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In our modern fast paced world it is sometimes difficult to get good nutrition. Slow cooker recipes allows those on the go to prepare awesome meals that are ready when needed. By adding the necessary ingredients from the recipe into a slow cooker and setting the cooker to the appropriate cooking temp for the specified length of time, it creates a hearty meal that can be eaten and stored for later needed. Slow cooker recipes can save time and money.

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Table of Contents
Slow Cooker Recipes Made Easy
Chapter 1- What Is A Slow Cooker & Where Did It Come From?
Chapter 2- Is Cooking In A Slow Cooker Healthy?
Chapter 3- Great Tasting Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes
Chapter 4- Great Tasting Beef Slow Cooker Recipes
Chapter 5- Great Tasting Pork Slow Cooker Recipes
Chapter 6- Great Tasting Seafood Slow Cooker Recipes
Chapter 7- Great Tasting Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes
Chapter 8- Tips On How To Cook Great Tasting Meals In Your Slow Cooker
About The Author
Paleo Slow Cooker
Slow Cooker Cookbook
Introduction
Breakfast Recipes
Snack, Dessert, and Appetizer Recipes
Main Dish and One Dish Meals
5 Day Meal Plan -
Conclusion
Slow Cooker Recipes Made Easy: The Best 30 Slow Cooker Recipes For Easy Chefs
Easy To Prepare Slow Cooking Recipes
By: Jason Newland
Chapter 1- What Is A Slow Cooker & Where Did It Come From?

A slow cooker is a counter top appliance for the kitchen that uses electrically heated coils or strips to simmer food stock at low temperatures. It resembles a large bowel or pot, usually made from ceramic or porcelain material and equipped with a glass lid. The more familiar term is Crock Pot, which is a trademark name. The slow cooker is idea for preparing large stews, scratch soups and pot roast dinners. They rely on boiling rather than baking, frying or roasting and this requires much higher cooking temperatures. Equipped with a timer and temperature control, slow cookers can be left unattended for several hours and longer.
Slow Cooker Origin
The Naxon Beanery All-Purpose Cooker was developed by the Naxon Utilities Company of Chicago Illinois in early 1970. It was originally intended as a slow bean cooker and had a simple round design. It came with a fixed crock interior liner and a glass lid. The Rival Company bought the rights to the cooker in 1970, renamed it the Crock Pot and released its version to the market in 1971. Rival introduced a updated version of the Crock Pot in 1974 that had a removable stoneware liner that could be extracted and easily cleaned. Rival experienced sales of over $30 million in the flowing 10 years of production and sales. Another design change came with the shape of the pot offered in an oval configuration in 1997. A programmable temperature controlled Crock Pot was introduced in 2001, with the name Smart Pot. In 2003 an expanded version called the Recipe Smart-Pot was introduced which contained over 200 pre-programmed recipes that took the guesswork out of temperature settings and cooking duration. After its arrival and popularity in the following years, the slow cooker, or Crock Pot brand, has been acquired by Sunbeam Products, with brand variations put out by other companies such as General Electric, West Bend Housewares and Hamilton Beach.
Design Features
The most common shapes of the slow cooker are the basic round design and the oval or elongated version. The oval design accommodated the longer roast sizes. The interior pot material is made of slick porcelain or highly glazed ceramic that is most often surrounded by a metal shell. The heating element is typically located in the bottom or lower sides of the pot, allowing the heat to transfer to the interior cooking chamber. The pot lid can be solid or visible glass in either a semi-flat or arched design. The lid has a surrounding groove that collects heated vapor, functioning as an atmospheric seal. The slow cooker does not build up pressure like a pressure cooker, but operates at normal outside pressure. Slow cookers come in very small capacities as in 16 ounces, on up to larger models that may contain as much as seven quarts.
Slow cookers have controls in either digital or dial designs which have three or four settings, usually designated as low, medium and high, with some models equipped with a “keep warm” option. Temperature variations range from 170 degrees Fahrenheit to 200 degrees Fahrenheit in the low and high ranges receptively. The design nature of the slow cooker is two-fold; it serves as a container for food stock as well as provides a heat sink that keeps a steady and constant temperature. Since very little heat and vapor is expended to the atmosphere, the slow cooker saves energy by conserving its heat.
