Sweet and Sour Pepper and Olive Christmas Party Dip

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Sweet and Sour Pepper and Olive Dip


Am I really going to talk about Christmas already? I guess it’s good to plan ahead, it’s just never been something I’m good at. If you’ve seen my last two posts, you know I don’t do a lot of baking. Sometimes at Christmas I do some baking, but more likely, if I’m having a Christmas party I’m making finger foods and dips. This Sweet and Sour Pepper and Olive dip will be a hit with kids that like sour candies, and my husband discovered it makes a great spread when cold that the grown-ups would enjoy! I can’t really decide whether I prefer it hot or cold, so I would just eat both.

Price Chopper gives me a  #HolidayAdvantEdge when shopping for my Christmas groceries, and I want to thank #CollectiveBias for giving me the opportunity to share this recipe today.

First, I went to Price Chopper for my ingredients:



Crisco ® Oil Products and Lindsay brand Roasted Red Peppers and Sliced Black Olives.



Got home and gathered my ingredients (and forgot to put the olives in the photo),


put them in my slow cooker, and set it on high for about 45 minutes.


I only had to stir in once in a while, it didn’t take long before it was nice and creamy.

Sweet and Sour Pepper and Olive Dip


With a bit of a sour taste from the pickled roasted red peppers (rinse them before chopping!), a sweet addition of a little sugar, and the creaminess of the melted cream cheese, this dip is perfect for tortilla chips or crackers, or you can let it cool once the cream cheese has melted, refrigerate it and use it as a spread with toasted baguettes. I didn’t get a chance to try it reheated the next day, but I bet it would be wonderful after the flavors have time to meld.

Sweet and Sour Pepper and Olive Dip
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Creamy, sweet and sour dip with festive roasted red peppers, green peppers, and black olives.
Recipe type: Dip
Serves: about 4 cups
  • 2 8 ounce blocks cream cheese
  • 1 cup chopped green peppers
  • 12 ounces Lindsay Roasted Red Peppers, drained, rinsed and chopped
  • ¾ cup Lindsay sliced black olives, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon or less black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Crisco ® vegetable oil
  1. Heat the oil in a medium pan, add the chopped green peppers and saute until just softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Put the cream cheese, sauteed peppers, red peppers, olives, sugar, salt, and pepper in a slow cooker, set on high and cover. Stir occasionally, every 10 minutes or so, until the cream cheese is completely melted and the dip is hot. Serve hot. Alternately, allow to cool and refrigerate, covered, overnight and serve as a spread.


Slow-Cooker Acorn Squash and Apple Soup for #SundaySupper

After a busy summer, and a short blogging vacation last month, I am finally back to #SundaySupper for this weeks Slow-Cooker event hosted by Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. The recipes being shared this week range from soups to desserts and everything in between, including a few I never would think to make in the slow-cooker!

I’ve been receiving a lot of squash from my CSA in the past few weeks, and some of it I had never cooked before, like acorn squash. I was determined to use something from my CSA loot for today’s recipe, seeing as how I’ve been really bad about using all that produce (I know, horrible!) and can’t even find time to freeze it, or I remember it at midnight and really don’t feel like it. This Acorn Squash and Apple Soup uses two medium-sized acorn squash and sweet Gala apples, with a little sweet onion for extra zing.

After chopping up the acorn squash and apples, along with the sweet onion, chopped carrots, and garlic, I put them in the slow-cooker and covered them with chicken broth;

Squash and Apple Soup in the Slow Cooker

and stirred in just a little bit of pepper. Set the slow-cooker to HIGH and let the soup simmer for about 5 hours. Then I pureed it with my new immersion blender (my old one broke a few weeks ago, if you remember my mentioning my pure sadness over it), stirred in a half cup of milk and was ready to serve.

This soup is creamy, slightly sweet and peppery, and reminds me of the Pumpkin Soup I make every Thanksgiving, only sweeter. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not overly sweet, just the perfect balance!



