Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Just 4 ingredients for a super easy slow cooker recipe!

I was looking for a new chicken recipe and found this one in a blog post about slow cooker recipes.

We tried it at Cooking Club and it was VERY tasty… but a little bit of a stretch to get it done during the 6 hours we get together to cook.  And if I’m going to get a slow cooker recipe ready ahead of time, it has to be SUPER easy.  Back to the drawing board. Continue reading

Crockpot Pulled Pork

Crockpot Pulled PorkThis is another ridiculously easy crockpot recipe.  I mean, it doesn’t get much simpler than putting meat in the crockpot, adding a little red wine vinegar and Liquid Smoke and turning the thing on.  The only real work comes in shredding the meat and, I guess, stirring in the barbecue sauce.  Really, this is perfect when you just can’t be bothered… but, still want something delicious.

And you can do a lot of different things with the 10 servings you’ll get out of this recipe!  Make a sandwich one day… plop the pork on top of a salad another…. or just eat it by itself.

You can take it up a notch by making your own barbecue sauce (there’s a great recipe on Skinnytaste.com).  But after a few times making our own sauce, I decided the ingredients in the Trader Joe’s barbecue sauce were close enough to what we were using that it was worth not having to deal with the molasses anymore.

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Slow Cookers

When people tell me they can’t cook or they hate to cook or they’re scared to cook, the first thing I ask is “Do you have a crockpot?”  Seriously, buying and using a crockpot (or, more accurately, “slow cooker”) is the easiest way to feel like you’ve got healthy cooking within your grasp.  And it’s not even really cooking.. I think of it more like “combining” or “compiling” or (the much less appetizing) “dumping.”  I mean, c’mon… 3 ingredient Chicken Cacciatore that takes about 5 minutes to put together?! Continue reading

Cowboy Chili

cowboychiliOne of the things I like about making chili or stews or casseroles is you don’t have to worry about following a recipe exactly.  Have some roasted corn? Use it! Don’t have roasted corn? Use a can of plain corn.  Making 2 different recipes? Split the corn!

I was at Trader Joe’s and saw that they had lean beef already cut into cubes and I was feeling lazy and wanted the quickest, easiest thing to throw in the crockpot so I picked up a couple packages of the beef and a couple of bottles of their Cowboy Caviar and went from there… (if you can’t get to a Trader Joe’s, here’s a copycat recipe for the salsa).

So here’s the version of Cowboy Chili I happened to make last night… I’m sure it will be a little different next time. 😉 Continue reading

Chunky Pork Chili

chunkyporkchiliA day in front of the TV (Lord of the Rings marathon FOR THE WIN!) is a great excuse to make something in the crockpot.  My roommate was baking it up in the kitchen so I needed something really easy that wasn’t going to take much space to put together.  I had pork in the fridge I’d bought with the intention of making pulled pork, but, since we made that the day before in Cooking Club, I didn’t want any more… so I settled on pork chili (I never actually knew there *was* such a thing until a business trip last week where I had it in a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant!).

This was delicious! It may be one of the best chilis I’ve ever made… and SO EASY. Continue reading