Cooking Operation
Slow cookers excel when a combination of raw foods are used in the contents. Such foods would include onions, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, meats, fish or poultry. The ingredients can be diced or left whole. The heating liquid can be water, a vegetable or meat stock or even a wine base. The height of the liquid is proportionate to the amount of ingredients, but works best when the ingredients are covered completely. Once the pot is filled, the cooker is switched on to the high setting of approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which allows a maximum cooking period. Some slow cooker models have an automatic step-down feature that reduces the heat to a lower setting once the initial cooking has been completed, while other models might need a manual adjustment after a certain time period. During the cooking and heating process the ingredients form a natural blend that distributes the overall flavor. The end result is a thick porridge or stew, boiled to a soft and tender consistency. Slow cookers retain their heat so well after being turned off that the food can be transported and served warn at a different location. The nature of the pot design on some models is spill-proof, allowing safe transportation in a vehicle or from indoor to outdoors.
The most sophisticated slow cooker models are programmable, which might include a start-cooking time delay for a person who might be absent but need to start the process automatically. Other models have programmable temperature sensors that begin the high cooking cycle and then stage down gradual through the lower settings.
The Benefits of Slow Cookers
Slow cookers show the best results when lesser grade meats are used. Meats with little muscle fiber and tough connective tissue break down more readily under prolonged boiling. Large bones and shanks that might have been thrown away are ideal for slow cooking, since the meat readily separates and contributes to the flavor.
Even on the highest setting, slow cooking rarely, if ever, burns food to the point of waste. The liquid or stock level is easily observed and maintained, even though very little evaporation is involved.
Including multiple vegetables and meats to the menu make the slow cooked meal the one and only course which negates the use of extra pans and pots to prepare other side dishes. Slow cooked meals can feed large families or small groups at one setting without the need of cooking extra portions. They also provide leftovers when left on the warm setting.
Chapter 2- Is Cooking In A Slow Cooker Healthy?
With busy work schedules, it's not uncommon to find a family who regularly uses a slow cooker. Before leaving for work in the morning, mothers and fathers prepare the recipe; push a button and the meal cooks throughout the day. By the time everyone is home, the dinner is ready. Along with the popularity of slow cookers, however, has come an increasing interest in health. Is it healthy to cook meals in a slow cooker? Well, it really depends on certain factors.
Cooking the Meat
Taking a package of raw chicken, dumping it into the slow cooker and then leaving it on low for eight hours might not kill all of the germs. Chicken needs to reach a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to be considered safe for consumption. Therefore, you may want to cook the chicken or other meat, on the stove top a bit before putting it in the slow cooker. In addition to heating it up, this process helps to brown the meat and give it more of a crisp.
Where Does the Moisture Come From?
Leaving food cooking all day can certainly have the opportunity to make it dry. As a result of this concern, some people pour butter and oil all over the meats they put into the slow cooker. Generally, meats in the slow cooker wind up basting in their own juices, so it's not usually necessary to put in these extra liquids. Of course, butters and oils add plenty of fats to the food, and you don't want that in a healthy diet. If you must add more moisture t to the slow cooker, light butter and extra virgin olive oil are better alternatives. You can also add some low sodium and/or low fat chicken broth into the slow cooker.
Avoiding the Dreaded Processed Foods
One of the positives of the slow cooker is that basically all of the foods are fresh. You don't take something out of the freezer and cook it in here. Many people turn to frozen foods and prepared meals because they are an excellent way to save time in the evening. However, they do not realize that even the healthiest of these meals are loaded with sodium. This is bad for the blood pressure, and it makes people retain water. Fortunately, when it comes to slow cooker meals, this issue does not have to be of concern. From tomatoes, onions and other vegetables to chicken and other lean cuts of meat, slow cookers are the perfect avenue for a healthy alternative. Of course, loading on ketchup or other sauces will immediately bring down the health value of meals cooked in such a manner.
Trying out New Recipes
Back in the old days, or even as recently as just a few years ago, individuals thought it was possible to only make some very basic dishes in the slow cooker. As a result, they might have wound up eating a lot of heavy meats, intense stews or thick chilis. Slowly, however, individuals are learning that it's really possible to make an array of different foods in the slow cooker. For example, you could make a healthy soup full of fresh vegetables and homemade chicken stock, or you could even make vegetarian lasagna. Depending upon certain medical needs, your definition of healthy might be a little bit different than someone else's. In the 21st century, it is entirely possible to make healthy foods in the slow cooker.