I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we did, and find many other great recipes after this one at the bottom of this post.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Slow-Cooker Acorn Squash and Apple Soup for #SundaySupper
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Savory acorn squash and sweet apples blended together with a creamy finish, made completely in the slow-cooker.
Recipe type: Slow Cooker/Soup
Serves: about 4 servings
  • 2 medium acorn squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or water for a vegetarian version)
  • 2 cups chopped, peeled Gala or other sweet red apples
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup milk or light cream
  • fresh parsley, for garnish
  1. Using a very sharp knife, make a large slit in the tops of both acorn squashes. Place in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, turning after a minute and a half. Alternate: Place in boiling water for 2 minutes. Carefully remove. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and pulp, and then cut into wedges about 1-inch thick. Cut off the skins, getting as close to the skin as you can. Once the skins and any remaining pulp are removed, cut the squash into cubes between 1-2 inches thick.
  2. Place the cubed squash, chopped apples, carrot, onion, and garlic into the slow cooker, pour in chicken broth or water, then stir in the white pepper.
  3. Set the slow cooker on HIGH and cook for 4-6 hours, or on LOW for 8 hours, until squash is completely tender. Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth. Stir in milk, ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley.



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Slow Cooker Broccoli Au Gratin

I was invited to guest post on my friend Christina’s blog, It’s A Keeper, for her Slow Cooker Summer Series!


Slow Cookin Summer: Easy Recipes for a Slow Cooker on It's a Keeper


With all the produce I’ve been getting from my CSA, I decided I should try Broccoli Au Gratin, but I couldn’t find one single recipe for it made in the slow cooker anywhere. Not in cookbooks, Google search, Pinterest, nowhere, and to be completely honest, I had never even made it in the oven like normal. So, I invented it!!



I would love for you to head over and check out my post, and while you’re there, check out all the other great slow cooker recipes that were shared this summer! You can find my post by clicking here> Slow Cooker Broccoli Au Gratin and I’ll be back twice more this week for the final week of #BaconMonth, I can’t wait for you to see what I made tonight!

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken -Guest Post from It’s a Keeper

Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken

Today I’m more grateful than every for my summer guest posters! My friend Christina is here today with a great recipe for Sticky Chicken made in the slow cooker, but before I hand you off to her do you want a quick run-down of this past week? I’ll make it short, I promise!

On Friday night my daughter graduated pre-school. It was at 6 PM so I just made grilled cheese for dinner. Here she is at graduation with my sister.



On Saturday we had a cookout for her and my best friend’s daughter, who also graduated pre-school on Friday. It was just hamburgers and hotdogs, along with my Mozzarella Tomato and Artichoke Salad. Then, that night, my daughter got sick with a fever, headache, and belly ache. She has been sick since, and is just starting to feel better tonight. So, basically I haven’t been cooking and wouldn’t have had anything new to share. Luckily for us all, Christina is here to save the day!

Hi there! I’m Christina from It’s a Keeper, a food and cooking blog where I test recipes to see if they’re (you guessed it…) keepers! Bernadette has graciously let me take over her blog today and share one of my favorite summer recipes with you.

Some of the most popular recipes on my blog, It’s a Keeper, are slow cooker recipe. It’s no wonder. They are easy to make and you don’t have to spend time fussing over them.

I love using my slow cooker – especially during the summer months. Who wants to be inside cooking when it’s so nice outside?! Not me!

This recipe for Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken is one of my family’s favorites. I love it because it uses fresh ginger and I L-O-V-E fresh ginger! It really adds a great flavor to recipes. If you’ve never used it, you should give it a try.

Don’t be scared by this gnarly root-looking. Just use a vegetable peeler (or even the back of a spoon) to peel away the outer layer and you’ll find a bright, fresh and super fragrant flesh.

You can mince it very finely with a knife or use a rasp to finely grate it. I prefer to grate it. If you’re still not convinced to try fresh ginger (or you don’t have any on hand), you can use ground ginger — about a teaspoon should do ya.

Now, back to the chicken…you may be tempted to skip the broiling part of the recipe, but DON’T!  This final step is what makes the recipe.

