Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Always on the lookout for new crockpot recipes to try, and this one was very good.  Easy and a good riff on the takeout classic.  I might add a hair more garlic and some Sriracha next time, but just being picky.  You could serve this over rice or noodles, but we actually just had it on its own and enjoyed it that way.

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Andouille Sausage and Black Bean Chili

I have had a chorizo/black bean chili recipe from Cooking Cooking light saved forever.  But of course when I go to actually make it, the store is out of chorizo.  Andouille seemed like it would also go well, and actually it was pretty good!  This was a mish-mash of two similar Cooking Light recipes in the end, and I altered it for the crock pot.  It has made a great freezer meal, and the only thing I would change is next time, I would not add the sausage until the last hour or so of cooking – just to heat it through.  It lost some flavor in the crock pot all day.

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Beer-Steamed Clams

Steamed clams are one of our favorites, since we both grew up on steamers.  It’s hard to find them down here, but we did get some cherrystones today, and they were great steamed in a beer, garlic, and parsley broth.  We had this with corn on the cob, grilled kielbasa, and a baguette to soak up the broth – a great end of summer dinner. 🙂  And it doesn’t get much easier than steamed shellfish!

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Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Drumsticks

Summertime slow cooker recipe trial and error continues, and I have to say that we really enjoyed this one.  Next time, I might thicken the sauce for a bit longer afterwards to get a better coating, but this was pretty great even with a watery sauce.  The leftovers were awesome as well!  We had this with zucchini and summer squash, because we are pretty much drowning in both. 😉slowcookerdrummies

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Spicy Chicken Kabobs

Missy sent me this really excellent chicken marinade, and we had to give it a try.  It’s Asian-y and delicious.  We made a few changes, cut back on the spice a bit because we’re not huge on heat, and added a couple of cloves of garlic.  It was great and we’ll definitely do it again – the leftovers for lunch will be awesome.  We had it with some bok choy as a side.

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Seared Scallops with Lemon and Dill

We were looking for a quick, light weeknight summer meal and this was great.  I feel like there are only so many ways to prepare scallops (my preference is always seared), but we really liked this sauce!  From Bon Appetit, I made it pretty much as listed except I dusted the scallops with flour for a nice sear, and cut out the lemon peel – we don’t love things too lemony.  We had this with sautéed squash from our garden and some steamed broccoli (and some of the wine used to cook the scallops 😉 ).

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Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Busy week, so lots of slow cooker meals! I’ve been semi-skeptical of a turkey breast in the crock pot, but it actually came out quite well! If you’re looking for nice, crispy, Thanksgiving skin, this is obviously not the right way to go – but the meat was very flavorful and it was a great weeknight meal with tons of leftovers. Definitely one way to avoid dried turkey breast! We’ll use it again for sure.  I used a mixture of ideas around the interwebs, and threw this together with some carrots, onions, and potatoes.

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Slow Cooker White Beans and Kielbasa Stew

I was looking for some kind of new slow cooker recipes, since I tend to repeat the ones we have quite often.  I found this on Real Simple, and though it’s more hearty fall/winter than an 80-degree day in May kind of meal, it was still good, and it was easy – both important on late barn nights.  Definitely worth making again, though I might wait until it’s a bit chilly again. 😉

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Rosemary Chicken Salad

This has possibly become one of my new favorite things.  Inspired by a cute picture of chicken salad stuffed mini peppers, I went looking for a good recipe for our Kentucky Derby party a few weeks ago.  I’ve never actually made it, or gravitated towards it.  But this was outstanding, and we’ve now had it both in the mini peppers and as lettuce wraps for lunch.  Easy to keep on the light side, we’ll make this again and again.  This is from Cooking Light.

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Grilled Leg of Lamb

We always make enough for for an army on Easter, and we were very excited to actually host it this year!  We decided to do somethings besides ham, since that’s not everyone’s thing, and a leg of lamb sounded great.  The problem for us is that our oven is not that big – a ham and sides and we’re done.  This was perfect as it was meant for the grill.  We really enjoyed it, and it was not only easy, but surprisingly quick to cook!  We got this from an old Gourmet magazine.  Only changes made were that we did not use the skewers described in the recipe, and we marinated overnight.

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