• It’s that time of year again when the kids go back to school.  You have to start
    getting up a little earlier every morning to get breakfast going and make your
    children’s lunches.  But your work does not stop there.  Don’t forget about
    carpooling your children around to and from their after school activities.  With all
    this going on, you still have to have a hot and healthy meal on the table for the
    family dinner.  
  • With this in mind, may I propose some crock pot cooking.  The family breakfast
    can be made the night before in the crock pot, cook all night while you sleep, and
    be ready for your family in the morning.  You can also throw together a couple
    ingredients in your slow cooker before work and have a hot and delicious meal
    come dinner time.  It’s hard to juggle all the family responsibilities when your
    children go back to school, but I hope these easy crock pot recipes will alleviate
    some of your parental stress.





Cheesy Bacon Potatoes


What you need:

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 T butter
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c green pepper, diced
  • 1 t salt

What you do:

  • Add half the potatoes to bottom of crock-pot.  Top with 1/2 of the bacon, green
    pepper, onion, butter, salt and cheese.  Add remaining potatoes and top with
    remaining ingredients, ending with cheese.  Cook, covered, for 6-8 hours on low,
    making sure potatoes are tender.
  • Start slow cooker before you go to bed at night for a delicious breakfast
    complement to your eggs.




Slow Cooked Beef Barbecue


What you need:

  • 3-4 lb beef roast
  • 3 T spicy brown mustard
  • 13/4 c ketchup
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c red wine vinegar
  • 21/2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 t liquid smoke
  • 1 medium onion, diced

What you do:

  • Place all ingredients, except roast, in a large bowl; mix.  Put roast in a 31/2 quart or
    larger crock-pot.  Pour barbecue mixture over roast.  Cook, covered, for 8 -10
    hours on low, or until meat is falling apart when touched with fork.  Take out roast
    and shred with fork on plate.  Return to slow cooker and mix thoroughly with
    sauce.  Serve on bun or roll of choice.   




Vegetable and Sausage Dinner


What you need:

  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced in half lengthwise, then sliced in 1/2" pieces
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans green beans, drained
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans carrots, drained
  • 4 c potatoes, cooked and chopped in bite sized pieces
  • 26 oz jar spaghetti sauce

What you do:

  • Brown sausage in a medium skillet.  Add sausage and remaining ingredients to a
    31/2 quart crock-pot and mix.  Cook, covered, for 6-8 hours on low.





Easy Slow Cooker Chili


What you need:

  • 11/2 lbs lean ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz can chili beans, undrained
  • 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 2 t cumin
  • 11/2 t dried oregano
  • 1 t dried red pepper flakes

What you do:

  • Add all ingredients to a 3.5 quart or larger crock-pot and mix.  Cook, covered, for
    6-8 hours on low.  Serve with sour cream and/or additional red pepper flakes per
    taste.
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