If you love slow cooker recipes, you have to check out my new Slow Cookin’ Summer series. Each week there will be one or two new slow cooker recipes posted to give you inspiration and help build your collection of easy crock pot recipes.  There’s everything from healthy easy dinner recipes to quick easy dessert recipes to crock pot breakfast recipes.  You can get them all here, all summer long!

So what are you waiting for? You know you want to make these short ribs! Here’s the recipe:


Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken -Guest Post from It's a Keeper
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Delicious Sticky Chicken cooked in the slow cooker and finished under the broiler for a delicious, crispy finish.
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of minced ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 3 lbs chicken, breast, thighs, legs, etc.
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  1. Combine ¼ cup sugar,  2 tablespoon soy sauce , ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Add chicken and toss to coat.
  2. Place in a slow cooker and cook on low for about 4 hours or until done.
  3. When done place chicken in a broiler proof dish.  Combine remaining ½ cup sugar, water, and tomato paste, and remaining soy sauce. Brush on chicken and cook under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until chicken is slightly crisp.  Keep a close watch on the chicken under the broiler.
Recipe courtesy of Christina at It's A Keeper


95 Easy Crock Pot Dinners

Easy Crock Pot Dinners

This might be the greatest collection of crock pot/slow cooker recipes ever! I can only take credit for a few of these recipes ( and mouth-watering pictures!), instead the thanks goes to all the wonderful foodies that contributed to this collection. There are easy chicken recipes, easy beef recipes, easy pork recipes, almost anything you can think of! Some of them are similar, but yet not exactly the same, and I couldn’t find one I wouldn’t want to try myself. I organized them in alphabetical order according to main ingredient, and they range from beef to vegetarian so there is something for everyone! Are you ready? Then let’s dive into these delicious and easy recipes!

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Slow Cooker French Onion Roast Beef from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock Pot Balsamic Roast from Julies Eats and Treats

Slow Cooker Spinach Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash from Kitchen Tested

Slow Cooker Mexican Red Chili Tacos from A Cedar Spoon

Secret Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff by Frugal Foodie Mama

Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Tacos from Diethood

Super Simple Slow Cooker Steak Pizzaiola from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Manly Meaty Chili from Cravings of a Lunatic

Slow Cooker Aloha Chili from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Award Winning Chili from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock Pot Mongolian Beef from Very Culinary

Korean Style Short Ribs from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Slow-Cooker Mongolian Beef Stew from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Slow Cooker Chile Colorado Style Beef from Noble Pig

Crock-Pot Carne Asada Lettuce Wraps from So…Let’s Hang Out

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage from Very Culinary

Taco Soup from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Zingy Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup from Noble Pig

Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket with Bourbon BBQ Sauce {Gluten Free and Paleo} from So…Let’s Hang Out

Applewood Smoked Shredded Beef Tacos from The Adventure Bite

Easy Pot Roast from Back for Seconds

Slow Cooker Sante Fe Meatloaf from Mom On Time Out

Sloppy Joes from Taste Love & Nourish

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks from Mom On Time Out

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Chunky Beefy Vegetable Soup from Yours and Mine Are Ours

Slow Cooker Roast Beef with Easy Gluten Free Gravy from Everyday Maven

Crockpot Stew from Like Mother Like Daughter

Slow Cooker Winter Squash Beef Stew from Will Cook For Smiles

Slow Cooker Braised Beef and Mushroom Soup from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Chicken and Turkey 

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock-Pot Creamy Corn Chowder from Two Healthy Kitchens

Brown Sugar Candy Chicken from Kitchen Tested

Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos from Confessions of a Cooking Diva

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Shredded Chicken from Girli Chef

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki from Julies Eats and Treats

Easy Celery Rice Soup from Farm Fresh Feasts

3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos from Two Healthy Kitchens

Spicy White Chicken Chili (crockpot) from Girli Chef

Crock Pot Chicken Adobe from Farm Fresh Feasts

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Marsala from Frugal Foodie Mama

