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Tis the Slow Cooker Season

I just dusted off my slow cooker and I'm looking for some healthy recipes and tips on how to avoid ruining food. My last attempt was disastrous and my little pork tenderloin didn't stand a chance.

Wed. Nov 7, 11:10am

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LOVE my slow cooker

Just yesterday I threw in few pork chops and a can of saurkraut(sp?) on low for 6 hours. Not the most elaborate dinner, but when I walked in the door at 5:30 and was able to serve it with bagged salad at 5:40 I was thrilled. :)

Sometimes I put in chicken breasts with veggies like peppers and canned diced tomatoes.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 12:35 PM

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healthy turkey tenderloins with cream of mushroom soup (I use a healthy marinade instead) and let is sit. when you come home, you're ready to eat.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 12:37 PM

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I just brought out the slow cooker this morning, for my famous beef stew:

beef cubes for stew (pre-cut in the meat section of my grocery store)
1 package frozen stew vegetables
1 package sliced mushrooms

I sprinkle some barley on the bottom of the slow-cooker, and sprinkle in a littl beef bouillion. Then I add the stew veggies and beef cubes, and sprinkle a little more beef bouillion. Then I add the sliced mushrooms, and sprinkle a little beef bouillion on the top. Then I fill the crockpot with water until I can see it, but it doesn't cover the top layer of food (the mushrooms get seriously yummy when they're "steamed" with the bouillion melting into them on top!) and cook on "low" all day. When I get home, yum!! Great as leftovers too.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 12:44 PM

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Whole "roasted" chicken

I make a while chicken in the slow cooker and it's fall off the bone tender.

Take a whole chicken and remove the pouch if innards, stuff bird with 1/2 bulb of garlic (cut across the middle to expose all the cloves), 1/2 lemon and salt. In the bottom of the crock put 1 chopped potato, 1 chopped onion and a bag of baby carrots. Put the chicken on top. add 1/4 cup of water. Coat the top of the chicken with a mixture of seasoned salt, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Cooks for 4 hours on high or 8 on low.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 1:21 PM

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In general, watch out for recipes that use cans of soup - they taste great, but are full of calories! Look for ones with broths for the liquid instead. It takes some getting used to, but they're good too!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 2:59 PM

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I should use my crock pot more often. I need to start planning my meals instead of trying to figure out what to eat when I get home at night.

I have a question about the crock pot. My husband doesn't like my using the crock pot because he's worried that it might start a fire. Has anyone ever heard of a fire being started by a crock pot?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 3:39 PM

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We put a garlic pork roast in for the whole day with a can of Rotel tomatos, a can of Hatch green chili (very low fat/calorie) and salsa. Then shred and put in small soft warm corn tortillas and add lettuce, it's amazing!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 3:40 PM

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Crock pots are basically designed to be on all day, so they are not going to set a fire.

If your husband is concerned, maybe take him to a fancy appliance store and have one of the people there walk him through how it works. Of course, if he's the type who just doesn't want anything plugged in while not at home, then he may not be agreeable.

A slow cooker on low only heats to around 200 - 250 degrees, or something around that range. It's not the same as leaving the oven on, though many people will leave the oven on time-bake or delay-start when they leave the house too!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 4:30 PM

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To the soup poster - nowadays, you can find a low fat/low sodium/low calorie version of almost any kind of soup. You can get cream of mushroom soup with less than 200 cals in a can. And crockpot meals tend to last for many meals. So you can still do soups w/o ruining the calorie count of the meal; you just have to be careful and read labels.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 4:32 PM

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I used to be worried about leaving my crockpot on when I wasn't at home but after using it several times while I was at home and seeing that there were no problems I stopped worrying about it. Try using your crockpot on the weekends or sometime when you'll be home. After seeing it in action and getting used to it your husband might be more comfotable with the idea of leaving it on all day.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007, 5:15 PM

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