Corned Beef {crockpot}

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Another first as far as food goes,  I made Corned Beef (definitely not my favorite thing, thou I do love a good Reuben!) But, again I am trying dishes that Hubs  adores. SO here is a super simple recipe that I personally think can never cook long enough, I cooked it forever!  It’s up to you; I wanted it to fall apart. It turned out really well and will definitely cook it in March for St. Patty’s Day!! SO, here is what you need to do! Place the

Corned Beef, straight from the packet with seasoning & the fat side UP!

1 beer or more  ( I used a New Castle) you want to just cover the meat in liquid ( you can use water to make up the difference)

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 T whole grain mustard

4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 stalks celery, cut in chunks

3 carrots, cut in large chunks

1 onion, quartered

4-6 small red potatoes

I placed the meat on the bottom, added beer, spices, mustard then veggies. Cooked on low forever! Like 12 hours.

ENJOY!!

Mama Bird

Fiesta Chili~ Crock-Pot or Not~ You Decide!



Fiesta Chili was shared with me ages ago while coloring my favorite Nail Tech, Pam’s hair. She owns Pampered Nails in the Harris Arcade in downtown Hickory. If you need to have your nails pampered she is the go to girl! LOVE!! I have adapted this a bit so here goes! It is so quick and easy and everyone loves it!!

1 lb ground turkey browned
1 small onion, diced
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 can corn
1 small can green chilies
1 can seasoned blackbeans, undrained
1 can white beans, drained
1 pkt taco seasoning
½ pkt ranch seasoning

Brown turkey and dump everything in the crockpot, set to low  or do on stove top which ever is most convient!

Good Season’s Chicken {crockpot}

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It’s CROCK POT THURSDAY, why you may ask Thursday is soccer practice and we have to leave home at 5 and don’t get home until almost 7. Therefore, the crock pot is my solution to a home cooked meal without

Here is another pintrest inspired dinner, I, of course added lots of veggies and cut the fat from the original recipe. SCORE!

3 chicken breast, cubed

1 packet of Good Season’s Italian dressing

1 can chicken broth

1 can cream of mushroom

4 oz low fat cream cheese

1 (15 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes

2 handfuls fresh spinach

place first 4 ingredients in the crock, set to low and go. When you get home stir in cream cheese, tomatoes & spinach. Serve over pasta or rice and ENJOY!!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps {crock pot!}

 

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Yes, you read that correctly! Asian Chicken in the crock pot! Lettuce Wraps are one of my favorite things and Cheesecake Factory serves them with these yummy fresh veggies and trio of sauces so today I am giving you the weeknight version! Still the fresh yummy veggies, just a really quick, no mess, no fuss chicken. You could always grill this chicken and really boost the flavor, but when short on prep time this worked great! If you blink you may miss the directions!!

Crock pot Asian Chicken

boneless/skinless chicken breast

1 cup SOY VAY Island Teriyaki*

dump in crock and set on high for 4 hrs or low 6-8 depending on the time you have* (I started mine at lunchtime so I did high, it worked perfect)

Shred chicken with 2 forks and set aside

*Island Teriyaki is now available at Wally and Food Lion (used to only be able to find it at Trader Joe’s!)

image I am obsessed with Peanut Sauce and this random combo I came up with yesterday was AWESOME! Not too much peanut butter, a little kick and some acidity for a little tang! I made this after I got the chicken going and put in fridge so all the flavors could come together.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

3 T Island Teriyaki

1 T peanut butter

1 T rice wine vinegar

2 t Sriracha

Wisk all ingredients together. ENJOY!

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Asian Marinated Cucumbers:

English cucumber, sliced thin

1/4 cup Island Teriyaki

1 1/2 T rice wine vinegar

I also used:

Water Chestnuts, diced

Carrot, shredded

Avocado, sliced

Lettuce for wrapping all the goodies in!

 

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Enjoy!! Mama Bird

Old School Country Style Steak {crockpot}

Hubs requested Country Style Steak also known as cube steak for Sunday dinner. I have never been a huge fan, cube steak to me has always been a bit chewy, texture is a big thing for me. But, he so rarely actually asks for anything specific for dinner that I thought I would be sweet and give it a shot.  I reached out to my fb friends and asked for suggestions on how to proceed. I used what I had on hand and it was REALLY good!! I will defiantly make it again!

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Where did I start you ask? I bought cube steak (1 package had 3 pieces, perfect.) Then I mixed flour, seasoning salt and a ton of black pepper. Dredged the cube steak in the mix.