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks from Diethood

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken & Black Bean Tacos from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Slow Cooker {Roasted} Chicken from A Southern Fairytale

Crock Pot Bourbon Street Chicken from Cupcake Diaries

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken from Very Culinary

Cheese Stuffed Apple Chicken Meatballs (Slow Cooker) from The Law Student’s Wife

Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde {Gluten Free, Dairy Free Paleo Friendly} from Tasty Yummies

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh from Flavor Mosaic

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken from The Law Student’s Wife

Easy Crockpot Chicken Chili from Flavor Mosaic

Skinny Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Soup from Back for Seconds

Root Beer Crock Pot Chicken Sammies from Wine and Glue

Slow Cooker Hoisin Shredded Chicken Sandwich from Cookin’ Canuck

Healthy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs in a Tomato-Spinach Sauce from Overtime Cook

Easy Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan from Mom On Time Out

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Black Beans and Corn from Cookin’ Canuck

Apricot-Orange Slow Cooker Chicken from Mom On Time Out

The Chicken That Ate The Pig- Stuffed Chicken from Your and Mine Are Ours

4-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken from Running to the Kitchen

Crockpot Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Chicken Fajitas from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Slow Cooker Tex Mex Pulled Chicken Sammies from Wine and Glue

Slow Cooker Chicken Sausage and Peppers from Aggie’s Kitchen

Crockpot Chicken Tacos from Like Mother Like Daughter

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken from Will Cook For Smiles

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crockpot Qdoba Night from Wine and Glue


Slow Cooker Spicy Lasagna from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

Crock Pot Cheese Ravioli with Meat Sauce from Cupcake Diaries

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese from Cupcake Diaries

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese from Snappy Gourmet

Creamy Tortellini Soup from Bake.Love.Give.


Slow Cooker Apple Butter Pork Chops from Frugal Foodie Mama

Slow Cooker Apple Bourbon BBQ Pork Sandwiches from A Cedar Spoon

Slow Cooker Apple-Cranberry Bourbon BBQ Pork Loin Roast from Frugal Foodie Mama

Balsamic Brown Sugar-Glazed Pork Tenderloin (Slow Cooker) from Girli Chef

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork from A Cedar Spoon

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin from The Kitchen is My Playground

Slow Cooker Asian Pork Loin from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ribs from The Weary Chef

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chile Verde from Noble Pig

Totally Easy Slow-Cooker Kalua Pork from So…Let’s Hang Out

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pork Sliders from Snappy Gourmet

Tomatillo Pork Burritos from The Adventure Bite

Sweet Korean BBQ Ribs from Back for Seconds

Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork with Avocado Ranch Sauce from Food Faith Fitness

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Like Mother Like Daughter


Slow Cooker Clam Chowder from The Kitchen is My Playground

Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole from Yours and Mine Are Ours

Clam Chowder in the Crock Pot from Back for Seconds

Vegetable and Vegetarian/Vegan:

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Coconut Curry (Crockpot Recipe) from Tasty Yummies

Slow Cooked Black Bean Tacos with Vegan Chipotle Cream {Gluten Free & Vegan} from Tasty Yummies

Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Crock-Pot Stew -Vegan + Gluten Free from Tasty Yummies

Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Kitchen Treaty

Crockpot Red Potato Soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron


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If you made it through all that, tell me which one you want to try first? I found a few I will be trying, possibly adapting, so you might see my versions soon!

Slow Cooker Braised Beef and Mushroom Soup

Awhile back I was approached by Dorot’s, a food and spice company that specializes in frozen herbs and seasonings, to see if I would be interested in making a recipe with and reviewing their line of Pop and Cook frozen herbs and seasonings. I usually freeze the herbs we have planted in the garden at the end of the summer (this year we decided to dry them), and the tons of garlic we plant every year, but I decided to try them out.

Disclaimer: Dorot’s provided me with free products for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

They sent me garlic, red chili peppers, ginger, basil, and cilantro. They come packaged in plastic containers that make it easy to pop the frozen herb or seasoning right out, 1 teaspoon worth at a time, and just seemed perfect for soups to me!


