Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread in Crockpot

O.k. today I am going to use just two items to make something yummy in the crockpot.

I am going to use the following:
Betty Crocker's Banana Nut Muffin and Quick Bread Mix
Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin (1 cup of it)
nothing else not even water

Mix banana mix and pumpkin together. Spray crockpot with Pam or something similar. Pour batter into crockpot and put on high. Check after about 1/2 hour just to make sure it isn't burning or anything (all crockpots are different it seems). I generally take my insert out and switch it around so one side doesn't stay on the heating element the whole time, but that is just me. Should be done after approximately an hour or so (check with toothpick to test for doneness).

The verdict: quite yummy and very easy with easy clean up.

Pictures will added later today.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Slow Cooker Sunday - Chili

The weather is rather chilly right now (or it was last week when I made this) so I decided on chili. I love, love making chili in my crockpot (I mean really do you make it any other way?). This is so simple and so yummy.

Ingredients can vary and you can change it up depending on what you have in the house. I make chili so many different ways. Here is todays version!

This time I am using the following:
crumble tofu, corn, baked beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, onions, green peppers, seasoning mix. Since I am sick I decided to buy the already cut up onions and green peppers. The less work for me today the better!!

This is so easy to make. Just dice up your veggies, throw everything in the crock pot, mix and cook!!

Looks and smells done to me!

The finished product.

The end result: yummy.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Slow Cooker Sunday - Stuffed Peppers

The ingredients. I cheated and cooked the rice first. Was not sure how the rice situation would work. Didn't want to chance it. I normally use minute rice but this time I used Jasmine rice. Which my newer microwave does not cook rice nicely. So I used more water hoping it would not be super dry and almost burnt (but not done) like usual and this time it turned out mushy. :(

The rice and "meat" mixture. I used crumbled tofu but you could use actual meat. Not sure if you would have to cook and brown it first. I would guess so. Add whatever spices you like to this mixture and a little of the tomato sauce or a little tomato paste (which is what I generally use but was out of).

Stuff the peppers like so.

Pour tomato sauce in crockpot saving half the can (at least). I had to really stuff them in there!

Pour remaining sauce on top.

Mmmm.....stuffed peppers!

This has to be one of my absolute favorite meals. And now I don't have to get the kitchen all hot. I will admit it is better with homemade mashed potatoes but I didn't want to heat up my kitchen by using the stove. So I just used the Country Crock ones. Which aren't too bad.

The outcome: no reason to use the oven! These were great minus the mushy rice from the microwave. My son actually ate and liked the rice mixture. I knew there was no way he would eat the pepper part though.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Slow Cooker Sunday - Pineapple Upside Down Cake

The ingredients minus the pineapple. Whoops!
I used coconut milk again - but again no difference!

The pineapple! Told you I used pineapple!

With brown sugar on top. Mmm!

Now the batter which I added even more pineapple to!

Then I added more brown sugar.

Then more batter.

Look it does cook in a crock pot!

Really it does!

Here it is all done and yummy!

The outcome: don't use crushed pineapple. Way too much liquid that is too hard to drain off which means the cake won't cook correctly. Though it did taste quite yummy.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Veggie Pasta Bake

The various ingredients:

Chopped up veggies and cheese chunks:

I always cover the chopped up eggplant with salt and then let it sit for awhile. This is the nasty liquid that comes off eggplant:

Yuck! Then I rinse it off real good.

I sprayed the crock pot with Pam first and then added sauce and veggie mixture.

Added non cooked pasta on top of veggie mixture.

Ricotta cheese on top of the sauce, veggies, and pasta.

Repeat and add sauce to the very top like so.

All ingredients mixed and cooking.

Looks done to me.

The finished product. Yes, again with paper plates. I have only been using them when we eat the crockpot dinners. Seriously, it is the same pack!

I used 1 of the zucchinis and 2 of the squash and the whole eggplant. Let's just say way too much eggplant. But I knew it would go bad otherwise.

The outcome: my son actually ate it. Which is a huge surprise. He ate it a couple days in a row too with no complaints. Which is extremely rare. Let's just say I have a massive complainer for a son.

*You can click on any of the pictures to make them bigger.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chocolate Coconut Cake

I was trying to go for a Thai theme so I came up with this cake. It turned out o.k. but seemed to not want to cook too great. So it doesn't look to pretty but it tastes good! I cannot for the life of me taste the coconut though. :(

The ingredients: chocolate cake mix, eggs, oil, coconut milk. Subsitute the coconut milk for the water that the package of cake says to add. Use however much oil and eggs the cake mix calls for. I think if you added either coconut flavoring or actual shredded coconut it will taste more coconutty.

Here it is in the crockpot exciting huh? lol

I was scared it wasn't cooking the whole way and decided to break it up to help it cook. I then realized I did not need to do this. If I would have just waited probably a couple more minutes or maybe even 15 minutes it would have cooked up just fine. I was really scared the sides were going to burn (they didn't).

Taste test - it was moist and yummy. Even better with ice cream. I will say I could not for the life of me taste the coconut though. :( Next time I will add some shredded coconut or some coconut flavoring (trying to find some real flavoring and not the fake kind - we will see).

I have some more cans of coconut milk and I think I will try it with a regular yellow cake mix next time.

Sorry I didn't take any presentation photos of the finished cake.

I will definitely make cake in the crockpot again.

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