Breakfast Time
Speaking of new recipes, the slow cooker also gives you the opportunity to have healthier breakfasts. How often do you pick up food at a drive-thru on your way to work, or choose to have something that is full of sugar? People tend to engage in these practices because it is quick and fairly inexpensive. However, it's no lie that breakfast is extremely important, and this meal helps you to receive the nutrients you need for the day. With a slow cooker, you can actually prepare breakfast the night before. Put all of the ingredients in, and just let it cook overnight. Finding some healthy recipes ensures that you're waking up to a meal that is full of nutrients that you need.
Going Overboard with the Seasoning
Since so much moisture is in the slow cooker and because it is cooking for such a long time, people often realize that the food needs to have a lot of seasoning on it. Now, you might not think that it's possible to have too much seasoning, but, indeed, it is a food crime that can be committed. Many seasonings are not going to affect the ultimate health value of the food. However, salt is a major culprit. As noted earlier, too much sodium can make you retain water, and it can have a negative effect on your blood pressure. Try to take it easy with the salt, and choose healthier seasonings instead of that one.
Slow cookers are extremely versatile, and you can really cook any meal of the day in them. Of course, all of this easy cooking is going to make you wonder if making meals in the slow cooker is really healthy for you and your family. The short answer is that yes, it can be. However, you need to make sure you are using healthy ingredients and cooking the meals in the appropriate way to achieve the maximum health value.
Chapter 3- Great Tasting Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes
The easiest way to save time during your busy day is to cook your dinner in a slow cooker. Chicken is especially versatile when cooked in the slow cooker. Most traditional recipes can be transformed into slow cooker recipes with a little practice. Each recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare, but the end result is a delicious meal your family will love. A quick Google search will reveal a multitude of great tasting chicken recipes for the slow cooker, and many family favorites have been converted to the slow cooker. Some family favorites are Orange Chicken, Chicken Soup, Chicken Fajitas, and Faux Rotisserie Chicken.
Orange Chicken
Orange Chicken to rival any found in a Chinese restaurant can be created in your slow cooker with a few standard ingredients. Dredge your chicken in flour, and pan fry before adding to the slow cooker. This will help the orange sauce stick better. Mix orange juice, ketchup, and brown sugar together and pour over top. Add red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to taste. The sauce will thicken as the chicken cooks in your slow cooker. This dish is best served with fried rice and stir fried vegetables.

Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup is good for fighting colds and other illnesses, but no one feels like slaving over a hot stove when they are sick. Chop your chicken and add to the slow cooker. Dice carrots, celery, onion, and green bell peppers and add to the slow cooker. Cover the chicken and vegetable mixture with water or chicken stock. The chicken will cook, and the vegetables will soften as the mixture cooks. The broth will become flavorful and tasty. Near the end of the cooking process, taste the broth to see if more salt is needed. Most chicken stocks are already salted, and adding more salt should be done with caution. Add dry pasta or rice to your preference about an hour before the cooking process is complete.
Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Fajitas are a favorite among many families because they can be customized to fit each family member's preferences. To prepare chicken fajita meat and vegetables in the slow cooker, you will need to slice boneless skinless chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. Add the chicken pieces to the slow cooker. Slice green and red bell peppers and yellow onions. Add the onions and peppers to the slow cooker on top of the chicken. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour enough water into the bottom of the slow cooker to cover the chicken. After the chicken and vegetables are thoroughly cooked, drain the extra liquid from the dish. Chicken fajita meat and vegetables are most commonly served on flour tortillas. Each fajita can be customized with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or roasted vegetables. Side dishes can include rice, refried beans, and chips with cheese dip.
Faux Rotisserie Chicken
One of the best ways to cook an entire chicken in the slow cooker is by making Faux Rotisserie Chicken. Mix together garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. Rub the spice mixture on the whole chicken. Quarter a small onion, a lemon, and an orange. Stuff the onion and citrus fruits inside the chicken and place the whole chicken into the crock pot. Add a cup of water to the bottom of the slow cooker's crock. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. This chicken tastes exactly like rotisserie chicken, but it can easily be made at home. Suggested sides for this chicken include corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and a green salad. To make this faux rotisserie chicken with fewer calories, you can remove the skin before rubbing on the spice mixture.
Cooking Chicken in the Slow Cooker for Use in Other Recipes
Finding a great sale on chicken does not always mean packing your freezer with uncooked bits that take time to thaw before you can even begin the meal. Bring that chicken home and place it straight into the slow cooker with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder. After the chicken is cooked, remove the skin and bones. Shred the chicken and package into freezer containers. Use this precooked chicken in any recipes that call for chicken. This will save you time and money when making a quick dinner on a busy night.