Like I said before, I have been freezing my own herbs for years, but I don’t freeze them in any measured amount, and I freeze my garlic cloves whole, so I still have to take out what I need and chop them up before adding them to a recipe. The pre-measured cubes are convenient if you don’t have a lot of time to prep dinner.

Garlic, mild red chili pepper, and ginger

Garlic, mild red chili pepper, and ginger

You can get these nifty cubes at most Walmart’s for $1.98. Be sure to check out their Facebook page too!


Slow Cooker Braised Beef and Mushroom Soup

1.25 pounds beef eye round steak, cut into thin strips

2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms

32 ounce carton beef stock

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/8 cup thinly sliced scallions

1 cube ( 1 tsp) Pop & Cook mild chopped chili

2 cubes ( 2 tsp) Pop & Cook crushed ginger

2 cubes ( 2 tsp) Pop & Cook crushed garlic

cooked noodles or jasmine rice, to serve


Slice the beef into thin, short strips, and place in slow cooker along with the chopped mushrooms. Add the beef stock, soy sauce, sliced scallions, and cubes of chopped chili, crushed garlic, and crushed ginger. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours, stirring after 1 hour in order to equally distribute the flavors.

My husband wanted noodles with his soup, but I thought jasmine rice would be better with it, so I did both on the side and then just added the noodles and rice to the bowls of soup.


Slow Cooker Spicy Lasagna

A few weeks back I developed an obsession with a  Bacon-Mozzarella Accordion Style Garlic Bread my friend Cindy from Hun, What’s For Dinner? had made.  You may have seen this if you follow me on Facebook, I was sharing it EVERYWHERE! It looked sooo good! Around the same time my husband asked me to make lasagna, but I didn’t really want to. It was the middle of summer, and I was spending most of the days outside. Plus my husband likes pepperoni in his lasagna and I don’t.

I also happened to have promised Cindy I would do a guest post for her blog while she went on vacation, so I decided to make a lasagna in the crockpot, make it even spicier than just the pepperoni and serve it with her bread! Oh, I changed the bread just a little, too 😉



Now, would you like the recipes? Well, then head to my guest post on Hun, What’s For Dinner? < Just click on the highlighted name. Enjoy!  

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

We had a heat wave here in Northeast PA last week. I absolutely love hot weather and swimming with my daughter. It does mean that I don’t do much cooking, though, until I decided to prepare a turkey breast almost like I would for Thanksgiving, but cooking it in my slow cooker instead. I admit I usually prefer dark meat turkey, but cooking the turkey breast in the slow cooker makes it moist and delicious!

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast 

4-6 pound whole turkey breast

1 large carrot, peeled and chopped

1 large stalk celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, peeled

1 small onion, cut in 4

2 cups chicken or turkey stock

olive oil

Salt and pepper

4 Tablespoons cornstarch


Thaw turkey breast for 2-3 days in refrigerator, if using frozen.

Rinse the breast inside and out under cold water, and pat dry. Place in the slow cooker, sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper.

Place some of the carrot, celery, onion, and garlic inside the turkey. Scatter remaining vegetables (whatever doesn’t fit inside the turkey) around the breast.


Pour 2 cups chicken or turkey stock in the slow cooker, then brush the turkey breast with olive oil well.


Cover and cook on HIGH 4-6 hours, until turkey breast reaches 180*F.

Once the turkey reaches 180*F, you have two choices, You can remove it from the slow cooker ( do so carefully, it may fall apart), allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes, remove the skin, then slice and serve. If you are like me and want a crispy skin, then you will want to turn your oven on to BROIL, remove the turkey from the slow cooker to a roasting pan, and broil for 6-8 minutes.  Broiling the turkey does make it a little drier, though, so if you want a moist turkey you might want to stick with removing the skin.

While the turkey is resting, drain the broth left in the slow cooker to a gravy separator/strainer (if you don’t own one, I highly suggest you get one!). Let it cool slightly so the fat rises to the top, I usually just put mine in the freezer for 10 minutes! Then pour the broth carefully into a saucepan, allowing the fat and solids to remain in the strainer. Taste and adjust seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc).

