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A Year of Slow Cooking

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekly Slow Cooker Meal Plans




I did it! This summer I worked on creating 14 individual meal plans with a complete coordinating grocery list, and I'm happy to be able to offer them on my new Meal Plan Page.


Weekly Slow Cooker Meal Plans


Each Meal Plan has 5 recipes and the packets have been selected to reflect the wide variety of slow cooker meals that I have available in my cookbooks and on the A Year of Slow Cooking website. 
I decided to offer 5 recipes, because it's the busy work week that really needs meal plan help, and since slow cooking lends itself to leftovers, I think you'll find that the meals can easily be stretched to last longer than 5 days if you'd like. Each packet sells for $2.49, which is about 50 cents a recipe. 
You can save the packets to your hard drive to have forever and ever and ever. Yay!
The packets are:

SLOW COOKER STAPLES
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pesto lasagna, super simple cranberry roast, traditional minestrone soup, general tso's chicken, puffy pizza casserole

5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS
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Italian-style calico bean soup, simple beef stew, smoked sausage and pinto beans, eyes closed pot roast, lemon dill salmon


READER FAVORITES
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honey garlic chicken, Herb --the catfish, dry rub ribs, Italian white bean chili, mulligatawny soup


AMERICAN CLASSICS
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macaroni and cheese, pizza soup, classic pulled pork, lasagna, beef stew


FALL FAVORITES

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end of summer harvest soup, 20 to 40 clove garlic chicken, autumn sausage casserole, orange-apricot pork chops, chicken enchilada chili


TAKE OUT FAKE OUT (1)

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pasta fagioli, Vietnamese pho, hoisin chicken wings, KFC-inspired chicken, loose meat sandwiches

TAKE OUT FAKE OUT (2)
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Vietnamese roasted chicken, falafel, Thai beef, Hawaiian ribs, Buffalo wing soup


LIGHT AND HEALTHY

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herb garden chicken, halibut in white sauce, lentil minestrone, eggplant "parmesan" with feta, tortilla soup


COLD WEATHER

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sausage and vegetable medley, clean out the pantry chili, brown sugar chicken, parmesan tilapia, carnitas


AROUND THE WORLD (1)

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doro wat (Ethiopian Chicken Stew), Korean ribs, Thai coconut soup, Indian butter chicken (chicken Makhani), chicken chow mein


AROUND THE WORLD (2)

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Indian curry, Asian shredded beef, Azorean beef stew, barbecued chicken and cornbread, big easy meatloaf


VEGETARIAN

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poor man's chili, restaurant quality tomato soup, honey beans and spinach dinner, tamale pie, bean stew


VEGAN

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African peanut soup, lentil and kale super food, portobello mushroom sandwiches, sweet and sour tofu, ratatouille

GLUTEN FREE/DAIRY FREE

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coconut beef, cowboy beans, rotisserie chicken, old fashioned chicken noodle soup, Jamaican salmon

and 

BUNDLE PACK

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the bundle pack has all 14 meal plans for a discounted price. There are 70 individual recipes with instructions, and coordinating weekly grocery lists, for $24.99, which works out to about 37 cents a recipe.

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As always, all of the included recipes can be made completely free of gluten. If you are not gluten-free, simply ignore my notes or file them away in case you ever need to cook for somebody with a gluten sensitivity.

Thank you so much for your support; I hope you enjoy the meal packets!

If you have any questions, please let me know, and I'll try my hardest to be helpful!

HAPPY SLOW COOKING!!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

10 Slow Cooker Clean out the Pantry Meals



Sometimes the very best meals are the ones thrown together at the very last minute. I love slow cooking because it allows me to play in the kitchen. I love opening the fridge and dumping last night's vegetables into the cooker with some spices and seasoning to make an entirely new dinner.

Less is More.

I encourage you to "cook for free" with what you've already got in your fridge, freezer, pantry, and spice cabinet. Hopefully these recipes will inspire you to use your slow cooker like an Easy Bake Oven for grownups --- cooking should be fun and easy, and there is truly no easier way to cook then to dump a bunch of stuff into a pot, press a button, and walk away. If you are looking for a new slow cooker, these are the ones that I personally use in my home kitchen and recommend.

This flavorful minestrone uses ground meat and stewed tomatoes as a base. 

You can make moist, delicious turkey meatballs in the slow cooker using just a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, green apples, and ground turkey. They also freeze well if you decide to make a whole bunch!

The "zestiness" comes from Rotel, and it's a great soup to make on a chilly fall or winter day.

The base for this chili is jarred pasta sauce, and the listed spice combination would make a leather gardening glove taste good.


If you've got a few cups of leftover mashed potatoes, you can't go wrong with Shepherd's Pie!

You can use all of the ends of the random bags of beans you have in your cupboard, or you can use a bag of 16-bean soup mix found in the grocery store.

The sauce uses peanut butter, brown sugar, and soy sauce with a bit of white wine vinegar to make a beautiful sweet, salty, tangy sauce for any cut of meat you'd like to use.

The base is made with frozen hashbrown potatoes, and you can use any type of diced meat you'd like. Add a few eggs, some milk, and then slow cooker overnight to wake up to a delicious and nutritious hot breakfast!

This is the clean-out-the fridge and pantry recipe that I use the most often, and it has gone viral on Pinterest (even with the lousy photo). It works, it's easy, and it's (most likely) FREE!

This vegetarian soup uses a lot of ingredients, but if you have a pretty well stocked spice cabinet you probably own everything already. This is a great freezer soup, although you'll probably have to thin it a bit upon reheating.



ENJOY!! steph
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