Cooking Tips for Using a Slow Cooker
There are many great tasting chicken recipes available through cookbooks, web forums, and recipe blogs. Many people have found success with transforming their current family favorites into slow cooker recipes through trial and error. Adding less liquid to the slow cooker than one would add in a traditional recipe helps the foods stay moist without drowning them in liquids. The lid on the slow cooker helps keep moisture in the food while it cooks. Due to the long cooking nature of most slow cooker items, a smaller quantity of salt and other spices can be used than in a traditional recipe. The food cooks longer; therefore, the spices marry into the food more intensely.
A slow cooker can make the best recipes even better and easier. In today's busy world, saving just a few minutes around dinner time can make the difference in your evening routine. Great tasting chicken can be made in a slow cooker with only minutes of pre-planning and prep work before you start your day. Come home to delicious smells and food that is ready to be served. Try out a new great tasting chicken slow cooker recipe today and see what you have been missing.
Chapter 4- Great Tasting Beef Slow Cooker Recipes
Using a slow-cooker has always been a wonderful method for providing delicious meals. The ability to slow simmer has made it a go-to method, especially for soups and stews. Yet, this slow-cooking process is not only perfect for soups and stews but ideal for beef dishes.
Beef Bourguignon
Recipe requires 3 pounds of beef roast cut into small cubes, 8 strips of bacon cut into bits, 1 carrot that has been peeled and diced, 1 medium sliced onion, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, 3 teaspoons of flour, 1 can of beef broth, 2 cups of red wine, 1 pound of mushrooms sliced, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 bay leaf, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, ½ teaspoon of dried thyme and ½ pound small peeled white onions.
First, cook bacon until crisp and set aside.
Add beef to bacon drippings, brown well and put to one side.
In a skillet brown onion and carrot, then transfer to the slow-cooker; season with pepper and salt, put in broth and flour and combine well. Incorporate the bacon and beef to the slow-cooker.
Lastly, add wine, mushrooms, onions, garlic, tomato paste, thyme and bay leaf. Cover and cook for 10 to 12 hours on LOW setting or 5 hours on HIGH setting.
Braised Chipotle Beef
Recipe requires 3 pounds of chuck roast that has been cut into pieces 2-inches thick, 1 ½ teaspoons of salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 1 large onion cut into 1-inch pieces, 2 red bell peppers that have been seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of chilli powder, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, 3 tablespoons tomato paste, 1 cup of beef broth, 1 can (14 ounces) or drained diced tomatoes, (Optional) cooked rice or veggies.
Season beef with salt and pepper and heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Put in beef and brown on all sides. Transfer beef to slow-cooker.
While the skillet is warm, add remaining tablespoon of oil. Add onion and cook, stir occasionally until softened. Add bell peppers and cook two minutes then mix in garlic, chilli powder, ½ teaspoon pepper, paprika, oregano, tomato paste, cumin and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt. Cook and stir for one minute and transfer to slow-cooker.
Return skillet to heat and add beef broth. While it is cooking, scrape the skillet to get off any bits that are stuck. Next, pour over beef and stir in tomatoes. Cover and let cook on LOW for 7 hours or until beef is tender. Skim fat from sauce and serve over rice or vegetables.
Asian Short Ribs
Recipe requires ½ cup of beef broth, ¼ cup of soy sauce, ¼ cup of dry sherry, 1 tablespoon honey, 3 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, 3 pounds of boneless beef short ribs, 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, ½ cup of chopped green onions.
In the slow-cooker, stir together beef broth, soy sauce, sherry, honey, ginger and garlic.
Season short ribs with salt and pepper then place in cooker and coat all sides with sauce.
Cover and cook for 7 to 8 hours on low setting (meat should be tender). Serve on a bed of rice.
Shepherd’s Pie
Recipe requires 1 pound ground beef (lean), 1 pound of ground lamb, 1 package of frozen chopped onions, 2 teaspoons garlic (minced), 1 can of diced tomatoes (or 14 ounces), 1 package of frozen carrots and peas, 3 tablespoons of tapioca (quick cooking), 2 teaspoons oregano (dried), 1 teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, 2 packages of prepared mashed potatoes.
First, cook the beef and lamb in a skillet over medium high heat, occasionally stirring until the meat is no longer pink. Then transfer to the slow-cooker. While the skillet is still warm, add onion and garlic and stir until onions soften. Then add to beef and lamb.
Stir in pepper, salt, oregano, tapioca, carrots, peas and tomatoes and cover and cook for 7 to 8 hours on low setting.