Mix 4 tablespoons cornstarch with enough cold or room temperature chicken or turkey stock to be able to pour. Bring the broth to a boil, then pour in the cornstarch mixture, and stir constantly for 1 minutes to prevent lumps. Serve the gravy on the side.


See in the right-hand corner of the picture, the bacon wrapped goodness? Those are the Bacon Wrapped Cauliflower with Dark Chocolate I made the other day, and they are delicious!

Slow Cooker French Onion Roast Beef

We bought and installed a pool this week! Our daughter is turning 4 on July 6th, so it’s part of her birthday present, but you can bet that I will be in there, too :) It’s only a 30 inch pool (the highest my city will allow without a permit and fencing) but I’m 5 Ft tall, so half my height works for me! It really is a lot bigger than it sounds.

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Now with the addition of the pool, my summer’s are going to be more busy than they already are. In the summer, I need quick and easy recipes or those that I can fairly easily throw together in my crock pot. I had a beef roast sitting in my freezer waiting to be cooked, but I knew it would probably be Fall before I could get around to roasting it in the oven. So I had an idea of making it in the crock pot with some homemade French onion soup that I had frozen a while ago. I was excited about this NEW idea, until my husband told me his grandmother used to make it all the time. Oh, well, it’s all been done before! I had made it already by the time he told me his grandmother used to make it, so I’m going to share it with you in case, like me, you never heard of it before :)

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Crock Pot French Onion Roast Beef 

3 pound beef round rump roast

2 cups peeled and  sliced carrots

20 ounces French onion soup (homemade or diluted canned)*

Fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste*

3 tablespoons cornstarch or flour

*I used 20 ounces because that’s what I had in one container frozen. One can, diluted with a full can of water, equals about 21 ounces. You may want to omit any additional salt if using canned.

Place the beef in the bottom of  the slow cooker with the sliced carrots. Pour the French onion soup over the beef and carrots and sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. Cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or on LOW for about 10 hours, depending on how well done you want your roast. If a more rare roast is desired, check the beef at about 3 hours on HIGH or 7 hours on LOW. About 10 minutes before serving remove the roast to a cutting board, and the carrots and onions to a bowl, leaving the broth in the slow cooker. Wisk the cornstarch or flour with a little bit of water ( enough to make a thin paste) and pour into the broth, stir well for about 1 minute, and leave to thicken while you slice the beef. You can also remove the broth to a small pot and prepare the gravy on the stove, by bringing the broth to a boil, adding the cornstarch mixture and wisking for 1 minute. The stove top method will result in a slightly thicker gravy. Top sliced beef with the gravy, and serve with whatever sides you like! I made cheddar cheese mashed potatoes, but my Ranch Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes would be great with it.

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

This is such an easy recipe to put together. I’ve been making it for a while now, after first hearing of it from my friend Amy, then my friend Sara from My Imperfect Kitchen made almost the same thing. Check out her recipe here.  You may have even made this yourself, but I wanted to share it with those that haven’t. I normally make it for tacos, and it’s great, but you could serve it over rice or even add some veggie’s like corn to it and eat it as is. Best part of it is, it’s great for busy days! Only three ingredients, just put it in the crock pot in the morning, go about your day, and finish it when you get home!

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Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 16 ounce jar salsa, any brand and as spicy or not as you like

1  1.25 ounce packet taco seasoning

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the crock pot, pour in the salsa and the taco seasoning, stir the salsa and taco sauce to combine.  Set crock pot to LOW for 6 hours, or HIGH for 4 hours, then shred the chicken. I find it easiest to do this by removing the chicken from the crock pot onto a cutting board and shredding with a fork and a steak knife. Put the chicken back in the crock pot, stir, and continue to cook on low for 1 more hour.

See my awesome looking tacos? Don’t they look yummy?!

Shared with Hun, What’s For Dinner Simple Supper Tuesday #20