Barefoot by the Sea: Slow cooker love...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Slow cooker love...

Right before the Superbowl, I blogged about a yummy chicken dish that I whipped up and had my family wishing for more.  After that, I was reminded just how easy the crockpot is - what an invention!  I can throw some veggies and meat in a pot at the beginning of the day and it will actually make it look like I've got it together?  So, I did a little research and found some yummy recipes using the 'ol wonder machine and here are a few yummy recipes that I'm excited to try!  Check out the blog, A Year of Slow Cooking for some amazing and easy recipes!
Slow Cooker Chicken with Apricots and Dates 
1 1/2 pounds chicken meat (boneless, skinless thighs are the best. If you're going to use chicken with bones, fish them out about halfway through cooking)
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried pitted dates, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup orange juice

The Directions
Put the chicken into the bottom of a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker. My chicken was frozen solid. If you are using fresh chicken, shave off about 90 minutes or so of cooking time.

Add diced onion, and spices. Sprinkle on the apricots and dates. Pour the broth and orange juice evenly over the top. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 3-5. The chicken should be quite tender and shred easily with a fork. If your chicken isn't tender enough, stir well and cook for a bit longer on low.

Serve with quinoa or brown rice with the juices----the broth is delicious!
Crockpot Rocky Road CANDY?
One bag of chocolate chips
One bag of mini marshmallows
One bag of chopped walnuts
Release foil

The Directions:
Pour whole bag of chocolate chips into stoneware
Turn on high, set timer for 30 minutes to check
Stir chocolate after 30 min, re-set timer 15-30 minutes as needed.
Prepare two cookie sheets with Release foil.
When chocolate is all melty, stir in a bunch of marshmallows. I didn't measure how many I dumped in, but I like a lot of marshmallows. I used at least half the bag. Mix with a big spoon and add chopped walnuts (or whatever nuts you prefer).
Remove stoneware from heating element.

Use two spoons and drop mounds of chocolate-marshmallow-nut gooeyness onto the Release foil.

Place cookie sheets into the refrigerator to cool and harden.

She has other great recipes on her blog including Baked Oatmeal!  In my opinion, I'm all for making life a little easier and tastier!  

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  1. i LOVE slow cooker recipes! :) thanks

    I found your blog through the Etsy forums and just wanted to say hi and that your blog is lovely! Have a beautiful weekend!

    xo, Katie

  2. I always forget about my crock pot. The rocky road candy looks really good. I may have to put it out this weekend.

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower! I just did the same for you! I LOVE my crock pot. I have posted a few recipes on my blog using my beloved crockpot. Great minds think alike. Have a great weekend

  4. That rocky road candy looks delicious! If my husband wasn't allergic to nuts I would try it for sure.

  5. Crockpot Rocky Road candy? Yes, please. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  6. That looks yummy! :)

    Slow cooker recipes are always tasty! :D

  7. Mmmm. that rocky road candy looks really yummy!!! I want a piece! ;)


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