Finally, top with mashed potatoes and continue to cook on LOW for about 30 minutes.
Italian Style Pot Roast
Recipe requires 2 teaspoons garlic (minced), 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon basil (dried), 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1 beef bottom (boneless) chuck shoulder or round rump roast (3 pounds should do), 1 large thinly sliced onion (quartered), 1 ½ cups of marinara or tomato basil sauce, 2 cans rinsed and drained Great Northern beans or cannellini, ¼ cup of fresh basil (shredded)
Combine all the spices and rub over roast.
Line the bottom of the slow cooker (3 quart) with half of the slices of onion and then half the roast and place it in a slow cooker (4 quarts) along with the rest of the onions. Over the roast pour sauce then cover and let cook for eight or nine hours on low setting until tender.
Remove roast and tent with foil.
Finally, stir in beans, cover and cook on HIGH for 15 to 30 minutes. Carve roast into thin slices and serve with bean mixture and fresh basil.
Chapter 5- Great Tasting Pork Slow Cooker Recipes

Pork Loin Roast
Pork loin roast cooked in a slow cooker makes it tender while retaining all the juices that make it so flavorful. Pork has to be cooked thoroughly, so make sure you allow plenty of time so the roast is cooked all the way through.
Rinse off a 3 to 4 pound roast, leaving any fat on the outside in place, and pat the roast dry. Cut slit pockets every few inches all around the roast and insert a small pat of butter and about half a clove of garlic into each pocket; Mix together 1 tablespoon salt with 1 tsp. pepper and 1 tsp. ground crushed rosemary. Rub this mixture on the outside of the roast. If this doesn't cover the entire roast, mix together a little more and cover the whole exterior of the roast.
Place a layer of sliced unpeeled apples (thick slices or quarters) or sliced or quartered, unpeeled raw sweet potatoes or baking potatoes in the bottom of your slow cooker. These will serve as a baking rack, and at the same time they will be flavored by the juices from the pork, making a flavorful side dish.
Put the roast on the apples or potatoes, cover and let cook on the low setting for 8 to 12 hours, or until it registers 155 degrees on an instant-read meat thermometer.
Barbecued Spare Ribs
Recipe requires 4 pounds meaty spareribs cut into serving pieces, 2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. celery seed, 1/4 tsp. ground pepper, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1 c. catsup, 2 T. brown sugar, 1/4 c. vinegar, 3 or 4 drops Tabasco sauce, 1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
If ribs contain much fat, brown them first on a broiler pan with rack in your oven for 15 minutes, then drain well. If they appear lean, rinse the ribs and pat them dry. Coat the ribs thoroughly with the mixture of the dry ingredients (salt, pepper, chili powder, celery seed and brown sugar). Place the ribs in the slow cooker. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the ribs, making sure they are well-coated with the sauce. Cover and let cook for four to six hours on high setting or eight to ten hours on low setting.
Baked Ham with Cola
Recipe requires 4 pounds precooked ham, 3 to 4 pound pre-cooked ham, 1 tsp. horseradish (prepared), ½ a cup sugar (brown), ¼ cup cola, such as Coke, Pepsi or generic store brand cola,1 tsp. mustard (dry)
Mix together the brown sugar, horseradish and dry mustard, then add some cola to prepare a thick paste. Set aside the rest of the cola for the time being. Rub this paste all over the outside of the ham. Place the ham in the Crockpot then pour the remaining cola over it. Cover and set the slow cooker to the high setting. Cook for two to three hours, since the ham is pre-cooked. However, if you want the ham to cook while you are away for the day, it will be fine to cook it on the low setting for six to ten hours.
Pork Chops with Apples
Recipe requires 4 pork loin chops about 1-inch thick with fat trimmed from edges, 2 medium apples, cored and sliced (Honey Crisp are good, but any other fresh apples will do), 1 tsp. butter, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
In a skillet, brown the pork chops over medium to high heat, then drain well. Place a single layer of apples in the slow cooker, then pork chops on top of that, dotting the top of the pork chops with butter and a sprinkling of the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add another layer of apples on top of the pork chops, then another layer of pork chops on top, again dotting with butter and sprinkling with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Put the cover on the slow cooker and cook the pork chops on the low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
Pork Chop Suey
Recipe requires 4 or 5 pork chops, boned and sliced into bite-sized pieces, ½ cup chicken broth, 1 cup celery, sliced into bite-sized diagonal pieces, 2 tsp. soy sauce, ½ tsp. sugar, pinch of salt, 1-1/2 cups thinly-sliced water chestnuts, 1-1/2 cups bamboo shoots, sliced in julienne strips
Combine all of the above ingredients in your slow cooker and stir well. Place the cover on the cooker and then cook for seven to ten on the low setting, or for two to three hours on high setting. If you wish, just before serving, you can thicken the sauce with a paste made from cornstarch and water.
