Archives for August 2011

Crock Pot Recipes and Tips

Apparently people want crock pot recipes, the Crock Pot Girls Facebook page went from 100,000 “likes” to 800,000 “likes” in a little over a week. Isn’t that crazy? The page is updated so frequently I’ve had trouble finding any crock pot recipes, but all the activity on the page tells me people want to use their crock pot!

I’ve been using my crock pot for years and our family has several favorite recipes. I’ve linked to the recipes below as well as added a few of my favorites around the web. Before you start cooking be sure to read a few of my tips for crock pot cooking listed below.

You Don’t Need a Fancy Crock Pot

I’ve had a basic crock pot for years. It has three settings, warm, low, and high. It was inexpensive and it works great! If you have a family my advice is to skip the technology and buy a bigger crock pot, you’ll always have leftovers.

In the Summer Put Your Crock Pot in the Garage

I’ve been telling people to put their crock pot outside for years, and they think I’m crazy but it works! During the summer the crock pot can heat up your house so put it on the porch or in the garage while cooking.

You Can Cook Frozen Meat in the Crock Pot

Although it isn’t my ideal way to cook, I have often placed frozen meat in my crock pot. I add an extra hour (at least) to the cooking time, but using frozen meat does not affect the taste at all.

Not All Crock Pot Recipes Contain Cream of Mushroom Soup

I’ve heard many people say that they don’t use the crock pot because all the recipes call for cream of chicken or mushroom soup. While many recipes do call for cream based soups most of my recipes do not! You can cook healthy food in the crock pot. 🙂

Start Your Meats on High in the Crock Pot

I can’t remember where I heard this (it might have been one of you) but someone said to start all your crock pot meats on high. Apparently if you start it on low it takes a while for the crock pot to heat up and during the heating time bacteria can grow. Now, I’m not sure if I believe this or if it is scientifically accurate… but I’d rather be safe than throwing up so I started cooking all my meats on high for the first hour or so.

I’ve noticed no difference in taste, but cooking times are shortened just a bit.

My Favorite Crock Pot Recipes


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Free Crock Pot Recipes Ebook

Don’t miss this free Crock Pot recipes cookbook from Mr. Food.

They are only asking for email address when you click and download the cookbook so that is pretty good! I looked through it quickly and I see several of my favorite recipes in this book so I think it will be a nice free resource!

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Cucumber Recipes

Cucumber is another vegetable is that is fairly easy to grow and can be grown in pots on a porch if you have minimal yard space.

Here are some yummy cucumber recipes to add to your recipe box.

Click on the photo or the recipe title to see the cucumber recipe.

Cucumber Mint Granita


Homemade Pickles

Quinoa Tabouli with Cucumber

Cucumber Gazpacho with Spiced Croutons

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumbers and Onions

Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Pineapple Salsa

Cucumbers Vinaigrette

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Menu Plan

We’ve started school and soccer so things are going to get busy around here for the next two months. It’s always challenging to balance healthy meals with nights away from home. There will probably be lots of crock pot and freezer meals over the next several weeks. If you have any great crock pot suggestions I’d love for you to share them!


Bull’s Eyes

served with bacon and orange juice

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

served with fruit


served with yogurt


Easy, No Rise Cinnamon Rolls

The Lunch List


Chicken Enchiladas

served with chips, homemade salsa

Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

served with fruit, chips

Pita Pizzas

served with salad, vegetables

Magarita Chicken (recipe coming soon)

served with black beans and rice

Tuna Noodle Casserole

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