Crock-Pot Cuisine: Quick Homemade Dinners

The more I try Crock-Pot® Cuisine meals the more I like them. I cannot tell you how I wish I would have known about these when Commander was deployed. I would have loved a culinary break from pizza and cereal.

This month we tried Roasted Chicken and Herbed Dumplings and Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken.

The roasted chicken was absolutely delicious. It was a huge hit with the kids and we didn’t have anything leftover (which was disappointing as I would have liked some for lunch!) I would highly recommend this meal, with one caveat. You cook the meat first and then add the dumplings towards the end of cooking. So you can’t breeze into the kitchen at the end of the day and open the slow cooker and eat.

Since I’m throughout the day it wasn’t an issue, but I wanted to give you a head’s up since some people make these meals when they won’t be home until dinner.

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Once again, the vegetables were cooked to perfection. The chicken was moist, and the dumplings were very tasty.

Our next meal was Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken. I wasn’t sure if the kids would love this one since it was a bit spicy, but it was delicious. This meal you can start in the crock pot and walk away for eight hours.

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We actually had to push back dinner the night we made this and it ended up sitting in the slow cooker for an extra 2 hours on warm. It still tasted great and we didn’t have any leftovers.

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Here’s how Crock-Pot® Cuisine works. You order your meals through the website. They currently have seven meals to pick from, but new meals are being added soon.

Current meals available are:

  • Layered Beef Lasagna
  • Rustic Beef Stew
  • Sesame Ginger Chicken
  • Roasted Chicken and Mini Herbed Dumplings
  • Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken
  • Lemon Herb Chicken

After your order is placed your meals will arrive at your doorstep in a few days.

This is a great service for someone who has just had a baby, or is recovering from a medical procedure. Even if you don’t have time (or are not close enough) to take a meal, you can send them four delicious Crock-Pot® Cuisine meals.

If you are interested in trying Crock-Pot® Cuisine you can save 25% off your first order by using the code CPC25BLOGD. This code is only valid until March 31, 2014 so don’t delay!

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New Eggo Bites: Quick Breakfast Option

This post is brought to you by Eggo Bites. All opinions are my own. 

I love a homemade breakfast more than just about any other homemade meal. For years, when my children were younger, we would often enjoy lazy homemade breakfasts. Now we have a full schedule, co-ops, tutorials, work, and seven kids who all would sleep until noon if I let them.

This means that I spend a good amount of time just getting them up every day. (I’m talking about my little kids – not the big ones). My little kids are late sleepers, and nowadays when we are trying to fit in everyone’s activities we can’t afford to sleep until the mid morning around here.

All this means that most weekdays we are rushing through breakfast to get started on our day, especially on co-op days. My kids like cereal, but I also like to have different options for them because they get tired of eating the same thing every day.

Last week we tried the new Eggo Bites and they were a huge hit.

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What’s nice about these little individual packs are that they heat in 30 seconds in the microwave. My younger kids had no problem helping themselves to breakfast and I didn’t have to worry about them burning the house down.

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My son loved the French toast (one of his favorite breakfasts) and since they are ready to eat they don’t even need syrup. Another bonus, no sticky fingers.

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See the crazed child in earmuffs? That is how they wake up in the morning. :-)

If you are looking for a fast breakfast that the kids can prepare on their own, try the new Eggo bites. They are perfect Spring Break, vacations, or any busy morning when making breakfast isn’t the first thing on your to-do list.

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Cooking for Comfort: Free Ebook & $1 off Pork Coupon - I'm not sure I can date someone who doesn't love bacon.

Looking for some great pork recipes this holiday season? Download Cooking for Comfort, a free cookbook, and receive a coupon for $1 off fresh pork while supplies last. 

This holiday season enjoy some of your favorite comfort foods thanks to The National Pork Board’s Cooking for Comfort, e-Cookbook.


Cooking for Comfort, features time-honored favorites and new twists on classics from James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, BBQ expert and author Ray Lampe and leading food bloggers, the free cookbook highlights some of the tastiest ways to warm up with pork.

This free cookbook contains twenty-nine recipes including my absolute favorite, BBQ and mac and cheese. You need to download this cookbook for this recipe alone!

Other favorites include crock pot rosemary pork loin and smoky pork, bacon, and white bean chili. You’ll also find a guide to cooking pork and a cuts chart.

Download your free copy today!

Don’t forget you can connect with pork on social media, I mean who doesn’t want to talk about bacon all day?

  • The National Pork Board on Twitter (@allaboutpork)
  • The National Pork Board on Facebook
  • The National Pork Board on Pinterest

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of the National Pork Board. Opinions and text are my own.



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Cooking 101 for Kids: Exclusive Coupon Code

Being able to cook is a valuable life lesson that kids should learn.  Have you put off teaching your kids to cook because you’re not sure where to start?  Are you unsure about how to teach your kids to cook?

Cooking 101 for Kids was written by my friend Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

The eBook covers how and what to teach your kids.  It includes pictures of kitchen tools and ingredients to help them learn.  It also includes links to videos that you and your child can watch.  The videos show her kids performing basic cooking tasks.

The last part of the book contains kid friendly recipes that are easy to make.

This book will help you teach your kids about:
  • Measurements
  • Tools and Common Ingredients
  • How to Follow a Recipe
  • How to Make Breakfast
  • Snacks, Appetizers and Side Dishes
  • Desserts and Treats

The book sells for $4.99, but as readers of The Happy Housewife, you can enter the code HAPPY  to receive $2 off.  $2.99 is a small price to pay for an important life lesson.

Get your copy today.

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