Chapter 6- Great Tasting Seafood Slow Cooker Recipes
Cooking seafood in a slow cooker provides an easy meal with delicious results.
Seafood Stew
Recipe requires 2 onions, chopped, 3-4 crushed garlic cloves, 4 celery stalks, chopped, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, ¼ teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon flour, 3 cups chicken broth, 10 oz can of tomatoes, 8 oz of shrimp, 5 oz of clams, 8 oz of scallops, halved or quartered (depends on how big), 1 pound chopped chicken breast, 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped, 2 bell peppers, chopped, ¼ cup parsley, 1 tablespoon oregano, 2 teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon butter, hot sauce
In a skillet over medium heat, add some olive oil and sauté the onions and celery until cooked and tender, 6-8 minutes.
Add the garlic, oregano, and pepper. Cook for an additional minute.
Add the flour and tomato paste and continue to stir. Once that is well mixed, slowly pour in the chicken broth and tomatoes with the juice.
Cook for an additional 5-6 minutes.
Turn off heat and transfer mixture to a crock pot.
Add chicken to crock pot. Cover the pot and cook on high for three hours. If you prefer, you can cook the stew on low for 6 hours.
Next, stir in shrimp, pepper, parsley and the clams. Cover the pot and cook for 30 more minutes on high.
While that is cooking, combine chili powder and cayenne pepper and coat the scallops with it.
Melt the butter in a skillet and cook scallops over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
Add scallops of the crock pot and stir gently.
Serve soup in bowls. Add hot sauce to taste.
Cheesy Seafood Dip
Recipe requires 2 tablespoons cream cheese (reduced fat or regular), 8 oz Velveeta (or other processed cheese food), 1 ½ cups sour cream, 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ cup cooked shrimp, chopped, ½ cup cooked lobster meat, cleaned and chopped, ½ cup cooked crab meat, chopped, dash of cayenne pepper
Cube the Velveeta and cream cheese. Add to the crock pot.
Next, add the chopped shrimp, crab meat, lobster meat and sour cream. Cover and cook over low heat for one hour, stirring occasionally so it does not stick or lump together. A dash of milk can be added if it does not stir easily.
Once cooked, add Old Bay seasoning, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
Serve with crackers or French bread.
Shrimp, Potato and Corn Chowder
Recipe requires 1 onion, chopped, 1 bell pepper, chopped, 2 carrots, chopped small, 2 potatoes, chopped, 2 16-oz bags of frozen corn, 4 cups of chicken broth, 1 pound shrimp, cleaned and peeled, ½ cup heavy cream, 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 bay leaf, salt and pepper
In the crock pot, combine frozen corn, bell pepper, potatoes, carrots, bay leaf, water and chicken broth.
Stir to combine. Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
Using an immersion blender, puree for 3-4 minutes, leaving it chunky.
Stir in the shrimp and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
When shrimp are cooked, stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Poached Salmon
Recipe requires 4 salmon fillets, 1 cup of water, ½ cup white wine, 1 inch slice of onion, 1 inch slice of lemon, 1-2 sprigs of fresh dill, ½ teaspoon salt
With the crock pot on high, combine wine and water and heat for 30 minutes.
Add the onion, dill, lemon and salt.
Gently add in the salmon fillets.
Cover the crock pot and cook for 20 minutes until the salmon is cooked and opaque.
Serve with a side salad with the rest of the wine on the side.
Tuna Casserole with Peas and Noodles
Recipe requires ¼ cup water, 1/3 cup minced onion, 1 cup thawed, frozen peas, 12 oz canned tuna, drained, 1 can of condensed mushroom soup, 4 cups of uncooked egg noodles
Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Spray the crock pot liberally with cooking spray.
Pour in the water and the can of soup. Mix until well combined.
Next, add in the cooked pasta.
Layer on the onion next, followed by the tuna.
Pour on the peas as the last layer.
Cover the crock pot and cook on high for 2 hours.