 

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I then seared the meat in hot oil in my iron skillet to give it a beautiful brown color. This step adds a ton of flavor and it also helps keep the steaks together.

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Then I put all my ingredients in a warm crockpot set on low and 6 hours later we had this yummy Country Style Steak for dinner! And it was SO EASY!!!

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For dredging meat:

1/2 cup flour

1 T Richard’s Seasoning Salt (or whatever you have on hand)

1-2 t garlic powder

lots of black pepper

Coat bottom of iron skillet with oil, heat and sear meat. Place in warm crockpot.

Sauce in crockpot:

1 can low sodium beef or chicken broth

1 can cream of Mushroom or golden mushroom

1 packet Lipton Onion Soup Mix

several dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

Dump everything in crockpot, set to low, wait 6 hrs  and ENJOY!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Cooking with Ms.Kat {Apple Butter}

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This months Cooking with Ms. Kat is an APPLE theme! It goes along great with last weeks fieldtrip to Apple Hill Orchard. And I thought it would be something fun! I tinkered with this recipe for several days and after several batches I found what I think is YUMMY!

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Ms. Kat’s Crockpot Apple Butter:

this easily doubles, triples, etc….

1 dozen apples*

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 cloves

1 t cinnamon

1 lemon zest and juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

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Peel. Core. Blitz Apples in food processor. Put in crockpot. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, juices and zest. Stir well. Set crockpot on low for 10 hrs. Next, prop open lid to crock and set on low for additional 4 to 8 hrs depending on texture and type of apples.

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*I used a mix of apples. I used Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, play around and find what you like best!

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Apple Butter {crockpot!}

apple butter

This months Cooking with Ms. Kat is an APPLE theme! It goes along great with last weeks fieldtrip to Apple Hill Orchard. And I thought it would be something fun! I tinkered with this recipe for several days and after several batches I found what I think is YUMMY!

apples

Ms. Kat’s Crockpot Apple Butter:

this easily doubles, triples, etc….

1 dozen apples*

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 cloves

1 t cinnamon

1 lemon zest and juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

apple chunks

Peel. Core. Blitz Apples in food processor. Put in crockpot. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, juices and zest. Stir well. Set crockpot on low for 10 hrs. Next, prop open lid to crock and set on low for additional 4 to 8 hrs depending on texture and type of apples.

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*I used a mix of apples. I used Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, play around and find what you like best!

apple butter

xoxo, Mama Bird

BBQ {in the crockpot!!}

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so, it is finally feeling like winter and has been raining all weekend, ugh! Hubs was craving bbq and I didn’t want him to catch pneumonia by going out to his smoker every 20mins! Pork Loin was on sale so I tossed it in the crockpot with salt, pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper, and poured apple cider vinegar about half way up the side of the pot. Set to low and let it go all day!! 

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Drain the majority of cooking liquid out of crock and either make a yummy bbq sauce with the liquid or pour your fav bottled sauce in crock, pull apart with fork and ENJOY!!
xoxo, mama bird

Potato Soup {crockpot}


Yummy! There is nothing better than walking in the door to a house with a warm, ready to eat dinner sitting on the counter! Hence. my love of the crockpot!! Today I made one of the easiest potato soups ever! Just dump, shake, stir, dump again, stir again, set on low and voila a few hours later a meal!


CHOP: 
1 onion
1 carrot
1 stalk of celery 
DUMP into crockpot 
1 can cream of chicken*
1 can cream of mushroom
2 cans chicken broth*
1 can of milk
SHAKE:
salt, pepper, garlic
Worcestershire sauce
hot sauce
all to taste
STIR
DUMP:
1 pkg frozen hash brown potatoes (cubes are my favm shredded works fine too)
STIR, again!

ENJOY!!!

What is your favorite DUMP and forget about it recipes?

xoxo, Mama Bird

Jen Cooks {Crockpot Wednesday}

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Jen is at it again!! A yummy crockpot recipe that is easy and different!! I LOVE the idea of wrapping the chops in their own little package and I am always looking for a “new” way to prepare pork chops, this is a great idea. Would be lovely for a dinner party as well. Thanks Jen!!

4 pork chops

1 jar of apricot jam

salt & pepper

2 granny smith apples

1 cup brandy

Place each pork chop on a sheet of tinfoil; add salt, pepper, spoonful of jam, 4 slices of apples,  wrap package up leaving one end open, pour Brandy in. (Apx 1/4 to  1/3 cup) seal other end. place in crockpot and cook on low 8 hours.

pretty fab.

xoxo. Mama Bird

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