Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

We’re in the depths of winter, and it’s time for some serious comfort food.  My first thought is soups and stews.  One of the easiest and heartiest meals, Beef Barley Soup with vegetables is even better when made in a crock pot. It’s filled with tender beef, hearty vegertables, and plump barley. You spend so little time for such a wonderful filling meal.   Put it on and leave it alone while you do something else.  Add crusty bread or rolls and dinner is served.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

This Pineapple Chicken is healthy, sweet, tangy, and easy to make. You probably already have many of the ingredients in your pantry.  During the holiday season you are busy with so much to do.  Put this on and in 5 hours on low dinner is almost ready. Serve with rice and a salad. I prefer brown rice, and it has so much more fiber and nutrition.  I have family who do not like it. Brown rice has a nuttier and chewier taste because of the bran, and I like that. The choice is yours or you could opt for cauliflower rice or quinoa.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Turkey & Pumpkin Chili

Autumn is pumpkin time in every sense of the word. Because it is crammed full of antioxidants, many of us believe that pumpkin can help to corral free radicals. To explain, free radicals allow certain kinds of cancer to quickly multiply and spread. Tests revealed that those who regularly consume foods containing alpha and beta carotene had a lower risk of contracting throat, pancreas, stomach and breast cancer. It make sense to try adding pumpkin to other foods to increase their nutritional value.  Of course, they also make everything taste good.  Last week I shared a black bean soup with pumpkin.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Roast Beef With Apples & Onions

When I think of fall, I think of a new crop of luscious apples.  I like all apples, but my favorite all around apple is the Gala.  They are crisp and sweet and one of the best for apple sauce, pressing for cider, salads, and just eating it for a small dessert. Today we’re adding apples and red onions to a slow cooker roast beef for the sweet tart flavor that hits the spot.  Now that’s the way to start the new autumn season.

 

 

 

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Slow Cooker Stewed Chicken

January is a cold month even here in Florida.  Cold weather always makes me crave comfort food filled with vegetables, broth, and protein.  I just love a single pot meal.  Today I’m using a crockpot to make stewed chicken.  If you are wondering what the difference is between chicken soup and chicken stew, the main difference is the amount of liquid versus the ingredients.  In soup your ingredients are usually floating in the broth while the hearty stew is filled with chunks of vegetables and meat with some broth.  Often when I plan on making chicken soup, it is in reality a stew.

 

 

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Today I’m going back to my slow cooker to cook a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. If you’ve never heard of swiss steak, it is a recipe that has been around for decades.  Swiss steak is made by braising, or slow-cooking a tougher cut of meat like round steak. The meat is traditionally tenderized by pounding with a mallet before slow cooking.  My mother always used cubed steak which does not need pounding. My recipe calls for cubed steak, but pounded round steak is great too.   First we’ll brown the meat and then add it to the crock pot with sauteed vegetables to simmer and make a mouth-watering tomato sauce.  You can adjust the vegetables to meet your family’s needs.

 

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