Served with shredded cheddar cheese and toast
Lobster Bisque
Recipe requires 1 onion, chopped, 1 large leek, chopped, 3 cups chicken broth, 14.4 oz stewed (or crushed) tomatoes, 1 cup clam juice, 8 oz sliced mushrooms, 1 tablespoon dried parsley, 2 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning, 1 teaspoon dried dill, 1 cup heavy cream, 2 lobster tails, lemon slices (for garnish)
In your crock pot, combine clam juice, tomatoes with juice and chicken broth. Stir until combined.
Next add the onions, mushrooms, leeks, parsley, dill and Old Bay. Stir.
Cover the crock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or cook on low for 6-8 hours.
With an immersion blender, blend the mixture into a smooth broth/soup.
Roughly chop the lobster tails.
Add lobster tails to the soup.
Cover crock pot and cook on high heat for an additional 30-45 minutes.
Stir in the heavy cream.
Serve with lemon slices to garnish and squeeze the juice into the bisque before eating. Serve with French bread and white wine.
Chapter 7- Great Tasting Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

For anyone that is looking to have a delicious slow cooker meal but is vegan, you don't have to worry because there are still some rather incredible dishes that you can let slow cook before you levee for work, so by the time you arrive back at your home you are able to instantly begin enjoying the slow cooked meal. After all, this allows you to enjoy not only the taste of the slow cooked meal, but the smell that lingered throughout the house during the cooking time.
Grandmother's Vegetarian Slow Cooked Vegan Chili
In a slow cooker, you want to toss in one can of black bean soup, one can of drained kidney beans, one can of drained garbanzo beans, one can of chopped tomatoes in puree, one can of corn, a green bell pepper, two stalks of celery, a tablespoon of chili powder, one tablespoon of oregano, one tablespoon of basil and one tablespoon of dried parsley. If you want, you can rinse off the beans before adding to the chili, although this is up to you, depending on the texture of beans you enjoy. Allow the slow cooker to cook for at least two hours on the high temperature (if there is a temperature dial on your slow cooker). You don't have to cook the recipe as long as someone using meat as you don't have to wait for the meat to cook. If you wait any longer than two hours you risk the threat of some of the items beginning to break down and lose consistency.
Slow Cooked Cream Corn
There is more to cream corn than just purchasing a pre made variety in a can from the local store. In a slow cooker you want to add in a 16 ounce package of frozen corn kernels, one package of soy cream cheese. This is eight ounces, should the package be of a different size. A half a cup of margarine, or any other butter substitute you might desire, half a cup of milk substitute. If you have a favorite feel free to use this. Although Rice Dream and similar products do work, you might want to utilize a specialty lactose free milk-substitute. Lastly, you want a tablespoon of white sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Allow the slow cooker to cook up to four hours on high heat or up to six hours on low heat. This gives you the option of going to work and allowing the food to cook on slow, so you don't have to worry about the food overcooking and burning while you're away.
Mushroom Lentil Barley Stew
In your slow cooker, you want to combine two quits of vegetable broth, two cups of sliced mushrooms (the button variety, although you are free to add in any other kind of mushroom, should you enjoy a different flavor), one ounce of dried shiitake mushrooms, three fourths of a cup of pearl barley, three fourths of a cup of dry lentils, a quarter of a cup of dried onion flakes, two teaspoons of dried summer savory, two teaspoons of minced garlic, three bay elves, two teaspoons of ground black pepper, one teaspoon of dried basil and salt to taste. Allow the stew to cook on slow for up to six hours on high, or up to 12 hours on low. Before you go about eating the stew it is very important to take out the three bay leaves before consuming.
Black Bean Soup
When it is cold outside and you are looking for something hearty and filling, but don't want to consume meat or any other similar byproduct, the black bean soup is an excellent option. Before adding anything into a slow cook you want to pour in one pound of dry, black beans into a large pot and let it boil for up to 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes are up, cover the pot and remove it from heat for about an hour. Drain the water after the hour and rinse the newly cooked beans for the freshest, best taste.
In the slow cooker, toss in the cooked black beans (if you are in a bit of a time crunch you are always able to pour in a 16 ounce can of black beans, although you won't receive the same fresh taste or texture as the newly cooked bean). Add in one and a half quarts of water into the crock pot, on top of a chopped carrot, stalk of celery, large ten onion, two green bell peppers, two jalapeño peppers and six crushed cloves of garlic. You also want to add in a quarter cup of dry lentils, a large, 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, two tablespoons of chili powder and ground cumin, a half teaspoon of dried oregano, half a teaspoon of ground black pepper, three tablespoons of red wine vinegar, half a cup of uncooked rice (the recipe calls for white rice, although you can use brown rice or a variety of different types of rice, should you enjoy a different kind of rice more). Salt to taste and turn on the slow cooker to low and allow it to cook for up to three hours.
