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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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

I’m not a huge fan of pot roast in the slow cooker – I’d really rather just do a roast in the oven.  But this has been an out-of-control work month, and the slow cooker is about the only cooking that happened.  This was a really great recipe, actually, the red wine made a difference.  We had this with spinach and the veggies from the slow cooker.

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Crock Pot Chicken Pho

I admit that I was as skeptical of this as I was about crock pot Shawarma…pho at home is difficult at best, and pho in a crock pot?  That said, this was AWESOME.  Seriously.  Chicken pho is always easier to pull off, and this was pretty great.  Leftovers were equally awesome.  This originally came from Eating Well, and I didn’t make too many changes (though we used Shirataki noodles in place of rice noodles).

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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

We have been trying semi-successfully to make sure we have at least one meatless dinner a week.  I say “semi” because we keep aiming for Monday, and something happens, we get busy, and we end up grabbing something fast (and not veggie).  This worked out well, though – our first go at stuffed peppers in the crock pot, and we used Morning Star crumbles in place of ground beef or turkey.  We loved this!  I have always worried that stuffed peppers in the crock pot would be kind of mushy, but no problems.  We also used quinoa in place of rice and really liked that as well.  A do over for sure.

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Slow Cooker Pesto Ranch Chicken

This was a super easy and REALLY tasty slow cooker meal – get a quick veggie side ready and you’ve got a fast weeknight dinner.  It was perfect for a horse show night when I’m home  late – either one of us could have dinner whenever we roll in.   I thought this was interesting because a) it was a way to use the huge amount of pesto we have from our garden, and b) I like the flavors of ranch, but I don’t like salad dressing.  It was great!  We’d make it again for a quick dinner anytime, and this would probably be really nice with a whole chicken cut up – just skin it and you’d get light and dark meat in a very flavorful dish. You could really do any chicken with this, and I bet a pork loin would do well with the same seasoning.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma with Toum

So I’m not going to lie…I was skeptical about this one.  Shawarma in the slow cooker?  But we love the dish, and with a crazy horse show schedule, wildness at work, life, and the universe, the slow cooker is our friend right now.  So we gave it a try and were pleasantly surprised! This is not traditional shawarma, but it is a close approximation in the flavor category.  We gobbled it up for sure.  We made this with toum and Moroccan spiced steamed carrots (our own from the garden!) as a side – pretty delish dinner!  I’d do this one again with very little tweaking beyond double the amount of chicken at the start for more leftovers, and decrease the liquid a hair.  I might also try bone-in chicken next time for a bit more flavor.

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