figured it would be perfect for her. The only problem was she had no idea what to make with it.  I told her about a few of my favorite recipes:

Creamy Chicken

  • Frozen chicken breast
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • minute rice
  • water

Combine it all in the the slow cooker and you have dinner.

Chicken Soft Tacos

  • frozen chicken breast
  • taco seasoning

Slow cook on low . Serve with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream

I am always looking for new recipes to try out, so I thought I would share a few here.

The slow cooker is a great way to experiment. Sometimes I just add whatever we have in the house and make it work.  I like to add chicken or pork chops and put seasoning rub on it. That tastes really good and a fun way to try different flavors.

Do you have a slow cooker? What is your favorite meal to cook in it?

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  • Reply Shop with Me Mama

    I use to have a slow cooker and used it ALL the time, until my son dropped it on the floor, the inside part, and shattered it 🙁 I was sooooooooooooooooooo upset, omg. 🙁 I need to get a new one. This one sounds pretty neat! I always made soups and stews in mine.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:06 am
    • Reply Tricia

      I can not even imagine what I would do if mine broke. I just might cry. I wonder if my kids would eat some stewe, they are pretty picky.

      February 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    LURVE my slow cooker.

    I use it at least once a week.

    My favorite recipe is for pulled pork tenderloin:

    1 pork tenderloin
    2 tb of garlic/pepper/salt seasoning
    1/4 C of Worcestershire sauce
    1 bottle of dark beer
    1/2 to full bottle of favorite bbq sauce

    Put the tenderloin in the crockpot; pour the W. sauce over the meat and then sprinkle the spices over the meat. Pour the beer in. Turn on low and let cook for 4-6 hours. Remove the majority of the cooked juices. Shred the meat and add the bbq sauce — feel free to add the cooked juices back in if it needs more liquid.; turn on to low and allow the flavors to meld for 30 minutes to an hour.

    Serve on toasted buns.


    February 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm
    • Reply Tricia

      This sounds pretty good. I don’t think I have had Worcestershire sauce before. I do know I can not pronounce it, lol.

      February 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Anjanette/MommaYoung

    Both of those recipes sound delicious! Think i’ll try the creamy chicken first

    February 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply Tricia

      It is really good. Everyone likes to eat it and there is never any leftovers 🙁

      February 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy

    I do have a slow cooker, but to be honest, I don’t really cook with it much. I find that sometimes it’s harder to make healthier meals when I’m using the slow cooker.

    February 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I love my slow cooker so much. I like the set and forget, but I don’t like having to know the day before what I’ll be making. LOL

    February 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply Tricia

      I am such a last minute person. I try to always keep at least the ingredients for one slow cooker meal in the house. That has saved me plenty of times!

      February 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Robin @Rhode Island Mom Blogger

    I have to admit I very rarely use my slow cooker. I prefer to keep poking at things & make a nice mess of my kitchen 😛

    February 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    • Reply Tricia

      Lol. It is hard sometimes for me to walk past the slow cooker and not lift the lid. I am glad it is see through.

      February 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Annie @ Mama Dweeb

    Thank you for those links! I need more ideas.

    I am simple. Put a roast in there with garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, Worschetshire sauce and salt and pepper. YUM!

    February 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm
    • Reply Tricia

      I made a roast in it yesterday and it was so juicy and good! Today I made chicken cordon blue.

      Chicken breasts
      Ham slices or pieces
      swiss cheese
      cream of chicken soup
      stuffing mix (pour water and add butter to top)

      Layer everything in the order listed. Cook on low for 8 hours.

      Hubby loved it! Had two helpings!

      February 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Tammy

    I have two slow cookers, I ♥ using them so much.

    My favorite thing to make in them is a recipe that I tweaked for our family from a Year of Crockpotting website, I think it’s called Cheeseburger Chicken there, but we call it Chicken Ranch Teriyaki <– you combine teriyaki sauce with ranch salad dressing and pour it over the chicken – it sounds gross but it tastes SOOOO good together – then you top it with cheese. She also has bacon in her recipe but we leave that off. My family would eat that once a week if I made it that often 🙂

    February 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Penelope

    I love my slow cooker! It’s the easiest way to make dinner!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:14 am
    • Reply Tricia

      I want another slow cooker. I think 2 is the perfect number! This recipes sounds interesting. I love finding new ways to cook chicken in the slow cooker. Plus I really love bacon 🙂

      February 21, 2011 at 11:02 am
  • Reply jen

    Lots of great links here! Thanks for sharing these! Also love the post on what not to say to moms…some people really don’t understand how their words affect others. Stopping by from Relax and Surf Sunday….jen

    February 20, 2011 at 10:37 am
    • Reply Tricia

      Thanks for stopping by Jen, I appreciate it. I agree with about the words people say without thinking. Some words can stick with you for a long time. I am on my way to check out your site.

      February 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

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