After the three hours, pour in half of the soup into a food processor and blend it together, then pour it back into the rest of the soup. This helps thicken the soup without adding any sort of flower or other material.
Chapter 8- Tips On How To Cook Great Tasting Meals In Your Slow Cooker
Slow cookers or crock pots are a great way for the busy families of today to eat healthy home cooked meals every day and still have time for all of the things that they want and need to do each day. While there are those who may tend to believe that the slow cooker is only for pot roasts and stews that is far from the truth. Pretty much anything that can be cooked on top of your stove or in your oven can be cooked in a slow cooker including a wonderful meat loaf and big juicy hamburgers.
The Best Slow Cooker for Your Needs
Slow cookers come in a variety of sizes and styles and they range anywhere in price from $20.00 to around $150.00. Choosing the right slow cooker for your family’s needs will determine whether you have entire meals or simple soups. Getting the right slow cooker for your needs is the best way to guarantee that your slow cooker meals come out great every time.
Read the Reviews
Check out the online reviews of the slow cookers that you are considering. People love to tell if they have found something good, but they love even more to warn others about products that fall short of their expectations. When reading slow cooker reviews make sure to visit several different websites and not just the site of the manufacturer.
Choose the Right Size for Your Needs
The strongest determining factor in choosing the right size for your slow cooker will be the number of people that you will be cooking for. Slow cookers come in several sizes ranging from 1 quart cookers to 6 quarts or more. The best way to decide on the right size for you slow cooker would be to say one quart per person going to the next size up if you can’t find a slow cooker for your exact number.
Some more pricey slow cookers come with several different size inserts which allows you to decide which size you would rather use from day to day depending on what and how much you want to cook.

What Shape Slow Cooker Do You Need?
One wouldn’t think that the shape of a slow cooker would matter, but it does. There are two common shapes that slow cookers come in round and oval. Of the two shapes oval wins every time. The round slow cookers work great for soups, stews, roast, and sauces. However, the oval works for all of the above and you can use them for baking too.
A Step Above The Rest
Another very important thing to look for when buying a slow cooker is whether or not it is programmable. A programmable slow cooker will allow you to tell the cooker to switch to the warm setting at a certain time. Of course not all slow cookers have this feature and it does cost more, but it will be well worth the extra money in the long run.
Now that you have decided on the right slow cooker for your needs we can move on to some very helpful tips on the actual use of your slow cooker.
Preparation of Slow Cooker Meals
The trick to creating fantastic meals in your slow cooker is most often in the preparation. Some of the following tips may take a few extra minutes to prepare you will have a much tastier meal for your efforts.
Preparing Meats
Meat should be completely thawed before cooking
For a better look and a bolder taste when cooking roast or steak in your slow cooker brown you meat in a small amount of cooking oil before cooking in the slow cooker
When cooking large pieces of meat or whole roast using your hands rub the desired seasonings into the meat prior to putting in the slow cooker
When cooking cut meat as in stews or casseroles cut the pieces to about the same size
Burgers and loaves
If the slow cooker has a rack for meat, cover it with foil and place your meat loaf on top of the rack. Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the slow cooker
For cooking burgers in a slow cooker - place burgers in layers placing foil between each layer of burgers then add a small amount of water in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Cooking Meat and Vegetables Separately or Together
If you want to serve your meat and vegetables separately and you don’t want the vegetables to have the same flavor as your meat; place your meat in the bottom of the slow cooker with seasonings as usual then add a layer of heavy duty foil before adding a layer of vegetables.
When cooking meat and vegetables together cut meat into same size cubes - cut vegetables into larger cubes (About double the size of the meat cubes)
Seasoning In Your Slow Cooker
One thing to always remember when cooking in a slow cooker is to cut the seasoning down by about a third. Because slow cookers cook your food slower and for longer periods of time most seasonings tend to increase in flavor. This is especially true of Italian seasoning, oregano, poultry seasoning, sage, bay leaf, and basil. These seasonings should be cut down to one half or added during the last two hours of cooking time.
When using fresh or home grown herbs in your slow cooker it is best to use whole leaves if possible. If the fresh home grown herbs have been dries cut the amount called for down to one half as fresh herbs tend to be much stronger than store bought herbs.

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